Flaming Lips headline Tampa music festival

Two-day Gasparilla Music Festival also features Jason Isbell, Hymn for Her

March 6, 2014 

Jazz Fest

Trombone Shorty will perform Sunday at the Gasparilla Music Festival. ASSOCIATED PRESS


The Flaming Lips are getting all the attention, but the venerable alt-rockers are just part of a great lineup for this weekend's third annual Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa.

Wayne Coyne and his bandmates, who have progressed from their "She Don't Use Jelly" days to become one of the most respected bands in America, with live shows that border on performance art, are slated to play at 9 p.m. Saturday in Curtis Hixon Park. That's just to the south of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of downtown Tampa.

But there are four stages scattered around the area, and Saturday boasts 12 hours of promising music, ranging from the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir, distinctive Venezuelan rock band Los Amigos Invisibles, blues rocker Anders Osbourne, Sarasota's Good Graeff, Tampa favorites Sons of Hippies, Will Quinlan & the Holy Slow Train and Alexander and the Grapes and the constantly touring Hymn for Her.

Sunday's lineup is more compact but just as impressive, with New Orleans jazz from Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, alt-country from Jason Isbell, whose album "Southeastern" is widely considered one of the best of 2013, alt-Latin superstars Grupo Fantasma, and Isbell's wife Amanda Shires, an alt-country star in her own rights.

If none of that strikes your fancy, there's a ton of other tuff going on, including a Kids Fest both days and something called a Yoga Rhythm Lounge.

Details: March 8-9, Curtis Hixon Park, Ashley Drive at Zack Street, Tampa, and surrounding areas. Show times: 11 a.m. Saturday, 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Tickets: $30 Sunday, $40 Saturday, $60 both days: two-day VIP tickets $150. Information: 813-708-8423, www.gasparillamusicfestival.com.

-- Marty Clear

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