Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest

SEMINOLE HARD ROCK GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST PROMISES ANOTHER FUN-FILLED WEEKEND IN 2019

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SEMINOLE HARD ROCK GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST PROMISES ANOTHER FUN-FILLED WEEKEND IN 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Darrell Stefany
                                                                                          (812) 251 – 3378

TAMPA, FL – The 2019 Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Saturday, January 26th and 27th, 2019, and will feature the historic Gasparilla Invasion, the Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival presented by Budweiser in downtown, Tampa. The Gasparilla Pirate Fest in 2019 has expanded to Sunday by launching the 1st Annual Gasparilla JazzFEST and Sunday Brunch in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Sunday, January 27th from 10am – 4pm.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26TH

GASPARILLA INVASION BRUNCH: The Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at the Tampa Convention Center provides the best view in town of the historic Gasparilla Invasion, as Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla sail on the Jose Gasparilla, docking tableside at 1pm. This brunch includes a buffet with cash bar and reserved table seating for one of the most unique and colorful spectacles in the world. Brunch Tickets are $120 and Brunch & Bleacher COMBO Tickets are $155, both available www.GasparillaTreasures.com or by calling Gasparilla tickets at (813) 251-8844.

GASPARILLA PARADE OF THE PIRATES PRESENTED BY YE MYSTIC KREWE OF GASPARILLA: Following the invasion, a victory parade begins at 2pm at Bay to Bay and Bayshore. The 4 ½ mile Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla annually since 1904, winds its way down Bayshore Blvd. and through downtown Tampa. Reserved Gasparilla Bleacher Seating Tickets are $60 (plus tax).  To purchase tickets or officially licensed Gasparilla merchandise, visit www.GasparillaTreasures.com or call Gasparilla tickets at (813) 251-8844.

GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST STREET FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER: Pre-parade live entertainment beginning at 10am as well as post parade until 8pm takes place on stages located at both Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (Latin Stage) and MacDill Park (Rock Stage).

The Macdill Park Stage schedule:

10am – 3pm    Almost Alice

6pm – 8pm      Almost Alice

The Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Stage schedule:

10am – 10:30am         Rumba Background Music

10:30am – 12pm         Zumba

12pm – 1pm                Rumba DJ

1pm – 3pm                  Fred Lopez

3pm – 5pm                  Rumba DJ

5:30pm – 7pm             Son D Barrio

7pm – 8pm                  Rumba DJ

OFFICIAL GASPARILLA PARTY HEADQUARTERS: Join American Social, the Official Gasparilla Party Headquarters, for an Invasion Brunch Party and Open Bar from 10am – 4pm on the dock! Be sure to make your table reservations for the Official After Party post parade before they sell out! Enjoy food and beverage specials, live entertainment and so much more at ye favorite spot in town throughout the entire weekend!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27TH

GASPARILLA JAZZFEST & SUNDAY BRUNCH: New this year, the Gasparilla JazzFEST is a free, family-friendly event featuring live entertainment from 10am until 4pm at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. Gasparilla JazzFEST is proud to welcome as headliner, Grammy-nominated flautist and saxophonist, Najee, whose multiple Gold and Platinum albums and star-studded collaborations qualify him as a true icon of Jazz and R&B.

Jeanette Harris and Althea Rena will open the show.  Harris, the saxtress of smooth jazz, hit the Billboard charts with her cover of Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do,” and has recorded and toured extensively with many well-known artists. Rena, daughter of Motown’s Funk Brother, Dezie McCullers, became the first flute player to reach the Number One spot on the Billboard Chart with her latest album’s title track, “In the Flow.”

Rounding out the line-up is Chicago transplant and local Tampa Bay favorite, Omari Dillard, a classically-trained piano and violin child prodigy whose versatile range includes everything from country and gospel to hip hop and rock.

The Gasparilla JazzFEST entertainment schedule:

10am – 12pm              Jeanette Harris and Althea Raye

12:30pm – 2:30pm      NAJEE

3pm – 4pm                  Omari Dillard

Note: Artist and stage management by Jazz Thyme Productions.

Food trucks and vendors will offer a variety of brunch options throughout the park, but discriminating diners may want to opt for the VIP Brunch Ticket with reserved, elevated seating and a menu as varied as the day’s music. Featuring breakfast staples such as bacon & eggs, smoked salmon & bagels, bananas foster, and fresh fruit, guests will also enjoy regional specialties such as cheese grits, Café con Leche and the ultimate Ybor Classic Benedict – poached egg over toasted Cuban bread, topped with roast pork, hollandaise and parsley.

The Gasparilla JazzFEST VIP Brunch will be served from 11am – 2pm, including the catered brunch and two complimentary drink tickets. Tickets, priced at $65, are available at www.GasparillaTreasures.com or by calling Gasparilla tickets (813) 251-8844.

BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES APPEARANCE:  A last-minute addition to Sunday’s event is an unusual opportunity to meet two of the magnificent Clydesdale horses featured in many memorable Budweiser ads and events. The Clydesdales will be visiting at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park from 12pm – 2pm.

Be sure to join the piratical conversation and share your favorite memories with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

ABOUT YE MYSTIC KREWE OF GASPARILLA: Inspired by the legend of Pirate Jose Gaspar, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla was founded in 1904 as an organization dedicated to enriching a sense of community in Tampa and celebrating the history of our great city. Over the past 114 years, the YMKG Invasion and Parade of Pirates has evolved into the third largest parade in the United States, attracting over 200,000 visitors annually. The economic impact from the one-day event tops $22 million annually. The Children’s Gasparilla Parade (1/19/19) is also reportedly the largest of its kind in the United States, offering a family-friendly, alcohol-free venue for over 100,000 visitors from around the world.

ABOUT SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO TAMPA

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the premier entertainment destination of Central Florida. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the property is one of the most successful and largest casinos in the world. Located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa, the casino features high stakes table games, thousands of the hottest slot machines as well as a new smoke free slots area offering more than 850 popular games. Additionally, there is a state-of-the-art Poker Room featuring 46 tables and an art deco-inspired Mezzanine Level Casino with more than 500 premium and high limit slots. The hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated and the property proudly offers seven award-winning Zagat-rated restaurants, including the upscale dining venues Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and The Rez Grill. The only place to rock one’s body and soul, Rock Spa® & Salon, is also available along with a plethora of VIP services. For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online and via FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST SPONSORS AS OF THE DATE OF THIS RELEASE INCLUDE:

Title Sponsor – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa; Alley, Clark, Greiwe; Amalie Oil; American Social Tampa; Anheuser Busch/Budweiser; Beam Suntory; Blackrock Milling; Captain Morgan Rum; Carey, O’Malley, Whitaker, Mueller, Roberts & Smith, P.A.; Centro Tampa; City of Tampa; EquiAlt; Fisher Boys Tent; Florida Funders; GreenPages Technology Solutions; Highland Capital Brokerage; Hillsborough County; iHeartRadio Tampa Bay including – 620 WDAE The Sports Animal, 93.3 FLZ. 95.7 The Beat, 98 Rock, Mix 100.7, Newsradio 970 WFLA, Rumba 106.5 and US 103.5; Jim Beam Black Bourbon; Lyft; Maker’s Mark Bourbon; Maker’s 46 Bourbon; OnBikes; Peak Power Services; Premier Data Services; SKANSKA;  Stepp’s Towing; T-Mobile; The Hadlow Family; The Marylou Bailey Family; The Tampa Bay Times; TBO.com; Tech Data; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; TMS of South Tampa; Triton Construction Group; Visit St. Pete Clearwater; Verizon Wireless; Visit Tampa Bay; WFLA News Channel 8; and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

Gasparilla Treasures™ and Tampa’s signature Gasparilla events including the Ashley HomeStore Children’s Gasparilla presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay, Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla’s Outbound Voyage are marketed, managed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc. of Tampa.

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‘Community Hero’ Announced For 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates

CONTACTS:
Darrell Stefany, EventFest, Inc. (813) 251 – 3378, Darrell@EventFest.com
Darien Cobb, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, (813) 627-7788, darien.cobb@seminolehardrock.com
Kaley Purdon, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, (813) 627-7623, kaley.purdon@seminolehardrock.com
Chris Dirato, Bitner Group, (954) 703-7938, chris@bitnergroup.com

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‘Community Hero’ Announced For
2019 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest,
Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates

2019 GPF Community Hero

TAMPA, Fla.  (January 08, 2019) – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, along with EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, announced today that retired U.S. Army First Sergeant Valerie Ellis Lavin will be the “Community Hero” for the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the title sponsor of the Gasparilla Pirate Fest, which is scheduled for Saturday, January 26. The event will feature the Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates, presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

Lavin, who leads her own company (St. Petersburg-based Luminary Global), is best known for her passion to help veterans and their families start their own businesses. It’s a passion she has been pursuing and refining for nearly four years and she has since woven herself in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Tampa Bay. She is often referred to as a “person you have to know” in the veteran and entrepreneurial communities.

In recent years, Lavin has been recognized by a number of organizations for her community efforts – 2018 Ybor Heroes Award (Ybor City Chamber of Commerce); 2017 Business Woman of the Year honoree, category finalist and winner of the “Roar” Award (Tampa Bay Business Journal); 2016 Susie Steiner’s Community Impact Award (Hillsborough Community College); 2015 Hero at Work Award (Tampa Bay Business Journal); and the 2014 Army Noncommissioned Officer of the Year (Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce).

She also serves as Program Director for Women in Defense (Greater Tampa Bay Chapter), board member for USF’s Center for Veteran and Military Family Transition and Professional Philanthropy Network as well as Transition Committee for Mission United of the United Way. Additionally, she recently was nominated to be the incoming Vice President of the National Veterans Small Business Coalition.

During her military career, Lavin collected numerous awards including the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Joint Service Achievement (1OLC) and Army Achievement Medal.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Valerie will be the ‘Community Hero’ for the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates,” said Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa President Steve Bonner. “While we should be extremely grateful for her service and commitment to our country, we should also take note of the huge difference that she is making in the Tampa Bay area. She is a true American hero.”

“Valerie Ellis Lavin is a perfect selection for the 2019 Gasparilla Parade of Pirates Hometown Hero. She’s a combat veteran, recognized leader, and award-winning trailblazer who’s dedicated her life in support of military veterans and their families. Jose Gaspar would be proud to have her on his Krewe!” said Richard Chapman III, Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

About Gasparilla Pirate Fest

The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, January 26 & 27, 2019, in Tampa and will feature the 105th Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival, presented by Budweiser.

About Gasparilla Reserved Tickets

Parade of the Pirates reserved bleacher seats are $50 online in advance. For additional information and to purchase Gasparilla Tickets and Official Gasparilla Treasures™ merchandise, visit www.GasparillaTreasures.com. Tickets can also be ordered from the Gasparilla Ticket Line (813) 251-8844. Tampa’s Signature Gasparilla Community events, including the Children’s Gasparilla, Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and the Gasparilla Outbound Voyage are marketed, managed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc. of Tampa.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the premier entertainment destination of Central Florida. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the property is one of the most successful and largest casinos in the world. Located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa, the casino features high stakes table games, thousands of the hottest slot machines as well as a new smoke free slots area offering more than 850 popular games. Additionally, there is a state-of-the-art Poker Room featuring 46 tables and an art deco-inspired Mezzanine Level Casino with more than 500 premium and high limit slots. The hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated and the property proudly offers seven award-winning Zagat-rated restaurants, including the upscale dining venues Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and The Rez Grill. The only place to rock one’s body and soul, Rock Spa® & Salon, is also available along with a plethora of VIP services. For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online and via FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

About Hard Rock International

With venues in 75 countries, including 183 cafes, 27 hotels and 12 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise and Hard Rock Live performance venues. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Atlantic City, Bali, Cancun, Daytona Beach, Ibiza, Orlando, Shenzhen and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include, Maldives, Manila, Malaga, Georgetown, Fortaleza, Rosario and Chengdu. New Hard Rock Hotel, Casino or Hotel & Casino projects include Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, London, Los Cabos, Madrid, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Sacramento, Dalian and Haikou in China. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com.

GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST JAZZES UP THE FUN IN 2019

GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST EXPANDS TO SUNDAY
NAJEE TO HEADLINE 1st ANNUAL GASPARILLA JAZZFEST & SUNDAY BRUNCH IN CURTIS HIXON WATERFRONT PARK

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GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST JAZZES UP THE FUN IN 2019 

December 13, 2018

CONTACT: Darrell Stefany
EventFest, Inc.
(813) 251-4344                             

TAMPA, FL – Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and EventFest are excited to announce that Smooth Jazz artist NAJEE will headline the 1st Annual Gasparilla JazzFEST on Sunday, January 27, 2019 …. a new addition to the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest in downtown, Tampa.

Gasparilla JazzFEST will feature live entertainment from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2019. JazzFEST is family friendly and FREE to attend. There will be several vendors and food trucks on site, each with a variety of brunch options available to purchase.

Gasparilla JazzFEST will offer a VIP Brunch Ticket, featuring a fully catered buffet from 11am – 2pm, lounge experience and two complimentary drink tickets. VIP Brunch Tickets are $65 each and are available exclusively from EventFest at www.GasparillaTreasures.com or by calling Gasparilla Tickets (813) 251-8844.

The Gasparilla JAZZFEST Brunch menu includes Assorted Breakfast Pastries; Bagels & Cream Cheese; Smoked Salmon Display; Fresh Fruit & Cheese Display; French Toast Bananas Foster; Eggs Benedict – the Ybor Classic Benedict (poached egg over toasted Cuban bread, topped with roast pork, hollandaise and parsley); Scrambled Eggs; Bacon, Cheese Grits, Chicken Marsala, Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetable Medley, Cuban toast, Café Con Leche and Coffee.

“We are delighted to add the Gasparilla JazzFEST and Sunday Brunch to our 2019  Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest schedule” said Darrell Stefany, President of EventFest and Project Manager for Tampa’s signature Gasparilla Community events (Children’s Gasparilla and Gasparilla Pirate Fest). “With construction in downtown reducing our Pirate Fest stages on Saturday, the expansion to include Sunday became a logical addition to our Gasparilla festivities” said Stefany. “While our guests come for the Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates on Saturday, they’ll come out on Sunday for the music, and we are thrilled to have NAJEE headlining our Sunday JazzFEST this year!” Stefany added.

Gasparilla JazzFEST Entertainment schedule

10:00 a.m. –   12 p.m.             Jeanette Harris and Althea Rena
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.            NAJEE
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.             Omari Dillard

Note: Artist and stage management by Jazz Tyme Productions.

About Jeanette Harris: Jeanette Harris is the scintillating saxtress of smooth jazz. She understands that energetic and captivating performances matched with uplifting and inspiring vibrations in the music are the platinum recipe for success. Fans already recognize her for her popular cover of Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do,” which hit Billboard’s smooth jazz singles chart. Classically trained in both sax and piano, a graduate of Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music, and the saxophonist for the late, great Teena Marie’s final year of touring, Jeanette has weathered the fiercest challenges to bring the world her own brand of soulful vibes.  She recorded with guitarist Norman Brown (featured on her 2011 release “Saxified”), wrote for Gerald Albright and has been blessed to perform at many well-known Jazz Festivals and Jazz Rooms in the United States, Japan, Germany and London. Jeanette’s favorite place to be is performing on the stage and she is grateful for the wonderful opportunities she’s been blessed with and looks forward to many more.

JEANETTE

About Althea Rena: Born December 25th in Detroit, Michigan, she began her musical journey at the tender age of four. She studied classical music while attending Howard University and later gained musical inspiration from the accomplishments of Yusef Lateef, Ian Anderson, and her father (one of Motown’s original Funk Brothers) Dezie McCullers. She has since developed her own creative style.

Her fifth project, “In The Flow”, was a collaboration with Grammy award winning producer Michael Broening, with whom she cowrote the title track. “In The Flow” reached number one on both the Billboard Chart and the Smooth Jazz Chart. Althea René made history by becoming the first flute player to ever reach the number one spot on the Billboard Chart.

ALTHEA

About NAJEE: Grammy nominated saxophonist and flautist, Najee has made a career following his heart and keen musical intuition by pushing musical boundaries, all of which have made him an international pioneer in the music industry. Having collaborated with everyone in the music business from Prince and Quincy Jones to Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock, Najee’s technical agility, grace, compositional prowess, unbridled passion and fearless genre bending have made him one of the most sought-after musicians of his generation. With two Platinum and four Gold albums under his belt, Najee is an icon whose musical vision spawned an entire new genre by fusing the music close to his heart (R&B and Jazz). https://www.najeeofficial.com/bio/

NAJEE

About Omari Dillard:  Born outside Chicago, but raised in the Tampa Bay area, Omari Dillard is a musical force to be reckoned with. He began playing piano at the tender age of 8, and by the age of 11, he decided he wanted to play violin instead (I mean, what growing boy wants to take piano lessons from their school’s principal anyway?). From big festivals to weddings, and private parties/engagements, Omari has wooed audiences nationwide. Classically trained, with a contemporary style, Omari delivers harmonious sounds with versatility in genres like R&B, jazz, hip hop, rock, pop, country, and gospel. His sultry sound makes this musician one of the most captivating around! In his free time, Omari loves to give back to the community by visiting schools and inspiring kids of all ages to pursue what came to be his passion in life: music.

OMARI

About Gasparilla Pirate Fest: The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, January 26 & 27, 2019, in Tampa and will feature the 105th Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival, presented by Budweiser.

About Gasparilla Reserved Tickets: Parade of the Pirates reserved bleacher seats are $50 online in advance. For additional information and to purchase Gasparilla Tickets and Official Gasparilla Treasures™ merchandise, visit www.GasparillaTreasures.com. Tickets can also be ordered from the Gasparilla Ticket Line (813) 251-8844.

Tampa’s Signature Gasparilla Community events, including the Children’s Gasparilla, Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and the Gasparilla Outbound Voyage are marketed, managed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc. of Tampa.

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