Two days, 12 bands and a rockin’ Memorial Weekend at Treasure Island’s Bands on the Sand 5 MAY 25-26
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Bands on the Sand 5 in Treasure Island this year is jam-packed with all-stars and A-listers from the Tampa Bay music scene, including Saturday night headliners Cope and Sunday night headliners Black Honkeys. The famed Memorial Day Weekend beach concert, now in its fifth year, is set this year for Saturday, May 25 & Sunday, May 26, 2013 on Treasure Island’s festival-sized beach. Music, food and drink flows at noon each day until 9pm.
“The powerhouse combination of so many headliner-quality acts, a ‘let the good times roll’ audience, and the laid-back atmosphere of our gulf front community, make Bands on the Sand the only place to be on Memorial Day Weekend,” said Cathy Hayduke, Treasure Island’s Parks & Recreation Director.
With fiery guitar, blistering sax and keys, thumpin’ bass and monster drums winding thru every music genre, Tampa Bay jamband masters Cope headline Bands on the Sand at 7pm on Saturday. Bonnaroo veterans and ukulele funksters Applebutter Express play at 5:15pm, and guitarist Bobby Lee Rogers fuses rock and blues into a musical tapestry beginning at 3:45pm. Reggae popsters Shoeless Soul take the stage at 2:30pm, the adventurous, soaring country-folk of Between Bluffs at 1:15pm and hometown faves Sunza Beaches bring their Spring Break party on at Noon.
Headlining at 7pm on Sunday is arguably the hottest band in Tampa Bay right now, the Black Honkeys, with their Motown/Soul groove thang sure to get you shakin’ yours. Funky Seeds smokes the beach at 5:15pm with reggae grooves, funk and blues and Talk to Mark power-pops to the stage at 3:45pm. From Tallahassee, Grant Peeples brings his Peeples Republik Band onstage at 2:15 with songs about being a true Floridian and the journey that goes with it. Sunset Bridge Band, a splendid alt-country rock four-piece with clever original songs and delicious instrumentation, play at 1pm, and Spark Notes, a Sarasota trio with gorgeous harmonies and wicked mashups, open the day at Noon.
Bands on the Sand rocks the beach at 104th and Gulf Boulevard, behind the Bilmar Beach Resort in Treasure Island. The 9-hour festival, produced by the City of Treasure Island Parks & Recreation Department, also includes dozens of arts and crafts vendors, a fireworks display at 8:50 on May 25th, and plenty of food and drink.
All day parking at TI Community Center $5; enter at 104th or 106th Avenues & Gulf Boulevard. Tents allowed in tent area. No overnight camping, glass or dogs on the beach. Info: 727-547-4575 ext. 237 www.mytreasureisland.org/bandsonthesand5.htm