WhigFest 2018: Umphrey's McGee to headline festival's return in Ybor City
With Tropical Heatwave no longer in the picture, might WhigFest become the multi-venue music festival Ybor City needs?
After a three-year hiatus, the festival, which ran at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg until 2015, will make its Ybor City debut on Feb. 17 and 18 on three stages at the Cuban Club and the Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing. Chicago jam-rock fusionists Umphrey's McGee will headline with a three-hour fest on Sunday, Feb. 18. A Saturday night headliner will be announced soon.
Among the other 20-plus bands planned so far for WhigFest 2018: Stokeswood, Polyenso, Forrest Hoffar, Swimm, J.T. Brown, Mountain Holler and Kristopher James.
Two-day tickets to WhigFest start at $60, with VIP passes starting at $399. Single-day tickets will start at $47.50 and go on sale in January. Click here for details.
WhigFest is run by the folks from Rock Brothers Brewing, which has created band-themed craft beers for the likes of 311, Hootie and the Blowfish and, yes, Umphrey's McGee. (WhigFest will double as a release celebration for a new, limited version of the Umphrey's brew.) The Attic sits atop Rock Brothers' new Ybor brewery, and has already hosted acts like David Cook, Howie Day, Shawn Mullins and more.
Rock Brothers has already utilized its craft beer connections to book bigger shows, including events at the Ritz Ybor and a Nov. 4 concert by 311 at the Cuban Club, a show that'll double as a fundraiser for the Moffitt Cancer Center.
One thing to note: The Attic has already announced a concert by Paula Cole on the night of Feb. 17, but that'll be a separate-ticketed event, not part of WhigFest. There will be a WhigFest stage that day, but it'll clear out before Cole takes the stage. Tickets to that stage start at $50. Click here for details on that show.
-- Jay Cridlin