Leona Lewis, Kris Allen, Cobra Starship, Third Eye Blind lead Orlando's year-end festivals
In light of those shows, you might not have noticed that Orlando's radio stations are also holding a couple of major year-end concerts, too. Here's a look at the lineups:
XL106.7'S XL'ent Xmas 2009: It's a show so big, they had to split it in two! On Dec. 12, things get rockin' with Cobra Starship, Boys Like Girls, the Ting Tings and Hey Monday. And on Dec. 19, the show takes a decidedly poppier turn, with The Fray, Leona Lewis and ex-American Idols Allison Iraheta, Jason Castro and Kris Allen, above. Both shows are at the House of Blues in Orlando. Tickets are $35 for Dec. 12, and $75 for Dec. 19. Click here for all the details.
MIX105.1 Holiday Soiree: Perennial Soundcheck favorites Third Eye Blind headline this acoustic showcase, held Dec. 4 at the House of Blues. Five For Fighting, Kate Voegele and Simulcast (a group of Orlando-area media types) are also on the bill. Tickets are $28-$31. Click here for details.
If, however, you're up for the drive to Miami, you'll get a pretty good show, too. The Y100 Jingle Ball, held Dec. 12 at the Bank Atlantic Center, features Shakira, Jordin Sparks, the Fray, Flo Rida, Colbie Caillat, LMFAO, 3OH!3, Jason Derulo and Iyaz, and it's hosted by Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester. Click here for details.
And just in case you forgot, Tampa Bay's got its own festivals, too. Here's the 2009 Next Big Thing lineup and Jingle Ball lineup:
97X Next Big Thing: Rise Against, 30 Seconds to Mars, Chevelle, Matisyahu, Sick Puppies, Panic at the Disco, the Used, Framing Hanley, Anberlin, Manchester Orchestra, Cage the Elephant, Metric and Florida bands Vega Under Fire and Red Light Run. The show starts at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Ford Amphitheatre. Tickets are $30-$65. Click here for details.
93.3 Jingle Ball: The Fray, Jordin Sparks, Pitbull, 3OH!3, Boys Like Girls, Sean Kingston, the Ting Tings, Jason Derulo, Iyaz and Ke$ha, plus appearances in the MetroPCS Celebrity Club by Leona Lewis, We the Kings, Chris Kirkpatrick, Paradiso Girls and more. The event is at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Tickets are $19.33-$129.33. Click here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Daniel Wallace, tbt*.