Monday, November 20, 2017

Tampa Bay Music & Shows

Strawberry Festival Lineup: Brad Paisley, DNCE, Reba, Anthony Hamilton and more

Strawberry Festival Lineup: Brad Paisley, DNCE, Reba, Anthony Hamilton and more

The lineup for the Florida Strawberry Festival has arrived, and as usual it revealed quite a lineup of country, pop and R&B stars are headed to Plant City in the spring including Brad Paisley (March 11), Reba McEntire (March 4), Anthony Ham...
Published: 11/13/17
Ringo Starr, famous friends pop into Clearwater for arts education benefit

Ringo Starr, famous friends pop into Clearwater for arts education benefit

It wasn't quite the Cavern Club. But at times on Friday it felt like it, as Ringo Starr and a few of his famous friends squeezed into a scaled-down Ruth Eckerd Hall for a private concert benefitting the arts in education."Can you hear us in the back?...
Published: 11/11/17
'Reputation' review: Taylor Swift should know she's better than this

'Reputation' review: Taylor Swift should know she's better than this

Taylor Swift has a right to sound bitter. Since dropping her blockbuster album 1989 three years ago, she has gone from being one of the most scrutinized pop singers on the planet to the most scrutinized singer on the planet. She has endured a sexual...
Published: 11/10/17
98 Rockfest lineup: Shinedown, Three Days Grace, Seether, more coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

98 Rockfest lineup: Shinedown, Three Days Grace, Seether, more coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

For the 10th edition of its biggest annual event, 98 Rock is calling up some old friends.Frequent, favorite guests Shinedown, Three Days Grace and Seether will headline the 2018 edition of 98 Rockfest, the station announced Friday. Also on the bill f...
Published: 11/10/17
Review: Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie revive Fleetwood Mac magic, minus the drama, at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

Review: Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie revive Fleetwood Mac magic, minus the drama, at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

Here's the beautiful thing about a concert by Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, as opposed to a concert by Fleetwood Mac: There's no drama.There is no forced theatricality, no overwrought play-acting, no nostalgic dance to dance for the graying...
Published: 11/10/17
Sammy Hagar talks Clearwater concert, tequila and Van Halen drama

Sammy Hagar talks Clearwater concert, tequila and Van Halen drama

The Red Rocker calls on time, and he is all kinds of fired up."Hey, Jay, Sammy Hagar here. Are you ready for me?"Is anyone ever truly ready for a phone call from Hagar, the flame-haired, motor-mouthed ex-Van Halen singer who once dubbed himself the C...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/12/17
Sammy Hagar talks Van Halen reunion, activism in rock, mezquila and more

Sammy Hagar talks Van Halen reunion, activism in rock, mezquila and more

Hate to break your hearts, Van Halen aficionados. But if you're hoping for a reunion between the band and flame-haired, motor-mouthed former singer Sammy Hagar, it doesn't sound like it's happening anytime soon."Those boys have still got it against m...
Published: 11/09/17
This week’s best Tampa Bay concerts: Ribfest, Chris Stapleton, Sammy Hagar, more

This week’s best Tampa Bay concerts: Ribfest, Chris Stapleton, Sammy Hagar, more

RED RUM RUNNER: Sammy Hagar Sammy Hagar didn’t want to cancel on you. Really, he didn’t. But Hurricane Irma left him no choice. "We were playing a couple of amphitheaters, and the lawns were just soaked in mud, and we said, ‘Let...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/15/17
In second year, St. Petersburg's Et Cultura festival getting bigger, busier

In second year, St. Petersburg's Et Cultura festival getting bigger, busier

Don’t be alarmed if you find yourself paralyzed by the jam-packed schedule for St. Petersburg’s 2017 Et Cultura festival. Organizers know it’s a lot. "You could throw a rock and hit something to do at Et Cultura over the weekend. T...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/13/17
These retailers have already started playing Christmas music

These retailers have already started playing Christmas music

There's a line from a Raymond Chandler novel in which hard-boiled private eye Philip Marlowe surveys the scene along Hollywood Boulevard and grumbles that stores were "already beginning to fill up with overpriced Christmas junk, and the daily papers ...
Published: 11/08/17