Before they perform for the 90,000 fans expected in the California desert for the Coachella music festival this April, Florida natives Surfer Blood will rock Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa.
The critically-acclaimed guitar rockers from West Palm Beach headline a lineup of Florida-bred bands playing the Spring Beer Fling Sunday in the park.
The “retro, nostalgic, surf rock-themed” festival will bring together music, games and a variety of seasonal brews from Samuel Adams, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada and others from noon to 10 p.m.
Among the activities planned for the 21-and-up festival are rides on a mechanical surfboard mounted on a giant, inflatable wave, a fireworks display, and a “beach ball drop spectacular” promising thousands of LED-lit beach balls dropping onto the crowd in complete darkness.
The music lineup includes SXSW featured artists Beach Day, from Hollywood, Fla., and “Best Rock Band in South Florida” winners Pretty Girls, a three-piece indie rock outfit from Boca Raton. Heavy Metals and The Intoxicators! will also perform.
General admission tickets are $15 in advance through springbeerfling.com, or $20 at the gate. VIP tickets, which include unlimited beer pours, food and entry to a lounge area are $85 in advance or $100 at the gate.
Surfer Blood, originally a dorm room project of guitarist and vocalist John Paul Pitts, released its debut album “Astro Coast” in 2010 on an indie label and began to pick up buzz when taste-making website Pitchfork tagged it “best new music.”
Their major-label debut, “Pythons,” came out in 2013.