SoundBytes: Natasha Bedingfield, the Whigs, Tennis and more
-- According to her website, British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield (Unwritten, These Words) is coming to the Ritz Ybor on July 14. Opening will be Kate Voegele and Andy Grammer. Her website says tickets were scheduled to go onsale Friday, but we don't see 'em on Ticketmaster. Keep an eye out.
-- Due to popular demand, Chris Tucker has added a second show at the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg. Shows are now at 8 and 11 p.m. at the Mahaffey. Tickets to the late show went onsale today for $45.75-$65.75. Click here.
-- Speaking of the Mahaffey: They're about to host a Yacht Rock extravaganza! On June 4, look for an "All Star Rock Tour" featuring Orleans (Dance With Me, Still The One), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow and Deep Purple), John Cafferty (On the Dark Side), John Ford Coley (I'd Really Love To See You Tonight) and Robbie Dupree (Steal Away). Tickets are $28-$38. Click here for details.
-- As foretold, Britney Spears is officially coming to Orlando's Amway Center on July 20, with openers Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo. Tickets go onsale May 7 for $27.50-$347.50. Click here for details.
-- Kickstarter updates! Three former Soundcheck Artists of the Day are looking for funds to record their next albums. Sleepy Vikings have earned $955 of their stated $3,000 goal. Dead Sound (Formerly Steady State) is looking for $2,000 by the end of July. And with 10 days left, Ultimate Local Artist Alexander and the Grapes are still about $800 short of their $3,500 goal. Help 'em all out, won't you?
-- So what really went down with the end of Vinyl Fever? Find out on Monday, when owner Lee Wolfson and longtime employees Gabe Echazabal and Carl Webb will be playing music and telling stories about the venue's 30-year history from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday on WMNF-88.5. They're calling it "Final Vinyl."
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*