SoundBytes: Mayer Hawthorne, Sleeper Agent, James Durbin and more
-- It's like 97X Next Big Thing all over again! Ten days before Young the Giant and Grouplove hit the Ritz Ybor, fun. will perform at the State Theatre, and it's just been announced their opening act is buzzworthy Kentucky garage rock group Sleeper Agent, above. Click here.
-- Soul singer Mayer Hawthorne has played Orlando plenty in recent years, but he always seems to skip Tampa Bay. No longer! Hawthorne and his band, The Country, will play the State Theatre on May 7. Tickets are $15, and will go onsale this Friday.
-- Jack Russell's Great White will perform at Jannus Live on March 1 alongside Faster Pussycat. To be clear, "Jack Russell's Great White" is not the same thing as "Great White," but really, who's counting? Certainly not us. Tickets are $15. Click here.
-- Fun fact: The Tony Award-winning musical Memphis broke all kinds of records over the weekend at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Over eight performances from Feb. 7-12, the show grossed a record $772,046.00 with an attendance of 14,104, both all-time tops for the venue.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*