Loud music, booze and your favorite musicians on stage are all the makings of a perfect concert. And not many cities perfect that formula better than Tampa Bay with its many great concert venues. Check out the list below to see where you can catch a show.
Skipper’s Smokehouse Restaurant has been open more than 30 years. It began as a restaurant and later had a stage built in the "backyard" for musicians to entertain patrons. This outdoor venue hosts shows that are played rain or shine. Unless otherwise noted, all shows at Skipper's are 21 and up. The live music venue sits under huge hundred-year-old oaks. Accordingly, locals have fondly dubbed the backyard concert area the Skipperdome. Seating is provided via a collection of benches, chairs, and picnic tables while a large covered tiki deck offers shelter from the summer and winter extremes.
The Amalie Arena encompasses 670,000 square feet with three decks and seven separate levels. The building is 133 feet 10 inches in height and 493 feet in diameter. The innovative design of the Amalie Arena provides for 19,758 seats for NHL games, 20,500 seats for Basketball games and up to 21,500 seats for concerts and center stage events. The Amalie Arena brings in huge musical acts like Lady Gaga, Twenty One Pilots, and Carrie Underwood.
Although mainly known for being the home of the Tampa Bay Rays and baseball games, Tropicana Field has also hosted many musical acts after games such as Bon Jovi and Miranda Lambert via the Rays Concert Series.
Once a run-down courtyard venue in downtown St. Pete has been thoroughly overhauled and packed with amenities without sacrificing its rustic charm. Jannus Live’s capacity is 2,000. Although Jannus Live occasionally brings in big musical acts, they are mainly known for cover bands and lesser known bands.
Home to the University of South Florida basketball men and women's teams, the Yuengling Center is also a concert venue when games aren't scheduled.
Built in 1917, The RITZ Ybor underwent a $2 million renovation to become Tampa's premier special events and concert venue. The venue boasts over 17,000SF, three distinct rooms, a grand foyer, full-service bars and a state of the art lighting system. Located in the heart of historic Ybor City, The Ritz brings all acts from Indie groups to top billed artists. Since opening their doors on June 26, 2008, The RITZ Ybor has hosted high-profile events such as the 2009 Maxim Super Bowl Party, the annual Ken Walters' Celebrate Sinatra event, the annual Gorrie Gala and the BET Black Carpet Party.
Filled with memorabilia from celebrities past and present, the Hard Rock Café is not only a place that serves burgers, sandwiches, and fajitas, it's also a museum. With its stage setup inside, it's a place to catch a show as well. Acts such as Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Soul Circus Cowboys and Blonde Ambition have taken to the stage. As time goes on Hard Rock Cafe plans to bring in bigger and better musical acts. For now, cover bands, DJs, comedians and miscellaneous lesser known groups perform on the Hard Rock Cafe stage every week.
Known mainly for Indie Bands, the State Theatre has a total capacity of less than 400, so expect a pretty intimate musical experience. The venue is a non-smoking facility with four beverage bars, a merchandise room and a 24' X 17' stage. The State Theatre was just sold in June 2018, so the future of the events that will be held is currently to be determined—check the website for the most up to date details.