Orpheum’s last concert in Ybor City is next week, and the new location should be ready by June 11

Emo Night Brooklyn’s Friday, May 27 dance party is the last time doors will open.

click to enlarge EarthGang @ Orpheum - Gabby Santos
EarthGang @ Orpheum
The end of an era in Ybor City arrives next week when Orpheum hosts its last concert and dance party ahead of a move 10 miles north.

The sold-out, May 25 show from Suicide Silence is the final concert at Orpheum in Ybor, and Emo Night Brooklyn’s Friday, May 27 dance party is the last time doors will open at 1915 E 7th Ave.

Orpheum owner Jerry "Lazy" Dufrain told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that he fully expects the new location—at 14802 N Nebraska Ave. in Tampa, a five-minute walk from Skipper’s Smokehouse—to be ready for a soft-opening when California punk band Destroy Boys plays on June 11.

Longtime fans of Orpheum in Ybor City should probably circle July 2’s Valient Thorr concert, too. The hard-partying North Carolina metal has played some of the most epic shows in Tampa Bay and will no doubt break the new Orpheum in proper.
“I’m definitely sad. I’ve lived in Tampa proper for 22 years and much of my musical life, my friends, are in Ybor City.” Dufrain said about the relocation. “But I’m excited, too. I mean, when we were told the news about moving it was a shock, because it’s always going to be a shock, but it’s not like I didn’t think about it over the last few years considering the way the neighborhood was going.”

Dufrain—who’s had a crew working on the renovations since he got the keys to the old Southern Ground Brick Bar & Party Deck early this year—would not talk about the potential capacity on the record, but the new Orpheum will be an indoor-outdoor venue not unlike Stubb’s BBQ, which is one of the most iconic venues in Austin, Texas.

He’ll keep the back wooden patio and has ESI working on the sound system. The bar staff from Orpheum in Ybor City is coming with him to the new North Tampa location, which is very close to Skipper’s, Brass Mug and just a short drive away from Pegasus Lounge.

“There’s four live music venues pretty much right next to each other here, and it’s a 10, 11-minute drive from Ybor—I know because I’ve been doing it nonstop,” Dufrain said.
click to enlarge The Orpheum's new location is at the old Southern Ground Brick Bar & Party Deck in Tampa, Florida. - Photo via Google Maps
Photo via Google Maps
The Orpheum's new location is at the old Southern Ground Brick Bar & Party Deck in Tampa, Florida.
This isn’t the first move for Orpheum either. In 2011, it moved from a small corner parcel at the corner of 8th St. and Avenida Republica de Cuba to Seventh Avenue.

Over the course of 20 years, Orpheum has hosted thousands of bands in both its venues, including The Killers who played a last-minute set there in November 2019. When it moves out of the district, Ybor will be without a venue to accommodate shows too big for Crowbar (under 400 capacity) and too small for The Ritz (1,100 plus).

“When I moved out of my old house to my new one, I said I’d rather be rolled out then move again,” Dufrain said about his affinity for moving. “But we’re putting our backpacks on and marching out of Ybor, ready for  this exciting new chapter.”

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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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