SoundBytes: T.I., Mikky Ekko, Big Country and more
-- An already-hip show just got even hipper: Mikky Ekko, the R&B crooner best known for his appearance on Rihanna’s Stay, will open for Jessie Ware at the Ritz Ybor on Oct. 23. Click here.
-- Following his slot on Lil Wayne’s America’s Most Wanted Tour, which stops at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on July 13, rapper T.I. will host an afterparty at Club Skye in Ybor City. Tickets are $25-$100; ladies get in free until 11 p.m. For info, click here.
-- Eighties hitmakers Big Country will perform at the State Theatre on Aug. 30. Tickets are $18. Click here.
-- Soul-funk veterans Maze featuring Frankie Beverly are coming to the Mahaffey Theater on Sept. 15. Tickets are $49.50-$79.50. Click here.
-- This sounds fantastic: Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus will host a “Brutal Gwar-B-Q” on Aug. 3 at Crowbar in Ybor City. It’s being thrown in conjunction with Cigar City Brewing, which is producing a special “Gwar-B-Q Brew” for the alien-metal band’s annual Gwar-B-Q in Richmond, Va., on Aug. 17. At the Crowbar show, you can sample Gwar-B-Q Brew and enjoy “Brutal Burgers” with Gwar-B-Q sauce. Tickets are just $5, and there will be a handful of metal bands, including Gwar cover band Gwar Attack. Click here.
-- Copeland frontman Aaron Marsh will open for Anberlin at the State Theatre on July 13. Click here.
-- Details are scant, but according to his website, rapper Mickey Avalon is coming to the Orpheum on Aug. 24.
- What's this? A new local music fest, the Back 40 Music Festival, taking place Oct. 12 way down in Wimauma? We're intrigued.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*