Live Nation has tried something bold in 2013. Recognizing, perhaps, that we live in a festival culture, they've launched three all-new festivals in Tampa Bay.
In November, we'll have the indie-minded Coastline Music Festival, featuring Passion Pit and Two Door Cinema Club. Back in May, we had the Funshine Music Festival, with Train, REO Speedwagon, Smashing Pumpkins and many others.
But you might have forgotten the first of these fests: The Sunshine Music & Blues Festival, which took place in January at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. Sunshine did well enough to merit a second year, and on Monday, we got our first look at the lineup.
Tedeschi Trucks Band (above), Leon Russell, Galactic, Hot Tuna and The Ringers -- a supergroup featuring Widespread Panic's Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, Keith Carlock and Etienne Mbappe -- will headline the Sunshine Music & Blues Festival, which takes place Jan. 19 at Vinoy Park. Bobby Lee Rodgers and Oli Brown are also on the bill, with more acts to be announced. …Full Story
B.B. King is a familiar face in Clearwater, as he and Lucille are semi-regulars at Ruth Eckerd Hall. But Tampa Bay blues fans have never seen him quite like this.
The blues legend will play two nights at Clearwater's newly renovated, soon-to-reopen Capitol Theatre, starting with a New Year's Eve show on Dec. 31. He'll follow that up with a gig on Jan. 2. Ruth Eckerd Hall is calling this "a new tradition," suggesting you can look foward to special New Year's Eve shows at the Cap for years to come. (Side note: We're not sure The Thrill Is Gone is exactly the best song to ring in a new year, but hey, any chance to see the King, we'll take it.)
Tickets to the Dec. 31 show are $86-$150, and tickets to the Jan. 2 show are $69-$125. Both shows go on sale at noon Saturday.
B.B. isn't the only blues great coming to Clearwater in the next few months. At Ruth Eckerd Hall, you've got Joe Bonamassa on Nov. 15 and 16, Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang on Nov. 19 and Bonnie Raitt on Dec. 3.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*Full Story
Four months after Selena Gomez plays the Tampa Bay Times Forum, another tween queen is making her way to Tampa.
Oft-troubled Disney starlet Demi Lovato will perform at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Feb. 26, the Forum announced Sunday night. Tickets are $26.75-$62.25, and they'll go on sale Oct. 5. Click here for details.
The singer's Neon Lights tour will bring her back to the Forum, a venue she played at the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball in 2011. She played the Florida Strawberry Festival in 2012, but maybe the success of this year's Top 10 single Heart Attack brought her back to arena-headlining status.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*Full Story
You may know Mike Deeson as the senior investigative reporter for the local CBS affiliate, WTSP-Ch. 10. But he's also a musician.
Deeson is the regional coordinator for the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Sometimes the two worlds overlap, like when he co-wrote the song Paradise Lost with friend and fellow songwriter Heather Leigh for a 10 News special on the BP oil spill. The song was nominated for an Emmy in 2011. He writes music in his home studio, which is equipped with a keyboard, guitars and music software.
"To me, writing a song, it's very much like a news story," Deeson said. "It's got to have a beginning, a middle and end, it's got to be a concise time period. You can't change voices in a news story, nor in the song."
For more on Mike Deeson's life as a songwriter, click here for Keely Sheehan's profile. Full Story
-- Interested in a free concert by Kings of Leon-like rockers Needtobreathe, above? They'll be performing at Citizen's Circle in Ocala at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Click here for details.
-- Comic Ron White will be at Nova 535 in St. Petersburg for two events on Halloween. The first is a fundraising concert, comedy show and auction for Brides Against Breast Cancer; it's 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 and tickets are $75-$200. Click here for details. Then, from 9:30 on, he'll host Novaween, the venue's annual Halloween party, judging a costume contest at midnight. Tickets to that one are $18.50. Click here for details.
-- Portland indie rockers The Thermals are coming to Crowbar on Dec. 11, with Florida garage rockers Beach Day opening. Tickets are $12-$15. Click here.
-- Singer-songwriter David Dondero is returning to New World Brewery on Nov. 23. Click here.
-- Reggae greats The Wailers are lined up to perform at the Palladium in St. Petersburg on Jan. 11. Tickets are listed at $35-$50 and they'll go on sale soon. Click here for details. …Full Story
The Weeknd performs at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Sept. 26, 2013.
Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts promoted Thursday’s concert by The Weeknd with a tingly, provocative caveat:
“Warning: this show is for mature audiences.”
No freaking kidding. That much was obvious at the merch booth, where the Canadian R&B dynamo born Abel Tesfaye was handing out free condoms branded with the name of The Weeknd’s new album, Kiss Land. And that was before the explicit lesbian sex show — but we’ll get to that in a minute.
For a steamy 90 minutes at the Straz, bras flew and hipsters macked to a soundtrack of The Weeknd’s smoldering, synth-laden jams and the delirious squeals of 2,047 grown-ass women (okay, more than a few came from us guys).Full Story
Electric Landlady is a septet resplendent with ska overtones and an arsenal of instruments. Six of its seven of the members are still in high school, but don’t let that dissuade you. Musically wise beyond their years, they explore far beyond the constraints of their supposed genre.
Electric Landlady are: Jonah Hollander, guitar and vocals; Mike Martin, guitar and vocals; Colin Mulligan, bass and vocals; Mike Moody, drums; Julia Scheiber, saxophone; Bob Stuelke, saxophone; and Josh Johnson, trombone.
The group will perform at the Ska Homecoming 2013 alongside Victims of Circumstance, Four Minute Warning, Can’t Do It and more at Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. The show is 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10.
Scheiber, Martin, Mulligan, and Moody spoke with us in their converted garage/practice space.
How long have the Electric Landlady been together?
Moody: Probably coming up on, what, three years?
Martin: They have for about three years, but in its current incarnation probably about a year and a half, as we’ve been playing with the arrangements and set that we have now.
What is the origin of the group? …Full Story
In our review of Imagine Dragons at the USF Sun Dome the other day, we neglected to mention opening act The Neighbourhood, a rising alt-rock outfit in their own right.
The California group called their shot from the get-go, opening with breakout hit Sweater Weather, then progressing through a swoony set of stormy, atmospheric guitars and dark hip-hop-tinged beats.
If you missed their set on Tuesday, or their set earlier this year at the State Theatre, good news -- The Neighbourhood will be back in Tampa on Nov. 9 as part of the inaugural Coastline Festival at the Florida State Fairgrounds. They're the second late add, following L.A. indie pop outfit Blondfire a few weeks back.
The full Coastline Festival lineup: Passion Pit, Two Door Cinema Club, Matt and Kim, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Joy Formidable, The Neighbourhood, The Mowgli's, Surfer Blood, Blondfire, The Royal Concept and St. Lucia. Tickets are $25-$40 through Oct. 31, $30-$45 after, with some $55 pit tickets and $99 VIP passes available. …Full Story
Rolling Stone once named Jeff Beck one of the five greatest guitarists of all time. But even Beck, the former Yardbird and wildly influential guitarist, was a little unsure about touring with living legend Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.
"I've always been a huge Beach Boys fan," he said during a recent phone interview. "Pet Sounds really turned it around for me. They sang about girls and sunsets — for someone scrubbing around in dreary old England, it's what we needed."
Beck and Wilson will perform Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Click here for details.
For Sean Daly's full interview with Jeff Beck, click here. Full Story
This weekend brings two shows overloaded with talent: Fall Out Boy with Panic! At The Disco and Twenty One Pilots at the USF Sun Dome, and Brian Wilson with Jeff Beck and Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and David Marks at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
Here to walk you through these shows and others -- including City and Colour, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Saves the Day, Sick Puppies, Frankie Ballard, Beach Day, Michael Menert, Taproot, John Cafferty, Tyler Farr, Greensky Bluegrass and more -- is Ray Roa...
Concerts with tickets going on sale this week in Tampa Bay: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Nov. 6, Palladium), Bret Michaels (Nov. 15, Palladium), Megadeth (Dec. 8, Jannus Live), Gregg Allman (Jan. 7, Ruth Eckerd Hall) and Pat Metheny (Feb. 9, Mahaffey Theater).
Click here for this week's edition of Ticket Window.
Gainesville’s punk concert Fest has always relied on volunteers, and its preceding two-day festival in Tampa will be no different — with an enticing reward for those who help out.
Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor, which takes place from Oct. 29-30, will be holding two volunteer sign ups on Oct. 1. One will be at St. Petersburg’s The Local 662 at 7 p.m. and the other at The Orpheum at 9:30 p.m.
For one approximately eight-hour shift at Pre-Fest, volunteers get a free pass to the festival and a limited edition shirt. Those who volunteer for two shifts will get passes to both Pre-Fest and Fest.
The lineup for Big Pre-Fest in Ybor includes headliners such as Teenage Bottlerocket and The Bouncing Souls. Fest, which runs Oct. 31-Nov. 3, features every band playing in Tampa as well as acts like Minneapolis punks Dillinger Four, Descendents descendants ALL and ‘90s emo group Braid, above.
For more information on volunteering, go here.
-- Jimmy Geurts, tbt*Full Story
On Wednesday nights, Dan Fox, 81, makes the trek from his New Port Richey home to the Heritage Museum in Tarpon Springs. There, he sets out a dozen chairs and music stands, then takes his spot as the leader of a 1920s and '30s jazz band.
Just 10 months in, the Tarpon Spring Rhythm Kings are a well-oiled machine, churning out songs that recall an era of bootleggers, bobbed flappers and Duke Ellington at his best.
Rehearsals go 2 1/2 hours at a stretch, as the band works through an ever-changing list of Fox's not-so-easy arrangements — The Mooche, Moonglow, the ballad A Garden in the Rain, and South American tango.
"This is the best band I've ever played with," said Christopher DeAngelis, a baritone horn player who also sits in with the Dunedin Community Orchestra and for theater pit bands in Pasco and Hernando counties. "I waited months for a spot to open here, and honestly, he (Fox) arranges so well, I haven't played one song I didn't enjoy."
For more on Dan Fox and the Rhythm Kings, click here for Michele Miller's story, or check out the video above.Full Story
Imagine Dragons perform at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Sept. 24, 2013.
It seems these days that unless your band wears sepia vests and suspenders, you have no business crashing the Billboard pop charts.
No one, however, cc'd that message to Imagine Dragons, whose sweeping, dynamic radio rock has made them one of the year's breakout bands, with nary a banjo in tow.
On the strength of three platinum singles — It's Time, Demons and the blockbuster anthem Radioactive, all from their debut album Night Visions — the Vegas quartet has joined bands like Fun. and OneRepublic in an up-with-people coup d'état of America's pop-rock universe.
To quote Radioactive: It's a revolution, I suppose. And the 5,854 fans who packed the University of South Florida Sun Dome to see Imagine Dragons on Tuesday night were eager to play their part.
For our review of Imagine Dragons' show the Sun Dome, click here. And for more of Luis Santana's photos of Imagine Dragons in Tampa, click the headline of this post.Full Story
Given all the health problems Dave Mustaine has endured over the years, you have to wonder: Just how much longer can Megadeth keep touring?
It's been a few years since the metal legends have performed in Tampa Bay, so you might want to take advantage of their new "Super Collider Tour," which will arrive at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Dec. 8.
Tickets are $35-$40 and they'll go on sale Friday. But if you're a Mustaine megafan, you may want to splurge for the $650 "Ultimate Guitar Meet & Greet Package," which includes a signed VMNT Dean Guitar, entry to a pre-show VIP party and meet & greet, exclusive merchandise (including a gold-plated Megadeth ring!) and a "dedicated on-site VIP host." So freaking metal! Click here for tickets.
That's shaping up to be a busy weekend in St. Petersburg, with Alabama Shakes at Jannus on Dec. 6, 97X Next Big Thing in Vinoy Park on Dec. 7, and now Megadeth on Dec. 8. If you live downtown, invest in some earplugs.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*