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Here are ten concerts coming to Florida that we’re looking forward to in the summer of ’21.
Sunset Music Festival
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Who’s playing? 12th Planet, Zomboy, Slander, Cut Snake, Riot Ten, Sage Armstrong and others
Why you should go: Two days, four stages, 70-plus performers and all the electronic music you can handle.
Black Eyed Peas
FPL Solar Amphitheater at Bayfront Park, Miami
Why you should go: Fergie’s long gone, but this is the only show the Peas will be doing in Florida this summer – actually, the only show they’ll be doing in North America this summer.
Gulf Coast Jam
Frank Brown Park, Panama City Beach
Who’s playing? Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cole Swindell, Billy Ray Cyrus and others
Why you should go: It’s a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll – and on of Florida’s first big-time music festivals in more than a year.
Daily’s Place, Jacksonville
Why you should go: Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks normally tour with a 12-piece band, but they’re slimming down for this summer tour, which opens with a pair of hometown shows. Anywhere from two to 12 musicians might show up on any given night, so fans can expect to hear new arrangements of old favorites.
Rolling Loud Miami
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
Who’s playing? A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, Post Malone, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert and others
Why you should go: It’s one of the biggest hip hop festivals in the world, with top-notch talent. The festival was postponed for a year, so tickets are hard to come by.
Dave Matthews Band
July 28 at Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
July 30-31 at iThink Financial Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach
Why you should go: Florida loves DMB – the band has played more than 70 shows in the Sunshine State. The last time the band played Florida, in 2019, iThink was still known as Coral Sky Amphitheatre.
Hella Mega Tour
July 31, TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville
Aug. 1, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
Who’s playing? Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, the Interrupters
Why you should go: Hard to beat the value of three headline-level acts for less than $30. The bands have new music to play and are itching to hit the road since this tour was postponed last summer. It’s the only big stadium tour out there this year – the one with Def Leppard, Motley Crue and Joan Jett is on hold until ‘22.
Spirit of the South Tour
Daily’s Place, Jacksonville
Who’s playing? Blackberry Smoke, Allman Betts Band, Wild Feathers, Jaimoe
Why you should go: Georgia rockers Blackberry Smoke know their roots and our celebrating Southern rock on this tour. The bands promise to get together at the end of the show for a jam session, and they’re bringing along Allman Brothers Band founder Jaimoe and a traveling exhibit from The Big House museum to honor the legacy of the Allman Brothers (which first formed just a few miles away in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood).
Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show
Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater, Tampa
Who’s playing? Chris Stapleton, Kendell Marvel, Sheryl Crow
Why you should go: You really shouldn’t ever pass up a chance to see Stapleton, a riveting live performance. But throw in Sheryl Crow and Kendell Marvel, and it’s a no-brainer.
Florida Country Thunder
Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee
Who’s playing? Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Old Dominion, Sawyer Brown and others
Why you should go: Three days of camping in the woods and jamming out to one of the best country lineups you’re going to find ought to be enough, right?