2014 Grammys: Katy Perry, Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Willie Nelson among winners, performers coming to Tampa Bay
Daft Punk may not be touring anytime soon (or who knows, maybe they will? Impossible to tell with those cats), but plenty of 2014 Grammy winners and performers at Sunday night's ceremony are heading out on the road this spring and summer, and several of them have shows coming up in the Tampa Bay area. Here's a list:
-- This happens to be a good week for fans of country music: Co-performers as part of a semi-Highwaymen reunion, Willie Nelson is at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday, and Merle Haggard is at Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Wednesday and the Lakeland Center on Thursday. Click here for details on all of those shows.
-- Pianist Lang Lang, who performed with Metallica and during the In Memoriam segment, will be at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Feb. 24. Click here.
-- Trombone Shorty, who performed with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Madonna, will be at the Gasparilla Music Festival, which takes place March 8-9 at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. Click here.
-- Grammy performer John Legend is performing at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota on April 27. Click here.
-- Vampire Weekend, who won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album, are among the headliners of the new Big Guava Music Festival, May 2-4 at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Click here.
-- Chicago, who performed with Robin Thicke, don't have any Tampa Bay dates booked at the moment, but they are performing on a Carnival cruise ship departing Tampa on May 31 as part of the new Carnival Live Concert Series. Click here.
-- Grammy performer and nominee Katy Perry will be at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on June 30. Click here.
-- Finally, it's worth noting that Tampa Bay's own two nominees, USF professor Chuck Owen (who was nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement and Best Instrumental Composition) and jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair (Best Pop Instrumental Album) did not win their respective categories. But still, it's an honor just to be nominated, guys!
For a full list of Grammy Award winners and nominees, click here.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*