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Kings of Leon, Jack Johnson to perform in Tampa Bay

Hot off their Record of the Year Grammy win for Use Somebody, Kings of Leon are returning to Tampa Bay on Sept. 18 at the Ford Amphitheatre.

Kings of Leon were last in Tampa in May 2009, at the USF Sun Dome. In his concert review, Sean Daly said they were "unlike any young rock band out there, unloading a tasty damnation boogie that spans hellhound blues, country lament and raging rock."

Tickets to this show go on sale Friday. Ticketmaster has the prices listed at $29.50 to $49.50.

And here's another big Ford Amp show: Uber-mellow singer-songwriter Jack Johnson is coming on Aug. 25, according to his Web site. Ticket prices haven't been announced yet, but they go on sale April 10.

More acts added for Wild Splash

To be honest, we'd been feeling a little lackluster about the lineup for Saturday's Wild Splash 2010. Sure, B.O.B. has what might be the hit of the summer in Nothin' On You, but Sean Paul? Omnipresent Tampa people Plies, Lil Kee and Javon Black?

It felt like this year's lineup was missing something.

Well, this should spice things up a bit. According to the official Wild Splash Web site, Miami rapper Trina and reggae hero Damian Marley have been added to the bill.

One more thing to keep in mind: This year's concert may have moved back to Coachman Park in Clearwater, but Wild 94.1's official pre- and afterparties are staying in Tampa. They'll be at Club Skye in Ybor City.

Wild Splash 2010 starts at 1 p.m. in Clearwater. Tickets are $22.

Sound bites

• Tickets to the Country Throwdown Tour at the Ford Amphitheatre on May 14, with Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Ryan Bingham and more, go on sale Friday. They'll be priced at $23 to $38, but if you buy between Friday and Sunday, you can get a special deal: $9.95 for lawn tickets and $20 for reserved seats.

• Five cast members from the soap opera Guiding Light will be in Tampa as part of a "Goodbye Guiding Light" farewell tour on March 27. Kim Zimmer, Grant Aleksander, Robert Newman, Justin Deas and Michael O'Leary will be at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino from 1 to 4 p.m., hanging out and (probably) posing dramatically for the camera. Tickets are $35.

• If we're driving to Atlanta for one concert this year, it's going to be Conan O'Brien on June 14 at the Fox Theatre.

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Kings of Leon, Jack Johnson to perform in Tampa Bay 03/15/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 15, 2010 9:39pm]
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