Reunited Beach Boys, Dave Matthews Band announce Tampa dates

Score one for the David J. Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, which just landed one of the musical coups of the year.

The Beach Boys, who are reuniting for a 50th anniversary tour in 2012, are coming to the Straz Center on May 5, the venue announced today. Tickets start at $49.50, and they'll go on sale at noon Feb. 24, and you can expect them to go fast. You can also get VIP tickets with a meet and greet, soundcheck access, merchandise and more for $295.50.

You may have caught Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks onstage at the Grammys this week, where they performed Good Vibrations with Maroon 5 and Foster the People. It was a more than solid performance, considering these guys haven't shared such a prominent stage together in decades. And if this show is anything like Wilson's solo show last August, we're in for a treat.

Welcome back, Dave

Dave Matthews Band have played in Tampa pretty much every year for as long as we can remember.

Except last year. Dave and company took time off from touring in 2011, which means the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre fell unusually silent for one summer night.

That won't be the case in 2012. Dave Matthews Band have unveiled their summer tour plans for this year, and they include a July 18 stop in Tampa, at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre. A pre-sale starts this Thursday, but tickets to the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. March 9.

Soundbytes

• Soul singer Mayer Hawthorne has played Orlando plenty in recent years, but he always seems to skip Tampa Bay. No longer! Hawthorne and his band, The Country, will play the State Theatre on May 7.

• American Idol's James Durbin will headline this year's Pet-A-Palooza, March 11 at Coachman Park in Clearwater.

• Jack Russell's Great White will perform at Jannus Live on March 1 alongside Faster Pussycat. To be clear, "Jack Russell's Great White" is not the same thing as "Great White," but really, who's counting?

Reunited Beach Boys, Dave Matthews Band announce Tampa dates 02/15/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 10:55am]

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