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Looking ahead: The month of September in the arts

Bill DeYoung



Multi-platinum R&B singer SZA performs at Amalie Arena Sept. 22. Publicity photo.

If you’re reading this you’re not thinking about Hurricane Idalia, at least for a few moments, and that can only be a good thing, right? Let’s turn the telescope towards September and see what entertaining things Tampa Bay has in store.

As always, shows and dates are subject to change. And there are sure to be all sorts of events added to the September calendar as the month rolls along.

“Jurassic Park” (1993). The Florida Orchestra will perform the explosive score “live-to-picture” Sept. 22 and 23 at the Mahaffey Theater. Photo: Universal.

Where’s the orchestra?

The Florida Orchestra is back, after its traditional summertime hiatus. Although the first classical concert of the 56th season won’t happen until Sept. 30 (that’s Holst’s The Planets, conducted by music director Michael Francis), there are a couple of early birds on the schedule: Vocalist Michael Cavenaugh joins TFO Sept. 16 for The Music of James Taylor, Neil Diamond & Paul Simon, at the Mahaffey Theater. Chelsea Gallo conducts.

Sept. 22 and 23 brings a “live-to-picture” presentation of the 1993 Steven Spielberg epic Jurassic Park, with TFO performing John Williams’ explosive score as accompaniment to the high definition video screening. Both shows (Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2) are at the Mahaffey. The film comes packaged with its own conductor.



After a performance-free August, Clearwater’s new amphitheater, The Sound, is booked for a trio of shows. Country singer Billy Currington visits Sept. 9, Yacht Rock legend Kenny Loggins (on his “farewell tour”) has a Sept. 16 date, and Sept. 26 will bring the area return of Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band.

St. Petersburg native Rod Wave performs Friday at Amalie Arena. The rapper/singer’s third album, 2021’s SoulFly, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. And platinum-selling rapper Lil Baby plays Amalie Sept. 15, with support from GloRilla, GLOSS UP, Rylo Rodriguez and Hunxho.

And singer/songwriter SZA will take the Amalie Arena stage Sept. 22. The R&B stylist, whose real name is Solana Rowe, has been nominated 16 times at the Grammy Awards; she has collaborated with Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Doja Cat and Kedrick Lamaar, among others. Her best-known songs include “Kill Bill,” “I Hate U,” “All the Stars” and “Good Days,” and her most recent album, SOS, topped the charts and has been certified 3x platinum.

Another multi-platinum artist, Lana Del Rey, will play the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater Sept. 25. It’s the acclaimed singer/songwriter’s first-ever show in the bay area, and it’s part of a very short (10-city) tour to promote her latest, Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd. The concert is “officially” sold out.

Mid-Florida has a jam-packed September in store. Along with the Lana Del Rey show, there’s Slightly Stoopid and Sublime (Sept. 2); Sam Hunt (Sept. 7), Odesza (Sept. 8), Godsmack (Sept. 9), 3 Doors Down and Candlebox (Sept. 15), Avenged Sevenfold (Sept. 17), Trippie Redd (Sept. 22), Ne-Yo (Sept. 24), Shinedown (Sept. 29) and Eric Church (Sept. 30).

At the Capitol Theatre: Eric Johnson (Sept. 5),  Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes (Sept. 22), Yngwie Malmsteen and Glenn Hughes (Sept. 23), Daughtry (Sept. 26), Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin (Sept. 30).

At the Mahaffey Theater: Comedian (and former Jackass cast member) Steve-O (Sept. 15), the Rocky Horror Show 48th Anniversary Spectacular – the film with shadow cast and original actor Barry Bostwick, costume contest, memorabilia et cetera (Sept. 29).

Singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey visits the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater Sept. 26. Photo: Facebook.


New at LAB Theater Project (Ybor City): Drift, opening Sept. 7; New at the Off-Central (St. Petersburg): Every Brilliant Thing, opening Sept. 7; New at Jobsite Theater (Tampa): Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead, opening Sept. 13.


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