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Tampa, Florida rests on Tampa Bay, the Gulf Coast region of Florida. Known for its business centers, cultural attractions, and ethnic hubs, Tampa has much to offer residents and travelers. Although Tampa’s music community lacks the notoriety of major music cities, Tampa contains promising entertainment prospects, given its multi-ethnic influences, cultural organizations, and business ventures. A new crew of budding musicians are paving new channels for listeners, supporting the proliferation of Tampa’s music scene. Read below to uncover more about these developments in Tampa’s music scene and why concert-goers will be interested in the sounds produced in this city.
Tampa welcomes in plenty of nation-wide, big-name acts throughout the year
Tampa is defined by its humid subtropical climate, giving the city two primary seasons: hot/wet and mild/dry. Although concerts and festivals center on national acts all year, the mild/dry season which extends from November through April is most appealing for listeners and performers.
The pleasant mild/dry season starting soon kicks off with a variety of national and regional names, such as Daughtry, Twenty One Pilots, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Simple Minds, Christina Aguilera, Mayday Parade, Vnv Nation, Steve Aoki, Robert Earl Keen & Lyle Lovett, The Lacs, Blue October, Korn, Vince Gill, Tech N9ne, Hoobastank, Ray LaMontagne, Travis Scott, The Main Squeeze, Atreyu, Magic City Hippies, Red Sun Rising, Jessie Reyez, Allen Stone, Municipal Waste, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Kansas, Barry Manilow, Iron and Wine, Elton John, Brian Wilson, and more.
Currently, Tampa is undergoing a youth revolution that is jolting its local venues, record shops, and fans into a period of musical evolution
Publications such as Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay are paying attention to the new wave of faces that are population Tampa’s stages and shaking things up for crowds. Artists under 30 are leading the way with these changes, generating debate and praise in equal numbers. The featured rising artists in “Meet 30 Toung Tampa Bay Musicians Who Are (Re)Making a Scene” include the following names: Natalie Depergola, Fre$h P, Laura May Sienkiewicz, Annabella Vivero, Jared Hanlon, Deezy Wee the Reaper, Blake Daniels, Ella Jet Vessenmeyer, Mega Supremo, Tim Anderson, Justin Myers, Kay Mata, Austin Coupe, Mizwa Simfukwe, Kasey Maloney, Danny and Alex, Jake Dela Cruz, Emily Jones, Sam E Hues, Jasmine Deja, Chris Cardon, Woody Bond, Jason Charos, Brianna Bullock, Julian Carrington, Bella Beyer, Jensen Serf Company, Kyle Schroeder, Brian Majoney, Sulynn Hago, Danton Ruegger, Jonathan Robbins, The Ries Brothers, Parker Wilson, and Daniel Caballero.
Tampa has a range of venues to entertain listeners, ranging from a massive 20,000 seat outdoor amphitheater to crammed dive bars
A national chain, the Hard Rock Café may seem like a skippable music venue in Tampa. However, this part of Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino provides the iconic Hard Rock experience and then some, with expensive views, an outdoor patio, a blackjack pit, a bustling bar, and a selection of slots. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays have live entertainment in the evenings until 4 am, often in the form of concerts. Expect rock, new original sounds, and oldies but goodies. Tampa’s Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater at the Florida State Fairgrounds in another popular venue. Holing up to 20,000 this is where Tampa brings most of its national touring artists. With covered seating, this amphitheater can stand up to Tampa’s rainy season.