Tampa’s going to have to keep waiting for that Garth Brooks concert we’re owed from 2015, when his three shows at Amalie Arena were canceled due to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
But here’s a cool thing he’s doing in Central Florida in the meantime.
Brooks on Tuesday announced he’s bringing his Dive Bar Tour, a short run of one-off shows at smaller venues around the country, to the Barn in Sanford, northeast of Orlando. Brooks actually mentioned the Barn in his song The Old Stuff, from 1995′s Fresh Horses.
Local fans may have been hoping he’d play the Dallas Bull instead, but the Barn is about a two-hour drive from Tampa. And it’s a lot more intimate than a stadium show.
This is the fourth stop on Brooks’ Dive Bar Tour, following shows near Chicago, San Antonio and Bakersfield, Calif. One thing about them: You can’t buy a ticket. You can only win tickets through your local country radio station. So keep an ear on Tampa Bay’s two biggest stations, U.S. 103.5 and 99.5 QYK, for details.
And if you miss him at the Barn, there’s always next year in Pirates camp.