Hey DJ, bring that beat back: A guide to Tampa Bay's top electronic music destinations
Tampa electronic music fans don’t know how good they have it. This week, the world’s No. 1 DJ, David Guetta, performed at the St. Pete Times Forum. And on Friday, the hottest name in dubstep, Best New Artist Grammy nominee Skrillex, has a sold-out show at the Ritz Ybor. And over the past few years, names like Tiesto, Deadmau5 and Diplo (above) have all come to town.
Then again, maybe Tampa fans do know how good they have it. Electronic music broke big in 2011, thanks to the Identity Festival (which hit Tampa in August) and the Electric Daisy Carnival (which hit Orlando in May). Almost every weekend, there’s a world-class DJ packing some local club, not to mention an array of weekly dubstep, house and electro nights.
As 2011 wraps up, we wanted to survey the Tampa Bay electronic music scene, spotlighting the top destinations for DJs, including The Amphitheatre, The Ritz Ybor, The Venue, The Kennedy, Fubar, Orpheum, The Honey Pot, the Hawaiian Village and Crowbar. Click here for Jay Cridlin and Kate Cillian's story.
Photo: Luis Santana, tbt*