SoundBytes: Wanda Jackson, Keb' Mo', Gym Class Heroes and more
-- The Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, is coming to Tampa. The rockabilly legend -- a recent cause celebre of Jack White -- will perform at the Straz Center's intimate Jaeb Theater on Oct. 14. Tickets are $39.50-$59.50, and they'll go onsale Friday. Click here.
-- If you missed Gym Class Heroes when they came to St. Petersburg for the Warped Tour in July, good news -- they're coming back in October. Gym Class Heroes and the Dirty Heads will launch a co-headlining tour on Oct. 12 at Jannus Live. According to the Heroes' website, general admission tickets will go onsale Friday, but we don't have any prices yet. Click here for the full tour schedule.
-- Hey, remember that Judas Priest tour we told you about months ago, the one that's coming to the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre on Nov. 30? Well, it looks like Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society will be opening the show. Tickets go onsale Friday for a gasp-inducing $91. If you think we're paying full price, Rob, you got another thing coming. Anyway, click here for tickets.
-- British folk-punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner is coming to Crowbar in Ybor City with his band, the Sleeping Souls, on Sept. 30. Also on the bill: Andrew Jackson Jihad and Into It, Over It. Tickets are $12. Click here.
-- Tampa Bay Technology Forum’s annual Tech Jam fundraiser for scholarships is always a fun party, but this year they’re adding an intimate unplugged concert for VIPs by Marty Balin, founder of Jefferson Airplane. The party is Thursday at The Ritz Ybor. VIP passes are still available for $95, which includes general admission, where a Battle of the Bands will take place along with food, drinks and a silent auction. Click here for tickets.
-- It’s hard to believe Madonna has never performed in Tampa. But that isn’t stopping one Tampa hotspot from celebrating her 53rd birthday today . Timpano Italian Chophouse (1610 W Swann Ave. in Old Hyde Park Village) is hosting a “Madonna Birthday Party Celebration from 6 p.m. to midnight, with $3 “Madonna-tinis” — Lemon Drop Martinis, said to be Madonna’s favorite drink — and a free drink for anyone wearing a Madonna-inspired outfit. There will also be Madonna covers by local band Phase 5. For details, call (813) 254-5870.
-- If you’re planning to hit the Uproar Festival on Sept. 3 at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, here’s a deal you might want to check out. From 9 a.m. Wednesday until 10 a.m. Thursday, Uproar is offering a limited number of $25 lawn tickets that include early entry; a wristband with access to a “Party Zone” featuring private restrooms, private food and beverage stations; and more. The Uproar Festival lineup includes bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Sevendust. Click here for details.
-- The latest Orlando venue that could pull concerts away from Tampa Bay -- the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts -- is now under construction. Click here for an update from the Orlando Sentinel.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*