-- A Great Big World (above, March 21), Weezer (March 29) and Huey Lewis and the News (March 31) have been added to the Universal Orlando Mardi Gras concert series lineup. The shows are free with park admission. Click here.
-- Want to know why Harry Connick Jr. is looking super-orange these days on American Idol? Turns out it's from filming Dolphin Tale 2 in Tampa Bay. Click here.
-- Tonight's free Blast Fridays concert by Pure Prairie League has been moved inside the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater due to inclement weather. Click here.
-- Hip-hop trio Deltron 3030 -- Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and DJ Kid Koala -- have announced a show at the State Theatre on April 2. There are no ticket details yet, but we'll keep you posted. Click here.
-- Speaking of hip hop: There's no lineup yet, but Wild 94.1's Wild Splash concert will return to Clearwater's Coachman Park on March 8. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 for just $20; once the early birds sell out, they'll go up to $35. Click here for details.
-- The Original Wailers will return to Jannus Live on April 2. Tickets are $15-$20. Click here.'
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North Carolina folk duo Mandolin Orange performs at a house concert in St. Petersburg on Jan. 22, 2014.
Private house concerts have been gaining in popularity for several years now, a reflection of the changing music industry and new, more direct connections between artists and fans.
In the coming weeks, two nationally known artists will bring living-room tours our way. Alec Ounsworth of indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has a house show in Tampa on Feb. 18, and Pedro the Lion singer David Bazan has one March 6. The locations are secret until you buy your ticket.
“You have tons of great acts who are used to drawing 500 people, 300 people in theaters, and they’re waking up and realizing, 'Oh, crap, I’m playing these 200-seat halls, but I’m only drawing 50, 75 people,’” said St. Petersburg singer-songwriter Fran Snyder, who runs Concerts In Your Home, a repository of resources for artists and potential hosts. “I don’t care how good your show is, if the room is half-empty, nothing sucks the energy out of a live show like empty seats. They’re realizing that they can play somebody’s good-sized house for 75 people and just have a much more pleasant experience.”
For more on living room concerts, click here for our story.Full Story
Steve Rodriguez, clad in a blue Morphsuit, jumps in to play guitar during the set of his friends’ band, Bad Luck, at the Goat House.
While discussing Tampa's storage-space scene in an interview with Pitchfork, local indie rockers Merchandise singled out Tampa's Unit 19, a literal storage unit, as the city's "punk stronghold."
Unit 19 isn't the only unconventional punk space in Tampa Bay. There's Epic Problem, an all-ages venue at the Skatepark of Tampa; the Venture Compound, a warehouse space in St. Petersburg, and the Goat House, a storefront in a strip mall in Odessa.
These venues and others have have hosted nationally touring bands and are incubating a scene that's putting Tampa on the map in ways that most people never see.
"I'm not booking big metal shows where I have to worry about kids punching each other," said Jack Jallo, who organizes the Goat House. "It's just pop-punk, singing along."
For more on the Goat House and other DIY rock venues in Tampa Bay, click here for Jimmy Geurts' story.
The Gasparilla Music Festival has been one of the biggest success stories of the Tampa music scene in recent years, with two consecutive well-attended, well-reviewed events drawing thousands of fans to Curtis Hixon Park.
On March 8 and 9, the festivall will return bigger than ever, with double the bands on two days instead of one. To mark the occasion, tbt*'s Bill Duryea sat down with three of the festival's key players — executive director Ty Rodriguez, GMF president Phil Benito and board member John Wakefield — to discuss what makes something a Tampa event, downtown Tampa as a vacation destination and more.
"If you're asking did we want to go out and change the landscape of music in this city, absolutely that was always a goal of ours," Rodriguez said. "But it wasn't just changing the landscape of music but changing the landscape of the city in general. I've said it before, but to this day, the greatest compliment we ever got was from people we've grown up with who turned to us and said, "I've never been more proud of my city than the last couple of days.'"
For more with the organizers of the Gasparilla Music Festival, click here for Bill's interview.Full Story
John, Paul, Ringo and George frolic in the water behind the Deauville hotel.
One week after their historic first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles came to Florida.
Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came to Miami Beach in February 1964 for a second Ed Sullivan Show live from the Deauville Hotel. Along the way, they encountered an array of young Floridians in unique and memorable ways. Some played pickup hoops with the band. One read Spider-Man with Ringo. Another dropped a hot potato on George's lap during a family dinner.
For Jeff Klinkenberg's full story about the Beatles' trip to Miami, click here.Full Story
Terri Saffold is 23, but she's been singing before a congregation since age 5. Today she's a gospel rapper who goes by the name Terri Vee, performing for youth groups around Tampa Bay. For John Woodrow Cox's profile of Terri Vee, click here.Full Story
The summer concert season is starting to heat up, with two big shows at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre going on sale this week: Jimmy Buffett and the farewell tour by Motley Crue.
Tampa Bay concerts and events with tickets going on sale this week include: The Rays Fanfest Autograph Pass (Feb. 22, Tropicana Field), Gala of the Royal Horses (April 13, Tampa Bay Times Forum), Chris Robinson Brotherhood (April 13, Ritz Ybor), Blessthefall (April 17, State Theatre), Jimmy Buffett (April 19, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre), Black Label Society (April 29, Ritz Ybor), the Toadies (May 15, Ritz Ybor), Motley Crue with Alice Cooper (Aug. 17, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre).
Click here for this week's edition of Ticket Window.Full Story
There's just a ton of music from every genre imaginable taking place this weekend in Tampa Bay, starting with two of the most anticipated rock shows of 2014: Arctic Monkeys, above, at Jannus Live on Saturday, and Queens of the Stone Age at the Mahaffey Theater on Tuesday.
Other concerts this week around town include Barry Manilow, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Steep Canyon Rangers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Jake Shimabukuro, UZ, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, the Airborne Toxic Event, Johnny Mathis, Pure Prairie League, Sevendust, Bring Me the Horizon, Nipsey Hussle, St. Paul and the Broken Bones and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa (who, we'd like to point out, is organizing a little concert of his own this weekend)...
Wilie Nelson performs on Jan. 29, 2014 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater
Squint a little in just the right light and Willie Nelson’s right hand seems to melt into Trigger, his faithful camel-colored Martin N-20, whose face is every bit as stained and scarred as its owner’s.
After eons on the road together, maybe they actually are one and the same. On Wednesday, before a sold-out crowd of 2,200 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Nelson and Trigger led a four-piece band through a simple, familiar yet no less rollicking 90-minute set, their respective twangs as inimitable as ever.
This was not the Willie we all saw three nights prior at the Grammys, shined up and polished to play for French robots and witchy teenage Kiwis as part of an all-star tribute to his long-gone supergroup the Highwaymen. This was back-porch Willie, in all his craggy, rascally glory. Full Story
The 2014 Gasparilla Music Lineup keeps getting more and more focused.
Festival organizers on Wednesday added a handful of notable acts to this year's event on March 8-9 in Curtis Hixon Park, including Adrian Younge, an L.A. retro-soul producer and performer who's become quite popular in this area; and Nashville garage-rockabilly trio Those Darlins. A pair of Florida favorites, Jacksonville indie-pop duo Sunbears! and Tampa singer-songwriter Matt Hires, were also among the name added.
In addition, the festival has announced which acts will be playing on which day. As expected, Flaming Lips will headline Saturday's opening day, along with RJD2, Delta Spirit, Adrian Younge's Venice Dawn, Los Amigos Invisibles, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Sunbears!, Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill, Those Darlins, Anders Osborne and many notable locals. Sunday will feature Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, along with Jason Isbell, Tea Leaf Green, Grupo Fantasma, Spam Allstars, Hackensaw Boys, Matt Hires and more.
Two-day advance tickets are now on sale for $60; single day tickets are $40 for Saturday and $30 for March 9. Click here for details.
Here's the full lineup by day:Full Story
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Kid Rock, here performing at an after-party for the 2012 Republican National Convention, will return to Florida to play at SeaWorld.
After nine musical acts dropped out of SeaWorld’s Bands, Brew & BBQ concert series lineup — all over 2013 documentary Blackfish and its depiction of the theme park’s treatment of killer whales — two major artists have decided to buck the trend, and the political tide, and play there:
Alan Jackson (this Saturday, 5 p.m.) and Kid Rock (this Sunday, 4 p.m.) will rock the park’s Bayside Stadium on the opening weekend of Bands, Brew & BBQ, an event included with park admission or any annual pass product.
Hat-wearing country singer Jackson is a traditionalist and then some; Kid Rock, aka Bob Ritchie, is a loud, brash genre-blending troublemaker. Regardless of the issues, that both of them are doing what a lot of musicians are not is no surprise.
SeaWorld’s sister park Busch Gardens also hosts a Bands, Brew & BBQ event, which begins Feb. 9. No acts have been listed for the Busch Gardens version, although two weeks ago, both Pat Benatar and the Beach Boys canceled upcoming appearances at the Tampa site, part of a continued and substantial music fallout from Blackfish. …Full Story
It has been more than 50 years since Itzhak Perlman first made a splash as a 13-year-old on crutches (he had polio at age 4) playing a Mendelssohn violin concerto on the Ed Sullivan TV variety show. Today, he may be the world's most famous classical musician, and he continues to keep up a busy concert schedule, as well as teaching and doing some conducting.
What is the secret of his longevity?
"I think the secret is not a secret," he said in a recent interview. "What I try to do is I try to really just concentrate always on the music, not the way I played. The minute you concentrate on the music, then you have freshness all the time. The danger is to just play something you have played a long time, and just do it like you usually do. That's the kiss of death."
He cited Beethoven's No. 3 in E flat. "I don't know how many times I've played it. How do you maintain interest and not get bored? Go to the music. Every time I play it I hear something else."
Perlman, with pianist Rohan de Silva, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Morsani Hall of the Straz Center in Tampa. Tickets are $41-$75. Click here for details.
For more of John Fleming's interview with Itzhak Perlman, click here.Full Story
From the outside, Queens of the Stone Age may seem like an autocracy befitting their name, with formidable frontman Josh Homme wielding one of modern metal’s mightiest axes and most forceful personalities.
But that’s not the case, says bassist Michael Shuman.
Well, okay — it is and it isn’t.
“Josh is our leader and the captain of the ship, and there’s no question about that,” said Shuman, calling from his home in Los Angeles. “But the kind of man he is is someone that likes collaboration, bringing the best parts of people and mixing them together to create something better than one individual.”
QOTSA’s six albums of intense, pummelling sludge-rock are loaded with all-star cameos, ranging from Dave Grohl and Trent Reznor to Elton John, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Garbage’s Shirley Manson. Homme also has a penchant for side bands (Kyuss, Eagles of Death Metal), supergroups (Them Crooked Vultures, alongside Grohl and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones) and cross-media cameos (Tosh.0, Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations). At last Sunday’s Grammy Awards, the twice-nominated QOTSA closed out the ceremony with a blockbuster performance alongside Grohl, Nine Inch Nails and Lindsay Buckingham. …Full Story
Barry Manilow, who plays the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Friday, doesn't bother with pop radio much these days: There's no melody, no warmth, no love — all his specialties. "I won't go into that other world," he laments in a phone interview. "I just can't."
Oh, he likes "Adele, Katy Perry, Gaga." But the rest? "So angry."
It becomes pretty clear pretty fast that Manilow — who had five albums on the charts simultaneously in 1978 — has no use for modern pop because he believes that modern pop has no use for him.
But the Fanilows — all those diehards who never abandoned him for hair metal or grunge — will be out in full force on Friday. Especially since tickets start at just $9.99. Click here for details.
For more of Sean Daly's interview with Barry Manilow, click here.Full Story
-- Zakk Wylde is a bona fide metal messiah, and his band, Black Label Society, is coming to the Ritz Ybor on April 29. Tickets are $29.50 and they go on sale Friday. Click here.
-- Former Black Crowe Chris Robinson and his Chris Robinson Brotherhood are coming to the Ritz Ybor on April 13. Tickets are $22. Click here.
-- L.A. electronic rock act Shiny Toy Guns are coming to the State Theatre on March 5. Tickets are $18-$20. Click here.
-- Acclaimed L.A. rapper Schoolboy Q has announced a tour date at Jannus Live on March 19. Tickets go on sale Friday. Click here and here for details.
-- Country singer Tate Stevens, a winner of the U.S. version of The X Factor, is coming to Jannus Live on Feb. 28. Tickets are $15-$20. Click here.
-- Got no dinner plans Easter Sunday? How about a nice concert by, oh, we don't know, Slaughterhouse? The hip-hop supergroup, consisting of Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce da 5'9" and Crooked I will be at the State Theatre on April 20. Tickets are $25-$30. Click here.
-- Finnish metal outfit Sonata Arctica is coming to the Orpheum on Oct. 15. Tickets are $17-$20. Click here.
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