Singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik stopped by the University of South Florida in Tampa for a 90-minute master class on his pop and theatrical songwriting, particularly for the Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening.
"It's very bright and classroomy in here," said a grinning Duncan Sheik, tilting his head back from his guitar to the pearly fluorescents dangling from room MUS 0119 of the University of South Florida's School of Music Concert Hall.
What the recital room lacked in concert atmospherics, however, it delivered in intimacy and uniqueness, as fewer than 50 music and theatrical students and guests were treated to a 90-minute master class and acoustic performance from the Grammy- and Tony-winning singer-songwriter.
A day before performing at the Largo Cultural Center, Sheik -- who is best known for the '90s pop smash Barely Breathing and the Broadway behemoth Spring Awakening -- discussed his career, influences and technique with University of Tampa voice instructor Christopher Holloway and students, and threw in a few songs (Half a Room, Such Reveries and The Tale of Solomon Snell) in his rich, suede tenor. …Full Story
Get ready for a ton of reggae-rock action in Tampa Bay. This Saturday brings the Chillin' Music Fest to Curtis Hixon Park, with Michael Franti and Spearhead, Stephen Marley (above), Pepper, the Expendables and more. And on Sept. 27, it's the Reggae Rise Up Festival at Raymond James Stadium, with Rebelution, Steel Pulse, Collie Buddz and more.
If you're going to either (or both) of the daylong festivals, you'll want to know the set times. That's what where we come in. Here, without further delay, are the set times and ticket details for the Chillin' Music Fest and Reggae Rise Up Festival:
Chillin' Music Fest
Tickets are $40 advance, $60 at the gate; click here for details. There are two stages, one in Curtis Hixon Park and one in Kiley Garden. On the main stage, DJs Pat Premier and Dave Russell will alternate between sets; there will be breaks in the music between sets on the secondary stage. Set times:
9:10 p.m.: Michael Franti and Spearhead
5:45: Stephen Marley
4:15: The Expendables
2:45: Sway Jah Vu
KILEY GARDEN STAGE
7:45 p.m.: HOR!ZEN
4:45: Tribal Style
1:55: Chillakaya 1
12:40: No Need
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks
For the past couple of years, the Sunshine Music and Blues Festival has been a relatively overlooked part of the Tampa Bay music-fest landscape. Odds are that won’t be the case in 2015.
Promoter Live Nation has unveiled an absolutely stacked lineup for the third annual Sunshine Music and Blues Festival, which returns to St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park on Jan. 17. Along with headliners (and festival co-organizers) Tedeschi Trucks Band, fans will see Dickey Betts, Grace Potter, Los Lobos, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Both (featuring Aimee Mann and Ted Leo), Rebirth Brass Band, Matt Schofield and Sean Chambers.
Countless fascinating angles to this lineup. How about the possibility of legendary Allman Brothers Band guitarists Derek Trucks and Dickey Betts sharing a stage? Or fiery soul-rock diva Potter playing a solo show, sans her band the Nocturnals? Or Mann’s first local concert of any kind in years? In every respect, it’s Sunshine’s most mainstream-friendly lineup yet, which should bode well for a big crowd at Vinoy Park. …Full Story
Photo courtesy of Bridget Burke.
Safety Harbor singer-songwriter Robin Taylor taught himself how to play drums, guitar and piano. It helped that he had all those instruments around the house -- his father happens to be Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander.
But Taylor (who uses his middle name to distinguish from his more famous father) says his pursuit of music is about following a passion, not following in his father's footsteps. He has attended prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Florida State University and Full Sail University in Orlando, but the desire to devote all his energy to his music and a career have led him back to the Tampa Bay area.
Taylor took a major step towards a professional career when he flew to Nashville recently to meet with music producers.
"He has to make an impression with his demo stuff and then they will take it to the next level," Zander said. "It's fresh, new and very positive. I hope it happens, but if it doesn't happen, he'll just have to go back to the drawing board.
"Failure is a part of success. God knows it was with Cheap Trick."
For more on Robin Taylor, click here for Ernest Hooper's story.Full Story
Photo by Paul Natkin.
These days it seems like there's always a music festival taking place in some corner of Tampa Bay. Two biggish ones are set for this weekend in Pasco and Hernando counties: Bluesapalooza and ROCKtemberfest.
Now in its seventh year, Brooksville's Bluesapalooza should draw more than 2,000 to Hernando Park on Saturday for a lineup that includes Florida blues talents Sean Chambers, Selwyn Birchwood (above), R.J. Howson, Steve Arvey and the Black Swans. Admisson is just $5. Click here for details.
New Port Richey's family-friendly ROCKtemberfest runs Friday and Saturday with bands like the Black Honkeys, the Bob Hope Band, Woody and the Wood Tones, Lawless Intent and the tribute band Almost Styx. There will also be a classic and custom car cruise-in, petting zoo, arts and crafts and more. Click here for details.
It's another eclectic week of music in Tampa Bay, and it's mostly bookended by some of fall's biggest shows -- namely Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on Sunday at the Amalie Arena, and a two-night stand by reigning country king Luke Bryan next Thursday and Friday. Here to walk you through those shows and many more -- including the Experience Hendrix Tour, the reggae-rockin' Chillin' Music Fest, Duncan Sheik, the Chainsmokers, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Hawthorne Heights, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, J-Boog and more -- is Ray Roa...Full Story
WD-HAN (pronounced WD, as in WD-40; and Han, as in Han Solo) is a trio that delivers polished, radio-ready rock. This group of mid-20-somethings has been together since 2008, performing all over Florida and opening for New Politics, Sing It Loud, Lady Danville, and Guster.
WD-HAN are Lea Campbell, drums; Cal Henry, guitar; and Spencer Barnes, vocals. This Saturday at the Local 662 in St. Pete, they will release their first full-length album, King of Castles. They sat with us to enlighten us on their plans for world domination.
How did the band come to be?
Henry: We really just started in high school. We were all in the same class and my girlfriend told me her friend Lea played drums, and I was like, “What? A girl drummer? That’s awesome!” So, then she played Fire by Jimi Hendrix — you know, that really intense, cool drum thing. I was like, “Oh, my god; I need her in my band.” …Full Story
Song rankings are a contentious topics among fans of any artist, especially when that artist is an all-time icon like Tom Petty. So when Sean Daly set out to rank Petty's top 25 songs, in order, he knew he'd get some backlash -- and not just from fans who plan to check out Petty at the Amalie Arena on Sunday night. Click here to read through his list, and then file your hate mail accordingly.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform with Steve Winwood at 7 p.m. Sunday at Amalie Arena (formerly Tampa Bay Times Forum), 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets are $32.75-$128.25. Click here for details on the show.Full Story
Normally, each week's Ticket Window focuses on concerts with tickets going on sale Thursday, Friday or Saturday. But we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that tickets to the wildly popular classical pop crossover act Celtic Woman on April 25 at the Straz Center actually go on sale today.
Other Tampa Bay concerts with tickets going on sale this week: Mary Lambert (Oct. 25, Capitol Theatre), Sick of it All (Nov. 12, Local 662), 97X Next Big Thing with Fall Out Boy, Young the Giant and Alt-J (Dec. 6, Vinoy Park), Phantom of the Opera (Dec. 17-Jan. 4, Straz Center), Megan Hilty (Feb. 28, Capitol Theatre), Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show (Feb. 28-March 1, Amalie Arena), Tommy Emmanuel (March 6-7, Capitol Theatre), Bela Fleck (March 8, Capitol Theatre), John Mellencamp (March 19-20, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Janis Ian and Tom Paxton (April 13, Capitol Theatre) and Chris Botti (April 15, Capitol Theatre).
Click here for this week's edition of Ticket Window.Full Story
By now, most followers of the Tampa Bay music scene know all about the rift that split the organizing forces of St. Petersburg’s late, lamented Antiwarpt Festival, which last year led to a pair of competing local festivals on the same day — Don’t Stop St. Pete in St. Petersburg and the Plan B Block Party in Ybor City.
This year, thankfully, it appears both sides have made nice — or, at least, they’re not forcing local music fans to pick and choose which festival to support. Not only are they taking place on separate days — Oct. 4 for Plan B, Oct. 18 for Don’t Stop St. Pete — but a few of the Bay area’s best local acts are actually playing both events. Everybody wins!
Over the past couple of weeks, lineups for both festivals have trickled out bit by bit. Neither is 100 percent complete, but here’s what we know so far:
Plan B Block Party
The second annual Plan B Block Party will kick off at 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at venues around Ybor City, including Crowbar, New World Brewery, Market on 7th, the Social, the Dirty Shame, Tequilas and more. …Full Story
Photo by Brian Mahar.
Skeletonwitch performed at the Orpheum in Ybor City on Sept. 14, 2014.
Ohio metal outfit Skeletonwitch can lay claim to one of heavy music's great bona fides: In 2013, they were barred from playing Orlando's House of Blues after being deemed unfit for Disney property. No matter -- the Prosthetic Records outfit has kept on raging throughout Florida and the rest of the United States ever since, including a Monday night stop at the Orpheum in Ybor City, where they blized Seventh Avenue with a wildly thunderous performance. Joining them were Ghoul, a California thrash metal outfit who have tried to maintain a sense of mystery and anonymity by performing in burlap-sack masks. Brian Mahar was at the show and he shared a few photos. Click the headline of this post for a slideshow.Full Story
For nearly 20 years after she exploded into America’s living rooms (and teenage boys’ fantasies) on MTV’s Singled Out, it was kind of a challenge to categorize the comedy of Jenny McCarthy.
“I’ve always admired stand-ups, but I’ve never wanted to do it because it’s such a different art form,” McCarthy said recently by phone from New York. “For me, my comedy’s always just been through my personality — more funny here and there than actually a joke person. That’s kind of the category I put myself in. I write humorous books, do some funny sitcoms, do campy movies, that kind of thing.”
Today, though, McCarthy’s comedic sensibility can be summed up in three words: Dirty, Sexy, Funny. It’s become a hot brand for the actress and TV personality — first as a comedy special on the Epix network, then as radio show (which returns to SiriusXM this fall), and then a summer tour, which stops at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre on Saturday. The show features veteran female comics doing stand-up about sex and drinking, with McCarthy serving as emcee and starring in pre-taped sketches and interstitials. …Full Story
On Monday, it was officially announced that Tampa's Sunset Music Festival will return on Memorial Day weekend 2015. But if you can't wait until then for two days of head-spinning beats and visuals, you have another option this fall: The Electric Daisy Carnival in Orlando.
An outpost of the massively popular EDC Las Vegas, EDC Orlando will return to Orlando's Tinker Field on Nov. 7-8, and on Monday, they officially announced their lineup. Steve Aoki, Cedric Gervais (above), Dillon Francis, Knife Party, Steve Angello, the Bloody Beetroots' Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, Alesso, Dash Berlin, Datsik, Above and Beyond, Arty, Aly and Fila, W and W, Tritonal, Thomas Gold, Sander Van Doorn, Flosstradamus, Cosmic Gate and Dirtyphonics are among the biggest names on the bill.
In keeping with the "carnival" portion of the EDM festival's name, Tinker Field will also have carnival rides, live art and midway performers. Tickets are on sale now for $48 and up. Click here for details.Full Story
Well, this should be a madhouse -- and one of the most popular contests 93.3-FLZ has ever conducted.
Australian boy-rockers 5 Seconds of Summer, who performed at this year's MTV Video Music Awards after scoring teenybopper hits in She Looks So Perfect and Don't Stop, will play an intimate, acoustic set for contest winners on Oct. 3, before their concert with One Direction at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
As with all 93.3-FLZ contests, you can win tickets by listening to the radio (particularly The Kane Show at 7:25 a.m. from Sept. 22 to Oct. 3), or you can enter via email by clicking here. Either way, you can bet the station will be flooded with entries.
Click here for more details on 5 Seconds of Summer's acoustic performance in Tampa.Full Story
Spend a minute surfing Michael Franti’s website. By the time you’ve read up on his summer yoga workshops, studied his recipe for an oilless salad dressing, absorbed some free guitar lessons and watched him dump ice water on Apple CEO Tim Cook for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, you realize: Franti is no longer just a musician. At home, online and in concert, he’s a full-on lifestyle guru.
“I want our shows to be like an experience, from the time people get there and go into the parking lot to when they leave at the end of the night,” said Franti, calling from his home in San Francisco. “I want people to feel almost like it’s a vacation and be able to experience, of course, great music and great dancing, but also great food and activities to do before and after the show.” …Full Story