Cagestock 2019 turns Woodstock hoopla into a showcase of original Tampa Bay music

Let’s focus on the present, people.

click to enlarge Ashley Smith & The Random Occurrence, which plays Cage Brewing in St. Petersburg, Florida on August 18, 2019. - Photo by Kelsey Walker
Photo by Kelsey Walker
Ashley Smith & The Random Occurrence, which plays Cage Brewing in St. Petersburg, Florida on August 18, 2019.


Most of the nostalgia and hoopla around Woodstock’s 50th anniversary has been meh (we get it: drugs and free love, but didn’t many of those hippies in the crowd become fuddy-dud Republicans and pseudo-Libertarians?).

Props to Mark Etherington, however, for taking the anniversary’s energy and turning it into a three-day celebration of Tampa Bay musicians. Etherington, who makes ethereal folk for fans of bands like Fleet Foxes, has curated Cagestock, a three-day, free music festival at Cage Brewing where more than 20 acts will bring an eclectic plate of tunes (bluegrass, Americana, rock and roll, psychedelic, funk, sultry singer-songwriters and experimental sounds) to two stages. Friday’s lineup features some of the best young rock bands in St. Petersburg, but Saturday’s Family Funk jam should be cool, too.

Cagestock w/Reality Asylum/Soapbox Soliloquy/Gregory Milo/Blackbird Morning/Lassyu/Geri X/Tropico Blvd/Tate Leigh/Deb Ruby/Joshua Reilly and the Corn-Fed Locals/more. Fri.-Sun. No cover.. 2001 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg. cagebrewing.com.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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