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Vans Warped Tour in St. Petersburg: Here's everything you need to know


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The Vans Warped Tour returns to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on Saturday. If you're heading out, here's all you need to know.

What time does the Warped Tour start?

Gates open at 12:30 p.m. Warped is usually over by 10 p.m.

Who's playing?

Dozens upon dozens of punk and metal bands, plus a few hip-hop, electronic and even pop-rock bands thrown in. Our five picks for can't-miss sets at Warped 2017: Gwar, Municipal Waste, Anti-Flag, Valient Thorr and the Ataris. Click here to read about them. Other highlights: Andy Black, Bowling for Soup, American Authors, Never Shout Never, Memphis May Fire, the Acacia Strain, Hawthorne Heights, Beartooth, Dance Gavin Dance, Save Ferris, Neck Deep, Blessthefall, Hatebreed, Carnifex, Emmure, Sick of It All and Strung Out.

Where can I find the Warped Tour schedule? …

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Welcome to McCartney Month on Soundcheck!

The first time Paul McCartney came to Tampa, on April 12, 1990, It’s fair to say the city was pretty excited.

How excited? The week before, the Tampa Tribune published an eight-page commemorative section previewing the show at Tampa Stadium. Then they published another eight-page commemorative section the day after the concert.

Twenty-seven years later, with McCartney coming back to Tampa on July 10 at Amalie Arena, we’re not going quite that far. But we are going all-out in celebration of the once and forever Cute Beatle’s historic return. That’s why, in the spirit of 2015’s 10 Days of Taylor and 2016’s Beyonce Week, we bring you...

McCartney Month!

Each morning from Saturday through the show on July 10, we’ll be examining McCartney through an array of different lenses, looking back at his three previous stops in Tampa, examining his connections to Florida and sharing stories from people who know him. We’ll sift through old albums, listen to some music together, and even talk a bit about Ringo. And if you’re going to his sold-out show in Tampa, we’ll have as much info about that as you could possibly want. …

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Florida Bjorkestra plots 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' concert, convention at St. Petersburg's Palladium

Sunnydale is coming to the Sunshine City.

Buffyfest, a mini-convention for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, featuring a live Buffy-themed concert by St. Petersburg’s own Florida Bjorkestra, is coming to the Palladium on Sept. 23. Cast members and cosplayers are expected to attend. Local artists and makers will sell creations based on Buffy and the works of Joss Whedon.

The centerpiece of it all: A live performance of Buffy’s famed musical episode, "Once More With Feeling," courtesy of the Florida Bjorkestra, a unique collective of local musicians who stage orchestra-sized tributes to artistst like Bjork and David Bowie. They’ll perform the episode’s soundtrack in full, along with other songs from the Buffy universe, including songs by Aimee Mann, Sarah McLachlan, the Sundays and Cibo Matto.


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Suwannee Hulaween lineup: Bassnectar, Run the Jewels, the String Cheese Incident and more

Run the Jewels

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Run the Jewels

Okay, it might be time to step up and recognize that Suwannee Hulaween is one of the coolest festivals in Florida.

It might not be Ultra, Okeechobee or even III Points. But in its fifth year, this blend of jam, electronic and hip-hop music, which returns Oct. 27-29 to Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, is definitely looking like one of the hipper festivals to come down the pike in the Sunshine State this decade.

Organized by Colorado jam-banders the String Cheese Incident -- who will headline all three nights -- this year's lineup includes white-hot rappers like Run the Jewels (above) and Vince Staples; EDM heavyweights Bassnectar, Griz, Nick Murphy (a.k.a. Chet Faker) and RL Grime; alt-rockers Ween, Portugal. The Man and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats; and many more.

Other notable names on the bill: Kamasi Washington, the Disco Biscuits, Marian Hill, Lettuce, Claude VonStroke, Greensky Bluegrass, Beats Antique, Moon Taxi, Keys N Krates, Here Come the Mummies, Dumpstaphunk, the Jerry Douglas Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Son Little. There are even some Tampa Bay acts on the bill, including Displace, Heather Gillis and the Galbraith Group. …

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Tampa Pig Jig lineup: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Justin Moore, more

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

This year's Tampa Pig Jig will have a little bit of country and a little bit of soul.

Country singer Justin Moore and Americana-soul revivalists Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats will headline the 2017 Pig Jig on Oct. 28 at Curtis Hixon Park. The event, which also features barbecue and games, is likely to draw more than 8,000 events, organizers estimate.

Now in its seventh year, the Pig Jig is a fundraiser for NephCure Kidney International, a nonprofit devoted to the rare kidney disease Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS. It was conceived by Will Wellman, who has FSGS, and his friends as a way to raise awareness and money for research.

"My friends want to drink beer and do something else beside walk a mile and go home so they said let's have a barbecue contest and charge people," Wellman told the Times last year. "It's super humbling to know these friends I met in middle, high school and college came together and they are so committed. They have full-time jobs and putting on Pig Jig is like another full-time job for six months out of the year."

Pig Jig tickets are on sale now for $40 and up. Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin

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SoundBytes: Scott Stapp, Bill Burr, Kelly Price and more

-- Are you ready to Make America Rock Again? Scott Stapp sure is! The Creed frontman leads the lineup for 98 Rock's Make America Rock Again show on Sept. 16 at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Sick Puppies, Drowning Pool and Adelitas Way are also on the bill. Tickets are $40 and up. Click here for details.

-- The USF Sun Dome has a big-time Labor Day weekend party cooking on Sept. 2: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Kelly Price, Tank, Nephew Tommy and more. Tickets are $29.50 and up. Click here.

-- Comic Bill Burr is coming to the Mahaffey Theater on Oct. 6. Tickets are $42.50. Click here.

-- More proof the '90s are never going to die: The Toadies and Local H are touring together, and playing the Ritz Ybor on Oct. 29. Tickets are $21.50 and up. Click here.

-- Flux Pavilion is returning to Tampa with a show on Aug. 11 at the Ritz Ybor. Tickets are $20 and up. Click here.

-- Nothing More is coming to the State Theatre with As Lions, Hell or Highwater and My Ticket Home. Tickets are $19 and up. Click here. …

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Shakira coming to the Amway Center in Orlando

Don't lie, Shakira. Not your hips, not your lips, not anything. Tell us: Why won't you come back to Tampa?

The Colombian singer was supposed to perform in Tampa in 2002, but canceled that date, and hasn't been back since. In the meantime, she's performed in Orlando and Miami, sure, but nothing in Tampa.

That streak will continue with Shakira's just-announced concert at Orlando's Amway Center. The singer's El Dorado will hit Orlando on Jan. 9. Tickets will go on sale June 30. Click here for details.

That Shakira once again chose Orlando over Tampa isn't that surprising -- the Amway Center is traditionally an epicenter of tours by the largest Latin artists; upcoming shows include Prince Royce, Marco Antonio Solis and Camila, Nicky Jam and Plan B, Ricardo Arjona and Marc Anthony

Still, whenever, wherever Shakira announces a Tampa show, we'll be there.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Future, Ruff Ryders reunion tour coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa


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Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre is in the midst of a killer summer of rock (Green Day, Muse, Linkin Park) and country (Sam Hunt, Lady Antebelleum, Dierks Bentley).

Go ahead and throw a couple of big hip-hop shows on that slate, too.

The shed by I-4 has unveiled two big new shows coming by September, both featuring rap royalty.

First up is one of the biggest rappers in the game, Future, headlining his own major outing in support of this spring's FUTURE and HNDRXX, not to mention his own huge summer hit Mask Off. He'll perform in Tampa on Aug. 14 alongside Post Malone and Zoey Dollaz. Tickets are $26 and up. Click here.

Then on Sept. 8, it's a "reunion tour" featuring members of the Ruff Ryders crew. Not unlike last year's Bad Boy Family Reunion tour, this one will bring together DMX, Eve, Swizz Beats, the Lox, Drag-On and Fat Joe. Tickets are $35 and up. Click here.

Both shows are on sale now, so get 'em while they're hot.

-- Jay Cridlin

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SoundBytes: Maxwell, Tony Bennett, Paula Cole and more


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-- R&B crooner Maxwell is returning to Tampa Bay, this time with a show at the Mahaffey Theater on Sept. 1. Tickets are $45 and up, and they go on sale Friday. Click here.

-- Also coming to the Mahaffey: Pink Martini with China Forbes on Jan. 23. Tickets are $39.50 and up. Click here.

-- Paula Cole has booked an intimate show in Ybor City, at the Attic on Feb. 17. Tickets are $50 and up. Click here.

-- The great Tony Bennett is returning to Tampa Bay, this time for a show at Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Sept. 8. Tickets are $57 and up. Click here.

-- The Marcus King Band is coming to the State Theatre on Oct. 30. Click here.

-- Ilan Bluestone is coming to the Ritz Ybor on Oct. 7. Click here.

-- Singer-songwriter John Moreland is coming to the Straz Center on Sept. 12. Click here.

-- The Mavericks have sold out their Dec. 2 concert at the Capitol Theatre, so now they're adding a second show on Dec. 3. Tickets are $46.50 and go on sale Saturday. Click here.

-- Speaking of the Capitol Theatre: Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra are coming back to the Cap on Nov. 11. Tickets are $39.50 and up. Click here. …

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Luis Fonsi coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

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Luis Fonsi

He may have the song of the summer in Despacito. Now Luis Fonsi is hoping that magic stretches into fall.

The Puerto Rican heartthrob singer, whose Justin Bieber- and Daddy Yankee-assisted remix became a rare non-primarily-English song to top the Billboard Hot 100, is bringing his "Song + Dance" tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sept. 20, the venue has announced. (He'll also be at Orlando's Hard Rock Live on Sept. 23.) Tickets to the Clearwater show start at $53.25. Click here.

Booking a Latin pop star is rare for Ruth Eckerd Hall, but anytime you can snag the man behind one of the hottest hits in the world, you take it. Fonsi had a big fan base before Desapacito, too, having won a Latin Grammy for Song of the Year for 2009's Aqui Estoy Yo.

No word on whether Bieber will join him in Clearwater, but we're guessing probably not.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Mumford and Sons coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

And the hits keep coming!

In a year that's already seen a host of "they never come to Florida" bands get crossed off fans' bucket list, we're getting another huge one: Mumford and Sons.

The enormously popular English rockers will make their Tampa debut in a concert on Sept. 20 at Amalie Arena. Hiss Golden Messenger will open the show. Tickets are go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here for details. (This is part of a multi-date swing through Florida; they'll also be at Orlando's Amway Center on Sept. 21.)

So far this year, we've already seen concerts by Spoon and the Shins, and the same week Mumford and Sons come to town, Arcade Fire will play the USF Sun Dome. If only LCD Soundsystem had pickd Tampa for their just-annnounced fall tour ... but alas, Miami's as close as they'll come.

You're on deck, the National!

-- Jay Cridlin

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Deftones' Frank Delgado talks 'White Pony,' DJ gigs, craft beer, opening for Guns N' Roses and more


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When Frank Delgado joined Deftones, he couldn’t really play an instrument. Didn’t really own any instruments, in fact.

“I started hanging around these guys and being creative with them with all that I had, which was records,” said the DJ and keyboardist, who played alongside the Sacramento, Calif., alt-metal veterans for years before officially becoming a full-fledged member for 2000’s White Pony. “My whole thing was trying to figure out how to utilize it in a different way than what I think people thought a DJ was supposed to be in a rock band.”

That spirit of ingenuity and drive is what’s allowed Deftones to outlive most of their late-’90s nu-metal peers, and earn plenty of critical acclaim to boot. Nearly 30 years after singer Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen Carpenter and drummer Abe Cunningham founded the group as teenagers, they’re still packing sheds coast to coast. Their co-headlining summer tour with Rise Against stops at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Thursday. …

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Lorde coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa


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Cross another big name of the list of pop stars making their first-ever appearances in Tampa.

New Zealand phenomenon Lorde will play Amalie Arena on April 11, 2018, it was announced Friday. Tickets start at $35.75 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 23. Click here for details.

The announcement of the singer's Melodrama World Tour -- which also includes a stop in Miami on April 12 -- came on the same day Lorde released her sophomore album Melodrama, featuring the hits Green Light and Perfect Places. It follows her 2013 debut Pure Heroine, released when she was just 16, which gave the world the mega-hits Royals.

The show is just the latest addition to Amalie's A-list pop slate, including Ed Sheeran on Aug. 29, Bruno Mars on Oct. 19, Lady Gaga on Dec. 1 and Katy Perry on Dec. 15. All of those shows are either sold out or very close to it, so get your Lorde tickets early if you want to be guaranteed a spot inside.

No opener has been announced just yet, but we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin

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SoundBytes: John Mulaney, Inner Circle, Four Year Strong and more

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John Mulaney

-- Oh, hello! Comic John Mulaney is coming to the Mahaffey Theater on Sept. 28. Tickets are $35 and up. Click here.

-- Reggae legends Inner Circle are coming to Largo's Central Park Performing Arts Center on Sept. 1. Tickets are $24.50 and up. Click here.

-- Another reggae-rock show coming to Jannus Live: The Werks and Passafire on Sept. 8. Click here.

-- Punk and post-hardcore band Four Year Strong is coming to Crowbar on Oct. 12, alongside Seaway, Like Pacific, Life Lessons and Grayscale. Tickets are $18 and up. Click here.

-- The Drums are performing at Crowbar on Dec. 2 alongside Hoops. Tickets are $15 and up. Click here.

-- Two new DJ shows coming to the Ritz Ybor in Tampa in July: K?D on July 22 and Trampa on July 28.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Kaleo postpones free 97X concert at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg


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Here's a reason to really sing the blues.

Bluesy Icelandic alt-rock band Kaleo has postponed their free July 5 concert at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg due to a medical issue. Instead, the free show, sponsored by alt-rock station 97X, will take place Aug. 8.

"It is with tremendous regret that we must cancel select summer shows and festivals due to an unforeseen medical diagnosis," singer JJ Julius Son wrote on Twitter. "We were very much looking forward to seeing everyone on the road this summer and we are continuing to play as many shows as possible surrounding medical treatments. Thank you for all of your support and understanding."

The station says tickets already handed out will be honored at the rescheduled show on Aug. 8. Click here for details and more ticket drop locations.

-- Jay Cridlin

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