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Hey Hey! The Monkees will hit Ruth Eckerd Hall in May for 50th Anniversary Tour

Micky Dolenz, left, and Peter Tork will take the Monkees on tour starting in May.

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Micky Dolenz, left, and Peter Tork will take the Monkees on tour starting in May.

The '60s TV band that somehow became a real band, the Monkees, is hitting the road once more to celebrate a new album and 50 years of faking it until they made it. 

It will be their second outing since the passing of vocalist and dreamboat Davy Jones. Original member Mike Nesmith toured with the group following Jones' passing, but won't be on the road this go round, according to Rolling Stone

"Mike has a lot of other arrows in his quiver," singer/guitarist Mickey Dolenz told Rolling Stone. "For starters, he runs a big business. He's also writing a book, which was the specific reason he gave me for not wanting to leave town again for any particular length of time."

So just Dolenz, who also talked to the magazine about the new album Good Times, and Peter Tork will be on the 30-city tour, which Rolling Stone reports hits "Tampa, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall" (actually in Clearwater) on May 20. Ruth Eckerd hasn't announced the show yet, so we've got no details on ticket prices or on-sale dates. We'll keep you posted.

The Monkees' 45th anniversary tour with Dolenz, Tork and Jones came to Ruth Eckerd Hall in 2011.

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Review: Barry Manilow offers endless goodbyes in farewell show at Tampa's Amalie Arena

Barry Manilow performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Feb. 4, 2016.

Jay Cridlin

Barry Manilow performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Feb. 4, 2016.

Here’s the thing about the songs of Barry Manilow: Each one sounds like a closer.

Each song sounds like an end-of-the-night embrace, all sap and schmaltz and see-you-when-I-see-you as the credits start to roll. Each one’s also a crescendo, swelling and leapfrogging keys until it leaps from the ledge into an ocean-sized ovation.

And so you wonder: With a songbook like that, how in the world does Barry Manilow say goodbye?

On Thursday at Amalie Arena, it was Tampa’s turn to find out. Manilow’s in the midst of his long-running farewell tour, a trek around the globe he’s calling "One Last Time!," with an exclamation point to emphasize he means it. And just under 8,000 glowstick-waving fans turned out to send him off.

At 72, Manilow may be ready to get off the road, but up on stage, he’s no retired man walking. In concert, he still clings joyfully to his sense of old-world showmanship, a commitment to the spotlight and the audience that feels yanked from yesterday, yet still carries water today.Full Story

SoundBytes: Sunn O))), Parmalee, Magic Man and more

-- Experimental drone metal outfit Sunn O))), frequently described as one of the loudest bands in the world, are coming to the Orpheum on April 8. Tickets are $25-$55. Click here.

-- Indie pop acts Magic Man and the Griswolds are coming to the State Theatre on May 24. Tickets are $17. Click here.

-- Rising DJs Ghastly and Lookas are coming to the Amphitheatre on April 1. Tickets are $10. Click here.

-- Two new additions to the Safety Harbor Songfest, April 2-3 along the Safety Harbor waterfront: Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander with his son, Robin Jr.; and Lullaby singer Shawn Mullins. Click here.

-- Several acts have been announced for the 2016 Chasco Fiesta in New Port Richey, including country band Parmalee on April 9; bluegrasser Larry Gillis on April 5; and Christian acts the Afters, Unspoken and Chris August on April 1. Click here.

-- Skipper's Smokehouse favorites Southern Culture on the Skids are returning to the Skipperdome on March 5. Tickets are $15-$20. Click here. …

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Stephen Marley, Lucero added to 2016 Gasparilla Music Festival lineup

The Gasparilla Music Festival has added a second wave of artists to its 2016 lineup — and more than ever, it’s looking like this’ll be the most diverse fest yet.

Reggae great Stephen Marley and Memphis alt-rock outfit Lucero (above) will take the stage at GMF 2016, March 12 and 13 in Curtis Hixon Park. Joining them will be electronic rock trio the New Deal, Americana group the Appleseed Collective, Puerto Rican fusion outfit Pirulo y la Tribu and Florida artists Acme Jazz Garage, Sol Caribe, Acho Brother, Boxcar Hollow, Lauris Vidal, Larry Duran and Ella Jet.

They join an eclectic lineup that already includes Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, MS MR, Greensky Bluegrass, Houndmouth, Antibalas, Kermit Ruffins and more. At least one more national act and several local artists are still expected to join the lineup.

What’s more, GMF has also unveiled which day each act will be performing, although a full schedule is still in the works. But for early planning purposes: …

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This week in Tampa: Andrea Bocelli, Diana Ross, Bryson Tiller and more

Bryson Tiller


Bryson Tiller

Barry Manilow! Andrea Bocelli! Yanni! This is the greatest musical week your mom has ever had. But if soft rock and popera aren't your bag, there's still a ton of other great music out there in Tampa Bay this week, including Bryson Tiller (above), Diana Ross, Yonder Mountain String Band, Moon Taxi, JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, Luther Dickinson, Anders Osborne, Madeon, Hawthorne Heights, the Ataris, Mest, Chris Barrows, Children of Bodom, Bubba Sparxxx, Skylar Spence, Brad Noblitt, Agent Orange, Drivin' 'N' Cryin', Cliff Eberhardt, Keller Williams and more. Here to walk you through it all are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...

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SoundBytes: Steve Aoki, St. Lucia, Shakey Graves and more

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-- We've got another Bonnaroo band coming to Tampa Bay! New York indie-pop outfit St. Lucia, who wowed crowds with an electric set at the 2015 Big Guava Music Festival, will come to the State Theatre on June 13, shortly after their trip to Tennessee. The show comes in support of their exuberant new album Matter. Tickets are $18-$20, and they go on sale Friday. Click here.

-- Rollicking blues-rock act Shakey Graves will also come to the State Theatre on May 18. Tickets are $18-$20, and they go on sale Friday. Click here.

-- And one more for the State Theatre: Punk-reggae-metal outfit Skindred on April 24, with Soil opening the show. Tickets are $16-$18. Click here.

-- A huge DJ is coming to the Amphitheatre in Ybor City on one of the busiest musical weekends of the year: Steve Aoki on March 5. Tickets are $30. Click here. …

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Orlando's Moonstone Music Festival unveils lineup additions: Awolnation, Evanescence, Best Coast, more

A big question mark in Florida's 2016 music festival landscape is the inaugural Moonstone Music Festival, set for Orlando's Central Florida Fairgrounds on April 30 and May 1.

The lineup is very rock-heavy (Kiss, Def Leppard, Flaming Lips, Vintage Trouble, Scott Stapp), which flies in the face of many other big festials these days. But on Tuesday, Moonstone doubled down on that strategy with a slew of lineup additions, all of them in the world of rock.

Awolnation (above), Evanescence, Best Coast, Wolf Alice, Buckcherry, Queensryche and Steel Panther are among the latest lineup additions.  Joining them are All Them Witches, Girlpool, Eternal Summers, Civil Twilight, John Moreland, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, the Coathangers, Conrad Oberg, Hollis Brown and a slew of Florida artists, including Kaleigh Baker, the AMFMs and Mike Dunn. Get the entire lineup to date here.

In addition, Moonstone has announced its comedy lineup for 2016: Jim Norton, Judah Friedlander, Jim Florentine, Tom Segura, Brent Morin, Nate Bargatze and Stump the Trunk with Eddie Trunk. …

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SoundBytes: Win Butler, Ray LaMontagne, George Benson and more

-- We may not be close to an Arcade Fire concert in Florida anytime soon, but this is still pretty sweet. Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler will team with R&B star Miguel to lead the "PoWoW!" late-night jam session at the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, March 3-6 in Okeechobee County. Joining them will be John Oates, Kamasi Washington, the Meters' George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste and members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Soulive. Plenty of special surprise guests are also expected to join in. Click here.

-- According to his website and Ticketmaster, raspy singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne is coming back to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Aug. 12. There's been no official announcement yet from the venue, so no news on ticket prices or availability, but we'll keep you posted.

-- Cardiknox and the Fairground Saints will open for Carly Rae Jepsen during her Feb. 17 concert at the Ritz Ybor. Click here.

-- Legendary jazz guitarist George Benson will perform at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on May 11. Tickets are $82.50 and up. Click here.

-- Canadian indie rockers Half Moon Run are coming to the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on May 20. Tickets are $15. Click here. …

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Barry Manilow talks retiring from the road, losing Grammys to Tony Bennett and more

Barry Manilow may be on what he's calling his One Last Time! Tour. But he still feels young enough that he's not about to retire.

"I still feel like I'm 35 and I'm still working and I've got all these things to do," he said in a recent phone interview. "I'm working on the show, I'm working on the album. I'm always working on something. ... I'm telling you, I still feel like I've got the same energy that I've always had. I shouldn't. I'm 100 years old. I shouldn't feel like that, because a lot of people my age are old. They feel old, they look older. I'm just a different guy."

Still, he admitted his concert on Feb. 4 at Amalie Arena might be the final time fans can see him in Tampa. That's how ready he is to get off the road.

"Packing again, and getting on a plane and going to a hotel — it's just awful," he said. "At this point, it's a young person's thing. So I'm saying I'm getting off the road."

But then he adds a caveat.

"Come back in two years, and who knows?"

Click here for our full interview with Barry Manilow.

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Santigold, NOFX coming to the Ritz Ybor in Tampa



The Ritz Ybor is having a killer year when it comes to genre-defying pop singers.

On Feb. 17, the Ritz will host Carly Rae Jepsen, fresh off Grease Live and her acclaimed album Emotion. On March 5, it's The Voice alumna Melanie Martinez, a ticket so hot the show is already sold out. On April 19, it's Best New Artist Grammy nominee Tori Kelly.

And after that, it's Santigold.

The alt-pop singer will bring her We Buy Gold Tour to the Ritz on April 25 -- her first headlining show in Tampa Bay. (She previously opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2012.) Tickets are $25, and they go on sale Friday. Click here for details.

Santigold is gearing up for this month's release of her third album, 99¢, but you almost certainly know her older material. She's never had a chart-topping hit, per se, but songs like Creator, Disparate Youth, Lights Out and L.E.S. Artistes have received big airplay in commercials and on TV over the seven or eight years. And she's a terrific live performer -- her performance at Bonnaroo 2012 was one of our favorite of that fest. …

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Review: Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton cap Tampa's Gasparilla party with 'Throwdown By the Bay' at Amalie Arena

Chris Stapleton performed at the 103.5 Throwdown By the Bay on Jan. 30, 2016 at Tampa's Amalie Arena.

Jay Cridlin

Chris Stapleton performed at the 103.5 Throwdown By the Bay on Jan. 30, 2016 at Tampa's Amalie Arena.

Few things scream Gasparilla like a little day drinking on your very own pontoon.

That made Little Big Town, the Grammy-winning quartet behind, well, Day Drinking and Pontoon, the perfect choice to close out U.S. 103.5’s Throwdown By the Bay on Saturday, before 7,804 country fans and Gasparilla stragglers at Tampa’s Amalie Arena.

"We got a bunch of drunk pirates in here tonight, or what?" smirked the night's other big draw, CMA sensation Chris Stapleton, tippling a tumbler of amber toward the crowd.

More than a few, to be sure. Big country concerts are an underrated Gasparilla day tradition -- Taylor Swift in 2008, George Strait in 2011, Zac Brown Band in 2012 -- making U.S. 103.5’s decision to shift the show to this date a smart one. Trade your tri-corner for a cowboy hat, and voila: You're set for the after-party.

Another wise move: Throwdown No. 2 was a musical 180 from 2014's inaugural bro-down, which starred alpha-male hellraisers Brantley Gilbert, Tyler Farr and Colt Ford. Saturday’s show was a much more gender-inclusive affair, as evidenced by opening duo Maddie and Tae punctuating a puckish, poppy set with their feisty repudiation of all things mansplanatory, Girl in a Country Song.

But it was the two top names atop the bill, Little Big Town and Stapleton, who ensured this Nashville free-for-all truly was a party fit for all.Full Story

Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin remembers Paul Kantner: 'He was one of the greats'

When Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner died Thursday from organ failure and septic shock at age 74, the news was not a huge surprise to his fellow singer and songwriter Marty Balin, with whom he co-founded the band in 1965. Kantner had been in poor health for some time.

But in a phone interview a day after Kantner's death, Balin, who has lived in Tampa since 1999, still found himself reminiscing on Kantner's creative brilliance.

"He was one of the greats, one of the most interesting people I ever associated with," he said. "He left a good body of work. If people just listen to his music, they'll see how great he was."

For more of Marty Balin's reflections on his 50-year creative partnership with Paul Kantner, click here for our full story.

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Fabolous added to Wild 94.1 Wild Splash lineup in Clearwater


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In November, Fabolous was slated to perform at the inaugural, ill-fated H.I.T. Music Festival in Tampa, but didn't take the stage due to what he tweeted was "bad business" on the part of the show's promoters.

"I was here in Tampa. Didn't get to perform," he tweeted. "The worst part is I don't get to Tampa much so I was looking forward to this performance ... Ima make sure I come back & you will get to see me for free."

Well, the show isn't free, but Fabolous IS coming back to Tampa Bay. The Can't Deny It rapper has just been added to the lineup to Wild 94.1's Wild Splash 2016. He joins Lil Wayne, Yo Gotti, Lil Dicky, Kodak Black, JR Castro and Dougie F on the bill.

Wild Splash 2016 takes place March 5 at Coachman Park in Clearwater. Tickets are on sale now for $35 and up -- or you could listen to the station to win tickets, which would make Fabolous' prophecy come true.

Click here for all the details on Wild Splash.

-- Jay Cridlin

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SoundBytes: Halsey, Iggy Pop, Jason Isbell, Datsik and more


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-- It's official: You can now count Halsey among alt-pop music's brightest and most popular new ingenues. She recently scored a second-line spot on Coachella's poster, and a third-line slot at Bonnaroo. And now she's heading on an arena tour, which will kick off at Orlando's CFE Arena on July 6. Bad Suns will open. Tickets are $27.50 and up. Click here.

-- Jason Isbell will make a surprise appearance at tonight's John Prine concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, playing guitar with his wife, Amanda Shires, who's opening the show. Click here.

-- Speaking of great out-of-town shows, Iggy Pop is bringing his Post Pop Depression tour -- the one with Josh Homme -- to the Fillmore in Miami Beach on April 19. It's the tour's only stop in Florida. Click here.

-- Rusted Root will headline the 2016 Spring Beer Fling, which this year moves from Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on March 19. Early bird tickets are on sale now for $12 and up, but they'll soon rise to $25 and up. Click here. …

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Tonight's Robby Krieger concert moved from St. Pete Beach to Ferg's Live in Tampa

Robby Krieger

Jay Cridlin

Robby Krieger

A lot of people want to see the Doors' Robby Krieger in concert. So many, in fact, that the concert is being moved to a larger venue some 45 minutes away.

The concert, which was scheduled for 8 p.m. tonight at the Tamiami Club in St. Pete Beach, has been moved to Ferg's Live, 490 Channelside Drive in downtown Tampa, "due to strong ticket sales," according to a statement.

While Ferg's Live is a more proven live music venue than the all-new Tamiami, this news -- coming mere hours before the show -- isn't likely to sit well with folks who were counting on driving to St. Pete Beach, or people who live at the beaches to begin with. We suspect more than a few ticketholders will be mighty peeved by the inconvenience on such short notice.

Nonetheless, tickets purchased for the Tamiami show will be honored at Ferg's Live. Call 727-688-2025 with any questions. Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin

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