The highlight of this year's Clearwater Jazz Holiday might be the Avett Brothers, or it might be Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, or it might be the one-two Motown combo of the Four Tops and the Temptations.
But let's be honest: The biggest highlight will probably be the rare opportunity to see Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins perform together.
Though the yacht rock superstars have collaborated on probably fewer than 10 songs over 40 years, their hit rate was so high — What a Fool Believes, This Is It, I Gotta Try, No Lookin' Back — that the idea of McDonald and Loggins as a duo remains alluring, so much so that it's a miracle they've never collaborated on a full album or tour.
"We talk about it," McDonald said by phone from his home in Santa Barbara, Calif. "It just seems like our individual plans tend to get in the way of getting around to it in any real timely fashion. There's a good chance we could still do it."
For now, the Jazz Holiday is as close as we're going to get. They'll perform Saturday at Coachman Park, with McDonald going on at 7:45 and Loggins closing at 9:30. Click here for details on the festival.
For more of our chat with Michael McDonald, click here. …
When you get Neil deGrasse Tyson on the phone, you could ask him about the wonders of the cosmos. You could ask him about the changing nature of our planet, or the tininess we feel when we look at the sky.
Or you could ask him to pick between Star Wars and Star Trek. Or Space Invaders and Asteroids. Or Milky Ways and Moon Pies.
"Milky Way," he said by phone, answering that last one. "I remember Moon Pies being good as a kid, but as an adult you realize they're kinda dry."
Tyson probably won't delve into all these hot topics when he speaks at the Straz Center in Tampa on Thursday. His multimedia lecture An Astrophysicist Reads the Newspaper touches on current events, using "pop culture, or what's in the news in this instance -- things that people are already familiar with -- as scaffolding to build on. From there I can take you wherever I want to take you."
Two more concerts -- including one this weekend -- have been moved out of the State Theatre in St. Petersburg as the venue continues to experience scaled-down crowd capacity following recent construction.
Saturday's concert by Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Cursive's Tim Kasher has been moved to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Tickets purchased for the old venue will be honored at the new; otherwise they're $30.50. Click here for details.
And a Nov. 2 concert by Johnnyswim, above, has been moved from the State to Jannus Live. That show was sold out; now, in the new venue, tickets are once again on sale for $23. Click here.
The decades-old venue recently underwent some repairs and renovations, the city inspections for which resulted in a diminished official crowd capacity, which sent bands on its packed October slate scrambling. Concerts such as Nothing More, Hollywood Undead, Judah and the Lion and Zakk Sabbath moved to Jannus Live, as will a concert on Wednesday by Between the Buried and Me. Three concerts scheduled for this week -- Insane Clown Posse, Superjoint and Lords of Acid -- briefly moved to the Cuban Club before getting the go-ahead to return to the State. …
-- Happy early New Year's Eve, everyone: Kevin Hart is bringing his "Irresponsible Tour" to Orlando's CFE Arena on Dec. 31. Tickets go on sale Friday. Click here.
-- Speaking of Orlando: An enormous Puerto Rico hurricane relief benefit concert is happening there on Thursday, organized by reggaeton star Yandel. "Puerto Rico: Somos Uno" will take place at the Amway Center; artists tapped to appear include Alexis y Fido, Wisin, Zion y Lennox, Jerry Rivera, Nacho, Jencarlos Canela, Jowell y Randy and many more. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here.
-- Killer heavy show coming to Jannus Live on Jan. 30: Killswitch Engage, Anthrax and Havok. Tickets go on sale Friday. Click here.
-- 20 Feet From Stardom singer Darlene Love is coming to the Tampa Theatre for a performance on Jan. 18. Tickets are $48.50 and up. Click here.
-- Also coming to the Tampa Theatre: Comic Iliza Shlesinger on Feb. 17. Tickets are $36.50. Click here.
-- The Alan Parsons Live Project is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall with a live symphony orchestra on April 27. They'll be joined by Carl Palmer. Tickets are $45 and up. Click here.
-- Robin Trower is coming to the Capitol Theatre on March 8. Tickets are $39.50 and up. Click here. …
Florida Georgia Line performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Oct. 13, 2017.
The encore was really the point of it all. This was the part of Florida Georgia Line's sold-out concert Friday at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Amphitheatre where the duo was joined on stage by their unlikely tourmate Nelly, who performed his 2002 chart-topper Hot In Herre, followed by their collaborative pop-country behemoth Cruise to close the night.
Naturally, 19,000 fans in cutoffs and snapbacks leaned in and howled along, emboldened by countless Bud and Corona tallboys. Which means that if anyone had any objection to the party up on the stage, it went totally unnoticed.
And if you've been following the headlines about Nelly this week, you might have some questions about that.Full Story
-- Zakk Wylde is bringing his Zakk Sabbath project to Jannus Live tonight, but he's already planning a return trip soon. His main band, Black Label Society, will perform at Jannus on Jan. 26 along with Corrosion of Conformity and Red Fang. Tickets are $33. Click here.
-- Megadeth had to cancel their concert with the Scorpions on Sunday in Tampa, but guitarist Kiko Loureiro and bassist David Ellefson will swing through town for a performance, Q&A and signing at Replay Guitar Exchange in Tampa. It takes place from noon to 2 p.m. Click here for details.
-- Miranda Sings (a.k.a. viral comic Colleen Ballinger) will perform at the Straz Center on Jan. 27. Tickets are $40.50 and up. Click here.
-- The Green is performing at the State Theatre on Feb. 3, alongside Sammy J and Leilani Wolfgramm. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here.
-- Martin Sexton is coming to the State Theatre on Feb. 2. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here.
-- Wintertime's performance at Crowbar on Nov. 18 has been canceled. Refunds are available at point of purchase. Click here.
For years, Fozzy was a fun, occasionally goofy hard rock band best known for its lead singer, pro wrestler/author/raconteur Chris Jericho. But the band's new album Judas, released today, spawned a radio hit in the title track. And that, said Jericho, is a big deal on tour.
"We're doing more walkups than ticket sales, and ticket sales are great," said Jericho, who lives in Lutz. "The good thing with the album is, there's a lot of songs that are locked and loaded in the chamber. Judas wasn't the unanimous pick for the single. There's Painless and there's Elevator and there's Burn Me Out. We wanted to make this record like Hysteria or Appetite for Destruction or Kick by INXS, where there's five or six or seven singles on the radio, and when the single has reached its peak, the next single is ready to go, and it's just as good, if not better than the last." …
Yet another concert is moving out of the State Theatre due to construction and capacity issues.
Between the Buried and Me will move their Oct. 18 concert at the State Theatre to Jannus Live. Tickets to the show, honoring the 10th anniversary of their album Colors, will be honored at the new venue. Click here.
The State has seen its crowd capacity diminished as construction and inspection delays have plagued the venue over the past three weeks. A handful of concerts (Nothing More, Judah and the Lion, Hollywood Undead) have already moved. Three moved away but have since moved back.
The revolving door of concerts at the State Theater is once again spinning.
Three of the concerts that moved from the State to the Cuban Club last week due to construction delays – Insane Clown Posse on Oct. 17, Superjoint on Oct. 19 and Lods of Acid on Oct. 20 – are now moving back to St. Petersburg.
General manager Kendra Marolf said the venue had reached an agreement with the fire marshal about the club’s new post-construction capacity, which she said is “greatly reduced” from before, but enough to handle those three shows.
“We’re really optimistic,” Marolf said. “We’re staying positive, we’re optimistic, and we’re all impressed with everyone who’s making sure we do the right thing for the bands and the fans while we’re going through this transition.”
Friday’s concert by Zakk Sabbath will remain at Jannus Live, and other upcoming shows could still be affected by the reduced capacity – including Conor Oberst on Oct. 21, and a sold-out show by Johnnyswim on Nov. 2. Marolf said they’re still working with the fire marshal and other parties to figure out the best solution. …
Funny, we were just thinking this year's 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball lineup was feeling a little dude-heavy.
This year's pop extravaganza in Tampa loaded with male artists -- Zedd, Nick Jonas, Liam Payne, Charlie Puth and more -- with only one woman, Camila Cabello, on the bill. Compare that to every other iHeartMedia Jingle Ball lineup, which all have at least one big female name (Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Halsey, Kesha) near the top.
So it's welcome news that Tampa's Jingle Ball is adding one more lady to the mix: Sabrina Carpenter. The pop singer, actress (Girl Meets World) and social media superstar will perform at the Jingle Ball on Dec. 16 at Amalie Arena.
Chris Thile performed at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Oct. 11, 2017.
Is mandolin face a thing? It sure is if you’re Chris Thile, judging from his performance Wednesday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.
The 36-year-old musical polymath – MacArthur Fellow, A Prairie Home Companion host, leader of Nickel Creek and the Punch Brothers and too many bluegrass/jazz/classical collaborations to list – hugged his instrument like Hendrix, fingertips flying with ferocity. Here he’d arch the brows above his sunken eyes, there he’d curl the lip of his grimace to his cheekbones, all throughout he’d herk and jerk as his body snapped with convulsed with each note of string-popping virtuosity.
And this was all just during the opening number, a 12-minute, tour de force suite of the Punch Brothers' My Oh My; a bit of Bach’s Partita in D Minor; and Here and Heaven, a song from Thile’s 2011 Goat Rodeo Sessions album with, among others, Yo-Yo Ma. Got all that?
“I hope it was as good for you as it was for me,” Thile said after that one. …
It seems like a million years ago, but there actually was once a time when electronic dance music wasn't a gajillion-dollar industry, with EDM's top names drawing crowds of tens of thousands at festivals around the world.
Back then, around 2009 to 2011, DJs like Tiesto, Deadmau5and Skrillexcould play clubs as small as the Ritz Ybor. Now, of course, they've graduated to much bigger things, right?
Not necessarily. Tiesto, who for years was considered the world's No. 1 DJ, will return to the Ritz Ybor on Nov. 16 for a rare, exceedingly intimate performance. Ticket prices have not been announced, but they'll go on sale at noon Thursday. Click here for details.
In other news, Cedric Gervais -- who, like Tiesto, is used to rocking massive crowds at EDM festivals around the world -- will also perform at the Ritz later this year. He's got a show booked on Dec. 16, and early bird tickets are just $10. (Also, word to the wise, Gervais and Hulk Hogan are good buddies -- Hulk introduced Gervais at this year's Sunset Music Festival -- so there's a good chance Hogan might show up at this show.) Click here for details.
Merry early Christmas, everyone. The lineup for the 2017 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball is here.
DJ and producer Zedd and a couple of boy-band dreamboats gone solo -- the Jonas Brothers' Nick Jonas and One Direction's Liam Payne -- lead the lineup for this year's Jingle Ball, Dec. 16 at Tampa's Amalie Arena.
Also on the bill: Ex-Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello, singer-songwriter Charlie Puth, pop-rock group All Time Low and viral boy band Why Don't We. More acts will be added in the coming weeks.
Pre-sale tickets are on sale now for Capital One cardholders; otherwise they'll go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Monday. Seats start at $26. Click here for details. …
Bad news, fans of California garage rock: The Growlers have canceled tonight's concert in Ybor City due to illness.
The group has called off their show at the Orpheum due to singer Brooks Nielsen's bronchitis.
"Unfortunately, Brooks is in no condition to perform and is not allowed to do so under doctor's strict orders," the band said in a statement. "We are so very sorry as we were very much looking forward to kicking off our long-awaited return to Florida with you tonight. We've been touring Florida for years. We will make it up to you. We will return."
With Tropical Heatwave no longer in the picture, might WhigFest become the multi-venue music festival Ybor City needs?
After a three-year hiatus, the festival, which ran at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg until 2015, will make its Ybor City debut on Feb. 17 and 18 on three stages at the Cuban Club and the Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing. Chicago jam-rock fusionists Umphrey's McGee will headline with a three-hour fest on Sunday, Feb. 18. A Saturday night headliner will be announced soon.
Among the other 20-plus bands planned so far for WhigFest 2018: Stokeswood, Polyenso, Forrest Hoffar, Swimm, J.T. Brown, Mountain Holler and Kristopher James.
Two-day tickets to WhigFest start at $60, with VIP passes starting at $399. Single-day tickets will start at $47.50 and go on sale in January. Click here for details. …