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Luis Fonsi, performing Sept. 20 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.Photo by Omar Cruz

This week's top concert picks: Luis Fonsi, 2 Chainz,

MR. DESPACITO: Luis Fonsi Moving to Florida at 10 wasn't easy for Luis Fonsi. "I had to leave behind my family, friends, my school, the girl that I love that was finally paying attention to me," the Puerto Rican singer said in a recent email. "It was a challenge at first, but soon after, I learned to appreciate hav …


  1. How to vamp out for Buffyfest in St. Petersburg

    Music & Concerts

    Who's your favorite superhero? I always answer Buffy.

    Photo illustration RON BORRESEN, Photo by Warner Brothers, Photo by SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Members of the Florida Bjorkestra rehearse, Monday, 3/13/17, at the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg for their upcoming concert. In the foreground is percussionist Joe Coyle.

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  2. OMD announces dates for extensive North American tour


    OMD fans have been waiting for this for a long time: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark has just announced a huge tour of North America set to begin in spring 2018. Three Florida stops are included in their road trip. 

  3. Why don't certain bands and tours come to Tampa? Here are five reasons

    Music & Concerts

    Richard Reed Parry has never been to Tampa. You don't need to remind him. He knows.

    Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons performs live on stage at Autodromo de Interlagos on March 12, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mauricio Santana/Getty Images)
  4. Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry talks finally coming to Tampa, the band's creative process

    Music & Concerts

    For a band that's never been to Tampa, Arcade Fire has a lot of love for the Gulf Coast.

    “It’s all extremely intuitive and super from-the-heart,” Richard Reed Parry, pictured, says of Arcade Fire’s music. After years of festival-headlining performances, the band will perform in Tampa for the first time on Friday.
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  5. Brad Paisley is giving free tickets to first responders for his Tampa show


    Brad Paisley's show Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre is poised to be the first major concert in Tampa Bay since Irma passed through,

  6. 2 Chainz concert canceled at Jannus Live due to Hurricane Irma


    The latest event falling victim to Hurricane Irma is a 2 Chainz concert that was set for Friday at Jannus Live.

  7. Before Clearwater concert, Luis Fonsi talks Florida roots, 'Despacito'

    Music & Concerts

    It's possible, just maybe, that without the spark of young love in Tampa, the world might not have Despacito.

    What brought Luis Fonsi, who lived in Orlando, to the bay area in his younger days? A girlfriend in Tampa, and his parents’ small beach apartment.
  8. Looking Back: The Beach Boys add some music to their day (May 6, 1969)


    At Looking Back I try to keep the subjects topical when I can, but after spending 5 nights in 5 different beds in the search for air conditioning, it was NOT the time to look at any more old hurricane photos. So I went with a photo I've been saving for the right occasion. I think it's simply the sweetest photo we have …

    Carl Wilson, guitar (left), Bruce Johnston, piano (center) and Al Jardine, guitar (right).

TIMES | Ricardo Ferro