by Chaz Dykes of Chaz D Photography
On Friday, September 29, 2023, the Mid Florida Amphitheater in Tampa witnessed three powerhouse bands – Shinedown, Papa Roach, and Spiritbox – in a concert that left fans exhilarated and craving for more.
Shinedown, the headlining act, known for their powerful vocals and anthemic rock sound, delivered a performance that exemplified their status as one of rock’s reigning champions. With their signature anthems and charismatic stage presence, they had the crowd on their feet from the very first note. Papa Roach, known for their high-energy performances, further amplified the excitement with hits spanning their illustrious career. Their front man, Jacoby Shaddix, connected with the audience on a deep level, creating an unforgettable atmosphere. But it wasn’t just the headliners who left an impression; Spiritbox, the rising stars of the metalcore scene, kicked off the night with a set that showcased their unique blend of ethereal melodies and bone-crushing riffs, earning them new fans with each song.
Papa Roach followed, bringing their unique blend of alternative rock and nu-metal to the stage. Front man Jacoby Shaddix’s intense stage presence and the band’s heavy guitar riffs set the crowd into a frenzy. Songs like “Last Resort” and “Scars” had the audience singing along, making it a night of catharsis through music. But it wasn’t just the headliners who left an impression; Spiritbox, the rising stars of the metalcore scene, kicked off the night with a set that showcased their genre-bending sound, ethereal melodies and bone-crushing riffs, providing a captivating contrast to the evening. Courtney LaPlante’s vocals seamlessly went from clean and melodic to heavy and growly and her performance was fantastic.
The Mid Florida Amphitheater proved to be the perfect setting for this musical extravaganza, with its spacious outdoor venue allowing fans to soak in the atmosphere while enjoying the performances under the starry sky. It was a night filled with raw emotion, powerful performances, and a sense of unity among concertgoers. These three bands showcased their distinctive styles, proving that rock music continues to evolve while maintaining its ability to move and inspire audiences.
Now go out and see some live music!!
For more about the bands please visit their websites.