SoundBytes: Diana Ross, Suicidal Tendencies, Better Than Ezra and more
-- Being a Florida publication, there's not much we love more than bringing you pictures of rock stars doing funny things at theme parks (see: Disturbed riding SheiKra, Trace Adkins feeding a giraffe). So here's a photo of Christian pop-punks Relient K riding the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit during a trip to Universal Studios Florida over the weekend. You're welcome.
-- You can believe us or not, but we saw Better Than Ezra perform at Jannus Landing a few years ago, and it was one of the top concerts we've seen. Seriously. They have more great songs than you remember. Trust us. Would we steer you astray when it comes to mid-'90s alt-rock? Anyway, Better Than Ezra is returning to Jannus Live on Nov. 16. Click here for details.
-- Once again, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the prog-metal-Christmas rock supergroup (you heard us) is returning to Tampa. The group, which has roots in Central Florida, will perform twice on Dec. 11. Click here for details.
-- Been a while since there's been a major concert at Empire in Ybor City, right? Well, look for Pharoahe Monch to perform there on Oct. 11 along with Sean Price, Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Skyzoo, Dynasty, the Villanz, Mikemass and DJ Evil Dee and DJ Sandman. Tickets are $17. Click here for tickets.
-- Don't forget, a new classical station, WSMR-89.1 FM, goes on the air Wednesday.
-- Did John Mayer hook up with Jennifer Aniston before coming to Tampa? PopEater says you betcha.
-- The Bay Area Arts and Music Organization (BAAMO)'s annual local music compilation is a good way for local artists to get their music heard by a lot of people. This year's theme: Road trips, cars and driving. The deadline to submit your song is Sept. 23. Click here for all the details.
-- Did you attend the Warped Tour in 2008 in St. Petersburg? You did? Congratulations: The city still hasn't been repaid for all the fun you had. According to Luis Perez, the city is suing the Lightning Bolt Youth Sports Academy, a nonprofit group that sponsored the alternative rock concert, for $22,580.71, plus late fees, which could add up to $26,000. The city says the money is owed for providing police officers, firefighters, and parks and sanitation workers. Click here for the scoop.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*