While fall’s crisp air is closing down the summer concert binge up north, Florida is about to see a deluge of top-notch touring acts. With just about every taste included, live music fans will have plenty to choose from.
We know Styx (Oct. 22 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall), Stone Temple Pilots (Oct. 13 at Germain Arena) and B.B. King (Oct. 1 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts) are in town this month. But that’s only a small sliver of bands playing around the state in the coming weeks.
Here’s a look at bands worth travelling to see and their Sunshine State itinerary.
His voice ain’t what it used to be. But Dylan will be the first to admit he could never really sing to begin with. Still, his songs are timeless and his backing band is always top-notch.
■ Oct. 6: The Arena at the Don Taft University Center, Davie
■ Oct. 7: USF Sun Dome, Tampa
■ Oct. 8: Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville
■ Oct. 10: UCF Arena, Orlando
■ Oct. 11: Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, Tallahassee
Tour information www.bobdylan.com
Although sometimes overly saccharine, Vampire Weekend has made a name making mundane life events sound glorious thanks to a mix of African guitar and pop beats.
■ Oct. 11: Hard Rock Live, Orlando
■ Oct. 12: Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
■ Oct. 13: Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami
■ Oct. 14: St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine
Tour information www.vampireweekend.com
Sort of indie-rock elder statesmen at this point, the Lips continue to push the boundaries of what pop music can accomplish. And their concerts are always bizarre and rapturous.
■ Oct. 13: Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
■ Oct. 14: House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista
■ Oct. 15: St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine
■ Oct. 16: Sunset Cove Amphitheater, Boca Raton
For more information visit www.flaminglips.com
Just in advance of a new album release, the duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are on tour with their sweet classic Nashville sound.
■ Oct. 15: 1-800 Ask Gary Amphitheatre, Tampa
■ Oct. 16: Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach
For more information visit www.sugarlandmusic.com
Country music’s reigning princess, Underwood just became the first woman to ever win the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year in two consecutive years.
■ Oct. 25: St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa
■ Oct. 26: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville
MASSIVE ATTACK and THIEVERY CORPORATION
A lot of electronic music of the ’90s was categorized by big, dramatic beats, but Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation went the chill route and are two of the few acts from that generation still touring and making music.
■ Oct. 26: Bayfront Park Amphitheater, Miami
■ Oct. 27: Hard Rock Live, Orlando
For tickets and information visit massiveattack.com
MGMT came out of nowhere in 2008 to drop two of the most emblematic tracks of the latter half of the decade (“Kids” and “Electric Feel”). Then they decided to make an album that sounded nothing like that. Luckily, the duo’s frenetic live show still features plenty of tracks to sing out loud
■ Oct. 25: Hard Rock Live, Orlando
■ Oct. 26: Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami
■ Oct. 27: Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater
Hyper-literate Frenchmen who write songs about flamboyant 19th century Hungarian pianists and make them sound incredibly fresh and vibrant. Credit their impeccable blend of precision and whimsy.
■ Oct. 26: House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista
■ Oct. 27: Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami
Tour information www.wearephoenix.com
LEVON HELM BAND and RAY LAMONTAGNE
It makes sense that former Band singer Helm and LaMontagne are touring together. LaMontagne has made is living trying to recreate the earthy blend of blues and rock Helm helped pioneer.
■ Nov. 2: Moran Theater, Jacksonville
■ Nov. 4: Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, Pompano Beach
■ Nov. 5: Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater
Learn more about the tour and the performers at www.levonhelm.com
A one-time ’90s starlet who grew up to make the most wildly inventive pure pop this side of Bjork. Robyn blends the best parts of European pop with a slightly twisted world view and unflinching lyrics.
■ Nov. 5: Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami
■ Nov. 6: Firestone Live, Orlando
■ Nov. 7: The Ritz Ybor, Tampa
Tour information www.interscope.com/robyn