While the Pelican Pub and Detroit Liquors have reopened, all has been quiet on the Jannus Landing front for a few weeks now.
But Tuesday, the historic venue's new owners came out with a huge announcement: Jannus Landing is being renamed "Jannus Live."
The ownership group behind Jannus, Knight Global Entertainment (a partnership between local businessmen Jeff Knight and Bill Edwards) released a list of improvements to the venue, including:
• A new stage framed by a wrought-iron rig that will hold new PA and lighting systems.
• A bigger covering replacing the old "circus tent" awning above the stage, plus new walls and a resurfaced courtyard floor.
• Real restrooms — 27 stalls for women, and stalls and urinals for men, all indoors and air-conditioned
• A new patio bar, eight VIP suites lining the courtyard's balcony level (with wood floors, a bar top, mini-fridge and flat-screen TV) and a floor-level VIP section with "a plexiglass-covered koi pond that people can stand (or dance) on."
The Jannus Live Web site (jannuslive.com) is pretty bare-bones right now, but they promise more updates to come. Absent from both the Web site and Tuesday's press release is any mention of a reopening date, but Eric Snider, the former Creative Loafing and Times music writer who is now working with Knight Global in a PR/marketing role, said that should come very soon.
"We're looking at a concert announcement in the next few days," Snider said. The show (or shows), which are not finalized, are tentatively scheduled for late March — which happens to be around the same time as the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Snider also said the Tamiami Bar has been gutted in preparation for a posh new sushi club/restaurant, Pure Sake, but there's no timetable yet on when that project will open.
The Vans Warped Tour just got some more local flavor. Added to the bill for the July 23 St. Petersburg show are Bradenton's We the Kings, VersaEmerge (featuring Redington Shores' Sierra Kusterbeck) and, for the first time in Tampa Bay, Tampa's own Automatic Loveletter, which has played Warped in the past, but not the local show.
Ron White is returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall on May 22; tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday.
Coming to Czar: Kid Sister! We've been hoping someone would bring this fly young rapper back to Tampa Bay. She'll perform on March 12.
Coming to the State Theatre: Tweeny pop-rockers the Honor Society on March 19, This Providence on April 6 and post-hard-core act Alexisonfire on April 29.
Coming to Orlando's Hard Rock Live: the Goo Goo Dolls! Man, that takes us back. The show is April 27.
Read more Tampa Bay concert news at blogs.tampabay.com/tbt.