Eight safe live music concerts happening in Tampa Bay this weekend

You know, because 2021 is off to a great start.

click to enlarge Eight safe live music concerts happening in Tampa Bay this weekend
c/o The Florida Orchestra

On Monday, Jan. 4 Tampa Bay added 1,770 coronavirus cases and 19 deaths. To close out 2020, the state posted its highest ever number of new coronavirus cases (17,192) on New Year’s Eve. That’s several thousand reasons to stay your ass at home, but the local music scene is trying to find its feet amidst the mess.

We’ve marked the gigs at venues that have joined a local (for now) Tampa-based “Safe & Sound” initiative that pledges to strictly enforce limited capacity, mask wearing and social distancing. Click through the links to learn more about the concerts.

✔️ = Designated "Safe & Sound" venue

Thursday, Jan. 7

Friday, Jan. 8

Saturday, Jan. 9

  • Live & Local w/Frankie Raye (Riverwalk Stage at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) ✔️
  • The Florida Orchestra Performing Mendelssohn’s “Reformation Symphony” (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and “A Noble Pairing” (5 p.m.) (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg)

Sunday, Jan. 10

  • The Florida Orchestra Performing Mendelssohn’s “Reformation Symphony.” (2 p.m.) and “A Noble Pairing” (5 p.m.) (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg)

See a list of Tampa Bay’s “Safe & Sound” live music venues here.

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Stephanie Powers

Freelance contributor Stephanie Powers started her media career as an Editorial Assistant long ago when the Tampa Bay Times was still called the St. Petersburg Times. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she studied improvisation at Second City Hollywood, she came back to Tampa and stayed put.She soon...

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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