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311, Sublime with Rome, Cypress Hill, more coming to Live Nation Amphitheatre in Tampa

At this point, why not just wait and announce this show on 4/20?

Nebraska alt-rock outfit 311 has announced a summer "Unity Tour" with an array of stoner-friendly rock, hip-hop, ska, funk and roots acts -- Sublime with Rome, Cypress Hill, G. Love and Special Sauce and Pennywise -- and the entire groovy roadshow is coming to Tampa's Live Nation Amphitheatre on July 23. This is a special date, as Sublime with Rome is only playing a handful of dates on the tour. Lucky us!

Ticket prices haven't been announced, but this same lineup is playing at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach two days prior, and those tickets start at just $20.

According to 311's website, tickets to the Tampa show will go onsale to the public on April 26. Again, we say they should have just gone with 4/20. No one would've forgotten that date. Click here.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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The Midtown Men's Christian Hoff talks 'Jersey Boys,' Frankie Valli and more

Jersey Boys was a smash on Broadway, winning multiple Tony Awards and becoming a big success on the road. Christian Hoff won a Tony for his role in the musical, and now he and four other Jersey Boys cast members are touring the country as the Midtown Men, who perform songs by the Four Seasons, Beatles, the Turtles and other '60s acts with the help of a seven-piece band.

Jersey Boys was the initial hook, and it continues to be a help to us because people want to see the guys from Jersey Boys," Hoff said.

The Midtown Men perform at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Tickets are $35-$45. Click here for details.

For more on Hoff and the Midtown Men, click here for John Fleming's interview.

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SoundBytes: Valient Thorr, Kylesia, Josiah Leming and more

-- For a guy who didn't make the top 24 of American Idol, Josiah Leming still has plenty of big fans. They might want to check him out at 8 p.m. April 6 at Sacred Grounds in Tampa. Tickets are $10. Click here.

-- Lots of Orpheum news today! Epic metal outfit Valient Thorr is coming to the Orpheum in Ybor City won July 3, with Gypsyhawk and Ramming Speed. Tickets are $6-$13. Click here.

-- Speaking of metal: Kylesa is also coming to the Orpheum on May 13 with Blood Ceremony, White Hills and Lazer/Wulf. Tickets are $10-$13. Click here.

-- Hardcore heroes Agnostic Front will be at the Orpheum on April 28. Tickets are $13-$15. Click here.

-- Canadian indie outfit Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk will be at the Orpheum on May 17. Tickets are $5-$10. Click here.

-- Garage/alt-rock duo Generationals will be at New World Brewery on June 23. Tickets are $10. Click here.

-- April 20 is going to be a big one in the 'Burg. In addition to Record Store Day, SweetWater Brewing Company is throwing a party called The 600 Block 420 Fest. Look for 20 bands at 4 venues, all for the low, low price of $4.20. Click here.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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Ticket Window: John Mayer, Ke$ha, Pitbull, Everclear and more

We're fully in the thick of concert-announcement season now, as each week brings a slate of new shows at the Live Nation Amphitheatre and elsewhere.

Concerts with tickets going on sale this week in Tampa Bay include: Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge (May 30, Mahaffey Theater), Jackie Evancho (June 2, Mahaffey Theater), Peter Frampton (June 2, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Dave Koz and Friends (June 7, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Pitbull and Ke$ha (June 28, Live Nation Amphitheatre) and John Mayer (Sept. 7, Live Nation Amphitheatre).

Click here for this week's edition of Ticket Window.

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UPDATE: Alabama coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

The last time Alabama came to town, it was 2003, and the legendary country group was in the middle of its "Farewell Tour."

Well, you know how that goes. Farewell tours are never REALLY farewell tours, not in this day and age. So it was probably inevitable that Alabama would one day find themselves back on a Tampa Bay stage.

But we figured their return would come at an arena or amphitheatre, not in a relatively intimate theater like Ruth Eckerd Hall.

But that's where Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook will bring Alabama's 40th anniversary "Back to the Bowery Tour" on July 6 -- their only date announced so far in Florida. General admission ticket prices haven't been announced. Alabama's website says tickets will go onsale April 6.

***UPDATE*** Ruth Eckerd Hall confirms that tickets will go onsale April 6 and cost $69, $99 and $125. Click here for details.

Whenever tickets go onsale, and no matter how much they cost, Expect this show to sell out. Alabama is one of the top-selling American bands in history, with an endless string of No. 1 singles like Mountain Music, Love in the First Degree and Feels So Right. This could be your last chance to hear them live.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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This week in Tampa: Diana Krall, Yes, Secondhand Serenade and more

We follow up one of the busiest music weekends of the year with one that's a little more low-key. Still, there are plenty of good shows in Tampa Bay, including Diana Krall (above), Yes, Adema, Secondhand Serenade, Juliet Simms, Pure Prairie League, the Karib-B-Yan Kruze Music Festival and more. Here to walk you through it all is Joe Belcastro...

TUESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$175. (727) 791-7400.
The Grammy-winning progressive rock band is still kicking after 20 albums, a plethora of lineup changes and 40-plus years of grinding on the road. Known for signature songs that can last up to 20 minutes, such as Close to the Edge and Awaken, the melodic storytellers will for the first time play three albums in their entirety during this jaunt, all from their peak run in the ’70s: The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One.  …

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UPDATE: Fall Out Boy coming to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa

Did you miss your chance to see the reunited Fall Out Boy up close after their June 4 show at Orlando's House of Blues sold out?

Good news: They just announced a show in Tampa.

Bad news: The show is at a venue nowhere near as intimate as the House of Blues.

According to their website, Fall Out Boy will close out an upcoming arena tour with a gig at the USF Sun Dome on Sept. 29. Ticket prices have not been announced, but the band's website says they'll go onsale April 5 and 6, with ***UPDATE*** Tickets will cost $29.50-$39.50 and go onsale April 10. Click here. No opener has been announced, but the band's website says "special guests to be announced soon." We'll keep you posted.

No matter how much tickets are, this show will be packed. Every date on Fall Out Boy's upcoming club tour is sold out, and they've always done well in Tampa Bay, the former home of the label they helped put on the map, Fueled By Ramen.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*


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Review: Gallagher slams the door on the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater

Fruit bits fly through the air at Gallagher's performance on March 24 at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.

Terri Bryce Reeves

Fruit bits fly through the air at Gallagher's performance on March 24 at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.

On Sunday night, Gallagher, who grew up and lives in Tampa, staged "Gallagher's Last Smash," the final event at Clearwater's 93-year-old Capitol theater before it closes for a $7 million expansion and renovations.

The show was billed as Gallagher's last public performance in the Tampa Bay area before he retires his Sledge-O-Matic, a device he uses to smash fruits and vegetables during his act.

Complimentary plastic yellow hard hats were passed out at the door. Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos presented the funny guy, now 66, with a sledgehammer from the city. Gallagher sloshed up the mayor's tie with a juicy watermelon in return. Together, they pretended to blow up the old theater with some fake TNT.

For Terri Bryce Reeves' full review, click here.

Before the show, Ben Montgomery spent some time with Gallagher as he prepared for his final public show in (or near, at least) his hometown. Click here to read it.

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SoundBytes: Jackie Evancho, James McMurtry, Peanut Butter Wolf and more

-- Young classical crossover artist Jackie Evancho doesn't turn 13 until next month, but she's already got several gold and platinum albums. You'll be able to see her on June 2 when she performs "Songs from the Silver Screen" at the Mahaffey Theater. Tickets start at $55.50. Click here.

-- The Florida Orchestra has unveiled three sweet shows for its 2013-14 Rock Concert series, featuring tributes to the Beatles (Oct. 18, accompanied by the Beatles tribute Classical Mystery Tour), Pink Floyd (Nov. 29 with Randy Jackson of Zebra) and the Eagles (May 9). Click here.

-- Yesterday we told you KC and the Sunshine Band are coming to the Mahaffey Theater on June 21. Today we find out the Ohio Players will open the show. Click here.

-- Longtime California DJ Peanut Butter Wolf will be spinning at, of all places, Bananas Music on Record Store Day, April 20. Other bands performing there that day include Hunter and Avery, Samurai Shotgun, the Music Box, the Luxury Mains and Girls on the Beach. Click here.

-- Texas singer-songwriter James McMurtry will play at Skipper's Smokehouse on April 20. Tickets are $20. Click here.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*


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Wild 94.1 spinning Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Same Love' in support of gay marriage

On a day when the U.S. Supreme Court is debating the topic of gay marriage, a local radio powerhouse is weighing in on the topic the best way they can: with music.

Last week, hip-hop station Wild 94.1 added Macklemore and Lewis’ gay-solidarity anthem Same Love to its regular rotation as a show of support for the LGBT community. Today, said program director Orlando Davis, it’s getting about seven spins a day, good enough to rank fifth on the station’s playlist.

“Every time we play it, it literally is the No. 1 text-getter,” said Davis. “This is a conversation most of the audience in the bay area hasn’t had an opportunity to have.” …

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Sunset Music Festival lineup: David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Knife Party and more

Last year's inaugural Sunset Music Festival was a huge Memorial Day weekend success, packing thousands of fans into a parking lot at Raymond James Stadium for a full day of DJs and electronic music. It wasn't Ultra, but it was also arguably more entertaining than the national Identity Festival tour.

This year's Sunset Music Festival, on May 25 at RayJay, promises to be even bigger. The first phase of the lineup was released Tuesday, and it includes some EDM heavyweights: Top 40 hitmaker David Guetta, Steve Aoki (above), Knife Party, Dillon Francis, Alvin Risk, Crizzly, Krewella and Morgan Page. Also on the bill: Carnage, Danny Avila, Flosstradamus, Le Castle Vania, Popeska, Pegboard Nerds and Tampa's own Nerd Rage.

Guetta is obviously the day's biggest get. One of world's most in-demand DJs -- in 2011, he was actually voted the world's No. 1 DJ -- he blew the house down at the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball in 2011. Aoki, Page, Francis and Crizzly have all performed in Tampa Bay in the past year or so, but EDM fans might be more curious about up-and-coming groups Krewella and Knife Party.

General admission tickets are $64; VIP tickets are $94. Click here to get 'em. …

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Tracy Morgan coming to the Hard Rock Cafe in Tampa

Two years ago, Tracy Morgan was booked to perform at the Straz Center in Tampa, only to cancel a week before the show. A week after that came his infamous gay-bashing rant in Nashville.

This all goes to prove that you never know what you're going to get with a Tracy Morgan show -- maybe a little of his Emmy-nominated comedy, maybe some national controversy, maybe not even a show at all. It's just who Tracy Morgan is.

So consider this your warning: The 30 Rock actor has just announced a gig on April 21 at the Hard Rock Cafe at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. (Tracy Morgan the day after 4/20? Wow.) Ticket prices haven't been announced yet, but we'll keep you posted.

It's not the only big event taking place at the Hard Rock in April. The cast of Pawn Stars will be there from 2 to 5 p.m. April 6 to promote their new line of slot machines. And from 8 to 9 p.m. on April 26, Alicia "Kendall" Minshew and Walt "Jackson" Willey from All My Children will sign autographs and pose for photos at the casino.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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SoundBytes: Peter Frampton, Khia, Kool and the Gang and more

-- In case you missed it, Chick Corea and Bela Fleck had to postpone their March 24 show at Ruth Eckerd Hall due to inclement weather in the midwest. Ticketholders are being encouraged to hold onto their tickets for a new show on a new date to be announced soon.

-- Dust off that copy of Frampton Comes Alive. Peter Frampton, above, is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on June 2 with special guest Robert Cray. Tickets start at $49.50. Click here.

-- Kool and the Gang are coming to the Mahaffey Theater on June 21. Tickets will cost $39 and go onsale to the public at noon Tuesday, March 26. Click here.

-- In what is generously being called a "Legends of Hip Hop" show, Tampa's own Khia will perform with Lil Zane on Thursday at Legends Sports Bar in Tampa. Tickets are $15. Click here.

-- Saxophone stars Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot are bringing their "Summer Horns Tour" to Ruth Eckerd hall on June 7. Tickets are $35-$65. Click here. …

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Lil Wayne visits Skatepark of Tampa; announces concert at Tampa's Live Nation Amphitheatre

With all the star wattage in Tampa this weekend -- Alicia Keys, Colin Farrell, Thomas Jane, the Honda Grand Prix -- you can see how one of the biggest stars in music slipped in below our radar.

For the second straight year, Lil Wayne dropped in on the Skatepark of Tampa's Tampa Pro event, hanging out while some of the best skateboarders in the world did their thing, all less than a week after he was released from the hospital following a series of serious seizures. Photographic evidence has been scant, but Rob Meronek scored a couple of photos and a Vine.

So now we know Weezy is alive and well. And while we missed him this time around, we have good news: Lil Wayne is going on tour, and he'll be coming to Tampa's Live Nation Amphitheatre on July 13, alongside T.I. and Future. Ticket prices haven't been announced, but according to Weezy's website, they'll go onsale April 5.

At least Weezy was kind enough to let us know he's coming this time.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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Warped Tour lineup: The Used, Motion City Sountrack, Chiodos, Aquabats, more coming to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg

After an agonizing week-by-week rollout of more than dozens of bands, the 2013 Vans Warped Tour lineup is finally looking close to complete -- which means we finally have a look at the bulk of the lineup for the local stop on July 26 in Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.

Among the bands slated to be part of the Warped stop in St. Pete: The Used, Motion City Soundtrack, Chiodos (above), Reel Big Fish, the Aquabats, Never Shout Never, Black Veil Brides, Hawthorne Heights, Bring Me The Horizon, We Came As Romans, Big D and the Kids Table, Allstar Weekend, August Burns Red, Woe is Me, Go Radio, The Black Dahlia Murder, VersaEmerge, Forever the Sickest Kids, Action Item, Wallpaper, Crizzly, Outasight, The Early November, The Summer Set, Billy Talent and blessthefall. That's just a taste, though; the rest of the lineup, sorted by date, is here.

Of note: A few of the biggest bands, including Goldfinger, 3OH!3, Story of the Year and Bowling for Soup will not be part of the St. Pete stop. But Warped is saying more bands will be added. …

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