Chance the Rapper, Kelsea Ballerini, the Chainsmokers: Which Best New Artist Grammy nominees are coming to Tampa Bay?
If you’re a Tampa Bay music fan looking at this year’s crop of Best New Artist Grammy nominees, there’s a whole lot to like.
Three of this year’s nominees – the Chainsmokers, Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini – have announced plans for a Tampa Bay concert in 2017. A fourth, Anderson Paak, might be coming soon. And the fifth, Chance the Rapper, has played here several times in the past couple of years, so we can’t rule him out, either.
That’s a night-and-day difference from 2016, when only one of the nominees played this market – Tori Kelly in April. Sam Hunt, James Bay, Courtney Barnett and winner Meghan Trainor all skipped us.
As longtime readers know, Soundcheck traditionally tracks Best New Artist Grammy nominees who book gigs in Tampa Bay; it always feels like a feather in our caps when one comes. Normally we place odds on which Best New Artist nominees will play here this year. But with so many acts already confirmed, let’s just run through them all.
The Chainsmokers: The smash EDM duo seems to come here all the time. They played the Sunset Music Festival last May, and the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball in December. And on April 14, they’ll return for their biggest gig yet, headlining Amalie Arena.
Maren Morris/Kelsea Ballerini: The two new-school country sensations have already announced they’re coming to Tampa this summer, but only one has given specific details. Morris will open for Sam Hunt at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on July 14. Ballerini has she’ll announced she’ll be opening Lady Antebellum’s summer tour, which is also coming to Tampa – most likely the Amphitheatre, too – but no date has been announced.
Anderson Paak: A while back, it was announced that Anderson Paak would open dates on Bruno Mars’ fall tour, which hits Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Oct. 19. But we don’t yet officially know WHICH dates Paak will open. Maybe Tampa, maybe not. We’ll find out soon.
Chance the Rapper: One of the year’s breakout artists – and our pick to win the Grammy – hasn’t performed here since a stellar show at Jannus Live in November 2015. He could fill a much bigger venue this time around, and considering how many big festivals he’s playing this summer, we shouldn’t count him out for a tour. Maybe in mid-June, around the time of his top-of-the-poster performance at Bonnaroo?