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  1. High times with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in Tampa

    Music & Concerts

    TAMPA — Tom Petty sure wasn't shy about sharing how relaxed he was feeling at his welcome-home gig on Sunday. "Call the babysitter," our Gainesville guy told the sold-out crowd of 13,905 at Amalie Arena (formerly the Tampa Bay Times Forum). "Tell her he's looking kinda high to me, so he might be playing for …

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform at the Amalie Arena on Sunday, September 21, 2014.
  2. Conductor passes baton

    Music & Concerts

    SPRING HILL — Back in 1995, the Hernando Symphony Orchestra found itself in a difficult position when its conductor, the late Marvin Rosenberg, had to step down due to health concerns.

    Wayne Raymond became conductor at the Hernando Symphony Orchestra in 2000 and is its longest-tenured in the position.
  3. Bluesapalooza finds its way in downtown Brooksville

    Music & Concerts


    One could say that Bluesapalooza has found its way.

    Music got some in the audience up on their feet to sing and dance at last year’s Bluesapalooza. 
  4. Ticket window: 97X Next Big Thing, Megan Hilty, 'Phantom of the Opera'

    Music & Concerts

    Tickets for the following events go on sale this week:

    Megan Hilty
  5. Tom's Top 25: Our ultimate list of Tom Petty songs

    Music & Concerts

    By SEAN DALY | Times Pop Music Critic

    Tom Petty has compiled a vast catalog of hits, which means our list of the top 25 may leave a few hearts broken.
  6. Review: You get what you pay for with free U2 album

    Music & Concerts

    Imagine if Bono threw a surprise party (hooray!) but the fancy three-tiered cake was made of sawdust (oh). That's my downer mood after U2 released new album Songs of Innocence on Tuesday in conjunction with Apple's new-product hullabaloo. I couldn't wait to eat this one up.

    Mouthwash, please.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, greets Bono from U2 after they performed at the end of the Apple event on Tuesday.

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?

If you are seeking a live …


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