SoundBytes: Indigo Girls, New Found Glory, Blake Lewis and more
-- The Indigo Girls WILL be coming to Tampa on Feb. 28 ... but only to leave from our fair port on a Caribbean cruise. Oh well. At least we'll get half of the Indigo Girls here in Tampa Bay. Amy Ray will open for Brandi Carlile Feb. 18 at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Click here for ticket info.
-- In terms of former American Idol runners up, Adam Lambert is definitely a bigger gay icon than, um, Blake Lewis. But beatboxer Blake (Blakeboxer?) will be performing on Dec. 18 at the Honey Pot in Ybor City. Click here for the details.
-- What would you say if I told you a jazz CD released by the University of South Florida's Center for Jazz Composition received a Grammy nomination last week? You'd call me a jive turkey, right? Well, it's true. L.A.-based arranger Vince Mendoza was nominated in the category of Best Instrumental Arrangement for his work on Slings and Arrows, from the album The Comet's Tail: Performing the Compositions of Michael Brecker, by Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge. Click here for the announcement.
-- Another local Grammy connection: In the category of Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, Jordan Butcher was nominated for his work on Underoath's Lost In The Sound of Separation (Deluxe edition). It's not a band award, so Aaron Gillespie and company won't be bringing a statuette back to Tampa Bay, but still, cool news.
-- Finally: We the Kings' new album, Smile Kid, drops Tuesday. We've been listening to an advance copy, and our favorite track so far is the opener, She Takes Me High. Amazon.com's got sales aplenty on Smile Kid. Click here for details. And watch out for the Bradenton Band Sunday at the 93.3 Jingle Ball.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*