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September's best concerts in the Tampa area


Published:   |   Updated: September 5, 2013 at 09:36 AM

Zedd, Sept. 7, Ritz Ybor — The Russian-German producer is known for electro-house remixes of songs from pop stars like Lady Gaga and Diddy and electronic acts like Skrillex, but his fame really began to rise with the release of his full-length album of original material, “Clarity.” If you haven't heard Zedd, check out the title track, “Clarity,” a euphoric pop-house ballad with an arresting vocal from British singer Foxes.

John Mayer, Sept. 7, MidFlorida Amphitheatre — Does John Mayer still have it? That's the question he'll be answering on his “Born and Raised” tour — his first big outing since surgeries to remove a granuloma on his vocal cords took away his famously soft, smooth voice and forced him into a long hiatus. Good thing his impressive guitar playing (he's been known to switch guitars dozens of times during live shows) is the main attraction at his concerts.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Sept. 12, Jannus Live — The folk collective radiates good vibes and positivity through every second of their concerts, which can be described as a sort of hippie-pirate-sing-along-jamboree, in which singer Alex Ebert plays the jovial ringleader for a fluctuating band numbering as many as a dozen — maybe more — musicians.

Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson, Sept. 13, MidFlorida Amphitheatre — The main gripe you hear from fans of the pop rock band Maroon 5 these days is that they barely sound like a “band” anymore, and it's true, aside from front man Adam Levine's voice, it can be difficult to pick out the rest of the band's contributions since they've gone with a more highly-produced, top-40 pop sound on their recent recordings. Luckily for those who preferred the band in its earlier days, Maroon 5's current tour seems to be putting more emphasis on the band's slightly grittier rock sound.

Depeche Mode, Sept. 14, MidFlorida Amphitheatre — Somehow, the the 80s synth-pop megastars have watched hits such as “Personal Jesus” and “Enjoy the Silence” move from retro to timeless, becoming probably the only act from their genre and era that doesn't sound completely dated. That's probably why they're the only one that can still sell out arenas around the world when they go on tour.

Kid Rock, Sept. 15, MidFlorida Amphiteatre — Whether or not you enjoy Kid Rock's mix of 80s rock excess, hip hop style and bred-in-the-trailer-park version of Americana, you have to respect what he's doing to create a new business model with his Best Night Ever Tour which made industry waves when it was announced would offer affordable $20 fee-free tickets in every section, plus discounted food and drinks.

Il Volo, Sept. 20, Forum — The Italian trio of teenage pop-opera singing sensations does things with their voices that are simply mind blowing. How else do you explain an opera — OPERA! — act having enough juice to play the Forum.

Brian Wilson with Jeff Beck, Sept. 28, Ruth Eckerd Hall — Brian Wilson, the driving force behind the Beach Boys' seminal album “Pet Sounds,” and British guitar legend Jeff Beck, who played with The Yardbirds and a long list of other legendary acts, team up for a co-headlining tour. Wilson's Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and David Marks will be there too.

Fall Out Boy, Sept. 29, USF Sun Dome — The pop punk outfit that called it quits in 2010 wasted no time getting back to chart-topping form. Shortly after the band revealed it had secretly reunited and recorded a new album, the track “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up),” became a huge radio hit. Now we'll see if Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump and the rest of the band still have the same contagious energy on stage.

 Other notable concerts this month: Jason Aldean, Sept. 6, MidFlorida Amphitheatre; Joe Satriani, Sept. 11, Ruth Eckerd Hall; Ra Ra Riot, Sept. 24, The Orpheum; Blue October, Sept. 6, Jannus Live; Rancid, Sept. 7, Jannus Live; Rick Springfield, Sept. 13, Ruth Eckerd Hall; Steely Dan, Sept. 14, Ruth Eckerd Hall;Miranda Lambert, Sept. 20, MidFlorida Amphitheatre; Geto Boys, Sept. 21, State Theatre; 97X Green Room Live, Sept. 7, Ruth Eckerd Hall; Imagine Dragons, Sept. 24, USF Sun Dome; Blues Traveler, Hard Rock, Sept. 26

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