According to the Tampa Music Scene Historical Society, Tampa Bay’s history as a “professional” music scene can be traced as far back as the 1910s. However, the music scene in Tampa Bay didn’t really start to kick into gear until the 1930s. During the 1930s and 1940s, there was a huge blues movement that formed in the Tampa / Ybor City area.
Today, with a plethora of major live music and performing arts venues, Tampa is a leading cultural hub. Discover critically-acclaimed opera and orchestras, world-class performance halls and concert venues that showcase the world’s most talented artists and musicians.
Tampa Music Venues
Part of what makes Tampa’s music scene so prolific is its abundance of music venues and theaters. Continue reading to learn more about the Tampa music scene.
The Tampa Theatre was built in 1926 and hosts over 600 events each year. This includes contemporary films, classic movies, concerts, corporate events, educational programs, weddings, and tours.
The theatre, a historic landmark, has recently been restored while still showcasing its old-world charm. It has been called “One of the Most Spectacular Theaters in the World” by CNN and one of “15 Things You Must Do in Tampa” by the Huffington Post.
It was also recently recognized by the Motion Picture Association of America as being among the 10 best movie theaters in the world; only one other theater in the United States has had such a distinction.
Skipper’s Smokehouse and Oyster Bar presents live music nearly every day of the week. The casual Key West atmosphere, Floribbean menu and live music has made Skipper’s Smokehouse the perfect gathering spot for locals and out of town guests since 1980.
Located in the heart of downtown Tampa, Amalie Arena is the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning and hosts over 150 events a year.
The arena is a state of the art multi-purpose, sports/entertainment venue located in downtown Tampa between the Florida Aquarium and the Tampa Convention Center. In addition to being the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Hockey Team, it also hosts the Tampa Bay Storm AFL Football Team and to well over 150 entertainment events annually.
Tampa Music Festivals
Because of its burgeoning music scene, Tampa attracts numerous music festivals each year.
Righteous Rockers Outdoor Music Festival
Held at the Water Works Park in Tampa, FL the Righteous Rockers Outdoor Music Festival is an event for all ages. This event is meant to bring the community together and will have donated school supplies for those that need them, giveaways, food, local vendors selling their wares and, not to mention, lots of fun! Let’s not forget the music: from reggae to hip hop and from soca to traditional, there is something for everyone.
Gasparilla Music Fest
Every year, the Gasparilla Music Festival puts on a concert in Downtown Tampa, at Curtis Hixon Water Front Park, to celebrate the continued support for music promotion and education. The festival features a lineup of artists that span multiple genres and spotlights both established and lesser-known acts. Guests can also sample cuisine from a number of local restaurants participating as vendors during this event.
Held at Al Lopez Park, you can get the whole family dancing at Conga Caliente Festival. Bringing Latinx flavor to Tampa, this is a Latino music and cultural celebration. Catch show-stopping music performances by Latin American greats in a vivid display of heritage pride. Festival-goers can also enjoy the variety of traditional cuisine as well as the beer garden, arts and crafts village, domino tournament, health pavilion and more.
Sunset Music Festival
Sunset Music Festival is an annual festival held at Raymond James Stadium. In 2018, the festival had headlining performances from Major Lazer, Above & Beyond, RL Grime, and Zeds Dead. Last year, over 50,000 music and dance fans enjoyed phenomenal stage production and top-notch music selection from more than 40 artists while celebrating with friends.
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