Hear that? It’s the scintillating sound of the Tampa Bay area’s live music venues beckoning you to a performance you’ll never forget.
The concert scene is truly unmatched in our area — from Amalie Arena to the Sound, there’s a stage for any type of tune. To get to know them all, you must do three things.
Put your hands in the air, wave ‘em like you just don’t care, then lay your eyes (and ears) on our guide.
Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa
When the Bucs aren’t playing under the bright lights at Ray Jay, the West Tampa stadium attracts superstars like Taylor Swift, Queen Bey, and Zach Bryan. The recently renovated stadium also boasts its own pirate ship and top of the line HD video boards.
Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa
The former “Ice Palace” hosts rockin’ shows, basketball games, conventions, and of course, the three-time Stanley Cup champs, the Tampa Bay Lightning. The area is also close to Water Street Tampa — so you can start your experience with drinks or a meal at one of the buzzy neighborhood’s new spots.
The Straz Center for the Performing Arts,1010 N. Macinnes Pl., Tampa
Located right off the Tampa Riverwalk, this Tampa mainstay boasts five theaters, a performing arts conservatory, a rehearsal hall, three on-site restaurants, a coffee shop and banquet facilities. The Straz brings in a swath of shows every year from Broadway hits and opera to Disney musicals.
Ruth Eckerd Hall,1111 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater
Want to see your favorite artist in a more intimate setting? The Clearwater hall is known for bringing in big name acts like Jackson Browne + Ringo Starr, plus comedians, tribute bands, and more.
Hard Rock Event Center, 5223 Orient Rd., Tampa
The Hard Rock’s music venue is on the second level of the casino complex and hosts acts like Seth Meyers and Jerry Seinfeld, concerts, trade shows, private events, and large-scale poker tournaments.
The RITZ Ybor, 1503 E. 7th Ave., Tampa,
Built in 1917, the Ybor City spot has had many lives as a silent movie theater, playhouse, and now a popular concert venue. The RITZ hosts all kinds of shows from popular bands like All Time Low, to 90’s-themed dance parties.
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 US-301, Tampa
This one’s for the folks who believe live music is best enjoyed outside. Catch major shows from artists like Blink 182, Lana Del Rey, and Noah Kahan at the laid-back venue — plus some incredible TBAY sunsets. The Florida State Fairgrounds-adjacent spot also boasts tons of dining and drinking options + lawn chair rentals.
Jannus Live, 200 1st Ave N. STE 206, St. Petersburg
This standing-room venue hosts indie acts and popular artists alike (hello Sabrina Carpenter and The Black Keys). And you can keep the party going at one of Downtown St. Pete’s nearby bars and clubs.
The Sound, 255 Drew St., Clearwater
Clearwater’s brand-new waterfront venue boasts seating room for 4,000 music lovers with more room in the park’s greenspace. A snippet of this year’s inaugural acts include Gladys Knight, the Beach Boys, Chris Young, and the Steve Miller Band.
The Orpheum, 14802 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa
The Orpheum recently made the move from Ybor City to North Tampa and is known for hosting both emerging artists and blockbuster acts like The Killers. The venue also hosts art shows, charity fundraisers, and dance competitions.
The Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Rd., Tampa
Bring on the alt-rock vibes. For the past 40 years, local artists and nationally-known performers have played this divey venue + bar.
Crowbar, 812 N. 17th St., Tampa
Stop by this Ybor City venue for live indie and trap tunes, DJ sets, and even music festivals like Vibes of the Bay. The venue’s Crow’s Nest Beer Garden also hosts events and its signature Ol’ Dirty Sundays parties.
City Guides are presented by Water Street Tampa.