The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to get in the spirit than to get out there and see a few shows? The Tampa Bay music scene has tons to offer, and surely you’ll find something to suit your tastes in the list of events below.
Next Big Thing- Dec. 5, 2012
Alternative rock station 97X is presenting an amazing show I can’t wait to see called ‘Next Big Thing‘ on Sunday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m., at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Tickets range from $30 to $65. Call 813-740-2446 or visit www.livenation.com. Performing is an aweome lineup including some of my favorites: Neon Trees, The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, Switchfoot, Finger Eleven, My Chemical Romance, Sick Puppies, Chevelle, Against Me!, American Bang, and Paper Tongues.
Jingle Ball- Dec. 12, 2012
Pop/rock radio station 93.3 FLZ is presenting ‘Jingle Ball’ on Sunday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m., at the St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets range from $20 to $99.33. Call 813-301-2500 or visit www.sptimesforum.com. Jamming for your listening pleasure will be Maroon 5, Train, Bruno Mars, B.O.B., Enrique Iglesias, Mike Posner and The Ready Set.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra– Dec. 11,2012
Classic Christmas music by one of the best, don’t miss Trans-Siberian Orchestra on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. in the St. Pete Times Forum located at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Call 813-301-2500 or visit www.sptimesforum.com.
Justin Bieber – Dec. 19, 2012
And for the younger set, (though I’m sure if you have any younger girls in your family you probably already know about this one) Justin Bieber comes to the St. Pete Times Forum Sunday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m.
A Holiday Pops– Dec. 10, 2012
The Florida Orchestra, Pops Series: A Holiday Pops; Friday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall
Christmas Cheers – Dec. 21, 2012
Straight No Chaser: Christmas Cheers, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall The David A Straz Jr. Center – formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center – is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.tbpac.org.
I’ve included a video in this article for those that like to play their own music (just in case you couldn’t find anything to suit your taste) to learn how to play ‘Carol of the Bells’.
These were just the best of what I’ve seen in the lineups, but if you’d like a full listing of all performances, concerts and events in the Tampa Bay music scene for 2012 Christmas concerts see these articles:
TBN’s December Concert Lineup
CBS’s Best Christmas Events in Tampa Bay