Once again, Wild 94.1 Wild Splash is sold out. No surprise there, since the annual rap and hip hop festival always packs upwards of 20,000 fans into Clearwater's Coachman Park.
But that doesn't mean you can't still see Lil Wayne, Fabolous, Yo Gotti, Lil Dicky and more.
The station will be giving away tickets all week at various ticket drops; click here for a list. And there are also a handful of pre-parties and after-parties featuring performers from the show. Here's a rundown:
-- Club Skye (1509 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City) is, once again, the primary headquarters for all official pre- and post-festival action. On Friday, Wild Splash performers Dougie F. and JR Castro will appear at Wild's official pre-party, which starts at 9 p.m. Click here for details. And on Saturday after the show, Lil Dicky will appear at Club Skye. Click here.
-- Over at Whiskey North, 11921 N Dale Mabry Highway, Yo Gotti is advertised as appearing at a Wild Splash after-party late on Saturday. Tickets are $22.09 and up. Click here.
-- Fabolous is scheduled to host a "white party" at 10 p.m. at AJA, 290 S Meridian Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $16.82 and up. Click here. …Full Story
Screenwriters will put their dreams to bed earlier than usual, with the academy's juggled lineup.
They're shaking up the Academy Awards order of awards presentations, opening with boith screenplay categories. Those are ususual held back to the final third of an overlong show.
No word on where the musical numbers, clip montages, and commercials come in.
Compliments of Variety.com , here's the lineup:
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Actress in a Supporting Role
Makeup and Hairstyling
Animated Short Film
Animated Feature Film
Actor in a Supporting Role
Documentary Short Subject
Live Action Short Film
Foreign Language Film
Actress in a Leading Role
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Kendrick Lamar is among the headliners for the inaugural Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, March 3-6 in Okeechobee.
Starting March 3, the inaugural Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival will take flight about 2 1/2 hours southeast of Tampa.
It's an ambitious and well-funded experiment that aspires to become Florida’s version of Coachella, Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza. Sunshine State music lovers have heard all this before. Other new festivals have promised much the same thing, only to fizzle out quickly.
But with a stable of resourceful organizers, an A-list lineup (Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Skrillex) and a one-of-a-kind setting — white-tailed deer and all — Okeechobee could, at long last, be the real deal.
Already, Okeechobee’s impact has been felt around the state. Billboards for the festival have long greeted commuters on Interstate 275 in Tampa, with ads and contests targeting Tampa Bay music fans as well. There’s also evidence to suggest Okeechobee has sucked some live music out of Tampa Bay by precluding its performers from booking other gigs around Florida.
“We’re going to have what I think is the best music venue in the country,” said co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Paul Peck, “and it’s going to be here in Florida.”
For our full story on the Okeechobee Music Festival, click here.Full Story
Maybe a trip to Ruth Eckerd Hall last summer really had an impact on Fifth Harmony.
The smash girl group on Friday announced the title of their second album, and it has a distinctly Pinellas County flavor: 7/27. It comes out May 20, and it's preceded by the new single Work From Home, featuring Ty Dolla $ign.
Fifth Harmony does have some Florida ties; Lauren Jauregui is a Miami native, and Camila Cabello spent time there as a child. But is 7/27 really some sort of secret shout-out to Pinellas County's 727 area code, and thus all the Harmonizers in St. Petersburg, Clearwater and beyond?
Not exactly. According to Bustle, July 27, 2012 is actually the date that Cabello, Jauregui, Normani Kordei, Ally Brook Hernandez and Dinah Jane formed Fifth Harmony on The X Factor. But hey, Harmonizers, you can dream! You can imagine this new album is all about you!
The band hasn't released any new tour dates, but its individual members will soon embark on a promotional tour that will hit nearly 100 radio stations over the next couple of months. You can bet at least one of them will be in Tampa Bay, maybe even at Wild 94.1 or Hot 101.5, both of which are headquartered -- you guessed it -- in the 727. …Full Story
John Stamos performing with the Beach Boys at Ruth Eckerd Hall in 2015.
It's a crazy week in Clearwater, as Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Capitol Theatre are stocked with major concerts over the next few days -- Josh Groban, Steve Miller Band, the Beach Boys with John Stamos, Richard Marx, the Zombies and Kristin Chenoweth, among others.
Other big shows in town this week: David Cook, Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, Thrushes, Ballyhoo!, Chubby Checker, Feed Me, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, Tim Reynolds, Tony Lucca, Carrollhood and more, plus the kickoff to the Florida Strawberry Festival with Josh Turner and Charley Pride. Here to walk you through it all are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...
Tampa still lags behind Orlando and Miami in booking concerts by top Latin acts like Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin and Mana.
But as last summer's concert by Romeo Santos proved, there's a hunger for Latin pop and rock in Tampa. And the 92.5 Fiesta Maxima is there to serve it.
The St. Pete-based Latin and tropical station will bring its big annual festival back to the USF Sun Dome on May 8 with a headlining performance by Grammy-winning Colombian pop star Carlos Vives. The rest of the lineup hasn't been announced, but Vives has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide -- he'll move plenty of tickets on his own.
Tickets to the 2016 Fiesta Maxima start at $27.75 and go on sale Monday, although fans of 92.5 Maxima can listen for a pre-sale code all weekend. Click here and here for details on the event.
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With 10 days to go before Busch Gardens kicks off its second annual Food & Wine Festival, the park has finally found its opening act.
After Kenny Rogers dropped off the lineup's opening day on March 5, the search to replace him ended with country singer Gary Allan (Man to Man, Nothing On but the Radio). He sounds excited about it, too. When Busch Gardens announced him on Facebook, his team replied, "What is the weather like down in Tampa right now?"
Concerts for Busch Gardens' Food & Wine Festival are included with park admission, and occur every Saturday and Sunday through the end of April. Here's the full lineup:
March 5: Gary Allan
March 6: Huey Lewis and the News
March 12: Goo Goo Dolls
March 13: O.A.R.
March 19: George Thorogood and the Destroyers
March 20: MercyMe
March 26: Chino y Nacho
March 27: Third Eye Blind
April 2: Commodores
April 3: Andy Grammer
April 9: Chris Young
April 10: All-American Rejects
April 16: Meat Loaf
April 17: Lynyrd Skynyrd
April 23: Gente de Zona
April 24: Jordin Sparks
Click here for all the details on the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival.
-- Jay CridlinFull Story
When Kristin Chenoweth steps onto the Ruth Eckerd Hall stage Friday, she will feel at home.
Not home in New York, curled up in flannel pajamas with her Maltese watching true crime shows. Home for Chenoweth is center stage, surrounded by light in an otherwise shadowy place.
"It's my happy place," the Tony-winning actress said in a phone interview. "From 8 to 10 p.m. at night, I can sing the material I love so much." Expect her to mix it up, throwing in some Dolly Parton between Andrew Lloyd Webber or Stephen Schwartz, or torch songs like My Funny Valentine.
The concert is at 8 p.m. Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $35 and up. Click here.
For more of Andrew Meacham's interview with Kristin Chenoweth, click here.Full Story
Josh Groban needs to host Saturday Night Live.
He’s handsome, popular, funny, a good actor and, lest we forget, one of the most powerful singers on the planet. He’d be perfect. This needs to happen.
So why hasn’t it happened?
“I’m not entirely sure Lorne Michaels knows who I am,” Groban laughed by phone from Los Angeles. “I’ve done some funny things, and I think I’d be great at it, don’t get me wrong — it’d be a lifelong dream to do it, and I think I could crush it. But I also am a realist. I don’t think I’m on his radar. But hey, send him a copy of this article, and we’ll take it from there.”
You hear that, Lorne? Groban’s ready, willing and able. Pick up the phone.
But if you want him, you’d better act fast. …Full Story
-- We're only a couple of weeks away from the Reggae Rise Up Festival in Vinoy Park, and already another big reggae-rock show is coming to Vinoy Park. Slightly Stoopid and SOJA, above, will perform there on Aug. 14, along with Fortunte Youth. Tickets are $25. Click here.
-- Dance-rock outfit !!! (pronounced "chk-chk-chk") is coming to the Orpheum on May 24. Tickets are $15.50. Click here.
-- Canadian dance-rocker Coleman Hell (2 Heads) is coming to the State Theatre on May 4, alongside Ria Mae. Tickets are $13-$15. Click here.
Also coming to the State Theatre: Otep, in an event they're calling "Otep Fest 2016." Joining them are September Mourning, Through Fire, Doll Skin, Psykotribe, the DooD, Divine Science, (N)ception and Red Calling. Doors open at 4 p.m., and tickets are $17-$20. Click here.
-- DJ Jazzy Jeff is performing at Shephard's Beach Resort on March 19. Tickets are $10 and up. Click here.
-- Cypress Hill will return to Jannus Live on May 4. Tickets are $25-$28. Click here. …Full Story
Get ready to get weird. Again.
"Weird Al' Yankovic is returning to Tampa Bay for one more stop on his Mandatory Fun World Tour. The pop song parodist will kick off the tour's second leg at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on June 3, he announced Tuesday. Tickets are $37.50 and up, and they go on sale Friday. Click here.
The date comes less than a year after Yankovic played a sold-out show at Ruth Eckerd Hall, proving there's plenty of demand in this market for hits like Eat It, White & Nerdy and Smells Like Nirvana.
But then, isn't Weird Al always in demand? His 2014 album Mandatory Fun, featuring Handy (a parody of Iggy Azalea's Fancy and Foil (Lorde's Royals) won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album, and also happened to be Yankovic's first-ever No. 1 album. He was just announced as the new bandleader for IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang!, new episodes of which will premiere this spring.
Click here for all the details on Weird Al's Mahaffey Theater gig. And if you'd rather check him out on the other side of the bay, he'll be at Lakeland's Youkey Theater on June 9. Click here for details on that one.
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The Joy Formidable
-- Fun-loving Welsh noise-rockers the Joy Formidable are coming back to the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $16-$18, and they go on sale Friday. Click here.
-- Boston is going on a 40th anniversary tour, and it'll hit Ruth Eckerd Hall on April 30. Tickets start at $50.50, and they tend to go fast whenever the band plays Boston, so get them soon. Click here.
-- Funky folk-rockers Hiss Golden Messenger, last seen in these parts at the 2015 Gasparilla Music Festival, will open for Dawes at the State Theatre on April 10. Click here.
-- Steve Miller Band and Daughtry are the two latest additions to SeaWorld's Bands, Brew & BBQ festival, which runs weekends this spring. Miller will perform March 5, Daughtry on March 6. The concerts take place at 4 p.m. and are included with park admission. Click here. …Full Story
As the festival industry continues to boom around Florida, one oldie but goodie is rolling on in West Palm Beach: SunFest, which always draws fans from around the Sunshine State.
The annual downtown festival generally hews more mainstream than most niche events, bringing in pop, rock, hip hop and classic rock acts. And this year's lineup, released Monday, is no exception: Duran Duran, Train, ZZ Top, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, the Roots, Slightly Stoopid, Evanescence, Rick Springfield, and more.
But plenty of acts on the bill skew younger, hipper and even more indie: Alabama Shakes, Death Cab for Cutie, Steve Aoki, G-Eazy, Bastille, Walk the Moon, Fitz and the Tantrums, Capital Cities, Flogging Molly and the Joy Formidable, among others.
Other acts on the bill: Salt N Pepa, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, Shovels & Rope, Goldfinger, Andy Grammer, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, Coleman Hell, Judah and the Lion, the Babys, LunchMoney Lewis, Drew Holcomb, the Bright Light Social Hour and many more. (Worth noting: Appearances by Tampa Bay acts WD-HAN and Trey Libra fka Jacob Izrael.) …Full Story
Steely Dan is coming back, jack, to do it again.
The Dan have announced plans for their 2016 "The Dan Who Knew Too Much" summer tour, and it includes a concert on June 30 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. And while Walter Becker and Donald Fagen aren't exactly strangers to these parts -- they just played the Amp last summer -- it includes an opening set by a guy whose shows here are way too rare: Steve Winwood.
Ticket prices haven't been announced, but according to Steely Dan's Facebook page, they'll go on sale Feb. 26. Click here for details.
UPDATE: Tickets will cost $39 and up and go on sale March 4. Click here.
Any chance to hear the Dan's vast catalog of pristine, fusion-y jazz-rock hits -- Josie, Reelin' In the Years, Peg, Rikki Don't Lose That Number -- is a good one. But the addition of Winwood to the bill pushes this over the top. …Full Story
Happy National Margarita Day, everyone! To celebrate, the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival has unveiled its 2016 headliner: Blues Traveler.
John Popper and his harmonica-poppin' partners will top the bill at the 2016 Margarita Fest, May 28 at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. Local acts the Black Honkeys, Mighty Mongo, Supros, Phase5, Lovestruck Robot and Lions After Dark are also on the bill.
The event, which last year drew a crowd of 12,000, features an array of margaritas from numerous bartenders and mixologists, as well as food vendors, entertainment and more. In honor of National Margarita Day, Monday is the last day you can buy tickets at pre-sale pricing -- $14 and up. Click here. After that, tickets are $17 and up through May 19; $85 and up for VIP through May 22; with price hikes afterward. Click here. …Full Story