SoundBytes: Dierks Bentley, Taylor Hicks, Peter Hook and more
-- Country star Dierks Bentley has announced a summer tour with a couple of big-name support acts: Randy Houser and Cam. And it's coming to Tampa, too -- almost certainly at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. He hasn't unveiled a date yet, though. So keep an eye out!
-- Pasco County isn't known for live music, but a big name act is coming to Land O'Lakes: Taylor Hicks. The erstwhile American Idol will headline the new Spring Music Festival and Expo on March 11-12 at the Fraternal Order of Police Pasco Lodge #29, at the corner of Land O' Lakes Boulevard and Bell Lake Road. He'll perform at 6:30 p.m. March 11 alongside openers Solar Exposure. Tickets are $25-$40. On March 12, admission is free for local bands including Ashley Smith and Josh Higgins, Bad Rabbit, Stonegrey and Bobby Summers. Click here for details on the event.
-- Peter Hook and the Light are coming to the Ritz Ybor on Nov. 19 with a special night of music. Hook will be performing the hits/B-sides collections from his old bands Joy Division and New Order, both titled Substance, in their entireties. Tickets go on sale Jan. 22. Click here.
-- Big D and the Kids Table are performing at the State Theatre on April 21 along with the Snails and Counterpunch. Tickets are $13-$15. Click here.
-- A handful of new shows are coming to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater: Dave Rawlings Machine, featuring Americana veterans Rawlings and Gillian Welch, on April 8 (tickets are $35, click here); Classic Albums Live presents Fleetwood Mac's Rumours on April 10 ($35 and up, click here); and the Happy Together Tour featuring the Turtles, Flo and Eddie, Chuck Negron, Mark Lindsay, the Cowsills, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and the Spencer Davis Group on June 11 ($40 and up, click here).
-- Rapper Plies will perform a special Valentine's weekend show on Feb. 12 at Green Gators Gar and Grill, 9202 Anderson Road in Tampa. Click here.