Summer goes retro


Earth, Wind & Fire brings a ’70s pop-R&B blast to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on June 21. (Courtesy of Earth, Wind & Fire)

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 12:52 p.m.

What’s old is new again when it comes to concerts dipping into Florida this summer.

From Jacksonville to Tampa, many of the shows have a retro vibe, plopping fans old and new into the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s.

Newly announced for Gainesville is “The Ultimate Thriller,” a live Michael Jackson tribute concert based on Jackson’s “Bad” and “Dangerous” tours from the late ’80s and early’90s respectively, which will play the Phillips Center on July 12. Tickets go on sale noon Friday at the box office and through Ticketmaster.

In Ocala, KC and The Sunshine Band, the disco staple that encouraged us to shake our booties in 1976, will perform at Silver Springs on July 4, followed by 1980s rockers Whitesnake in August.

August in Gainesville will feel like the 1990s, as hometown ska-punkers Less Than Jake are slated for three shows at High Dive.

Other blasts from the past: Billy Idol, Earth, Wind & Fire, and the three surviving Monkees will play St. Augustine while The Goo Goo Dolls and Mary J. Blige will play Jacksonville, and New Kids On the Block, Boys II Men and KISS will play Orlando.

Meanwhile, Engelbert Humperdinck, Marilyn Manson and Diana Ross are set for St. Petersburg.

There are current chart-toppers in the mix, too, making summer’s sweltering Florida stages a true melting pot.

Here’s a schedule of concerts within three hours of your home:

GAINESVILLE

“The Ultimate Thriller” Michael Jackson tribute: 7:30 p.m. July 12, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. $20-$45, on sale noon Friday. (box office, 392-7282; www.ticketmaster.com)

Less Than Jake: 8:30 p.m. Aug. 30-31 and Sept. 1, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. $15. (www.ticketweb.com)

OCALA

Josh Turner: 3 p.m. June 15, Silver Springs, 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd. $34.99. (236-2121)

KC and The Sunshine Band: 7:30 p.m. July 4, Silver Springs, 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd., $34.99. (236-2121)

Whitesnake: 9 p.m. Aug. 3, Silver Springs, 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd. $34.99. (236-2121)

VALDOSTA, GA.

Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo: June 22, Wild Adventures, 3766 Old Clyattville Road. $36. (wildadventures.com)

The Pointer Sisters: June 29, Wild Adventures, 3766 Old Clyattville Road. $36. (wildadventures.com)

Sawyer Brown: July 6, Wild Adventures 3766 Old Clyattville Road. $36. (wildadventures.com)

ST. AUGUSTINE

Billy Idol: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S. $35-$65. (www.staugamphitheatre.com)

Kendrick Lamar, Kid Ink, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock: 6:30 p.m. June 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S. $35-$59.50. (www.staugamphitheatre.com)

Earth, Wind & Fire: 7:30 p.m. June 21, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S. $50.50-$80.50. (www.staugamphitheatre.com)

Big Time Rush: 7 p.m. July 6, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S. $29-$65. (www.staugamphitheatre.com)

Sublime with Rome: 6 p.m. July 20, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S. $34.90-$57.40. ((www.staugamphitheatre.com)

The Monkees: 8 p.m. July 26, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S. $39.50-$79.50. (www.staugamphitheatre.com)

Alabama: 7 p.m. Aug. 9, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S. $29.50-$110. (www.staugamphitheatre.com)

Victoria Justice: 7 p.m. Aug. 16, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S. $37.50-$65. (www.staugamphitheatre.com)

Steely Dan: 7 p.m. Sept. 8, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S. $52.50-$99.50. (www.staugamphitheatre.com)

JACKSONVILLE

Goo Goo Dolls: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Florida Theatre, 12 E. Forsyth St. $35-$45. (www.ticketmaster.com)

Mary J. Blige: 8 p.m. June 30, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd. $55-$110. (www.ticketmaster.com)

Justin Bieber: 7 p.m. Aug. 7, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd. $39.50-$95. (www.ticketmaster.com)

TALLAHASSEE

Jason Aldean: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Tallhassee Leon County Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St. $38-$66.60. (www.ticketmaster.com)

ORLANDO

New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men: 7:30 p.m. June 21, Amway Center, downtown. $27.50-$89.50. (www.ticketmaster.com)

Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine: 7 p.m. July 6, House of Blues, Downtown Disney. $25-$62. (www.ticketmaster.com)

Marilyn Manson: 8 p.m. July 18, Hard Rock Live, Universal CityWalk. $35.50-$63. (www.ticketmaster.com)

Adam Ant: 8 p.m. Aug. 10, Hard Rock Live, Universal CityWalk. $18-$43. (www.ticketmaster.com)

OneRepublic: 8 p.m. Aug. 12, Hard Rock Live, Universal CityWalk. $37.50-$63. (www.ticketmaster.com)

American Idol Tour: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1, Amway Center, downtown. $31.50-$64. (www.ticketmaster.com)

KISS: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, Amway Center, downtown. $35-$95. (www.ticketmaster.com)

Icona Pop: 8 p.m. Aug. 16, House of Blues, Downtown Disney. $20-$22. (www.houseofblues.com)

The Killers: 8 p.m. Aug. 16, Hard Rock Live, Universal CityWalk. $67.50-$123. (www.ticketmaster.com)

Ted Nugent: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19, House of Blues, Downtown Disney,. $25.50-$28.50. (www.houseofblues.com)

Bruno Mars, Fitz & The Tantrums: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27, Amway Center, downtown. $38-$82. (www.ticketmaster.com)

Diana Ross: 8 p.m. Sept. 3, Hard Rock Live, Universal CityWalk. $37.50-$123.00. (www.ticketmaster.com)

Steely Dan: 8 p.m. Sept. 11, Hard Rock Live, Universal CityWalk. $48.50-$124. (www.ticketmaster.com)

Joe Satriani and Steve Morse: 8 p.m. Sept. 13, Hard Rock Live, Universal CityWalk. $23-$53. (www.ticketmaster.com)

fun.: 8 p.m. Sept. 19, UCF Arena, UCF campus. $36.50. (www.ticketmaster.com)

TAMPA BAY AREA

Kool & The Gang: 8 p.m. June 21, The Mahaffey, St Petersburg. $39-$79. (www.ticketmaster.com)

Brad Paisley with Chris Young: 7 p.m. June 22, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly the Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds), Tampa. $31-$64.75. (www.livenation.com)

Dave Matthews Band: 7 p.m. July 17, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly the Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds), Tampa. $40.50-$75. (www.livenation.com)

Marilyn Manson: 7 p.m. July 20, Jannus Live St Petersburg. $44. (www.ticketmaster.com)

Vans Warped Tour: 11 a.m. July 26, Vinoy Park, downtown St. Petersburg. $28.50-$37.50. Acts include Hawthorne Heights, Forever the Sickest Kids, Man Overboard, Chiodos, We Came As Romans and Reel Big Fish. (www.ticketmaster.com)

Jason Aldean: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly the Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds), Tampa. $29.75-$59.50. (www.livenation.com)

Diana Ross: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 10, The Mahaffey, St Petersburg. $69.50-$129.50. (www.ticketmaster.com)

Engelbert Humperdinck: 7 p.m. Sept. 11, The Mahaffey, St Petersburg. $39-69. (www.ticketmaster.com)

Kid Rock, ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker: 6:45 Sept. 15, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly the Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds), Tampa. $20. (www.livenation.com)

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