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15 big shows coming to Tampa Bay in 2021

Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Jimmy Buffett, Melissa Etheridge, Ben Folds and Bill Maher are among those returning to live shows.
Brad Paisley, shown performing at his 2011 H20 Tour in Tampa, has a tour of outdoor shows in Florida this July, including a stop at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.
Brad Paisley, shown performing at his 2011 H20 Tour in Tampa, has a tour of outdoor shows in Florida this July, including a stop at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. [ Times (2011) ]
Published May 31
Updated Jun. 1

Much like the cascade of cancellations we saw this time last year, new tour announcements have been pouring in lately. The sheer volume might have you feeling a little overwhelmed, especially if you are still skittish about going out.

As you adjust to the idea of heading to a show after a pandemic-dictated year, we put together this handy guide to new concert and festival announcements. From superstars like Darius Rucker to cult favorites like Modest Mouse and top comedians back on the road again, the shows are lining up. Here’s what we know so far, listed in order of date:

Damon Wayans Jr.: Part of a comedy dynasty, the actor who played Coach on New Girl and appeared in the film Let’s Be Cops will be at the Improv in Tampa June 4-6. Get tickets at improvtampa.com.

Bill Maher: The comedian is returning to live shows and one of his first stops will be Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall on June 19. Tickets are $72.75-$132.75 at rutheckerdhall.com. The show is limited to 50 percent capacity and face coverings are required inside the theater.

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Brad Paisley: The country star has a tour of outdoor shows in Florida, including a July 9 stop at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. He is bringing along emerging music stars Jimmie Allen and Kameron Marlowe. Tickets start at $22 at ticketmaster.com.

Bob Saget: The star of Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos is family-friendly on TV, but his standup comedy is most definitely for mature audiences only. He is at Ruth Eckerd Hall on July 16. Tickets are $35-$55 at rutheckerdhall.com/event/bob-saget.

Ron White: The Blue Collar Comedy Tour favorite is the first of the big live acts coming to the Hard Rock Event Center for two shows at 6 and 9 p.m. July 25. Tickets start at $75 via Ticketmaster or online at seminolehardrocktampa.com.

Teenage Bottlerocket: The pop-punk band from Wyoming is offering a deep discount if you have a vaccine for their June 26 show at the VFW at 2599 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. It’s only $18 if you have proof of a shot in the arm, but $999.99 otherwise via limitedrun.com and the band’s Facebook page.

Dead and Company: The supergroup featuring original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, along with John Mayer on guitars, Oteil Burbridge on bass and Jeff Chimenti on keyboards, will perform at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Oct. 7. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for entry to the general admission pit. Tickets start at $93 at ticketmaster.com.

Zac Brown Band brings their Comeback Tour to Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Oct. 10.
Zac Brown Band brings their Comeback Tour to Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Oct. 10. [ Courtesy of Diego Pernia ]

Zac Brown Band: The Grammy-winning country band brings their Comeback Tour to Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at 7 p.m. Oct. 10. Tickets start at $30 at concerts.livenation.com.

The Monkees: 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. Tickets are $52.50-$102.50 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at rutheckerdhall.com or by calling 727-791-7400.

Modest Mouse: Alt-rockers Modest Mouse will play Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Oct. 16, one of the first big bookings for the downtown venue since the pandemic shut down concerts. Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster and start at $37.50.

Darius Rucker, the Grammy-winning frontman for Hootie & the Blowfish who went on to crossover country stardom, will headline the Tampa Pig Jig in Julian B. Lane Park on Oct. 23.
Darius Rucker, the Grammy-winning frontman for Hootie & the Blowfish who went on to crossover country stardom, will headline the Tampa Pig Jig in Julian B. Lane Park on Oct. 23. [ AL WAGNER | AP ]

Darius Rucker: The Grammy-winning frontman for Hootie & the Blowfish, who went on to crossover country stardom, will headline the Tampa Pig Jig in Julian B. Lane Park on Oct. 23. Rucker will be joined by multiplatinum-selling artist Brett Young (In Case You Didn’t Know), along with alternative and folk artists Judah & the Lion and Wilderado. Tickets start at $40 at tampapigjig.com. Children 10 and younger are free.

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Ben Folds: The respected musician will bring his In Actual Person Live for Real Tour at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 to Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Tickets start at $45 via Ticketmaster or online at seminolehardrocktampa.com.

Nikki Glaser: The raucous comedian best known for killer burns on the Comedy Central roasts is bringing her One Night With Nikki Glaser tour to Tampa Theatre on Nov. 5. Tickets start at $39.50 at tampatheatre.org.

Melissa Etheridge: The multiple Grammy winner and one of music’s greatest female icons is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Nov. 9. Tickets are $49.50-$99.50 at rutheckerdhall.com.

Jimmy Buffett, shown here in Delray Beach on May 13, 2021, heads to Amalie Arena on Dec. 4.
Jimmy Buffett, shown here in Delray Beach on May 13, 2021, heads to Amalie Arena on Dec. 4. [ MICHAEL LAUGHLIN | Sun-Sentinel/TNS ]

Jimmy Buffett: The mayor of Margaritaville heads to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec. 4 with hits like Cheeseburger in Paradise and Cowboy in the Jungle. Tickets are $36 and up at amaliearena.com.