All of the bands listed here are very good and are local to the Tampa Bay area and surrounding small towns. These rock bands all play a great variety of music from the ’60s through the present and you will be glad you gave them a listen. These groups play at various locations to suit all personality types and budgets, so find a show and check them out.

The Mark Anthony Band

If you haven’t heard of this band, you are missing out. This one of the best-kept secrets the Tampa Bay area has in the way of bands.
It plays a great variety of rock music and has a large following of fans that will travel all around the Bay area to see them play. Having been around for eight years, this is a real favorite in Tampa Bay. The group is hired out months in advance, so if you see it advertised at one of your local bars or clubs, be sure not to miss a live show.

The Arthur Z Band

The Arthur Z Band is a local Tampa Bay-area band that plays all over Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. The style covers a wide variety of music types and songs. The group has the ability to please everyone from small children to grandparents. It prides itself on being able to play all song requests. The members in this band have performed with Prince, The Drifters and also made guest appearances on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.”

Jeremy Thomas Band

The Jeremy Thomas Band has a huge following in the Tampa Bay area. They often appear at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and on Country Station 99.5 WQYK for their write a song Wednesdays. The trio plays classic hits to modern rock with their own twist. Jeremy Thomas Band has built a major reputation for giving one of the best live shows in Tampa Bay.

Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot is a very energetic band that keeps a crowd moving and joining in. The drummer is very talented and usually has the crowd screaming for more. The lead singer, Shane Whalen, is fantastic and can sing any song and make it sound like the original artist. Whalen, also known as Slim Shaney, puts on a truly unique show. Sweet Spot plays throughout the Tampa Bay area to satisfied crowds.

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White Hot Grill

White Hot Grill plays songs from the Steve Miller Band, the Eagles and The Beatles, as well as Cheap Trick. The band prides itself on playing good music the way you remember it. This trio full of talent takes bookings for weddings, birthday parties and also performs at several Tampa Bay-area clubs and bars.

The Channel Z Band

The Channel Z Band is a five-piece band that has been around since 1997. The current member make-up has been together for 10 years. This is a pop rock type of group that is full of energy and good vibes. Composed of multi-talented members, this group’s shows are well above average and please crowds far and wide. Catch a live show at a number of Tampa Bay-area clubs and bars and also book the group for your upcoming wedding or party.

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