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Photo gallery: Kodak Black at Jannus Landing

Hip hop artist Kodak Black performs at Jannus Landing.

Kasamba Kokayi, Special to the Times

Hip hop artist Kodak Black performs at Jannus Landing.

Dieuson Octave, better known by his stage name Kodak Black, brought his mutinous sound to Jannus Landing on Friday, January 13th.

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Charlie Wilson, Fantasia coming to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa

If it's possible for an arena-filling soul music icon to be underrated, that might be the case with Charlie Wilson.

Uncle Charlie's been a legend since his Gap Band days, making hits of electro-funk gems like like You Dropped a Bomb On Me and Party Train, and even in his 60s, he can still throw down and incredible vocal performance (see John Newman's Tiring Game). So sleep on his resume at your own risk.

But Wilson has been a busy man in the past decade, headlining several arena tours and releasing new albums. He'll do both in 2017, with a new LP, In It to Win It, due Feb. 17, and a tour that hits Tampa's USF Sun Dome on March 23.

Joining Wilson on this trek are American Idol and Grammy winner Fantasia and pop duo Solero. We are unlikely to see some of the many stars who contributed to In It to Win It -- Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Robin Thicke -- but you never know.

Tickets to Wilson's Tampa show are $48.50 and up, and they go on sale Jan. 20. Get out there and appreciate him while you still can. Click here for details on the show.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Zac Brown Band coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

The new Zac Brown Band album has a name: Welcome Home.

Does that signify a return to the band's rootsy roots after dabbling in grunge and dance music on their most recent album Jekyll + Hyde? Could be. But we'll find out for sure when the band returns to Tampa next fall.

The Zac Brown Band will return to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sept. 24, the venue and group announced Friday. Tickets are $27.50 and up, and will go on sale Jan. 20. Click here for details.

While Welcome Home, due May 12, might find the band re-embracing country music, this show is not likely to be part of Live Nation's annual Country Megaticket lineup for Tampa, which has yet to be announced. Zac and company usually do their own thing, and usually sell out the shed in the process.

Click here for details on the show.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Gasparilla Music Festival lineup additions: Ryan Adams, Ghostface Killah, more

Ryan Adams

Julia Brokaw

Ryan Adams

An already strong lineup for the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival just got a whole lot stronger.

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams and the Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah lead a new round of lineup additions to the festival on March 11 and 12 at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa, joining previously announced headliner Cage the Elephant.

Other national acts announced Friday: Chronixx, the Marcus King Band and Grandpa's Cough Medicine, with more to come soon. They join Moon Taxi, the New Mastersounds, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs.

GMF also unveiled its initial slate of local and regional performers. Have Gun, Will Travel tops the list, along with Bangarang, the Sh-Booms, Veiny Hands, Jinx, Miroux., Parrotfish, QueenofEx, Band of Sorrows, Rogerthomas, Pajamas, Ari Chi, the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and the Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church (St. Petersburg) gospel choir. More national and local acts will be announced soon. …

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SoundBytes: Dave Chappelle, Rob Thomas, Tortoise, Diet Cig and more

-- The great Dave Chappelle is hitting the road again and coming back to Tampa Bay -- this time at Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Feb. 11. The show is at 7 p.m., but Chappelle often adds shows to his concerts, so there may be more coming. Tickets are $69.20 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here.

-- Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas will headline this year's Magnolia Ball, a charity gala benefitting the Moffitt Cancer Center. It takes place May 20 at the Marriott Waterside in downtown Tampa. Click here for details.

-- Pop-punk duo Diet Cig are performing at New World Brewery on April 19. Tickets are $12. Click here.

-- Robb Bank$, Da$h, Ski Mask the Slump God and Wifisfuneral are coming to the Local 662 on March 10. Tickets are $20 and up. Click here.

-- Dubstep DJ Megalodon is coming to the Ritz Ybor for a free (once you sign up for the guestlist) show on Feb. 4. Click here.

-- Post-rockers Tortoise are coming to Crowbar on March 21. Tickets are $12-$15. Click here.

-- Also coming to Crowbar: El Ten Eleven on March 4 ($13 and up, click here); and Big Wild on April 29 ($12 and up, click here). …

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Okeechobee Music Festival lineup adds Sturgill Simpson, Logic, more

Packed your tent and sleeping back for the 2017 Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival yet? If not, maybe a fresh round of lineup additions will get you going.

Alt-country star Sturgill Simpson, whose album A Sailor's Guide to Earth is nominated for Album of the Year at this year's Grammys, has been added to the bill for the second annual festival, March 2-5 near Okeechobee.

Rapper Logic, funk outfit Vulfpeck, electro-pop outfit the Floozies and DJ 12th Planet are among the other new additions, as well as Ganja White Night, Space Jesus, Brasstacks, Kasbo, Pell, the Golden Pony, Vandana, Lawrence, the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Octopus Kid, Slumber, Tomas Station, Jon Simon and Roosevelt Collier's All-Star Jam.

And here's one name that should sound familiar to local music fans: St. Petersburg alt-rockers Polyenso, who had a heck of 2016, including an appearance at Bonnaroo, and will keep it going with a gig at Okeechobee.

Headliners previously announced for Okeechobee 2017 include Kings of Leon, Usher performing with the Roots, the Lumineers, Bassnectar, Wiz Khalifa, Flume, Pretty Lights, Solange, Rae Sremmurd, Porter Robinson, Anderson Paak and many more. …

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Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras concert lineup: Fifth Harmony, Toby Keith, Ne-Yo, more

Hot on the heels of Busch Gardens announcing the lineup for its spring Food and Wine Festival concert lineup, Universal Orlando is doing the same with its annual Mardi Gras concert series.

Toby Keith; Jason Derulo; Ne-Yo; Earth, Wind and Fire; Olivia Newton-John; and the new four-woman version of Fifth Harmony (above) lead the 2017 Mardi Gras concert series, taking place Feb. 4 through March 25 at Universal Orlando. Joining them are Trace Adkins, Collective Soul, X Ambassadors, Kool and the Gang, UB40 and the All-American Rejects.

Universal's Mardi Gras concerts are free with park entry, and there's also plenty of N'awlins-themed fun, food and parades to boot. Here's the complete concert lineup by day:

Feb. 4: Trace Adkins

Feb. 11: Ne-Yo

Feb. 18: Collective Soul

Feb. 19: X Ambassadors

Feb. 25: Fifth Harmony

March 4: Kool and the Gang

March 5: Olivia Newton-John

March 11: UB40

March 12: Toby Keith

March 18: Jason Derulo

March 19: Earth, Wind and Fire

March 25: All-American Rejects

Click here for all the details on Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras concert series.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival concert lineup: Goo Goo Dolls, Lynyrd Skynyrd, DNCE, Jason Isbell and more

Goo Goo Dolls

Bob Mussel

Goo Goo Dolls

Start planning your weekends to visit Busch Gardens this spring.

The Tampa theme park has unveiled the initial concert lineup for its annual Food and Wine Festival, which runs Saturdays and Sundays from March 4 to April 30.

Daughtry, the Goo Goo Dolls, Young the Giant, Jason Isbell, Lynyrd Skynyrd, DNCE and Newsboys are among some of the big names on the bill. They'll be joined by Andy Grammer, Kool and the Gang, John Hiatt, Craig Wayne Boyd, Adam Wakefield, Walk Off the Earth, Matt Nathanson, Daya, El Gran Combo, Gilberto Santa Rosa and more.

All concerts are free with park admission, and take place on Gwazi Field. Food samples are extra; items on the menu this year include duck tacos, gator bites, bacon mac and cheese, cabernet-filled chocolates and bananas foster panna cotta.

Don't forget, too: For a limited time, if you buy a Busch Gardens Fun Card, you can get an Adventure Island pass for free. Click here for details on that deal.

Here's the initial Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival concert lineup:

March 4: Daughtry

March 5: Andy Grammer

March 11: Goo Goo Dolls

March 12: Kool and the Gang

March 18: Young the Giant

March 19: Jason Isbell and John Hiatt Trio …

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Migos, Kodak Black, Rich Homie Quan, more lead Martin Luther King Jr. Day concerts in Florida

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has become a big-time weekend for hip-hop fans around Tampa Bay and beyond, as rappers often book club appearances at hotspots like Club Skye and Whiskey North.

That's the case in 2017, too, as artists like Kodak Black, Rich Homie Quan and Jeezy have concerts in Tampa this weekend. But there's one MLK Day weekend show in Orlando that's also worth noting, and it's a biggie: Migos.

The Atlanta rap trio, who got a major shout-out from Donald Glover at Sunday's Golden Globes and whose Bad and Boujee is currently the No. 1 song in the country, have a show booked at Venue 578 in Orlando on Friday night. It's sold out, but at least you know it's going on. Time to scour a reseller like StubHub.

Click here for our story on other MLK Day rap concerts taking place in Tampa Bay.

-- Jay Cridlin


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Bonnaroo 2017 lineup: U2, the Weeknd, Red Hot Chili Peppers among acts coming to Tampa Bay

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival just dropped its 2017 lineup, and here's something new: All three of the top headliners are already on their way to Tampa Bay.

U2, the Weeknd and the Red Hot Chili Peppers all have concerts booked in Tampa between now and June, marking perhaps the first time all three of Bonnaroo's top names will also be coming down our way.

That shouldn't stop Tampa Bay music fans from making the trek to Manchester, Tenn., for one of the world's most celebrated music fests, though. Also on the bill are a host of huge acts who are not (yet) coming to town: Chance the Rapper, the xx, Lorde, Major Lazer, Flume, Travis Scott and Marshmello, among others.

One of our favorite things about Bonnnaroo is that every year, a handful of acts on the poster book shows in Tampa right before or right after Tennessee, to maximize the impact of their swing through the southeast. So we can look at this lineup and make our guesses.

Tickets to Bonnaroo start at $324.50 and are on sale now. Click here for details.

Here are the Bonnaroo acts so far that have shows coming up in Tampa Bay: …

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Local bands: Want to open for Bon Jovi in Tampa?

Bon Jovi

Norman Jean Roy

Bon Jovi

Local bands, get ready for the gig of a lifetime.

Bon Jovi has launched a contest to let local and regional bands open an arena slot on their upcoming tour, which includes a stop at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Feb. 14.

Here's how it works: Visit the contest page or the Facebook pages for Bon Jovi or Live Nation. Live Nation will pick 10 finalists, and Bon Jovi's management team will pick a winner. If you win, you'll find out on or around Jan. 27.

Technically, this will be the second time a local act has opened for Bon Jovi recently. In November, local singer-songwriter Steve Cary opened for Jon Bon Jovi during his rally with then-vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg.

Good luck!

-- Jay Cridlin

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SoundBytes: Sheryl Crow, Bill Maher, Big Sean, Explosions In the Sky and more

Catching up on some big concert announcements after four jam-packed days of music and college football...

-- For the first time since 2015, Sheryl Crow is returning to Clearwater. She'll play Ruth Eckerd Hall on April 30. Tickets are $52.75, and they go on sale this weekend. Click here.

-- Bill Maher is also returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall, this time on July 9. Tickets are $52.75 and up. Click here.

-- Hugely popular rapper Big Sean is coming to the Ritz Ybor on April 19. Tickets are $32.50 and up. Click here.

-- Also coming to the Ritz: Indie troubadour Dallas Green, a.k.a. City and Colour, on March 16. Click here.

-- This should be a beautiful show under the stars: Texas post-apocalyptic instrumental outfit Explosions In the Sky on April 12. Click here.

-- Also returning to Jannus Live on April 26: Umphrey's McGee, along with Big Something. Tickets are $27.50 and up. Click here.

-- New age pianist George Winston is returning to the Palladium on March 8. Tickets are $22.50 and up. Click here.

-- David Bromberg is performing at the Capitol Theatre on March 15. Tickets are $35 and up. Click here. …

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College Football Playoff: Dierks Bentley leads packed championship tailgate party at Raymond James Stadium

Dierks Bentley performed at the Championship Tailgate party before the College Football Playoff's national championship at Raymond James Stadium on Jan. 9, 2017.

Octavio Jones

Dierks Bentley performed at the Championship Tailgate party before the College Football Playoff's national championship at Raymond James Stadium on Jan. 9, 2017.

In picking a headliner for the last big party of a party-filled weekend, you could do a lot worse than Dierks Bentley.

"Get those drinks up! Let's go!" hollered the party-loving county star, who headlined the Championship Tailgate outside Raymond James Stadium hours before Clemson and Alabama played for the College Football Playoff national championship.

After three days of meteorological anarchy, Tampa's atmosphere found its sweet spot Monday, which made Bentley's festival-sized pregame show for ticketholders feel all the more special.

"Perfect college football night," he said. "It's a freaking blast being here."

That was the basic theme of the carnival that was the Championship Tailgate. Fans with golden tickets dangling from lanyards around their neck had countless options for ways to pass the time waiting for Bentley. …

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Foreigner, Cheap Trick coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa


Bill Bernstein


It's been 40 years, but Foreigner hopes their new summer tour will feel like the first time again.

The long-running radio rockers will hit the road for a 40th anniversary tour this summer, and it's stopping by the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 2. Joining them are recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick (featuring Safety Harbor's own Robin Zander) and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience.

That's a lot of hits stacked on top of one another, especially in the case of Foreigner. When they opened for Kid Rock a couple of years ago in Tampa, their set was wall-to-wall smashes that had the audience singing wildly: Hot Blooded, Juke Box Hero, Cold As Ice and many, many more.

Tickets to this classic rock supertour start at $29.95 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Green Day coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

First U2, now Green Day. Did Tampa rock fans somehow time-warp back to Christmas morning?

Green Day has announced a huge summer tour that will hit Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sept. 5. It'll be their first local concert since 2010. Catfish and the Bottlemen will open. Tickets start at $22 and go on sale Friday. Click here for details.

The tour comes in support of the pop-punk heroes' new album Revolution Radio, but if it's anything like their previous tours, fans will hear hours of their old hits -- Basket Case, American Idiot, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Longview and more.

Click here for more on Green Day's 2017 North American tour.

-- Jay Cridlin

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