Cage the Elephant is one of several bands booked to play the annual Gasparilla Music Festival in March in downtown Tampa.

The festival, which had 55 acts representing a range of styles on five stages last year, plans to announce moire bands soon.

The sixth annual festival is scheduled for March 11 and 12 at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. Tickets are available at Prices are $40, 2-day general admission; $150, 2-day VIP; $100, Saturday only VIP; $75, Sunday only VIP.

About the bands

Cage the Elephant (Rock) (Performing March 11)
Formed in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and long celebrated as one of the most explosive live bands in the world, Cage the Elephant has also experienced incredible success on the radio with an astounding seven #1 singles on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in the 2010s.

Moon Taxi (Indie-Progressive Rock)

Hailing from Nashville, the five-piece Moon Taxi formed in 2006 while attending Belmont University and set out to conquer the Southeast with their unforgettable live set.

The New Mastersounds (Jazz Fusion/Funk)
Leeds, England-based The New Mastersounds are one of the cornerstone acts of the U.K. retro-soul scene. They play taut, old-school instrumental funk with a contemporary energy and an enthusiasm that has earned them rave reviews and led them to collaborate with a number of major acts in Britain and the United States.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band (New Orleans brass)
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a legendary New Orleans, Louisiana, brass band that brings the party wherever they go. Established in 1977, they revolutionized the New Orleans brass band style by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional New Orleans jazz style, and has been a major influence on the majority of New Orleans brass bands since.

Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs (Funk, Soul, Hip Hop)
Shamarr Allen is the definition of New Orleans. Hailing from the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Allen has influences in jazz, hip-hop, rock, funk rhythms, blues and country and is an Offbeat Magazine award winner for best trumpet player of the year.

The festival is produced by the Gasparilla Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2011. In addition to the music festival, the foundation works year-round to support music education through its Recycled Tunes program and to promote local musicians through its GMF Productions program. The foundation receives support from its membership program, Higher Ground. For information about becoming a member, visit www.higherground