Believe it or not, here's a concert postponement that DOESN'T have anything to do with Hurricane Irma.
British electro-pop outfit Clean Bandit has postponed their Oct. 3 concert at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg due to an unspecified medical issue.
"We've had to move our U.S. tour back to April 2018," the Grammy-winning Rather Be hitmakers said in a statement. "We're so sorry but we promise these shows will be worth the wait. All tickets and packages for the October tour will be honored for rescheduled dates. If you can't come anymore, you can get a refund from your ticket provider."
The new date at the State Theatre is April 26. Anne-Marie will no longer open the show, but someone else no doubt will.
After a week-plus of concert cancellations brought on by Hurricane Irma, the Tampa Bay music scene is ready to get back to work. And Irma is still front and center in everyone's minds.
A handful of venues and organizations are offering deals and accepting donations for Irma victims in the coming weeks. A roundup:
-- Amalie Arena in Tampa willhost a Goodwill donation drive through this weekend, including the Mumford and Sons concert on Wednesday; the Bill O'Reilly/Dennis Miller event on Sept. 23; and Lightning games on Sept. 19, 22 and 24. There will be a collection site on Thunder Alley, where they'll be accepting shoes, clothing and household items. Cash donations can be made behind Section 101. Click here for details.
-- Madeira Beach is hosting a Hurricane Irma relief concert from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday featuring the Greg Billings Band, Stormbringer and more. The show is free, but donations will earn you a discount to a show the following week featuring Blue Oyster Cult,Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and Rick Derringer; tickets to that one are ordinarily $30 and up. Both shows take place at 565 150th Ave., Madeira Beach. Click here. …
-- Blockbuster ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is returning to Amalie Arena at 3 p.m. April 29. Yes, an afternoon show. That bodes well for a second show added later, if this one sells out. Tickets are $48.25. Click here.
-- Did you miss Bleachers at Jannus Live over the weekend? Good news: They've been added to the lineup for 97X Next Big Thing on Dec. 3 in Tampa. Click here.
-- Rodrigo y Gabriela are returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Nov. 24. Tickets are $38.25 and up. Click here.
-- Three new shows at the Capitol Theatre: Arlo Guthrie on Feb. 3, Jake Shimabukuro on Feb. 8 and Colin Quinn on Feb. 17. Click here.
-- Madeira Beach is planning to bring bands to Mad Beach Marina Park in a free concert series that'll kick off Sept. 30 with Blue Oyster Cult, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and Rick Derringer. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here.
-- American Idol's Casey James is coming to the Attic in Ybor City on Oct. 27. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here.
It's a momentous week in Tampa Bay music, as two huge bands who have long avoided touring in this market, Mumford and Sons and Arcade Fire, finally arrive, playing concerts on Wednesday and Tampa, respectively.
That got us wondering: Who's left?
Not many big acts, it turns out. You have to go back years, sometimes decades — 2005 for Aretha Franklin, 1997 for Beck, 1990 for A Tribe Called Quest, 1988 for Philip Glass, 1985 for Madonna, 1975 for Kraftwerk, 1973 for Stevie Wonder — but eventually almost everyone makes it. Artists who’ve never played solo shows have come with old bands, like Jack White (the White Stripes, 2003), Bjork (the Sugarcubes, 1988) and Brian Eno (Roxy Music, 1972). Even Massive Attack, the British trip-hop trio whose frontman, Robert Del Naja, is the rumored real identity of notorious street artist Banksy, played the Ritz in Ybor City in 1998. And when Bansky’s played your town (maybe), you really have to stretch to find someone who hasn’t.
Richard Reed Parry has never been to Tampa. You don't need to remind him. He knows.
"We didn't start out playing in Florida at all," said the multi-instrumentalist for Montreal indie rockers Arcade Fire. "We didn't get offers down there, and the tours that we booked just didn't hit Florida. So we kind of missed it."
Fans in Tampa are well aware.
When you love a band, it can feel like a personal slight when they don't bring their tour to town. Some artists skip major American markets for decades at a time; others never visit at all. Barbra Streisand made her first trip to Tampa last fall. Queen, Peter Gabriel, Daft Punk and Adele have never come.
This week, two major bands are playing Tampa Bay for the first time: Mumford and Sons on Wednesday at Amalie Arena, and Arcade Fire on Friday at the USF Sun Dome. Both share an enviable cool factor, having reaped enormous critical and commercial success and headlined every major festival in the world. Tampa, however, has eluded them.
For a band that's never been to Tampa, Arcade Fire has a lot of love for the Gulf Coast.
Brothers and bandmates Win and Will Butler hail from the Houston suburbs, and the Montreal band decamped to New Orleans to record its latest album, Everything Now.
"It's such a beautiful, unique culture down there, and such a vibe that's unparalleled to anywhere else in the world," multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry said in a recent phone interview. "There's so much incredible music going on all the time. It's like throwing darts at the world's biggest dartboard. Any day, any night, you can go out and there's always some very, very good, possibly really heavy, music going on. I'm a music fan as well as a musician, so for me, that's really heaven."
That could be part of why the band is finally coming to Tampa on Friday, with a show at the USF Sun Dome. After years of critical hosannas and festival-headlining performances, the group will finally show Tampa firsthand how they became alternative rock's spiritual heirs to U2. Click here for details on the show.
We have good news and bad news and a little more good news coming out of Ruth Eckerd Hall today.
First, the good: Sammy Hagar and the Circle have rescheduled their concert that was slated for this past weekend at Coachman Park in Clearwater, but postponed due to Hurricane Irma. The show, with openers Night Ranger, will now take place Nov. 14. Tickets for Sunday's show will be honored at the new one. Click here for details.
Now, the bad: Bryan Adams has canceled his planned and postponed Sept. 10 concert at Coachman Park. Adams and Ruth Eckerd Hall officials tried to come up with a date that would work, but now it won't be happening. Refunds are available at point of purchase.
It looks like Paisley is reaching out to acknowledge the role first responders have played in helping others weather the storm.
"Thanks 1st responders for your dedicated service," he wrote in a post on his verified Facebook page. "Join me Saturday in Tampa as my guests. Show proper ID at Box Office to receive a pair of free tickets. See you Saturday!"
One Direction fans, your wait is over. One of your beloved is finally coming to Tampa.
Niall Horan will bring his 2018 tour to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sept. 22. To clarify: That's NEXT Sept. 22, as in 2018. Go ahead and pick up a fresh Niall calendar to help you tick off the months.
It's possible, just maybe, that without the spark of young love in Tampa, the world might not have Despacito.
"I had a girlfriend that lived in Tampa during my Orlando high school days, so I visited Tampa quite a bit," Luis Fonsi said in a recent email to the Tampa BayTimes. "My parents also had a small beach apartment in St. Pete, so I definitely know my way around the Tampa/St. Pete area. Great memories!"
It has been some 20 years since Fonsi, 39, knocked around Tampa Bay as a teenager, an experience that may or may not have helped inspire his steamy, record-breaking, song-of-summer smash. But any city's claim to a piece of Despacito, however minimal, is worth embracing.
Though Fonsi has been a major Latin pop star for years, Despacito is the reason that much of the world learned his name in 2017. The single with Daddy Yankee, and particularly its remix with Justin Bieber, became the most-streamed song and most-viewed YouTube video of all time, and tied the Billboard record for most consecutive weeks at No. 1, with 16. …
It'll take a little longer for Orlando's Amway Center to get back to normal following Hurricane Irma.
The arena has postponed two big concerts due to the after-effects of Hurricane Irma. The first is Nicky Jam, which was scheduled for Sunday. No new date has yet been set. Tickets for Sunday will be honored on the new date. Click here for details.
And Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias have postponed concert dates in Texas and Florida due to hurricanes Harvey and Irma. That includes a Sept. 29 date at the Amway Center. That show will now take place Nov. 14. Tickets will be honored then. Click here for details.
The Amway Center had already postponed last weekend's Disney On Ice performances due to Hurricane Irma until May 2018. Click here for details.
The latest event falling victim to Hurricane Irma is a 2 Chainz concert that was set for Friday at Jannus Live.
In a tweet, Jannus said the cancellation was "due to the circumstances of Hurricane Irma."
Due to the circumstances of Hurricane Irma, 2 Chainz at Jannus Live on September 15, 2017 in St. Petersburg, FL is cancelled. pic.twitter.com/oJrRpPUb4X
Refunds will be issued at the point of purchase.
This is only the latest in a long line of cancellations this week due to Irma, on top of several events that were canceled last week. Among those are several at Jannus, including Passafire and the Werks scheduled for Sept. 8 and postponed to Dec. 8; Blackberry Smoke and Chris Robinson Brotherhood: scheduled for Sept. 9 and yet to be rescheduled; and Damian Marley scheduled for Sept. 13 and postponed to Oct. 29.
Still on (for now) at Jannus: Bleachers on Saturday.
World-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform on Feb. 14 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, according to his website. Ticketmaster says tickets will go on sale to the general public on Oct. 9. No prices have been announced, but Bocelli's shows tend to be fairly pricey -- the last time he came to town, in 2016, they started at $75. Click here for details.
Bocelli is in demand all over the world, but he lives part of the year in Miami, which means Floridians get to see a little more of the man than most. And most of his shows come at a special time of the year, either just before Christmas or right around Valentine's Day. This, however, is the first time he's played Amalie ON Valentine's Day, which means your date-night plans are a no-brainer.