Photos: Carrie Underwood brings 'Denim & Rhinestones' tour to Tampa's Amalie Arena

There was no shortage of denim in downtown Tampa, and it was all for eight-time Grammy-winner Carrie Underwood who brought her Denim…

By Ray Roa

Photos: Carrie Underwood brings 'Denim & Rhinestones' tour to Tampa's Amalie Arena
22 slides

Review: In Tampa, 19,000 fans revel in Bruce Springsteen's return to the concert stage [PHOTOS]

In February 2017, Antoinette Switzer was in Auckland, New Zealand to see Bruce Springsteen play MT Smart Stadium. Unbeknownst to her, and…

By Ray Roa

Review: In Tampa, 19,000 fans revel in Bruce Springsteen's return to the concert stage [PHOTOS]
41 slides

Photos: Death Cab For Cutie possesses 2,000 hearts during triumphant, sold-out St. Petersburg gig

“Whenever we start playing that song, ‘Asphalt Meadows,’ usually all I can smell is weed,” Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard…

By Josh Bradley

Death Cab For Cutie plays Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida on Jan. 31, 2023.
28 slides

Photos: Everyone we saw when Gel and Heaven's Gate played Crowbar in Ybor City

In March, Gel will release its debut full-length, Only Constant, a record which vocalist Sami Kaiser told Brooklyn Vegan, is, "about trying…

By Ray Roa

Photos: Everyone we saw when Gel and Heaven's Gate played Crowbar in Ybor City
62 slides

Photos: Alter Bridge and Wolfgang Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH play Hard Rock Tampa

Alter Bridge with Mammoth WVH and Red are on tour together in 2023. Last Wednesday they played The Seminole Hard Rock in…

By Caesar Carbajal

Photos: Alter Bridge and Wolfgang Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH play Hard Rock Tampa
38 slides

Photos: The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward looks to new horizons in downtown Clearwater

It’s still a bummer that a good chunk of the Moody Blues’ key members have either retired or passed away. But Justin…

By Josh Bradley

Justin Hayward plays Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, Florida on Jan. 22, 2023.
11 slides

Newsletters

Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Photos: Everyone we saw when jam scene favorite Papadosio funked up St. Pete’s Jannus Live

Papadosio is somewhat of an outlier in the jam band scene as it often takes on progressive-rock with an aesthetic that can…

By Ray Roa

Photos: Everyone we saw when jam scene favorite Papadosio funked up St. Pete’s Jannus Live
66 slides

Review: Even after a two-and-a-half-hour set, Tedeschi Trucks Band leaves Clearwater fans begging for more

The rock power couple of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, married since 2001, led a powerful, ultra-tight 12-piece band through two sets…

By Eric Snider

Tedeschi Trucks Band plays Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida on Jan. 21, 2023.
7 slides

Photos: Bobby Rush tells tales and wails blues improv during sold-out Safety Harbor gig

Many a time have typically electric artists chosen to perform small-scale—often acoustic—sets, in an effort to make fans feel as if they’re…

By Josh Bradley

Photos: Bobby Rush tells tales and wails blues improv during sold-out Safety Harbor gig
15 slides

Photos: In Tampa, Tesla is still out there 'kickin' ass'

Elon Musk is really putting a damper on searches for "Tesla," but at least the Sacramento rock band is taking it in stride…

By Ray Roa

Tesla
14 slides

Everyone we saw when Mike Ingold launched his new guitar company with a free Tampa concert

Tampa-based luthier, musician and educator Mike Ingold got his new guitar-making company out in the public eye last Friday with a free…

By Ray Roa

Roxx Revolt & the Velvets plays Hooch and Hive in Tampa, Florida on Jan. 13, 2023.
76 slides

Photos: An ageless Barry Manilow plays Tampa's Amalie Arena

History says Barry Manilow is 79 years old. Don't tell that to ageless iconic American songwriter though. Mr. "Copacabana" was in Tampa…

By Ray Roa

Barry Manilow plays Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on Jan. 14, 2023.
13 slides

Photos: Jeezy, Mary J. Blige and more play Miami's Funk Fest 2022

Miami's Fair & Expo Center hosted Funk Fest to close out the year, with sets by Mary J. Blige, Jeezy, Anthony Hamilton…

By Ray Roa

Photos: Jeezy, Mary J. Blige and more play Miami's Funk Fest 2022
44 slides

Photos: Everyone we saw when Tampa punk band Right on Time played Bradenton's Oscura nightclub

A little bit of Tampa landed in Bradenton last weekend old-dude pop-punk band Right On Time headed to Oscura for a show…

By Ray Roa

Fans at Oscura in Bradenton, Florida on Dec. 30, 2022.
33 slides

Nelly, and everyone else we saw at Tampa Edition’s New Year’s Eve party

Everyone kept their clothes on, but Nelly got it hot on the Tampa Edition rooftop for a New Year’s Eve party at…

By Ray Roa

Nelly plays the Tampa Edition on Dec. 31, 2022.
111 slides

Review: Peter Noone, Gary U.S. Bonds press on in Clearwater as Sha Na Na’s Bowzer misses annual holiday party

At least 1,500 boomers got the opportunity to stay up hours past their bedtime Saturday night. Sha Na Na’s Jon “Bowzer” Bauman’s…

By Josh Bradley

Peter Noone plays Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida on Dec. 17, 2022.
23 slides

Photos: Backstreet Boys, Flo Rida headline Jingle Ball’s nostalgic return to Tampa

Since COVID-19 shut things down in mid-March 2020, Tampa Bay's megaconcert scene has seen two installments of 97x Next Big Thing, Reggae…

By Josh Bradley

Nick Carter (L) and Howie Dorough of Backstreet Boys at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on Dec. 16, 2022.
58 slides

Photos: Soundtrack king Kenny Loggins plays Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall

Kenny Loggins is more than the soundtrack king, but he still brought Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall into the danger zone on Thursday…

By Ray Roa

Photos: Soundtrack king Kenny Loggins plays Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall
21 slides

Review: In Clearwater, Chris Isaak let his freak flag fly during sold-out Christmas concert

No matter how quickly you get sick of hearing Christmas music, a number of those who helped lay the foundation of rock…

By Josh Bradley

Chris Isaak plays the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, Florida on Dec. 8, 2022.
13 slides

Photos: UK metalcore favorite Loathe plays Tampa Orpheum

Liverpool metal band Loathe was in the states yesterday for a show at Tampa Orpheum where Omerta and Unity TX opened.

By Ray Roa

Photos: UK metalcore favorite Loathe plays Tampa Orpheum
37 slides

Review: Machine Gun Kelly, Jack White, and more look back on 2022 projects at 97X Next Big Thing

A commonly used phrase at last weekend’s 21st annual 97X Next Big Thing was “end of an era.” Don’t worry, it had…

By Josh Bradley

Machine Gun Kelly plays day one of the 97X Next Big Thing on Dec. 2, 2022.
117 slides

Everyone we saw when Have Gun, Will Travel played a post-Thanksgiving concert in Tampa Heights

Tampa Heights got to soak in the sounds of Have Gun, Will Travel from their easy chairs last Friday when the Americana…

By Ray Roa

Everyone we saw when Have Gun, Will Travel played a post-Thanksgiving concert in Tampa Heights
35 slides

Photos: Tampa's Amalie Arena absorbs a Finger Finger Death Punch, with help from Brantley Gilbert

Despite his own words, Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan L. Moody is not retiring. Last night, Moody—who Creative Loafing Tampa Bay…

By Ray Roa

Photos: Tampa's Amalie Arena takes a Finger Finger Death Punch
36 slides

Photos: Mario and Bow Wow bring Ying Yang Twins, Keri Hilson and more to Tampa's Amalie Arena

Christmas came early for fans of early-2000s pop, hip-hop and R&B on Friday, Nov. 18 when the Millennium Tour rolled into Tampa's…

By Ray Roa

Photos: Mario and Bow Wow bring Ying Yang Twins, Keri Hilson and more to Tampa's Amalie Arena
52 slides

Photos: Silversun Pickups play St. Pete's Jannus Live

A gem of an indie-rock show went down at  Jannus Live when 97X brought Silversun Pickups, plus opener Eliza & The Delusionals to…

By Ray Roa

Photos: Silversun Pickups play St. Pete's Jannus Live
30 slides

Photos: Electric Daisy Carnival 2022 takes over Orlando's Tinker Field

The grounds outside Orlando's Tinker Field turned into Daisy Lane over the weekend as one of the country's largest EDM festivals, Electric…

Photos: Electric Daisy Carnival 2022 takes over Orlando's Tinker Field
31 slides

Photos: Deathcore favorite Lorna Shore brings 'Pain Remains' album to Tampa Orpheum

Lorna Shore has seen a lot of change in the course of its 13-year existence, but the best version of the Jersey…

By Ray Roa

Photos: Deathcore hero Lorna Shore brings 'Pain Remains' album to Tampa Orpheum
63 slides

Review: In Tampa more than 13,000 fans show why the Iron Maiden family might never slow down at all

“I like a crowd I can see…and a crowd I can smell!” energetic lead singer and frontman Bruce Dickinson announced while addressing…

By Gabe Echazabal

Iron Maiden plays Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on Oct. 27, 2022.
32 slides

Everything we saw at New Port Richey's Monufest 2022

A cadre of punk-rock bands, including a reunited Strikeforce Diablo, were back in New Port Richey last Saturday when Ordinance One brought…

By Ray Roa

All the homies and bands we saw at New Port Richey's Monufest 2022
62 slides

Review: Gorillaz brought deep, joyous humanity, plus De La Soul, to Orlando’s Amway Center

Admittedly, a sense of trepidation came over me when Gorillaz, the “virtual band” and creation of Britpop band Blur frontman Damon Albarn,…

By Gabe Echazabal

Gorillaz plays Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Oct. 21, 2022.
29 slides