SoundBytes: Tyga, Willie Nelson, Mark McGrath, Drew Carey and more
-- The week of Christmas is usually pretty slow, concert-wise, but not this year, with local shows by the likes of Deadmau5, ZZ Top, Chris Isaak, Chiodos and Kansas on the calendar. Add another hot one to the list: Rapper Tyga on Dec. 21 at Jannus Live. Ticket prices haven't been announced, but they'll go on sale soon via Ticketfly.com.
-- Sugar Ray and Smash Mouth, united at last? Almost! Singers Mark McGrath and Steve Harwell will perform at Tampa's Hard Rock Cafe on Dec. 14, as part of the unveiling party for the Seminole Hard Rock Girls 2014 Calendar. Both singers will perform hits from their respective '90s-rock groups, backed by a full band each. Tickets are $40 and are on sale via Ticketmaster and in the Hard Rock's gift shop. Proceeds go toward the 13 Ugly Men Foundation. Click here for info.
-- The Dallas Bull has unveiled a new slate of country concerts in the coming months: Charlie Daniels (Dec. 7, tickets are $10-$15), Joe Nichols (Dec. 14, $10-$15), Chris Cagle (Jan. 17, $10-$15) and Corey Smith (Feb. 21, $10-$15). Click here.
-- Renowned psychic Sylvia Browne died Wednesday in California. Browne was scheduled to appear at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Jan. 21. Ticketholders will be notified of refund options.
-- Kenny Vance and the Planotones have postponed their concert this Saturday at the Palladium until Jan. 8 due to illness. Tickets for the Nov. 23 date will be good at the new date.
-- There's no word yet on the lineup for Busch Gardens' annual Bands, Brew & BBQ concert series. But SeaWorld has unveiled most of theirs. Among the performers booked: Willie Nelson (Feb. 1), Cheap Trick (Feb. 8), Barenaked Ladies (Feb. 15), REO Speedwagon (Feb. 16), Justin Moore (Feb. 23), Scotty McCreery (March 1), Martina McBride (March 8) and .38 Special (March 9).All concerts are free with SeaWorld admission. Click here for details.
-- Some big names in comedy are coming to the Lakeland Center in Lakeland: Ron White (Jan. 4), Drew Carey (Jan. 10, Jerry Lewis (Jan. 16), Cheech and Chong (Feb. 12) and Bill Cosby (March 17). Other Lakeland shows of note: Merle Haggard (Jan. 30), Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo on Feb. 23 and The Straits -- featuring former members of Dire Straits -- on March 20. Click here for details on these shows and others.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*