SoundBytes: Air Supply, Whitesnake, Kate Earl, Billy Currington and more
-- We finally have the music lineup for this year's Clearwater Fun 'N Sun Festival, taking place April 19-28, with concerts scheduled the last two days in Coachman Park. Seventies hitmakers America and Air Supply will headline the festival on April 27, and country singer Billy Currington will take the top spot on April 28. General admission seating is free both days, with reserved seats starting at $25. Click here.
-- How's this for an incongruous pairing of artist and venue? Counry hitmaker John Michael Montgomery (I Swear, Sold, Life's a Dance) is performing at the Orpheum in Ybor City on May 16, alongside Blake Wise. Unlike the Steve Earle show at the Orpheum a couple of years ago, this is a full-band, Dallas Bull-style show. On Seventh. In Ybor. Tickets are $30-$75, and they'll go onsale April 5 via ticketfly.com and theorpheum.com.
-- We just saw that singer-songwriter Kate Earl will open for Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls at the Live Nation Amphitheatre on Aug. 4, which is definitely a thing to get excited about.
-- Busch Gardens has unveiled the artists for its 2013 Viva la Musica Latin music series: Ednita Nazario (April 14), Oscar D'Leon (April 21), Milly Quezada (April 28) and El Gran Combo (May 5).
-- Local opera singer Ryan Julien is this year's voice of the Tampa Bay Rowdies. He'll sing the national anthem before every home game this season, including Saturday's opener at Al Lang Stadium.
-- Famed singer-songwriter Janis Ian, who won a Grammy this year for Best Spoken Word Album for her autobiography, Society's Child, will perform at the Carrollwood Cultural Center on May 2. Tickets are $24-$29. Click here.
-- The Grammy Museum's Music Revolution Project is coming to Tampa. The free program, which aims to educate and enlighten students about careers in music, includes workshops, songwriting classes and recording opportunities with Grammy nominees and winners. Local high school and college students interested in participating should include an info session at 1 p.m. April 13 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. To RSVP or get more info, email [email protected]
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*