Summer Guide 2015: RePLAY — Summer Concerts Preview

A look at tours hitting Tampa Bay now through Sept. 1

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As Florida’s summer gets fully underway, the number of smaller acts making their way down south peters out while the big arena tours ramp up, hurricane season and sweltering heat be damned. There are some definite highlights on either end of the spectrum, however.

In June, country music heavyweight Garth Brooks hits Tampa for the first time in 15 years and plays a two-night stand with support from another biggie of the genre, wife Trisha Yearwood (June 5-6, Amalie Arena, Tampa), while favored Philly indie rock band The War on Drugs – purveyors of shoe-gazey rock soundscapes tinged in heartland and psychedelic sonic hues, drenched in melody and nostalgia – is sure to sell out their smaller-scale showing (June 15, The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City). July heralds the coming of “I’m Not the Only One” neo soul and R&B-pumping Brit, Sam Smith, hopefully recovered from the vocal cord surgery that caused him to reschedule much of his tour (July 21, Amalie Arena), while August sees a New Wave-spawned act hitting town that has spurred no little buzz around these parts: karma chameleon himself, Boy George, comes to town with his newly reunited Culture Club to play a newly renovated recreation complex (Aug. 15, Madeira Beach Waterfront Complex, Madeira Beach). Finally, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater hosts all kinds of music this summer ranging from mediocre to predictable to so-so to somewhat intriguing, but two equally noteworthy performers land there a mere five days apart: jazz-prog rock vets Steely Dan with an opening set by the coolest rock songwriter on the block with his band, Elvis Costello and The Imposters (Aug. 11) while hip hop’s current sexy intellectual with light crunk and funk appeal, J. Cole, hits the amp with his giant "Forest Hills Drive Tour,” with warm-up from Big Sean, YG and Jeremih (Aug. 16).

ALSO COMING THIS SUMMER
Melt Banana
May 30, Orpheum, Ybor City
Curren$y June 6, Orpheum, Ybor City
Tycho June 9, The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City
Eternal Summers June 12, Crowbar, Ybor City
David Crosby June 12, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater
Ceremony w/Tony Molina June 22, Epic Problem, Tampa
Def Leppard June 23, MidFLorida Credit Union Amphitheater, Tampa
Turbo Fruits June 27, New World Brewery, Ybor City
Juicy J June 28, The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City
Black Tusk New World Brewery, Ybor City
Warped Tour July 3, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg
Imagine Dragons July 10, Amalie Arena, Tampa
Neon Trees July 11, State Theatre, St. Petersburg
Chad Price & Scott Reynolds July 11-12, New World Brewery, Ybor City
Ariana Grande July 16, Amalie Arena, Tampa
Motion City Soundtrack July 16, State Theatre, St. Petersburg
QUIT Reunion w/RADON July 16, Crowbar, Ybor City
Smashing Pumpkins/Marilyn Manson July 24, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, Tampa
Perpetual Groove July 31-Aug. 1, State Theatre, St. Petersburg
My Morning Jacket w/Mini Mansions Aug. 4, Hard Rock Live, Orlando
Jill Scott Aug. 9, Mahaffey Theater, Clearwater
The Get Up Kids Aug. 10, Orpheum, Ybor City
Incubus/Deftones Aug. 13, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, Tampa
Umphrey’s McGee w/J. Roddy Walston & The Business Aug. 23, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
Earl Sweatshirt with Badbadnotgood Sept. 1, Orpheum, Ybor City

We hope to add some more enticing shows to this as the summer gets closer and more tours are confirmed or last minutes dates added to active ones. Stay tuned

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