Loud music, smoky atmosphere, booze and your favorite singer on stage are all the makings of a great concert. Below are the concert venues in Tampa Bay. Know of one I missed? I want to know about it. Tell me about it here. This is part two of two to the list of concert venues in Tampa Bay.
711 N Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602
Located in the heart of downtown Tampa, the Tampa Theatre is more than just a place to watch an old movie, it is also on occasion a concert venue. The Theatre brings in musical acts of all types from A Cappella groups like Rockapella to teen pop sensations like Miranda Cosgrove and Greyson Chance. According to the Theatre it was "built in 1926 as one of America's most elaborate 'movie palaces', the Tampa Theatre today is a fiercely protected and generously supported landmark."
301 Drew St.
Located in downtown Clearwater, Coachman Park has hosted several concerts such as Wild 94.1's Wild Splash, the Clearwater Jazz Festival, Q105's Fun 'n Sun concerts and many more. According to the park "this waterfront, open-air venue provides a magnificent backdrop for concerts, festivals and exhibitions throughout the year." This venue is also the site of the annual Martin Luther King Celebration, Relay for Life, the Clearwater Super Boat Offshore National Championship and Festival, the Hispanic Heritage Festival and the Clearwater Junior Woman’s Club Christmas Under the Oaks Craft Show.
105 Central Park Drive
With more than 150 performances a year, the Largo Cultural Center has been host to performances by Richie Havens, Colin Hay, BJ Thomas, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, the Orlando Opera, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, The Kingston Trio, The Little River Band, Sha Na Na, Hal Ketchum, The Ahn Trio, Maxi Priest, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Spyro Gyra and many others. The Eight O'Clock Theatre is the resident company of the Center and boasts ticket sales of more than 15,000 annually. This intimate theater only hosts 466 patrons with the last row only 50 feet from the stage.
400 First Street South
St. Petersburg, FL
Located in the heart of beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg, the newly renovated Progress Energy Center for the Arts—Mahaffey Theater is a 2,031 seat cultural jewel featuring elegant ballroom space, spectacular waterfront views, and European box-style seating.
1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, Florida 33602
The Straz Center is known for shows in the following genres: broadway, dance, jazz, music, theater/comedy, opera, orchestra and more. The Straz Center houses the following theaters: Carol Morsani Hall, Ferguson Hall, Jaeb Theater, Shimberg Playhouse, TECO Theater and the Rehearsal Hall.
1111 McMullen Booth Road
Ruth Eckerd Hall has 2,180 sloped and staggered seats, near perfect acoustics that have received rave reviews from artists and aisle space wider than traditional layouts. According to the Hall, "There are 14 sets of double doors leading out from the audience chamber. With this configuration, a full house can be cleared in a matter of minutes."
7. Vinoy Park
701 Bayshore Drive Northeast
St. Petersburg, FL
With events like Ribfest, Snowfest, Funk Fest and more, the Vinoy Park brings in big musical acts and offers amazing views of the water and the Pier.
8. The Orpheum
The Orpheum has been around for more than 10 years and in that 10 years had put on thousands of shows. A wide range of artists have played at The Orpheum including The Jonas Brothers, The Devil Wears Prada,Miggs, Cage The Elephant, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and many many more. Having the selection of bands that The Orpheum has been able to host draws people in and low ticket prices, a full bar and the grungy feel of the joint keeps the crowd constantly coming back.