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Madea coming to Sun Dome, courtesy of Tyler Perry

You might not recognize Tyler Perry, but his alter ego Madea wouldn’t pass unnoticed on the sidewalk.

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You might not recognize Tyler Perry, but his alter ego Madea wouldn’t pass unnoticed on the sidewalk.

Blockbuster movie and stage mogul Tyler Perry is coming to Tampa, in the guise of … you guessed it … Madea, America's favorite drag-wearing grandmother.

Perry has announced that his newest stage show, Madea's Big Happy Family, is coming to the USF Sun Dome on Sept. 30. Tickets are a pricey $55-$65, but you can still expect this to be a ginormous show. After all, how often do you get to see Tyler Perry playing Madea??!?

(What's that? Pretty much every year at the movies, you say? Oh, okay, never mind.)

"This tour started in January, and we have been filling theatres and arenas all over the country," Perry writes on his website. "I promise you will leave feeling better than when you came in."

Tickets go on sale Friday through Ticketmaster.

Vampire month?

Woot! October is officially shaping up to be the best month evarr in Tampa-Orlando music.

You got Yeasayer at the State Theatre on Oct. 4; the National at the House of Blues on Oct. 6; the Flaming Lips at Jannus Live on Oct. 13; and Matt and Kim at the State Theatre on Oct. 15. And let's not forget Yo Gabba Gabba at the St. Pete Times Forum on Oct. 30!

And now this: According to its website, Vampire Weekend is coming to Orlando's Hard Rock Live on Oct. 11. The much-blogged-about Beach House will open. Tickets are $35-$40, and they go on sale Saturday.

Okay, yeah, fine, Vampire Weekend is kind of an indie-rock punch line at this point. Members are the poster children of the blog-rock era, the Brooklyn band that got so much hype it landed on Saturday Night Live and the cover of Spin before its debut album even came out.

But get this: In addition to its show in Orlando, Vampire is also in Miami on Oct. 13 … and so far, there are still some open dates around then. Which means there's still plenty of time for a venue like, oh, say, the Ritz Ybor or Jannus Live or Tampa Theatre to reach out and start booking.


• Despite hosting Talk Soup and appearing on shows like Friends, 24 and The Ghost Whisperer, Aisha Tyler never quite found the right vehicle to make her a super-duper star, though she definitely deserves one. The comic will be at the Improv in Tampa, Sept. 2-5.

• On July 16, the place to party in Tampa Bay will be the Dallas Bull. That night, the LoCash Cowboys will perform live, and there will be a bikini contest (first prize: $1,500). Doors open at 7 p.m.; cover is $5 for 21 and up, $10 for ladies ages 18-20, $15 for guys ages 18-20.

• There's an oil spill benefit this weekend at Jannus Live! called Monsters of Sludge. And next week — July 3 — there's a party hosted by the Basiqs, benefiting the Seabird Sanctuary and Matter of Trust. It's 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Roosevelt, 1812 N 15th St., Ybor City. It's $5 at the door.

Madea coming to Sun Dome, courtesy of Tyler Perry 06/22/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 8:45pm]
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