Sunday, July 15, 2018
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Here are 20 of the best concerts coming to Tampa Bay this summer

The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre doesn't have a monopoly on hot concerts this summer (learn more about the MidFlo's giant lineup here). Here are 20 of the best shows coming elsewhere before Labor Day. For more, visit tampabay.com/music.

ARENAS AND FESTIVALS

R. Kelly (May 27, Amalie Arena): Few figures in R&B are more divisive than R. Kelly … until the opening notes of Ignition (Remix), at which point all bets are off, and the party is on. $65 and up. amaliearena.com.

97X BBQ (May 28, Vinoy Park): Can you beat a free ticket to see Young the Giant, the Strumbellas, Never Shout Never, JR JR, Bear Hands and more? No, but you do have to hit up a ticket drop. Otherwise, $20 and up. 97xonline.com.

Sunset Music Festival (May 28-29, Raymond James Stadium): One of Tampa Bay's biggest annual music gatherings returns to light up RayJay with another slate of EDM heavyweights, including Hardwell, the Chainsmokers, Galantis and Jack U, a.k.a. Skrillex and Diplo. Two-day passes are $179 and up at smftampa.com.

Ellie Goulding (June 2, Amalie Arena): On her first major American arena tour, the British electro-pop singer is scaling ever-greater heights on the heels of hits On My Mind and Love Me Like You Do. $21.75 and up. amaliearena.com.

Anthony Hamilton and Fantasia (June 16, USF Sun Dome): Get some soul in your life at what's sure to be a show-stopping night from Grammy winner Anthony Hamilton and American Idol winner Fantasia. $49.50 and up. sundomearena.com.

Rebelution (June 25, Vinoy Park): Proving St. Petersburg's prominence in American reggae, this California group's mini-festival will double as a release party for their new beer brewed with Tampa's Rock Brothers Brewing and Cigar City Brewing. $30 and up via Ticketmaster.

Vans Warped Tour (July 1, Vinoy Park): Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, Sum 41, We the Kings, Yellowcard and Falling in Reverse lead a packed lineup for this year's roadshow of punk, metal and product placement. $37.50 and up via Ticketmaster.

Guns N' Roses (July 29, Camping World Stadium): The name of Guns N' Roses' reunion tour is "Not in This Lifetime," and it may never happen in any other lifetime either. Definitely worth driving to the former Citrus Bowl. $60.50 and up via Ticketmaster.

Pitbull (July 20, Amalie Arena): Dale, baby! As part of what we assume are part of his duties as a Florida tourism ambassador, Mr. Worldwide will bring his always entertaining show to Tampa. $26.70 and up.

Drake (Aug. 27, Amalie Arena): North America's most inescapable rapper (Drake) meets one of its most prolific (Future) in the hip-hop event of the summer. $49.50 and up. amaliearena.com.

THEATERS

Kirk Franklin (June 2, Ruth Eckerd Hall): Gospel great Kirk Franklin was one of the most surprising guest stars on Kanye West's The Life of Pablo, but this night's going to be all about celebrating a different higher power. $57 and up. rutheckerdhall.com.

Culture Club (July 6, Mahaffey Theater): Lost in their rain-soaked performance last summer in Madeira Beach was the fact that Boy George and the reunited Culture Club sounded pretty fantastic. Don't miss them this time around. $69.50 and up. themahaffey.com.

Ted Nugent (July 23, Ruth Eckerd Hall): If it's an election year, get ready to let Uncle Nuge let rip in your city, blasting out mind-blowing riffs and maybe a right-wing rant or two. $33.25 and up. rutheckerdhall.com.

The Go-Go's (Aug. 2, Capitol Theatre): After nearly 40 years in the biz, the Go-Go's will kick off their farewell tour at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater — one last Vacation for them and fans. $71.25 and up. atthecap.com.

Steven Tyler (Aug. 29, Ruth Eckerd Hall): In his only show in Florida, Tyler will mix Aerosmith hits with songs from his forthcoming country album. If Aerosmith really is thinking of calling it quits, this might be our last glimpse of Tyler for a while. $83.70 and up. r utheckerdhall.com.

Jill Scott (Sept. 1, Mahaffey Theater): The neo-soul queen is returning to St. Pete following last year's sold-out performance. It's bound to be a powerhouse. $70.50 and up. themahaffey.com.

CLUBS

Brandy Clark (May 27, Ferg's Live): A couple of weeks before dropping her sophomore album Big Day in a Small Town, the flinty CMA winner stops by Tampa for a free show. Interestingly, it's the same night as R. Kelly across the street. Should be a fun mix! fergslive.com.

Claypool Lennon Delirium (June 5, Ritz Ybor): Mix the leader of Primus (Les Claypool) with the son of a Beatle (Sean Lennon), and you get an intriguing, psychedelic sonic brew. This show falls after releasing debut album Monolith of Phobos and before they play Bonnaroo. $29.50 and up. theritzybor.com.

Gogol Bordello and Frank Turner (June 9, Jannus Live): Good thing there's no roof on Jannus Live because the riotous energy of gypsy punks Gogol Bordello and English punk poet Frank Turner would blow it clean off. $29.50 and up. jannuslive.com.

St. Lucia (June 13, State Theatre): On second album Matter, Jean-Philip Grobler, a.k.a. electro-pop artist St. Lucia, inched away from his trop-pop sound but cranked up the volume and synthesizers. $18 and up. statetheatreconcerts.com.

 
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