SoundBytes: Brad Paisley, Johnny Winter, Baba Booey and more
-- That, above, is an artist's rendering of Tampa's new Hard Rock Cafe, slated to open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino by December. We don't know who the blurry guy is. (Maybe it's Damon Albarn?). Get more artist's renderings after the jump.
-- You can always count on Brad Paisley to come to Tampa just about every year, so is it newsworthy that he's coming to Orlando's Amway Center on Feb. 24, with Darius Rucker and Jarrod Niemann? Eh, probably. (And if you're thinking "Strawberry Festival," don't get your hopes up -- it doesn't start until March 3.
-- We neglected to mention this yesterday, but opening for Linkin Park at the St. Pete Times Forum on Jan 22 will be Pendulum (meh?) and Does It Offend You, Yeah? (hooray!) This, according to Pollstar.
-- Johnny Winter is coming to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Feb. 17. Tickets are $39-$47, and they go onsale Friday. In case you're wondering, Johnny is NOT the one who sings Frankenstein and Free Ride. That's Edgar. If you still want to go to this show, click here.
-- Oh baby: Expect a party when JJ Grey and Mofro plays a two-night stand at Skipper's Smokehouse on Jan. 15-16. The first night they're playing with Daryl Hance, the second with Damon Fowler. Both shows are $20-$25. Click here.
-- Want to sing the national anthem at Monster Jam on Jan. 22 at Raymond James Stadium? Click here.
-- In case you miss My Chemical Romance at this year's 97X Next Big Thing on Dec. 5 at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, you can see them May 18 at the House of Blues in Orlando. Click here.
-- New performers announced for the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2010-11 postgame concert series: John "Missing You" Waite on Dec. 4, Gandalf Murphy on Dec. 18 and Jennette McCurdy on Jan 1. Click here for the lineup.
-- Baba Booey is coming to St. Petersburg! Gary Dell'abate from the Howard Stern Show is coming to Scene Premium Nightclub to sign copies of his new book, They Call Me Baba Booey, on Dec. 2. Click here for details.
-- Tis the season once again for Holiday Ale Tasting at New World Brewery. This year's fest is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, with some 50 fine and rare holiday ales. Tickets are $15. For details, call (813) 248-4969.
-- How is it possible you're still not on board the Matt Hires train? This is your last warning. This week, his hit Honey Let Me Sing You A Song is available for free download at Walmart.com. Click here to get it.
-- Aw, thanks guys! We love you too!
Okay, as promised, here are those Hard Rock Cafe Tampa images you didn't ask for:
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*