Review: Florence and the Machine bring dramatic style, music to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa
Two days after their electrifying performance at the DeLuna Music Festival in Pensacola Beach, Florence and the Machine made their inaugural appearance in Tampa Bay with a concert Tuesday at the USF Sun Dome.
A crowd of 5,011 turned out for the English alt-pop band's show. Sean Daly was among them, and he writes of star Machinist Florence Welch:
Her voice is all parts Bjork, Grace Slick and an air siren, a truly remarkable device that also has a legitimate soul-singer burn — Aretha Franklin in Wonderland. She doesn't oversing; instead she carefully paints her pictures, waiting, waiting, and then ... KAPOW. ...
She could be aloof and melodramatic -- and then break into a grin. "It's about time we make a few sacrifices," she said heavily, "and by that I mean human." But what she really wanted was for the dudes to "raise up" their dates.
"We want to see as many people on shoulders as possible," she said, breaking into the defibriliffic Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up).
For more of Sean's review of Florence and the Machine at the USF Sun Dome, click here.
Photo: Eve Edelheit, tbt*