Brian McKnight coming to the Straz Center in Tampa
A couple of years ago, while covering Maxwell at Ruth Eckerd Hall, your humble Soundcheck editor came to a realization: Great, soulful, spirited R&B concerts are few and far between in Tampa Bay.
That's not the case with rock, indie rock, folk, or even hip-hop. There are almost always concerts every week, if not every night, in Tampa Bay that play to fans of those genres. But if the music you dig is grown-up soul, it's gotta be a huge event whenever a major artist comes to town.
Which is why we consider it newsworthy that the Straz Center is bringing in Brian McKnight, continuing their fantastic track record of bringing in quality urban entertainers (R.Kelly, Jamie Foxx, Chrisette Michele, comics like Martin Lawrence and Mike Epps).
The 16-time Grammy nominee (with zero wins, which is a record he probably wishes he doesn't have) will bring hits like Back At One, Love Of My Life and Anytime to the Straz on Sept. 3. If you love R&B slow jams, we just planned you a date night.
Tickets start at $39.50. Click here.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.