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These are not idle Idols

Chris Daughtry, above, and Fantasia Barrino are bringing their considerable talents to bay area venues this fall. Daughtry’s band arrives at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Oct. 16; and Barrino’s got a gig at Tampa’s David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 12.

DIRK SHADD | Times (2007)

Chris Daughtry, above, and Fantasia Barrino are bringing their considerable talents to bay area venues this fall. Daughtry’s band arrives at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Oct. 16; and Barrino’s got a gig at Tampa’s David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 12.

Chris Daughtry and Fantasia Barrino are two of the very best singers — and legitimate artists — to ever stomp the American Idol stage, but their sales clout and buzz has waned of late. Chalk it up to the ephemeral, disposable nature of pop music in the 21st century. Out with the good, in with the Archuletas.

Most Fallen Idols probably deserve their fickle fate, but not these two North Carolina natives. The Bald Wonder's massive vibrato wail and Ms. Baby Makin' Hips' heaven-kissed pipes — not to mention their very tangible sex appeal: his curvy head, her curvy curves — are still worth cheering, and Tampa Bay will get that chance when both arrive on our shores this fall.

Daughtry and his post-grungy mates (love that What About Now) will play intimate — and awesomely remodeled — Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Oct. 16. Tickets are $44.50 and go on sale Friday. Head over to jannuslive.com for more info. I've seen Daughtry twice, and despite his distracting wallet chain, I've enjoyed each show.

According to her website, Fantasia, who is as quirky as she is talented, is set to play Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 12. No word on tickets, but keep checking strazcenter.org.

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

If you go

Daughtry tickets on sale Friday

Daughtry performs 8 p.m., Oct. 16 at Jannus Live!, St. Petersburg.

Tickets are $50.70,

on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster.

Other concerts

Christian rock's Third Day is coming to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Dec. 5. Tickets are $27-$42, with a special price of $22.78 for purchases of 10 or more tickets (paging all church youth group leaders...). The show begins at 6:30 p.m.

Another can't-miss Christian act is Jars of Clay, who broke into the mainstream with their '90s hit Flood. They, too, are passing through Tampa Bay this fall, performing with singer-songwriter Brandon Heath at Countyside Christian Center in Clearwater. The show is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23, and tickets are $20-$50, with a discounted price of $17.80 for groups of 10 or more.

Jay Cridlin,

Times staff writer

These are not idle Idols 09/29/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 11:24pm]
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