Saturday, February 17, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

At 80, Willie Nelson still brings the hits

It has been a really long time since Willie Nelson, who turns 80 (!) on Tuesday, actually looked like the Red Headed Stranger, but his iconic voice hasn't taken a hit over the course of an untouchable 57-year career that has taken him from early gigs as a struggling radio announcer to multiple appearances on country music's biggest stages. He has successfully navigated a few brushes with the law ($32 million in unpaid taxes, a 2010 charge for pot possession) and songs like Bloody Mary Morning, Darkness on the Face of the Earth and Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground represent just an inkling of his innumerable contributions to the great American songbook. Presumably nearing the tail end of his run, Nelson is one of the few living legends who's actually living, as evidenced by a plethora of collaborations (he has worked with Snoop Dogg, for crying out loud) and a live set that can still leave even his most devoted followers with tears of appreciation. Also performing is his son, Lukas, at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48.50 and up. (727) 791-7400.

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Review: Kelsea Ballerini gets close to fans, digs into ‘Unapologetically’ at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

Review: Kelsea Ballerini gets close to fans, digs into ‘Unapologetically’ at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

Kelsea Ballerini has a story to tell. It's the story of the last three crazy years of her life, from a breakup to the Grammys to a marriage and all the "life, growing up, self-discovery" in between.If you heard her new album Unapologetically, it's a ...
Published: 02/17/18
Review: Rufus Wainwright makes magic from melancholy at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater

Review: Rufus Wainwright makes magic from melancholy at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater

It wasn't Carnegie Hall; it wasn't even Milwaukee. But for a certain kind of lover, there was no finer place to spend Valentine's night than the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater."What a wonderful little town," said Rufus Wainwright, playing his first Ta...
Published: 02/15/18
Updated: 02/16/18
Colin Quinn suffers heart attack, postpones Saturday’s show at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater

Colin Quinn suffers heart attack, postpones Saturday’s show at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater

Comic Colin Quinn has postponed his concert on Saturday at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, but at least he has a valid reason: He suffered a heart attack on Valentine's Day."My heart goes out to all the people who bought tickets to my show. Litera...
Published: 02/15/18
Smashing Pumpkins’ reunited lineup coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

Smashing Pumpkins’ reunited lineup coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

If you're a Smashing Pumpkins fan, today is the greatest day you've ever known.After weeks of speculation, the band is getting back on the road with a mostly reunited classic lineup led by frontman Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy ...
Published: 02/15/18
This week’s best concerts: Mary J. Blige, Kelsea Ballerini, Wyclef Jean and more

This week’s best concerts: Mary J. Blige, Kelsea Ballerini, Wyclef Jean and more

LEGEND IN THE MAKING: Kelsea BalleriniComing off a debut with three No. 1 singles — Love Me Like You Mean It, Dibs and Peter Pan — it’s no surprise Kelsea Ballerini was feeling the pressure before dropping her sophomore album Unapologetically last fa...
Published: 02/14/18
Kelsea Ballerini talks about pressure, Time’s Up and avoiding the sophomore slump

Kelsea Ballerini talks about pressure, Time’s Up and avoiding the sophomore slump

Though she may be a Grammy-nominated star today, Kelsea Ballerini doesn't know if she could do it again if she had to start over right now as a teenager."I remember moving to Nashville when I was 15, and I swore I was ready," said Ballerini, 24. "I s...
Published: 02/14/18
SoundBytes: The Descendents, Jacuzzi Boys, Goldlink and more

SoundBytes: The Descendents, Jacuzzi Boys, Goldlink and more

— St. Petersburg has been on a real hot streak of shows by all-time punk legends the last couple of years: X, Social Distortion, the Damned, Jello Biafra … and now the Descendents, playing their first Tampa Bay show in more than 20 years....
Published: 02/13/18
Styx, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Tesla coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

Styx, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Tesla coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

Just in time for Father's Day comes another classic rock package tour that'll knock  your dad's argyles off.Styx, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Tesla are teaming up for a summer tour that'll hit Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre o...
Published: 02/13/18
Kelsea Ballerini talks pressure, #TimesUp and avoiding the sophomore slump

Kelsea Ballerini talks pressure, #TimesUp and avoiding the sophomore slump

There’s a reason you didn’t see Kelsea Ballerini at this year’s Grammys."Last year was my first year going because I was nominated, and I realized while sitting there that I feel like it’s the kind of thing you want to show up to when you have a reas...
Published: 02/13/18
Tickets on sale this week: Styx with Joan Jett, Country Megaticket, Cedric the Entertainer, Rays home games

Tickets on sale this week: Styx with Joan Jett, Country Megaticket, Cedric the Entertainer, Rays home games

Tickets for the following events go on sale this week:• Country Mega Ticket, various dates and times at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, $159-$799, on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the box office, 4802 U.S. 301 N, or by calling (813) 740-...
Published: 02/12/18
Updated: 02/14/18