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By Photojournalist Dave Moto

A beautiful Friday night on the first day in October, the Tampa Riverwalk and Curtis Hixon park all went together like a perfect recipe to officially open night one of The Gasparilla Music Festival 2021.

Food vendors galore, aerial performers, a silent disco, and a first night musical lineup that included DJ Casper, Cade, BabyJake, Mod Sun, old school rap legend Young MC and Sofi Tucker gave everyone something to enjoy.

Tampa and Mother Nature worked together to treat us all to an absolute gorgeous sunset right behind the main stage and showed off by using the beautiful University of Tampas famous buildings as it’s backdrop. BabyJake had the perfect time slot as the sunset accented his set like a Picasso painting!!
It takes a lot to “WOW” me as a photojournalist, but the performance by Mod Sun, in my opinion absolutely made the night!! Known for dating Avril Lavigne and fresh off his newest hit “Internet Killed The Rockstar”, Mod Served one of the most high energy sets I have ever seen and brought the entire park to life!! I literally felt exhausted after watching his performance. I am sure for those unfamiliar with Mod before Friday, like me, we all left as new fans!!

Organizers did an amazing job with night one and I can guarantee I am already looking forward to next year’s festival!! When do tickets go on sale for Gasparilla Music Festival 2022?