You never know when Dave Chappelle is going to pop into your life. That's just how it goes when you're dealing with one of the biggest and most enigmatic names in comedy.
So we hope you're sitting down for this: Chappelle has just announced a show at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. That's some stop-the-presses stuff right there, people.
Tickets are $58.75 and they'll go on sale at noon Saturday, and they're probably going to go fast, so you'd best hop on it. (Word to the wise: Ruth Eckerd Hall also has several other big shows going on sale at noon Saturday, including Santana and Willie Nelson, so don't be surprised if you have trouble reaching the box office or logging on to RuthEckerdHall.com.
Click here for details.
It's a black day for Chris Cornell fans, as the Soundgarden singer has, for the second time in three years, canceled a solo concert in Tampa Bay. Unlike the last time, though, this show, which was scheduled for Friday at the Mahaffey Theatre, is unlikely to be rescheduled. Click here for all the details.Full Story
Get ready, because we have one of the biggest Ticket Windows in recent memory. (Hey, a week off will do that to you.) The biggest single show going on sale this week is One Direction at Raymond James Stadium, but don't sleep on the Florida Strawberry Festival, where acts like Little Big Town (above), The Band Perry, Josh Turner, Kellie Pickler, Boyz II Men and more will perform next spring. …Full Story
-- Tampa Bay music fans got a taste of Laura Jane Grace when she performed solo at September's 97X Green Room: One Night Only concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Now she'll be back with her band, Against Me!, for the first time since she went by Tom Gabel. Against Me! will perform at the State Theatre on Jan. 24 alongside the Sidekicks and the Shondes. The show will take place just a few days after the release of their new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Tickets are just $15. Click here.
-- Another big show coming to the State Theatre: electro-pop-rock outfit Breathe Carolina on March 15. Jonny Craig, Ghost Town and Divided By Friday will open the show. Tickets are $15. Click here.
-- And here's one that a lot of indie rock fans will be excited about: Texas psychedelic rockers the Black Angels will perform at the State Theatre on Feb. 26, with singer-songwriter Roky Erickson opening. Tickets are $20-$22. Click here.
-- The Devil Wears Prada's concert on Sunday at the Ritz Ybor has been moved to the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. Click here. …Full Story
Hate to tell you this, but you're gonna have to put your Pony back in the stable.
The R&Beat Holiday Jam on Dec. 12, featuring R&B singers Ginuwine, Joe and Tank, has been canceled, according to a spokeswoman from the USF Sun Dome. No reason was immediately given other than that promoters decided to cancel it, thus depriving Tampa fans the opportunity to hear Ginuwine, above, croon out Pony -- and possibly dance alone to it -- in a live setting.
According to Ticketmaster, tickets can be refunded at point of purchase; those purchased online will be automatically refunded. Click here.Full Story
-- Well, isn't this special? Dana Carvey is coming to Tampa! The Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live alum will bring his prodigious stable of impressions to the Tampa Theatre on March 7. Tickets are $49-$69, and they'll go on sale at noon Friday. Click here for details.
-- Also coming to the Tampa Theatre: Comedian Lily Tomlin on April 3. Tickets are $45-$85, and they'll go on sale at noon Friday. Click here.
-- Heck, as long as we're talking comedy, Amy Schumer is returning to the Straz Center in Tampa on Feb. 19. She's calling her forthcoming trek the "Inside Amy Schumer's Back Door Tour," which is probably a play on words or something; we can't figure it out. Tickets are $37.50-$45, and they'll go on sale Dec. 6. Click here.
-- And how's this for a surprising booking? Rosie O'Donnell is coming to the Tampa Improv on Feb. 7-9. Tickets are $30. Click here.
-- Even the Hard Rock is getting into the comedy game: The Cowhead Christmas Spectacular on Dec. 20 will feature comic Bert Kreischer screening his new documentary, Bert Kreischer: On The Road, followed by a taping of his podcast, Bertcast, then a performance by Pitbull Toddler. Click here for details. …Full Story
Not to be outdone by Ruth Eckerd Hall's slate of Cyber Monday deals, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa has unveiled a huge list of one-day-only discounts on tickets to select events, including a few concerts.
Among the musical offerings on the Straz Center's Cyber Monday discount list: Itzhak Perlman (Feb. 1, 50 percent off most tickets), "Masters of the Fiddle" Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy (Feb. 7, 50 percent off most tickets), Jonathan Batiste and the Stay Human Band (Feb. 18, 50 percent off most tickets), and Pink Martini (above, March 23, 50 percent off most tickets).
Pop-inspired musicals with discounts include Once ($15 off balcony and gallery seats on Feb. 11 and 12), Jersey Boys (30 percent off balcony seats and $25 gallery seats on Feb. 8 and 9) and We Will Rock You (50 percent off balcony and gallery seats on May 13 and 14).
Non-musical offerings include Garrison Keillor (Jan. 12, 50 percent off most tickets), Deepak Chopra (Feb. 23, 30 percent off most tickets), and Alton Brown (March 1, 30 percent off most tickets). …Full Story
Ruth Eckerd Hall is having the best Cyber Monday ever. Not only have they announced a huge slate of new concerts, including Willie Nelson, Santana and Art Garfunkel -- more on this in a minute -- but they're also offering a handful of half-price ticket deals that are good today only, so you'd better hop on it.
Today, Dec. 2, you can get half-off (and then some) ticket deals on the following concerts and events: Huey Lewis and the News (Dec. 6, $49.50 for $25), Bowzer's Rock 'n' Roll Holiday Party (Dec. 7, $50 for $25), Hungarian State Folk Ensemble (Dec. 8, $50 for $25), New York Tenors Christmas (Dec. 15, $50 for $25), A Peter White Christmas (Dec. 16, $50 for $25), Trace Adkins (Dec. 18, $61.50 for $25), Sinbad at the Capitol Theatre ($59 for $25), A Christmas Carol (Dec. 23, $50 for $25), Gilbert Gottfried at the Capitol Theatre ($49 for $25) and Salute to Vienna ($50 for $25). Click here for details and tickets to all of these shows.
Now, on to the new shows. Here's a rundown:
-- Guitar great Leo Kottke will return to the Capitol Theatre on Jan. 12. Tickets are $35-$45, and they'll go on sale at noon Saturday. Click here for details. …Full Story
Genitorturers perform at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on Nov. 30, 2013.
Cannibal Corpse celebrated 25 years as a band with a concert Saturday at the Brass Mug in Tampa. But they weren't the only local metal icons marking an anniversary that night.
Globe-trotting, headline-grabbing shock rockers Genitorturers brought their legendary stage show to the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on Saturday for a show marking 20 years since the 1993 release of their debut album 120 Days of Genitorture. Frontwoman Gen and company brought the whips, chains, masks and all to the State for a night of punishing industrial metal.
Andrew Carlton was in the crowd, and he snapped a few pictures of Genitorturers in action. Click the headline of this post to see them.Full Story
Alt-rock station 97X has announced the set times for its annual Next Big Thing concert on Saturday at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. But first, a bit of bad news: British rockers The 1975 have had to drop out of the Next Big Thing 13 lineup due to a scheduling conflict. According to the station, "They have promised to return to Tampa to play for 97X fans very soon."
In The 1975's place on the Next Big Thing lineup card will be Sleepwave, above, the brand-spanking-new outfit led by Spencer Chamberlain, singer of hugely successful Christian metalcore outfit Underoath, who disbanded following a final hometown show at Jannus Live in January. Sleepwave — who played their first-ever show in November, at the State Theatre — may have more mainstream potential than Underoath; grunge-punk single Rock And Roll Is Dead And So Am I sounds a bit like Mutemath channeling Linkin Park.
One more note before we get to the Next Big Thing set times: At 9 p.m. Friday, there will be a free Next Big Thing kickoff party featuring an acoustic performance by the Dirty Heads at Hogan’s Beach. So if you can't make it to Vinoy Park on Saturday, that might be the next best thing.
Here are the set times for 97X Next Big Thing 13, Dec. 7 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg:Full Story
Huey Lewis can’t wait to return to Florida for the umpty-hundredth time. Especially since he just got back from a two-date run in — yikes — Anchorage, Alaska.
“Merle Haggard once said to me, 'That’s success: You’re touring in the north in the summer and the south in the winter,’” said Lewis, calling recently from his home in Montana. “That’s how you know you’ve made it.”
Merle wasn’t lying. But Lewis would be a certified success no matter when he rolled back down to Florida, thanks in no small part to his landmark album Sports, which sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and turned Huey Lewis and the News into ’80s A-listers.
Sports turned 30 this year, prompting an anniversary tour in which the band will play the album front to back — not just hits like I Want a New Drug, Heart and Soul and The Heart of Rock & Roll, but rare cuts like their cover of Hank Williams’ Honky Tonk Blues.
“Even though I’m not a backward-looking guy, to be honest, this idea of a 30th anniversary tour has required a look back that’s actually been very interesting for me,” said Lewis, who performs Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. “I’ve really, really enjoyed it this year.” …Full Story
Kanye West performs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa on Nov. 30, 2013.
Kanye West has sold out recent gigs in New York's Madison Square Garden, but drew a throng of just 7,408 on Saturday at the Tampa Bay Times in Florida.
Whether that low figure has more to do with Kanye's ego or his deliberately off-putting new album Yeezus is now up for debate -- though from where we were sitting in the cheap seats, the Church of Kanye seemed to be in full session, with fans rapping every word to Yeezus.
Sean Daly was there, and he writes:
He screamed at his sound people; he barked at the audience. But just try looking away: The local crowd would sing along one minute, collectively hold its breath the next, worried the star would storm off (or perilously writhe off) the stage for good....
And yet cuts such as the ferocious Power and the arena-rocking Black Skinhead were spellbinding, provocative Kanye questioning not just his own grip on fame but those people trying to loosen that grip, threatened by his money or his skin color. He is nothing if not honest, and you'd be wrong to mistake truth-telling for derangement.
Click here for Sean's full review of Kanye West in Tampa.Full Story
"I'm the No. 1 rock star on the planet," Kanye West once told Time magazine -- and you know what, he might just be in the discussion.
West, who plays the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday, is beloved and berated for the same reasons, a man who has a filter-sized hole in his filter, inspiring jaw-dropping reactions in the incredulous rest of us. He is unfailingly honest, unvarnished, living a life without a harness — and really, who wouldn't want to strut like that, even for a day? Kanye lives without fear of reprisal.
For more of Sean Daly's analysis of the outsized ego and talent of Kanye West, click here.Full Story
Pop music fans, your Black Friday just got a little more exciting.
Clear Channel announced today that from Friday through Monday, Dec. 2, it would be offering tickets to its two year-end festivals, the Mix 100.7 Acoustic Christmas on Dec. 13 at the Mahaffey Theater and the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball on Dec. 18 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
For the Acoustic Christmas -- which will feature the Goo Goo Dolls, the Fray, Colbie Caillat, Michael Franti and ZZ Ward -- there will be a limited number of four-packs available for $100.70. Tickets otherwise start at $39, so that should save you about $60. Nothing to sneeze at. Click here for details.
As for the Jingle Ball -- which will bring in Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias, Paramore and Flo Rida, among others -- you can buy three tickets and get one free using the passcode FORUM13. Click here for details.
Both deals are good Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*Full Story
It's another eclectic week in Tampa Bay music, with concerts on the books by everyone from Yanni to the Genitorturers (and we guarantee that's the first time those two have been linked in a single sentence). But let's be honest: The week belongs to Kanye West, who will bring his Yeezus tour to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday.
Other acts with local shows this week include Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mindless Behavior, Cannibal Corpse, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Koz, A$ap Ferg and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...Full Story