Alicia Keys is in a stripped-down state of mind.
The Grammy-winning singer typically plays arenas all over the world, but for her upcoming summer and fall tour, she’ll simplify things by booking more intimate venues, including a relatively new spot in Tampa: the new performance space at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which opened last fall.
It’s the most intimate local venue Keys has played since a David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts show in 2005, but it comes at a cost. Tickets go on presale Wednesday starting at a princely $200, which exceeds even the prices for tickets to the venue’s grand opening concert by Keith Urban in October. That’s if you can get them — a lot of the tickets will no doubt go to casino VIPs and high rollers.
But if you do get in, it should be a grand show. In addition to hits like Fallin’, No One, Girl on Fire and Empire State of Mind, she’ll be touring behind a new album, Alicia, due in March. And she’s hosting the Grammys this weekend on CBS.