If you like to get down, funky and occasionally a lil' bit dirty, there's no other place you'll want to be this May 1 than Vinoy Waterfront Park in St. Petersburg.
The lineup for Funk Fest Tampa Bay, a concert blending funk, soul and hip-hop through the ages, is taking shape, and you can expect a number of hitmakers to make an appearance. For example:
• Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, the uber-platinum producer-singer-songwriter, who's responsible for almost every pop or R&B hit of the '90s, including his own singles How Come, How Long and Eric Clapton's Change the World.
• Bell Biv DeVoe, the New Edition spinoff whose unstoppable hits include Poison and Do Me!
• The reunited SWV, a.k.a. Sisters With Voices, who sang Weak and I'm So Into You.
• Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, an old-school soul outfit making the rounds this spring at festivals like SunFest and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. They might not have had as many hits as the other groups, but they toured with Marvin Gaye and are renowned among soul, jazz and R&B fans.
• And of course the one and only Doug E. Fresh, human beatbox and party emcee nonpareil. It ain't a party unless Doug E. Fresh is in the building.
Organizers of the show, which is sponsored by 95.7 the Beat, promise more acts to come. General admission tickets start at $35-$45, with a limited number of advance tickets available for $30 through March 31. Go to funkfestconcerts.com for more information.
• Feel like you need some harmonica in your life? Blues Traveler is coming to the State Theatre on April 26. Even better, it's letting two Tampa Bay bands, Dive Bar Stalkers and the Black Honkeys, open the show.
• Blues guitarist extraordinaire Jonny Lang is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on May 21.
• Also coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall, on June 29: Earth, Wind and Fire. Tickets go on sale Friday.
• We made a big deal out of it when Maria Bamford came to town (she's at the Improv this weekend). So we'll make a big deal out of it now that another one of the Comedians of Comedy is coming to Tampa. Brian Posehn will be at the Improv in Ybor City April 15-17. In addition to being funny, he's a huge metal fan — and, hey, he was the lead singer of Titannica, too.
• Speaking of comedy, Tom Arnold was supposed to be performing at Side Splitters in Tampa on April 22-24. Now he's not.
• And speaking of portly middle-aged comedians, Ron White has added a second show May 22 at Ruth Eckerd Hall. He'll now perform at 7 p.m. (which is sold out) and 10 p.m.
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