-- One of TV's busiest comic presences, Joel McHale (The Soup, Community) is coming to the Straz Center on April 9. Tickets are $45.50, and they go on sale Friday. Click here.
-- Also coming to the Straz Center: Lera Lynn, the Americana singer-songwriter best known for her music from (and Black Rose bar cameos in) Season 2 of HBO's True Detective. She'll perform at the Jaeb Theater on April 11. Tickets are $25 and they go on sale Friday. Click here.
-- Ray LaMontagne announced last week that he'd be bringing his summer tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. What we didn't know at the time was that his backing band will consist of My Morning Jacket's Tommy Blankenship, Carl Broemel, Bo Koster and Patrick Hallahan. C'mon, Jim James, can't you fly down to Florida and make this a killer doubleheader? Tickets to the Aug. 12 show are $43 and up. Click here.
-- Celtic punk favorites Flogging Molly will return to Jannus Live on April 28. Tickets are $28.50, and they go on sale Friday. Click here.
-- Lord Huron played the Gasparilla Music Festival in 2013, and they'll be back in Tampa on June 16 for a post-Bonnaroo show at the Ritz Ybor. Tickets are $23.50. Click here. …Full Story
Get ready for one of the year's biggest, most booming nights of Southern hip hop.
Tampa's USF Sun Dome on Monday announced that a new "Legends of Southern Hip Hop" concert will take place there on April 23, with a lineup that includes Juvenile (Back That Azz Up), Too Short (The Ghetto), 8Ball and MJG (Space Age Pimpin'), Trick Daddy (Let's Go), Project Pat (Chickenhead) and Pastor Troy (Vice Versa), among others.
Despite the presence of West Coast native Too Short, above, this is a lineup that represents much of the Dirty South bass, bombast and crunk sounds from cities like New Orleans, Atlanta, Memphis and Miami. And don't be surprised if one or more acts get added to the lineup down the line.
Tickets to the show are $49.75 and up, and they go on sale Feb. 12. Click here for details.
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While SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are sister parks, they take different approaches to announcing their spring concert series.
Busch Gardens' Food & Wine Festival -- formerly known as Bands, Brew & BBQ -- announced almost all of its 2016 lineup at once. SeaWorld's concert series -- which is still known as Bands, Brew & BBQ -- announces its lineup week by week.
A lot of this has to do with Blackfish, the 2013 documentary that lambasted SeaWorld's treatment of orcas, and created a P.R. nightmare for the parks, especially as musicians tripped over themselves scrambling to back out of scheduled performances at the parks. Today, Busch Gardens' concert series has a new name, and SeaWorld takes a more cautious approach to announcing its lineup, in part so artists don't have to face so much public pressure to drop out. …Full Story
Leon Bridges was one of the breakout singers of 2015, a throwback soul crooner who racked up comparisons to Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, a Grammy nomination for best R&B album and an appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Now he's coming to Tampa Bay for the very first time.
Bridges will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sept. 14, according to the venue's website. Lianne La Havas will open the show. Tickets are $38.75 and up, and they'll go on sale soon. Click here for details.
The 26-year-old singer racked up massive accolates for his impressively vintage-sounding debut album Coming Home, as well as his single So Long, from the soundtrack to Concussion. On his calendar this summer are gigs at festivals like Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, Hangout and the Roots Picnic.
In other words, if you like vintage, vinyl-sounding soul, this is a show not to miss.
-- Jay Cridlin
Few artists speak the language of love like Andrea Bocelli, the renowned Italian tenor who returns to Amalie Arena on Thursday for his third Tampa concert in five years.
Unlike the last two, however, this one is tied not to Christmas, but Valentine’s Day. Perfect, we say, because who out there has melted more hearts over the years than Bocelli? What’s the over-under on the number of proposals that’ll take place before, during or after this show? How many tissues will we all need by the end of Time To Say Goodbye?
To mark the occasion, we emailed Bocelli a few questions about love, Valentine’s Day and his relationship with his wife, Veronica (he prefers to email because it gives him a better handle on the language). Here, edited slightly for clarity, is what he had to say.
This is your third Tampa concert in five years, but the last two came in December. This show is tied to Valentine’s Day. Aside from an absence of holiday music, how will your Valentine’s Day show feel different? …Full Story
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Beyonce performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Beyonce is working overtime this weekend: After releasing a new song Saturday and performing at the Super Bowl on Sunday, she has announced a new stadium tour. The Grammy-winning singer announced her 2016 Formation World Tour in a commercial after she performed at the halftime show with Bruno Mars and Coldplay.
The halftime show at Super Bowl 50 opened with Coldplay doing a mashup of Yellow and Vida la Vida.
After Paradise and A Head Full of Dreams, the show got a little funkier when Bruno Mars took over with Uptown Funk.
But since the release of the video for her new single, Formation, on Saturday, Beyonce was the one many viewers were waiting for. And she didn't disappoint.
A commercial right after the halftime show announced a "Formation World Tour," which will be coming to Tampa's Raymond James Stadium.
RELATED: Four amazing things about Beyonce's new single, Formation.
Here's a photo gallery from the performances.
Hot on the heels of performing at halftime of Super Bowl 50, Beyonce has announced plans for "The Formation World Tour" -- and it's coming to Tampa.
Beyonce will perform at Raymond James Stadium on April 29, according to various reports, including Entertainment Weekly and other outlets. Tickets will cost $40-$275 and go on sale Feb. 16, with a pre-sale beginning Feb. 9. Click here for details.
Tampa is the second stop on Beyonce's Formation World Tour; the jaunt actually kicks off April 27 at Miami's Marlins Park, then hits Atlanta's Georgia Dome on May 1, in case you were thinking about a road trip. In all she'll hit 22 cities in North America before heading to Europe. This'll be Beyonce's first performance in Tampa since 2007.
And in case you're wondering why this is such a big deal, here's a primer on why Beyonce and her new single Formation are going to define the next few weeks of your life.
-- Jay Cridlin
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.Full Story
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
-- 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. …Full Story
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: …Full Story
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...
-- 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. …Full Story
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. …Full Story
-- 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. …Full Story