SoundBytes: LeAnn Rimes, Harry Connick Jr., Yonder Mountain String Band and more
-- Yonder Mountain String Band, above, are coming to the Ritz Ybor on Feb. 13. Tickets are $20.99-$26. We call it newgrass, which is a combination of "new-fangled" and "bluegrass." We're clever like that. Click here for details.
-- Harry Connick Jr. and his orchestra. February 12. Ruth Eckerd Hall. Did someone say early Valentine's Day gift?
-- Cool news if you live in Plant City: Aaron Gillespie of Underoath and The Almost will play a free solo acoustic set Jan. 8 at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1104 W Cason St. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Click here for details.
-- Busch Gardens and SeaWorld have announced the lineups for their February "Bands, Brew & BBQ" series, and it's pretty, um ... odd? At Busch Gardens, you've got Dennis DeYoung of Styx (Feb. 7), Willie Nelson (Feb. 14), Huey Lewis and the News (Feb. 21) and Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo (Feb. 28). At SeaWorld, you've got LeAnn Rimes (Feb. 6), Montgomery Gentry (Feb. 13), John Rich of Big & Rich (Feb. 20) and Yes (Feb. 27). The shows are free with your admission to the park.
-- Hey, remember local rockers Adrift? They changed their name to Ashes To Wings.
-- Congrats to Ruth Eckerd Hall, which Billboard magazine named the world's No. 1 venue with 2,500 seats or fewer in the past year and the pst decade. Some numbers from the past decade: 2,525,479 tickets sold to concerts and events, 320 sellouts, and gross ticket sales of $84,004,732. The Straz Center also scored pretty high, too. See here for more.
-- Coming to Journey Fest 2010 on Feb. 26-28 at Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville: Charlie Daniels Band, Backberry Smoke and DecembeRadio. Not coming to Journey Fest 2009: Journey. Click here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*