Jannus Live

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Jannus Live
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Logo for venue
Former names Jannus Landing (1984-2009)
Address 200 First Ave N
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Type Outdoor
Opened 1984 (1984)
Renovated 1999, 2009
Owner Knight Global Entertainment
Capacity 2,000
Website www.jannuslive.com

Jannus Live (originally known as Jannus Landing) is an outdoor music venue in St. Petersburg, Florida. Located in the Downtown St. Petersburg Historic District, the courtyard venue has hosted numerous concerts for local and mainstream artists.[1] The venue was founded in 1984 by Rob Douglas, Tony Rifugiato and Dave Hundley; and was named after pilot, Tony Jannus.[2] In 2009, the venue was renovated and opened later in March 2010 under a new owner Jeff Knight "Jannus Live" and management. The venue is cited for hosting the most concerts in the Bay Area. In 2010, the venue was awarded "Best Small Concert Venue" and "Best Back in the Saddle" from the Creative Loafing Best of Bay Awards.

History[edit]

The open-air music hall opened in 1984, as a means to attract reggae and punk rock shows to the Tampa Bay Area. Upon opening, the venue was exclusive to local bands. The site hosted its first mainstream act, Red Hot Chili Peppers in December 1987. The band returned in 1989, nearly causing the venue to close due to several fines for noise ordinance.[3] Since then, the venue has become the spot for hosting mid-sized rock concerts. A part of the venue is a nightclub, Club Detroit. The club has a small balcony where concerts can be viewed. The venue also contains a nightclub separate from the concert area itself. It is known for its twin poles on stage and in the audience area, with a circus-tent-like tarp across the top. Davey Havok has been quoted in an interview with WSUN-FM that the pole in the audience is covered in a kind of goo, which is supposedly meant to keep fans from climbing the poles.

In 2009 Jack Bodziak (owner since 1998), was arrested by state agents in May on charges that he failed to pay more than $200,000 in sales tax on revenues from Jannus Landing. He also owed a reported $160,000 in back rent and faced eviction.[3] Many of the shows scheduled to perform at Jannus Landing were rescheduled for State Theatre, Club Bourbon Street and the Ritz Ybor in Tampa, Florida. The music venue reopened in March 2010. Improvements include the addition of suites, a lounge and a koi pond, which has been added to the back deck. A renovated bar and restaurant are also in the works.[4]

Notable performers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sigo, Shelly (21 December 1998). "Jannus Landing, Hotel Detroit have new owners". Tampa Bay Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Archived from the original on 16 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "History". Jannus Live Website. Archived from the original on 16 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Snider, Eric (10 November 2009). "What's next for Jannus Landing?". Creative Loafing. Atalaya Capital Management. Archived from the original on 16 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jannus Landing gets a new name: Jannus Live". tbt*. Times Publishing Company. 24 February 2010. Archived from the original on 16 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Cridlin, Jay (8 October 2009). "Requiem for a venue: 10 Jannus Landing concerts we'll never forget". tbt*. Times Publishing Company. Archived from the original on 16 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Tours & shows search | The Bad Religion Page - Since 1995

Coordinates: 27°46′18″N 82°38′10″W / 27.771671°N 82.636063°W / 27.771671; -82.636063