SoundBytes: Saul Williams, Rodney Carrington, the Moody Blues and more
-- This show got some real traction when the Orpheum first tweeted that it might be a possibility: Punk/hip-hop poet Saul Williams, above, is coming to the Orpheum on Feb. 26. Tickets are $17.50-$19.50. Click here for info.
-- How big was this weekend's Janet Jackson concert at the Straz Center in Tampa? So big it was the venue's biggest concert EVER. The show drew a capacity crowd of 2,548, and grossed $330,717 at the box office, shattering the previous record of $215,748, set by Mariah Carey in 2003.
-- Also coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall: The Moody Blues. Interestingly, at this show they'll be offering a "Backstage Tour," during which "fans can meet some of the crew, see the band’s instruments and perhaps catch a glimpse of the band members themselves. Tickets are $45-$95. Click here.
-- Former American Idol near-miss Michael Lynche was such a big hit at last year's First Night St. Petersburg, the city is bringing him back to help ring in 2012. He'll be performing ... Click here for details.
-- Wanna be a VJ? (We're looking at you, Jesse Camp.) Jannus Live will host open auditions for its long-gestating "Jannus Live TV" project from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Click here for info.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*