Okay, full disclosure: This is one writer’s opinion. A writer who is rightly obsessed with the life-affirming performances of Tank and the Bangas and Gary Clark, Jr. — two of the acts set to perform at the Gasparilla Music Festival.
For the uninitiated, the delightful, uplifting, always energetic group Tank and the Bangas won NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert in 2017 and have since gone on to tour all over the world.
Gary Clark Jr. is in no uncertain terms a rock and soul genius. The Grammy Award-winning artist We were able to catch him at Jannus Live a little over a year ago and to call his performance of “When My Train Comes In” electric would be an understatement.
They’re not the only major acts set to perform at the festival, which takes place March 9 and 10 next year at Curtis Hixon Park. The acclaimed folk group The Avett Brothers will also take the GMF stage. If you haven’t seen the HBO Documentary covering the band’s journey, May it Last, we recommend you do so ASAP. It’s appointment viewing for lovers of folk music.
The event is about more than just music. It’s an absolute extravaganza of local food and art under the brilliant Florida sun. Last year, the always enigmatic Father John Misty blew minds with his darkly comic lyrics and vibrant stage production.
The diversity of sound amongst the deluge of artists ensures there’s something for all music preferences at GMF. You can order your tickets in advance online today. More bands are set to be announced in the coming months.