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More bands added to Gasparilla Music Festival

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Renowned hip-hop producer, DJ, multi-instrumentalist and singer RJD2 has joined the growing lineup for the 2014 Gasparilla Music Festival.

The annual concert fest is set to take place for a third year March 8 and 9 in downtown Tampa’s Kiley Gardens and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

Other new additions to the lineup include Charlottesville, Va.’s Hackensaw Boys, who bring some old-time bluegrass flavor to the mix, as well as Alexander and the Grapes and Benjamin Booker – the first Tampa-based bands to join the lineup.

They join previously announced headliners, avante-garde rockers The Flaming Lips, as well as Los Amigos Invisibles, Delta Spirit, Jason Isbell and Anders Osborne.

More bands will be announced after the first of the year, the festival’s promoters said in a news release.

Early-bird tickets, priced $40, are on sale through the Gasparilla Music Festival website and local stores including Daddy Kool Records, The Hub, Microgroove, Duckweed Market, Mojo Books and Music and KT Janes. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under.

RJD2, aka John Krohn, is possibly best known for composing the opening theme for the AMC series “Mad Men.” Since 2002, he has released five solo albums featuring a mix of hip-hop, soul, rock and retro pop.

Earlier this week the festival announced Sykes Enterprises had signed on as the top sponsor for the event for the next three years. Part of the festival’s partnership with Sykes includes raising funds and contributions for Feeding America Tampa Bay.

Since its founding in 2012, the festival has earned a reputation for featuring an eclectic mix of nationally known independent artists and local acts. The 2013 festival’s near-sellout crowd of more than 10,000 people prompted promoters to add a second day to the festival in 2014.

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