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State Theatre, under renovation since last summer, books first concert in months

The downtown venue hasn't hosted a show since June 2018. The next one is scheduled for July.

Daddy Kool Records might be leaving. But live music is back on the horizon on the 600 block in downtown St. Petersburg.

After months of renovations, the State Theatre has officially booked its first concert since June: Long Beach Dub All-Stars, the Aggrolites and Mike Pinto on July 18. The show is promoted by Live Nite Events, the group behind March's annual Reggae Rise Up festival in Vinoy Park. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here for details.

The State Theatre has been in a state of flux since 2016, when a series of fire code violations prompted the city to slash its capacity, forcing shows to move elsewhere. The venue then began a series of renovations before it was purchased last summer by real estate broker Kevin Chadwick for $2.1 million. Chadwick said at the time he envisioned restoring the State's historic character to create a new multi-purpose concert and event space.

Kendra Marolf, the venue's general manager, said owners were still working on permits for planned renovations, but were optimistic it'll all be ready by July.

If the Long Beach Dub All-Stars show happens as planned, it'll be more than a year since the venue's previous concert in June 2018. Several scheduled for last fall were later moved.

The booking comes days after Daddy Kool Records, across the street from the State Theatre, announced it would be moving west to St. Petersburg's Warehouse Arts District in April. Two other music venues on the 600 block, Fubar and the Local 662, have closed since 2017.

Contact Jay Cridlin at or (727) 893-8336. Follow @JayCridlin.