Tampa Bay summer concert preview: Top shows (Drake, Pitbull, Dixie Chicks), ticket deals and more
Things are about to get busy for the 500 or so part-time employees of Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
From Saturday's concert by Daryl Hall and John Oates to upcoming shows by the likes of Keith Urban, Slipknot and Snoop Dogg, this will be one of the busiest summers ever at Tampa's 12-year-old shed, which is managed by concert promotions giant Live Nation. The Amp has currently has 25 events on the books for May to the end of August, up from 19 in 2015, 17 in 2014 and 15 in 2013.
"When we came to Tampa, we said our job is going to be to grow the entertainment business … and make Tampa an entertainment mecca," Harb said. "Which we have."
Through Friday, Live Nation is offering limited $20 tickets for most concerts at the Amphitheatre this summer, including shows by the Dixie Chicks, Gwen Stefani and G-Eazy. Click here for details on the Amp's wild and crazy summer.
But the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre doesn't have a monopoly on hot concerts this summer. Across the bay, you'll find gigantic festivals (97X BBQ, Sunset Music Festival), arena concerts (Drake, Pitbull, Ellie Goulding), theatrical events (Steven Tyler, Kirk Franklin, Culture Club) and club shows (Brandy Clark, St. Lucia, Claypool Lennon Delirium).