Sunday, September 23, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

Music Planner: Time to juice up the Jingle Ball, plus Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the Outlaws and more

WITH BELLS ON: JINGLE BALL

Joe Jonas, right, is all good with the Jingle Ball format.

"I really do love it," the DNCE singer told the Times in a recent phone interview. "It's different from what you're used to. You get to celebrate a year, particularly with artists you don't get to see together unless you're at an awards show."

That's true. But after seven years of the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball in Tampa, I'm wondering if it's starting to feel a little stale.

This year's headliner, Pitbull, is playing his third Jingle Ball; Fifth Harmony and DNCE, their second — and all three have played Tampa Bay this year. That might not matter to the corporate overlords at iHeartMedia, who in recent years have transformed the loose Jingle Ball network into a sleek 12-date parade of pop royalty highlighted by a national TV special (which airs at 8 p.m. Thursday on the CW).

Tampa's also got EDM smashmakers the Chainsmokers, who will drop their hit Don't Let Me Down with singer Daya; Record of the Year Grammy nominees Lukas Graham (7 Years); and Martin Garrix, recently crowned the world's No. 1 DJ. Fans also get a free preshow party outside the arena with Daya, Jon Bellion, Sabrina Carpenter and Hey Violet.

That Tampa has a Jingle Ball is a good thing; I'll be there Saturday with bells on. But I'm hoping for some sort of shakeup in 2017 — collaborations, celebrity hosts, unexpected surprises, more fun that feels less scripted.

In the meantime, the preshow starts at 3 p.m., the main show at 7 p.m. at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive. $41 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

For more with Joe Jonas, see tampabay.com/soundcheck.

AN OUTLAW COMES HOME: HENRY PAUL

Think a hometown concert with your pals sounds like a stress-free way to ease into the holidays? Not for Henry Paul.

On Friday, Paul will return to the Capitol Theatre for a long night of music from his three big projects — Southern rockers the Outlaws (Green Grass and High Tides), country vocal group BlackHawk (Goodbye Says It All) and the Henry Paul Band.

"Makes for a long night for me," Paul said in a recent phone interview. "I would say that if we start it at 8 o'clock, we'll be lucky to be done by 11:30 or midnight."

This is the third year of Paul's career-spanning "Green Grass and Yule Tide Jam" in Clearwater. The Outlaws remain one of the most successful groups to come out of Tampa, and he says he still sees plenty of familiar faces here, even though he moved away in the '90s.

"Once a year we can come and play our hometown market and visit with all of our friends," he said, "and it's really one of the parts of the year that I look most forward to."

$37.50 and up. 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.

For more with Henry Paul, see tbtim.es/18rk.

CHRISTMAS ROCKING: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

You can make a case that Trans-Siberian Orchestra is the biggest rock band in Florida. The group's mega-spectacular holiday tours, which pack arenas coast to coast, are among the music world's highest-grossing every year. That's no surprise to fans in its home base of Tampa, who flock to its annual shows at Amalie Arena for a blitzin' display of pyro- and classical-tinged metal. The show returns at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday with a show based on TSO's long-running PBS special The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. Pregame with eggnog and bring your earplugs. $32 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Mind Your Manners

Any band that called St. Petersburg home in recent years probably saw Rick Manners at a show. The Holiday musician, stagehand and all-around scene booster was a constant presence in the 'Burg, both in the crowd and behind the scenes. So it's only fitting that musicians will gather this weekend for Mind Your Manners: A Celebration of Rick Manners, who died after a stroke Dec. 5. Manners left instructions for friends to hold a celebratory memorial concert, so at 4 p.m. Sunday, the Local 662, 662 Central Ave., will do so with Redfeather, the Scurvy, Slade and the Wasters, Geri X, Twisty Chris and the Puddin' Packs and more. "He made a big impression on everyone," said organizer Nick Marcisin, who worked with Manners at Night of the Living Sound Productions in St. Petersburg. "There's 14 bands right now. I've had to turn down almost 20. It should be a weekend." Free. facebook.com/thelocal662.

OUT FROM THE GROVES: J.T. Brown

Sturgill Simpson's surprise Grammy nomination for Album of the Year bodes well for J.T. Brown. The Tampa singer-songwriter (not to be confused with the Tampa Bay Lightning right winger) calls his new album Phantom Heart "space folk," a description that blends elements of stonerish Southern rock, dusty alt-folk and country-fried soul. It's a full and fleshed-out collection that sounds a little like Simpson's A Sailor's Guide to Earth — high praise, but surely no a surprise if you were a fan of Brown's old band the Groves. He'll release Phantom Heart with two shows this weekend: 7 p.m. Friday at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City; and 7 p.m. Saturday at Paper Crane, 910 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Both are $10. facebook.com/jtbrownmusic cq.

   
Comments
Review: Niall Horan, Maren Morris shine in unequal spotlights at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Review: Niall Horan, Maren Morris shine in unequal spotlights at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

It was a big ol' pop show Saturday night in Tampa, as a Grammy-winning singer behind one of the year's most unkillable singles got the whole MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre singing.Oh, and Niall Horan was there, too.The Grammy winner, ...
Published: 09/23/18
SoundBytes: The Midnight Hour, Dead Prez, Derez De’Shon, nothing,nowhere. and more

SoundBytes: The Midnight Hour, Dead Prez, Derez De’Shon, nothing,nowhere. and more

— Rising emo-rap artist nothing,nowhere., who opened for Fall Out Boy last fall at Amalie Arena, will headline the Orpheum on Nov. 24, alongside Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Smrtdeath and St. Panther. Tickets are $18 and up. Click here.— ...
Published: 09/21/18
Lucero’s Ben Nichols talks about the band’s 20th anniversary, Michael Shannon’s intensity and more

Lucero’s Ben Nichols talks about the band’s 20th anniversary, Michael Shannon’s intensity and more

Ben Nichols is friendly with Michael Shannon. His brother, director Jeff Nichols, has cast Shannon in all five of his films. And the Oscar-nominated actor stars in a video — a short film, really — for Long Way Back Home, the new single by Nichols’ ro...
Published: 09/20/18
Lucero’s Ben Nichols talks Michael Shannon’s intensity, the band’s chances at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more

Lucero’s Ben Nichols talks Michael Shannon’s intensity, the band’s chances at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more

This is the 20th year of Lucero, the crusty, punk- and alt-country-accented Memphis rockers who've made many an enjoyable sojourn to Tampa Bay over the years. But don't go thinking it's made Ben Nichols newly nostalgic for his early work."It's funny,...
Published: 09/20/18
Rae Sremmurd to headline USF Homecoming concert at Yuengling Center in Tampa

Rae Sremmurd to headline USF Homecoming concert at Yuengling Center in Tampa

The University of South Florida's homecoming week is just around the corner, and the school has just booked a nice headliner for its annual centerpiece concert.Chart-topping hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd will headline the annual USF Homecoming concert on ...
Published: 09/20/18
Dickey Betts in critical condition, facing brain surgery after ‘freak accident’ near Sarasota; upcoming concerts canceled

Dickey Betts in critical condition, facing brain surgery after ‘freak accident’ near Sarasota; upcoming concerts canceled

Months after returning to the stage after years of retirement, legendary Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is "critical but stable" after a "freak accident" at his home in Sarasota County, according to his website.The site says Betts was ou...
Published: 09/19/18
Maroon 5 to Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

Maroon 5 to Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

A band will once again take the stage at the Super Bowl halftime show.The pop group Maroon 5 is scheduled to headline the annual 13-minute extravaganza this February at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, according to two sources familiar with the plan...
Published: 09/19/18
Ticket window: Carol Burnett, John Mellencamp and Sarah Brightman on sale this week

Ticket window: Carol Burnett, John Mellencamp and Sarah Brightman on sale this week

Tickets for the following events go on sale this week:• Carol Burnett, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, $72.50-$257.50, on Sale at noon Friday at the box office, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, or by calling (727) 791-7400.• Shawn Colvin,...
Published: 09/19/18
Country Music on the Bay festival bringing Scotty McCreery, Wynonna, Jerrod Niemann to St. Petersburg

Country Music on the Bay festival bringing Scotty McCreery, Wynonna, Jerrod Niemann to St. Petersburg

An all-new country music festival is coming to St. Petersburg.Country Music on the Bay will hit Vinoy Park on Oct. 13, with a lineup that includes American Idol alum Scotty McCreery, Jerrod Niemann (Drink to That All Night), Wynonna and the Big Noise...
Published: 09/19/18
Weekend concert picks: Niall Horan, Maren Morris, Lucero and more

Weekend concert picks: Niall Horan, Maren Morris, Lucero and more

UPWARD DIRECTION: Niall Horan, Maren MorrisHarry Styles is the biggest star, rakish as always and selling out arenas. Zayn and Liam Payne have the best pop hits (Pillowtalk, Strip That Down, Get Low). Louis Tomlinson is biding his time while anxious ...
Published: 09/19/18