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Spoon coming to the Ritz Ybor in Tampa

Spoon

Zackery Michael

Spoon

Never underestimate the appeal of The Underdog.

One of the most popular and acclaimed bands of the mid-2000s blog-rock boom, Spoon, are finally making a long-awaited trip to Tampa, with a concert at the Ritz Ybor on May 1. Tickets are $29.50 and up, and they go on sale Friday. Click here for details.

To some, it may seem like Spoon is hitting Tampa Bay about a decade (or two) too late -- they founded in Austin, Texas in the mid-'90s, but didn't really break into the mainstream until 2005's Gimme Fiction and 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, which spawned indie rock earworms like I Turn My Camera On, The Underdog and You Got Yr Cherry Bomb. That led to widespread blog love, major festival appearances, a guest spot on Saturday Night Live and plenty of airplay in movies, TV and commercials. The band will release its ninth album, Hot Thoughts, on March 17. …

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Chris Brown, 50 Cent, more coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

Prepare to party down while wrestling with your moral and ethical self.

Perpetually embattled R&B superstar Chris Brown is coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa on April 16, the venue announced Tuesday. He's billing it "The Party Tour," and as a result he's bringing a boatload of hitmakers along for the ride: 50 Cent, Fabolous, O.T. Genasis and Kap G. Tickets to the show start at $26.20 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Click here for details.

Of course, that's assuming you actually want to buy them. Plenty of folks don't, considering Brown's history of aggressive, violent and all-around jerklike behavior. Pick any example you like; the most recent is a recent beef with Soulja Boy that was supposed to end in a boxing match. None of that really matters to the Chris Brown truthers out there; to them, he's simply a stellar singer, dancer and hitmaker who's been victimized by the media.

If you're still on the fence, or at least have no problem separating the art from the artist, click here for details on the show.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Kurt Cobain would have been 50 today, so here's Nirvana's only Tampa concert (w/audio)

From left, Nirvana's Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic before the release of "Nevermind" on Sept. 24, 1991.

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From left, Nirvana's Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic before the release of "Nevermind" on Sept. 24, 1991.

Kurt Cobain would have turned 50 today. 

There have been remembrances of the late Nirvana front-man all over the internet, including this Instagram post by his daughter, Francis Bean Cobain

Cobain died in 1994 aged 27, at the peak of his fame, creativity and cultural influence, and Nirvana only played one concert in Tampa during its brief existence: a 1990 show at the Masquerade nightclub in Ybor City in the building that is now the Ritz Ybor.

The band was far from its soon-to-be status as the biggest rock band in the world, a Tampa Bay Times story from that year, previewing upcoming concerts, had only this to say: "The Seattle grunge band's bio says its 'a little bit weird, a little bit gross and a little bit awesome.' Forgotten Apostles open at Masquerade in Ybor City, 9:30 p.m."

Someone recorded the audio from that show, and now that bootleg lives on via YouTube. You can listen to the whole thing below, including Cobain complaining about the warm beer, and performing Breed, which would show up on the classic album Nevermind the following year.

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Styx, REO Speedwagon, Don Felder coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

REO Speedwagon

Randee St. Nicholas

REO Speedwagon

Get ready for another classic rockapalooza at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

FM mainstays Styx, REO Speedwagon and the Eagles' Don Felder are teaming up for a summer "United We Rock" tour that'll hit Tampa's amp on July 18. Tickets start at $27.50 and go on sale Feb. 24.

Since it's technically a co-headlining tour, Styx and REO Speedwagon are swapping the closing slot throughout the year. The Tampa show will be headlined by REO Speedwagon.

If classics like Mr. Roboto, Come Sail Away, Keep On Loving You and Can't Fight This Feeling aren't enough classic rock to keep you going through the summer, you can also check out Chicago and the Doobie Brothers on June 29; and Foreigner, Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience on Aug. 2. All we need is a show by Journey and Bad Company, and we'll be set!

-- Jay Cridlin

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Incubus, Jimmy Eat World coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

Come summer, it'll be a turn-of-the-century rockfest at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

Incubus will kick off a huge summer tour at Tampa's major shed on July 7, in support of forthcoming album 8. Joining the Drive and Pardon Me rockers will be emo forebears Jimmy Eat World (The Middle) and, for a touch of new-school flavor, folk-hop rockers Judah and the Lion (Take It All Back). Tickets start at $25 and go on sale  Feb. 24. Click here for details.

The tour also marks the 20th anniversary of Incubus's major label debut S.C.I.E.N.C.E., though they won't be playing that album in full, as happens on so many anniversary tours. But fans will get a standard assortment of the band's driving alt-rock hits, including Wish You Were Here, Stellar, Nice to Know You and Anna-Molly. And they'll also get a taste of pummeling new single Nimble Bastard, which just premiered today. Click here to hear it.

-- Jay Cridlin

 

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Jimmy Buffett coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

Dirk Shadd

How about another round of Jimmy Buffett?

Days after announcing a May 13 concert at Orlando's Amway Center, Mr. Margaritaville has announced he's bringing his shaker of salt back to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on June 3. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 via Live Nation; prices have not yet been announced.

The gap between weekend concerts in Central Florida means local Parrotheads have double the opportunity to see their hero live this summer. And what good Parrothead would turn down a second night of margaritas?

-- Jay Cridlin

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SoundBytes: The Naked and Famous, Boston, Marsha Ambrosius and more

The Naked and Famous

Samantha West

The Naked and Famous

-- A few months after playing 97X Next Big Thing, blissfully melodic indie-pop outfit the Naked and Famous, above, will make their way from New Zealand back to St. Petersburg for a gig at the State Theatre. Tickets are $27.50 and up. Click here.

-- Another indie pop outfit coming to the State Theatre: Coin on May 12. Tickets are $12 and up. Click here.

-- The Gasparilla Music Festival, March 11-12 in Tampa, has unveiled a handful of additions to its lineup: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Michal Menert and the Pretty Fantastics, Twin Peaks, Phoebe Bridgers, the Freecoasters and Inkblot. The fest has also unveiled its day-by-day lineups -- as expected, Cage the Elephant and Ghostface Killah will headline on Saturday, and Ryan Adams and Chronixx will headline on Sunday. Click here.

-- Speaking of festivals, SunFest in West Palm Beach has unveiled its slate of concerts from May 3-7, and it's a doozy: Blink-182, Weezer, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Widespread Panic, Marshmello, Snoop Dogg, Steve Winwood, Tori Kelly, Flo Rida, Ziggy Marley, Dirty Heads, Breaking Benjamin and many, many more. Click here. …

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311, Rebelution playing private craft beer parties at the Ritz Ybor; here's how to win tickets

311

Marcello Ambriz

311

Last year it was Hootie and the Blowfish in St. Petersburg. Now a Tampa brewery's music industry connections are once again paying off in the form of some high-profile concerts in an intimate venue.

And once again, you can only get in by winning tickets.

Rock Brothers Brewing is hosting private concerts by 311 and Rebelution on Feb. 28 and March 1, respectively, at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa. The two bands will be in town for the annual 311 Cruise, sailing from Tampa to Cozumel and back March 2-6.

The brewery -- which recently opened a new bar and small concert venue in Ybor City -- has long produced beers for both bands, 311 Amber Ale and Rebelution Feeling Alright IPA. The concerts are meant as a celebration of both products being available in cans. And just like that Hootie show, tickets aren't for sale -- you can only win entry. …

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Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba talks about finding love, coming up in Florida and more

Chris Carrabba didn't want to move to Florida.

The Dashboard Confessional frontman was 16, in those formative years when your friends and your home are the only things that feel permanent.

But when the move from Connecticut to Boca Raton came, "I ended up finding everything," Carrabba, 41, said last month during an interview from a rehearsal space in Nashville. "I really found out who I was supposed to be when I got there."

Carrabba is making a visit back to the Sunshine State on Thursday when Dashboard, known for angsty anthems such as Screaming Infidelities and Vindicated, makes a stop at the Ritz Ybor as part of a nationwide tour. Click here for details.

For more of Kathryn Varn's interview with Carrabba, click here.

Kathryn also talked to Chris about finding love in your 20s, and he had some good advice there, too. Click here to read her story.

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Review: Bon Jovi, older and wiser, shows Tampa's Amalie Arena lots of Valentine's Day love

Bon Jovi performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Feb. 14, 2017.

Jay Cridlin

Bon Jovi performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Feb. 14, 2017.

Jon Bon Jovi was pacing the stage, racking his brain, trying to remember the name of the Tampa rock station that first played their debut single Runaway back in 1984. He could remember the DJ, Ron Diaz, but he couldn’t remember the call letters. So he grabbed a mic and quizzed the audience.

"Bonus points on Valentine's Day for the first girl who can tell me the name," he challenged the crowd of 18,000 during Bon Jovi’s concert Tuesday at Amalie Arena. "I'm going to come down to give you kisses."

Finally, he got the answer he was looking for: 95YNF.

"YNF," he said. "Come on down, girl."

Into the breach he hopped, about to give to give some screaming Jersey girl the Valentine's gift of her life.

Yeah, love was in the air Tuesday in Tampa, albeit not quite the ripped-denim, lion-maned variety that made John Francis Bongiovi such a sex symbol in the ‘80s. And ‘90s. And 2000s. And okay, fine, the dude still looks pretty dreamy at 54.

But this was, no doubt, an older and earthier Bon Jovi on display, a group of 50- and 60-something rock vets who still ride hard for Tommy on the docks and Gina from the diner, but who’ve been through the wringer since their last Tampa visit. Full Story

Jimmy Buffett coming to the Amway Center in Orlando

Jimmy Buffett

Dirk Shadd

Jimmy Buffett

If there's one thing we know about Parrotheads, it's that they travel in flocks.

So you can bet busloads of them will make the drive from Tampa to Orlando to see Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at Orlando's Amway Center on May 13. Tickets start at $33 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 24. Click here for details.

Buffett, you might recall, was last seen around these parts on the eve of Election Day, when he and then-Vice President Joe Biden parachuted into St. Petersburg for a voter rally and free acoustic concert in Albert Whitted Park.

Perhaps your politics (or lack of a margarita stand) kept you away from that show, in which case you better gas up your own personal Continental Drifter for a road trip to O-Town.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Chance the Rapper coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

Chance the Rapper

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Chance the Rapper

Two days after tearing up the Grammy stage, Chance the Rapper has announced he's coming to Tampa.

The incandescent Chicago rapper will bring his just-announced spring and summer tour to Amalie Arena on June 14, his first local show since a Jannus Live gig in 2015. Tickets start at $35.75 and go on sale at 7 p.m. today, so if you're heading to Amalie Arena for Bon Jovi later, swing by the box office and pick up a couple. Or just click here.

Chance made history at this year's Grammys, winning not only Best New Artist but also Best Rap Album (Coloring Book) and Best Rap Performance (No Problem), in the process becoming the first independent, streaming-only artist to be so honored. His glowing speeches and fiery performance with Kirk Franklin and a huge gospel choir were among the night's most memorable moments. …

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Bon Jovi's David Bryan and Tico Torres talk Valentine's Day, losing Richie Sambora and more

Bon Jovi

Norman Jean Roy

Bon Jovi

When Bon Jovi takes the stage tonight at Tampa's Amalie Arena, it'll be quite a Valentine's Day treat for many longtime fans. Even if the band will be without iconic guitarist Richie Sambora.

"It's a different thing, but there's new life, and I think when you have new people, you have new energy," said keyboardist David Bryan. "We had some wonderful years with Richie, but if he wants to move on in his direction, it's one of those things that you can't avoid. And we carry on because the premise of this record This House Is Not for Sale is the roots, and the fact that we're still together and strong and love playing music together."

The band performs at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Amalie Arena. Click here for details.

For more with Bryan and drummer Tico Torres, click here.

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Bollywood playback superstar Arijit Singh coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

Here's an arena concert announcement you won't see every day.

Arijit Singh, a superstar Indian playback singer -- those are the artists who provide the actual vocals for wildly popular Bollywood musical films -- is headlining Tampa's Amalie Arena on April 8. Tickets are $39 and up, and they're on sale now. Click here for details.

Singh's show is further proof of the popularity of Indian culture in Tampa.  You remember, of course, the International Indian Film Academy Awards, a.k.a. the Bollywood Oscars, which took over Tampa in the spring of 2014. But there have also been occasional headlining concerts by playback stars like Shreya Ghoshal, who last year headlinined the USF Sun Dome.

While American audiences might not know Singh, he's a famously entertaining live performer whose song Tum Hi Ho was an enormous Indian hit. Given how infrequently he performs in America, if you're a fan of Indian pop music, this should be a show not to miss.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Metallica coming to Camping World Stadium in Orlando

A day after teaming up with Lady Gaga to rip the Grammys, Metallica has announced they're coming to Florida.

The metal titans will bring their summer stadium tour to Camping World Stadium in Orlando on July 5, according to their website. It's one of two Florida dates for the band, along with a July 7 date at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium. Opening the shows are Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat. Tickets to the Orlando gig are $55.50 and up, and they go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here for details.

Sadly, this means Tampa's out of luck for a concert on this leg of the tour, but Metallica does tend to stretch Orlando's not a bad drive. And considering there's no bigger name in hard rock, it's bound to be worth the trip.

Click here for details on Metallica's WorldWired Tour 2017.

-- Jay Cridlin

 

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