The entertainment scene is limping back to life after a year of silent stages and empty concert calendars caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Here are five of the notable concerts and shows recently announced.
All the theaters in this roundup have committed to reduced capacity, social distancing, masks and abundant amounts of hand sanitizer set up around the venues.
Parrot Heads may finally see a return of their leader Jimmy Buffett, who had canceled shows here two years in a row. The trop-rock icon canceled his December 2019 concert at Amalie Arena in Tampa due to shoulder surgery, saying he would be back the next year. But in December 2020, Florida was still fighting an alarming COVID-19 caseload and that show was scratched, too.
Considering that the mayor of Margaritaville is performing three sold-out shows next week in downtown Delray Beach, chances are looking good that you can grab your flip-flops and head to Amalie Arena on Dec. 4. He is on the calendar to finally bring his Slack Tide Tour, filled with hits like Cheeseburger in Paradise and Cowboy in the Jungle. Tickets are $36 and up at amaliearena.com.
Here they come. There may only be two living members left of the Monkees, but Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz will embark on a Monkees “farewell tour” this fall, with a stop at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall on Oct. 13. Dolenz was the lead vocalist on some of the group’s biggest hits, such as I’m a Believer, Last Train to Clarksville and Pleasant Valley Sunday. Nesmith was the group’s primary songwriter, with songs like Mary, Mary and Listen to the Band. Davy Jones, the pint-sized, mop-haired English frontman, died of a heart attack in 2012, and Peter Tork, the keyboardist and bass player, succumbed to cancer in 2019.
“This farewell tour will mark the end of a unique project that began in 1965 when four young men were cast in a television show about a struggling rock band that was inspired by the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night,” a tour announcement said. “Few could have predicted the impact the Monkees would have on music and pop culture at large, one that still reverberates more than 50 years later.”
Tickets are $52.50-$102.50 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at RuthEckerdHall.com or by calling 727-791-7400.
The Christian band MercyMe, which has racked up numerous Grammy nominations, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and Dove Awards, has announced their fall Inhale (Exhale) Tour with a stop in Tampa on Oct. 21. The band, which released its 19th album on April 30, is coming to Tampa’s Amalie Arena with artist Micah Tyler. Its current single, Say I Won’t, has risen quickly across national radio charts and was recently No. 4 on the Billboard Christian chart.
Tickets go on sale May 11 at mercyme.org, though ticket prices haven’t been released yet.
Food Network star Alton Brown is hitting the road with a new culinary variety show, making a stop at Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Feb. 9. His shows combine cooking, comedy, music and “potentially dangerous science stuff.” So you might want to think twice if he calls for volunteers onstage. Tickets for Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. for $35-$100 with a limited number of VIP seats available for $150 at strazcenter.org or by calling 813-229-7827.
Speaking of comedy, some of the bigger names in the comedy world are showing up in the Tampa Bay area in the next few months, including raucous comedian Nikki Glaser, best known for killer burns on the Comedy Central roasts. She skewered Rob Lowe in 2016 so masterfully that she was invited back for Bruce Willis in 2018. Search for it on YouTube and cringe where she says to Willis, “I’ve never seen one of your movies consensually.” She is bringing her One Night With Nikki Glaser tour to the historic Tampa Theatre on Nov. 5. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets start at $39.50 at tampatheatre.org.
There are other big comedy heavy hitters coming soon as well, including Iliza Shlesinger at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on May 15. The Improv at Centro Ybor lineup also has some hot tickets over the next few months. That includes this weekend’s shows by Craig Robinson of The Office and Hot Tub Time Machine, happening Thursday through Sunday. Bryan Callen, best known for playing Coach Mellor on ABC’s Schooled and The Goldbergs, was one of the original cast members of MadTV. He will be at the Improv for four shows May 21-22. And a member of a comedy dynasty, Damon Wayans Jr., who played Coach on The New Girl and appeared in the film Let’s Be Cops, will be at the Improv June 4-6. Get tickets at improvtampa.com.