Here's how great things are going these days for Ybor City's dance-music mecca, The Amphitheatre, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary this weekend: It just booked R. Kelly.
The R&B superstar is scheduled to appear at the club on April 28. Kelly is being billed as "appearing live," so there's no guarantee he'll sing anything, much less the entirety of Trapped in the Closet. There's always the chance that he'll show up, pop a bottle or two, and lounge around in the VIP area, softly humming I Believe I Can Fly to himself.
But we'd bet dollars to doughnuts that Kelly won't be able to resist taking the mike at some point. And if he does ... wow. Talk about phenomenal opportunity to catch one of the biggest, most controversial R&B stars up close in a club setting.
Stranger things have happened. Especially whenever R. Kelly's involved.
Tickets are $25-$35, and we would expect this event to be packed, so get 'em fast.
Tribute to Holocaust survivors
Music, poetry, theater, visual art and dance all go into Remembrance and Hope, a tribute to Holocaust survivors by the Performing Arts Consortium of St. Petersburg. Directed by Kirsten Perea, the production features music by a number of bay area composers, including David Martinez III and Vernon Taranto.
The centerpiece of the program is Rhapsody of Remembrance: Auschwitz, which incorporates music by James Weaver and dance by Travis Mesman. Actor Brian Shea, cellist Theresa Villani, violinist Oleg Guyer and the St. Petersburg College Madrigilians will also perform. Artist Bob Barancik provides overhead projections from his book of prints Art Not Hate: Creative Responses to Conflict.
Remembrance and Hope is part of Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Month, an annual initiative by the Florida Holocaust Museum. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. $15, $10. (727) 822-3590; mypalladium.org.
Black Taxi heading to Heatwave on May 12
Brooklyn quartet Black Taxi has been generating buzz in the indie-rock world after seven performances at this year's South by Southwest festival and their critically acclaimed second album, We Don't Know Any Better, released in January.
Since they are turning heads, it's fitting that the band recently announced spring tour dates, including an appearance at WMNF's Tropical Heatwave Festival in Tampa on May 12.
Additionally, the band has released a brand-new remix of their song Friend, off their latest album, by esteemed Brooklyn DJ Fake Money. It is available for free download from their Facebook page here: http://bit.ly/ItIxsN.
• Not again, Orlando! The Dirty Projectors are coming not to Tampa Bay this summer, but to the Beacham Theatre in Orlando on Aug. 6.
• But here's a good show close to home: The Bouncing Souls, Menzingers and Luther, June 15 at the State Theatre. Tickets are $20.
• The Tampa Improv has been killing it lately with these "special engagement" shows. Another huge one is coming up: Moviemaking siblings Shawn and Marlon Wayans. The Scary Movie bros will be there June 21-24. Tickets are $35. improvtampa.com.
• With the Venue gone, where's superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold going to drop his beats? How about the Ritz Ybor, on July 20? ritzybor.com.
• Universal Orlando has announced the first two musical performances for its Summer Concert Series: The cast of Nickelodeon's Victorious, including Victoria Justice, on June 9; and ZZ Top with 3 Doors Down on June 16.
• Speaking of theme park music, Busch Gardens has unveiled the schedule for its "Viva La Musica" concert series: Victor Manuelle (April 15), Grupo Mania (April 22), Dyland and Lenny (April 29) and Jerry Rivera (May 6). Concerts begin at noon and are included with park admission.
• Former Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit is coming to the Capitol Theatre on May 24. Tickets are $45. rutheckerdhall.com.
Staff writers Jay Cridlin, John Fleming and Sharon Kennedy Wynne contributed to this report.