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Tampa Bay’s top weekend concerts: Chris Stapleton, For King and Country

Plus, Gunna, Built to Spill, the Brothers Osborne, Marty Stuart and Taking Back Sunday.
Chris Stapleton will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday. [Courtesy of Andy Barron]
Chris Stapleton will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday. [Courtesy of Andy Barron]
Published Oct. 9, 2019


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 Chris Stapleton on Friday in Tampa, venues across Tampa Bay will spend the next two weeks hosting country shows by artists of all calibers. It’s a virtual Strawberry Festival up in here. Here’s a rundown.

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. Friday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 740-2446.

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. Friday. Stockyard Live, 1916 U.S. 19 N, Holiday. (727) 939-9494.

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. Friday. 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. Sunday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Marty Stuart will play Clearwater's Bilheimer Capitol Theatre on Sunday. [Courtesy of Alysse Gafkjen]


As two-time Grammy winners who regularly sell out arenas, For King and Country have already achieved worship music superstardom. Then came God Only Knows. Released last year, the aching, empathetic single became their first to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 — and more importantly, it yielded a remixed version featuring Dolly Parton. (Hey, roping in a country veteran worked for Lil Nas X, too.) It’s the sort of single that might make them even bigger deals in their native Australia and here in the United States. And don’t be surprised if it brings them more Grammy gold next spring. $20 and up. 6 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500.

On Sunday, For King and Country's Joel and Luke Smallbone will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa. [Courtesy of Sean Hagwell]

RELATED: A conversation with Joel Smallbone of For King and Country


Ask your average American to name a celebrity from Idaho and you might hear a lot of, “Um ... was Napoleon Dynamite a real guy?” Ask an indie rock fan to name a band from Idaho, though, and more than a few will come back with Built to Spill. Doug Martsch’s rotating band of rockers have been putting out albums beloved by bespectacled critics and record-store nerds since the early ’90s, spreading the gospel of the Gem State far and wide. And they’ve weathered a changing industry fairly well, putting out records via major-label Warner Brothers all the way up until 2017. This tour is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their album Keep It Like a Secret. Idaho pride, baby! Prism and the Pauses open. $25 and up. 7 p.m. Friday. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-9500.


When Taking Back Sunday headlined this spring’s 97X BBQ in Coachman Park, fans got hosed. Not because the Long Island emo heroes’ performance wasn’t great, though. It’s because when they arrived, they were in the midst of a long celebration of their 20-year anniversary, and in most cities, they were playing two-night stands. The first night, they would play their 2002 album Tell All Your Friends in its entirety, and then, depending on a coin flip, either 2004′s Where You Want to Be or 2006′s Louder Now. The second night, they’d play Tell All Your Friends and the other album. It’s a pretty boss way to celebrate an anniversary. Tampa Bay was all set to get the full treatment this weekend, with a two-night stand planned for St. Petersburg — but a few days ago the second night got canceled. If you had tickets to Monday’s show, they can be refunded at point of purchase, or exchanged for the 7 p.m. Sunday performance. Guess we’ll find out then what album they end up playing. $32 and up. 7 p.m. Sunday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N. (727) 565-0550.

Taking Back Sunday will take the stage at St. Petersburg venue Jannus Live on Sunday. [Courtesy of Natalie Escobedo]


The last time Gunna came to town, in May, he headlined the Ritz Ybor. Now he’s headlining the Yuengling Center. Quite a come-up, huh? Technically, it’s not his own tour stop; it’s the annual homecoming concert at the University of South Florida, which skews things a little. But there’s no doubting the Atlanta rapper is moving up in the world, thanks to his hit single Drip Too Hard with Lil Baby and an appearance on Travis Scott’s Yosemite. Bryce Vine also performs. $10 students, $20 faculty and staff, $25 public. 8 p.m. Thursday. Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-3004.

Gunna performs during the Bring It Home Midnight Rally concert at Tallahassee's Florida A&M University in 2018. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times (2018)]


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