Photos: Lauren Daigle brings arena spectacle to Tampa

Lauren Daigle has completed her rise to arena-filling songwriter. Last Friday, the 32-year-old brought her brand of crossover Christian pop to Tampa’s…

By Ray Roa

Lauren Daigle plays Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on March 1, 2024.
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PHOTOS: Steve Ferrone, Vota salute Tom Petty in rare, St. Petersburg tribute show

If you're a child of the '80s, Steve Ferrone has probably played with at least one of your favorite bands or artists.…

By Josh Bradley

Photos: Steve Ferrone, Vota salute Tom Petty in rare, St. Pete tribute show
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Photos: Everyone we saw getting joyful with Hiss Golden Messenger in Ybor City

Lyle Lovett better watch out if he runs into Hiss Golden Messenger on this weekend’s Cayamo Cruise. “We’re gonna pants Lyle Lovett,”…

By Ray Roa

Hiss Golden Messenger plays Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on Feb. 26, 2024.
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Photos: Everyone we saw when 'We Out Here' festival celebrated femme-centric voices in St. Pete

A full day of music took over St. Petersburg's Bayboro Brewing last Friday when organizers for We Out Here—a femme-centric festival celebrating…

By Ray Roa

Doll Parts plays Bayboro Brewing in St. Petersburg, Florida on Feb. 23, 2024.
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Photos: Rod Stewart plays Tampa's Hard Rock Event Center

That big band tour is still a pipe dream, but Rod Stewart was back in Tampa last week for a Feb. 16…

By Ray Roa

Photos: Rod Stewart plays Tampa's Hard Rock Event Center
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Review: In Tampa, Billy Joel and Sting finally bring their years-old friendship to the stage [PHOTOS]

'Twas a pretty good crowd for a Saturday. Based on his co-headlining shows with Stevie Nicks, it was inevitable that Billy Joel…

By Josh Bradley

Billy Joel and Sting
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Review: Gasparilla Music Festival stages solid, soggy, debut at Tampa's Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park [PHOTOS]

“They called us Friday and said they needed somebody to rock this shit last minute,” Big Boi told a rain-soaked Tampa audience…

By Ray Roa, Josh Bradley

Killer Mike plays Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 18, 2024.
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Photos: Evan Dando and Willy Mason play Crowbar in Ybor City

The Lemonheads founder Evan Dando was in Tampa last week alongside songwriter Willy Mason for a show at Crowbar in Ybor City.

By Ray Roa

Evan Dando plays Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on Feb. 15, 2024.
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Photos: Gladys Knight returns to Tampa Bay for Valentine’s show in St. Pete

Almost exactly one year since she played Tampa, Gladys Knight, the Empress of Soul, was back in the Bay area for a…

By Ray Roa

Gladys Knight plays Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida on Feb. 14, 2024.
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Review: Boyz II Men gives Tampa all the hits in special career-spanning Valentine’s concert [PHOTOS]

At Tampa’s Hard Rock Casino last Wednesday surviving members of Boyz II Men—Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman—brought a three-decade legacy…

By Isaiah Stephens

Boyz II Men plays Hard Rock Event Center in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 14, 2024.
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Gasparilla Music Festival debuts new venue this weekend—here are the best photos from its time at Curtis Hixon Park

Whataboutmomma won’t be the only group watching the past move into the rearview this weekend at Gasparilla Music Festival (GMF). Organizers at…

By Ray Roa

Grymes Cannon jumps rope at Gasparilla Music Festival 2016
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Whataboutmomma, a band featuring Blake High alumni, is ready for its close up at Gasparilla Music Festival

You only get one first time to do anything. Whataboutmomma and Gasparilla Music Festival (GMF) are about to experience that together in…

By Ray Roa

Whataboutmomma
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Photos: Everyone we saw singing along with Militarie Gun at Crowbar in Ybor City

Ian Shelton and his Los Angeles hardcore band are on a hot streak. Born out of the pandemic, Militarie Gun released three…

By Ray Roa

Militarie Gun plays Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on Feb. 8, 2024.
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Photos: Pantera’s reunion tour comes to Tampa’s Amalie Arena

At  last weekend's show in Sunrise, Pantera played Great Southern Trendkill “Floods” for the first time in 23 years.  At the Monday…

By Ray Roa

Pantera plays Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 5, 2024.
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Photos: Matisyahu injures himself onstage, still finishes St. Pete concert

There were Israel flags in the crowd, but Matisyahu kept his political commentary tamped down last Friday. The reggae and pop songwriter…

By Ray Roa

Matisyahu at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida on Feb. 2. 2024.
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Photos: Brazilian death metal band Crypta brings ‘Shades of Sorrow’ to Tampa

Orpheum turned a shade of sorrow last Sunday when Brazilian death metal outfit Crypta landed at the North Tampa venue alongside Virulence and…

By Ray Roa

Crypta plays Orpheum in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 4, 2024.
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Photos: Tracy Shedd plays intimate record store show in Seminole Heights

​​Formerly Florida-based songwriter Tracy Shedd has long connections with Bay area label New Granada Records, and last Sunday she dropped into the…

By Ray Roa

Tracy Shedd plays Microgroove in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 4, 2024.
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Photos: Elder, Florist and Oceans Rise bring night of rock to Tampa Orpheum

American-German rock quartet Elder led a full bill of rock baddies at Wednesday night's show at Tampa's Orpheum. The band, which is…

By CL Staff

Elder
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Photos: Styx and 38 Special bring the best of times to Clearwater's The Sound

Styx fans seeing Coachman Park's seven-month-old venue, The Sound, created their early 2024 concert memories early this month, but they weren't alone.…

By Josh Bradley

Photos: Styx and 38 Special bring the best of times to Clearwater's The Sound
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Photos: Tesla kicks off two-night stint in Tampa

The Sacramento-based hard rock outfit brought its annual, hit-filled show to Tampa's Hard Rock Event Center inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &…

By Josh Bradley

Photos: Tesla kicks off two-night stint in Tampa
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Photos: Everyone we saw at the final show inside underground St. Pete venue Lost HQ

When Local 662 and Fubar closed in St. Petersburg, the 600 Block was left without spaces for the city’s underground music scene.…

By Ray Roa

Black Clash plays Lost HQ in St. Petersburg, Florida on Jan. 13, 2024.
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Photos: Every Tampeño we saw throwing ass when Pangea Sound made its Ybor City debut at Crowbar

After building a community in Los Angeles, and only popping up in select cities like Miami, New York and Austin for South…

By Ray Roa

Supernova (L) and Falcons of Pangea Sound play Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on Jan. 12, 2024
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Review: In Clearwater, Elvis Costello's aim to play obscurities remains true

Sometimes, Florida’s reputation of having notoriously pathetic winters isn’t the worst thing, because Thursday night, 69-year-old Elvis Costello came out to his…

By Josh Bradley

Elvis Costello plays Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida on Jan. 11, 2024.
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Bluegrass superstar Billy Strings kicks off spring tour with two-night Tampa stand [PHOTOS]

For the last couple of years, Billy Strings has had the bluegrass world in the palm of his hand, and Tampa Bay…

By Ray Roa

Billy Strings plays Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida on April 18, 2023.
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Photos: All the people who got down on it for Tampa Edition's Kool & the Gang NYE party

You don't get many opportunities to see Kool & the Gang founding member Robert Bell count you into a new year, then…

By Ray Roa

Photos: All the people got down on it for Tampa Edition's Kool & the Gang NYE party
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The best Tampa Bay concert photos of 2023

Tampa Bay's busy year of concerts kicked off as the clock struck midnight in 2022, with a private show by Nelly on…

By Ray Roa

Jake Wesley Rogers plays Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on Feb. 24, 2023.
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Photos: St. Pete Mayor Ken Welch, and everyone else we saw at Ericka Dunlap's Christmas concert at Mahaffey Theater

St. Petersburg came out decked in its Sunday best, and decked the halls of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts…

By Ray Roa

Ericka Dunplay plays Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida on Dec. 20, 2023.
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Photos: Il Divo brings multilingual holiday classics and more to St. Pete

Despite the passing of original member Carlos Marin exactly two years ago Tuesday night, the classical vocal quartet—now featuring  American baritone Steven…

By Josh Bradley

Photos: Il Divo brings multilingual holiday classics and more to St. Pete
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Photos: Stephen Christian plays last shows with Anberlin at The Ritz in Ybor City

It's the end of an era for now. After two decades in the lineup of storied Florida emo-punk export Anberlin, Stephen Christian…

By Ray Roa

Anberlin plays The Ritz in Ybor City, Florida on Dec. 15, 2023.
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Photos: Ludacris came to throw 'bows last night for St. Petersburg's Rise Up concert series

Organizers told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay photographer Phil DeSimone that Friday night's crowd was the largest they'd seen for St. Petersburg's new…

By Ray Roa

Ludacris plays Spa Beach Park in St. Petersburg, Florida on Dec. 15, 2023.
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