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In honor of Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music,' 17 concerts hitting Tampa Bay

Or at least close to Tampa Bay. From Chris Stapleton to Marty Stuart to Wynonna Judd, a wave of Nashville stars old and new is coming to town in October.
Marty Stuart will perform at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Oct. 13, 2019. [Courtesy of Alysse Gafkjen]
Published Oct. 3
Updated Oct. 3

Did Ken Burns’ epic documentary Country Music get you hankering to hear some live country music? Have we got a lineup for you. Starting with Keith Urban Friday in Tampa, venues across Tampa Bay (and a few in Orlando) will spend October hosting country shows by artists of all calibers. It’s a virtual Strawberry Festival up in here. Here’s a rundown.

Keith Urban: The Country Music Association’s reigning Entertainer of the Year headlines the grand opening of a new concert venue at Tampa’s expanded Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Friday. The bad news: It’s sold out. The good news: Maybe Nicole Kidman will be there! Squee! 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. (813) 387–9838. seminolehardrocktampa.com.

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Casey Donahew: The Texas troubadour has released several albums independently, getting a little radio airplay with Kiss Me and Country Song. $12 and up. 10 p.m. Friday. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 987-2855. dallasbull.com.

Thomas Rhett: The charismatic pop-country hitmaker isn’t coming to Tampa, but you can catch him in Orlando with Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and his old man, Rhett Akins. $40.25 and up. 7 p.m. Saturday. Amway Center, 400 W Church St., No. 200, Orlando. (407) 440-7900. amwaycenter.com.

Chris Stapleton: He’s the CMAs’ four-time reigning Male Vocalist of the Year and a five-time Grammy winner, all since 2015. Paired with openers Brothers Osborne, it’ll be a fire-spitting, soul-baring show not to miss. Kendell Marvel also opens. 7 p.m. Oct. 11. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.

Diamond Rio: Meet in the Middle, their first No. 1 single, is as ’90s country as ’90s country gets. $22 and up. 7 p.m. Oct. 11. Stockyard Live, 1916 U.S. 19 N, Holiday. (727) 939-9494. stockyardlive.com.

Terry McBride: A frequent collaborator with Brooks and Dunn, his songwriting credits include Play Something Country and If You See Her with Reba McEntire. $20 and up. 8 p.m. Oct. 11. The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 241-0110.

Marty Stuart: The Americana great was one of the breakout stars of Burns’ documentary thanks to his great stories and appreciation for Nashville lore. Here, he’ll celebrate the 20th anniversary of his album The Pilgrim. $35 and up. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.

Garth Brooks: Yes, that Garth Brooks. The country megastar is bringing his intimate Dive Bar Tour to the Barn in Sanford, northeast of Orlando. This is a win-your-way-in show, and you can only do so through country radio stations like 99.5 QYK and U.S. 103.5. It’s a tough ticket, but the chance to see Brooks in a small venue may never come along again, so it’s worth the two-hour drive. Oct. 16 at the Barn, 1200 S French Ave., Sanford. garthbrooks.com.

RELATED: Garth Brooks bringing Dive Bar Tour to the Barn near Orlando

Rodney Atkins: Among his No. 1 singles: Watching You and If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows). $20 and up. 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Stockyard Live, 1916 U.S. 19 N, Holiday. (727) 939-9494. stockyardlive.com.

Mitchell Tenpenny: A somewhat controversial rising star thanks to his single Bitches, he has nonetheless scored lots of attention for followup Drunk Me. $20 and up. 10 p.m. Oct. 19. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 987-2855. dallasbull.com.

Jake Owen: The Barefoot Blue Jean Night hunk headlines this year’s Tampa Pig Jig, alongside alt-rockers Dr. Dog and rising country band Lanco. $25 and up. Oct. 19. Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa. tampapigjig.com.

Joe Nichols: Feel like seeing the country? Head to Rock Crusher Canyon to catch the singer of Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off. $28 and up. 6 p.m. Oct. 19. Rock Crusher Canyon, 275 S Rock Crusher Road, Crystal River. rockcrusherevents.com.

Zac Brown Band: One of the biggest country bands in the land, Zac and company hit Tampa less than a month after the release of their latest album The Owl. With Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. 7 p.m. Oct. 20. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.

Alison Krauss: She’s got more Grammys than almost any artist in history, and this year, she’ll close out the final day of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday in an all-too-rare local show. Oct. 20. Coachman Park. Single-day tickets are $20 and up. clearwaterjazz.com.

RELATED: Clearwater Jazz Holiday lineup: Chicago, Boyz II Men, Alison Krauss and more

Gretchen Peters: A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, her compositions include Martina McBride’s Independence Day. $30.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Aaron Tippin: Another ’90s stalwart, his singles include the Gulf War standard You’ve Got to Stand for Something and There Ain’t Nothing Wrong With the Radio. $25 and up. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Wynonna and the Big Noise: Half of the legendary mother-daughter duo the Judds returns to Clearwater with her current band, the Big Noise. $42.50 and up. 8 p.m. Oct. 24. Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.

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