Biggest concerts, comedians coming to Sarasota-Bradenton, Tampa Bay now through March 31

We have selected more than 30 of the biggest shows taking place in Sarasota and across Tampa Bay now through March 31.
We have selected more than 30 of the biggest shows taking place in Sarasota and across Tampa Bay now through March 31.

From rappers and rockers to country singers and pop crooners, we have a bunch of major musicians, as well as comedians with Netflix specials, playing our favorite venues in Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa during the next several months.

The fun starts this month when Jay Leno returns to the Van Wezel, followed by a gala show at the same purple palace in downtown Sarasota by Harry Connick, Jr.

In February, Miami rap king Rick Ross headlines a show at Amalie Arena in Tampa, with the same venue hosting a performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Eagles later the same month, and country superstar Eric Church there in March.

March also will find a waterfront reggae festival taking place in downtown St. Petersburg, with pop-punk titans Green Day headlining a huge, baseball-themed bash that same month at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

In total, we have selected more than 30 of the biggest shows taking place in Sarasota and across Tampa Bay now through March 31. They're presented in chronological order.

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Jay Leno performed Friday, February 7, 2014, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. He returns to the venue later this month.
Jay Leno performed Friday, February 7, 2014, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. He returns to the venue later this month.

Jay Leno

Jan. 15, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, vanwezel.org; Feb. 3, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

Most famous for hosting “The Tonight Show” from 1992 to 2009, then 2010 to 2014, Leno has been doing stand-up since the 1970s and is among the most influential comedians of his generation.

Michael Bolton will perform at Capitol Theatre.
Michael Bolton will perform at Capitol Theatre.

Michael Bolton

Jan. 25, Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

The singer is known for his No. 1, Grammy-winning renditions of "When a Man Loves a Woman" and "How am I Supposed to Live Without You," and also showed his sense of humor on Netflix's "Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special."

Singer and actor Harry Connick Jr. will play Sarasota's Van Wezel for a gala concert.
Singer and actor Harry Connick Jr. will play Sarasota's Van Wezel for a gala concert.

Harry Connick Jr.

Jan. 27, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota

The singer, who is also known for his acting on stage and on screen including the Pinellas County-shot "Dolphin Tale" films, serves as the headliner for this year's Van Wezel Foundation Inspiration Gala.

Dwight Yoakam will bring his country hits to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.
Dwight Yoakam will bring his country hits to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.

Dwight Yoakam

Jan. 27, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

One of country music's great singer-songwriters and an actor whose roles include "Sling Blade" and the recent Clint Eastwood film "Cry Macho," Yoakam is known for delivering a high-energy show filled with self-penned hits ("You're the One," "Fast as You," "Guitars, Cadillacs" ) and choice covers by the likes of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and even The Carter Family.

Gabriel 'Fluffy' Iglesias

Jan. 28, Yuengling Center, Tampa

Rising to fame in the 2000s, the comic has released multiple specials and the sitcom "Mr. Iglesias" on Netflix, and co-starred in the Tampa Bay-set and shot male stripper movie "Magic Mike."

Theo Von has a date at Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg.
Theo Von has a date at Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg.

Theo Von

Feb. 3, Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg

A former MTV reality TV star and a popular podcaster, Von has positioned himself as a rising stand-up comedy star with his recent Netflix special "Regular People."

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Josh Groban

Feb. 5, Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg

The Grammy-nominated (and Tony-nominated, for his role in "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812") singer will perform with The Florida Orchestra at its gala concert.

Gladys Knight, seen here performing at the CMT Giants: Charley Pride show at Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tenn., will visit Ruth Eckerd Hall and Van Wezel.
Gladys Knight, seen here performing at the CMT Giants: Charley Pride show at Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tenn., will visit Ruth Eckerd Hall and Van Wezel.

Gladys Knight

Feb. 6, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, rutheckerdhall.com; Feb. 15, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota

The singer has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy Hall of Fame for her renditions of "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" with the Pips, and recently appeared in the documentary "Summer of Soul."

Alice Cooper, seen here performing Dec. 4, 2021, in Phoenix, will return to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater in February.
Alice Cooper, seen here performing Dec. 4, 2021, in Phoenix, will return to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater in February.

Alice Cooper

Feb. 7, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

The king of shock rock, Alice Cooper is also an underrated singer-songwriter who co-wrote such classics as "School's Out," "I'm Eighteen," "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Billion Dollar Babies" – which will all likely be performed in Clearwater, along with material spanning most of his career.

Tool, seen here at Gila River Arena in Glendale on Oct. 23, 2019, will play Tampa's Amalie Arena.
Tool, seen here at Gila River Arena in Glendale on Oct. 23, 2019, will play Tampa's Amalie Arena.

Tool

Feb. 9, Amalie Arena, Tampa

The rock group continues to tour following the release of their No. 1 album "Fear Inoculum," their first full-length in 13 years, with the track "7empest" earning them their third Grammy.

Los Lobos, pictured, is scheduled to perform with Taj Mahal at Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.
Los Lobos, pictured, is scheduled to perform with Taj Mahal at Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.

Los Lobos and Taj Mahal

Feb. 10, Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

Roots music enthusiasts will want to catch this double bill featuring genre-hopping rock band Los Lobos, which recently issued their 18th album "Native Sons," and blues legend Taj Mahal.

Rick Ross, seen here performing at the Wireless Music Festival, will play Amalie Arena.
Rick Ross, seen here performing at the Wireless Music Festival, will play Amalie Arena.

Legendz of the Streetz

Feb. 11, Amalie Arena, Tampa

Miami's Rick Ross, who just released the new album "Richer Than I Ever Been" and appeared on Drake's "Certified Lover Boy," performs with fellow rappers Jeezy, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Trina and Fabolous.

Audra McDonald will perform at Van Wezel.
Audra McDonald will perform at Van Wezel.

Audra McDonald

Feb. 11, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota

The singer and actress has six Tonys – more acting wins than any other performer – and has appeared in shows such as "The Good Fight" and films including the Aretha Franklin biopic "Respect."

Deon Cole, seen here at the ABFF Honors, will visit Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Event Center.
Deon Cole, seen here at the ABFF Honors, will visit Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Event Center.

Deon Cole

Feb. 11, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Event Center, Tampa

The comic and former Conan O'Brien writer released the 2019 Netflix special "Cole Hearted," and has acted on shows such as "Black-ish" and films including "The Harder They Fall."

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Jim Jefferies is set to perform in February at Straz Center for the Performing Arts along Tampa Riverwalk.
Jim Jefferies is set to perform in February at Straz Center for the Performing Arts along Tampa Riverwalk.

Jim Jefferies

Feb. 12, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa

Australian-American Jim Jefferies' career skyrocketed about seven years ago thanks, in large part, to his 15-minute bit "Gun Control," which earned praise in publications such as The New Yorker. Be warned, though, Jefferies has also been known to be an equal opportunity offender, with routines that will make people across the political spectrum squirm on his edgy 2020 Netflix special "Intolerant."

Van Morrison is set to play back-to-back nights at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater in February.
Van Morrison is set to play back-to-back nights at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater in February.

Van Morrison

Feb. 14-15, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

One of rock's most revered vocalists and songwriters, responsible for such classics as "Brown Eyed Girl," "Gloria" and "Moondance," Van the Man returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for two consecutive shows starting Valentine's Day. Morrison also recently provided the music for Kenneth Branagh's Oscars contender "Belfast," including the original song "Down to Joy."

Joe Bonamassa will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
Joe Bonamassa will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Joe Bonamassa

Feb. 18-19, Ruth Eckerd Hall

One of the biggest names in contemporary blues, guitarist and singer-songwriter continues to tour following the release of his latest album "Time Clocks," the follow-up to his Grammy-nominated "Royal Tea."

George Thorogood and the Destroyers have a February date at Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers have a February date at Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Feb. 19, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Event Center, Tampa

Singer, songwriter and ace slide guitarist Thorogood became a superstar in the 1980s with self-penned blues rock anthems such as “Bad to the Bone,” “I Drink Alone” and “Born to be Bad” as well as winning covers of chestnuts including “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “The Sky is Crying” and “Reelin’ and Rockin.’”

Tig Notaro

Feb. 20, Tampa Theatre, Tampa

Known for stand-up specials such as the Grammy-nominated "Live," the comic has also appeared in shows such as her own "One Mississippi" and "Star Trek: Discovery," and films like "Army of the Dead."

Gasparilla Music Festival

Feb. 25-27, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa

The annual festival returns, with this year's initial lineup including Grammy-nominated rockers Black Pumas, "Wish I Knew You" group The Revivalists and New Orleans favorite Trombone Shorty.

Bret Michaels' first Florida show in two years is scheduled for Ruth Eckerd Hall.
Bret Michaels' first Florida show in two years is scheduled for Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Bret Michaels

Feb. 26, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

Famed Poison frontman and veteran reality TV star Michaels returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for his first Florida show in two years, joined by special guests Warrant and "Dancing With The Stars" alum Noah Galloway.

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Eagles members, from left,  Joe Walsh, Vince Gill, Deacon Frey (son of late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey), Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit.
Eagles members, from left, Joe Walsh, Vince Gill, Deacon Frey (son of late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey), Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit.

Eagles

Feb. 28, Amalie Arena, Tampa

The Eagles' upcoming Tampa date is set to find the band performing their album "Hotel California" from beginning to end while joined by an orchestra and choir, followed by a set of greatest hits.

Country star Sam Hunt is set to headline the Florida Strawberry Festival.
Country star Sam Hunt is set to headline the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Florida Strawberry Festival

March 3-13, Festival Grounds, Plant City

Sam Hunt will headline the Florida Strawberry Festival that also includes performances by fellow country stars Lady A, Jake Owen and Cole Swindell, with numerous other genres represented by acts such as Nelly, The Beach Boys, Sammy Hagar and Boyz II Men.

Eric Church performed the national anthem before Super Bowl 55 between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium in 2021.
Eric Church performed the national anthem before Super Bowl 55 between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium in 2021.

Eric Church

March 5, Amalie Arena, Tampa

Country music superstar Church – who performed the national anthem with R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan at the Super Bowl in 2021 at Raymond James Stadium – returns to Tampa for a date at Amalie Arena on his Gather Again Tour, which will find the singer adopting an in-the-round setup for the first time in his career.

Mike Epps will visit Tampa's Yuengling Center.
Mike Epps will visit Tampa's Yuengling Center.

Mike Epps

March 5, Yuengling Center, Tampa

The comedian known for his roles in movies including the "Friday" and "The Hangover" films and shows such as "The Upshaws" performs along with Sommore, Gary Owen and Earthquake.

Lucinda Williams, right, performs at the 2021 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction & Celebration at the Moody Theater on Oct. 28, 2021.
Lucinda Williams, right, performs at the 2021 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction & Celebration at the Moody Theater on Oct. 28, 2021.

Lucinda Williams

March 5, Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

One of the greatest singer-songwriters of her generation, Americana queen Williams returns to Clearwater with her band to perform songs from a career that includes such standout releases as her self-titled breakthrough, "Sweet Old World" and "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road," which was ranked No. 98 on Rolling Stone's revised list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time published in 2020.

Comedian Steven Wright is set to visit St. Petersburg's Palladium Theater.
Comedian Steven Wright is set to visit St. Petersburg's Palladium Theater.

Steven Wright

March 6, Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg

Known for his deadpan, one-liner-driven delivery, Steven Wright was named the 15th best comic of all time by Rolling Stone, has won an Oscar and been nominated for multiple Emmys and Grammys.

"America's Got Talent" judge and stand-up comic Howie Mandel will visit Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Event Center.
"America's Got Talent" judge and stand-up comic Howie Mandel will visit Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Event Center.

Howie Mandel

March 10, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Event Center, Tampa

The stand-up comedian who rose to fame in the '80s is also known for his appearances on television and film, including as a longtime judge on "America's Got Talent" in recent years.

Comedian Jo Koy will headline Tampa's Yuengling Center.
Comedian Jo Koy will headline Tampa's Yuengling Center.

Jo Koy

March 12, Yuengling Center, Tampa

The Filipino-American stand-up comic heads on tour shortly before the scheduled April 1 release of the new comedy film "Easter Sunday," which he stars in.

Colin Quinn performs in March at Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Tampa Riverwalk.
Colin Quinn performs in March at Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Tampa Riverwalk.

Colin Quinn

March 12, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa

The former star of "Weekend Update" on "Saturday Night Live," Quinn has stayed busy in recent years with Netflix specials and off-Broadway shows "Red State Blue State," "The New York Story" and "Unconstitutional" and now his latest, “The Last Best Hope.”

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Lyle Lovett, seen here performing during the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Inductions in 2019, will play two night at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater with his acoustic group.
Lyle Lovett, seen here performing during the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Inductions in 2019, will play two night at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater with his acoustic group.

Lyle Lovett

March 12-13, Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

The singular singer-songwriter (and memorable character actor) who became a country star in the 1980s before delving into everything from folk to traditional pop to big-band swing returns to the Capitol Theatre for two nights of performances with his acoustic group.

Robert Klein

March 17, Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg

Also called one of the best comics of all time by Rolling Stone, Robert Klein starred in HBO's first-ever stand-up special in 1975 and influenced comedy stars such as Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno.

Reggae Rise Up

March 18-20, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg

The annual reggae festival returns to St. Pete's Vinoy Park with headliners Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid and Iration, among other notable names including Shaggy and Atmosphere.

Tyler, the Creator, seen here headlining Sunday night at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, will visit Tampa's Yuengling Center.
Tyler, the Creator, seen here headlining Sunday night at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, will visit Tampa's Yuengling Center.

Tyler, the Creator

March 19, Yuengling Center, Tampa

The rapper tours following the release of his latest No. 1, Grammy-nominated album "Call Me If You Get Lost," joined by Grammy-winning singer Kali Uchis and fellow acclaimed rapper Vince Staples.

Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day will headline Innings Festival at Raymond James Stadium.
Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day will headline Innings Festival at Raymond James Stadium.

Innings Festival

March 19-20, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

The music festival blends rock and baseball, featuring bands such as pop-punk superstars Green Day and "Ho Hey" folk-rockers The Lumineers headlining, as well as appearances by MLB legends.

The Ruth Eckerd Hall debut of Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators will take place in March.
The Ruth Eckerd Hall debut of Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators will take place in March.

Slash

March 25, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

This date will mark the Ruth Eckerd Hall debut for guitar hero Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, on the road following the release of "Fill My World," the second single from their upcoming album "4."

Kesha, seen here at ACL Live on Aug. 18, 2021 in Austin, will play Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Event Center.
Kesha, seen here at ACL Live on Aug. 18, 2021 in Austin, will play Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Event Center.

Kesha

March 29, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Event Center, Tampa

The pop star rose to fame with the No. 1 hits "Tik Tok" and "We R Who We R" and most recently released the 2020 album "High Road," featuring guests including Brian Wilson, Sturgill Simpson and Big Freedia.

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