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Looking ahead: The month of June in the arts

Bill DeYoung



Pop artist Melanie Martinez visits Amalie Arena in Tampa June 18. Publicity photo.

June is another concert-heavy month – there are 20 or so major shows between now and the 30th, in Tampa, Clearwater and even Largo.

A number of pretty big names, spanning multiple genres, will stop by in June.

June 5: Tyler Childers at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre. The neo-traditional, roots country singer, winner of the Americana Music Emerging Artist Award in 2018. “In Your Love” was a Top Ten hit last August.

June 6: Deana Carter at the Central Park Performing Arts Center. In 1996, Carter was almost Nashville’s Next Big Thing. She scored three No. 1 singles (“Strawberry Wine,” “We Danced Anyway” and “How Do I Get There”) and disappeared from her major label. Still a singer/songwriter to contend with.

June 8: Megan Thee Stallion at Amalie Arena. The Texas rapper, also known as Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, hit No. 1 in January with “Hiss,” the third single from her upcoming third album. (The others were “Cobra” and “Boa.”)

Steve Earle: June 9, Capitol Theatre. Publicity photo.

June 9: Steve Earle at the Capitol Theatre. The iconoclastic country/rock/Americana singer and songwriter in a solo performance.

June 9: The Kid Laroi at the Yuengling Center. Young Australian rapper Charlton Kenneth Jeffrey Howard, whose 2021 “Stay” (with Justin Bieber) hit No. 1 stateside.

June 14: 21 Savage at Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Controversial British rapper Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (the multi-platinum albums I Am I Was, American Dream).

June 14: Justin Timberlake at Amalie Arena. Bringing sexy back one more time, JT tours his sixth solo album, Everything I Thought It Was.

June 14/15: Clearwater Smooth Jazz Jam at Ruth Eckerd Hall. As the name suggests,  Jeffrey Osborne, Brian Culbertson, Sheila E. and the E-Train, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright and Peter White.

June 14: John Hiatt at the Capitol Theatre. Another solid gold singer/songwriter returns for a solo acoustic show.

Carlos Santana (2015 photo, Mahaffey Theater) plays Amalie Arena June 16. Photo: Bridge Burke.

June 16: Santana at Amalie Arena. The ageless Woodstock-era guitarist returns for yet another bay area performance. Counting Crows open.

June 16: Bryson Tiller at the Yuengling Center. The R&B/hip hop singer ’s top-selling albums include Trapsoul and True to Self.

June 18: Melanie Martinez at Amalie Arena. The conceptual pop artist with the “baby doll” persona rocketed to stardom after appearing as a contestant on TV’s The Voice in 2012.

June 19: Alanis Morissette at Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre. You have to admit, she’s gotten a lot of mileage out of that one hit album from 1995. With Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

June 21: Red Hot Chili Peppers at Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre. One of the best-selling bands of all time, this California quarter wrote the book on hard rock/funk/punk, performed in briefs.

June 22: Abducted by the 80s at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Unlike a lot of ‘60s or ‘70s groups, there are a good percentage of original members still populating Wang Chung, Men Without Hats, The Motels and Naked Eyes.

June 30: Larry Carlton at the Central Park Performing Arts Center. Perhaps the greatest session guitarist of all time. Carlton’s on FOUR Steely Dan albums (including The Royal Scam and Aja), and that prestigious list is endless. He’s also a jazz player of legendary status.


With Pride

June is Pride Month, and the St. Pete organization will be flying the rainbow flag high. Here are the event highlights:

Friday Night Concert: Sasha Colby (RuPaul Drag Race season 15 winner) at Jannus Live, June 21.

Parade Day Festival: 2pm-10pm, in North and South Straub parks, with rapper Saucy Santana and others.

Pride Parade: Trans March at 5:30 p.m. June 22. Parade steps off at 6 p.m., from Albert Whitted Park to Vinoy Park.

Grand Central Street Fair: 12-5 p.m. June 23, 2000-3100 blocks of Central Avenue.

And the jokesters at Dirty John’s sketch comedy troupe will contribute Big Gay Prom The Musical at The Studio@620, June 21, 22 and 23.


At the opera

St. Petersburg Opera Company’s latest, fully staged and orchestrated production is Donizetti’s Lucia de LammermoorJune 7, 9 and 11 at the Palladium Theater.


On theater stages

American Stage’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch moves to Jannus Live for its final performances June 13, 14, 15 and 16, for that “real rock concert” feel; also continuing into June are the musical Next to Normal by Tampa Repertory Theatre (it just opened Friday) and Jobsite’s The Smuggler: A Thriller in Verse.

So what’ll be new this month? Why, the musical Falsettos, June 7-23 at Stageworks, and the ThinkTank/freeFall production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (June 7-16 at freeFall). And the Straz Center Broadway Series will continue with Les Miserables June 11-16.

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