Posted: 2:42 pm Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
By Kyle Taylor
Coming off of a Grammy win for Best Rock Album, Cage The Elephant are ready to rock Curtis Hixon Park during the 6th installment of the annual Gapsarilla Music Festival. The locally grown music festival has grown following through grassroots marketing efforts and highly respectable lineups. Past artists to take the GMF stage include Modest Mouse, Dr. Dog, The Flaming Lips, Mutemath, Jr. Jr. (formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. JR.), Trampled By Turtles, Jason Isbell, Ozomatli, Ms Mr, and Erykah Badu, among many others. This year’s headliners of Cage the Elephant, who is coming off a Grammy win for Best Rock Album, and Ryan Adams, who just released his highly acclaimed 16th studio album Prisoner, may be the most buzzworthy of the festival’s short history. Other highlights of this year’s lineup include, Moon Taxi, Ghostface Killah, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Twin Peaks, Chronixx, and many more.
Founded in 2011, the nonprofit Gasparilla Music Festival has done a tremendous job bringing together a diverse array of artists, local musicians, and nationally recognized acts. Whether you’re a fan of just one artists or all of them, Gasparilla offers too much variety at a reasonable price point to pass up. The festival wouldn’t be possible without incredible support from local businesses, corporations, and the people of Tampa Bay alike, especially amid an ever competitive music festival industry.
Cage The Elephant has been a 97X favorite for numerous years, and with the success they continue to have, that won’t stop any time soon. This marks the second year in which they have been nominated for a Grammy, but their first win. And what a win it was. The Bowling Green, Kentucky band won Best Rock Album over other 97x favorites Blink 182, Panic! At the Dicso, and Weezer.
Here’s a little gem from all the way back to Next Big Thing 9!
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If you recognized Ryan Adams from something other than his Taylor Swift covers, kudos to you! Those excellent indie renditions of the pop superstar’s latest album, 1989, made Ryan Adams more of a household name than he ever should be. However, Adams, the indie sensation, has been making great music for quite a while and perhaps just released his best album to date. Prisoner, which is due out on February 17th, is now available online and has already been met with great praise. I’m sure he’ll rip through much of that album on March 12th, so don’t hold your breath on too many T-swift covers. Either way, it’s sure to be a great show.
Be sure to join the 97X text line by texting “IAM97X” to 70123 to secure your chance to win a 4 pack of tickets to this year’s Gasparilla Music Festival!