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Gasparilla Music Festival Adds Cuban Sensation Laritza Bacallao

Source CUBARTE 27.02.2015

Laritza Bacallao.
Laritza Bacallao

Tampa, Fla. - The Gasparilla Music Festival (GMF) presented by SYKES announced that Cuban musician Laritza Bacallao has been added to the 2015 lineup and will be closing out the Channelside Bay Plaza Stage at Kiley Gardens on Sunday March 8. The artist will be performing as “Laritza Bacallao y Su Grupo” and will feature her 8 piece band.

“Laritza is one of the most popular musicians in Cuba,” according to David Cox, Programming Chair for the festival.  “Her addition to our lineup really rounds out the type of diversity and regional focus that we strive to bring to the Gasparilla Music Festival each year.”

Laritza began her artistic career at the age of four years performing publicly both in Cuba and abroad. She comes from Cuban music royalty as her grandfather, Rafael (Felo) Bacallao, was the iconic singer of the legendary Cuban band, Orquesta Aragon, and her father, Ernesto Bacallao, was also a singer in the group.

Laritza’s music is described as an upbeat danceable disco that draws influence from several genres including Caribbean, afrobeat, Cuban and pop. She joins several other bands on the March 8 lineup with a similar Carnival spirit including headliner and Gypsy extraordinaires Gogol Bordello, New Orleans based Hot 8 Brass Band, Jamaican roots reggae legends The Abyssinians, and Miami based Afro-Latin funk band Suenalo.

Other bands performing at the festival include:

SATURDAY, MARCH 7TH:  Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Mutemath, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Budos Band, Dumpstaphunk, Hiss Golden Messenger, Roadkill Ghost Choir, The Hip Abduction, Packway Handle Band, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Family And Friends, Redfeather, Miggs, Displace (acoustic), Supros, Fistful (acoustic), Wax Wings, Amber Lynn Nicol, Guthrie Brown & The Family Tree, UNRB, The Porch Sessions, Dean Johanesen, Mr Richard & The Pound Hounds, And Mt. Zion Gospel Choir

Gogol Bordello, Trampled By Turtles, Laritza Bacallao Y Su Grupo, The Abyssinians, Hot 8 Brass Band, Suenalo, Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul With Genevieve!, Margo & The Pricetags, Selwyn Birchwood, People’s Blues Of Richmond, La Lucha, Geri X, Dynasty, The Real Clash, Shae Krispinsky, Gypsy Wind, Silly Sam, Little Kids Rock Band, And Yoga Rhythm Lounge.

About Gasparilla Music Festival
The Gasparilla Music Festival is a Florida non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation that organizes an annual music festival in downtown Tampa the second weekend of March. The organization is involved throughout the year in several initiatives including providing scholarships to music students and instruments to students through its Recycled Tunes program.


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