As America counts down the days until the premiere of Louie's third season this Thursday on FX, creator and star Louis C.K. has come up with an innovative way to get people's attention.
The comic - regarded by just about everyone as the best in the biz right now - has announced a huge fall tour that will bring him to the Straz Center in Tampa on Nov. 29. He'll be playing Morsani Hall, which is quite a step up from the Tampa Theatre, which he played in 2010.
But Louis being Louis, there's a catch. Tickets for the show will only be available through his website. All seats are $45, all fees included, and you can only get them here. (Okay, that's not entirely true - there will be a limited number of tickets available at the Straz Center box office, for dedicated patrons and people for whom Internet access is a problem. Call (813) 229-7827 for details.)
For Louis, this ticket-selling experiment is a natural progression from his decision to sell his most recent special, Live at the Beacon Theater, as a $5 download through his website - yielding more than $1 million in revenue, with no middlemen horning in on the action.
"We're really excited about him doing this," said Straz spokesman Paul Bilyeu. "In terms of sticking it to the scalpers, it's good for us, because those scalpers can be bad; they can really wreak havoc on our customers and sponsors."
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Go-Go's bring the beat
The Go-Go's are one of those '80s acts that just don't get around as much as their fans would like. And can you blame them? Though the band is still touring with their classic lineup - Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey, Gina Schock and Kathy Valentine - the girls themselves are scattered all around the globe when they're not on the road. So every live show generates a ton of frequent flyer miles.
So the very least you can do is step up and buy a ticket when the Go-Go's play Sept. 19 at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater. It's one of only three shows they have planned for September (the other two are in California), plus it's at a nice, comfy indoor venue. The Go-Go's were one of the free concerts last summer for the Tampa Bay Rays. Tickets are $35, $55 and $60 and go on sale Saturday at noon.
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- One of the hottest local concerts of last fall was Lindsey Buckingham at the tiny Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. The show was a sellout, and why wouldn't it be? Any time you have a chance to see one of the best guitarists alive in such an intimate space, you grab it. Buckingham will return to Clearwater on Aug. 6, according to Ruth Eckerd Hall. He'll play hits from his most recent studio outing, Seeds We Sow, as well as some old Fleetwood Mac hits. Tickets are $59-$150, and they'll go on sale Saturday.
- Legendary rock howler Joe Cocker will come to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Oct. 4. He'll be joined by Dave Mason. Tickets are $49.50-$100.
- Atlanta southern rockers Blackberry Smoke will perform at the Largo Cultural Center on Sept. 25. Tickets are $25-$30, and they'll go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday at LargoArts.com.
- Tampa Bay's DJ KU made it to the finals but didn't take home the national crown in this past weekend's Red Bull Thre3Style competition in Orlando. Charles Ku (pronounced KOO) won the regional contest in Charlotte, N.C., in May and competed against nine other deejays for the national title. He placed in the top six.