Twitter is everywhere, and chances are that no matter what your interest is, someone is tweeting about it. Tampa Bay music lovers have plenty of Twitterers to follow for updates on concerts, gossip and radio promotions; all in 140 characters or less. If you’re not a member of the Twitter generation, there’s no time like the present to get started and make sure you’re at the front of the line when it comes to finding out about the best shows in the area.
Wild is Tampa Bay’s hottest urban formatted radio station. Following the station’s Twitter feed will keep you up to date on its current promotions and the hottest records on its playlist, not to mention breaking news from the entertainment world and the juiciest gossip making the rounds on the Internet. Best of all, following Wild 94.1 hooks you up with the station’s smoking-hot DJs such as Orlando and Scantman, along with the latest sports tweets from sister station 98.7 The Fan. The opinions may be provocative and outrageous, but they’re always going to be fun to follow.
Soundcheck keeps the tweets coming on seemingly everything that involves the Tampa Bay music scene. Soundcheck offers instant updates on the latest concert news for seemingly every venue around the area. Following @tbtsoundcheck also offers you a chance to follow local record labels promoting artists’ latest releases and concerts. TBT is a great resource for music lovers and concert goers and its Twitter feed is a great way to know what it’s bringing to the table.
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More than just a listing of concerts and new music releases, Sean Daly’s feed also offers witty insight and commentary based on his years of experience as the Tampa Bay Times music critic. While few of us can truly claim to like and/or appreciate every style of popular music, Daly can weigh in authoritatively on styles as diverse as country, rap, rock and cool jazz. Like any critic, Daly can make you grind your teeth by occasionally trashing one of your favorite artists, but that’s the job and very few people do it better.
One of the Tampa Bay area’s premeire concert venues, The Tampa Bay Times Forum has become a regular stop for the biggest tours in the country. The Forum’s feed is lively and informative with constant updates on upcoming attractions. Already this year, the Forum has announced dates with huge acts such as Pink, Rihanna and Bon Jovi, among others. You can be sure others are on the way and following this feed will keep you on top of the game when it comes to reserving the spot on your calendar for some of the biggest shows of the year.
If the massive arena shows are too much for your wallet or just too much for your nerves, Jannus Live in downtown St. Petersburg has been spruced up, cleaned up and juiced up when it comes to presenting acts that are on the way up, or who have carved out a niche as playing in more intimate venues. Acts like the Black Honkeys and Grace Potter and the Notcturnals are notorious for putting on barn-burning shows for audiences on a budget. The Jannus website is the best way to make sure you don’t let an opportunity to see some of best acts that come into Tampa Bay slip under the radar.
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