Puttin' the Ritz back in Ybor City
If you grew up going to shows at the Masquerade in Ybor City, some very good things are happening at the old Seventh Avenue venue: Namely, the Ritz Ybor is turning the music back on. The venerable (but kinda sketchy) concert venue closed shop in 2006, but new owner Maria Capitano-Pardo is relaunching it with gigs by high-profile artists like Jesse McCartney (above), Mudvayne, Ben Folds, Lady Gaga, Ratatat and, this weekend, Ghostface and Raekwon. "We thought, 'Let‚Äôs try to do something other than a nightclub that‚Äôs going to bring a quality of people to Ybor, that might start to help bring Ybor back to what it should be,'" Capitano-Pardo says. For more on what the venue is doing to lure in concertgoers, click here. And check out more pictures of the new and improved Ritz Ybor after the jump.
(Photos by Luis Santana / tbt*)