Most music festivals happen in the summer. That's great if you live in, say, Cleveland, but not so much when you live in Florida, where spending 10 hours in 90-degree heat can make it hard to enjoy even your favorite bands.
That shouldn't be problem at Saturday's Coral Skies Festival. The weather will be gorgeous, and the music lineup is great.
Probably the biggest band of the dozen scheduled to appear is Cage the Elephant, known for dynamic concerts and a sound that includes influences of everything from funk to punk.
Also on the lineup are Julian Casablancas + the Voidz (Casablancas is the lead singer from the Strokes); the Hold Steady, the great indie band from Brooklyn that writes a lot of songs about Ybor City; Canadian folkie City and Colour; Atlanta alt-rock band Manchester Orchestra; English indie rockers Bombay Bicycle Club; Bleachers, the pop band headed by Jack Antanoff of Fun; Canadian post-punk band Tokyo Police Club; Nashville popsters Wild Cub; Brooklyn duo Junior Prom; blues-rock guitarist Benjamin Booker; and Sarasota's own folk-rock duo Good Graeff.
The music goes on for 10 hours on two stages -- you can see the entire schedule at coralskiesfest.com -- but there's more than music at Coral Skies. There are a bunch of food trucks offering everything from seafood to Mexican to snacks, an "art garden" featuring a lot of hand-crafted accessories, and a great assortment of craft beers.
Details: Noon-10 p.m. Oct. 25, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $30 general admission, $55 pit. (VIP tickets are sold out.) Information: 813-740-2446, livenation.com.
-- Marty Clear