Posted: 3:52 pm Thursday, January 16th, 2014
By Jonathan Tully
The Big Guava Music Festival sent a few shockwaves out yesterday with the announcement that the Tampa-based event will be one of the stops for the return of Outkast.
The return of Big Boi and Andre 3000 as a combo will be the centerpiece of the festival, which brings a very impressive lineup to the Florida State Fairgrounds — on May 2-4.
Music fans who are paying attention might notice that those dates are concurrent to those of SunFest, West Palm Beach’s annual music festival, which runs April 30-May 4 this year.
Which begs the question: What, if anything, will Big Guava’s presence do to SunFest?
Here’s what music fans can look forward to besides Outkast in the first week of May in Tampa: Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Slightly Stoopid, Cake, Tegan and Sara, Violent Femmes, Girl Talk, Earl Sweatshirt, Grouplove and HAIM. That’s for starters.
Now, getting all of those acts to play SunFest would be great, but given what our local fest’s lineups have been, it’s probably not going to happen. Not all of the acts anyway. SunFest tends to aim for an even wider range than Big Guava managed — if there’s a genre, SunFest usually has someone representing it. There’s more classic rock, more blues, more reggae, etc., though there’s always more than a few acts that are popular and solidly “of the moment”.
Meanwhile, Big Guava looks to be following more in the tradition of the Coachella/Lollapalooza music-festival circuit.
So, to me, Big Guava and SunFest should be able to at least co-exist. And it wouldn’t be that hard to imagine that at least a few of these acts might decide that a quick three-to-four-hour drive east is worth their time. I imagine there might be more than a few people doing the same drive this year (a few might be crazy enough to try and see both shows in the same day!).
That said, if you’re going to make the trip to Tampa, you’d better move fast. Early-bird tickets, which went on sale Wednesday, were sold out in 10 minutes, and regular tickets ($165 for a three-day pass) go on sale Saturday. You can click here to find out more.
Speaking of festivals: The South Beach Comedy Festival has already announced a big headliner — Chelsea Handler, who’s responsible for no fewer than three different sitcoms and a talk show (Chelsea Lately on E!). She’ll be performing at the festival in Miami Beach on Fri., April 4. More updates to come soon on the lineup.
More big comedy: Aziz Ansari, who’s played the South Beach fest himself, brings his high-energy show to the Seminole Hard Rock Live on March 15. His new special, Buried Alive, made its debut on Netflix in November — it’s hilarious. I mean, he’s great on Parks and Recreation, but he really comes alive on stage. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster outlets.
Dave Matthews Band’s special shows: This summer’s Dave Matthews Band shows promise something a little different — the group will perform two different sets a night. Besides the group’s usual awesome electric show, there will be a focus on the acoustic side of things as well, as the band will fracture into smaller groups. This will include the duo of Matthews and guitarist Tim Reynolds, who often perform as a duo when DMB goes on a break from touring.
As it has in most years, DMB will have a two-night stint at Cruzan Amphitheatre this summer — on July 18-19. Tickets will go on sale on Feb. 7.
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