Grammys' Best New Artist nominees: Who's coming to Tampa?
We here at SoundcheckCorp. normally shy away from national news that has no bearing on Tampa Bay music fans. (Seriously, you need us to tell you who's headlining Coachella? Good luck with that.)
But in the case of Sunday's Grammy Awards, we did find ourselves wondering one thing: Of the five Best New Artist nominees, which artists are the most likely perform in Tampa Bay in 2010? Here's our breakdown of who we think will pass through town this year, in order of least to most likely (odds are posted for entertainment purposes only).
MGMT (above): Let's see: A northern indie duo with boatloads of hype, massively catchy songs and hipster appeal. Like Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Passion Pit and Grizzly Bear, we think they're content to skip Tampa Bay and focus on mega-festivals like Coachella and Bamboozle. If they come to Florida at all, our best bet for a venue is Hard Rock Live in Orlando. ODDS: 25-1.
The Ting Tings: A tricky one here. The Ting Tings played a sold-out show at the Orpheum last spring, and were scheduled to perform at the 93.3 Jingle Ball in December before canceling due to illness. The British duo are relentless tourers, though, so a return to Tampa Bay in the wake of their upcoming album isn't out of the question. ODDS: 8-1.
Silversun Pickups: The L.A. alt-rock foursome also tours heavily, and played a couple of shows in Tampa in 2007. They're on tour with Muse this spring, but once that ends, we could see them returning to rock Crowbar, the Ritz or State Theatre. ODDS: 7-1.
Zac Brown Band: Another tricky one. These country risers were just here in November for Ribfest, so why would they come back so soon? They're classic tweeners -- too big for the Dallas Bull, too small for the Ford Amphitheatre. But we're betting they'll end up back here at some point, because Tampa's too huge of a country market for them to ignore. We could see the Ritz offering them a spot, just to shake up their concert lineup, or a more established artist letting them open a show at the Ford Amphitheatre or St. Pete Times Forum. ODDS: 5-1.
Keri Hilson: Hilson doesn't fit the mold of your classic touring artist, but she's a shoe-in to come to Tampa for at least one radio appearance, year-end concert or club hosting gig (maybe at AJA Channelside?) She appeared at a Super Bowl party last January, performed at Last Damn Show in December and could be a possible opening act for a big pop or hip-hop tour. ODDS: 3-1.
What do you guys think? Of these five Best New Artist nominees, who do you most want to see come to Tampa Bay?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.