SoundBytes: Kenny Rogers, John Leguizamo, Sondre Lerche and more
-- Speaking of country from a bygone era: The Judds' endless farewell tour -- they stopped by the Florida Strawberry Festival in February -- is coming to the Grand Oaks Festival in Marion County on Oct. 15. Tickets start at $35. Rob Nichols, Norman Lee, the Calhouns and Donna Moore are also on the bill. Click here for details.
-- When you get a press release in your inbox where the subject line is: "Just Added: John Leguizamo in Ghetto Klown at the Straz Center," you take notice. The comic actor will bring his Broadway play to the Straz on March 8. Tickets start at $32.50. For details, call (813) 229-7827.
-- Oooh, here's an unexpectedly hip show in Clearwater: Indie singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche says on his website that he's coming to the Capitol Theatre on Nov. 16. (He says the Capitol Theatre is in Tampa, though, but we'll cut him some slack -- he's from Norway.) He says tickets will go onsale this weekend; we'll keep an eye out.
-- So does Slick Rick live in Tampa now, or what? The other day we heard he would be opening for Coolio at Shephard's Beach Resort's Old Skool Labor Day Weekend on Sept. 4. Now we hear he's got another show in town next week: Aug. 29 at Blue Martini at International Plaza. Tickets are $10 at the door. This is designed to be the launch of a new Monday-night party at Blue Martini, titled "Refresh." Organizers say they plan to have more big-name headliners coming in at least once a month. So far, they have Keys N Krates lined up for Sept. 19 and Stevie B on Oct. 10. Click here for more.
-- One of the WTFiest concerts of the winter (in a good way!), Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band, is moving from Dec. 30 to Dec. 21, due to a scheduling conflict. Adjust your holiday purchasing accordingly. Click here for details.
-- Big comedy show coming to Orlando's
Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on Nov. 17: D.L. Hughley, Bruce Bruce and Gary Owen. Tickets are $45-$95.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Willie J. Allen Jr., tbt*