TREASURE ISLAND – Bands on the Sand 5 in Treasure Island this year is jam-packed with all-stars from the Tampa Bay music scene, including Saturday night headliners Cope and the Black Honkeys on Sunday evening.
The popular Memorial Day weekend beach concert, now in its fifth year, is set this year for Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 on the beach behind the Bilmar Beach Resort.
Music, food and drink flows at noon each day until 9 p.m.
“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 and Recreation director.
With fiery guitar, blistering sax and keys, thumping bass and monster drums winding thru every music genre, Tampa Bay jam-band masters Cope headline the event at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Bonnaroo veterans and ukulele funksters Applebutter Express play at 5:15 p.m. 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 2:30 p.m., the adventurous, soaring country-folk of Between Bluffs at 1:15 p.m. and hometown favorites Sunza Beaches bring their Spring Break party on at noon.
Headlining at 7 p.m. on Sunday is arguably the hottest band in Tampa Bay right now, the Black Honkeys, with their Motown/soul sound.
Funky Seeds smokes the beach at 5:15 p.m. with reggae grooves, funk and blues and Talk to Mark takes the stage at 3:45 p.m. 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, a splendid alternative country rock four-piece with clever original songs and delicious instrumentation, play at 1 p.m. and Spark Notes, a Sarasota trio with gorgeous harmonies and wicked mashups, open the day at noon.
The nine-hour festival, produced by the city of Treasure Island Parks and Recreation Department, also includes dozens of arts and crafts vendors, a fireworks display at 8:50 p.m. on May 25 and plenty of food and drink.