Readers pick Tampa Bay's top 2010 concerts: Kings of Leon, Wilco, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and more
A few weeks ago we put out a call for Soundcheck readers to send in their picks for the best Tampa Bay concerts of 2010. A few of you wrote in with your picks. We appreciate it!
Here are some of the concerts you singled out for recognition in 2010. Check back tomorrow for the picks of the Soundcheck staff. Who knows? Maybe some of these shows will be on that list, too! (As always, leave your own picks for the year's best concerts in the comments.)
Scott Bush, Oldsmar: “The best show of the year was Kings of Leon (above, Sept. 16, 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre)! Even their warm-up acts were awesome — The Whigs (who will be huge) and the Black Keys, who won’t be warming up for anyone next year. Others of note: Dave Matthews, always solid. JJ Grey and Mofro as well as Michael Franti were great!”
Jillian Stein, Clearwater: “Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes at the Ritz on Oct. 16 was amazing. They’re truly incredible live, and they should definitely be included in the best of 2010, undoubtedly.”
Brant Houston, Tampa: “2010 was great. I got out to see 20 national acts along with quite a few local shows between Tampa Bay and Orlando. Here are my top 5 shows:
T1. Trombone Shorty in January at Skipper’s Smokehouse. It’s 18 degrees outside but the place was packed and the show was energetic.
T1. Wilco at Ruth Eckerd Hall in March. The set was just fantastic.
3. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes in October at the Ritz. Anytime you get to see a band (or in this case band member) play a homecoming show, you’re going to get their 'A’ game.”
4. The National In October at the House of Blues in Orlando. It was so worth the drive.
5. Rogue Wave in March at the Social in Orlando. I’m really hoping next time around they make it to Tampa.”
Danielle Thacker, Tampa: “I believe the best concert was Shinedown’s acoustic show at the Straz. They are a hard rock band, and they were able to take out the hard rock sound of the drums that make the songs awesome, and make it more acoustic, and still sound great. The Uproar Tour was also amazing despite rain at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre.”
Dave Estel, St. Petersburg: “While it’s a tough call, for me personally, i would go with Better Than Ezra/Big Sam’s Funky Nation at Jannus Live on Nov. 16. Reasons being: (A) It was on a Tuesday night, it rained for 30 minutes (delaying the show), but by the time BTE took the stage, the courtyard was packed; (B) Big Sam’s Funky Nation was a HIGHLY energetic opener that my wife and I were extremely surprised how good they were (and their showmanship, too); and (C) Better than Ezra was more popular in the '90s but are still GREAT musicians and VERY entertaining. They teased a few non-BTE songs on the fly, and they have a very good stage banter with each other and the audience during their show.”
Photo: Luis Santana, tbt*