Advertisement
  1. Music

Strawberry Festival's replacement for Steven Tyler: Pitbull Toddler

The local rock band led by star radio personality Mike Calta will headline the main stage on March 3.
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards at the Palladium, in Los Angeles in 2014.
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards at the Palladium, in Los Angeles in 2014.
Published Feb. 20, 2019

If you were hoping the Florida Strawberry Festival might book a high-dollar replacement for its A-list headliner Steven Tyler, this might not be the news you were hoping for.

Pitbull Toddler, a local rock band led by Tampa radio personality Mike Calta, will fill in as the festival's headline act on March 3, the festival announced Wednesday. The news comes days after Tyler canceled due to "unforeseen circumstances."

We know what you're thinking, and you're right: That is quite a precipitous drop-off. Nothing against Pitbull Toddler, per se -- they play often around town, have a healthy local following and donate their skills and resources to plenty of charitable causes. They can play. But c'mon -- Steven Tyler? That's an enormous scarf to fill.

(And it bears mentioning that the three artists playing the matinee show on March 3 -- Terri Clark, Suzy Bogguss and Plant City's own Pam Tillis -- have all had nice, long careers of their own. It might've been nice to see them get bumped up to prime time, considering the fest has only one other nightly headliner who's female -- Martina McBride on March 4.)

The good news is, tickets just got a lot more affordable. Whereas Tyler was the highest-priced concert at this year's festival at $55, entry for Pitbull Toddler is free. So you can now spend your Tyler money on Clark, Bogguss and Tillis in the afternoon, then get a bonus concert by Pitbull Toddler at night.

The Strawberry Festival kicks off Feb. 28 with headliners including Willie Nelson, Alabama, Brothers Osborne and Old Dominion. Click here for details.

Contact Jay Cridlin at cridlin@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8336. Follow @JayCridlin.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Roger Waters will perform at Orlando's Amway Center on Aug. 13. [AEG Presents]
    Catch up on today’s Tampa Bay concert announcements.
  2. DJ Khaled has announced a residency at Hard Rock venues around the country, and it includes a show at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. [Epic Records]
    The omnipresent hip-hop dealmaker kicks off his stretch of Hard Rock dates in February.
  3. YBN Cordae will perform at Wild Splash at Clearwater's Coachman Park on March 7. [Jimmy Fontaine]
    Catch up on today’s Tampa Bay concert announcements.
  4. Alicia Keys will perform at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa on Sept. 20. [Milan Zrnic]
    The Grammy-winning superstar is scaling down from the arenas she’s used to.
  5. Nickelback will return to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater in Tampa on Aug. 16.
    Love 'em or hate 'em, they’re coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
  6. Kris Kristofferson performs in concert at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, Pa., in 2019. [OWEN SWEENEY  |  Invision/AP]
    Lyle Lovett, Todd Snider, Will Hoge and Black Flag complete a weekend heavy on singer-songwriters.
  7. BTS perform at the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in New York. [BEN HIDER  |  Ben Hider/Invision/AP]
    The K-pop phenomenons will hit Central Florida in May.
  8. FILE - This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Ozzy Osbourne performing at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. The 71-year-old Grammy winner and former vocalist for the metal band Black Sabbath said during an interview on “Good Morning America” that aired Tuesday, that he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, a nervous system disorder that affects movement.  The diagnosis came after a fall last year. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) [CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]
    The former Black Sabbath vocalist said on “Good Morning America” that the diagnosis came after a fall last year.
  9. Daryl Hall, left, and John Oates will perform at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Aug. 15.
    The duo’s tour with Squeeze and KT Tunstall hits town in August.
  10. DaBaby performs during the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles in June. [CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]
    The hugely hyped rapper will take the stage in Clearwater in March.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement