R&B giants Maxwell and Jazmine Sullivan are coming to Tampa this fall

October London is on the bill, too.

click to enlarge Maxwell plays Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida on September 1, 2017. - Photo by Rod Millington
Photo by Rod Millington
Maxwell plays Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida on September 1, 2017.
To an entire generation, Maxwell has been a torchbearer for modern R&B, and this fall the 50-year-old songwriter brings his legacy—and the future of the genre—to Tampa.

His “Serenade” tour kicks off in Florida at the Hard Rock Hollywood and includes just one other Florida show a day later in the Bay area. Openers on the run include R&B powerhouse and Grammy-winning songwriter Jazmine Sullivan (one of Time’s most influential people of 2022), plus Indiana-born singer-songwriter October London.

Maxwell emerged from a short period of inactivity after the pandemic and has hinted at the release of his much-anticipated Night album, which will arrive nearly 30-years after an mindblowing debut record, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite featuring the breakout single “Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder).” He cemented a place in music history shortly after that outing, after releasing an MTV Unplugged album featuring covers of Kate Bush (“This Woman’s Work”) and Nine Inch Nails (“Closer”).

In 2017, Maxwell played a short, but sweet, hit-heavy set in St. Petersburg, marked by his remarkable vocal rage, emotional power and commanding technique.

Tickets to see Maxwell and Jazmine Sullivan play Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Sunday, Sept. 15 are available now and start at $46.75.

See Josh Bradley’s latest roundup of new concerts coming to Tampa Bay below.
Sting w/The Florida Orchestra Friday, May 10. 8 p.m. $100 & up. Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg

The Lemon Twigs
Sunday, May 12. 5:30 p.m. $22. Crowbar, Ybor City

Chat Pile w/Portrayal of Guilt/Nightosphere
Thursday, May 16. 7 p.m. $20. Crowbar, Ybor City

Grateful Shred w/Circles Around the Sun
Thursday, May 16. 7:30 p.m. $29.50. Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

Uptown Music Festival: DW3 w/José Valentino & Charlton Singleton/Kayla Waters/Rob Zinn/Tim George/Eric Darius/Alex Harris/Adam Hawley/Paula Atherton/Tim George
Saturday-Sunday, May 25-26. 4 p.m. $90 & up. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa

Joyner Lucas
Tuesday, May 28th. 8 p.m. $35 & up. Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

Emo Nite Tampa
Saturday, June 1. 9 p.m. $17.50 & up. The Ritz, Ybor City

Roar w/TBA
Monday, June 3. 7 p.m. $20. Crowbar, Ybor City

Thursday, June 6th. 8 p.m. $25 & up. Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

Messer Chups w/Little Sheeba/more TBA
Thursday, June 13. 7 p.m. $20. Music Hall at New World Brewery, Tampa

Rachel Bochner (opening for Xana)
Saturday, June 15. 8 p.m. $20 & up. Crowbar, Ybor City

AJ Mitchell
Sunday, June 16. 6 p.m. $19.99. Crowbar, Ybor City

Abducted By The 80’s: Wang Chung w/Men Without Hats/The Motels/Naked Eyes
Saturday, June 22. 8 p.m. $40 & up. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

Little Big
Sunday, June 23. 6:30 p.m. $19.50 & up. The Ritz, Ybor City

Barbie the Movie: In Concert
Tuesday, July 2. 8 p.m. $35.30 & up. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa

Wednesday, July 3. 7:30 p.m. $49.50 & up. Ferguson Hall at Straz Center For the Performing Arts, Tampa

Kid Cudi w/Pusha T/Earthgang
Saturday, July 6. 7 p.m. $46.20 & up. Amalie Arena, Tampa

GZA and Kota The Friend
Friday, July 19. 7 p.m. Prices TBA. Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band
Sunday, July 21. 7:30 p.m. $39 & up. Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

Halestorm w/I Prevail/Hollywood Undead/Fit For a King
Thursday, Aug. 1. 6 p.m. $35.05 & up. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa

Aurelio Voltaire
Friday, Aug. 9. 7 p.m. $20. Music Hall at New World Brewery, Tampa

S.E.R.P.E.N.T. Festival: Slash w/ZZ Ward/Robert Randolph/more
Saturday, Aug. 10. 6:30 p.m. $40 & up. The BayCare Sound, Clearwater

311 w/Awolnation/Neon Trees
Sunday, Aug. 18. 8 p.m. $75 & up. Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa

Charley Crockett
Tuesday, Aug. 27. 8 p.m. $40. Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

Saturday, Oct. 5. 7 p.m. $25. Crowbar, Ybor City

The Avett Brothers
Saturday, Nov. 16. 7 p.m. $44.50 & up. The BayCare Sound, Clearwater


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Josh Bradley is Creative Loafing Tampa's resident live music freak. He started freelancing with the paper in 2020 at the age of 18, and has since covered, announced, and previewed numerous live shows in Tampa Bay. Check the music section in print and online every week for the latest in local live music.

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