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USF homecoming concert lineup: D.R.A.M., Kiiara, Angel Haze, more

D.R.A.M.

Christine Hahn

D.R.A.M.

This fall, University of South Florida students are going to get their Broccoli and like it.

Goofy, grinning singer-rapper D.R.A.M. will headline USF's 2017 Homecoming concert, Oct. 12 at the USF Sun Dome. He'll be joined by singer Kiiara (Linkin Park's Heavy) and rapper Angel Haze.

Admission is free for students, with the option to purchase a guest ticket for $10. Alumni and faculty tickets, $15, will go on sale Oct. 3. General admission tickets, $25, will go on sale Oct. 5. Click here for details.

D.R.A.M. was last seen in these parts barely a month ago, opening for Kendrick Lamar at Amalie Arena. There, we wrote that he "yipped and shimmied through a set of affable, space-cadet yacht-pop and soul, culminating in the shimmery vibes of his big hit Broccoli."

As previously noted, USF's annual homecoming comedy concert will take place Oct. 11 at the Sun Dome with headliners Judah Friedlander and the Lucas Brothers. That one is free for both students and the community. Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Review: Foster the People show off synth-pop chops at sold-out Ritz Ybor in Tampa

Foster the People performed at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on Sept. 28, 2017.

Jay Cridlin

Foster the People performed at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on Sept. 28, 2017.

Mark Foster doesn’t look much like a pop star up there, surrounded by synthesizers, spiderwebbed by beacons of light, shuffling and shrugging in time with the beat. He doesn’t move like a pop star, doesn’t talk like a pop star, doesn’t pop off the stage like one, either.

But time and again on Thursday, song after song proved one thing: This guy does know his way around a pop song.

That’s why Foster the People’s concert at the Ritz Ybor ended up a jam-packed sellout, and probably could have filled an even bigger venue. Playing only their third show in Tampa, and their first outside a festival and amphitheater, the synth-pop group showed why they keep moving way past one-hit-wonder status, and why their namesake frontman has quietly become one of pop’s most underrated songsmiths.

Playing in support of Sacred Hearts Club, their earwormy third album of loose, drippy rhythms, Foster the People brought a mise en scene worthy of its palette – hazy yet colorful, with the album’s title in big, neon-like letters across the back. …

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Miranda Lambert coming to the Amway Center in Orlando

She's one of the frontrunners at this year's CMA Awards, and she could be a favorite at next year's Grammys, too. And now she's on her way back to Central Florida.

Miranda Lambert will bring her just-announced Livin' Like Hippies Tour to the Amway Center in Orlando on Jan. 19. Jon Pardi and Brent Cobb will open the show. Ticket prices and an on-sale date have not yet been announced. Click here for details.

The tour is Lambert's latest in support of The Weight of These Wings, which won Album of the Year at this year's ACM Awards, her fifth win in that category. She's nominated for the same prize at this year's CMAs -- it would be her third win -- and could snag an Album of the Year nab at the Grammys, too.

-- Jay Cridlin

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SoundBytes: 21 Savage, Lil Pump, the Lucas Brothers and more

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-- Two hot new hip-hop shows coming to the Ritz Ybor: 21 Savage on Nov. 26 (click here) and Lil Pump on Nov. 30 (click here).

-- Singer-songwriter Dan Bern will perform at the Hideaway Cafe in St. Petersburg on Oct. 27. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here.

-- Jason Bieler of Saigon Kick will perform at the Attic in Ybor City on Jan. 12. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here.

-- Judah Friedlander and the Lucas Brothers will headline the annual USF Stampede comedy show during Homecoming Week. The show takes place Oct. 10 at the USF Sun Dome. No word yet on who's headlining the annual homecoming concert on Oct. 12 at the Sun Dome. Click here.

-- Speaking of unknown acts: We now know the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball will take place Dec. 16 at Amalie Arena. But the lineup won't be announced until Oct. 10. Click here.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Lana Del Rey coming to the Amway Center in Orlando

We can't yet cross Lana Del Rey off our list of artists who've never played Tampa. But she's about to come closer than she has in a while.

The breathy indie-pop chanteuse will bring her new L.A. to the Moon Tour to Orlando's Amway Center on Feb. 2. Kali Uchis will open the show. Tickets start at $36.50 and go on sale Oct. 2. Click here for details.

This show and a Feb. 1 date in Fort Lauderdale -- Del Rey's first Florida tour dates in three years -- come in support of her fifth album Lust for Life. While her career started controversially, as Del Rey shed her pop-star past as Lizzy Grant in favor of a more hipstery indie-pop persona, she's proven not only durable and critically respected but wildly popular -- hence this arena tour. No doubt many fans in Tampa will make the trip to catch her in Orlando.

-- Jay Cridlin

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John Jesensky talks about conducting 'Harry Potter' score, being a 'John Williams nerd' and more

John Jesensky might be the perfect person to conduct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Concert, a live performance by the Florida Orchestra that takes place this weekend at the Straz Center as the film plays out on a big screen.

"I'm a huge John Williams nerd," said Jesensky, who credits Williams' score for Sorcerer's Stone with inspiring him to become a composer. "He taught me how to compose, and I geeked out studying every note he's written. Everything from Jurassic Park and Star Wars. I wanted to create these inspirational moments, and I realized at a young age that music has such a big part to do with this."

The concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Straz Center. Tickets are $45 and up. Click here.

For more of Chelsea Tatham's interview with John Jesensky, click here.

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Glynn Washington talks 'Snap Judgment,' the power of personal storytelling and more

Glynn Washington of 'Snap Judgment'

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Glynn Washington of 'Snap Judgment'

It has been seven years since Glynn Washington, the host of public radio's Snap Judgment, beat out more than 1,000 other aspiring public radio producers in a Public Radio Talent Quest.

In that time he's often garnered comparisons to Ira Glass, public radio's biggest star and host of This American Life. Both men are expert curators of audio documentaries, and both are known for high standards when shepherding stories to air. But there's a wide gap between their radio personas. Washington's bubbling, breathless delivery, swirling with colloquialisms, stands alone on public radio.

This Friday Washington will be at the Tampa Theatre, where he and storytelling masters Jen Kober, James Judd and the experimental soul band Bells Atlas will present Snap Live!

"The funk, the soul, the swagger, but on a stage," Washington said of what to expect at the show. "It's electric. The best storytellers in the world rock it. It's a duet between this amazing band who play in real time live scoring to the storyteller. I promise you will laugh, cry and laugh again, the highs are high and the lows are low."

For more of Christopher Spata's interview with Glynn Washington, click here.

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New 'Game of Thrones' concert experience coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

More music is coming.

A new, live Game of Thrones concert experience is coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sept. 21, 2018, the venue announced today. That may seem like a long way off, but with no new season on HBO's immediate horizon, that's probably the next taste of Game of Thrones you're going to get for a while. Might as well enjoy it.

The event, which features show composer Ramin Djawadi conducting a live orchestra in the middle of a Game of Thrones-like set, will be different from the one that came to Amalie Arena in March.

REVIEW: Game of Thrones Live concert lights up Tampa with wildfire

"It’ll be a whole new show, because it’s not only the first six seasons, but now we have actually seven seasons, so we’ll be adding highlights from Season 7 as well," Djawadi said in a Facebook video announcing the tour. "The minute you walk into the arena, it'll feel like you're in Westeros."

INTERVIEW: 'Game of Thrones' composer talks about influences, iconic songs and Live Concert Experience …

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Soundbytes: Joe Bonamassa, Bebe Rexha, Coin and more

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Joe Bonamassa

-- Buddy Guy, who's headlining the 2018 Tampa Bay Blues Festival, may be the world's greatest living bluesman. But its most popular bluesman right now might be Joe Bonamassa, who will return for a two-night stand at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Tickets start at $96.50, and they'll probably still sell out well in advance. Click here.

-- Hugely popular alt-pop outfit Coin is returning to Tampa Bay with a show at the Ritz Ybor on Feb. 3. Click here.

-- Bebe Rexha is coming to Tampa. She'll be without her Me, Myself & I co-star G-Eazy, but she will be joined by Marc E. Bassy at the Orpheum on Oct. 29. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here.

-- Collective Soul will return to the Capitol Theatre on Nov. 10. Tickets are $55 and up. Click here.

-- Three Dog Night will headline a "'70s Fest" at Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 24. They'll be joined by Firefall and the Billy Joel tribute act Lords of 52nd Street, featuring longtime members of Joel's band. There will also be a classic car show, vendors and more. Tickets are $42.75 and up. Click here.

-- Rapper Currensy is coming to the Orpheum on Nov. 5. Click here.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Tuesday's Nothing More concert moved from the State Theatre to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

Nothing More performed at 98 Rockfest 2017 in Tampa.

Jay Cridlin

Nothing More performed at 98 Rockfest 2017 in Tampa.

Nothing More was one of the highlights of April's 98 Rockfest, a thoroughly entertaining rock outfit with a larger-than-live stage presence.

So maybe it's no surprise that their show tomorrow in St. Petersburg is moving to a larger venue.

The show, originally slated for the State Theatre, is being moved to Jannus Live "due to popular demand." The show with Palisades, My Ticket Home and Hell or Highwater will now take place at 6:30 p.m. at Jannus. Original tickets will be honored, and even more will now be available for purchase.

As we wrote in our review of 98 Rockfest, Nothing More, and particularly singer Jonny Hawkins, was the night's big surprise: "Wailing and thrashing and drumming like a maniac, Hawkins led the band through a magnetic set of sci-fi-flavored shredding and pounding, from the bruising Salem to the surprisingly introspective Jenny, at one point scaling a Transformer-like electro-percussive rig like some sort of Mad Max war boy."

Hopefully there's room for a little more of that at Jannus Live. Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Tom Cruise's son Connor Cruise to DJ Halloween party at Tampa's Hard Rock Cafe

Connor Cruise attended Wild 94.1 Wild Splash in 2016.

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Connor Cruise attended Wild 94.1 Wild Splash in 2016.

Whenever Tom Cruise comes to Clearwater on Church of Scientology business, he keeps a low profile. Occasionally he'll meet with local leaders or pop into a college basketball game, but otherwise, he's in and he's out and you never hear about it.

His son Connor Cruise, on the other hand? Different story.

Cruise's 22-year-old adopted son with Nicole Kidman lives a relatively open life around Tampa Bay, Instagramming pics of his fishing expeditions and trips to Tropicana Field. An aspiring DJ, he's showed up at 94.1 Wild's Wild Splash in Clearwater's Coachman Park.

And now he's about to host what might be his first advertised DJ gig in Tampa Bay.

Cruise will headline a Halloween party dubbed the "Haunted School of Rock on Oct. 28 at the Hard Rock Cafe inside Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The party will be hosted by 93.3-FLZ's Brian Fink and feature sets from DJ T Quest and DJ Santana, as well as a $2,500 costume contest.

Limited early bird tickets are on sale now for $20; otherwise, general admission tickets are $40 at the door, with VIP table reservations available. Click here for details. …

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2018 Sunshine Music Festival lineup: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Phish's Mike Gordon, more

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Tedeschi Trucks Band is injecting a little extra jam into next year's Sunshine Music Festival.

Phish bassist Mike Gordon will join Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi's soul-rock band at their annual festival on Jan. 13, 2018 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. Considering Phish hasn't played a show in Tampa Bay in more than 20 years, you can bet Phishheads will flock to this one.

The rest of the lineup is just as jammy, funky and eclectic: Medeski Martin and Wood, Galactic, Hot Tuna, the Suffers and the Foundation of Funk, a supergroup featuring the Meters' Zigaboo Modeliste and George Porter Jr., Soulive's Eric Krasno and Medeski Martin and Wood's John Medeski.

Early-bird tickets are on sale now for an all-in price of $70; after that, general admission tickets go up to $64.95 plus fees. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin

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2018 Tampa Bay Blues Festival lineup: Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Delbert McClinton, more

Another Tampa Bay Blues Festival, another visit from the great Buddy Guy.

The 81-year-old blues icon will return to headline the 2018 Tampa Bay Blues Festival, April 6-8 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. Guy will headline Saturday's festivities; fellow guitar greats Robert Cray (Friday) and Delbert McClinton (Sunday) will join him atop the lineup. Other notable names at the 2018 Blues Fest: Beth Hart, John Nemeth, Ronnie Earl and Janiva Magness. Here's the full lineup by day:

April 6: Robert Cray (8:30 p.m.), Beth Hart (6:30), John Nemeth (4:30), Chris Beard (2:30), Jonn Del Toro Richardson (12:30)

April 7: Buddy Guy (8:30 p.m.), Ronnie Earl (6:30), Janiva Magness (4:30), Eric Gales (2:30), Quinn Sullivan (12:30)

April 8: Delbert McClinton (8:30), Sugaray Rayford (6:30), Mississippi Heat (4:30), Davy Knowles (2:30), Tad Robinson (1)

As always, the Blues Fest will have a kickoff party at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Palladium. Nemeth will be the headliner. Tickets are $25; click here to get them. …

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Throwdown by the Bay: Jake Owen leads country festival lineup at Tampa's Amalie Arena

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Jake Owen

After a couple of successful years where they brought headliners like Brantley Gilbert, Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton to warm up Tampa's winter nights, U.S. 103.5 put its Throwdown by the Bay on hold for 2016.

But it's coming back, with a Floridian right at the top.

Vero Beach native Jake Owen will headline the 2018 U.S. 103.5 Throwdown by the Bay, Jan. 20 at Amalie Arena. He'll be joined by Dan and Shay and Easton Corbin. It'll be the Barefoot Blue Jean Night singer's first Tampa show since 2013, and his first prime-time headlining concert since 2011.

Tickets to the show start at $16.24 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Charles Bradley, acclaimed Florida soul singer, dies at 68

Charles Bradley performed at the 2016 Gasparilla Music Festival.

Jay Cridlin

Charles Bradley performed at the 2016 Gasparilla Music Festival.

Acclaimed Florida R&B powerhouse Charles Bradley, whose raw, pained voice earned him the nickname the Screaming Eagle of Soul, has died of cancer at 68, his representatives announced Saturday.

Bradley, who was born in Brooklyn but raised in Gainesville, lived a difficult live, one marked by broken familiies, homelessness and health issues. He spent years in clubs impersonating his idol, James Brown.

Only late in life did Bradley find international success on his own. It came through the retro-soul-focused label Daptone Records (Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Lee Fields), which released his acclaimed debut album, No Time for Dreaming, in 2011, when Bradley was already in his 60s. His most recent LP, Changes, came out in 2016.

As recently as last year, he told Rolling Stone that he was still working through all the pain his life had brought -- a story told in the 2012 documentary Soul of America.

"I'm in a growth," he said. "I will say I'm not where I want to be at, but I'm in a growth to try and show the people who made this possible, who helped me, that I'm not giving in. I'm just going to keep pushing with my love and I hope that one day y'all can see that I'm for real." …

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