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25 biggest shows coming to Tampa Bay this summer

Funshine Music Festival, May 3-5

This inaugural event at the Florida State Fairgrounds skews toward the mainstream, with headliners such as Train, Smashing Pumpkins, Phillip Phillips, REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent. But with more than 30 bands on six stages — plus some 60 rides and midway games — it's definitely an event worth watching. Tickets start at $25 per day, $65 for the weekend.

Funk Fest, May 3-4

Following a few troubled years in St. Pete's Vinoy Park, Funk Fest moves to Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park for 2013. Will the change of venue — and a lineup that includes Anthony Hamilton, Salt-n-Pepa, Keyshia Cole, Jagged Edge and Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam — be the jolt this fest needs? Tickets start at $40 per day, $65 for the weekend.

The Joy Formidable, May 5

This Welsh trio is formidable indeed, delivering a wall of fuzzy punk, prog, shoegaze and metal. Two-time veterans of 97X Next Big Thing, they'll leave heads ringing in the smaller State Theatre. Tickets start at $15.

Rodriguez, May 9

The obscure Detroit singer-songwriter was a musical footnote in America, but he became a cult superstar in South Africa over the years. His story is the subject of Searching for Sugar Man, which won an Academy Award for best documentary. Tickets to his show at the Straz Center start at $35.50.

Armin van Buuren, May 9

The Dutch trance superstar has been voted the world's No. 1 DJ five of the past six years by DJ Mag, so it should be a treat to see him back at the Amphitheatre in Ybor City. Tickets are $45-$50 at

Tropical Heatwave, May 10-11

WMNF-88.5's annual eclectic musical extravaganza expands to two nights this year, with artists like soulful rocker Cody Chestnutt, singer-songwriter Paul Thorn and blues guitarist Ana Popovic, plus young groups like American Aquarium, Beach Day and The Whiskey Gentry, all playing on stages in and around the Cuban Club in Ybor City. Tickets are $20-$30 for Friday, $30-$40 for Saturday and $40-$50 for both nights.

Tim McGraw, May 11

The country superstar-turned-actor brings his annual star-studded tour to the Live Nation Amphitheatre, with Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft in tow. Tickets start at $30.25 at

Paul McCartney, May 18-19

Sure, these concerts are at Orlando's Amway Center. But Macca hasn't been to O-Town since 1993 — and this doubleheader doubles as the kickoff to his 2013 North American "Out There" tour. Tickets to the May 18 date moved so fast, he added a second show on May 19. Good luck finding any spares, but if you do, they start at $57.50 at

Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge, may 19

To celebrate their collaborative comic book and concept album Twelve Reasons to Die, the Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah and soul-funk maestro Adrian Younge are going on tour with Younge's band Venice Dawn. Younge, who composed the score to the cult comedy Black Dynamite, is popular around here, having performed at both the Antiwarpt and Guavaween music festivals. This should be a fun night at the Orpheum. Tickets are $21-$25 at

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, May 23

The comedy legend has long since eschewed the world of stand-up, and even his life as an actor seems to have taken a backseat to his bluegrass career. But that's okay, because he's won a couple of Grammys for his pickin'. Folkie and Martin collaborator Edie Brickell will join him at the Mahaffey Theater. Tickets start at $59.50.

Sunset Music Festival, May 25

Last year's inaugural electronic music festival at Raymond James Stadium was such a smash, they're making it even bigger in 2013. French DJ/producer David Guetta headlines a bill that also includes Steve Aoki, Knife Party, Krewella and more. Tickets start at $64 at

Kings of the Mic Tour, June 6

It's an old-school hip-hop spectacular as LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Ice Cube and De La Soul bring some of the genre's most enduring and influential hits to the Mahaffey Theater. Tickets start at $49.50.

Fleetwood Mac, June 7

With young artists like Best Coast and Dawes singing their praises — and a deluxe new reissue of their classic album Rumours — Fleetwood Mac are enjoying a resurgence among fans of all ages. They'll return to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on June 7. Tickets start at $36.75.

Heart, June 18

In one of the most intriguing shows of summer, classic rock hitmakers Heart will play a set of their own, then team up with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience for a set of Led Zeppelin classics at the Live Nation Amphitheatre. If you saw them cover Stairway to Heaven at the Kennedy Center Honors, you probably already bought tickets. They start at $26.

Grizzly Bear, June 19

Indie rock fans who constantly complain about their favorite bands never coming to Tampa finally got their wish, as this Brooklyn psychedelic folk-pop group is finally making its long-awaited debut in the Sunshine State, just a few days after playing Bonnaroo. Tickets to their Ritz Ybor show are $28.50.

Brad Paisley, June 22

One of country's top guitar-slingers returns to the Live Nation Amphitheatre for a night of witty, catchy singles like Alcohol, Online and Ticks. Too bad he's touring with Chris Young instead of LL Cool J — we'd really like to hear a live version of Accidental Racist. Tickets start at $29.50.

Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket and Wilco, June 27

They're calling this the "Americanarama Festival of Music," and, well, it doesn't get much more Americana than Bob Dylan. Throw in My Morning Jacket and Wilco, and that's enough rock, folk, soul, country, blues to merit a "-rama." Tickets start at $25 when they go on sale Saturday.

Pitbull and Ke$ha, June 28

Pitbull and Ke$ha may not seem to have much in common, aside from (A) a party-friendly vibe, and (B) a boatload of Top 40 hits, including Die Young, Tik Tok, Give Me Everything and Hotel Room Service. Tickets to their gig at the Live Nation Amphitheatre start at $25.

Juanes, June 30

The Colombian rock superstar plays stadiums in Latin America, but he'll go acoustic for a relatively intimate gig at the Straz Center in support of his Grammy-winning album Juanes MTV Unplugged. Tickets start at $49.50.

Alabama, July 6

The legendary country group (Mountain Music, Love in the First Degree, Feels So Right) retired from touring in 2004, but Jeff Cook, Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry have decided to return to the road. This show at Ruth Eckerd Hall will be packed. Tickets start at $69.

Lil Wayne, July 13

Following a near-death (according to TMZ, anyway) hospital stay, Lil Wayne popped into Tampa unannounced for the Skatepark of Tampa's annual Tampa Pro contest. He'll return to the road this summer, including a date at the Live Nation Amphitheatre, with T.I. and Future in tow.

Carly Rae Jepsen, July 14

Can the Grammy-nominated Canadian pop star outlive the 15 minutes of fame she earned through Call Me Maybe? We'll find out when Jepsen plays her first local show as part of the Tampa Bay Rays' postgame concert series. Admission is free with a game ticket at

Dave Matthews Band, July 17

Summer's king of the road returns to the Live Nation Amphitheatre, which he's played almost every year since 2004. Jam fans, activate! Tickets start at $40.50 at

311, July 23

Nebraska's foremost alternative space cadets are going all-out on this summer's Unity Tour, bringing a who's who of funk, punk and stoner rock to the Live Nation Amphitheatre: Sublime with Rome, Cypress Hill, Pennywise and G. Love and Special Sauce. Get your tickets at

Vans Warped Tour, July 26

Every year, like clockwork, the Warped Tour returns to Vinoy Park in late July. This year's lineup includes The Used, Motion City Soundtrack, Chiodos, Reel Big Fish, the Aquabats, Never Shout Never, Black Veil Brides, Bring Me the Horizon, We Came As Romans and more. Tickets start at $28.50 at



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25 biggest shows coming to Tampa Bay this summer 04/25/13 [Last modified: Thursday, April 25, 2013 6:01pm]
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