New Venue, “The Sound” in Downtown Clearwater Opens June 28th
A new outdoor music venue opens tomorrow, June 28th. “The Sound” in downtown Clearwater is the new place to attend great music events. The venue is part of the Ruth Eckerd Hall Experience and the Ruth Eckerd Hall. The opening list of scheduled events is listed here thanks to the folks at Creative Loafing. Purchase tickets today!
- Cheap Trick with Robin Taylor Zander: The opening act for the grand opening concert at The Sound was Robin Taylor Zander, the son of Cheap Trick’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Robin Zander. The sold-out ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at 5 p.m., followed by Robin Taylor Zander’s performance as the first artist to grace the stage. Date: Wednesday, June 28, 7 p.m.
- The Black Honkeys with Jah Movement and Byrne Brothers: The renowned Bay area party band, The Black Honkeys, headlined a full day of free community-centric activities at The Sound. The event included a diversity festival, fitness classes, food trucks, and more. Date: Thursday, June 29, music starts at 5:30 p.m
- Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw: Colbie Caillat, known for her hit single “Bubbly,” and Gavin DeGraw, a piano-playing songwriter, will be performing. Caillat, whose father was involved in producing Fleetwood Mac albums, has transitioned to country music and is set to release her debut album in the genre. DeGraw, with a Grammy nomination of his own, has a history of performing in the Bay area. Date: Friday, June 30, 7 p.m.
- Summer Horns: Dave Koz & Friends: Smooth jazz artist Dave Koz, along with saxophone players Candy Dulfer and Eric Darius, will be performing their own material as well as collaborating on songs from Koz’s successful Summer Horns albums. Eric Darius, a graduate of Tampa’s Blake High School, adds a local touch to the performance. Date: Saturday, July 1, 7 p.m.
- Peter Frampton: Grammy-winning classic rock guitarist Peter Frampton, known for hits like “Baby, I Love Your Way,” is on his “Never Say Never Tour!” in support of his 2021 album, Frampton Forgets The Words. This tour commemorates the 47th anniversary of his popular live album, Frampton Comes Alive! Date: Sunday, July 2, 7 p.m.
- Clearwater Celebrates America: The Florida Orchestra: As part of the free events at The Sound, Clearwater Celebrates America will feature The Florida Orchestra, providing a spectacular fireworks display synchronized to their performance. Date: Tuesday, July 4, 5:30 p.m.
- Sad Summer Festival: Taking Back Sunday with The Maine, Pvris, and more: The emo-focused Sad Summer Festival will showcase bands like Taking Back Sunday, The Maine, Pvris, and others. L.S. Dunes, a band consisting of members from popular groups such as My Chemical Romance and Coheed and Cambria, will also be performing. Date: Friday, July 7, 2 p.m.
- Greg Gutfeld with Tom Shillue: Greg Gutfeld, the “libertarian” former Fox News host, will be presenting a live show in downtown Clearwater. Gutfeld is known for his controversial statements and recently made headlines with provocative comments. Date: Saturday, July 15, 7 p.m.
- Michael Franti & Spearhead with Fortunate Youth: Positive and politically engaged pop songwriter Michael Franti, along with his band Spearhead, will be performing. They will be joined by reggae-rock favorite Fortunate Youth. Date: Friday, July 21, 7 p.m.
- Goo Goo Dolls with O.A.R.: The Goo Goo Dolls, known for their hits in the early 2000s, will be sharing the stage with O.A.R., a band that has successfully transitioned from college party anthems to becoming favorites for the older generation. Date: Monday, July 24, 6 p.m.
- John Fogerty with Hearty Har: John Fogerty, the classic rock legend, will be performing alongside his sons Shane and Tyler Fogerty, who front the band Hearty Har. Hearty Har’s unique sound blends various genres, including R&B, psych-rock, classic rock, and spaghetti westerns. Date: Saturday, July 29, 8 p.m.
- Billy Currington with Jessie James Decker: Country artist Billy Currington, known for his hit “Good Directions,” will be performing along with Italian-born songwriter Jessie James Decker. Date: Saturday, September 9, 7:30 p.m.
- Kenny Loggins with Pablo Cruise: Yacht rock icon Kenny Loggins will be performing in what will be his final tour before retiring from the road. The concert will also feature Pablo Cruise, providing a yacht-to-yacht experience for the audience. Date: Saturday, September 16, 7 p.m.
- Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band: Ringo Starr, along with his All-Starr Band, will be performing. The band lineup includes Steve Lukather from Toto, Colin Hay from Men At Work, Hamish Stuart from Average White Band, Edgar Winter on keyboards, Warren Ham on saxophone, and Gregg Bissonette on drums. Date: Tuesday, September 26, 7 p.m.
- Hooters 40th Anniversary Benefit Concert: Chicago: Hooters, a Clearwater-born restaurant chain, is celebrating its 40th anniversary by sponsoring a benefit concert featuring original members of the classic-rock orchestra, Chicago. The concert’s net proceeds will benefit Moffitt Cancer Center and Morton Plant Mease Hospital. Date: Saturday, October 7.
- Clearwater Jazz Holiday: After a two-year hiatus due to renovation work, Clearwater Jazz Holiday returns to Coachman Park for its 44th edition. The lineup and ticket prices are yet to be announced. Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 19-22.
- Sammy Hagar & The Circle with George Thorogood & the Destroyers and Damon Fowler: Sammy Hagar, known as the Red Rocker, will be performing with his band, The Circle. They will be joined by George Thorogood & the Destroyers, as well as local bluesman Damon Fowler. Date: Saturday, October 28, 7 p.m.
- Chris Young with Nate Smith and Breland: Country artist Chris Young, who won season four of “Nashville Star,” will be joined by Nate Smith and rising star Daniel Gerard
Breland, who blends various genres in his music. Date: Friday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.
- Steve Miller Band with Samantha Fish: The Steve Miller Band, known for their classic hit “The Joker,” will be headlining a concert at The Sound. Blues songwriter and guitarist Samantha Fish will be the opening act. Date: Thursday, December 14, 7 p.m.
These are the scheduled concerts so far at Clearwater’s new outdoor music venue, The Sound. Each event offers a unique musical experience for audiences of different genres and tastes.
Photos from The Sound Facebook Page