Top 10 Tampa music stories of 2011, No. 8: A new home for Orpheum
It’s hard to list all the bands who have played the Orpheum in Ybor City over the years. Death Cab For Cutie, Iron and Wine, Young the Giant, Modest Mouse, the Ting Tings, Rogue Wave, the Black Lips, even the Jonas Brothers.
So it was a surprise, to say the least, when the Orpheum announced it was moving from its under-the-radar location at 1902 Avenida Republica de Cuba to a former hip-hop club at 1915 Seventh Ave., right on Ybor City’s clubbiest strip. How could such an indie-minded club move to Top 40 central? (The final concert at the old place was bittersweet, but fitting — it featured two bands, Grouplove and Walk the Moon, who are already on to bigger and better things.)
So far the new location is working out. The new Orpheum has received positive reviews — and an all-new A/C system! — and has been rocking and rolling these first few months, with shows by Steve Earle, The Joy Formidable, Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Say Anything’s Max Bemis, Mord Fustang and more.
Photo: Luis Santana, tbt*