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Future, Ruff Ryders reunion tour coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

Future

Luis Santana

Future

Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre is in the midst of a killer summer of rock (Green Day, Muse, Linkin Park) and country (Sam Hunt, Lady Antebelleum, Dierks Bentley).

Go ahead and throw a couple of big hip-hop shows on that slate, too.

The shed by I-4 has unveiled two big new shows coming by September, both featuring rap royalty.

First up is one of the biggest rappers in the game, Future, headlining his own major outing in support of this spring's FUTURE and HNDRXX, not to mention his own huge summer hit Mask Off. He'll perform in Tampa on Aug. 14 alongside Post Malone and Zoey Dollaz. Tickets are $26 and up. Click here.

Then on Sept. 8, it's a "reunion tour" featuring members of the Ruff Ryders crew. Not unlike last year's Bad Boy Family Reunion tour, this one will bring together DMX, Eve, Swizz Beats, the Lox, Drag-On and Fat Joe. Tickets are $35 and up. Click here.

Both shows are on sale now, so get 'em while they're hot.

-- Jay Cridlin

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SoundBytes: Maxwell, Tony Bennett, Paula Cole and more

Maxwell

Christian Hansen

Maxwell

-- R&B crooner Maxwell is returning to Tampa Bay, this time with a show at the Mahaffey Theater on Sept. 1. Tickets are $45 and up, and they go on sale Friday. Click here.

-- Also coming to the Mahaffey: Pink Martini with China Forbes on Jan. 23. Tickets are $39.50 and up. Click here.

-- Paula Cole has booked an intimate show in Ybor City, at the Attic on Feb. 17. Tickets are $50 and up. Click here.

-- The great Tony Bennett is returning to Tampa Bay, this time for a show at Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Sept. 8. Tickets are $57 and up. Click here.

-- The Marcus King Band is coming to the State Theatre on Oct. 30. Click here.

-- Ilan Bluestone is coming to the Ritz Ybor on Oct. 7. Click here.

-- Singer-songwriter John Moreland is coming to the Straz Center on Sept. 12. Click here.

-- The Mavericks have sold out their Dec. 2 concert at the Capitol Theatre, so now they're adding a second show on Dec. 3. Tickets are $46.50 and go on sale Saturday. Click here.

-- Speaking of the Capitol Theatre: Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra are coming back to the Cap on Nov. 11. Tickets are $39.50 and up. Click here. …

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Luis Fonsi coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

Luis Fonsi

Rondene PR

Luis Fonsi

He may have the song of the summer in Despacito. Now Luis Fonsi is hoping that magic stretches into fall.

The Puerto Rican heartthrob singer, whose Justin Bieber- and Daddy Yankee-assisted remix became a rare non-primarily-English song to top the Billboard Hot 100, is bringing his "Song + Dance" tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sept. 20, the venue has announced. (He'll also be at Orlando's Hard Rock Live on Sept. 23.) Tickets to the Clearwater show start at $53.25. Click here.

Booking a Latin pop star is rare for Ruth Eckerd Hall, but anytime you can snag the man behind one of the hottest hits in the world, you take it. Fonsi had a big fan base before Desapacito, too, having won a Latin Grammy for Song of the Year for 2009's Aqui Estoy Yo.

No word on whether Bieber will join him in Clearwater, but we're guessing probably not.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Mumford and Sons coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

And the hits keep coming!

In a year that's already seen a host of "they never come to Florida" bands get crossed off fans' bucket list, we're getting another huge one: Mumford and Sons.

The enormously popular English rockers will make their Tampa debut in a concert on Sept. 20 at Amalie Arena. Hiss Golden Messenger will open the show. Tickets are go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here for details. (This is part of a multi-date swing through Florida; they'll also be at Orlando's Amway Center on Sept. 21.)

So far this year, we've already seen concerts by Spoon and the Shins, and the same week Mumford and Sons come to town, Arcade Fire will play the USF Sun Dome. If only LCD Soundsystem had pickd Tampa for their just-annnounced fall tour ... but alas, Miami's as close as they'll come.

You're on deck, the National!

-- Jay Cridlin

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Deftones' Frank Delgado talks 'White Pony,' DJ gigs, craft beer, opening for Guns N' Roses and more

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Frank Maddocks

Deftones

When Frank Delgado joined Deftones, he couldn’t really play an instrument. Didn’t really own any instruments, in fact.

“I started hanging around these guys and being creative with them with all that I had, which was records,” said the DJ and keyboardist, who played alongside the Sacramento, Calif., alt-metal veterans for years before officially becoming a full-fledged member for 2000’s White Pony. “My whole thing was trying to figure out how to utilize it in a different way than what I think people thought a DJ was supposed to be in a rock band.”

That spirit of ingenuity and drive is what’s allowed Deftones to outlive most of their late-’90s nu-metal peers, and earn plenty of critical acclaim to boot. Nearly 30 years after singer Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen Carpenter and drummer Abe Cunningham founded the group as teenagers, they’re still packing sheds coast to coast. Their co-headlining summer tour with Rise Against stops at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Thursday. …

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Lorde coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

Lorde

New York Times

Lorde

Cross another big name of the list of pop stars making their first-ever appearances in Tampa.

New Zealand phenomenon Lorde will play Amalie Arena on April 11, 2018, it was announced Friday. Tickets start at $35.75 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 23. Click here for details.

The announcement of the singer's Melodrama World Tour -- which also includes a stop in Miami on April 12 -- came on the same day Lorde released her sophomore album Melodrama, featuring the hits Green Light and Perfect Places. It follows her 2013 debut Pure Heroine, released when she was just 16, which gave the world the mega-hits Royals.

The show is just the latest addition to Amalie's A-list pop slate, including Ed Sheeran on Aug. 29, Bruno Mars on Oct. 19, Lady Gaga on Dec. 1 and Katy Perry on Dec. 15. All of those shows are either sold out or very close to it, so get your Lorde tickets early if you want to be guaranteed a spot inside.

No opener has been announced just yet, but we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin

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SoundBytes: John Mulaney, Inner Circle, Four Year Strong and more

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John Mulaney

-- Oh, hello! Comic John Mulaney is coming to the Mahaffey Theater on Sept. 28. Tickets are $35 and up. Click here.

-- Reggae legends Inner Circle are coming to Largo's Central Park Performing Arts Center on Sept. 1. Tickets are $24.50 and up. Click here.

-- Another reggae-rock show coming to Jannus Live: The Werks and Passafire on Sept. 8. Click here.

-- Punk and post-hardcore band Four Year Strong is coming to Crowbar on Oct. 12, alongside Seaway, Like Pacific, Life Lessons and Grayscale. Tickets are $18 and up. Click here.

-- The Drums are performing at Crowbar on Dec. 2 alongside Hoops. Tickets are $15 and up. Click here.

-- Two new DJ shows coming to the Ritz Ybor in Tampa in July: K?D on July 22 and Trampa on July 28.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Kaleo postpones free 97X concert at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

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Alexandra Valenti

Kaleo

Here's a reason to really sing the blues.

Bluesy Icelandic alt-rock band Kaleo has postponed their free July 5 concert at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg due to a medical issue. Instead, the free show, sponsored by alt-rock station 97X, will take place Aug. 8.

"It is with tremendous regret that we must cancel select summer shows and festivals due to an unforeseen medical diagnosis," singer JJ Julius Son wrote on Twitter. "We were very much looking forward to seeing everyone on the road this summer and we are continuing to play as many shows as possible surrounding medical treatments. Thank you for all of your support and understanding."

The station says tickets already handed out will be honored at the rescheduled show on Aug. 8. Click here for details and more ticket drop locations.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Review: Chance the Rapper preaches to his Tampa congregation with uplifting, playful set

Chance the Rapper performs Wednesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

ANDRES LEIVA | Times

Chance the Rapper performs Wednesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Chance the Rapper took Tampa fans to church on a Wednesday.

Except let's call it a megachurch, since there were 14,000-plus people at the Grammy winner's Amalie Arena concert, the final stop on the Be Encouraged Tour.

There was a choir, four members strong, plus a drummer and a keyboardist and the sidekick/trumpet player Donnie Trumpet, all member's of Chance's band the Social Experiment, and all good on their own, but never straying far from their main purpose: making their leader look great.

That leader being a rare personality, the jogging, spinning, high-stepping preacher whose charisma is bigger than his small, even hunched at times, frame. Whose voice is equally compelling when it's simmering, tempered and serious, or suddenly boiling over with passion  it did both during All We Got, one of the night's highlights.

Chance talked about asking God every night before the show to move through him and allow him to do his will, but sounded like a man on a journey, saying that more and more, "I think this tour is for God to show me things." …

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Review: U2 light up Raymond James Stadium in Tampa with vivid, cinematic concert

U2 performed at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on June 14, 2017.

Chris Urso

U2 performed at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on June 14, 2017.

The big, brilliant rainbow hung high above the Tampa skyline for as long as it could, a good half hour and change, a harbinger of Irish gold if ever there was one.

Then the sun set and U2 took the stage at Raymond James Stadium. And for the rest of the night, every last color belonged to them.

Unbowed by an afternoon of showers that had some 60,000 poncho-wrapped fans fearing the worst, the Irish rock superstars delivered a vivid, cinematic and magnificently colorful performance as part of a 30th anniversary tour celebrating their landmark album The Joshua Tree. For multiple generations of fans, from U2 lifers to the kids and grandkids on their laps, it was all they were looking for and more.

“Thank you for your patience,” Bono said. “Thank you for giving us a good life. These songs belong to you. We’ve been playing them a long time, and we’re playing them for you tonight.” …

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Bryan Adams coming to Coachman Park in Clearwater

Bryan Adams performed at Clearwater's Coachman Park in February 2016.

Jay Cridlin

Bryan Adams performed at Clearwater's Coachman Park in February 2016.

After Bryan Adams played a jam-packed concert at Clearwater's Coachman Park in February 2016 -- his first local concert with a full band in a dozen years -- he told Ruth Eckerd Hall officials he loved the experience so much that he couldn't wait to come back.

One year later, he's getting his wish.

Adams will return to Coachman Park for a concert on Sept. 10, according to Ruth Eckerd Hall, which has been booking concerts in the park. Tickets are $20 and up, and they go on sale Saturday.

The Canadian rocker has sold more than 60 million records over the years, and is known for smashes like Summer of '69, Cuts Like a Knife and Everything I Do (I Do It For You). His show last year was a plugged-in affair, as we wrote in our review: …

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Florida's Seven Kingdoms push through challenges to reach metal success

Seven Kingdoms

Loren Elliott

Seven Kingdoms

Florida metal band Seven Kingdoms has been on an upward trajectory. The band has released several albums to increasing sales and critical acclaim. It had been supporting bigger bands, including a North American tour with Blind Guardian and a European one with Stratovarius.

But after a decade of losing money, sacrificing friendships, changing jobs, missing social outings and watching parents struggle to help them, the band members needed to see some return on their investment.

Seven Kingdoms decided to take two major risks: putting the band on hold for two years to rebuild its savings, and changing the way it financed its albums. They decided to finance a four-song EP and 10th anniversary album without a label, hoping a crowd-funding campaign would allow them to recoup the anticipated $18,000 to $20,000 cost.

It would be a risk, but a calculated one.

Each member had overcome far too much to turn back now.

For more on Seven Kingdoms, click here for Frank Pastor's story.

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Weather without U2? What to expect if it rains for Wednesday's concert in Tampa

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Kevin Mazur

U2

Forty years ago this month, a rained-out Led Zeppelin concert in Tampa led to riots at the old Tampa Stadium.

Could the same thing happen Wednesday night with U2?

Bono and company are a peace-loving bunch, to be sure, but with evening rain forecast for their Joshua Tree anniversary tour stop at Raymond James Stadium, a lot of fans might be getting nervous.

The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms around 7 p.m. Wednesday, right around the time openers OneRepublic are scheduled to go on stage. That decreases to a 15 percent chance by 9 p.m., at which point U2 should already be on stage.

The show is rain or shine, said officials with Live Nation and the Tampa Sports Authority. That generally means that every effort will be made to stage the show unless the weather is just too severe, and if there is a cancellation, there probably won’t be refunds. It’ll be up to U2, promoters Live Nation and stadium officials about whether to reschedule the show. …

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Zulu Wave's Michael Barrow talks about leaving Tampa Bay, planning a farewell show and more

Zulu Wave, with Michael Barrow second from left.

Brian Schanck

Zulu Wave, with Michael Barrow second from left.

A long time ago, Michael Barrow made himself a promise. If the music thing wasn’t working by the time he turned 30, he’d stop chasing the dream and move on.

Barrow’s 30th is looming in February. But at the moment, the singer and guitarist is not quite ready to give it up.

“I think I might break my rule,” he said. “But I’ll definitely have to redefine it in some way.”

It all starts this weekend, as Barrow’s popular alt-rock band Zulu Wave will reunite for the first time in a year for a farewell show at New World Brewery. The next day he’ll hop on a plane for Europe, where he’ll start the next phase of his life and musical career.

“Selling off all my stuff, selling my car, selling all my guitar amps, selling all my guitars except for one of my favorites — all that stuff is sort of terrifying,” he said.

On the other hand, global travel comes naturally to Barrow — he was born in South Carolina to parents from Zambia and England, and spent most of his upbringing in South Africa. His plan is to spend some time making music with a connection in London, then travel to visit friends and family in Germany, South Africa and Vietnam. …

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New 'American Idol' auditions coming to Orlando, Miami in August

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Katy Perry

American Idol's road back to television will begin in Florida.

The grandaddy of all reality singing competitions, which was knocked off the air by Fox last year before being revived by ABC for 2018, has unveiled a slate of audition cities for its next season, featuring new judge Katy Perry. And the East Coast run starts in Florida.

American Idol auditions will take place Aug. 17 in Orlando and Aug. 19 in Miami, according to the show's site. Specific locations have not yet been announced, but considering the show is now on ABC, doesn't it have to be at Disney's Hollywood Studios, or some other Disney World property?

It's not clear if Perry herself will be at the auditions, either on the East Coast or the West Coast, but her Witness tour doesn't begin until September in Ohio, so it's possible.

If you can't make it to Orlando, you can also audition online. Click here for details on rules, restrictions and how to upload videos.

-- Jay Cridlin

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