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Five things that make Lynn Harrell the most interesting world-class cellist

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:11:00 -0400

Over drinks, Lynn Harrell could keep a person of even average curiosity entertained. The cellist and two-time Grammy winner can regale about his travels, drop a few of the household names he’s played with, drop the Pope’s name.Over dinner, Harrell, 74, might shift gears, maybe talk religion (he(image)

Two Tampa art exhibits celebrate baseball in time for spring training

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:20:00 -0400

TAMPA America’s favorite pastime is up to bat in exhibitions at two art institutions.One show is full of the fun and obsessiveness that devoted fans bring to baseball. The other focuses on the solitary intensity of young players trying to break into the major leagues. Both are filled with the love(image)

Catch LightHeaded before it closes, Art in Bloom returns

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:58:00 -0400

TALK ARTY TO ME: ARTISTS’ TALKSThe insight one gets when an artist discusses their work is invaluable not only with regard for understanding their particular work, but often much broader conversations are opened. Consider these two important talks Thursday.Hank Willis Thomas will be discussing his(image)

Panic! At The Disco coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:56:03 -0400

Panic! At The Disco has a new album in the works. What better time to unveil a summer tour?The emo outfit led by Brendon Urie will hit at least 28 cities this spring, including the one where it (sort of) all began: Tampa, the former home of label Fueled By Ramen. The tour stops at Amalie Arena on(image)

Weekend concert picks: Michael Bolton, Dashboard Confessional, Lecrae and more

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:03:00 -0400

STILL SHINING BRIGHT: Dashboard ConfessionalChris Carrabba is still a Florida Man. Even though he’s moved to Nashville, even though he now sometimes writes for other singers in the biz, the emo troubadour behind Dashboard Confessional still feels a deep connection to the state where he came of age.(image)

Alice Cooper talks ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ carrying a torch for rock’s outlaws and more

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:00:26 -0400

Of the many, many wonderful things to love about the American treasure known as Alice Cooper, perhaps the most delightful is this: He is one of the world's greatest name-droppers.In a recent phone conversation, the original shock rocker brings up, unprompted, personal connections to the following:(image)

SoundBytes: Krewella, Coin, Slightly Stoopid, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and more

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:00:05 -0400

- DJ duo Krewella (Alive) has joined the lineup for Shephard's Beach Resort's Beach House Sundays concert lineup in Clearwater Beach. They'll perform there on May 27 (coincidentally the second day of this year's Sunset Music Festival in Tampa, which is interesting). Tickets are $15 and up.(image)

Deborah Cox talks about filling Whitney Houston’s shoes in ‘The Bodyguard,’ her LGBTQ fans and more

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:18:03 -0400

Any singer should be scared of the role. Playing Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, a musical adapted from the 1992 film starring Whitney Houston that hits Tampa's Straz Center this week, means singing more than a dozen of Houston's hits, including I Have Nothing and I Will Always Love You.Deborah Cox(image)

G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, more coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:53:18 -0400

G-Eazy is putting no limits on his upcoming tour schedule.The Oakland rapper behind No Limit, Him & I and Me, Myself & I is currently out on tour behind his new album The Beautiful & Damned, but he's just announced a new round of "Endless Summer" tour dates that includes a Sept. 7 stop(image)

Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba talks Tom Petty, Bon Jovi, missing Florida, crafting ‘Crooked Shadows’ and more

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:24:16 -0400

Just because Chris Carrabba hangs his hat in Nashville doesn't mean he doesn't still think of Florida as home."That's where I found out who I was," said the singer-songwriter behind Dashboard Confessional, who in the early 2000s emerged from Boca Raton to become flag-bearers of emo's move into the(image)

Boy George and Culture Club, B-52s, more coming to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:21:44 -0400

The '80s package tour of the year? Quite possibly.A new tag-team tour spotlighting a handful of classic '80s artists is coming to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa. Among them? Boy George and Culture Club (Karma Chameleon, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me), the B-52s (Love Shack, Rock Lobster) and Tom(image)

97X Barbecue festival lineup: Dirty Heads, Awolnation, more coming to St. Petersburg

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:00:26 -0400

Get ready for a spring version of Next Big Thing.Alt-rock station 97X is planning to supersize its annual Memorial Day weekend festival in St. Petersburg, known in the past as the 97X BBQ. This year, they're rebranding it the 97X Barbecue Music and Arts Festival, and the lineup just dropped Monday.(image)

SoundBytes: Harry Connick Jr., Donny and Marie, Memphis May Fire and more

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:31:00 -0400

- New Orleans jazz cat and all-around media star Harry Connick Jr. is returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall for two shows on June 5-6. Tickets are $45 and up. Click here.- Donny and Marie Osmond are coming to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on June 29. Tickets are $65 and up. Click here.(image)

These ancient mosaics were buried on the lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:55:00 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG — Why were the mosaics buried on the lawn in the first place? That was a mystery.But there they were at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, two ancient pieces dating from the years 100 to 300, sitting beneath the grass on the east lawn for nearly 30 years.It’s a rather(image)

Best concerts this week: Reggae Rise Up, Tiffany, Mike and the Mechanics, Foreigner, O-Town

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:27:00 -0400

ALL THAT MRAZ: Jason MrazIt’s no shocker that Jason Mraz’s concert at the Mahaffey Theater sold out long ago. Sixteen years after his debut Waiting for My Rocket to Come, Mraz might still be The Remedy (see what we did there?) to the noisy world around us, a gentle, barefoot soul who can bless our(image)

Tiffany talks about the death of malls, her rivalry with Debbie Gibson and more

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:50:21 -0400

A lot of questions run through your mind when you're on the phone with Tiffany, the '80s pop princess behind I Think We're Alone NowWhen's the last time she listened to her first album? How does she feel about her media-created rivalry with Debbie Gibson? And does she REALLY like that chair she(image)

David Byrne coming to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:26:35 -0400

David Byrne only seems to perform in Tampa Bay about once a decade - he last came to town in 2008, and before that, 1997. So a local show by the iconic Talking Heads frontman kind of does feel like a once-in-a-lifetime event.So clear your schedules for late September, because Byrne is(image)

How did St. Petersburg’s Reggae Rise Up festival become one of the biggest in the country?

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 05:00:25 -0400

St. Petersburg has long been a hub for reggae-rock bands in Florida, with many selling out multiple nights at Jannus Live.If Vaughn Carrick has his way, the city will become the hub of reggae and reggae-rock activity on the East Coast.Carrick is the Utah-based founder of the Reggae Rise Up Festival,(image)

80s pop queen Tiffany dishes on malls and Debbie Gibson ahead of Tampa show

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:09:00 -0400

Children of the 80s, Tiffany is calling. The former pop princess doesn’t play malls anymore, and three decades after her I Think We’re Alone Now success, she’s refined her act to an energetic mix of past and present. Expect less of a Casio backbeat, a bit more of a country take on her classic hits(image)

Turnt Up Tour with Ying Yang Twins, Chingy, Bow Wow, more coming to USF Sun Dome in Tampa

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:05:58 -0400

Grab your Sean John, shutter shades and the iciest bling you can find, because the entire early 2000s are coming to Tampa.A collection of hip-hop semi-stars are teaming up for the "Turnt Up Tour," a post-millennial package tour designed to appeal to those nostalgic for a simpler, less complicated(image)

Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:37:05 -0400

A massive night of metal is coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.Sludge-rock superstars Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin are teaming up for a co-headlining tour that'll hit Tampa on Aug. 11. Joining them are Grammy-nominated rockers Nothing More and Bad Wolves.The(image)

Logic coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:40:23 -0400

If you've been on a low, you've been taking your time, you feel like you're out of your mind, here's some news that might brighten your day.Logic, the Grammy-nominated rapper behind the suicide prevention anthem 1-800-273-8255, is coming to Tampa. His new "Bobby Tarantino vs. Everybody Tour" will(image)

SoundBytes: Colin Quinn, Boz Scaggs, Michael Glabicki and more

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:00:39 -0400

- Colin Quinn, who postponed a recent show at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre after suffering a heart attack, has rescheduled the show for May 3. Tickets for the original performance will be honored. Click here.- Speaking of comics at the Cap: Kathleen Madigan will perform there on Nov. 17.(image)

How St. Pete’s Reggae Rise Up festival became one of the biggest in the country

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:48:00 -0400

When you think reggae music, one city naturally comes to mind: Salt Lake City, Utah.No, seriously, it makes sense if you think about it, said Vaughn Carrick."It really kind of fits," said the 33-year-old founder of the Reggae Rise Up festival. "In lieu of the surfers, we have the snow and the(image)

Clean Bandit cancels concert at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:00:10 -0400

Clean Bandit would Rather Be in St. Petersburg on April 26, performing for you at the State Theatre. Unfortunately, that won't be possible.In a statement, the Grammy-winning Brits announced that drummer Luke Patterson must undergo surgery to correct an ongoing medical issue with his foot."I've(image)