SoundBytes: El DeBarge, G-Eazy, Reel Big Fish and more
-- Is the State Theatre making a play for the Ritz Ybor's crown as the top venue for up-and-coming hip-hop acts? First Chief Keef hits the State on Jan. 5, now G-Eazy, above, on Feb. 1? Tickets are $12; click here.
-- Ruth Eckerd Hall loves pairing artists with orchestras (see: Dennis DeYoung, Natalie Merchant, Roger Hodgson, etc.). This show isn't official yet, but according to their website, the Indigo Girls are planning a symphony show at Ruth Eckerd Hall on June 1. Now, they're saying it's with the "Clearwater Symphony," which, to the best of our knowledge, isn't a thing, so someone must have some wires crossed somewhere. Perhaps they mean the Florida Orchestra? Or the Suncoast Symphony? Either way, we'll keep you posted.
-- The annual Funk Fest festival has announced it'll be held on May 3 and 4 at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. An exact lineup has yet to be announced, but Orlando's Funk Fest on April 6 includes Anthony Hamilton, Bell Biv Devoe, Dru Hill and El DeBarge. Other acts mentioned on the Funk Fest website include Kem, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Charlie Wilson. We'll keep you posted on any official details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*