Best New Sports-Music Pairing

Local talent + Tampa Bay Lightning Games

The Tampa Bay Lightning tapped local talent to play the pregame concert series in the Ford Thunder Alley outside Amelie Arena, which kicked off in October with Bradenton Americana faves Have Gun, Will Travel, then featured Tampa’s jazz-metal fusionists Poetry n’ Lotion twice — first in November, and then again in June before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. Local DJs Casper and LeSage have also been tapped to spin tunes during the games. We hope to see this trend continue in the 2015-16 season.

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