Celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson is set to headline the grand opening of Tampa's new Hard Rock Cafe on Jan. 12. (Can we can safely assume her old pal Lindsay Lohan won't be on the guest list?) But Ronson's not the only star expected to show in Tampa that night.
Styx will headline a VIP-only concert before the public party gets going. There will also be a red carpet outside the club; among those set to walk it are Mike "the Situation" Sorrentino from Jersey Shore, Kelly Bensimon from The Real Housewives of New York City, and Lo Bosworth and Stephanie Pratt from The Hills.
The randomness of the guest list notwithstanding, we do acknowledge that this will be a pretty wild party. The preparty with Styx starts at 9 p.m., with a red carpet starting at 10:30 p.m. There are no advance tickets, so show up early if you want to get in. For details, visit seminolehardrocktampa.com or call (813) 627-7625.
New Kids, Backstreet Boys to play Orlando
Is it time for Tampa music fans to start officially worrying about Orlando's brand-spanking-new Amway Center?
So far in 2011, three major tours — Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley and Sade — have skipped Tampa's St. Pete Times Forum and taken their tours to Amway. On Tuesday, another tour announced plans to hit Orlando instead of Tampa: the retro-dreamy megatour featuring New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys.
The two boy-band titans will hit Orlando on July 22, according to their joint tour website. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale for $29.50-$89.50 on Jan. 15.
• Kenny G is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 7, his first gig here since a sold-out show in 2008. Tickets are $69.50, $49.50 and $39.50 and go on sale noon Friday.
• Leon Russell is coming to the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater on Feb. 24. Tickets are $29.50 to $45 and also go on sale Friday.
• Everyone knows that '60s song Spooky ("Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you"). But do you know who originally sang it? They're called Classics IV, and they're from Jacksonville. And you can check them out Jan. 16 at the Largo Cultural Center. Tickets are $33-$38.
• Guess who is coming to Sarasota. Tony Blair, on Feb. 23. And Malcolm Gladwell on March 21. And Regis Philbin, on Jan. 26. Huh? What is in the water in Sarasota these days?