Gasparilla Music Foundation’s Recycled Tunes Hosting Music Instrument Drive at Cimafunk Concert

The Gasparilla Music Foundation (GMF) and its Recycled Tunes program are hosting a music instrument drive and fundraising concert on Friday, October 14, at the Cuban Club in Ybor City, which conveniently happens to be the date of the incredible Cimafunk concert at the same location presented by GMF and WMNF 88.5 Community Radio.

The foundation will be accepting gently used instruments in exchange for a FREE ticket to the 2023 Gasparilla Music Festival taking place in the spring. The instrument drive will be held outside the main entrance of the club on North Avenida Republica de Cuba from 6 to 9 p.m. with volunteers on hand to facilitate both walkup and vehicle drop-off donations. 


GMF will also be hosting a concert that night from 7 to 11 at the Cuban Club with Cuban sensation Cimafunk to raise funds for the program. Those who attended GMF last February will NEVER forget the astonishing non-stop dance party Cimafunk threw the first night.

Cimafunk – GMF. 📷: Shelly Smith!

“Cimafunk grew up in Pinar del Rio, two hours west of Havana, Cuba. After initially studying medicine for two years in his hometown, he moved to Havana to pursue a career in music. His monumental second album El Alimento was released late last year and received overwhelming praise, earning spots on top critics’ Year-End lists. His live show has often been compared to James Brown and has been described as a ‘mind-blowing non-stop dance party’ by MusicFestNews. Cimafunk’s performance at the 2022 Gasparilla Music Festival has been widely acclaimed as one of the festival’s best sets.”

Cimafunk – GMF 22. 📷: Jeffrey Moellering /

Recycled Tunes provides new and refurbished music instruments, repairs and equipment to Title 1 classrooms in Hillsborough County. Over the past year, the program has provided over 719 instruments and repairs to 47 schools and currently has a high priority need for gently used string, woodwind and brass instruments. Instruments donated at the drive are refurbished and then donated to a classroom or a promising student.

“We are encouraged by the county’s increased commitment to supporting music and the arts in our schools,” said David Cox, Executive Director of the Gasparilla Music Foundation. “But we still have a long way to go to ensure all of our teachers and kids have complete access to the tools they need and deserve.”

Proceeds from the show will benefit Recycled Tunes, Gasparilla Music Foundation, and WMNF 88.5 Community Radio, a sponsor of the event.


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