Black Pumas, Revivalists among the first wave of GMF groups
TAMPA – The Gasparilla Music Festival recently released the first wave of artists scheduled to perform at the upcoming event, scheduled for February 25-27 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa.
The 11th Anniversary Festival will be presented by Coppertail Brewing Co. A limited number of early bird tickets are available. Proceeds from the nonprofit festival – which has been dubbed a “festival on a mission” – provides support to music classrooms in Title 1 elementary schools in the Tampa Bay area.
Following the success of the 2020 Festival, GMF has expanded its programming by adding a third evening of events last October. Festival 2022 will further expand its Friday night lineup by featuring a full roster of vendors and bands on all four stages over the full three days.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, the Black Pumas – nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy – will perform on Friday, February 25. Alternative roots rockers the Revivalists will bring their iconic show to the main stage on Saturday night. The Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, favorite of the GMF audience, will make a triumphant and long-awaited return to the festival on Sunday.
Other scheduled artists include Arrested Development, Johanna Warren, Mavis Staples, Neal Francis, Peach Tree Rascals, Pinegrove, and Allman Betts Band.
Event organizers have also announced the return of the Kids Fest component of the festival, which will take place Sunday, February 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. food.
“We are delighted to welcome these great artists to support our underfunded music programs and help us provide opportunities for thousands of children,” said David Cox, executive director of the Gasparilla Music Foundation which produces the GMF. “And as a bonus, we’re having one of the biggest parties in Tampa with them.”
The festival will announce the next series of artists in the coming weeks as well as the full dates and times of performances, the 2022 gastronomic lineup and other special events taking place at the festival. There are a limited number of general admission multi-day early bird tickets available online. To purchase tickets, visit www.gmftickets.com. For more information on the event, visit gasparillamusic.com.
The Gasparilla Music Festival features more than 40 local and national bands on four stages along the Tampa waterfront. The event features dishes from the best local chefs and restaurants in Tampa. The festival is made possible with the support of its sponsors, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs. The GMF has been voted the best festival in Tampa in each of its first 10 years.
Ruth Eckerd Hall honors Beth & John England
CLEARWATER – On December 1, Beth and John England were honored with their gift to the Ruth Eckerd Hall Expanding the Experience fundraising campaign.
In recognition of this donation, Ruth Eckerd Hall’s reimagined multi-purpose outdoor space, located on the east side of Ruth Eckerd Hall, has been named the England Family Music Garden.
“As friends of music, John and I understand that arts education and programming are extremely important to everyone’s quality of life,” said Beth. our audience needs the support of the community. We are proud to be part of the Ruth Eckerd Hall family who do both so well. “
“John and Beth continue to have a significant impact on artistic and educational initiatives throughout Pinellas County,” said Susan Crockett, President and CEO of Ruth Eckerd Hall. “On behalf of our students, faculty, artists and board of directors, we are deeply grateful for their support in expanding the experience.”
“England’s generous donation to our fundraising campaign is only part of their continued commitment to our mission,” added Suzanne Delaney, Vice President and Director of Development at Ruth Eckerd Hall. “We are inspired by their leadership and delighted to name this magnificent place in their honor.”
Ruth Eckerd Hall is in the middle of the Expanding the Experience fundraising campaign. It all started in 2013, with the renovation of the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theater in downtown Clearwater, the complete overhaul of the Murray Theater, the renovation of the Margarete Heye Great Room, the addition of a 6,000 grand hall. square foot, home to the Kate Tiedemann and Ellen Cotton Cabaret Theater, and the expansion of the members-only Hoffman Family Dress Circle Lounge, featuring handcrafted Etheridge Family Donor Wall stained glass. Future fundraising efforts will provide new seating and video access in the auditorium, improved technology and arts education for future generations of local children.
The recent renovation provides additional space for recitals and educational classes, community gatherings, as well as new pre-show amenities for the public. Decker Ross Interiors’ design includes an enlarged stage, private coves, and decoration by local artisans. A sculpture by nationally renowned artist Clayton Swartz, commissioned and donated by the English, is a focal point.
For more information and to donate, visit www.RuthEckerdHall.com or call 727-791-7400.
Beach Art Center announces exhibition dates
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The January 2022 “New Beginnings, New Art” exhibit runs January 3-28 at the Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach.
The artists featured in this exhibit are members of the Florida Artists Group, a nonprofit organization of professional visual artists who have achieved international, national, and statewide recognition. The public is invited to the opening, scheduled for Friday January 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For information, visit www.beachartcenter.org or dial 727-596-4331.
Chris Hillman’s concert canceled
CLEARWATER – Chris Hillman’s performance scheduled for the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theater on Tuesday, March 15 at 8 p.m. has been canceled.
“Due to imminent medical attention for severe lower back and neck pain, Chris Hillman is unable to perform in concert or travel at this time,” Hillman management said. “Unfortunately, we are forced to cancel all upcoming concerts scheduled for 2022.”
Ticket holders will be contacted for refunds. For information, visit www.RuthEckerdHall.com.
Outdoor painters to capture the beauty on Tampa Bay
The Pastel Society of Tampa Bay and the Dunedin Fine Arts Center will present Beauty on the Tampa Bay on Saturday, February 19.
Beauty on the Tampa Bay is an outdoor event open to all regional pastellists. Artists will meet at one of four convenient locations at 9:00 a.m. to register and get stamped to participate. All four locations are spread across the Tampa Bay area to allow for maximum participation. Locations are in Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs, downtown Tampa, and Dunedin.
The canvases will be stamped and signed between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Then the artists will travel the territory in search of inspiration. Artists will paint outdoors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the artwork needs to be returned for framing and judging. All paintings are returned to the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, where framing assistance and a framing workstation are available on site.
A reception will be presented from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with light meals and wine. Judging will be made by Catherine Bergman, curator of exhibitions at DFAC, who will have the difficult decision of awarding the cash prizes for the best beach / seascape, best cityscape and best scenery. Visitors will award the People’s Choice Award. The work will be on display at DFAC until February 26.
There is a small entry fee of $ 20 for members and $ 25 for non-members to benefit the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay.
Artists can register between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on February 19 at one of these locations:
• Phillippe Park, 2525 Phillippe Parkway, Safety Harbor
• Anderson Park, Shelter 1, 39699 US 19 N., Tarpon Springs
• Stirling Art Studio, 730 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Dunedin
• Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa, in front of the Ulele restaurant near the catwalk by the pond
For more information on events and membership, visit Pastelsocietyoftampabay.com.