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  1. Florida Orchestra's Michael Francis talks making music and a home

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    Michael Francis was relieved. His books had just arrived from overseas.

    British conductor Michael Francis’ three-year contract starts in the 2015 season. His local ties run deep; his wife, Cindy, is from Lutz.
  2. Soundcheck: Coral Skies Music Festival among top live music picks

    Music & Concerts

    Coral Skies Music Festival

    With Cage the Elephant, Julian Casablancas and the Voidz, Bleachers, City and Colour, Manchester Orchestra, the Hold Steady, Bombay Bicycle Club, Tokyo Police Club, Wild Cub, Benjamin Booker, Junior Prom, Good Graeff

    IRVINE, CA - MAY 31:  Musician Jack Antonoff of Bleachers performs onstage during the 22nd Annual KROQ Weenie Roast at Verizon Wireless Music Center on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)
  3. For Tampa's Funk Fest, at RayJay on Saturday, is fifth time a charm?

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    April passed, then May and June, and there was still no word about Variety Entertainment's Funk Fest Tampa Bay. It was unclear if the R&B and soul concert series, now in its 20th year nationally, would return for its fifth year in this market.

    Philadelphia soul singer Jill Scott will headline Funk Fest in Tampa on Saturday. Unlike previous years, Funk Fest will be a one-day event.
  4. Florida Orchestra expands Pops in the Park with food, more music

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    If you want to scope out the ideal spot for your white tablecloth picnic — heck, we've even seen tables, chairs and china — for the Florida Orchestra's wildly popular Pops in the Park concert, you have to get to Vinoy Park on St. Petersburg's waterfront early. You and 10,000 other people, by some estimates. …

    Janice Clifton and Ross Johnson both of St. Petersburg enjoy a picnic just before the Pops in the Park performance by the Florida Orchestra at Vinoy Park in 2013.
  5. Miranda Lambert pal Angaleena Presley releases great, gritty country debut

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    Beauty, brains and a broke-down pickup. A platinum blond with a gold-plated conscience. Mostly classy, sometimes trashy, never dumb. That's the Miranda Lambert aesthetic, and it's the hot trend in Nashville.

    Angaleena Presley, center, is best known as part of the country supergroup Pistol Annies with Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert.
  6. SoundCheck: Funk Fest, Lyle Lovett among top music picks

    Music & Concerts

    Funk Fest

    With Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Fantasia, Doug E. Fresh, 112, Jill Scott, more

    Bobby Brown will be at Funk Fest in Tampa on Friday.

2014 Tampa Bay Ultimate Local Music Guide


Welcome to tbt*'s 2014 Ultimate Local Music Guide!

There is much to love about this year's Ultimate Local Music Guide (you really do need to pick up a hard copy for the full interactive experience), butall the highlights are here. So take a tour of this page to hear music from 2014 top local bands, watch performances and read the stories!

Tampa Bay Local Music Quiz: Which music venue is perfect for you?

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Three bands, one man: Interview with Singer-songwriter Mark Etherington