Paramore performs at the Hard Rock Cafe inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa on March 6, 2014.
Many powerful forces had to come together in order for Paramore to play an intimate, exclusive set at Tampa’s Hard Rock Café on Thursday – Clear Channel, Atlantic Records, one of the world’s largest casinos and a band accustomed to playing arenas and amphitheaters, to name just a few.
But what’s interesting is that once the show got started, it felt like it was just the band and their fans.
That, of course, was the point all along. After dropping out of December’s 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball at the last minute, Paramore promised they would make it up to fans in Tampa. And even though Thursday’s show lasted less than an hour, it’s fair to say the 700 or so fans who won tickets still got their money’s worth, as the pop-punk trio peppered hits old and new with stories and their signature pep-squad energy in a rare club gig.
“We don’t get to play clubs anymore,” singer Hayley Williams told the crowd at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, adding with a laugh: “It’s your fault, but we’ve moved up in the world.” Full Story
Every year, there's at least one weekend where music festivals dominate both sides of the bay. This weekend is that weekend.
In Clearwater, you have 94.1 Wild Splash, featuring Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B., Kid Ink (above), Sage the Gemini, Rich Homie Quan and more. Click here for our preview of that show.
In Tampa, you have the third annual Gasparilla Music Festival, with the Flaming Lips, Trombone Shorty, Jason Isbell, Anders Osborne, Los Amigos Invisibles and more. Click here and here for our preview.
And in Plant City, you have the final weekend of the Florida Strawberry Festival, featuring the Band Perry, Boyz II Men, Jerrod Niemann and more. Click here for our preview.
After all that, what's left? Oh, plenty: Michael Bolton, Daddy Yankee, Steve Miller Band, Dash Berlin, 2 Live Crew, Don McLean, Hopsin, Walter Parks, Gino Vannelli, Iration, You Blew It!, Marquise Knox and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...Full Story
The Flaming Lips will headline Day one of the Gasparilla Music Festival on Saturday, and while they'll surely put on one hell of a spectacular show, they're not the only must-see act on our list for this weekend. Here are 10 artists -- six national and four local -- performing on Saturday and Sunday that you really ought not to miss.
Trombone Shorty (5 p.m. Sunday): He’s a familiar face in these parts, having headlined the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Tampa Bay Blues Fest and Tropical Heatwave. And you may have caught him backing up Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Madonna at this year’s Grammys. But that’s no excuse for skipping what’ll surely be a compelling performance by swaggering brassman Troy Andrews. Ever heard a big-brass cover of Nirvana’s In Bloom? Here’s your chance.
Jason Isbell (above, 3:45 p.m. Sunday): You’ll likely hear as much buzz about this Americana singer-songwriter as any artist at this year’s fest. That’s partly due to the former Drive-By Trucker’s heartbreaking, soul-baring 2013 album Southeastern, considered by many his finest work to date. Tip: Get there early, as Isbell will probably make an appearance during wife Amanda Shires’ set at 11:30 a.m.Full Story
For two years, the Gasparilla Music Festival has turned skeptics into fanatics who are near-evangelical in praising what has quickly become Tampa’s brightest, boldest and most community-oriented annual concert.
Six thousand fans came to GMF in 2012; that figure swelled to 9,700 in 2013. This year, the festival will expand to two days, Saturday and Sunday, bringing in more than 40 artists, including its biggest headliner yet, the Flaming Lips, as well as well-known artists like Jason Isbell, Trombone Shorty, RJD2, Those Darlins and more. If the weather holds up, there’s a good chance 10,000 fans will pack the park — and after that, who knows?
“We’re not resting on our laurels,” said executive director Ty Rodriguez. “I think we could control our own destiny, and only be limited by our own imagination, if this year goes well.”
Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. Advance tickets are $40 for Saturday, $30 for Sunday or $60 for the weekend. Click here for details.
Click here for our preview of the Gasparilla Music Festival. And after the jump, get set times for the dozens of acts on this year's lineup.
One of the biggest annual hip-hop happenings in Tampa Bay is back this weekend. 94.1 Wild Splash is bringing a strong lineup of hitmakers to Clearwater’s Coachman Park — so strong, in fact, that the show is already sold out. You can still win tickets at wild941.com, though.
Headliners Wiz Khalifa and B.o.B are both Wild Splash alums who opened for other artists in the past. B.o.B played the festival in 2010, opening for dancehall star Sean Paul; and Khalifa came to town with mentor Snoop Dogg in 2011.
Sage the Gemini (Gas Pedal, Red Nose) recorded a remix of his biggest single with Justin Bieber, which had more than 1.4 million plays on YouTube. Kid Ink's big hit Show Me features the popular if controversial Chris Brown. Also taking the Wild Splash stage for the first time are Rich Homie Quan (Some Type of Way) and Far East Movement (The Illest), two acts with massive singles that explode in party atmosphere.
"It's always hard (to book hot artists), but we're lucky that our relationships stand up strong," said Wild 94.1 program director Orlando Davis, host of Orlando and The Freakshow. "There are labels who call us and inquire about when Wild Splash is happening. We also hear from artists who want to make sure they aren't playing the market, around the show, so they aren't excluded."
Click here for Robbyn Mitchell's preview of Wild Splash 2014. And after the jump, get the full lineup and set times for Wild Splash 2014. The show is expected to wrap up by 7:30 or 8.
It's pretty rare that an Oscar winner announces he's coming to your town, right?
Okay, fine, maybe not this week. In the past 24 hours, two Academy Award winners -- Jared Leto and Kevin Spacey -- have both announced plans to come to Tampa. Spacey, who won for The Usual Suspects and American Beauty, will lead an acting workshop during next month's International Indian Film Academy awards weekend, otherwise known as the "Bollywood Oscars." And Leto, who just won for Dallas Buyers Club, announced his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, would be touring with Linkin Park and AFI, and their tour would come to Tampa on Aug. 9.
Tampa Bay concerts and events with tickets going on sale this week include: Goblin (April 24, State Theatre), Under the Streetlamp and Gentleman's Rule (April 24, Ruth Eckerd Hall), M. Ward (May 1, State Theatre), Gipsy Kings (May 14, Mahaffey Theater), Wolf Gang (May 17, Local 662), Uh Huh Her (May 25, State Theatre), Boston (June 6, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Linkin Park and Thirty Seconds to Mars (Aug. 9, Steinbrenner Field), Tori Amos (Aug. 22, Ruth Eckerd Hall) and Zebra (Sept. 25, Largo Cultural Center).
Click here for this week's edition of Ticket Window.Full Story
When Dana Carvey started on Saturday Night Live, he said he was terrified.
He had no experience in sketch comedy and the show was facing the threat of cancellation. Yet that year’s cast revitalized Saturday Night Live and Carvey became famous for characters like the Church Lady, Hans and Garth of Wayne’s World.
He went on create The Dana Carvey Show, featuring future stars like Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Louis C.K. and Charlie Kaufman. The show was cancelled after seven episodes, and Carvey stepped out of the spotlight.
Since then he has focused on stand-up, though he says his act also incorporates sketch comedy. Fans can see for themselves when he performs at Tampa Theatre on Friday at 7 p.m.
In an interview, Carvey discussed Saturday Night Live, The Dana Carvey Show and the Hans and Franz movie that never happened. Here are excerpts.
How do you think your stand-up’s changed since Saturday Night Live and your other work in sketch and acting?
I think the same kind of things I like to do, but I guess it’s more pointed — a little darker, a little edgier. But with me, it’s more subterfuge, I don’t think maybe people really notice. But it amuses me. …Full Story
After 30 years, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips has evolved into one of the most unpredictable and enthralling rock stars on the planet. Whether he's creating a 24-hour-long song, selling music encased in a gummy fetus or singing with Ke$ha or Miley Cyrus, he's always at the forefront of some unique artistic experience.
"I think our biggest worry is to be boring," the Flaming Lips frontman said by phone recently from Oklahoma City. "The enemy of all art is boredom. If the people that are making it are bored, it can destroy them. So we make a lot of art and music, we collaborate, we do insane things all the time, and I would say at the end of the day, accidentally, we came up with some music and some art that transcends into the other realm"
The Flaming Lips will headline Day 1 of this year's Gasparilla Music Festival on Saturday night at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. Click here for all the details on the festival.
Here's our interview with the magnetic singer, in which he discusses everything from performing with Miley Cyrus to his fear of being boring to how he'd like to hang out with aliens. But of course, it's impossible to distill one interview with Wayne Coyne into just one story. So here are some outtakes from our interview:
On Fred Armisen's admission that he took the bandleader gig on Late Night with Seth Meyers because, "I like to think, 'What would Wayne Coyne do?'": "I was touched by it. I saw him, actually, the very next day, by surprise. We were in L.A. and we visited Reggie Watts on the set of Comedy Bang! Bang!, and Fred was there, and he said, ‘Wayne, I have to tell you, I’ve been using you as a model of a way to decide whether I would do these things or not.’ And it was touching. We’ve known each other for a while, and I really like him. And I understand what he means. It’s like: You just have to look at things and say, ‘Here’s what I like about it, here’s what I want to do,’ and not be all concerned about, ‘Is everything gonna work out?’ I understand that. When he came out to Oklahoma and did this little part in our movie, Christmas On Mars — long time ago, now — he didn’t know what he was getting into, and he just sort of went for it. I sort of convinced him, because we were friends back then as well, and he talked about, ‘How do you get to get to where you can say you’re gonna do this?’ And I said, ‘Well, I really don’t know. You just kind of have to hope it all works.’ And I could see where every time we were around each other, there was a little bit of that within him."
Say this for Jared Leto: He's not resting on his laurels
Days after winning an Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, Leto and his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, have announced a blockbuster tour with fellow modern-rock titans Linkin Park that'll hit an unusual Tampa venue, George M. Steinbrenner Field, on Aug.9. AFI, a pretty popular band in their own right, will open the show. Tickets are $40-$79, and they'll go on sale to the public on Monday, March 10. Click here for details.
Tampa Bay fans got sort of a mini-preview of this show back in December, when Thirty Seconds to Mars headlined last year's 97X Next Big Thing, along with Stone Temple Pilots performing with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.
Back then, Leto was merely an Oscar contender, not an Oscar winner. Now that he's name-checked Thirty Seconds to Mars and his drummer/brother Shannon in his Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech, it's safe to say a few more eyes will be on him. …Full Story
Best known for his work on the long-running improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Colin Mochrie said he still follows modern improv, including in his current home of Toronto.
“It’s great to get involved with that because it keeps you on your toes,” the Scottish-born, Canadian-residing comedian said by phone. “One of the worst things you can do in improv is get comfortable.”
Yet Mochrie is part of a two-decade improv institution in Whose Line Is It Anyway? Starting on the original British show in 1991, he became a mainstay of the American version with Drew Carrey, and returned for the 2013 CW reboot with Aisha Tyler.
During the hiatus, he appeared on similar programs like Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza and live performances, including one with fellow Whose Line? performer Brad Sherwood. The duo’s current tour includes a stop at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Sunday.
In an interview, Mochrie discussed Whose Line Is It Anyway?, his time at Second City and the recently departed Sid Caesar and Harold Ramis. Here are excerpts.
Although both are in front of a live audience, what do you find is the difference between performing on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and these non-televised shows? …Full Story
-- Put on your finest Black Panties (you too, guys), because R. Kelly is coming to Tampa. Tickets are now on sale for an event at Whiskey North in Carrollwood on March 29. This appears to be a club appearance, not necessarily a concert -- but you never know, if the mood strikes, Kelly may feel like giving you that beep beep. Tickets are $35-$50, or $1,000 for a whole table. Click here for details.
-- Rapper Waka Flocka Flame is coming to the Amphitheatre in Ybor City on March 22. Tickets are $29.50. Click here.
-- According to Ruth Eckerd Hall's website, classic rockers Boston are coming there for a concert on June 6. Tickets are $49.50-$175. Click here.
-- Grammy-winning world music icons the Gipsy Kings are coming to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on May 14. Tickets are $52.50-$92.50, and they go on sale March 7. Click here.
-- Electro-pop duo Uh Huh Her are returning to the State Theatre on May 25. Ticktes are $16-$18. Click here. …Full Story
Back in the early 1990s, when angst-filled grunge ruled radio, four churchgoing Atlanta teenagers decided to start a rock band. Two decades and 12 albums later, Third Day continues to make music together. Produced by Pearl Jam and Killers producer Brendan O'Brien, Third Day's latest release, Miracle, pushes sonic boundaries. The four-time Grammy award winners will perform Thursday at the Florida Strawberry Festival.
"We've been really fortunate that we haven't yet crossed into that place where people only want to hear our early work," said bassist Tai Anderson. "We continue to have new hits and the majority of what we play at our shows is from the last five years, so it isn't boring for us. It isn't at the point where we feel like we might as well be playing Journey covers because we are playing the same songs over and over again.""
Third Day performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Strawberry Festival; tickets are $15-$20. Click here for details.
For more of Sarah Whitman's interview with Third Day's Tai Anderson, click here.Full Story
After all that controversy, SeaWorld's Bands, Brew & BBQ concert series going out with a bang.
A pair of country music legends, Hank Williams Jr. and Alabama, will close out the final weekend of Bands, Brew & BBQ, the park announced Monday. The consistently rowdy Williams will play this Saturday, and bestselling trio Alabama will take the stage Sunday. Both shows start at 4 p.m. and are free with SeaWorld admission. Click here for details.
SeaWorld's sister park, Busch Gardens, has already unveiled the final-weekend performers for its final Bands, Brew & BBQ lineup: Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee on Saturday and classic rock icons Steve Miller Band on Sunday. Those concerts start at 5 p.m. in Gwazi Park, and are free with park admission.
Both parks had a heck of a time booking acts for this year's Bands, Brew & BBQ series after controversy arose over SeaWorld's negative portrayal in the killer whale documentary Blackfish. But both parks fought back ferociously, and in the end, both concert series went off without a hitch. So far, at least.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*Full Story
Jennifer Nettles performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Feb. 27, 2014.
In another era, Jennifer Nettles could have been a pop star.
Sure, she’s kind of a pop star now, singing in one of the biggest country bands around, Sugarland. But send her new solo album, That Girl, back in time to 1997 or 1973, and watch it blow people’s minds.
Produced by Rick Rubin, the soulful, stripped-down album forced Nettles to rein in and refine her brassy, belt-it-out voice, and the result is a record that stacks up against any released by (take your pick) Carole King, Carly Simon, Sheryl Crow, Tracy Chapman, Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin or any other member of the Lilith Generation.
The sold-out crowd of 2,003 at Nettles’ concert Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall would not disagree. In a venue far more intimate than those she’s used to, Nettles pleased fans both old and new, delivering reimagined Sugarland favorites and showcasing the softer and more sensual side we see on That Girl, revealing the true range and power of her magnificent South Georgia warble.Full Story
The Black Angels and Roky Erickson performed at the State Theatre on Feb. 26, 2014.
Psychedelia is back. Not in the way that you feel you need magic mushrooms or LSD, but in the way guitar riffs bend and bounce back in reverb, followed by the echo of lyrics you can’t quite make out but somehow understand.
That, my friends, is the sound of the Black Angels, who played to a nearly full house at the State Theatre Wednesday night. Swallowed in a swirl of feedback and hallucinatory inducing projections, the Austin, Texas rockers took St. Petersburg on a journey into Indigo Meadow, their fourth studio album, in the way a pop-up book comes to life.
Singer Alex Maas’ distorted vocals soared atop Christian Bland’s deep, digging strings in a booming version of Evil Things, and quickly plowed into album single Don’t Play with Guns. Maas’ eyes closed as he seemed to conjure up spirits from decades past as he sang, “I hear colors running through my mind / I can feel it dripping in my eyes / I see colors ancient spectrum lives,” in I Hear Colors (Chromaesthesia). You couldn’t help but think of the Rolling Stones’ Paint it Black. …Full Story