What a weird and wonderfully varied Ticket Window we have this week! From 2 Chainz to Trisha Yearwood, Gino Vannelli to Jamey Johnson, AFI to Emblem3 (above), there's absolutely something for everyone.
Tampa Bay concerts with tickets going on sale this week include: Jamey Johnson (Jan. 17, Mahaffey Theater), AFI (Jan. 22, Ritz Ybor), Chimaira (Feb. 14, State Theatre), Trisha Yearwood (Feb. 20, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Charlie Wilson (Feb. 21, USF Sun Dome), Emblem3 (March 5, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Gino Vannelli (March 9, Capitol Theatre), the Bronx Wanderers (March 16, Capitol Theatre), 2 Chainz and Pusha T (March 17, Jannus Live), Between the Buried and Me (March 20, Ritz Ybor), The Wonder Years (April 4, Orpheum), Jesse Cook (April 6, Capitol Theatre), Local Natives (April 16, State Theatre), Christina Perri (May 3, State Theatre), Brit Floyd (May 3, Ruth Eckerd Hall), and the Fab Four (May 10, Capitol Theatre).
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-- Will Garth Brooks come to Tampa on his planned 2014 comeback tour? It's too soon to say, but we've definitely got him on our radar now that we know his wife, Trisha Yearwood, is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Feb. 20. Tickets are $49.50-$89.50. Click here.
-- Modern outlaw country singer Jamey Johnson will be at the Mahaffey Theatre on Jan. 17. Tickets are $29.50-$49.50. Click here.
-- Goth-punk favorites AFI are coming to the Ritz Ybor on Jan. 22. Tickets are $25. Click here.
-- Funk and R&B legend Charlie Wilson is coming to the USF Sun Dome on Feb. 21. Tickets are $22.50-$69. Click here.
-- Pop-punk group the Wonder Years are coming to the Orpheum on April 4 with Defeater, Citizen, Real Friends and Modern Baseball. Tickets are $16-$18. Click here.
-- Happy Valentine's Day, metal fans! Chimaira is coming to the State Theatre on Feb. 14 with Iwrestledabearonce, Oceano and Fit for an Autopsy. Tickets are $17. Click here. …Full Story
Saturday was Next Big Thing, the biggest annual event on alt-rock station 97X's calendar. So you think they'd take a break until 2014, right?
Wrong. The station has announced that Grammy-winning hard rock outfit Switchfoot will headline a free concet on Dec. 27 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, with an opening set by J. Roddy Walston and the Business.
Switchfoot has a longstanding relationship with 97X, dating all the way back to 2003, when the band opened Next Big Thing 3 at 10:45 in the morning. Back then, they were an up-and-coming group with a couple of rising hits, Meant to Live and Dare You to Move. Today they're one of the most popular crossover Christian acts in the country.
The show is free, but you need a ticket to get in. For ticket drop locations and details, click here.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*
-- Pop singer-songwriter Christina Perri is coming to the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on May 3. Tickets are $25-$30. Click here.
-- Rising boy band Emblem3, who opened for Selena Gomez's recent headlining tour, have announed a headlining tour that'll come to Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 5. Tickets are $25-$45. Click here.
-- Metalcore outfit Memphis May Fire, who played the main stage of the Warped Tour this summer, will come to the State Theatre on Feb. 25 alongside The Word Alive, A Skylit Drive, Hands Like Houses and Beartooth. Tickets are $16-$18. Click here.
-- L.A. indie rockers Local Natives are coming to the State Theatre on April 16. Tickets are $20-$22. Click here.
-- Between the Buried and Me will be at the Ritz Ybor on March 20. Tickets are $18, and they go on sale Dec. 17. Click here.
-- Flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook will be at the Capitol Theatre on April 6. Tickets are $25-$45. Click here.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*Full Story
In October, Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz were supposed to headline the 95.7 The Beat Birthday Bash at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, before everything got canceled a week before the show.
It wasn't long before Lamar came back around to Tampa, opening for Kanye West at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in November. And next year, we can look forward to seeing 2 Chainz, too.
2 Chainz, who scored one of this summer's signature hip-hop hits in Feds Watching, will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on March 17. Pusha T and August Alsina will join him for what should be one of the Bay area's most raucous St. Patrick's Day parties.
Tickets to the show are $39.50-$42, and they'll go on sale Friday.
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There was a point in Trinidad James’ headlining set on Saturday night at the Cuban Club where at least a couple dozen people from the crowd overran the stage and proceeded to bounce along to All Gold Everything, making it nearly impossible to decipher exactly who was performing and who was just up there having a ridiculously good time. James – whose real name is Nicholas Williams – even lost some jewelry in the joyful fracas.
“Ay, I lost my chain,” he said over the mic, “if you find it, please give it back.”
All the while, everyone one else wore huge smiles on their faces as security escorted them offstage. That scene, in a nutshell, summed up the madness that is the traditional concert during the Skatepark Of Tampa’s Tampa Am weekend. …Full Story
Singer Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember surfs the crowd in an inflatable ball during at 97X Next Big Thing on Dec. 7, 2013 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.
Is this how Oscar campaigns are usually conducted? With the presumptive nominee in a kilt at the lip of a festival stage, asking the crowd, “Does anybody wanna get crazy with me tonight?”
Harvey Weinstein probably wouldn’t do it this way. But then, Jared Leto has never bowed to convention.
The singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars, who headlined 97X Next Big Thing on Saturday at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, has entered a new era of his life as an actor-musician, thanks to rave reviews for his tender performance as an AIDS-afflicted transvestite in Dallas Buyers Club. Next week, he could be a Golden Globe nominee for his role as Rayon, the friend and business partner of Ron Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey), and most Oscar oddsmakers think a Best Supporting Actor nod is inevitable.
This is rarefied territory for an actor-musician. If Jared Leto really is now in the same league as all-around talents like Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Hudson, we must reckon with him in a way we never have. …Full Story
The 2014 Grammy nominations were unveiled Friday night, and as always, many of the nominees -- including a couple in the top categories -- currently have concerts scheduled in Tampa Bay. Some are even coming here in the next two weeks. Let's run down the list:
-- Among the top four categories (Album, Record and Song of the Year and Best New Artist), only a couple of nominees are coming anywhere near Tampa Bay: Sara Barielles, whose The Blessed Unrest was nominated for Album of the Year, is playing the House of Blues in Orlando on Dec. 15 (click here). And Robin Thicke, above, who scored one of the biggest hits of the year in Blurred Lines, was nominated for (among other things) Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. He'll be at the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball on Dec. 18 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Click here.
-- Justin Timberlake, a nominee in various categories including Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance, is coming to Orlando's Amway Center on Dec. 19. Click here. …Full Story
Most Decembers aren't that busy, concert-wise, but December 2013 is threatening to be the busiest concert month of the year in Tampa Bay. It all gets started this weekend with a mind-boggling array of shows, starting with 97X Next Big Thing (with Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jimmy Eat World and Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, among others) at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.
But it doesn't stop there. For details on a huge array of concerts -- including Donny and Marie Osmond (above), Alabama Shakes, Megadeth, Lyle Lovett, Huey Lewis and the News, The Devil Wears Prada, Danny Brown, August Burns Red, Trinidad James, Flatbush Zombies, Charlie Daniels, Meek Mill, Ginuwine, the Thermals and more -- here's Ray Roa...Full Story
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.
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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