SoundBytes: Placido Domingo, Samantha Ronson, Vertical Horizon and more
-- Opera legend Placido Domingo, a.k.a. One-Third Of The Three Tenors, is coming to the Straz Center in Tampa on Feb. 24. He's headlining the Opera Tampa Gala, and tickets start at $250. Click here for details.
-- Tampa's new Hard Rock Cafe is still being tight-lipped about the headlining band for their Jan. 12 grand opening ceremony. But at least we know who the celebrity DJ that night will be: According to her website, it's Samantha Ronson. Is it wrong to say we caught her at a Super Bowl party in Tampa in 2009, and we think she's kind of awesome?
-- Why are Bruce Vilanch, Michael McGlone, Dawn Wells and Vincent "Big Pussy" Pastore coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall from Jan. 4-8? It's for something called Celebrity Autobiography, but beyond that, don't ask us. Click here to find out.
-- Last year's Talking Animals Festival featured Tampa Bay bands with animal names (i.e. the Equines, the Chicken Chasers). Next year's fest will take place April 3 in downtown Tampa. Click here for details on how to get involved.
-- Rolling Stone says concerts will be cheaper in 2011. Huzzah!
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*