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Best Outdoor Concerts To Look Forward To This Summer In Tampa Bay

March 19, 2013 1:00 PM

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Summer outdoor concerts provide music, fun and excitement under the sun or a moonlit night. Your favorite outdoor summertime music events will soon be rockin’ the Tampa Bay area. Here’s our list of some of the best shows to catch while soaking up the outdoors ambiance this summer.

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Funshine Music Fest

Live Nation Amphitheatre
Florida State Fairgrounds
4802 US Highway 301 N.
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 740-2446
www.livenation.com

Date: May 3-5
 
The Funshine Music Festival is the biggest outdoor concert event to rock the Tampa Bay music scene in some time. Over 30 bands and some of the greatest musicians of our time will be performing on six different stages in a carnival atmosphere.  $25 gives you unlimited rides and musical fun.

Friday, May 3rd launches with Train, The Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick, Good Old War, American Idols Phillip Phillips.and others.

Saturday, May 4th headlines REO Speedwagon, Styx, Ted Nugent, New Found Glory, Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional, Wee The Kings and many others, including an AC/DC tribute band.

Sunday, May 5th spotlights Gary Allan, Kix Brooks, The Wallflowers, Josh Thompson, The Lone Bellow and many others, including Rolling Stones and Beatles tribute bands. Unlimited rides included in the $25 concert ticket!

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Tim McGraw: Two Lanes Of Freedom Tour

Live Nation Amphitheatre
Florida State Fairgrounds
4802 US Highway 301 N.
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 740-2446
www.livenation.com

Date: May 11

Tim McGraw kicks off his 30-city tour in Birmingham, Alabama on May 2nd in support of his twelfth studio album and latest release “Two Lanes Of Freedom.” The album includes the singles “Truck Yea,” “One of Those Nights” and “Highway Don’t Care” with Taylor Swift. The tour will also spotlight Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft as special guests. McGraw has sold over 40 million albums in the U.S. alone.

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Rascal Flatts: Changed Tour 2013 With The Band Perry

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Live Nation Amphitheatre
Florida State Fairgrounds
4802 US Highway 301 N.
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 740-2446
www.livenation.com

Date: June 7

Since 2000, Rascal Flatts has sold over 21 million albums; 25 million digital downloads, spawned (14) #1 singles and became the most celebrated country group of the past decade. Some of the band’s biggest hits include “These Days,” “Bless the Broken Road,” “What Hurts The Most,” “My Wish,” “Take Me There” and “Here Comes Goodbye.” 

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

Brad Paisley Beat This Summer Tour with Chris Young
Live Nation Amphitheatre
Florida State Fairgrounds
4802 US Highway 301 N.
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 740-2446
www.livenation.com

Date: June 22

Paisley is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, who has won three GRAMMYs, 14 Academy of Country Music Awardsicon1 Best Outdoor Concerts To Look Forward To This Summer In Tampa Bay, 14 Country Music Association Awards including Entertainer of the Year for 2010, 3 ASCAP Country Music Songwriter/Artists awards and numerous other awards. Paisley’s upcoming album, Wheelhouse, will be released on April 9.

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Dave Matthews Band

Live Nation Amphitheatre
Florida State Fairgrounds
4802 US Highway 301 N.
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 740-2446
www.livenation.com

Date: July 17

The Dave Matthews Band has enlightened audiences with its eclectic mix of musical ingenuities and styles since 1991. The band began as a popular college act but rapidly developed into one of the highest grossing attractions while selling out stadiums and arenas worldwide. The band’s latest release is its eighth studio album entitled “Away from the World” and features the singles “Mercy” and “If Only.”

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Vans Warped Tour 2013

Vinoy Park
701 Bayshore Drive N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 893-7441
www.ticketmaster.com

Date: July 26

Since 1995, the touring music and extreme sports festival sponsored by Vans, a skateboard and shoe manufacturer, has featured as many as 100 bands per event. The Warped Tour was devised by Kevin Lyman, a three-year Lollapalooza veteran. This year’s festival headlines over 70 artists including Hawthorne Heights, Forever the Sickest Kids, Man Overboard, Motion City Soundtrack, Chiodos, We Came As Romans, Reel Big Fish, The Used, Never Shout Never and many more.

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Blake Shelton: Easton Corbin & Jana Kramer

(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

Live Nation Amphitheatre
Florida State Fairgrounds
4802 US Highway 301 N.
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 740-2446
www.livenation.com

Date: August 30

Blake Shelton, reining CMA Entertainer of the Year, actor and mentor on the hit NBC TV show The Voice will be bringing his Ten Times Crazier Tour to Tampa toward the end of the summmer. Shelton, husband to country singer Miranda Lambert, will also bring along Florida homeboy Easton Corbin as well as new comer Jana Kramer.

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Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Jason Aldean: 2013 Night Train Tour with Thomas Rhett
Live Nation Amphitheatre
Florida State Fairgrounds
4802 US Highway 301 N.
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 740-2446
www.livenation.com

Date: September 6

With more than seven million records sold and 10 No. one hits under his belt, entertainer Jason Aldean current album is  NIGHT TRAIN was release in late 2012.  The album’s first single, “Take A Little Ride,” has already had a three-week reign at No. one and set multiple sales and radio airplay records.  His last album, the CMA Album of the Year, MY KINDA PARTY was the top-selling country album of 2011 and the fifth-best seller across all genres.  It spawned five consecutive No. one hits including the TRIPLE PLATINUM “Dirt Road Anthem” and the crossover smash “Don’t You Wanna Stay” feat. Kelly Clarkson.

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Credit: facebook.com/mirandalambert

Locked & Reloaded Tour with Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley
Live Nation Amphitheatre
Florida State Fairgrounds
4802 US Highway 301 N.
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 740-2446
www.livenation.com

Date: September 20

Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley are bring their tour to town September 20, the last Friday of the summer – last day is the 21st. Miranda is touring in support of her current album, “Four the Record,” which made history when it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, making her the first country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of her first four albums debut at No. 1. Bentley who promoting his sixth studio album, “Home,” which debuted No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and has garnered three hit singles, sending his career tally of No. 1 hits to 10.

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Ray Shasho is a freelance writer living in Bradenton, Florida. Shasho was labeled ‘Rock Raymond’ in high school after demonstrating his obsession for rock music. Hes attended hundreds of rock concerts and has rubbed elbows with rocks legends. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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