Hip-hop roundup: Nelly, B.o.B., Flo Rida hitting Tampa Bay in June
There are days when you hear about multiple off-the-wall concerts from various sources, all at the same time, and it makes the most sense to round them up all at once. Today, it just so happens that each of those shows feature big-time rappers, all performing at unconventional venues:
-- Shephard's Beach Resort has always been known to attract a hot name or two for their Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day parties. But rarely does it bring in a show this big just for the heck of it. Nelly and the St. Lunatics will perform at Shephard's on June 17, bringing with them an array of hits, from Country Grammar, Ride Wit Me and Hot In Herre. Get out of your friend's basement -- even if it does have a pole in it -- and head out here to watch Nelly at the beach. Tickets start at $32.50; click here for details.
-- B.o.B. has wowed local crowds during performances at Wild Splash and the 93.3 Jingle Ball. We have a feeling you'll be wowed again when the hitmaking rapper (Airplanes, Nothin' On You, Magic) headlines the Maxim-sponsored Cuervo Games, a day of extreme-sports competitions, giveaways, drinking and music in the heart of Ybor City. It's scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m., with a performance by B.o.B. at 9:30 p.m. June 18 at Seventh Avenue and 14th Street. You can get more details at the games' Facebook page.
-- We mentioned this yesterday, but it bears repeating: Flo Rida (Right Round, Low) will perform a full concert on June 25 at the Venue in Clearwater. Tickets start at $32.50; click here to get 'em. It's the biggest event of the summer for a venue that's also bringing in DJ Jazzy Jeff, Edward Maya, Cosmic Gate and BT. Click here for details.
And let us not forget about Young Jeezy at Vanity Ultra Lounge (June 16), Three 6 Mafia at the Kennedy (July 22), Rob Base and Yellowman at the Stadium Green Iguana (Aug. 6) and DJ Christion's annual star-studded birthday bash in mid-July, which is having a kickoff party July 2 at Hawaiian Village in Tampa. Oh, these crazy rappers. Who can keep up with where they'll pop up next?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Luis Santana, tbt*