The music industry is changing, as everyone says anytime anyone mentions the music industry, and none of the traditional models apply.
It's looking like a relatively dry summer ahead for live for music in these parts, at least for all the big-name bands and artists, but depending on your tastes on how far you're willing to drive to see a show there should be enough to keep you going.
Here's a look at some of the biggest and best music events in the months ahead. Some aren't technically in the summer, but in
Her latest album "Prism" and the single "Roar" are her most successful ever. The pop princess is touring with a high-tech stage that's supposed to be spectacular. Information: tampabaytimesforum.com.
--Vans Warped Tour,
Look at the calendar and pick the absolute worst day of the year to bring an all-day festival to a shade-deprived park in central
But if you've been to the Vans Warped Tour in its previous visits to
This year's festival features about 100 bands. The
way to enjoy the Vans Warped Tour is to stroll around and discover acts that you might not know but who might be huge in a few years.
Among the ones worth investigating this year: Sleeper Agent, Cute Is What We Aim For, Me Like Bees, Mixtapes and the Protomen. Information: vanswarpedtour.com.
Arguably the best pog-rock band ever, Yes, with much of its classic lineup intact, plays two of its greatest albums from its heyday -- "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge" -- in their entirety. Information: themahaffey.com.
--Memphis Music Fest,
Some of the greatest classic R&B acts ever:
One of the biggest and best bands to ever come out of
--Tangerine Blues Fest,
A cool little blues festival, now in its seventh year, brings in some of the best local and regional blues acts, and there are lots of great ones. The lineup for this year hasn't been announced yet. Keep an eye on tangerinebluesfest.com for details.
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