SoundBytes: James Blunt, Ra Ra Riot, Bang Tango and more
-- Want to win tickets to an up-close performance and meet-and-greet with James Blunt? Mix 100.7 is offering you that chance. Blunt will be at the Best Buy Musical Instruments Theatre in Tampa at noon Jan. 28. Click here to win tickets.
-- According to our reviewer, screamo heroes Chiodos just destroyed the Warped Tour at Vinoy Park in 2009. So expect a jam-packed house when they and Emarosa try to squeeze into Orpheum on Feb. 16. Tickets are $16. Click here to order.
-- If you can't squeeze into St. Pete's Hideaway Cafe to see Glen Phillips on Feb. 11, you can always catch his full band, Toad the Wet Sprocket, on April 29 at the House of Blues in Orlando. Tickets are $23.25-$33.25. Click here.
-- Today's mystery of the day: We saw this announcement by dashing, Grammy-nominated R&B singer Kem about a spring tour of theaters and other sizeable venues across America. Included is an April 3 date for "Tampa/St. Pete" for something called "Festival C.A.A." We confess, we have no idea what that is. Do you? If so, send us some details.
-- Christian metalcorers Norma Jean will be performing at the State Theatre on March 24, alongside Stick To Your Guns, Impending Legends and more. Tickets are $15-$17. Click here to purchase. On an unrelated topic, doesn't a "metalcorer" sound like something you should be able to buy at Williams Sonoma?
-- Tampa's New Granada Records has announced the slate of artists for its official 2011 South By Southwest showcase: The Pauses, Sleepy Vikings, New Roman Times, King of Spain and SUNBEARS!. Former Soundcheck artists of the day, all. Orlando Weekly has the details.
-- Gasparilla organizers took their time in announcing the headlining bands of this year's Gasparilla Pirate Fest ... and maybe now we know why. After landing Collective Soul last year, this year's headliner is Orlando powerpop group Kings County. No offense, but ... meh? They'll be joined by Daniel B. Marshall, the Skycoasters and A and C La Banda. Click here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*