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Young the Giant bring their brand of indie alt music to Busch Gardens

Young the Giant

By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent

Venue: Busch Gardens Wine & Food Festival Concert Series–March 18, 2017

Young the Giant is an up and coming band, or an established headliner, depending on your point of view. Formed in 2004 as The Jakes, the name change became official in January 2010. The lineup, with Sameer Gadhia  as lead vocalist and frontman, has remained stable since 2008.

As part of Busch Gardens’ Wine and Food Festival Concert Series, this was a new experience for them, playing with Montu, Falcon’s Fury, and the defunct Gwazi in their view – sometimes the Beatlesesque screams of the girls in the audience coincided with the screaming rollercoaster riders, like a faraway echo. They took to it well though, providing a flashy kaleidoscope of colors and sounds ranging from melancholy to driving, with side trips to psychedelia! It was clear the audience knew all the songs from their latest release and title of their tour, Home of the Strange, many of which they played to the crowd’s delight.


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Here is a schedule of the entertainment that will take the stage at Busch Gardens:

  • Saturday, March 4: Daughtry
  • Sunday, March 5: Andy Grammer
  • Saturday, March 11: Goo Goo Dolls
  • Sunday, March 12: Kool & The Gang
  • Saturday, March 18: Young the Giant
  • Sunday, March 19: Jason Isbell & John Hiatt Trio
  • Saturday, March 25: NBC’s The Voice finalists Craig Wayne Boyd & Adam Wakefield
  • Sunday, March 26: El Gran Combo
  • Saturday, April 1: DNCE
  • Sunday, April 2: Walk Off The Earth
  • Saturday, April 8: TBA
  • Sunday, April 9:  Daya and Matt Nathanson
  • Saturday, April 15: TBA
  • Sunday, April 16: Newsboys
  • Saturday, April 22:  Gilberto Santa Rosa
  • Sunday, April 23: Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Saturday, April 29: TBA
  • Sunday, April 30: TBA

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Brent Michael
About Brent Michael (85 Articles)
Senior Journalist/Photographer When not in custody, I've been involved with music, photography, and writing my entire life. Ever since I was a young boy and played those silver tunes, I've had the beat, but being a drummer didn't suit me so I became a lead singer, which lasted a few years. Settling down, sort of, I translated my knowledge of audio and glib tongue into mobile emcee work, and my training as a photographer and videographer into a living in the wedding, party, bar/bat mitzvah, and entertainment industry. During this time I also managed to bamboozle my way into a master's degree in writing, worked for a couple of magazines (yes, I took photos for a nudist magazine!), have photographed hotels, done commercial work (shot the cover of Tablet and Capsule magazine), published a few articles, hosted some public access shows (a couple times in drag, but that's another story), and generally made a nuisance of myself until I landed here.

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