It’s a question I get asked often – especially this time of year. As summer approaches, concerts at the Amphitheatre get announced that are scheduled in the middle of Florida’s overwhelming heat and humidity. Plus in the summer, we get those daily downpours right around concert time. So why? Why on Earth do they keep doing shows in Tampa during the summertime? Doesn’t it make more sense to have outdoor concerts in Tampa during the cooler months? No brainer right?

New York City Hit With Stifling Record Heat

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Not so much.

While it would be more convenient for us Floridians, the way concert tours are organized, there’s one big thing you’re not taking into consideration. The other 49 states.

Outdoor tours are very different than arena tours. Everything is different – the lighting, the sound equipment, the number of road crew needed… it’s like comparing apples and oranges. When a band books a tour designed for outdoor venues like the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, the tour will also include stops at almost identical spots around the country like the Red Hat Amphitheatre in Raleigh, the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Connecticut, the Shoreline Amphitheatre in California or the XFinity Center near Boston.

While it would be nice to have a winter concert in Tampa, nobody in Boston is going to sit outside in the freezing cold for 3 hours, slipping and sliding in snow to watch a concert. Tours are generally 3 to 4 months, so concert promoters have a limited amount of time on the calendar to squeeze in as many dates in as many cities as possible.

You also have to factor in that the tour you’re booking might have open dates in Boston and Connecticut, but there might already be concerts planned for Raleigh or Atlanta. So the promoters are really limited in terms of what dates they can schedule shows to make it make sense for a national tour of 30 or 40 performances. Keep in mind they have to plot the tour out in a way that makes sense. They can’t be in Tampa tonight and Wisconsin tomorrow and then California the next day. They have to go on a logical path so their crews can get everything set up in time. After Tampa, you’ll usually see the tour move on to Fort Lauderdale or Atlanta.

So if you’ve ever wondered why you have to sweat your butt off to see that show at the Amp in August, blame your friends and relatives in the other 49 states.

Tampa’s Freestyle Explosion Concert 2023 Lineup

We’re looking forward to seeing some amazing talent like Stevie B who’s headlining the Freestyle Explosion Throwback Jam at Amalie Arena in Tampa Saturday, August 5, 2023. The 2023 lineup is packed with old school favorites from freestyle, pop and hip hop from the 80’s and 90’s.

There’s so many favorites that are going to hit the stage like Taylor Dayne, 69 Boyz and Debbie Deb that we can’t wait to go see the show.

  • Stevie B

    The Freestyle Explosion concert wouldn’t be the same without Stevie B performing! His huge hits include “Spring Love,” “I Wanna Be the One” and his #1 pop hit “Because I Love You.”

  • Taylor Dayne

    You won’t want to miss Taylor’s biggest songs like “Tell It To My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back,” “Prove Your Love” and her unforgettable cover song “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love.”

  • TKA

    TKA biggest club classics are “Maria” and “Louder Than Love,” and they always bring a high energy when performing on stage.

  • K7

    Don’t forget K7 who’s going to get the crowd moving with a performance of “Come Baby Come.”

  • Debbie Deb

    From New Port Richey this pop legend returns with fantastic songs like “When I Hear Music” and “Lookout Weekend.”

  • Shannon

    Shannon is back after her performance at USF 2019 singing “Let The Music Play!”

  • Rob Base

    He’s best known for his club hit “It Takes Two,” “Joy and Pain” and “Get On the Dance Floor.”

  • 69 Boyz

    We can’t wait for the 69 Boyz to hit the stage because we love their classic hit “Tootsie Roll.”

  • Trinere

    You know they’ll be her huge hit “Playing Our Song.”

  • Johnny O & Cynthia

    On their own they have huge hits like “Fantasy Girl” and “Change On Me,” but they’ll come together to perform “Dream Boy / Dream Girl.”

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