Sunshine Music Festival Returns in January

Article Contributed by Woody Graber | Published on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

When it’s January in Florida that means it’s time for the annual Sunshine Music Festival to bring some of the most electrifying musical performers to the state.  And this year promises to be the most unique yet!  Once again headlined by the preeminent blues-rock leader Tedeschi Trucks Band  the 2016 Sunshine Music Festival features a great line-up of exciting acts on two live music stages along with a wider array of refreshing craft beers and delectable menus from a wider variety of food vendors.  The Festival will kick off Saturday, January 16, 2016, 11:30am, at Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg in the Tampa Bay Area and then Sunday, January 17, 2016, 11:30am at Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton in South Florida.

Tickets for the Sunshine Music Festival, a major annual event for the Sunshine State, go on sale Friday, October 9 / 10AM at, all TicketMaster outlets or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.  General Admission tickets for the all day event are $49.99. Special Reserved Tickets are available for $99.99 and some VIP packages are also available.

All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, parking and service and handling charges.

For the fourth year in a row Tedeschi Trucks Band, or TTB as their fans prefer to call them, are returning to what has become their signature live musical event.  Formed in 2010 with a spirit of adventure that inspired Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks to shelve their equally successful solo careers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, a 12-piece tour-de-force, has quickly become the vanguard of modern roots music.  Hailed as "a deeply skilled groove machine (Los Angeles Times) that "booms like a soul thunderclap" (Boston Herald), the band has cemented their reputation for thrilling audiences worldwide with its legendary live performances, original songwriting and award-winning albums. In just five years, TTB has toured extensively worldwide with top-bill performances at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo and the venerable Newport Jazz Festival. Driven by Trucks, #16 of the top 100 Guitarists of All Time (Rolling Stone), and Tedeschi’s impassioned, blues-soaked vocals, the Jacksonville-based group earned a Grammy for its debut Revelator, followed with a dynamic live double disc, Everybody’s Talkin’, and 2013’s acclaimed Made Up Mind. With Derek Trucks having recently wrapped up his 15-year tenure with The Allman Brothers Band, TTB has fully dedicated itself to touring and increasing its repertoire with new material for their highly anticipated third studio album, to be released in early 2016. 

Also appearing on this year’s bill for the Festival are: Singer/Songwriter/Musicians The Indigo Girls who Rolling Stone describes as the “ideal duet partners. Their voices soar and swoop as one, alternately raucous and soothing”; popular New Orleans hard-edged funk band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Hard Working Americans an American rock supergroup featuring singer Todd Snider, bassist Dave Schools from Widespread Panic, Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood on guitar and vocals, Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi on keyboards and Duane Trucks, younger brother to Derek on drums; Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, regarded as one of the best live bands on the planet and fresh off the Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour; New Orleans rock hybrid The Revivalists;  the unique dobro influenced sound of The Jerry Douglas Band; Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna legendary guitarist Jorma Kaukonen; the rocking guitar mastery of the Bobby Lee Rodgers; and the killer licks, soaring guitar solos and heart wrenching vocals of Joanne Shaw Taylor.

With More Great Music, More Great Craft Beers and More Great Food, the 2016 Sunshine Music Festival headlined by the Tedeschi Trucks Band comes only to Florida for two dates in 2016, Saturday, January 16 at Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg in the Tampa Bay Area; and Sunday, January 17 at Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton in South Florida.  Tickets go on sale Friday, October 9 / 10AM at, all TicketMaster outlets or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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