One of the most beloved concert venues in Florida, Jannus Landing was rechristened Jannus Live and re-opened in late March, 2010.
The long-standing concert spot, run for years on a shoestring and given only the most necessary of upgrades, was purchased in late 2009 by businessman Jeff Knight, who came with experience in the cable and nightclub/restaurant businesses. His ambitious re-imagining of the venue delighted some, alarmed others, and surprised just about everyone. With a cartel of partners, he poured capital, endless hours and sweat into Jannus, giving it a head-to-toe makeover. He has delivered his promise in full.
The open-air venue dates back to the mid 1980s, when a handful of small promoters got the idea to stage reggae and punk rock shows in a courtyard that was encased in a downtown block of St. Petersburg. Spurred by music-biz pioneers like Rob Douglas, Tony Rifugiato and Dave Hundley, Jannus Landing quickly became a hot spot for all manner of acts, but especially up-and-coming artists, cult favorites and underground legends. Although no firm statistics exist, it’s safe to say that Jannus Landing hosted more Bay area concert debuts than any other venue. From Pearl Jam’s unforgettable local debut to those of African juju artist King Sunny Ade, Neville Brothers, Radiohead, and scores of others, the venue has made more than its share of history.
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