Tune in to Florida's summer concert season
Published: Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 5:13 p.m.
Summer's concert season rings of retro, twang and a healthy punch of pop. Most acts are scheduled to parade through Florida, with many stopping within a two-and-a-half-hour driving distance of home.
The following is a cross section of summer concerts — 15 to plan for and peg on a map. Tickets are available through TicketMaster and LiveNation.
Country hit-maker known for "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems."
7 p.m. May 12 — Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre, downtown Jacksonville. $24-$78.50.
Multi-platinum-selling, multi-generational acoustic singer/songwriter.
8 p.m. May 26 — Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St., downtown Orlando. $65-$85.
Top-selling teen country/pop artist.
7 p.m. June 4 — Amway Center, downtown Orlando. $25-$69.50.
Swift also is scheduled to perform at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Nov. 11.
Def Leppard with special guest Heart.
Popular '80s hard rock/hair band performs with Ann and Nancy Wilson
7:30 p.m. June 17 — 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa. $25-$125.
Top-selling pop star known for, among other things, the song "I Kissed a Girl."
7:30 p.m. June 9 — UCF Arena, Orlando. $45.
7:30 p.m. June 10 — St. Pete Times Forum, downtown Tampa. $37.50-$45.
Australia-bred country superstar.
7:30 p.m. June 17 — Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, downtown Jacksonville. $55-$75.
7:30 p.m. June 18 — St Pete Times Forum, Tampa. $55-$75.
Emotional Traffic Tour: Tim McGraw with Luke Bryan & The Band Perry
Country superstar triple bill.
7 p.m. April 29 — 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa. $25-$67.
7 p.m. May 1 — Amway Center, downtown Orlando. $45-$85.
Legendary guitarist and member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
May 4 — Florida Theatre, downtown Jacksonville. $55-$70.
May 5 — Hard Rock Live, Universal CityWalk, Orlando. $59-$79.
May 6 — Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $41-$61.
John Michael Montgomery
Billboard-topping country singer known for "I Swear" and "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)."
July 4 — Silver Springs, 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Park admission: $24.99-$29.99.
Fireworks to follow concert (weather permitting).
Vans Warped Tour
The traveling outdoor circus of rock has always been a big deal for thrashing Floridians with a thirst for metal and punk. This year, the tour has several beloved local connections: Ocala-bred pop-punkers A Day to Remember, Gainesville-bred punkers Against Me and longtime Gainesville-based ska-punk rock band Less Than Jake.
All are big deals in a line-up that also includes Gym Class Heroes, August Burns Red, 3OH!3 and Asking Alexandria.
11:30 a.m. July 29 — Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. $33.41.
Selena Gomez and the Scene
Disney Channel star and her band will perform with Allstar Weekend.
7 p.m. July 31 — St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine. $25-$75.
Alison Krauss and Union Station
Wildly popular bluegrass band with perform with dobro player Jerry Douglas.
8 p.m. Aug. 19 — St. Augustine Amphitheater, St. Augustine. $34.75-$77.25.