Even for Ruth Eckerd Hall, the intimate venue known for its sly booking prowess, this is a mondo get: Paul Simon, who once played to 500,000 Central Parkers with cooing partner Art Garfunkel.
According to his website, Rhymin' Simon — who just turned 70! — has tacked a few new dates onto his fall tour, including Dec. 5 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, which, for the record, seats 2,180 people max.
As far as we can tell, this is not one of the singer-songwriter's Graceland 25th anniversary shows. Instead, it'll no doubt be heavy on material from his latest album, So Beautiful or So What, plus classics like 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, The Obvious Child and Slip Slidin' Away.
Simon's website says tickets will go on sale Oct. 15, but Ruth Eckerd Hall isn't confirming anything just yet.
Ritz bags a giant
It's taken a while, but we finally have our first really interesting concert of 2012. Nerd-rock pioneers The Might Be Giants will bring a healthy catalog of songs about worms, outer space and the letters of the alphabet to the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on Feb. 7. It's the first show announced for the Ritz in 2012 — or anywhere in Tampa, really.
Tickets are $22-$24. To get them, visit Daddy Kool Records at www.daddykool.com .
• Slow Ride rockers Foghat are playing a last-minute show at Jannus Live on Saturday. Tickets are $20.
• British R&B singer-songwriter Marsha Ambrosius is coming to the Straz Center in Tampa on Dec. 1. Tickets start at $24.50.
• Skipper's Smokehouse and WMNF fave Todd Snider is returning to the Skipperdome on Dec. 9. Tickets are $15-$20.
• Reggae star Pato Banton and the Now Generation Band will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at Push Ultra Lounge. Tickets are $10 at the door.
• Onetime American Idol finalist Danny Gokey — the guy with the glasses — will perform at Sanding Ovations 2011, a huge sand-sculpting competition from Nov. 17-20 in Treasure Island.