Problematic pop star Chris Brown is bringing Lil Baby with him to Tampa this summer

The duo is coming to the old Gary in August.

click to enlarge Chris Brown plays Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on April 16, 2017. - ANTHONY MARTINO
Anthony Martino
Chris Brown plays Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on April 16, 2017.
Chris Brown apologists, unite.  One of the most problematic pop stars of the last 10 years is going on tour again, with plans to stop in Tampa this summer.

Tickets to see Chris Brown and Lil Baby play MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, Aug. 13 go on sale Friday, April 29 and start at $29.50. The only other Florida show is on Aug. 12 in West Palm Beach.

Brown last played here in 2019 at Amalie Arena, with one reviewer noting that they didn't notice any remorse in the singer's eyes.

Remorse, Brown's critics would argue, should come in the wake of the 32-year-old's long history of violence, including a 2017 altercation with a Tampa photographer where charges were eventually dropped. His supporters will point to bipolar and PTSD diagnoses, plus Brown's time in therapy, as evidence that he's trying to turn over a new leaf.

His hit making prowess (he's spent 19 weeks atop Billboard's Adult R&B Airplay chart) and popularity (19 Grammy nominations, one win)  makes all of it an afterthought, however, and it's fitting that Brown is bringing an equally popular artist on the road with him.

Lil Baby, who was booked to play Ybor City as part of Super Bowl LV festivities, put out some of radio's most powerful protest music in 2020 and has recently collaborated with Ed Sheeran and even appeared together with Brown on a 2018 Tory Lanez track, "Flexible."

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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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