Indie-pop duo Tennis returns to St. Petersburg for Jannus Live show this fall

The couple bought a sailboat, ‘Swift Ranger,’ at the municipal marina.

click to enlarge Alaina Moore of Tennis, which plays Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida on Oct. 22, 2021. - Nicole Abbett
Nicole Abbett
Alaina Moore of Tennis, which plays Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida on Oct. 22, 2021.

Indie-pop band Tennis is returning to St. Petersburg as part of its fall tour.

“We’ve missed you and can’t wait to see you again,” the Denver group wrote. Made up of husband and wife Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley—plus drummer Steve Voss and bassist Ryan Tullock—Tennis evokes the soft-sounds of the late-’70s and early-’80s but with a modern indie-rock tinge.

The couple already has a connection to Tampa Bay, too; St. Pete’s municipal marina is where the couple purchased their beloved sailboat “Swift Ranger.” Moore talked about her love of the area in an interview with Creative Loafing Tampa in 2017 before opening for Spoon at The Ritz. (A show I still can’t believe I missed.) And in 2011, Riley told the “Swift Ranger” story ahead of the Tennis’ set opening for Dum Dum Girls at the old Orpheum on the same block as CL’s Ybor City office.

Tickets to see Tennis at St. Petersburg’s Jannus Live on Friday, Oct. 22 start at $19.50. Singer-songwriter Molly Burch opens the show as well as the tour’s only other Florida stop at the Beacham in Orlando on Oct. 23.

See a list of Tampa “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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