For the second time this year, 311 is playing a small club in Ybor City. This time, though, you might actually have a shot at getting in.
The normally amphitheater-headlining band has booked a show for Nov. 4 at the Cuban Club in Ybor City -- just a block or so from the Attic and Rock Brothers Brewing, which produces the band's signature 311 Amber Ale. Rock Brothers, which is producing this show under the moniker "Moffitt Rocks Tampa Bay"; as the band's website notes, it'll be a fundraiser for the Moffitt Cancer Center.
This is 311's second spin through Ybor in recent months. In February, the rock-reggae-punk-hip-hop group played an invite-only show for Rock Brothers at the Ritz Ybor on the eve of their annual 311 Cruise, which departed from the Port of Tampa. To get into that one, fans had to win tickets.
Tickets to the show start at $47.50. While 311 is the only band announced thus far, they promise at least one "special guest" will be added to the bill.
Click here for all the details on the show.
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Roger Daltrey performing in Tampa in 2015.
The Who may be nearing the end of their touring days. But Roger Daltrey is not.
The Who's singer is embarking on a new solo tour this fall, and it'll stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Oct. 30. It'll be Daltrey's first gig in Tampa Bay since a Who gig in 2015, and his first solo stop since 2009, also at Ruth Eckerd.
While Pete Townshend and bassist Pino Palladino won't be on hand, plenty of other members of the modern Who will be -- guitarist Simon Townshend (Pete's brother), drummer Zak Starkey (Ringo Starr's son), bassist Jon Button and keyboardists Frank Simes, Loren Gold and John Corey. So basically every almost every member of the Who playing live shows these days.
Daltrey's solo sets are loaded with Who hits like I Can't Explain, Baba O'Riley and Who Are You, along with numerous solo tracks and covers.
Tickets to this show are $63.50 and up. Click here for details.
-- Jay CridlinFull Story
Jason Aldean performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 18, 2018.
Country music has a dude problem.
I’m not talking about the proliferation of mindless bro country over the past half-decade, nor am I referring to the fact that most of Nashville’s best music these days comes not from said bros, from female singers and songwriters.
I’m talking about the fact that there are just too many dudes. Slick dudes, scruffy dudes, poppy dudes, "traditional" dudes -- attractive and pleasant enough, yet all more or less interchangeable. They sing virtually the same songs, open and middle the exact same tours. Even their names are plain and repetitive -- who can tell Kip Moore from Justin Moore, Chase Rice from Chase Bryant, Chris Lane from Chris Young from Brett Young from Brett Eldredge?
I’m oversimplyfing, I know — some of these guys bring good stuff to the table — but look at it this way: For all the young dudes running rampant in Nashville, since 2009, only four new solo male artists have received a nomination for Entertainer of the Year from the Academy of County Music: Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean.
Aldean, who sold out Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre Friday night, has won the last two of those trophies. You had to wonder, as his dude-heavy tour with Chris Young and Kane Brown hit town: Who's next? Full Story
This December, 97X is putting the big in Next Big Thing.
For the first time, the station’s annual alt-rock festival will expand from one day to two, Dec. 2 and 3 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. Leading the 17th Next Big Thing lineup: Paramore and the Lumineers.
“Honestly, it was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up,” said Dan Connelly, 97X’s director of branding and programming. “The Lumineers came to us, they haven’t played the market in years, and we’re one of the biggest spinners of that band in the country. They know this event, management knows this event, and they kind of singled us out and said, ‘Would you do something like this?’”
The Lumineers, known for folk-rock hits like Ho Hey and Ophelia, will headline a more streamlined show on Saturday, Dec. 2, along with X Ambassadors, Magic Giant, the Arkells and the Aces.
FROM 2013: How the Lumineers rode 'Ho Hey' to stardom …Full Story
Authority Zero performed at Bananas Music in St. Petersburg on Aug. 18, 2017.
-- Arizona punk outfit Authority Zero stopped by Bananas Music in St. Petersburg this afternoon for an in-store acoustic set before their concert tonight at Jannus Live. That's them in the photo!
-- Here's one that might be worth the drive to Orlando: Kid Cudi on Oct. 14 at Hard Rock Live. Tickets are $42 and up. Click here.
-- Synth-pop duo Purity Ring will open for Katy Perry at Amalie Arena on Dec. 15. They contributed to a handful of songs on Perry's new album Witness. Click here.
-- Indonesian rapper Rich Chigga will perform at the Orpheum on Oct. 24. Tickets are $20 and up. Click here.
-- Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties will perform at the Orpheum on Nov. 29. Steady Hands and Chase Huglin will open. Tickets are $20 and up. Click here.
-- One more at the Orpheum: Emarosa on Oct. 6. Tickets are $15 and up. Click here.
-- Going to see Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish at the Capitol Theatre on Sept. 1? Bring a new, unused roller bag suitcase or duffle to be donated to Fostering Hope Florida, and you'll get to attend a meet-and-greet with the comic. Click here. …Full Story
Shania Twain will play Amalie Arena in Tampa in 2018.
Shania Twain is coming to Tampa as part of a major U.S. tour in support of her forthcoming (and long-awaited) new album Now.
Twain will play Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa on June 2, 2018. She'll make one other Florida stop, in Fort Lauderdale on June 1, 2018.
Twain skipped over Tampa in favor of Jacksonville and Miami the last time she toured in 2015 for the Rock This County Tour, which was billed as her last ever.
Now is set for release on Sept. 29.Full Story
Snoop Dogg and a hologram of Tupac Shakur at Coachella in 2012.
When a hologram of Tupac Shakur "performed" at Coachella in 2012, it sparked the idea that hologram tours could revolutionize the concert industry. Michael Jackson! Frank Sinatra! Whitney Houston! Elvis Presley opening for the Beatles! Finally, we could see them all again!
Five years later, the technogy isn't quite there. But it's getting close. Venue officials around Tampa Bay have discussed booking hologram tours for a while now, and while nothing has come close to fruition, it's only a matter of time.
"We constantly get asked about things like this, whether it could work or not," said Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall's executive vice president for entertainment. "I'd love to. Because we're not going to get Michael Jackson again. We're not going to get Prince again."
Specifically on Prince, Rossi said: "If you're telling me it's going to be six (production) trucks, and you've got (Revolution guitarist) Dez Dickerson and (the Time's) Terry Lewis and Morris Day in the band, that could work. Sheila E, maybe. This could go big-time. You still have some components that are so legit. I would do that in a heartbeat."
For more on the potential for hologram tours in Tampa Bay, click here.Full Story
Four months after the death of founder Paul O'Neill, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has announced it'll resume touring this fall, with a stop in O'Neill's home base of Tampa.
The holiday rock spectacular will return to Amalie Arena on Dec. 17, with concerts scheduled at 3 and 7 p.m. TSO will also play Orlando, another city with longstanding ties to the group, at 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 16.
According to a band announcement, O'Neill had been working on this year's updated presentation of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve before his death from a drug overdose on April 5. He was found in a hotel near the band's University of South Florida-area studio compound.
MORE: Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O'Neill, 61, found dead in Tampa hotel
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That the band should keep touring without him is no big surprise -- O'Neill rarely performed live with the group, instead acting as more of a mastermind of their multimillion-dollar tour spectaculars, which annually ranked among North America's top-grossing tours of the year. But he did come to their shows in Florida. …Full Story
Courtesy of Graceland
It's Elvis Week in Memphis. It comes around each year, a fresh slate of concerts and memorials and celebrations honoring the life and music of Elvis Presley, who died Aug. 16, 1977.
That's almost exactly 40 years gone by. But to Priscilla Presley, it feels nothing like it.
"It still resonates with me, that day," the King's wife of six years, and mother of his only child, Lisa Marie, said by phone on the first day of Elvis Week. "It's still hard to believe, believe it or not, not having him, receiving a telephone call in the middle of the night. Even when a call comes in the middle of the night, my eyes open wide, and the first thing I think is getting the phone and thinking it's him."
In a way, Elvis will come back to life at Elvis: Live in Concert, which comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday. Elvis: Live features a full live orchestra backing the voice of the King, who is projected on cinema-sized screens above the stage. (Click here for details.) …Full Story
Orlando's Electric Daisy Carnival may never get as big as its Las Vegas counterpart, but year after year, it keeps gaining steam as one of the top EDM events in the Southeast.
The festival just unveiled its lineup for 2017's event, Nov. 10-11 at Tinker Field, and it's a doozy. Among the headliners: Zedd, Armin van Buuren, Kaskade, Marshmello, Galantis, Gareth Emery, Excision, Alan Walker, NGHTMRE, Zomboy, Slushii, Jamie Jones, Infected Mushroom and a special B2B (combined) set by Diplo and A-Trak.
Other notables on the poster: Aly and Fila, Boombox Cartel, Crizzly, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Firebeatz, Getter, K?D, Seven Lions, Snails, Slander and more.
The festival will spread more than 55 acts across three stages. Last year's event drew a sold-out crowd of 75,000 over two days.
Tickets are on sale now for $169 and up, with VIP passes starting at $319. Click here for details. …Full Story
Erin Stoy at the Sound Exchange's Tampa location in 2016.
The Sound Exchange is downsizing. But it’s not quite what you think.
The venerable Tampa Bay record-store chain announced Tuesday it is closing its Brandon shop this fall and moving all of its inventory into a much larger Pinellas Park location. Eventually, the store’s existing Pinellas Park store could be folded into the new spot, leaving the 30-year-old chain with two local outlets instead of three.
But at 6,400 square feet, the new Sound Exchange at the corner of 66th Street N and 86th Avenue N will be much larger than those two shops combined. It will, in fact, be larger than the company’s flagship store in North Tampa, meaning that in terms of a square-footage footprint, the Sound Exchange is actually growing.
“This is going to be the chance to offer the Pinellas side of the bay the same level of deep catalog and interesting stuff that we’ve got in the Tampa store,” said Erin Stoy, Sound Exchange’s marketing director and daughter of the chain’s co-founder, Ron Stoy. “This new building is really a commitment; it shows our commitment to the business for the long term.” …Full Story
A lot of festivals say they’re going to start slow and then get a lot bigger in Year 2. Too few festivals actually do it.
But it looks like St. Petersburg’s Et Cultura fest is actually making that leap.
The multi-day downtown music, film, art and interactive conference, which returns Nov. 15-19, has unveiled its initial music lineup for 2017, and it’s impressive: The Jay Farrar-led alt-country pioneers Son Volt; reunited British shoegaze group Slowdive, making their first and only Florida appearance; and indie rockers Waxahatchee, who just released an acclaimed new album, Out In the Storm. St. Petersburg global-pop group the Hip Abduction, who headlined Et Cultura 2016, is also on the bill.
Other acts participating in Et Cultura 2017 include Ought, William Tyler, the Budos Band, Madaila and St. Petersburg alt-classical ensemble the Florida Bjorkestra, who will be performing a “greatest hits”-style set of songs from their past tributes to acts like David Bowie, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel and Bjork.
RELATED: Once a quirky idea, the Florida Bjorkestra stirs a minor musical sensation in St. Petersburg …Full Story
If you didn't feel like hoofing it to the hot, sweaty Warped Tour this summer just to see Gwar, we don't blame you. Who wants to spend a steamy Saturday in a mosh pit potentially getting doused by fake blood? (Actually, don't answer that.)
But if you've regretted that decision every day since, we've got good news for you: Gwar is coming back to Tampa Bay.
The costumed, cartoonish metal warriors just announced a show at the Ritz Ybor on Dec. 6. Ghoul, He Is Legend and U.S. Bastards will open. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here.
RELATED: 8 things you should know about a Gwar concert
This will be Gwar's first full, local headlining set since a 2013 gig at the Ritz Ybor, about six months before the death of founder and frontman Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus.
RELATED: R.I.P. Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus of Gwar
RELATED: Review: Gwar's shlock-rock theatrics make for a bloody fun show at the Ritz Ybor
Gwar has always had long ties to this area; the band teamed up with Cigar City Brewing to make Gwar Beer, the official beer of its annual GWAR-B-Q festival in Richmond, Va.
RELATED: GWAR, Cigar City Brewing team up for latest mix of bands and beers …Full Story
Future performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 14, 2017.
Future has long been a hip-hop A-lister. Need proof? How about a Monday night headlining gig at his biggest local venue yet, Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre? He was joined by Post Malone and Zoey Dollaz, among others. Kasamba Kokayi was there snapping photos. Click the headline of this post for a slideshow.Full Story
-- Rising alt-R&B star 6lack (pronounced "black") is coming to the Ritz Ybor on Nov. 29. Tickets go on sale Thursday. Click here.
-- Here's one that slipped by us: Jazz and soul singer Lalah Hathaway is coming to the Tampa Theatre on Aug. 24. Tickets are $34.50 and up. Click here.
-- Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson will headline this year's USF Round-Up, a back-to-school tradition set for 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at the USF Sun Dome. Ricky Velez is also on the bill. It's free for USF students. Click here for details.
-- The Reverend Horton Heat is coming to Jannus Live on Dec. 20 for a special holiday show featuring Junior Brown, the Blasters and Big Sandy. Click here.
-- MewithoutYou is coming to the State Theatre on Nov. 12 alongside Pianos Become the Teeth and Slow Mass. Click here.
-- Before their concert Friday at Jannus Live, Authority Zero will play a free acoustic set at 2 p.m. at Bananas Music in St. Pete. Click here. …Full Story