Tampa was the end of the road for Usher's UR Experience Tour, and everyone involved decided to leave it all on the stage Sunday night.
Extra explosions, backflips and dance breakdowns helped round out a night of talented people coming together to present one cohesive show for the mass of fans gathered in Amalie Arena.
Usher Raymond IV didn't try to reinvent the wheel. He payed homage where he should: Glittery armbands and sneakers to match his MJ swag foot work, calls for hits from the drummer to compliment his James Brown splits and stunner shades to hide his eyes when he went all R. Kelly-sexy on the ladies. The combination of all the influences made the show an enjoyable 90 minutes of sound and movement. ...
Floridians are a little less philanthropic than their neighbors, according to a study of 2012 charitable giving figures culled by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. While Georgia and Alabama residents donate more than 4% of their annual incomes to causes traceable by IRS filings, the Sunshine State is at just over 3.2% during the same period.
The problem was most severe in the 25 to 44 age group, said Ned Pope of Florida Next, a non-profit organization based in Tampa. ...
PALM HARBOR — With only seven days to go before the wedding they'd been planning for two years, Denise "Dee" Rea and Justin Coté were both in a moment of crisis.
"My wedding dress arrived and it wasn't at all what I asked for," said Dee, 38, who is a post closing specialist at Nationwide Title Clearing. "The seams didn't match up and there was no gathering in the front. I just bawled my eyes out."...
The ropes coordinator had to push Ros Miller's feet off the roof's edge of the 15-story Fort Lauderdale building just to get her started rappeling downward.
"It was such a shock," laughed the 59-year-old mother of three from Tampa. "She told me to let go of one hand and then the other. I was just hanging there by my harness."
She was almost halfway down before the beauty and gravity of what she was doing dawned on her....
We're in the thick of this year's fresh and craft market season, when snowbirds descend on Tampa Bay and vendors cluster together in droves to supply them with fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods and hand-made arts, jewelry and decor.
For the next few weeks, these vendors will double down for the holidays, adding pop-up and one-off festivals to their already jam-packed weekly and monthly market calendars. That's good news for shoppers. If you're behind on your holiday gift list, there's no better way to scratch a few items off than by hitting a fresh market. ...
11/25/14 Music & Concerts
This weekend, Wild 94.1 will attempt to solidify a relatively new brand, its WiLD Wheels car and bike show, enters its second year on Sunday. Headliner YG, a West Coast rapper with a Southern drawl, should be a big draw to the Florida State Fairgrounds.
Big attendance could catapult the event into an annual staple, something the CBS Radio hip-hop station has lots of experience with in Tampa Bay. ...
Juicy J is a machine. His SUV arrived at Jannus Live at 10:40 p.m. Saturday, and nine minutes later he was on stage, full blast, performing his newest single Low in front of a backing band.
You can probably attribute it to the professionalism acquired in the nearly 20 years since his debut album with Memphis, Tenn.’s Three 6 Mafia. The Twerk or Die 2 Tour was a freight train of dirty bass that started rolling when Juicy J hit the stage and didn’t stop until he threw his hands up to bid the crowd goodnight one hour later....
Just after 10:30 p.m. Friday, the line at the Jannus Live ticket booth started to get long.
Fans waited, with fury in their eyes, for a refund for the DMX concert that was cancelled 90 minutes after it began.
"We have some bad news for you all," the DJ said just after St. Petersburg rapper Rival left the stage.
Promoter Dino Pinto said the New York rap legend had a disagreement with his management shortly before boarding began for his 8:30 p.m. flight from Hartsfield-Jakson Airport in Atlanta. DMX didn't board the plane....
For a long time, Gilbert Gottfried has been a sound. A grating, nasally nails-on-a-chalkboard sound that every listener identified as an antagonist before they even put together the words of his characters, from adoption agents with questionable ethics to evil parrots of would-be usurpers.
But that’s not all he is.
The 59-year-old father of two got his start in stand-up in his teens and has never really stopped touring. “I can’t even count how many years I’ve been on the road at this point,” he told tbt* in a recent phone interview about his life in show business....
It's been an interesting year in race relations for America. In just over 10 months, there have been communities violently protesting loss of due process, NBA owners losing their teams over racist remarks and anti-immigration zealots blockading school buses full of brown children because they were presumed to be foreign.
It's a climate — not of change, as was promised by the election of President Obama Obama, but of an overwhelming dedication to fight change. ...
SAFETY HARBOR — Meeting someone on the Internet is always a gamble, but Terry Kuhn and Jennifer Miller are born risk takers.
"We both love going to the casino," said Terry, 48, a certified public accountant and tax manager at Brimmer, Burek & Keelan. "So our first date we went to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa."
It was a good bet.
Terry and Jennifer were married at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa on Aug. 23 — the 56th anniversary of her late parents' wedding. ...
The white marble statue of Cuban liberation hero Jose Marti stands silently in the center of his namesake park, extending its arm to all who would enter.
"People have seen the arm move," said Deborah Frethem, 65, author of Haunted Ybor City. "It moves very slowly up and down."
It's one of the many "hauntings" in the old cigar factory town just east of downtown Tampa, and not even the most chilling. "If you want real shivers, you've got the Cuban Club," Frethem laughed. "That place has a lot of history with hauntings."...
Death becomes Mike Tyson. In moments of loss, the former heavyweight boxing champion transforms from a caricature – all speech impediments and silly facial expressions – into a recognizable man, a son, a brother and a father.
Those moments of loss were the highlights of his 45-minute show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth at Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Saturday night....
If you've waited until this weekend to get your Halloween costume together, you're already way behind this year.
Dozens of Halloween events are scheduled for the weekend before Halloween, including two of Tampa's heaviest hitters, Ybor City's Guavaween and Helloween at Jackson's Bistro in Tampa.
Though All Hallow's Eve falls on a Friday this year, promoters and party planners are making use of the weekend before to draw out the party through the end of the month. ...
Local fans waiting patiently for Monday's premiere of Adult Swim's new comedy-toon Mike Tyson Mysteries don't have to wait that long to get a dose of the man himself.
The former heavyweight boxing champ will bring his one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth to the Hard Rock Cafe at Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Saturday night.
Even Tyson admits he's made an incredible transition from athlete/face-mangler to actor and cartoon star. We talked to him about the new cartoon, the ever-elusive Norm MacDonald and how young athletes can learn from his story....