Tampa’s Summer of Rum festival taps Inner Circle, The Expendables for music lineup

Old-school reggae and reggae-rock collide.

click to enlarge Inner Circle, which plays Summer of Rum Festival at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa, Florida on August 31, 2019. - Photo c / o Abebe Lewis Marketing + Branding
Photo c / o Abebe Lewis Marketing + Branding
Inner Circle, which plays Summer of Rum Festival at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa, Florida on August 31, 2019.


Old-school reggae fans like to criticize the glut of reggae-rock outfits that have come out of the woodwork in the years since the genre went mainstream.

Well, Tampa Bay is going to get a chance to have both sides of the spectrum (and then water it all down with rum) on August 31 when Jamaica’s Inner Circle — which formed in the early 70s, broke up and then reformed in the mid-’80s — and Santa Cruz reggae-rock outfit The Expendables play the Summer of Rum Festival at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in downtown Tampa.

Tickets for the Labor Day weekend event (which features 40 different varieties of rum) are on sale now and will cost alcoholics $15-$85.

Inner Circle is best known for its 1987 hit “Bad Boys” (aka the theme from COPS), but it’d do you good to listen to "Sweat (A La La La La Long)" as well. The Expendables are touring behind their 2017 EP, In This Moment.

Summer of Rum organizers say that a headlining band is yet to be announced. More information is available via summerofrumfest.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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