Tampa Bay’s fall music calendar is always jammed with noteworthy shows, and the 2013 season is no exception. Three venues in particular are ramping up their live music offerings.
State Theatre The St. Pete staple brings in a hip-hop classic, Southern rap pioneers Geto Boys (Sept. 21). Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Oct. 10) treats local fans to a bona fide headlining gig of their grinding, seething psych-garage propulsion after warming the stage for Stone Temple Pilots on their last two stops, in 2008 and 2010 respectively. And beloved faves Lucero return Nov. 2 with another night of booze-soaked honky tonk-flavored rock n’ roll.
USF Sundome After a summer of virtually no activity, the Sundome launches a giant 2013-14 season with a few pop-catchy alternative rock bills featuring acts you’ve heard in heavy rotation on 97X. The first, Imagine Dragons (Sept. 24), is enjoying a stage upgrade from the Ritz show the band played last year. The second, Fall Out Boy, touches on pop-punk, with warm-up rock drama from Panic! At The Disco and light rock hop by Twenty One Pilots (Sept. 29). The remaining fall lineup spans classic funk n’ soul (Isley Brothers, Oct. 5), dreamy-ambient orchestral post-rock (Sigur Rós, Oct. 7), mainstream-friendly Americana and indie rock (The Lumineers with Dr. Dog, Oct. 19) and intelligent, socially conscious hip-hop (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Talib Kweli and Big K.R.I.T., Nov. 23).
Straz Center for the Performing Arts Tampa’s big arts center hits hard with two significant urban-minded concerts in its spacious Carol Morsani Hall. Jay-Z-championed hip-hop artist/producer J. Cole hits town on a wave of platinum success with new sophomore full-length Born Sinner and a chart-topping single, “Power Trip,” and is joined by another big name in the hip-hop game, Wale (Sept. 13). Fast-rising critical darling The Weeknd (aka Canadian recording artist Abel Tesfaye) brings fresh alternative style to R&B sounds (Sept. 25).
Also on the radar…
John Mayer Sept. 7, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
*Rancid Sept. 7, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
Diana Ross Sept. 10, Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros with Willy Mason Sept. 12, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
Pet Shop Boys Sept. 13, Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg
*Depeche Mode with Bat For Lashes Sept. 14, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
*Loretta Lynn Sept. 14, Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg
*Steely Dan Sept. 14, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater
fun. with Tegan and Sara Sept. 19, UCF Arena, Orlando
Miranda Lambert w/Dierks Bentley/Randy Rogers Band Sept. 20, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
Colin Hay Sept 24, Largo Cultural Center, Largo
Ra Ra Riot with Royal Bangs Sept. 24, Orpheum, Ybor City
O’Brother Sept. 26, Crowbar, Ybor City
*Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck Sept. 28, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater
City and Colour Oct. 3, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
Eilen Jewell Oct. 6, Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa
*Emeli Sandé Oct. 12, The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City
*India.Arie Oct. 12, Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg
*Baths Oct. 18, Crowbar, Ybor City
98Rock Halloweenie Roast with Alice Cooper & others Oct. 26, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
French Montana Oct. 27, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
*Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor: Teenage Bottlerocket/Big D and the Kids Table/Mustard Plug/Bouncing Souls/many more Oct. 29-30, Orpheum, Czar at The Ritz, Ybor City
Selena Gomez & The Scene Oct. 30, Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa
*Nine Inch Nails Oct. 31, Amway Center, Orlando
J.J. Grey & Mofro Nov. 1, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
*And So I Watch You From Afar w/TTNG Nov. 2, Crowbar, Ybor City
*Chelsea Light Moving with Merchandise Nov. 2, Orpheum, Ybor City
*He’s My Brother She’s My Sister Nov. 4, Crowbar, Ybor City
John Legend Nov. 4, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater
*Drake with Miguel Nov. 6, Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa
*Coastline Festival: Passion Pit/Two Door Cinema Club/Matt and Kim/Fitz And The Tantrums/The Joy Formidable/The Mowgli’s/Surfer Blood/many more Nov. 9, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
*Braids Nov. 9, The Social, Orlando
EMIT Concert: Eugene Chadbourne and Tatsuya Nakatani Nov. 8, Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg
Frank Turner Nov. 9, Beacham Theatre, Orlando
*John Vanderslice Nov. 13, New World Brewery, Ybor City
*Janelle Monáe Nov. 22, Hard Rock Live, Orlando
*Justin Timberlake Dec. 19, Amway Center, Orlando
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