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Justin Bieber one of December's Top 5 concerts in Tampa Bay

Last week, Justin Bieber was named artist of the year by the American Music Awards, presumably on the strength of having Carol Brady's hair and the prepubescent power to make young girls spontaneously combust.

Granted, the AMAs are to awards shows what Funyuns are to vegetables, but the 16-year-old Canuck cutie won via the people's vote, and that's saying something.

So out of respect for teen girls — and more than a few "older" gals — J.Bieb has made my list of Top 5 December Shows in Tampa Bay.

My daughters will love this, too — although no telling how they'll feel after Daddy "reviews" JB's show.

Top 5 December Concerts

1. 97X Next Big Thing 10 (1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Sunday)

Far be it from me to nitpick the logic of zany radio station events, but maybe it's time to rename 97X's annual Next Big Thing bacchanal. After all, the headliner this year is My Chemical Romance. And while the surly guylinered Way brothers are not exactly a household name for my Aunt Shirley, My Chem's biggest album, The Black Parade, was a critical and commercial smash ... in 2006. Oh well. Sunday's fest lineup is pretty packed, including the Black Keys and Neon Trees. (

2. Justin Townes Earle (The Crowbar, Dec. 9)

Steve is his daddy, and Townes Van Zandt is his namesake. Not bad influences there at all — well, except for Justin's developing drug addiction at age 12, which was a bit too like-father-like-son. The kid's back porch vocal is smoother than his father's infamous sneer, but rest assured there's a roots-rock grit shared between bloodlines. (

3. 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball (St. Pete Times Forum, Dec. 12)

If you eliminate the inane 'tween-set chatter from wacky radio personalities, this year's Jingle Ball should be pretty enjoyable: Bruno Mars, left, B.o.B., Enrique Iglesias and Train are just a few of the current chart-toppers on the guest list. Unfortunately, the Jingle Ballers have also invited Maroon 5, who are as enjoyable as having your gums scraped. (

4. Judy Collins (Capitol Theatre, Dec. 12)

There are certain songs in the pop canon that send me into uncontrollable Snoopy-tears hysterics. Jim Croce's Time in a Bottle. Paul Simon's Father and Daughter. And, the ultimate doozy, Judy Collins' cover of Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now. I figure my reaction has something to do with either my parents and/or that summer at Camp Weetamoo when I was always topless. (

5. Justin Bieber (St. Pete Times Forum, Dec. 19)

Did you know that Justin "Baby" Bieber followed up his big AMA award by being named one of Barbara Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People of 2010"? In related news, that officially makes the 81-year-old newswoman the scariest cougar on the planet. Arm yourself, Biebs! (

Sean Daly can be reached at or (727) 893-8467. His Pop Life column runs every Sunday in Floridian.

By Sean Daly, Times pop music critic

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