910 Skipper Road
Reggae, blues and jam bands have been in a constant circuit at this North Tampa icon for more than 30 years, coloring the “Floribbean” vibes that must be felt to be understood. The menu follows suit, with its iconic grouper Reuben and gator bites.
Coming up: Tab Beniot with the Whiskey Bayou Revue (Feb. 1-2); Jah Movement (Feb. 8); Red Elvises (March 8)
1812 N. 17th St.
Rugged, weird and always interesting, Crowbar’s small, intimate stage features all kinds of new and upcoming national acts, while the beer garden outside plays host to hip hop-inspired “Ol’ Dirty Sundays” block parties every week.
Coming up: Big Freedia (Feb. 10); Russian Circles (Feb. 20); Cold Cave (March 8); Sick of It All (March 31)
687 Central Ave. N.
Downtown St. Petersburg
A big stage means big acts, and St. Pete’s State Theatre is never in short supply of national and local talent. Located in the heart of Central Avenue, expect to hear a wide variety of music styles on any given night.
Coming up: The State Theatre is currently under renovation and is expected to reopen early this year. Check statetheatreconcerts.com for the most current information.
1915 E. 7th Ave.
Loud and eclectic, The Orpheum at Ybor’s far east end makes no compromises on the energy of its live acts. Ranging from pummeling hardcore to glammed-out electronic music, there’s something new every week and it’s always very, very loud.
Coming up: Neko Case (Feb. 1); Japanese Breakfast (Feb. 9); Poppy (Feb. 13); Copeland (Feb. 20); Watsky (March 6)
The Dallas Bull
3322 U.S. 301 N.
Of Tampa’s many country and blues bars, none have stood the test of time like the Dallas Bull. Popular with old and young cowhands alike, expect plenty of dancing and cheap drinks set to live acts from around the nation. Superstars like Kenny Chesney have even been known to stop by after their set at one of Tampa’s larger venues.
Coming up: Stay tuned to dallasbull.com for most updated concert information.