Five Tampa Bay live music concerts happening this weekend

Four of them are going down in-person.

On Wednesday—after adding 7,925 cases—Florida cruised past 900,000 total coronavirus infections since the beginning of the pandemic (88 new deaths were also reported, bringing the total to just under 18,000).

In Tampa Bay on Wednesday, 26 deaths were reported along with 1,286 new coronavirus cases (positivity rates in Hillsborough and Pinellas are at 7% and 6%, respectively). Unsurprisingly, the state’s positivity rate is at 9%, and yesterday St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman joined other Florida Mayors in begging Gov. Ron DeSantis to do something substantial to help curb the spread (the World Health Organization’s recommended level is 5%).

Still, the live music scene—fighting for its life and hoping for federal aid—is finding a way to try and survive another week. This week, a handful of Tampa venues committed to operating under a “Safe & Sound” protocol (limited capacities, social distancing and masks all enforced). And while Palladium Theater is St. Petersburg paused live shows again due to the recent spike in cases, some venues are having shows this weekend.

Here are four in-person, and one online, events worth your attention. Click through for more info.

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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...

Ray Roa

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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