What was Tampa Bay's WTF Concert of the Year?
In the storied history of this here Soundcheck blog, few awards are more coveted than the Soundcheck WTF Concert of the Year trophy.
This award is by no means designed to denigrate the artist, the venue or the performance itself. It is simply meant to reflect those concerts that, that, when we heard about them, made us go, "Wait, whatzit? WHO is coming to Tampa Bay? And they're playing WHERE?" Often, we love these concerts. Tampa Bay is a better place for them. We're just having a hard time understanding or explaining them.
Case in point: Last year's winner, Smokey Robinson performing on ice with skaters like Brian Boitano at the St. Pete Times Forum. What? How? Where? To what extent? And so forth.
Let's look at this year's candidates:
Sally Kellerman at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa: On its face, that doesn't sound so bad. But considering Sally Kellerman is Hot Lips Houlihan from M*A*S*H, and this concert was taking place during a STAR TREK CONVENTION, we'd say that's WTF-worthy.
Luke Bryan at Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park: All credit to a pretty solid country lineup -- Luke Bryan, Craig Morgan, Easton Corbin, Cris Cagle and Brantley Gilbert -- but when you play a concert at an RV park in Citrus County, aren't you sort of asking for a WTF award? Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton and Hank Williams Jr. have all played Rock Crusher Canyon in the past. What's going on here? We need to get to Crystal River and see this for ourselves.
MGMT at Ruth Eckerd Hall: First of all, we never thought MGMT would deign to descend from Brooklyn to Florida in the first place. That they chose stately Ruth Eckerd Hall as their venue of preference just ups the bizarreness. We're glad they came here, but did any of you see this coming? We didn't.
MC Hammer's postgame concert at the St. Pete Times Forum: Because when you think Tampa Bay Lightning hockey, you think MC Hammer. And yes, we would deem this concert weirder than Vanilla Ice at the Trop.
Van Wilson at the Local 662: A last-minute entry! This sounds like a fun show, and we may even attend. But we definitely get a kick out of the idea of this St. Pete family band -- starring Hollywood star Patrick Wilson, TV news anchor Mark Wilson, and advertising honcho Paul Wilson -- performing Van Halen covers in a grungy St. Pete bar. They're like the Jonas Brothers, if all three Jonases had other, more wildly successful careers.
There you have it: The candidates for this year's Soundcheck WTF Award. Now you tell us: Which one was the weirdest?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*