Tampa Bay missed out on a real treat when Elvis Costello initially announced dates for his Spinning Songbook tour, in which each night's set list was determined in part by a huge spinning device he called "the Wheel."
"At each performance," Costello's website says, "select fans are invited onstage to spin the Wheel, helping to create new sets at each performance from a collection of 40 banners including hits, rarities, and a few surprises."
Fun times, right? Critics hailed each show on the tour as a brilliant night of showmanship and fan-friendliness. "Three hours of hilarity, musicality and unabated joy," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called it.
So it's fantastic news that Costello will apparently be bringing the Wheel to Tampa Bay.
According to his website, Costello will be coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sept. 17, part of his just-announced fall tour. Tickets will cost $49-$89 and will go on sale Friday.
This year's Tropical Heatwave in Ybor City featured 60 bands on nine stages in and around Ybor City. It is, for all intents and purposes, the biggest annual day of music in Tampa Bay.
But that could be about to change.
The second annual Antiwarpt Festival in St. Petersburg recently unveiled its lineup, a who's who of the Tampa indie music scene. On Monday it unveiled the full schedule — and our head is spinning just thinking about it.
Things kick off July 29, with a stellar preparty lineup at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. But the scene will get absolutely insane on July 30, when eight venues will host dozens of Tampa Bay's best bands.
As you might expect, the State Theatre gets the two biggest headliners — the London Souls and the Bright Light Social Hour — as well as three of the area's finest local artists: Have Gun, Will Travel, Thomas Wynn and the Believers, and the reunited Nervous Turkey. That's just a murderer's row.
Others on the bill include: HGWT, Sons of Hippies, Rebekah Pulley, the Tim Version, Will Quinlan, the Beauvilles and the Semis.
Tickets are only $12 via Daddy Kool.
• The first-ever Identity Festival comes to the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre on Aug. 24 with a huge slate of DJs and electronic, pop and hip-hop artists. General admission tickets normally start at $35, but for a limited time, Live Nation is selling them for $20. The sale begins 9 a.m. today and lasts until 5 a.m. Thursday.
• Eighties fans can celebrate. Rick Springfield will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sept. 3. Opening the show will be Starship Starring Mickey Thomas. Tickets are $49.75-$100, and they go on sale Friday.
• In the '90s, Tampa alt-rockers the Hazies were a big deal around town. Then they broke up. But they reunited this fall for a concert at Jannus Live, and it was a big success. Now they're gearing up for a concert at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Sept. 16. Tickets are $15, and they go on sale Friday.