03/12/14 Bars & Spirits
Hold onto your potatoes, because I'm about to drop an Irish car bomb: Some people don't care for Guinness. I know, right?
Sure, if all you're used to drinking are pale ales and lagers, a pint of Ireland's thick, dark stout may sit a little heavy on the tummy. But it's just not St. Patrick's Day without it (unless you're sticking to Jameson, in which case, may you be in heaven a full half hour before the devil knows you're dead)....
After months and months of preparation, and several nearly sleepless nights, by the time Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue closed out the 2014 Gasparilla Music Festival on Sunday, exhausted executive director Ty Rodriguez was primed for an emotional release....
Taste of Pinellas returning to St. Petersburg; lineup includes the Blues Brothers, Pat Benatar and Bruce Hornsby03/11/14 Blog
For the first time in two years, Taste of Pinellas is coming back to St. Petersburg, with a ton of live music in tow.
Pat Benatar (above) and Neil Giraldo, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Loverboy, KC and the Sunshine Band and the Blues Brothers — yes, Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi themselves — will headline this year’s Taste of Pinellas, May 9-10 at an all new venue, Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg....
The last time rust-voiced troubadour Ray LaMontagne came to Ruth Eckerd Hall, he performed with the late, legendary Levon Helm. This time around, he'll be returning with another beloved -- if much younger -- musical figure.
LaMontagne is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on July 10 alongside Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley, who hasn't played a solo show in Tampa Bay that we know of. L.A. indie duo the Belle Brigade will open the show. Tickets are $53.25-$125 and will go on sale soon. Click here....
I heard a rumor on Sunday that Wayne Coyne’s “F--- YEAH TAMPA” balloon ultimately came to rest on the front porch of some unsuspecting family in Tampa Heights. Not your usual Sunday wake-up call, that’s for sure.
But maybe, for at least one family, it was a reminder that this year’s Gasparilla Music Festival was two days, not one, and the crowd that descended on downtown Tampa for the festival’s second day was perhaps even more laid back and loosey-goosey than on Saturday....
Leave it to Wayne Coyne to say what everyone’s been thinking the last three years: “F--- YEAH TAMPA.”
The Flaming Lips’ frontman unleashed a massive silver balloon bearing that profane but apt message at the outset of their headlining set at Saturday’s Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa. And while the balloon quickly floated into the atmosphere – on its way, no doubt, to petrify some unlucky homeowner in Palma Ceia – the message stuck with of the thousands of fans who packed the park....
Many powerful forces had to come together in order for Paramore to play an intimate, exclusive set at Tampa’s Hard Rock Café on Thursday – Clear Channel, Atlantic Records, one of the world’s largest casinos and a band accustomed to playing arenas and amphitheaters, to name just a few.
But what’s interesting is that once the show got started, it felt like it was just the band and their fans....
Gasparilla Music Festival: 10 acts to watch, including Jason Isbell, RJD2, J. Roddy Walston and the Business and more03/06/14 Blog
The Flaming Lips will headline Day one of the Gasparilla Music Festival on Saturday, and while they'll surely put on one hell of a spectacular show, they're not the only must-see act on our list for this weekend. Here are 10 artists -- six national and four local -- performing on Saturday and Sunday that you really ought not to miss.
Trombone Shorty (5 p.m. Sunday): He’s a familiar face in these parts, having headlined the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Tampa Bay Blues Fest and Tropical Heatwave. And you may have caught him backing up Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Madonna at this year’s Grammys. But that’s no excuse for skipping what’ll surely be a compelling performance by swaggering brassman Troy Andrews. Ever heard a big-brass cover of Nirvana’s In Bloom? Here’s your chance....
03/05/14 Music & Concerts
A temporary tent in a downtown Tampa park is not the first place one might look for haute cuisine from one of Tampa's finest restaurants. Especially when it's surrounded by nearly 10,000 fans and four stages of live indie rock.
But as Greg Baker said: "I've got kind of a soft spot for music. I was a punk-rock kid."
And so it came to pass that in 2013, Baker — the co-owner and three-time James Beard Foundation Award-nominated chef of The Refinery — got talked into dishing out Thai Pulled Pork Tacos at the second annual Gasparilla Music Festival in Curtis Hixon Park....
The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne talks Miley Cyrus, Fred Armisen, Record Store Day, hanging out with aliens and more03/05/14 Blog
After 30 years, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips has evolved into one of the most unpredictable and enthralling rock stars on the planet. Whether he's creating a 24-hour-long song, selling music encased in a gummy fetus or singing with Ke$ha or Miley Cyrus, he's always at the forefront of some unique artistic experience.
"I think our biggest worry is to be boring," the Flaming Lips frontman said by phone recently from Oklahoma City. "The enemy of all art is boredom. If the people that are making it are bored, it can destroy them. So we make a lot of art and music, we collaborate, we do insane things all the time, and I would say at the end of the day, accidentally, we came up with some music and some art that transcends into the other realm"...
Say this for Jared Leto: He's not resting on his laurels
Days after winning an Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, Leto and his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, have announced a blockbuster tour with fellow modern-rock titans Linkin Park that'll hit an unusual Tampa venue, George M. Steinbrenner Field, on Aug.9. AFI, a pretty popular band in their own right, will open the show. Tickets are $40-$79, and they'll go on sale to the public on Monday, March 10. Click here for details....
03/04/14 Music & Concerts
In just five words, Fred Armisen managed to capture the enthralling, unpredictable essence of the Flaming Lips. • When asked why he accepted an offer to become the bandleader for Late Night with Seth Meyers, the comic told the Hollywood Reporter: "I like to think, 'What would Wayne Coyne do?'" • "I love that," Coyne said by phone this week from his native Oklahoma City. "We've known each other for a while, and I really like him. And I understand what he means. You just have to look at things and say, 'Here's what I like about it, here's what I want to do,' and not be all concerned about, 'Is everything going to work out?' I understand that." • Few understand it better than Coyne, the shaggy shaman behind alternative rock's weirdest, wildest psychedelic circus of love....
03/04/14 Music & Concerts
5 p.m. Sunday
He's a familiar face in these parts, having headlined the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Tampa Bay Blues Fest and Tropical Heatwave. And you may have caught him backing up Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Madonna at this year's Grammys. But that's no excuse for skipping what'll surely be a compelling performance by swaggering brassman Troy Andrews. Ever heard a big-brass cover of Nirvana's In Bloom? Here's your chance....
In another era, Jennifer Nettles could have been a pop star.
Sure, she’s kind of a pop star now, singing in one of the biggest country bands around, Sugarland. But send her new solo album, That Girl, back in time to 1997 or 1973, and watch it blow people’s minds.
Produced by Rick Rubin, the soulful, stripped-down album forced Nettles to rein in and refine her brassy, belt-it-out voice, and the result is a record that stacks up against any released by (take your pick) Carole King, Carly Simon, Sheryl Crow, Tracy Chapman, Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin or any other member of the Lilith Generation....
When the hell did Sam Beam grow a sense of humor?
Okay, that’s mean. He’s probably quite the jolly old soul, deep beneath those bushy backwoods whiskers. But as Iron and Wine, Beam was the new millennium’s original bard of sad-bastardry, soundtracking hushed coffeehouse breakups long before the world discovered Justin Vernon or Robin Pecknold....