What was Tampa Bay's WTF Concert of the Year in 2011?
It is a beloved year-end tradition here at SoundcheckCorp. to crown a winner of the coveted Soundcheck WTF Concert of the Year Award.
To be eligible, an artist must have performed an unexpected concert in an unexpected place. For example: If Kenny Rogers were to perform at the Mahaffey Theater, no problem. But if Kenny Rogers were to perform at Club Skye, well, that's pretty WTF right there. Or let's say Kenny Chesney were to come to Tampa, as he does every year -- fair enough. But let's say he performed an entire set while wearing a giant ape suit. WTF?
Previous winners include Smokey Robinson on Ice at the St. Pete Times Forum (2009) and Sally "Hot Lips Houlihan" Kellerman at a Star Trek convention in Tampa (2010). You would think a shoe-in for the 2011 trophy would be Charlie Sheen at the St. Pete Times Forum, but alas, this year's selection committee (me) ruled him ineligible, as he did not technically sing.
This year, we're splitting the competition into two categories: The WTF Concert of the Year and the WTF DJ Set/Club Appearance of the Year. Your candidates:
WTF CONCERT OF THE YEAR
-- GWAR at the Hawaiian Village at the Stadium Green Iguana: Perennial candidate GWAR is a finalist this year, for (A) performing at the weird-as-heck venue on Dale Mabry Highway, and (B) doing so just a few weeks after the death of one of their members.
-- Woody Allen at Ruth Eckerd Hall: Great director. Great musician. But we can safely say no one saw this jazz concert coming.
-- Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts at the Hard Rock Cafe: We neve got a straight answer as to why Belushi was named grand marshal of this year's Gasparilla parade. The pre-parade concert in Tampa was ... a bonus, we guess?
-- The Legendary Shack Shakers at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe: A late entry! We've seen the Shack Shakers in concert before, and trust us, we shudder to think what kind of damage they'll inflict on Ella's on New Year's Eve. Plus, tickets are $45, and there's a champagne toast at midnight ... too much to process.
WTF DJ SET/CLUB APPEARANCE OF THE YEAR
-- Antoine Dodson at the Kennedy: Even though he didn't sing The Bed Intruder Song, Vegas still has him at 1:2 odds to bring this home.
-- Vinny Guadagnino at AJA Wiregrass: Unlike Pauly D, who actually does have a respectable DJ career, and who appeared twice in 2011 at the Venue in Clearwater, this Jersey Shore star slipped into the hottest club in ... Wesley Chapel. Huh?
-- Korn's Jonathan Davis at the Kennedy: Maybe Korn is serious about this whole dubstep thing. The metal group's singer performed a DJ set at the Kennedy months before his band performed at the Hawaiian Village at the Stadium Green Iguana.
-- Vanilla Ice at the Venue: Forty-five minutes of live performance, plus an hour and a half of DJ'ing.
-- Sasha Gray at Push Ultra Lounge: One of America's foremost porn stars kept up her push for mainstream acceptance with this DJ gig, which packed the house.
Those are your nominees. Make with the votey-vote -- and if you choose "other," leave your suggestions in the comments!
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Luis Santana, tbt*