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  1. Labor Day sandbar concerts might be nearing the end of an era

    Music & Concerts

    ST. PETERSBURG — The first time Hal Hammer Jr. and his salt-washed buddies played the blues on a barge in Riviera Bay, some 40 curious neighbors floated out to watch — not many more than your average Labor Day block party.

     Every Labor Day and Memorial Day, Hal Hammer Jr. and his Cross Creek Blues Band load up a pontoon with musical gear and perform a floating concert for thousands of boaters and swimmers on a sandbar in Riviera Bay, between Weedon Island and St. Petersburg's Tanglewood neighborhood.  Photo: Hal Hammer Jr.
  2. Music Planner: Chris Brown (and Fetty Wap!), Lady Antebellum (and Sam Hunt!), Labor Day on the water and more

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    Here's one way to look at the supernova career of Chris Brown, who performs at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday.

    Chris Brown, shown here at a show in Champ de Mars, Haiti on June 26, comes to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday.
  3. Rapper Pitbull named ambassador for Florida tourism


    Miami-based rapper Pitbull is partnering with Visit Florida to promote the state as a tourism destination.

    Miami rapper Pitbull has been named an ambassador for Florida tourism. As part of his new job, he’ll promote the state with #LoveFL at concerts around the world.
  4. 97X's Next Big Thing moves back to Tampa with Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon

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    For the third time in a decade, Next Big Thing is on the move.

    The Next Big Thing music festival thrown by alt-rock station 97X will shift this year from Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg back to Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, its home from 2006 to 2011.
  5. Music Planner: Earl Sweatshirt arrives, Geri X opens up, bands tackle Taylor Swift in Ybor

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    At some point, Earl Sweatshirt had to show up. For years, his mysterious backstory — exiled as a teen to a boy's academy in Samoa, MIA as his rap crew Odd Future rose to stardom, plagued by addiction and health issues that kept him out of the public eye — …

    Earl Sweatshirt will perform Tuesday night at the Orpheum in Ybor City.
  6. From the archives: Remember the night you saw your first Bruce Springsteen concert?

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    Editor's note: This article was originally published in the Floridian section of the then St. Petersburg Times on Nov. 4, 2005.

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band perform at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on  March 23, 2012. [OCTAVIO JONES, Times]
  7. Review: 'We Are Your Friends' a soulless, repetitive DJ story


    We Are Your Friends is to electronic dance music DJs what Punchline is to standup comedians, a laughable repre-Zen-tation of what it's like to be them. The movie takes something primally appealing and attempts to explain it, fetishize it, turn it into something deeper and more dramatic than …

    Zac Efron stars as Cole Carter, a DJ who wants to make it big, in We Are Your Friends.
  8. Music Planner: Funk Fest, Rob Thomas, an all-new Yes and beer with Umphrey's McGee

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    Funk Fest returns to Raymond James Stadium on Saturday for yet another hot, sweaty night of booty-knocking soul jams. You could be forgiven for missing the news, though — Funk Fest has popped up at various venues across Tampa Bay over the last six years, with …

    Jodeci brings ’90s R&B to Tampa with other headliners SWV and Dru Hill at Saturday’s Funk Fest at Raymond James Stadium.
  9. Elvis Presley left the building 38 years ago Sunday


    Where were you Aug. 16, 1977 when news came that Elvis Presley had died?

    The King is dead but lives long
  10. Swooning over this photo of Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams in 'I Saw the Light'


    It's getting mighty hard to tell what decade it is around the Things to Do department this week, what with this giant package about all of the '80s entertainment coming back this year and