Laura Jane Grace is coming back to St. Petersburg this spring

She’s at the old State Theater where Against Me! played some its most memorable shows.

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click to enlarge Laura Jane Grace with fans at The Bricks in Ybor CIty, Florida on Dec. 11, 2021. - Dave Decker
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Laura Jane Grace with fans at The Bricks in Ybor CIty, Florida on Dec. 11, 2021.
After staging a two-night, veritable punk-rock family reunion in Ybor City two years ago, Laura Jane Grace has announced plans to head back to Tampa Bay this spring.

Tickets to see Laura Jane Grace play Floridian Social in St. Petersburg on Sunday, April 16 go on sale Friday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. EST and start at $25.

Mainer indie-rock trio Weakened Friends opens the show, along with the tour's four other Florida shows happening in Gainesville, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville.

In a press release, Grace said she'll be fresh out of the studio where she just finished album tracking, adding that she's "ready to road test new songs."

Last week, Grace joked that her upcoming solo album will be her last as a singer and guitarist.

“After I’m done recording and touring on I think I’m going to commit myself to just being a bass player,” she wrote. “4 strings of responsibility. That’s all I really want in life.”

That’s unlikely, obviously, and you’ll know why after watching the 42-year-old interact with fans from the stage. There are fewer purer, fan-artist connections than the one Grace has with her followers, who’ll pack 687 Central Ave. where Grace’s band Against Me! played some of its most memorable shows when the room was known as State Theatre (Grace describes many of them in her 2016 memoir “Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.”

“I am also of course very much looking forward to screaming the classics along with everyone else. Whatever you want to hear, happy to play it!," she added in the release. "Also, many blessings to my booking agent for sending me to Florida during the Chicago winter!”
UPDATED: 02/07/22 4:44 p.m. Updated to note other Florida dates and add quotes from a press release.

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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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