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Curtis Hixon Hall Part 2: The concerts (1965-87)

Bill DeYoung

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Jerry Garcia onstage at Curtis Hixon Hall during the Grateful Dead's Dec. 19, 1973 show. Over the two nights the Dead played Curtis Hixon, Tampa police made a total of 26 arrests for marijuana. A recording of the 19th - the second night - later appeared as the CD "Dick's Picks, Volume 1." Photo by Rick Norcross.

Here is a rundown of every known pop, rock, country, jazz and comedy concert held in the big room at Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Hall between the opening in 1965 and 1987, shortly before the building was permanently closed.

The list was compiled by cross-referencing ads, event listings, stories and reviews in the Tampa Times, Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times, plus available online databases (several of which were contradictory). The City of Tampa, which owned the building, did not retain a record of all Curtis Hixon events; every attempt was made to make this list as accurate as possible.

Read Part One for the story of Curtis Hixon Hall and its most history-making rock shows.

1965

The first concert – Louis Armstrong, Feb. 14, 1965. Photo: Skip Gandy, USF Special Collections.

2-14-65 Louis Armstrong

3-21-65 Al Hirt

3-24-65 Smothers Brothers

3-26-65 Johnny Mathis, All-American Singers

4-10-65 Dave Brubeck Quartet

10-15-65 New Christy Minstrels

10-23-65 Pete Fountain

10-30-65 Four Tops, Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Martha & the Vandellas, Marvelettes, Jr. Walker & the All-Stars, Spinners, Kim Weston

11-7-65 Kingston Trio

11-30-65 Dave Clark Five, Roemans, Outsiders, Tropics

 

1966

3-22-66 Count Basie Orchestra

3-25-66 Dinah Shore, Jose Ferrer, Sandler & Young

3-27-66 Roger Miller

7-10-66 Dave Clark Five

7-23-66 Young Rascals, Steve Alaimo, Keith Allison, Critters, Shades of Blue, Knickerbockers

8-6-66 Connie Francis

8-27-66 Paul Revere & the Raiders, Dino, Desi & Billy

10-22-66 Eddy Arnold & Tampa Philharmonic

12-26-66 Herman’s Hermits

 

1967

1-30-67 Count Basie Orchestra

2-3-67 Peter, Paul & Mary

2-11-67 Beach Boys, Question Mark and the Mysterians

2-18-67 Blues Magoos, Royal Guardsmen

3-23-67 Sonny & Cher, Neil Diamond

6-10-67 Sonny James, Minnie Pearl, Lefty Frizzell, Skeeter Davis

7-7-67 Dave Clark Five

 

 

 

 

9-3-67 Young Rascals

9-24-67 Buck Owens and His Buckaroos

10-4-67 Al Hirt (plus fashion show)

10-28-67 Liberace

 

1968

2-1-68 Peter, Paul & Mary

The Who, March 22, 1968. Photographer unknown.

3-22-68 The Who

4-13-68 Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, Bobby Goldsboro

4-16-68 Ray Charles

6-7-68 Rowan & Martin

7-28-68 Young Rascals

8-18-68 Jimi Hendrix Experience, Soft Machine

9-29-68 The Association

10-6-68 The 5th Dimension

10-27-68 James Brown

11-7-68 Four Tops, Spinners, King Curtis & the Kingpins

11-22-68 Buck Owens and His Buckaroos, Sheb Wooley, Wynn Stewart

11-23-68 Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys

12-28-68 Steppenwolf, Jeff Beck Group

Chattin’ backstage with Jimi. Dunedin High newspaper, photos by Jon Claridge.

1969

1-30-69 Peter, Paul & Mary

2-1-69 Eddy Arnold

4-4-69 Beach Boys, Tommy Roe, Classics IV

4-11-69 Jackie Wilson, Moms Mabley

4-12-69 Porter Waggoner, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Mel Tillis, Johnny Duncan

5-4-69 John Davidson

7-6-69 Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dion, John Mayall

8-1-69 The Monkees

Janis Joplin. Photo by Rick Norcross.

8-10-69 Iron Butterfly, Blues Image

8-27-69 Canned Heat

9-21-69 Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty

10-11-69 Hank Williams Jr., Don Gibson, Jean Shepard, Merle Kilgore

11-2-69 Three Dog Night, Turtles, Hoyt Axton

11-6-69 Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66, the Tams

11-16-69 Janis Joplin, B.B. King, the Outlaws

10-12-69 Donovan

12-5-69 Roy Drusky, Del Reeves, Danny Davis & the Nashville Brass

12-25-69 Grand Funk Railroad, Johnny Winter, Allman Brothers Band

 

1970

1-3-70 Tony Bennett

1-29-70 Jack Jones

2-20-70 Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Bill Haley, Gene Vincent, Coasters

2-21-70 Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Boots Randolph, Homer & Jethro

3-7-70 James Brown

3-8-70 Blood, Sweat & Tears

3-21-70 Santana

3-29-70 Tiny Tim

Bootleg CD of an audience recording.

Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and John Bonham. Photo by Bob Fiallo.

4-9-70 Led Zeppelin

5-8-70 Merle Haggard, Porter Waggoner

5-17-70 Grand Funk Railroad

6-7-70 Steppenwolf

7-10-70 Chambers Brothers

7-24-70 Jethro Tull, Mountain

8-6-70 Ten Years After

8-19-70 Jefferson Airplane, Crabby Appleton

9-11-70 Iron Butterfly

9-13-70 Elvis Presley

Elvis. Photo by Rick Norcross.

9-27-70 George Hamilton IV, Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings, Tex Ritter, Peggy Little

10-10-70 Steve Miller Band, Crow

10-25-70 Chicago

11-9-70 Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Jr., Glaser Bros.

11-21-70 George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Jack Greene, Jeannie Seely

11-22-70 Blood, Sweat & Tears

12-1-70 Derek & the Dominos, Toe Fat

12-25-70 Bob Seger System, Bloodrock, Steam

Eric Clapton (left), Duane Allman (right). Photographer unknown.

1971

1-3-71 Hank Williams Jr., Mel Tillis, Conway Twitty, Del Reeves

1-10-71 Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

1-31-71 Free, Cactus

1-29-71 Eddy Arnold

2-18-71 Pacific Gas & Electric, Sugarloaf

2-25-71 Jose Feliciano

3-6-71 Chet Atkins, Boots Randolph, Floyd Cramer

3-7-71 James Taylor, Carole King, Jo Mama

3-24-71 Grand Funk Railroad, Bloodrock

4-2-71 Alice Cooper, Edgar Winter, Tinhouse

4-3-71 Charley Pride, Glaser Bros., Johnny Duncan

5-2-71 Johnny Cash, June Carter, Carter Family, Carl Perkins, Statler Bros.

5-8-71 John Mayall

Elton John. Photo: Rick Norcross.

5-28-71 Elton John

6-2-71 Engelbert Humperdinck

6-4 Jerry Lee Lewis, Stonewall Jackson, Jack Greene, Jeannie Seely

6-12-71 Steve Miller Band

6-25-71 Mountain

7-10-71 Black Sabbath

7-24-71 Spirit

8-9-71 Tom Jones

8-10-71 Jackson 5

8-13-71 Three Dog Night

8-27-71 Cactus

8-29-71 James Brown

9-12-71 Edgar Winter’s White Trash

9-26-71 David Cassidy

10-2-71 James Gang, Country Joe McDonald

Tina Turner. Photo by Bob Fiallo.

10-9-71 Ike & Tina Turner Review

10-10-71 Lettermen

10-15-71 Jose Feliciano

10-29-71 Chicago, Isaac Hayes

11-12-71 Cat Stevens, Tom Jans & Mimi Farina

11-13-71 Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty

12-25-71 Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes, Black Oak Arkansas, Crabby Appleton

Alice Cooper ’71. Photo by Bob Fiallo.

1972

1-14-72 Deep Purple, Buddy Miles, Uriah Heep

Bobby Sherman. Photo by Rick Norcross.

1-30-72 Bobby Sherman (afternoon)

1-30-72 Quicksilver, Country Joe & the Fish (evening)

2-1-72 Merle Haggard

2-2-72 Hank Williams Jr.

2-18-72 Sly & the Family Stone

2-25-72 Black Sabbath

2-28-72 Sonny & Cher

3-5-72 Charley Pride

3-17-72 Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Boots Randolph

3-18-72 Kris Kristofferson

3-29-72 Jackson 5

3-30-72 Burt Bacharach

5-17-72 Englebert Humperdinck

5-18-72 Sonny James, Freddie Hart, Barbara Mandrell, Osborne Bros., Bobby Bare, Johnny Bush

5-26-72 Alice Cooper, Dr. John, Todd Rundgren

6-29-72 Allman Brothers Band

7-2-72 Ray Charles

7-16-72 Isaac Hayes

Leon Russell. Photo by Rick Norcross.

7-21-72 Leon Russell

7-28-72 Quicksilver

7-29-72 Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Bill Haley

8-4-72 Jeff Beck Group, Poco, Argent, It’s a Beautiful Day

8-5-72 Glen Campbell, Jerry Reed

9-2-72 Gladys Knight & the Pips, Persuasions, Willie Tyler & Lester

9-3-72 Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, Eric Quincy Tate

9-16-72 Yes, Eagles

9-23-72 Stevie Wonder

9-29-72 Jeannie C. Reilly, Del Reeves, Roy Drusky

9-30-72 Staple Singers

10-8-72 Buddy Miles, Ginger Baker, Nazareth

Bootleg CD of an audience recording. It is, in fact, the 1972 show, not the ’71

10-25-72 Cat Stevens, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

10-29-72 John Mayall

10-31-72 Chicago

11-1-72 Byrds, Eric Anderson

11-19-72 Savoy Brown, Atomic Rooster

12-9-72 Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn

12-17-72 Humble Pie, J. Geils Band

12-26-72 Roxy Music

 

1973

1-14-73 Allman Brothers Band, John Hammond

2-16-73 Traffic, John Martyn

3-2-73 Zappa/Mothers with Jean-Luc Ponty, Foghat

3-3-73 Boots Randolph, Floyd Cramer, Danny Davis & the Nashville Brass

3-18/19-73 Grateful Dead

3-31-73 J. Geils Band, Grin

4-11-73 Charlie Rich, Barbara Fairchild, Joe Stampley

4-10-73 Redd Foxx, Slappy White

4-21-73 Yes, Poco

5-10-73 Tom Jones

5-11-73 Bill Anderson, Waylon Jennings, Sammi Smith, Jim Ed Brown

5-13-73 Johnny Winter, Foghat

Eagles Bernie Leadon (left) and Randy Meisner. Photo by Rick Norcross.

6-6-73 Eagles, REO Speedwagon

6-24-73 “Hee Haw” Spectacular

6-29-73 Pat Boone

7-8-73 Electric Light Orchestra, Edgar Winter Group

7-4-73 Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis

7-5-73 J. Geils Band, Marshall Tucker Band

8-25-73 Cheech and Chong, Dr. John

8-28-73 Seals and Crofts

10-6-73 Tom T. Hall, Sonny James, Johnny Paycheck, Johnny Rodriguez and Barbara Mandrell

10-12-73 Slade, REO Speedwagon, Joe Walsh

10-13-73 Sly & the Family Stone, Bob Marley & the Wailers

10-27-73 Bette Midler

11-8-73 Mountain, Foghat

11-18-73 Emerson, Lake & Palmer

11-27-73 Crosby & Nash, David Blue with Don Felder

12-3-73 Electric Light Orchestra, Wishbone Ash

12-7-73 Rare Earth, Buddy Miles

12-18/1973 Grateful Dead

12-29 Black Oak Arkansas

Tom Jones. Photo by Rick Norcross.

 

1974

1-5-74 Charlie Rich, George Jones, Tammy Wynette

2-17-74 Humble Pie, Montrose, Spooky Tooth

2-18-74 Liberace

3-1-74 Mel Tillis, Bobby Bare, Barbara Fairchild, Billy “Crash” Craddock

3-2-74 Todd Rundgren

4-3-74 J. Geils Band

4-12-74 Beach Boys, Jim Stafford, James Gang

4-17-74 Trini Lopez

4-19-74 King Crimson, Robin Trower, Poco

5-6-74 O’Jays

5-11-74 Procol Harum, Dave Mason, Renaissance

6-7-74 Redbone, White Witch

6-8-74 Temptations, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

7-2-74 David Bowie

7-12-74 Bobby Womack

7-13-74 Blue Oyster Cult, Nazareth, Kiss

7-21-74 ZZ Top, Brownsville Station

10-2-74 War

10-3-74 Santana, Golden Earring

11-2-74 Merle Haggard, Barbara Mandrell

11-3-74 Traffic

11-6-74 Jefferson Starship

12-6-74 Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn

12-27-74 Ike & Tina Turner

 

1975

1-3-75 Charley Pride, Ronnie Milsap, Gary Stewart

2-14-75 Dave Mason, PFM

2-28-75 Dolly Parton, Hank Williams Jr., Tom T. Hall, Billy “Crash” Craddock

3-2-75 Spirit

4-17-75 Alice Cooper, Suzi Quatro

4-25-75 Jesse Colin Young, Leo Kottke (canceled day of show)

4-26-75 Elvis

5-18-75 Robin Trower, Golden Earring

7-16-77 Johnny Guitar Watson

7-18-75 Ten Years After, Leslie West Band, Gary Wright

7-19-75 Kool & the Gang, Major Harris

7-26-75 Spinners

7-30-75 Todd Rundgren

9-13-75 Steppenwolf, Savoy Brown

10-15-75 Return to Forever

10-25-75 Black Oak Arkansas, Foghat, Montrose

10-31-75 Blue Oyster Cult

11-1-75 Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn, Mickey Gilley

11-22-75 LaBelle (canceled night of show)

11-23-75 Melissa Manchester, Orleans

12-28-75 Jerry Reed, Donna Fargo

1976

1-4-76 Freddy Fender

1-5-76 David Peel & the Plastic Apple Band

3-30-76 Mel Tillis

4-11-76 Merle Haggard, Tanya Tucker

4-21-76 Bob Dylan Rolling Thunder Revue (a recording of “Seven Days” from this show appears on the officially-released The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3)

5-2-76 Shakti with John McLaughlin, Weather Report

5-29-76 Johnny Taylor

7-14-76 Rainbow

7-24-76 Earth, Wind & Fire

7-30-76 Spinners, Manhattans

9-2-76 Elvis

9-25-76 Spirit, Jay Ferguson

12-3-76 Boston

12-4-76 Jeff Beck (scheduled opening act Tommy Bolin died that morning in his Miami hotel)

 

1977

1-14-77 Foghat, Derringer

1-23-77 Bob Seger, Patti Smith Group

2-10-77 Gordon Lightfoot, Lynn Kellogg

2-16-77 Tammy Wynette, Ronnie Milsap, Statler Bros.

2-18-77 Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr.

3-23-77 Santana, Mother’s Finest

5-8-77 The Kinks, Pablo Cruise

5-21-77 Dottie West, Little Jimmy Dickens

5-26-77 Dickey Betts & Great Southern

7-22-77 Dan Fogelberg

7-24-77 Isley Brothers, Bohannon, Sylvester

7-30-77 Supertramp

9-16-77 Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn

9-30-77 Mahogany Rush, Rex, Stillwater

10-1-77 Heart

12-11-77 Firefall

12-18-77 Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, Starcastle, Robin Trower

 

1978

3-24-78 Rush, Pat Travers, Head East

4-6-78 Grateful Dead

4-22-78 Journey, Montrose, Van Halen

4-30-78 Julio Iglesias

7-7-78 Patti Smith Group, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

11-4-78 Queen

12-13-78 Grateful Dead

1979

2-16-79 Santana, Eddie Money, Sad Cafe

3-9-79 Johnny Mathis

3-11-79 Rush, UFO

4-7-79 Sylvester, Musique

5-6-79 Blackfoot, April Wine, Mahogany Rush

7-1-79 Teddy Pendergrass

6-7-79 Nazareth, Mahogany Rush

7-5-79 Leif Garrett

7-21-79 Kenny Rogers, Janie Fricke

9-24-79 Dire Straits

10-13-79 Connie Stevens

12-1-79 Atlanta Rhythm Section, Henry Paul Band

J. Geils Band 1980. Photo by Cindy Brown.

1980

1-17-80 Kenny Loggins, Steve Forbert

3-1-80 J. Geils Band

3-11-79 Rush, UFO

5-11-80 Dionne Warwick, Peaches & Herb

8-24-80 The Kinks

11-21-80 Slim Whitman

11-30-80 Gamma

12-2-79 George Jones

12-27-80 Jerry Lee Lewis

 

1981

3-29-81 George Jones, Tammy Wynette

4-4-81 Santana

4-11-81 Freddy Fender

8-7-81 Chaka Khan, Maze

8-9-81 Peter Frampton

9-9-81 Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard

 

1982

3-5-82 J. Geils Band, U2

3-8-82 James Taylor

6-30-82 Al Jarreau, Patrice Rushen

9-18-82 Talking Heads, Triple XXX Girls

11-19-82 Zapp

11-20-82 Trama, New Breed

12-3-82 Luther Vandross, Cheryl Lynn

 

1983

2-28-83 Stray Cats, Busboys

3-18-83 Peabo Bryson, Melba Moore

3-19-83 Golden Earring, Scandal

6-11-83 James Brown

6-14-83 A Flock of Seagulls, The Fixx

6-22-83 U2, The Alarm

7-9-83 New Edition

8-5-83 Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five

 

1984

1-20-84 Lou Rawls

1-23-84 Pat Boone, Teri DeSario

5-30-84 Christine McVie

7-14-84 Jerry Reed, Sawyer Brown

11-16-84 Sandy Patti

 

 

 

1985

2-15-85 New Edition, Whodini, Fat Boys

3-8-85 Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

11-5-85 Stevie Ray Vaughan, Fabulous Thunderbirds

 

1986

3-26-86 Simple Minds, The Call

4-25-86 Gallagher

5-10-86 Miami Sound Machine

6-6-86 Mike + the Mechanics

7-23-86 Billy Ocean, Meli’sa Morgan

1987

1-2-87 Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gregg Allman Band

 

Photo: Florida Archives.

 

 

 

 

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Scott K. Wagman

    Scott K. Wagman

    August 8, 2023at3:39 pm

    Saw Donovan and BS&T there. Hot girl, torn jeans, long hair and all……great times.

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    Midge Trubey

    August 7, 2023at12:22 am

    So many great memories catering to the entertainers at Curtis Hixon! What a great way to start my 40+ year career here and at the Bayfront Center. Very grateful for the staff and promoters at these buildings. Many memories. Wow! So many years ago!!

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    Charlie Williams

    August 6, 2023at6:37 am

    Saw many many shows at Curtis Hixon hall, stating in 1966, but had no idea that Stevie Ray Vaughn and Gregg Allman Band was the last….Saw Danny Toler Gregg’s guitar player before the show…He put us on stage left to watch both bands….Very cool!

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    Diana Hedge

    August 5, 2023at2:22 pm

    The June 1973 photo above is of Bernie Leadon and Glenn Frey; not Bernie and Randy Meisner.

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    Blush Gorsen

    August 5, 2023at11:45 am

    Dear Catalyst,

    Could you please do a Jannus Landing concert throwback listing!? Such a huge influence in my St Pete life, and I know a lot of people would enjoy the list.

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Blush Gorsen

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