Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban among Grammy winners coming to Tampa Bay
Despite our repeated challenges, it remains a sad fact that Sunday night's Album of the Year Grammy winners Arcade Fire will not be coming to Florida anytime soon. For whatever reason, they just seem to have something against touring anywhere south of Atlanta. Until they relent, we'll just have to keep standing here in the suburbs with our arms folded tight.
However, some big-name 2011 Grammy winners WILL be coming to Tampa Bay in the next few months. They include:
-- Lady Antebellum, above (Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Country Album, Best Country Song, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals): March 13 at the Florida Strawberry Festival. If advance tickets aren't already sold out, they soon will be -- but of course, there are always a few thousand free seats available the day of the show. Just get there early, as there's sure to be a line. Click here for details.
-- Lady Gaga (Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Short Form Music Video): April 16 at the St. Pete Times Forum. Quite possibly the local concert event of the spring. Click here.
-- Iron Maiden (Best Metal Performance): Or maybe THIS is the local concert event of the spring, considering it's one of only two American dates on Iron Maiden's upcoming world tour. April 17 at the St. Pete Times Forum. Click here.
-- Keith Urban (Best Male Country Vocal Performancce): June 18 at the St. Pete Times Fourum. We heard about this all the way back in November, and it's on Urban's web site,
but there's still no ticket detail available. Stay tuned
. ***UPDATE*** It looks like ticket info has just been announced. Tickets are $27.25-$75, and they go onsale Saturday (2/19). Click here.
Also worth noting: one of the performers on Sunday's Grammycast, the Avett Brothers -- who performed with Bob Dylan and Mumford and Sons -- are coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 25. Click here for details.
Finally, we would be remiss if we didn't mention one of the most insane aspects of the 2011 Grammys: Buju Banton, the controversial, homophobic reggae singer who spent most of 2010 incarcerated in a Pinellas County jail cell on federal drug trafficking charges, and is currently on house arrest in Miami, won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
No, seriously: A singer whose retrial gets underway THIS VERY DAY IN TAMPA, won a Grammy the day before he faces a trial that could put him in prison for life.
And we wonder why Arcade Fire never comes here.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: AP.