Katy Perry, Paramore, Adam Lambert lead Florida's year-end radio bashes
Sure, you're excited about the 97X Next Big Thing at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre on Dec. 5, and the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball at the St. Pete Times Forum on Dec. 12. Artists like My Chemical Romance, Maroon 5, Train, Enrique Iglesias and the Black Keys will all be coming to town to celebrate.
But those concerts are hardly the only year-end radio bashes within driving distance in Florida. In fact, Orlando and Miami are also bearing witness to some pretty big radio shows -- and they're getting some even bigger names, like Katy Perry, Paramore, Adam Lambert and the Goo Goo Dolls.
See, year-end radio shows are commonplace around the country. It's practically a cottage industry come early December. And since so may stations are owned by the same companies (Clear Channel and CBS Radio, for example), many of the shows have similar lineups, with just enough differences to keep you guessing.
Take, for example, Orlando's XL106.7 XL’ent Xmas. As with Tampa's Jingle Ball, Maroon 5, Train, Iglesias, Bruno Mars and B.o.B. are all on the lineup. But the show is spread over three days at the House of Blues, and they're also adding artists like Paramore, The Script, Hey Monday and Jay Sean.
Down in Miami, the Y100 Jingle Ball is one of the biggest radio shows in the country, and they've brought in a befittingly big name: Katy Perry. Selena Gomez, Adam Lambert, Flo Rida and Taio Cruz are also on the bill, along with Iglesias, Train and B.o.B.
Here's a recap of six of the biggest events, to help you keep track of things:
X102.9's The Big Ticket: This one seems like Jacksonville's slightly lesser version of Next Big Thing: The Black Keys, Switchfoot, Chevelle, Against Me!, A Day To Remember, Anberlin, Paper Tongues, The Dirty Heads. It's Dec. 3 at Met Park in Jacksonville; tickets are $25-$35. Click here.
97X Next Big Thing: My Chemical Romance, Against Me!, The Black Keys, Chevelle, Switchfoot, Cage the Elephant, Sick Puppies, Neon Trees, Paper Tongues, Finger Eleven, A Day To Remember, American Bang, The Dirty Heads. Dec. 5 at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre. Tickets start at $30. Click here.
Mix 105.1's Holiday Soiree: This is a smaller show, but it's still got Goo Goo Dolls and American Idol winner Kris Allen on Dec. 5 at the House of Blues Orlando, 1490 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. Tickets are $37-$39. Click here.
Y100 Jingle Ball: Katy Perry, Adam Lambert, Enrique Iglesias, Train, The Script, Selena Gomez, Jay Sean, Flo Rida, Taio Cruz, B.o.B. Tickets start at $43.75 plus fees, according to Ticketmaster. The event is at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise. Click here.
93.3 FLZ Jingle Ball: Train, Maroon 5, Enrique Iglesias, Bruno Mars, B.o.B., Mike Posner, The Ready Set. There will also be an acoustic set by Train for VIPs. Dec. 12 at the St. Pete Times Forum. Tickets start at $20. Click here.
XL106.7 XL’ent Xmas: Three days of shows. On Sunday, Dec. 12, it's Paramore, Hey Monday, Paper Tongues and A Rocket To The Moon; tickets start at $40. On Monday, Dec. 13, it's Maroon 5, The Script, Train, Hot Chelle Rae and Charise; tickets start at $65. And on Tuesday, Dec. 14, it's Enrique Iglesias, B.o.B., Bruno Mars and Jay Sean; tickets are $55. All shows are at the House of Blues Orlando, 1490 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. Click here.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*