SoundBytes: Avenged Sevenfold, Dawes, Mike Epps, Tony Bennett, Austin Mahone and more
— Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones are coming to Orlando’s Amway Center on Oct. 16. but we confess, we’re more curious about how the opening act, Ghost BC (above), will perform on an arena stage. Could be a wild show. Click here for details on the show.
— California country-rockers Dawes, who recently wowed us at the Gasparilla Music Festival — and who delivered what is still one of our favorite songs of 2013 in Most People — are returning to Tampa Bay with a show at the State Theatre on Oct. 16. Tickets are $21. Click here.
— Already going through Warped Tour withdrawal? Story of the Year, Like Moths to Flames, Hawthorne Heights, Capture the Crow, Set It Off and I Am King are coming to Orpheum on Halloween Night for the 2013 Scream Like You Mean It Tour. Tickets are $19-$23. Click here.
— Legendary crooner Tony Bennett will make his first stop at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater on Feb. 12. Tickets are $65-$150. Click here.
— Speaking of legendary crooners, Johnny Mathis will return to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Feb. 6. Tickets start at $49 and go onsale Friday at noon. Click here.
— Is Austin Mahone 2014’s Justin Bieber? He’s already played the Jingle Ball in Tampa, and last week he did a special, intimate set at the Postcard Inn in St. Pete Beach. He’ll be back in town on Oct. 19 for a gig at Jannus Live in St. Pete. Tickets start at $29.50. Click here.
— Cursive frontman Tim Kasher is coming to Crowbar on Nov. 1 alongside Laura Stevenson. Tickets are $10. Click here.
— Has Carlos Mencia’s star fallen to the point where he’s no longer playing theaters? He’ll be at the Improv in Tampa from Sept. 26-29. Tickets are $28. Click here.
— September’s shaping up to be a nice month for old-school rap fans at the State Theatre. Goodie Mob plays there on Sept. 7, and now we find out Southern legends Geto Boys are coming there on Sept. 20. Tickets are $20. Click here.
— Rapper Mike Stud will be at Crowbar on Oct. 23. Tickets are $12-$14. Click here.
— As the legal squabbles persist over St. Petersburg’s Antiwarpt Festival, a new name has emerged for the Antiwarpt-like festival on Oct. 5: Don’t Stop St. Pete.
— Good news/bad news for fans of dance music: The Zedd show on Sept. 7 is already sold out. The good news is, Czar’s Filthy Richard party will have a grand-reopening in its new home inside the Ritz on Aug. 16. Click here.
— Mike Epps: The next Kevin Hart? He seems to be following in Hart’s footsteps as he approaches arena-headliner status. According to his website, he’ll headline the Tampa Bay Times Forum on March 7, 2014. No word yet from the Forum on this, but we’ll keep you posted.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*