Located in Tampa's very own Curtis Hixon Park, Gasparilla Music Festival takes places the second weekend of March every year and adds a burst of soul and energy to the heart of the city. Gasparilla Music Foundation, a non-profit, runs the festival to help provide music education through the Recycled Tunes foundation. So not only do attendees have a great time, they can feel good about feeling good.
Luckily, our very own Jackson and Elizabeth (Hi, hello. It's me.), were able to attend, snap some pictures, and catch some solid sets. This year's lineup featured artists such as Father John Misty, Spoon, The Roots, and so much more. The crowd was insanely diverse with all genders, ages, and backgrounds. No matter your taste in music, there was something for everyone. And if you didn't feel like standing to watch a band, there was art, local food, and craft beers to enjoy.
This festival has always impressed me with not only the amount of dedication the volunteers give to keep it running, but the overall cleanliness and relaxed feeling of the festival. Everyone was smiling, dancing, and enjoying the sunshine. There was a downpour on Friday night, but that didn't keep everyone from dancing in the Silent Disco or watching their favorite bands. Most citizens of an area grow weary when a festival takes place, but I can confidently say this festival doesn't take away from the city, it adds to the personality and life.
Below is a small gallery of photos for your viewing pleasure from GMF. I highly suggest checking this festival out next year. It's sure to bring a weekend full of honest enjoyment and good tunes. Also, check out our last post featuring an interview from GMF with The Underhill Family Orchestra.
Words and photos by: @elizabethstaffordphotos