Kanye West plays Amalie Arena and Mahaffey Theater welcomes Brian Wilson. Tampa Bay area venues, both large and small, will welcome a diverse selection of musical artists in the coming weeks.
In addition to headliners such as Kanye West, Brian Wilson, Il Divo and Heart, the summer comes to a close with a variety of concert festivals.
The Bad Boy Family Reunion tour will take the stage Sunday, Sept. 11, 8 p.m., at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. The concert will feature performances by Puff Daddy, Lil Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, 112, The Lox, French Montana and Carl Thomas.
CLEARWATER - A ’60s legend, a musical icon, a poet and one of the world’s most enduring singer songwriters, Donovan is currently on the road for his “Sunshine Superman” 50th anniversary North American tour.
That tour will bring Donovan to the Tampa Bay area for one performance on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater.
This year, 2016, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Donovan’s hit single “Sunshine Superman” when it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Charts. The album of the same name is considered a classic masterpiece. With the song, Donovan is credited with single-handedly initiating the Psychedelic Revolution.
ST. PETERSBURG - Sunshine City Opera will present “Opera Sampler: Musical Excerpts from Living Composers” on Friday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.
Sunshine City Opera will collaborate with The Studio@620 and St. Petersburg Arts Alliance to present its inaugural concert. A one-night, hour-long concert of selections from operas and art songs will feature music for soprano and mezzo by six living composers. The program includes one premiere (Huelskamp), one Cuban composer (Guerra), three female composers (Huelskamp, Stölzel and Tann), one St. Pete-based composer (Huelskamp) and the winner of the USF. Call for Scores (Phó).
SEMINOLE - Keith Coleman will perform a free tribute to Johnny Cash Saturday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m., at Chapel on the Hill, 12601 Park Blvd., Seminole.
Coleman’s uncanny resemblance to Johnny Cash and attention to the detail of Cash’s mannerisms make this tribute show compelling. Coleman not only naturally looks like the “Man in Black” but audiences find his vocal impression of Cash amazing.
Coleman is the only Johnny Cash tribute artist to be chosen by ABC’s show “The Next Best Thing” to travel to Los Angeles to compete against the world’s best impersonators. After auditions in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and Orlando, the judges said he was the best they had seen.
ST. PETERSBURG - Jill Scott - singer/songwriter, New York Times bestselling poet and critically acclaimed actress - will return to the Tampa Bay area with a performance Thursday, Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg.
It has been more than 15 years since Scott, whose 2015 show at The Mahaffey sold out, released her debut album, the monumental and groundbreaking “Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1.” Since her debut in 2000, Scott’s career has continued to blossom. From her starring roles in the Tyler Perry “Why Did I Get Married?” movie franchise to the HBO-produced “First Ladies Detective Series,” there is no stopping her passion for the arts.