By: Andrew Silverstein

Lucky for us, Tampa is a city rife with concerts every day of the week.  From small, smokey clubs to big arenas like the St. Pete Times Forum, and maybe a few places you didn't even expect like Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park where Rock the Park goes down every month, there's no shortage of great concerts in Tampa throughout all corners of the city.

The best places for live music in Tampa include The Ritz, a theater-size venue that brings through national touring acts; Skipper's Smokehouse where you can enjoy some amazing, underground music like blues and folk while dining on their delicious food; and New World Brewery where live music and great beer go hand in hand.

If you want a concentrated dose of concerts, maybe even a few bands in a single night, live music in Ybor City is about as prolific as it gets in Tampa.  From buskers playing their worn instruments on the sidewalks to intimate venues like Crowbar, choosing from all live music in Ybor City is no easy task.

Maybe the big concerts are more of your thing.  We sure don't blame you.  Summer's a time when a lot of big name artists hit the road and tour the country.  Tampa's a hot market for big-name live music and the lineup of 2011 summer concerts in Tampa is one you've got to check out if you haven't already.

As you can see, you've got a delightfully overwhelming list of options when it comes to concerts in Tampa.  From live music in Ybor City to free concerts in Tampa areas like Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, you'll be pampered with the sound of any and all live music when exploring this great city of ours.