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St. Petersburg’s Rod Wave sets U.S. tour dates, including Tampa concert

Tickets to see Rod Wave in Florida and elsewhere go on sale this week.
St. Petersburg rapper Rod Wave will perform in Tampa at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
St. Petersburg rapper Rod Wave will perform in Tampa at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. [ Tyler Benz ]
Published Jun. 15
Updated Jun. 17

Fresh off his first No. 1 album, SoulFly, St. Petersburg-born Rod Wave announced this week that he’s headed out on his biggest tour to date, including a stop close to home in Tampa.

The singer and rapper will play the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sept. 11 as part of a U.S. tour stopping in 36 cities this summer and fall.

The SoulFly Tour will kick off in Miami, where Rod Wave is set to play the Rolling Loud festival on July 25. Other Florida dates include Jacksonville’s Daily’s Place on Sept. 9 and Ithink Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach on Sept. 10.

Tickets for the Tampa concert, and all other dates, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster and livenation.com.

Tampa is the closest Rod Wave will get to a hometown concert on the upcoming tour. He was set to play Jannus Live in downtown St. Petersburg in February, but that show was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. He last played Tampa in late December 2020, performing in the parking lot of the Cuban Club in Ybor City.

The new tour will see the 22-year-old star headlining the largest venues he’s played yet in his career.

SoulFly, Rod Wave’s third studio album, premiered at No. 1 on the Billboard chart after its March 26 release, displacing Justin Bieber from the top spot. His previous album, Pray 4 Love, released in April 2020, went to No. 2.

The singer, whose real name is Rodarius Green, was born and raised in St. Petersburg. He graduated from Lakewood High School, where he played football.

Green began his music career when he was still a student in St. Petersburg. In 2020, he told Billboard that he struggled to figure out what he wanted to do before music came into his life.

He also recounted the details of his first live performance, saying “it was in a strip club on a school night. I had a show, $500. ... It was 20 minutes away from my city, so it was a bunch of people from my city in there. And they was just singing, word for word. After that, he booked me every week.”