What comes to mind when you think of live music in Tampa?  Big bands rocking enormous venues like the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater or Amalie Arena?  Or, maybe an unknown local act playing their heart out at a small, intimate venue? 

Whatever comes to mind, the reality is that Tampa's live music scene is about as varied and eclectic as the people that call this city home.  Here are our favorite places to catch some great live music in Tampa Bay

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MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

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4802 US Highway 301 North , Tampa FL, 33610
Large outdoor venue hosts concerts and other events throughout the year.

Amalie Arena

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401 Channelside Dr , Tampa FL, 33602
Florida's premier entertainment venue for sports, concerts, and events. Home of the 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning (and the likely 2019...

Raymond James Stadium

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4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. , Tampa FL, 33607
Home to the Buccaneers NFL football team, USF Bulls football team and the Outback Bowl, the stadium also puts on large events & concerts.

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

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600 N. Ashley Drive , Tampa FL, 33602
Located in Downtown Tampa, the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park overlooks the Hillsborough River with a sloping lawn featuring two fountains, a children's...

USF Sun Dome

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4202 East Fowler Ave , Tampa FL, 33620
It is also home to the USF Basketball teams, part of the American Athletic Conference.

Jannus Live

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16 2nd St. N. , St. Petersburg FL, 33701
Jannus Live is St. Petersburg's premier outdoor music venue. This 2,000 person capacity venue has hosted some of the best national touring acts include...

The RITZ Ybor

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1503 E 7th Ave. , Tampa FL, 33605
The Ritz is an Ybor City music venue rich with history. Originally opened in 1917 as the Rivoli Theater, then changed to the Ritz in 1945, this 17,000 square foot venue is now a registered historical landmark and boasts some of the best touring and local musicians in the area. From Gaga to Tiesto, a number of big-name artists have played at the Ritz before achieving superstardom.

Crowbar

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1812 North 17th Street , Tampa FL, 33605
For the best in underground, indie, electronica, and much more, Crowbar is the place to be. Located in the heart of Ybor City, Crowbar boasts a booming and crystal clear sound system as well as an outdoor bar/patio and intimate stage set up.

The Orpheum

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1915 East 7th Ave , Tampa FL, 33605
It features national acts as well as numerous local bands, usually under the umbrella of alternative or indie rock.

Gaspar's Grotto

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1805 E 7th Ave , Tampa FL, 33605
Gaspar's Grotto is Tampa's only "One Stop Bar Hop with 3 large bar areas in 1 venue. There is always something different going on at Gaspar's ranging from...

The Attic at Rock Brothers

1510 E 8th Ave , Tampa FL, 33605
Welcome to The Attic... the intimate concert venue located atop Rock Brothers Brewing Company.

5 Star Dive Bar

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1811 N 15th St , Tampa FL, 33605
Ybor's newest entertainment bar located on 15th Street, 5 Star Dive Bar, brings together a neighborhood bar with sophistication and class.

Red Star Rock Bar

5210 Florida Ave. , Tampa FL, 33603
Seminole Heights' newest rock 'n' roll watering hole with red curtains, leopard-print booths and bar stools and painted portraits of some of rock history's...

Dallas Bull

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3322 U.S. Highway 301 , Tampa FL, 33619
The Dallas Bull was named Tampa's most popular nightclub by the Tampa Bay Times and upholds their reputation by housing 20,000 unique visitors each month...

Whiskey North

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11921 North Dale Mabry Hwy , Tampa FL, 33618
Nice location on Dale Mabry with different nights to please different crowds. Wednesday and Friday is salsa, Thursday is Top 40s, and Saturday is hip...

Skipper's Smokehouse

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910 Skipper Road , Tampa FL, 33613
A Tampa institution for over 30 years, Skipper's is a great place to get your grub on and catch some awesome live music from local and national acts. Blues, reggae, Zydeco, rock, bluegrass, jazz, folk and worldbeat are just a few of the genres performed at Skipper's throughout the years. The outside patio, or Skipperdome as the regulars like to call it, is shaded by enormous hundred year oak trees and is really one of a kind.