Monday, June 18, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

Music Planner: Ribfest returns, Carrie Underwood shares stories, Tegan and Sara start parties

BONE UP: RIBFEST

Three rules to keep in mind at Ribfest:

1. If you want a good view of the stage, stake out a spot early.

2. The lines get long, so choose your 'cue wisely, as you might not have time to go back for seconds.

3. It's all for a good cause, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, thanks to organizers the Northeast Exchange Club.

Got it? Then sit back and start snarfin'. This year's Ribfest once again brings three days of classic rock and country, along with more than a dozen "ribbers" from around the country smoking up a storm in Vinoy Park. Gates open at 11 a.m. daily, with loads of food, drinks, family fun and music.

Friday's lineup includes headliners Huey Lewis and the News (8:30 p.m.) alongside local rock stalwarts the Greg Billings Band, along with the Millennials, a band fronted by Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander's son Robin T. On Saturday, it's the Doobie Brothers (8:30 p.m.) with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Blackberry Smoke, Whiskey Myers, the Black Honkeys and Pat Benatar tribute act Fire and Ice. And on Sunday, it's country stud Chris Young (6:30 p.m.) with Parmalee and Clare Dunn.

Sales of advance tickets, which save you about $5-$7, end Thursday. After that it's $30 Friday, $35 Saturday and Sunday at the gate. For the full scoop and schedule, including details on parking and shuttles, see ribfest.org.

WHAT A STORYTELLER: Carrie Underwood

After years of co-hosting the Country Music Association Awards, Carrie Underwood this year finally got her due as a nominee in the top category, Entertainer of the Year. She didn't win (curse you, Garth Brooks!), but it speaks to her status as an unquestioned Nashville A-lister. Since winning American Idol in 2005, Underwood has won seven Grammys and conquered radio with singles like Before He Cheats, Good Girl and Something in the Water, but she's winning unprecedented raves for her new Storyteller Tour, in which she performs in the round and shares stories about her countless hits. The tour's a big reason for that Entertainer of the Year nomination — and it could help her bring that trophy home down the line. Easton Corbin and the Swon Brothers open at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $46.25 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME: Tegan and Sara

It's hard to feel down about anything at a Tegan and Sara show. The Quin twins have been indie pop favorites since the turn of the millennium, thanks to their delightfully charming personalities and earwormy pop singles. New hits like Boyfriend and Closer boast a slicker, more confectionery pop sheen than earlier, rockier singles like Walking With a Ghost and Monday Monday Monday, but that just means more dancing. Excellent singer-songwriter Torres opens the show, making their show at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., a top-to-bottom winner. $33 and up. (813) 248-4050. theritzybor.com.

ROCK STEADY: Toots and the Maytals

Anyone remember the musical guest from Donald Trump's first time hosting Saturday Night Live? It was Toots and the Maytals. Surprisingly, that historical factoid barely registers as a blip on the Jamaican reggae legends' long and influential career. How influential? Well, Toots Hibbert's 1986 song Do the Reggay was the first popular song to reference the genre by name. Hibbert, 73, left, is a living reggae history lesson, boasting some of the genre's best-known songs — Pressure Drop, Monkey Man, 54-46 (That's My Number) — and performing alongside or influencing everyone from the Skatelites and Wailers to Sublime and Amy Winehouse. After suffering an onstage injury in 2013, Hibbert swore he'd never tour again, but much like his soulful, inspirational voice, he has risen, and will take the stage at 8 Thursday at Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $22 and up. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com.

TURN DOWN SERVICE: DJ Snake

Tampa's Beach Bar keeps killing it with a monster stretch of DJ bookings: Krewella, Diplo, Steve Aoki and now DJ Snake, above. The French bass master will hit the stage formerly known as Hogan's Beach on Sunday, spinning selections of his many collaborative hits (Turn Down for What, Lean On, Let Me Love You, Middle). Doors open at 2 p.m. so you can get nice and crazy before Snake takes the stage in the evening. 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $21 and up. beachpartytampa.com.

     
     
Comments
SoundBytes: Mat Kearney, Gladys Knight, Big Boi, Ski Mask the Slump God and more

SoundBytes: Mat Kearney, Gladys Knight, Big Boi, Ski Mask the Slump God and more

— Singer-songwriter Mat Kearney is returning to the Ritz Ybor on Sept. 27, with Atlas Genius opening. Tickets start at $26.50. Click here for details.— Also coming to the Ritz Ybor in September: South Florida rapper (and a new member of X...
Updated: 2 hours ago
George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, more bringing Comedy Get Down tour to Tampa

George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, more bringing Comedy Get Down tour to Tampa

Nothing like outdoor comedy on a mid-November night in Florida, right?Okay, so it's not a club or theater or even an arena, and it rarely hosts comedy shows of any kind. Still, the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre will bring a host of fans when t...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Daryl Hall and John Oates talk about becoming cool again, their creative partnership and more

Daryl Hall and John Oates talk about becoming cool again, their creative partnership and more

In their prime, Daryl Hall and John Oates were a pop-music punch line, enormous stars on radio and MTV, yet as critically uncool as they come. Maneater, Private Eyes, Kiss On My List and Out of Touch all hit No. 1, but were no one's idea of cutting e...
Published: 06/18/18
Kesha, 311, ‘Walking Dead,’ more announce cruises departing from Tampa

Kesha, 311, ‘Walking Dead,’ more announce cruises departing from Tampa

Kesha faced the camera with a gleam behind her sunglasses and addressed her fans."We're going on a cruise!" she said in an announcement video unveiled Thursday. "We should all go on this cruise together. So I'll see you on the high seas of the Caribb...
Published: 06/15/18
Hall and Oates are cool again, and they talked to us

Hall and Oates are cool again, and they talked to us

We will, in a minute, get to how Daryl Hall and John Oates suddenly got so cool. But first, Oates has to tell you about the time he almost wrestled Skrillex on stage. It happened at the 2016 Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival in South Florida. Oate...
Published: 06/14/18
Auditions for ‘America’s Got Talent’ coming to Tampa

Auditions for ‘America’s Got Talent’ coming to Tampa

Do you sing? Tell jokes? Dance? Can you balance your Scottish terrier on your nose?Then circle Dec. 10 on your calendar, because that's the day America's Got Talent auditions are coming to Tampa. The show will set up camp and judge your talents start...
Published: 06/13/18
This week’s best Tampa Bay concerts: Maroon 5, Joan Jett, Styx and more

This week’s best Tampa Bay concerts: Maroon 5, Joan Jett, Styx and more

MANY VOICES: Maroon 5Remember when Adam Levine crooned the hook on Kanye West’s 2005 single Heard ’Em Say? Feels like a lifetime ago; it’s hard to imagine ’Ye and the Maroon 5 frontman booking studio time together in 2018. Or at least, it would be, i...
Published: 06/13/18
Photos: Royal Blood brings lean rock riffs to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

Photos: Royal Blood brings lean rock riffs to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

The Jannus Live courtyard was packed and primed for some serious rock 'n' roll business Tuesday night as British rock duo Royal Blood made their local debut in St. Petersburg.Singer-bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher brought about as lean a m...
Published: 06/13/18
USF Sun Dome’s new name: The Yuengling Center

USF Sun Dome’s new name: The Yuengling Center

One of Tampa Bay's biggest concert venues is getting a new name.The USF Sun Dome — home over the years to concerts by the likes of Madonna, Frank Sinatra, U2, Whitney Houston, Elton John and Arcade Fire — is changing its name to the Yueng...
Published: 06/12/18
SoundBytes: Nick Cannon, Jeremih, Teyana Taylor, Echosmith and more

SoundBytes: Nick Cannon, Jeremih, Teyana Taylor, Echosmith and more

— Nick Cannon is taking his popular MTV series Wild 'N Out on tour, and it's coming to Tampa. The show — which will feature game segments, stand-up from some of its most popular stars and "a live music performance from today's most popula...
Published: 06/12/18