Review / photos: Wild Splash brings Wiz Khalfia, B.o.B., Rich Homie Quan, more to Coachman Park in Clearwater03/09/14 Blog
It was seven hours after the gates to Clearwater’s Coachman Park opened that Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa crooned his hit Young, Wild & Free for nearly 15,000 screaming coeds and fans, but the entire day embodied the sentiment.
Wild 94.1’s annual Spring Break concert Wild Splash sold out four days before the show, bringing young people from schools around the state and some who were returning home from schools around the nation. They wore bikini tops and shorts in defiance to the unseasonably chilly 60-degree weather and danced along with each as if it would be their last opportunity....
Three men with microphones were all that filled the stage of Florida Strawberry Festival Wish Farms Stage Friday night during Boyz II Men's no-frills set.
The '90s R&B supergroup came to the festival stage sans band, backup singers, dancers or really anything you’d expect for an act of their caliber and era. With a brisk 16-song set, they set out to prove that three men were the whole show. At times, they delivered. Some points left the crowd wanting....
03/05/14 Music & Concerts
The weekend has arrived.
It's the one weekend where Spring Break for nearly every university in Florida overlaps. It's also the weekend of local radio station Wild 94.1's annual Wild Splash festival concert.
This is not a coincidence.
By Tuesday, the show featuring rappers Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B, Rich Homie Quan, Sage the Gemini, Far East Movement, Kid Ink and Ty Dolla $ign had sold out of $35 general admission tickets. A week earlier, there were no more $100 VIP passes to be had. ...
02/27/14 Food & Dining
The need for beads has been satiated. Horny pirates spent two weekends in Tampa racking up plastic loot by filling their gullets with drink and showing their booties during Gasparilla celebrations.
Now, Mardi Gras is upon us, and more beads will abound on the Gulf Coast, if you're willing to make the drive. But you don't have to take a 10-hour ride if you want to eat just like our neighbors to the west. Local Cajun and seafood eateries offer affordable options to soothe your hankering for something to warm your soul and not burn your lips....
Bright pink hair whipped from side to side as Demi Lovato belted out her hits at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Wednesday night.
At times, she got down and rolled her hips a bit, thrusting her pelvis and reminding the audience she's no longer the Disney-kid, Camp Rock star of old.
But for the majority of the 20-song set on her Neon Lights Tour, Lovato reminded her fans that vocal talent is what sets her apart from her contemporaries. She delivered powerful high notes in her opening number, the radio blaster Heart Attack, and kept the show rolling from there....
ST. PETE BEACH — Just as they had dozens of times before, Christy Miller and Nathan Draus settled into seats near the back corner of the L-shaped bar at their favorite dive on the water to talk.
Nathan, 37, a finance employee at an auto dealership, reached into his pocket, pulled out a small jewelry box and presented it to Christy — checking her face as she opened it to reveal a man's wedding band....
Each person who walked past the velvet rope toward Raquel Pomplun was greeted by a megawatt smile.
She sang and did little dances. She engaged them in conversation. She clapped her hands and laughed at their jokes. The fans at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino already had waited in line Wednesday night to get her autograph, yet the 2013 Playboy Playmate of the Year, was still trying to win them over....
Rochelle Graham-Campbell saw her mother cut off all her hair — to get rid of the chemically straightened parts — and got inspired.
The then-University of South Florida business student thought, Why shouldn't I wear my natural hair?
So, she cut hers off too.
Five years later, her tresses are longer than shoulder length, styled in controlled ringlets or stylish Afros. As developer and owner of Alikay Naturals, a line of natural hair care and beauty products for black women, she'll tell you the road to the hair she has now was expensive and time consuming....
Zhao Heng started his career in entertainment showing Shaolin martial arts across the United States with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus — and this weekend Heng and seven other Shaolin warriors will perform with the motocross madness of the Nuclear Cowboyz at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
The addition of the Shaolin warriors to this year's popular freestyle motocross show brings a new Eastern theme for the pyrotechnic-heavy Nuclear Cowboyz show, where riders play out a narrative in the air, on the tracks and with a maze of synchronized and choreographed tricks....
For the first time since 2003, Valentine's Day falls on Friday. It's a gift and a curse. Sure, there's a whole week to think up something spectacular, but this year's idea has to be bigger, as per the unwritten rule that anything celebrated on Friday must become a multiday endeavor.
Fear not, procrastinators. Tbt* knows how to set the mood at the very last minute. If you're reading this on Friday morning, you've still got a shot at not pissing off your honey and totally fooling them into thinking you're awesome. ...
Great weather makes for great soccer conditions in Florida. Youth soccer benefits, for sure; professional soccer not as much.
And then there's the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, which has played in the Sunshine State three times in the past 13 months, felling each opponent by a three-goal margin, and posting a home-friendly attendance record of 20,274 at November's match in Orlando.
It's no wonder they're coming back, this time to Boca Raton, to take on Russia on Saturday....
By ROBBYN MITCHELL
ORLANDO — "First position," bellowed Paul Harris, choreographer of wand combat for the film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Without missing a beat, more than 5,000 arms raised overhead pointing wands at the stage as their knees sunk into deep pliés.
It's what most of this crowd had been waiting for all day as they took in the sights and sounds of a Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Theme Parks in Orlando Saturday....
TAMPA — Late-night partiers smiled at Erin Cece and Darrin Pierce, offering them drinks, shouting congratulations and asking to be photographed with the couple as they wound their way up and down Ybor City's E Seventh Avenue in the wee hours of that Sunday morning.
It's not every day that a woman in a striking, old Hollywood-style wedding gown — complete with headpiece — and a man in a tuxedo walk into a bar and begin dancing like they own the place. ...
Want to hit the waves for Gasparilla? Here's what you need to know:
The Jose Gasparilla sets sail from Ballast Point, the Tampa Yacht and Country Club at 5320 Interbay Blvd., at 9:30 a.m. It will make its way past Davis Islands, where smaller craft are free to follow it toward the Tampa Convention Center.
Only motorized crafts are allowed in the area around the parade. The U.S. Coast Guard, along with local law enforcement agencies, will enforce this rule and pluck wakeboarders, kayakers and swimmers out of the water for safety reasons....
They can be seen from every view overlooking Seddon Channel — the tiny fleet of pleasure crafts bobbing along behind the Jose Gasparilla before making their way to drop anchor near Bayshore Boulevard.
As much a part of the Gasparilla tradition as the parade itself, spending Saturday morning on the water is how hundreds of people participate in the shenanigans.
"One of the things that make our event unique is the maritime invasion," said Don Barnes, executive officer of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. "We fire our theatrical cannons and weapons in creating something so unique to Tampa."...