Tampa Bay area venues, both large and small, will welcome a diverse selection of musical artists in the coming weeks.
The two-day Big Guava Music Festival will be presented Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, at the Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Gates will open at 3 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Parking lots will open one hour prior to gates.
General admission tickets are $55 for Friday and $70 for Saturday. A two-day general admission ticket is $115. For tickets, call 813-740-2446 or visit www.livenation.com.
Big Guava is a two-day music festival showcasing some of the best musical acts, craft beers, food trucks and thrill rides that Florida has ever seen, all in one place. Utilizing the Florida State Fairgrounds and MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, there will be four stages situated around the midway, which offers unlimited free rides all day.
CLEARWATER - Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar will be joining forces with Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson to rock Clearwater Wednesday, April 29, 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall with a concert presented by Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum.
With hits spanning more than 40 years, including I Can’t Drive 55, Your Love is Driving Me Crazy, When It's Love, Rock Candy, Right Now, Finish What Ya Started, Why Can't This Be Love, There's Only One Way to Rock and more, the concert event will celebrate all of Hagar’s biggest hits and with Bonham on board, fans can also expect to hear a few of Led Zeppelin’s biggest hits added to the mix.
ST. PETERSBURG - It’s Led Zeppelin as nature intended - hard-charging, blues-based rock ‘n’ roll, played with maximum intensity and passion. It’s Zeppelin USA - An American Tribute to Led Zeppelin, a musically explosive salute to the mighty Zep, coming to The Mahaffey Wednesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Brody Dolyniuk (vocal, harmonica), Steve Zukowsky (guitar, theremin), Jonathan Gilcrest (bass, keyboards, mandolin, vocals) and Pat Leon (drums, percussion), Zeppelin USA is all about the music and spirit of Led Zeppelin, the heavy riffs, layered arrangements and haunting, Tolkien-influenced lyrics.
Since 1989, Donna the Buffalo has created original roots music infused with elements of Cajun, rock, folk, reggae and country.
Group members include Jeb Puryear (vocals, electric guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard) joined by David McCracken (Hammond organ, Honer clavinet and piano), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums).
CLEARWATER - The Capitol Theatre welcomes award-winning singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading Friday, May 1, 8 p.m., as she celebrates her last major world tour.
Armatrading’s tour will be historic because not only is it her last, but it’s also her first ever as a solo performer, where she will accompany herself on guitar and piano without aid from other musicians. Armatrading’s performance will feature material from her entire career, which spans more than four decades and more than 20 albums, the most recent being her acclaimed 2012 release Starlight. Her body of work has made her one of the world's most respected and influential singer-songwriters, possessing a distinctly expressive voice as well as a rare gift for merging resonant lyrical insight with sublime melodic craft.
CLEARWATER - Back by popular demand, Tom Scholz' band Boston will embark on another highly anticipated tour, which includes a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m.
This will be the band’s fourth appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall. For the latest tour dates, visit www.bandboston.com.
Always a huge crowd pleaser with their high-energy stage show, out-of-this-world sound and remarkable musicianship and singing, Boston prides itself on performing a totally live show without the use of prerecorded music or technical enhancements, delivering the extraordinary sound that is faithful to their studio recordings.
CLEARWATER - Blues legend Robert Cray and electric blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland will perform Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St.
With five Grammy Awards, 15 Grammy nominations and millions of record sales worldwide, Robert Cray is considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation. Since the release of his album “Strong Persuader,” Cray has gone on to record 15 Billboard charting studio albums and has written or performed with everyone from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, from Bonnie Raitt to John Lee Hooker.
CLEARWATER - Fueled By Ramen recording group Paramore has announced Paramore: Writing the Future, an intimate evening of music with Paramore and their friends Copeland, is including a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Tuesday, April 28 at 8 p.m.
"It feels right to bring the Self-Titled era to a close,” said Paramore lead vocalist Hayley Williams. "We've had a very personal and hugely triumphant journey with this one. What wouldn't feel right is saying goodbye to this time in the band's career and not celebrating it with our fans in some special way. So we've decided to do one last little run with it. Smaller shows, beautiful theaters... and we're not calling it a tour, by the way. Each night will be a little event, or as we said just a few seconds ago, a celebration."
ST. PETERSBURG - Multiple Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette comes to The Mahaffey Tuesday, April 28. The 7:30 p.m. concert will be part of the theater’s 50th Anniversary Week celebration.
Twenty years after the breakthrough debut of Jagged Little Pill, an album which earned four Grammys, sold 30 million records and spawned a dedicated worldwide fan base, Alanis Morissette remains not only an enduringly popular artist, but one whose celebrated body of work stems from a fierce commitment to authenticity and, to an equal extent, vulnerability. She has always evidenced that she was an artist with her own point of view, and is regarded as one of the most insightful artists of our time.