Heading to Wild 94.1's sold-out Wild Splash festival on Saturday? Leave early. Traffic across the bridges into Clearwater is always a nightmare, so even though doors open at 1 p.m., you'll want to factor in an extra hour or so for your commute.
If it helps you plan your day, Wild 94.1 has unveiled the tentative schedule and set times for this year's Wild Splash, and we're sharing it below. As always, set times are very, very subject to change, so plan accordingly:...
Sound the alarm! We have a Dave Chappelle sighting!
The reclusive, enigmatic, undeniably brilliant comedian is returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall on April 13. Tickets are $62.50, and they go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here for details.
This show is scheduled for 7 p.m., but we'd bet dollars to doughnuts Chappelle will add a second, later show, as he did when he played the same venue in late 2013. Both of those shows sold out within minutes, and for good reason -- Chappelle is one of the biggest and most mysterious names in comedy, and he simply doesn't come to your town very often....
When R&B singer Ginuwine drops the iconic squelch of bass that kicks off his classic hit Pony on Friday at the USF Sun Dome, the place will jolt to life with thousands of gyrating bodies.
Pony is the alpha and omega of over-the-top sex jams, a glistening slab of '90s R&B so completely ludicrous it's irresistible. From its bombastic belch of an opening note to lyrics so pointed they border on pornographic ("Send chills up and down your spine / juices flowing down your thigh"), Pony is musical shorthand for shameless, no-holds-barred freakiness. And because today's Internet culture worships at the altar of '90s nostalgia, Pony and Ginuwine have become go-to references for anyone in search of a sexually charged smile....
03/04/15 Music & Concerts
On a clear afternoon in March, it's hard to picture a better setting for a music festival than Curtis Hixon Park. Museums to your right, the Beer Can to your left, the minarets and sunset straight ahead — no matter where you throw down your blanket, you'll find a postcard photo op waiting. • "They're all great spots," said David Cox, a board member of the Gasparilla Music Festival, which returns to Curtis Hixon Saturday and Sunday. "It's just about picking what you're into." • Cox isn't talking about music — although, for the fourth year in a row, GMF has once again curated a something-for-everyone slate of folk, funk, blues, bluegrass and indie rock. He's talking about the park itself. GMF veterans tend to meander through Curtis Hixon all night, checking out all four stages of music and sampling creative fare from nearly 20 local restaurants and vendors. But sometimes you just want to pick one spot and groove out. • That's where we come in. In advance of GMF '15, we picked five of our favorite nooks, crannies and areas to take in the festivities. — Jay Cridlin email@example.com...
03/04/15 Music & Concerts
There are slow jams, there are slooow jams, and there are jams so slow that, much like the God Particle, their sexiness cannot be measured by conventional science.
And then there is Pony, the 1996 single from singer Ginuwine and producer Timbaland that took the concept of the slow jam and exploded it all over your face, your prom dress and the back seat of your Volkswagen Jetta....
Parmalee's Barry Knox talks strawberry shortcake, festival hang sessions, the greatness of Bob Seger and more03/04/15 Blog
This’ll be Parmalee’s first trip to the Florida Strawberry Festival. But don’t think for a second Barry Knox doesn’t know his way around a berry patch.
“My grandmother used to grow strawberries,” said the bassist for the North Carolina band. “We actually had a U-pick garden right outside of Parmale, N.C. My grandmother would take me there to pick strawberries all the time. So I’m a fan.”...
It's hard to miss Kelly Clarkson these days. The inaugural American Idol champ has been relentless in making the publicity rounds in the build-up to the release of her new album Piece by Piece. Heck, she was just in Orlando on Feb. 21, performing as part of Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras concert series.
Soon enough, she'll even be right here in our own backyard.
Clarkson on Tuesday announced plans for a tour that will stop at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sept. 15, according to Live Nation. Tickets to the show are $20-$99.50, and they go on sale March 14. This will be her first Tampa Bay tour stop since she performed at the same venue alongside Maroon 5 in 2013....
The venue may not be as intimate (or as close to home) as the New World Brewery patio, but My Morning Jacket are finally coming back to Florida.
The Kentucky rockers on Tuesday announced a May 4 release date for The Waterfall, their first new album in four years. And amid all their high-profile festival appearances (Bonnaroo, Governor's Ball, etc.) this summer, they've carved out time for a headlining tour....
When Trampled By Turtles takes the stage at this weekend’s Gasparilla Music Festival, you’ll see guy with a fiddle, a guy with a banjo, a guy with a mandolin, a guy with an acoustic guitar and a guy with an acoustic bass.
Sounds a lot like a bluegrass band. But they’re not.
“We didn’t start playing in order to be a bluegrass band,” said the guy with the fiddle, Ryan Young. “This thing was just a chance for us to play our acoustic instruments, and it turns out it’s almost the exact instrumentation of a bluegrass band. But that wasn’t the original intent.”...
Clubland drop-ins by big-name rappers are always kind of a crapshoot. Actually, now that we think about it, anything involving Lil Wayne is always kind of a crapshoot.
That said: His Weeziness appears to be booked for a live appearance at Club Skye in Ybor City on March 19. If you believe the hype (and trust in the power of refunds), tickets are $40 (early bird), $50 (GA), $75 (VIP) and $100 ("all access, exclusvie, up close and personal") via Eventbrite. Click here for details....
A week from the kickoff of Busch Gardens' inaugural Food & Wine Festival, the theme park has unveiled the fest's full concert lineup -- and it's stacked with big names from the pop world.
Aloe Blacc (above), Daughtry, Daddy Yankee, Austin Mahone, Echosmith, Josh Turner, Collective Soul and KC and the Sunshine Band have been added to the Food & Wine Festival, running Saturdays and Sundays through the end of April. They join previously announced acts like Kenny Rogers, Pentatonix, Steven Curtis Chapman and Kool and the Gang....
How long until Maroon 5 headlines halftime of the Super Bowl?
It might happen sooner than we all think. The way the L.A. pop-rockers strutted out guns a-blazing at Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Wednesday – with a breathless, frenetic 25-minute cavalcade of hits that barely gave the extremely sold-out crowd a second to take it all in – it practically felt like an audition for Roger Goodell. Was he secretly in the building?...
02/25/15 Music & Concerts
On a day off from touring at his home studio in Nashville, Hunter Hayes is breaking down his recent infatuation with bluegrass music, and how he's exploring new ways to fuse traditional instruments like the mandolin and upright bass with his own whip-smart licks on guitar.
"It's a new thing, very exciting, because it's a fresh approach to a lot of different musical pieces," he says. "Where in the past, I would have grabbed an acoustic and done a line on an acoustic, I'm now doing a line on..."...
When you play 30 instruments — as singer-guitarist Hunter Hayes did on his self-titled debut — time can slip away from you in the studio.
“Easily, 16-hour days are not a problem,” Hayes said by phone from his Nashville home studio. “You don’t even realize time is just flying by, and then right around midnight or 1 o’clock, you’re like, ‘You know what? I should probably turn in.’”...
Ladies of Plant City, take note: The way to Scotty McCreery’s heart might be through his stomach.
The last time the country baritone played the Florida Strawberry Festival, in 2013, the thing that stood out to him the most was the food.
“The folks that work it, they really make you feel like you’re at home, like you’re family,” McCreery said by phone from his home in Raleigh, N.C. “There were some really sweet old ladies walking around offering me different strawberries — chocolate covered, white chocolate covered, everything you could imagine. Me and the band, we really dug in pretty good.”...