Many people say that they like all kinds of music, but few really appreciate the nuances of elevator muzak or the soulful hums of an all-kazoo funeral dirge. Soak up good tunes with this GrouponLive deal to Rockin the Midway at the Funshine Music Festival at the Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds. For $20.25, you get one G-Pass for general admission to the fairgrounds and general admission to the lawn of the venue (up to a $27 value, including all fees). Choose from the following dates:
- Friday, May 3
- Saturday, May 4
- Sunday, May 5
Gates open at 3 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Headlining performances begin at 7 p.m. All acts and showtimes are subject to change. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
At the Rockin the Midway festival, the outdoors of the Florida State Fairgrounds bustle with variety as pop, rock, and country royalty fill three days with fan favorites. As the afternoons unfold, fans can enjoy 60 carnival rides, games, vendors, and smaller-stage music acts before heading to the amphitheater lawn for the main attractions.
Friday – Train and Smashing Pumpkins
The Grammy-winning trio Train freights a cargo of breezy melodies and poignant jams. With intrinsically catchy beats and crossover appeal, Train's euphonic anthems bridge the gap between the hearts and brains of millions. Best known for Grammy-magnet singles such as “Hey, Soul Sister,” “Drops of Jupiter,” and “Calling All Angels,” Train’s grooves, combined with Patrick Monahan’s lilting vocals, stick in ears like relentless peanut butter. During the gripping live show, devotees can expect sing-alongs from Train’s catalog of smashes and cochleae candy from the band's latest album, California 37.
The Smashing Pumpkins have achieved what most bands only dream of. They’ve topped the alternative and mainstream charts, sold almost 30 million albums, won multiple Grammy awards, dominated MTV’s Video Music Awards, and been immortalized in cartoon form on The Simpsons. In the grunge-driven world of ‘90s alternative rock, their sound was the antithesis of lo-fi slackerdom. Alongside blasts of guitar power, they created seas of atmosphere through which Billy Corgan’s voice cut as cleanly and viciously as a shark, propelling a string of singles such as “Zero.” They revived the double-album format with the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, followed by the four-time platinum Siamese Dream and platinum-certified 1998 album Adore. With a new lineup featuring drummer Mike Byrne, bassist/vocalist Nicole Fiorentino (also of Veruca Salt), and guitarist Jeff Schroeder (who’s been on board since the band’s 2007 revival show), the Smashing Pumpkins enchant fans with tracks from their seventh studio album Oceania, along with a treasure chest of greatest hits and deep cuts, which may include “Bullet with Butterfly Wings,” “Tonight, Tonight,” and “1979.”
Train – “Drops of Jupiter” (Acoustic)
Saturday – REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Ted Nugent
Saturday smuggles arena legends REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Ted Nugent to the stage with an inestimable wealth of sing-along classics. Styx has sparked the third rail since 1972 with prog-rock sensationalism, bolstering lighter-fluid epics such as "Come Sail Away" and "Babe" with complex riffs from crystalline synthesizers intertwined with power-chord crescendos and noodling from guitar giant Tommy Shaw. With founding frontman and falsetto specialist Kevin Cronin at the helm, fellow Prairie State juggernaut REO Speedwagon fills the stage with passionate chartbusters that made waterbed salesmen rich, from romantic ballads such as “Keep on Loving You" to the spurned-lover kiss-off "Take It on the Run." "Motor City Madman" and expert game hunter Ted Nugent revs his buzzsaw guitar through classics such as "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold," all while protecting the audience from wild boars.
REO Speedwagon – “Can’t Fight This Feeling” (Live 2010)
Sunday – Gary Allan and Kix Brooks
Rowdy honky-tonk wrangler Gary Allan headlines Sunday with raucous energy and a stable of Top 10 hits. Eschewing the pop sheen on modern country, Gary’s earnest honky-tonk tunes tip their hat to Highwaymen such as Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Throughout his 17 years in the game, Allan has racked up plenty of platinum albums and 26 charting singles, but his career recently reached a new milestone with his first No. 1 album, Set You Free, featuring the single “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain).” Firing off his latest hits with greatest hits such as “Right Where I Need to Be” and “Songs About Rain,” Allan performs with outlaw swagger and a voice as deep and rugged as Sam Elliott’s wallet.
Best known as one half of the country duo Brooks & Dunn, whose CDs have sold more than 30 million copies and whose 1992 hit “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” single-handedly revived line dancing, Kix Brooks continues his recently launched solo career at Crocodile Rock. Brooks sports a new mustache and cowboy hat as he plays earnest tunes from his latest album, including the titular single “New to This Town,” a country ballad of regret, lost love, and the struggle of finding a new organic grocer.
Gary Allan – “Right Where I Need to Be”
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.