SoundBytes: Yelawolf, Joe Cocker, Blackberry Smoke and more
-- "What's possibly the Tampa Bay area's largest cocktail party ever will jump start the Republican National Convention on Aug. 26 at the Trop. The invitation-only gala is expected to draw 20,000 people and have first-rate entertainment akin to a Super Bowl halftime show." Okay, the RNC has our attention.
-- Atlanta southern rockers Blackberry Smoke will perform at the Largo Cultural Center on Sept. 25. Tickets are $25-$30, and they'll go onsale at 10 a.m. Thursday (6/28) at LargoArts.com.
-- Tampa Bay's DJ KU made it to the finals but didn't take home the national crown in this past weekend’s Red Bull Thre3Style competition in Orlando. Charles Ku (pronounced KOO) won the regional contest in Charlotte, N.C., in May and competed against nine other deejays for the national title. He placed in the top six. The winner, Four Color Zack from San Francisco, advanced to Red Bull Thre3Style International Finals in Chicago in September. Ku, 26, is resident DJ at the Blue Martini on Friday nights and the Hyde Park Cafe on Saturdays and is well-known among club goers across the area.
-- Jay Cridlin and Susan Thurston, tbt*