-- Oddball alt-funk rockers Primus are returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Nov. 11. Tickets are $39 and up. Click here.
-- If you missed Third Eye Blind's recent Summer Gods Tour stop at Clearwater's Coachman Park, in which they played their self-titled debut album in its entirety, great news: It's coming to Orlando's House of Blues on Oct. 28. Tickets are $40 and up. Click here.
-- Alt-country singer-songwriter Colter Wall is coming to the Straz Center's Jaeb Theater on Nov. 17. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here.
-- Broadway star Morgan James, a featured vocalist with Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, is coming to the Capitol Theatre on Sept. 27. Tickets are $22.50 and up. Click here.
-- Little River Band is returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall with a rock symphony and Pablo Cruise. The show is Feb. 9; tickets are $35 and up. Click here.
-- Toubab Krewe is coming to Crowbar on Nov. 11. Tickets are $13 and up. Click here.
-- Tommy Castro and the Painkillers and Samantha Fish are performing at Skipper's Smokehouse on Oct. 20. Tickets are $20 and up. Click here.
Hundred Waters' Communicating will beone of this fall's most anticipated albums, at least as far as Florida indie artists are concerned. It's due Sept. 14, which means the Gainesville trio was going to give Tampa fans a sneak peek at the new material at an Aug. 24 concert at Crowbar.
Unfortunately, it looks like Tampa will have to wait a little longer.
Hundred Waters have called off the show, according to promoter Jack Spatafora of Aestheticized Presents. Click here and here for details.
"sad news," he tweeted. "Hundred Waters have informed me that they have to cancel their upcoming show, BUT... they're hoping to re-schedule soon."
No additional info was immediately available. The band's fall tour is scheduled to begin Sept. 23, and end at Miami's III Points Festival in October. There is a show scheduled for Oct. 12 in Orlando. Click here for details on that show.
Rihanna has tweeted his lyrics. Drake once called him his dream wedding singer.
So it should come as no surprise that Beres Hammond’s concerts have become all-ages affairs.
“The very good thing I like I about my thing is, it’s like a flower garden,” the 65-year-old reggae legend said by phone recently. “You see all different kinds of flowers, and you see different ages. I’ve seen from 13 years old up to about 60, 70, so that’s a good sign, man. It’s always a beautiful thing, every time I go, I always notice that. There’s no one age thing; it’s across the board.”
Hammond has long been called the king of lovers rock, a reggae subgenre akin to smooth, romantic R&B (his early inspirations include Sam Cooke and Otis Redding). When he comes to Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre on Friday, he’ll be crooning for a wide range of couples, from Caribbean-tied fans who still make up a sizeable portion of his fan base (“They’re the ones who actually invite other folks anywhere you’re at”) to new-school date-nighters of all stripes.
“Maybe that happens because of the kind of songs that I sing,” he said. “I get a wide cross-section, not just of people of color, but of ages.” …
Now he's coming to one of his most intimate venues yet: Jannus Live in St. Petersburg.
Further cementing its status as a dominant hip-hop venue, Jannus Live will host Lil Wayne on Sept. 1. Tickets start at a princely $75, but such is the price of seeing Weezy in such close quarters. Click here for details.
Now the bad news: Sept. 1 happens to be the same dateKendrick Lamar plays Amalie Arena in Tampa. That's going to cut way, way into Weezy's potential ticket base. But maybe if we dream big, there could be some crazy way one appears on stage with another that night. We already know they've recorded together. We can dream, can't we?
Either way, it's yet another big-name booking for Jannus, which in 2017 has booked not only legends like Nas and T.I., but up-and comers like Kodak Black, 21 Savage and Lil Uzi Vert. Weezy is yet another all-star addition.
He's a divisive figure, that Jaden Smith. Some will forever see him as the spoiled progeny of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. Others see him as a talented actor, decent rapper, even forward-thinking, post-millennial fashion plate.
All that may be a little much to lay on a 19-year-old. But it’s definitely a reason to keep an eye on Smith’s upcoming trip to Tampa.
Smith has announced he’ll be opening for Fall Out Boy on Nov. 5 at Amalie Arena, joining fellow rapper Blackbear. Yes, Fall Out Boy. It’s not as weird as it seems, either. Smith has a role in Fall Out Boy’s new video for Champion:
While Smith hasn’t performed in Tampa Bay (that we know of), he has been here, and not all that long ago. In 2015, he came to Tampa for a fashion shoot for Louis Vuitton. He’s also worked with Tampa director Miles Cable on video projects.
Tickets to Fall Out Boy’s Tampa concert with Blackbear and Jaden Smith start at $30.50. Click here for details.
They're reliable festival headliners, and they're about to embark on a North American arena tour.
And in January, the Killers are playing a relatively intimate venue a short drive away.
The Las Vegas synth-rockers will play Orlando's Hard Rock Live on Jan. 24, according to their website. Ticket details have not yet been fleshed out, though thevenue says there will be a public on-sale on Aug. 11. Click here for details.
The band on Thursday unveiled details about their fifth studio album Wonderful Wonderful, due in September. It'll feature the swaggering lead single The Man and just-released follow-up Run for Cover, as well as a song called Tyson vs. Douglas. Intriguing, no?
-- Judah and the Lion really, really want you guys to come see them, and they're not giving up until you do. After playing 97X Next Big thing in December, opening for Twenty One Pilots in February and playing with Incubus and Jimmy Eat World in July, the Take It All Back 2.0 indie rockers will bring a headlining tour to the State Theatre on Oct. 11. Tickets are $22 and up. Click here.
-- Borgore is returning to Tampa on Nov. 17 at the Ritz Ybor. Click here.
-- Sludge-grungers Puddle of Mudd will headline the inaugural Lakeland Rocktoberfest, coming Oct. 21 to Mason's Live in Lakeland. The rest of the lineup has yet to be announced. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here.
-- Magician Michael Carbonaro is coming to the Mahaffey Theater on Dec. 17. Tickets are $29. Click here.
-- Row Jomah is playing New World Brewery on Aug. 25, alongside the Tattered Saints and Donna Lu. Ticktes are $5. Click here.
-- The Mahaffey Theater has pushed back the date of its La La Land orchestral concert from Aug. 18 to Nov. 12 due to a change in the tour's schedule. Tickets purchased for the original date are still good for the new one; otherwise they're $45 and up. Click here. …
Days after sharing the stage with his old Foreigner bandmates for the first time in 37 years, Mick Jones already sounded a bit wistful.
“It was a great moment,” Jones said by phone on a day off tour from his home in New York. “We’ve been talking about it for a while, trying to figure it out. I thought it would be nice to celebrate the 40th anniversary with something special like that, and we were able to pull it together.”
Indeed, Foreigner’s July 20 performance with original singer Lou Gramm, keyboardist Alan Greenwood and guitarist Ian McDonald was something fans have been looking forward to for ages. For Jones, the group’s lead guitarist, mastermind and sole founding member since its inception in 1977, the possibility of even a partial reunion was always in the cards for Foreigner’s 40th anniversary tour, which hits Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Wednesday.
“It’s just way above our expectations,” he said of the tour. “People have been flocking to the shows, and playing to a tremendous amount of people — it was looking good, but not quite this good. It’s really great to be playing mostly sellouts where we’re appearing. It feels like the old days a bit.” …
Boyd Tinsley performed with Dave Matthews Band at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa in 2016.
It’s time for Boyd Tinsley’s annual trip to Tampa. Only this year, for the first time since 2011 — and only the third since 1998 — he won’t be coming with the Dave Matthews Band.
The group’s decision to spend Summer 2017 off the road enabled Tinsley, the group’s violinist, to tour with with Crystal Garden, a jam-rock group playing the Attic in Ybor City on Thursday and Friday. That’s exactly one year since DMB’s last concert in Tampa, and around the same time they play here every year.
“We were just looking for a routing that made sense for the tour that these guys were on, and it just happened to line up like that,” Tinsley said.
But he knows DMB fans will be out in force, taping and twirling and noodling along, just as they are every July.
“Part of it is just yearly tradition,” he said. “A lot of the Florida shows are really big shows; a lot of people travel from all over the country to go to those shows. So they’re a pretty big deal.” …
Ten years after their first single, Lady Antebellum is still one of modern country's most successful crossover acts, thanks to inescapable mega-ballads Need You Now and I Run to You. All six of their studio albums have reached Billboard's Top 5, including the new Heart Break. And they're in the middle of a huge global tour that hits Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday.
This tour, which will take Lady A as far afield as South Africa, is a complete about-face from 2016, which co-lead singers Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott and guitarist Dave Haywood spent mostly off the road. Kelley and Scott released solo albums, but all three members have young children, and needed to recharge their collective batteries.
"It was the perfect time to give ourselves a little break and push the reset button a little bit," Kelley said in a phone interview. "And an artistic break. For the past 10 years, it's just been constant — creating music, going out on tour, going right back in and creating music. It was nice to give ourselves some time to live some life and find something to write about."
-- Double the Wainwrights, double the fun! Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright is coming to Clearwater for a Valentine's Day performance at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $35 and up. Click here. And not to be outdone, Rufus's dad Loudon Wainwright III is also coming to Clearwater, for a show at Ruth Eckerd Hall's intimate Murray Studio Theatre on March 29. Tickets are $39.50 and up. Click here.
-- The Zombies are coming back to Clearwater one last time to perform their classic album Odessey and Oracle, featuring the hit Time of the Season. The show will take place Jan. 11 at the Capitol Theatre; tickets are $49.50 and up. Click here.
-- The lineup for this year's Et Cultura festival in St. Petersburg is still in the works, but this looks promising: Buzzworthy indie rockers Waxahatchee have announced they're playing the fest on Nov. 17. No venue or details yet, but click here for tour dates.
-- Death metal heroes Cannibal Corpse are coming to the Orpheum on Dec. 8. Click here.
-- Hollywood Undead and Butcher Babies are coming to the State Theatre on Oct. 5. Click here. …
This news is not a surprise, but it is now official: Linkin Park has canceled their upcoming North American tour following this week's death of singer Chester Bennington.
Bennington died by suicide Thursday in Los Angeles, about a week before Linkin Park was scheduled to begin their One More Light North American tour, which was to include an Aug. 19 stop at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. That show, and all others, has been canceled. Ticketholders will be refunded automatically, or at point of purchase. Click here for details.
-- For the third straight year, Modest Mouse is coming to Central Florida. The Portland indie rockers will play Hard Rock Live on Sept. 8. Click here.
-- Who let the dogs out? We'll find out when the Baha Men -- yes, the Baha Men! -- come to the Summer of Rum Festival on Sept. 2 at Curtis Hixon Park. They've been added as openers for previously announced headliner Shaggy. Click here for details.
-- Guitar great Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) is hitting the road with his Black Sabbath cover project Zakk Sabbath, featuring Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age). Tickets are $26. Click here.
-- Superjoint and DevilDriver are coming to the State Theatre on Oct. 19. Tickets are $28 and up. Click here.
-- Lords of Acid are bringing their "Sextreme Ball 2017" tour to the State Theatre on Oct. 20, alongside Combichrist and Christian Death. Tickets are $27.50. Click here.
-- New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook is heading back on tour with his band the Light in 2018, and he'll perform at the State Theatre on June 4, 2018. Tickets are $26.50 and up. Click here. …
A Day to Remember played 98 Rockfest in Tampa in April.
Now that A Day to Remember are big enough to lead their own festival, they're wasting no time packing it with their fellow Floridians.
The Ocala-born metalcore act has unveiled the lineup for the Orlando edition of their inaugural Self Help Festival, which takes place Sept. 30 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.
Tampa Bay's own Underoath and Gainesville's Less Than Jake will join ADTR at Self Help Fest, along with Streetlight Manifesto, Moose Blood, Real Friends, Dance Gavin Dance, Wage War and more.
This is the second of ADTR's four Self Help Fests. Underoath and Falling In Reverse will join them on Sept. 10 in Philadelphia; and Rise Against, Pierce the Veil, Of Mice and Men and Underoath will join them in Detroit on Oct. 7. The lineup for a March 3 event in San Bernardino, Calif., has not yet been announced.
General admisson tickets to Orlando's Self Help Fest are $40 this weekend only, and will rise on July 24. VIP passes start at $199. Click here for all the details.
Kehlani performed at the Orpheum in Tampa on July 20, 2017.
R&B singer Kehlani had to postpone a spring show in Tampa due to illness, but it seemed she was no worse for the wear on Thursday, when her make-up show sold out the Orpheum well in advance. Ella Mai and Jahkoy opened the show. Aubrey Wipfli was there snapping photos; click the headline of this post for a slideshow.