Everclear headlines free festival in St. Petersburg

The Summerland Festival also features Soul Asylum, Spacehog and Eve 6

June 12, 2014 

Everclear headlines the Summerland Tour, which comes to St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park Saturday. Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog are also on the bill. PUBLICITY PHOTO

Art Alexakis put together the first Summerland tour two years ago, and while its lineup has changed both years, there have been some common denominators in each lineup.

The most obvious is that Everclear, Alexakis' own band, has always headlined.

The other is that the bands are all veteran outfits that first sprouted in the fertile grounds of 1990s alternative rock and college radio.

This year, Summerland is coming to St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park on June 14. The lineup includes Everclear, Soul Asylum, Spacehog and Eve 6. It's going to be awfully hot being outside all day in the middle of June, but the festival's free, and the lineup is great.

Soul Asylum is a Minneapolis-based band best known for the hit "Runaway Train" and for their work in Kevin Smith films.

British band Spacehog, whose music is reminiscent of Queen and T Rex, scored its biggest hit with "In the Meantime."

California trio Eve 6 hit the big time with the singles "Inside Out" and "Here's to the Night."

Everclear was one of the biggest alternative bands of the '90s, with several platinum albums (including "Sparkle and Fade" and "So Much for the Afterglow") and has never stopped performing.

Even though the bands on this year's Summerland tour go back 20 years or so, they all retain key members. Alexakis still fronts Everclear, Dave Pirner still fronts Soul Asylum, and Spacehog and Eve 6 have maintained essentially the same membership since they started.

Details: 2-9 p.m. June 14, Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive N.E., St. Petersburg. Tickets: Free; VIP tickets $29.75. Information: Summerlandtour.net.

-- Marty Clear

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