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Tampa Bay to end 2009 with top-quality music festivals

All of a sudden, Tampa Bay is awash in quality year-ending festivals.

Wild 94.1 has Last Damn Show on Nov. 7 at Tropicana Field, with Goodie Mob, Fabolous, Keri Hilson and New Boyz.

97X has Next Big Thing on Dec. 6 at the Ford Amphitheatre with Panic at the Disco, the Used, 30 Seconds to Mars and Chevelle.

And now 93.3-FLZ has decided to jump into the festival game in a very big way. Make way for the pop-oriented Jingle Ball, Dec. 13 at the St. Pete Times Forum, with a lineup full of hot hitmakers: the Fray, Jordin Sparks, Pitbull, 3OH!3, Boys Like Girls, Sean Kingston and the Ting Tings.

Say what you will about the state of modern pop music, but that, ladies and gentlemen, is a pretty fine lineup.

Want to hear something else amazing? The first 1,000 tickets sold at the St. Pete Times Forum this Saturday, Oct. 24, will be just $9.33 (limit one per person). After that, tickets are $19.33 to $89.33.

Geri X. moving to Atlanta

John Mayer made a name for himself in Atlanta. So did the Black Crowes, Indigo Girls and Sugarland. Now one prominent St. Petersburg musician will attempt to do the same.

Indie-rock singer-songwriter Geri X. is moving to Atlanta at the end of this year. She'll say goodbye with a farewell show at 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at the State Theatre.

The reason for the move, she said, is simple: "We want to actually have a career."

The Bulgarian-born Geri X. (a.k.a. Micheva) has lived in St. Petersburg for about five years, during which she often traveled to gigs in Wisconsin for long stretches of time. But this is the first time she's ever considered permanently leaving Tampa Bay.

Geri and bassist/boyfriend Greg Roteik have worked out a deal with an independent label in Atlanta to release the followup to her well-received Anthems of a Mended Heart, which came out in 2007.

"Atlanta is the fourth musical city now," she said. "There's talent there, record labels are constantly going there, critics are going there. It's ripe for me."

Soundbytes

• Tonight's Vivian Girls concert has been moved down Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. The indie-licious gig, which was slated for Czar, is now taking place at Crowbar at just up the road. The show is still at 8 p.m.; tickets are $8-$12.

• Frank Zappa fanatics should be happy about the next few months. St. Pete Zappa tribute act Bogus Pomp will perform its traditional "Zappaween" Halloween show on Oct. 31 at the State Theatre in St. Pete. On Jan. 9, Dweezil Zappa will come to the Ritz Ybor for "Zappa Plays Zappa."

• Bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys are coming to Skipper's Smokehouse on Dec. 6, according to Skipper's and Pollstar.com. It's a WMNF show, which means you'll soon be able to buy tickets through the station, but nothing's been posted yet.

Tampa Bay to end 2009 with top-quality music festivals 10/19/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 9:58am]

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