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Conor Oberst, Johnnyswim concerts moved out of State Theatre over construction issues

Johnnyswim

Darren Lau

Johnnyswim

Two more concerts -- including one this weekend -- have been moved out of the State Theatre in St. Petersburg as the venue continues to experience scaled-down crowd capacity following recent construction.

Saturday's concert by Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Cursive's Tim Kasher has been moved to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Tickets purchased for the old venue will be honored at the new; otherwise they're $30.50. Click here for details.

And a Nov. 2 concert by Johnnyswim, above, has been moved from the State to Jannus Live. That show was sold out; now, in the new venue, tickets are once again on sale for $23. Click here.

The decades-old venue recently underwent some repairs and renovations, the city inspections for which resulted in a diminished official crowd capacity, which sent bands on its packed October slate scrambling. Concerts such as Nothing More, Hollywood Undead, Judah and the Lion and Zakk Sabbath moved to Jannus Live, as will a concert on Wednesday by Between the Buried and Me. Three concerts scheduled for this week -- Insane Clown Posse, Superjoint and Lords of Acid -- briefly moved to the Cuban Club before getting the go-ahead to return to the State. …

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SoundBytes: Kevin Hart, Anthrax, Darlene Love, Yandel and more

-- Happy early New Year's Eve, everyone: Kevin Hart is bringing his "Irresponsible Tour" to Orlando's CFE Arena on Dec. 31. Tickets go on sale Friday. Click here.

-- Speaking of Orlando: An enormous Puerto Rico hurricane relief benefit concert is happening there on Thursday, organized by reggaeton star Yandel. "Puerto Rico: Somos Uno" will take place at the Amway Center; artists tapped to appear include Alexis y Fido, Wisin, Zion y Lennox, Jerry Rivera, Nacho, Jencarlos Canela, Jowell y Randy and many more. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here.

-- Killer heavy show coming to Jannus Live on Jan. 30: Killswitch Engage, Anthrax and Havok. Tickets go on sale Friday. Click here.

-- 20 Feet From Stardom singer Darlene Love is coming to the Tampa Theatre for a performance on Jan. 18. Tickets are $48.50 and up. Click here.

-- Also coming to the Tampa Theatre: Comic Iliza Shlesinger on Feb. 17. Tickets are $36.50. Click here.

-- The Alan Parsons Live Project is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall with a live symphony orchestra on April 27. They'll be joined by Carl Palmer. Tickets are $45 and up. Click here.

-- Robin Trower is coming to the Capitol Theatre on March 8. Tickets are $39.50 and up. Click here. …

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Review: Florida Georgia Line, Nelly cast off headlines, party all night at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Florida Georgia Line performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Oct. 13, 2017.

Jay Cridlin

Florida Georgia Line performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Oct. 13, 2017.

The encore was really the point of it all. This was the part of Florida Georgia Line's sold-out concert Friday at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Amphitheatre where the duo was joined on stage by their unlikely tourmate Nelly, who performed his 2002 chart-topper Hot In Herre, followed by their collaborative pop-country behemoth Cruise to close the night.

Naturally, 19,000 fans in cutoffs and snapbacks leaned in and howled along, emboldened by countless Bud and Corona tallboys. Which means that if anyone had any objection to the party up on the stage, it went totally unnoticed.

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SoundBytes: Black Label Society, Megadeth, Miranda Sings, the Green and more

-- Zakk Wylde is bringing his Zakk Sabbath project to Jannus Live tonight, but he's already planning a return trip soon. His main band, Black Label Society, will perform at Jannus on Jan. 26 along with Corrosion of Conformity and Red Fang. Tickets are $33. Click here.

-- Megadeth had to cancel their concert with the Scorpions on Sunday in Tampa, but guitarist Kiko Loureiro and bassist David Ellefson will swing through town for a performance, Q&A and signing at Replay Guitar Exchange in Tampa. It takes place from noon to 2 p.m. Click here for details.

-- Miranda Sings (a.k.a. viral comic Colleen Ballinger) will perform at the Straz Center on Jan. 27. Tickets are $40.50 and up. Click here.

-- The Green is performing at the State Theatre on Feb. 3, alongside Sammy J and Leilani Wolfgramm. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here.

-- Martin Sexton is coming to the State Theatre on Feb. 2. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here.

-- Wintertime's performance at Crowbar on Nov. 18 has been canceled. Refunds are available at point of purchase. Click here.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Fozzy's Chris Jericho talks about living in Tampa, hanging with rock stars, having a hit in 'Judas' and more

Having a hit single changes everything.

For years, Fozzy was a fun, occasionally goofy hard rock band best known for its lead singer, pro wrestler/author/raconteur Chris Jericho. But the band's new album Judas, released today, spawned a radio hit in the title track. And that, said Jericho, is a big deal on tour.

"We're doing more walkups than ticket sales, and ticket sales are great," said Jericho, who lives in Lutz. "The good thing with the album is, there's a lot of songs that are locked and loaded in the chamber. Judas wasn't the unanimous pick for the single. There's Painless and there's Elevator and there's Burn Me Out. We wanted to make this record like Hysteria or Appetite for Destruction or Kick by INXS, where there's five or six or seven singles on the radio, and when the single has reached its peak, the next single is ready to go, and it's just as good, if not better than the last." …

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Between the Buried and Me concert moving from the State Theatre to Jannus Live

Between the Buried and Me

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Between the Buried and Me

Yet another concert is moving out of the State Theatre due to construction and capacity issues.

Between the Buried and Me will move their Oct. 18 concert at the State Theatre to Jannus Live. Tickets to the show, honoring the 10th anniversary of their album Colors, will be honored at the new venue. Click here.

The State has seen its crowd capacity diminished as construction and inspection delays have plagued the venue over the past three weeks. A handful of concerts (Nothing More, Judah and the Lion, Hollywood Undead) have already moved. Three moved away but have since moved back.

MORE: State Theatre update: Insane Clown Posse, more concerts moving back from Tampa to St. Petersburg

To help you keep track of it all, here's where some upcoming shows originally slated for the State now stand:

Friday: Zakk Sabbath: Moved to Jannus Live.

Saturday: Betty Fox Band: Still on at the State.

Tuesday: Insane Clown Posse: Back at the State after briefly moving to the Cuban Club.

Wednesday: Between the Buried and Me: Moving to Jannus Live.

Oct. 19: Superjoint: Back at the State after briefly moving to the Cuban Club.

Oct. 20: Lords of Acid: Back at the State after briefly moving to the Cuban Club. …

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State Theatre update: Insane Clown Posse, more concerts moving back from Tampa to St. Petersburg

The revolving door of concerts at the State Theater is once again spinning.

Three of the concerts that moved from the State to the Cuban Club last week due to construction delays – Insane Clown Posse on Oct. 17, Superjoint on Oct. 19 and Lods of Acid on Oct. 20 – are now moving back to St. Petersburg.

General manager Kendra Marolf said the venue had reached an agreement with the fire marshal about the club’s new post-construction capacity, which she said is “greatly reduced” from before, but enough to handle those three shows.

“We’re really optimistic,” Marolf said. “We’re staying positive, we’re optimistic, and we’re all impressed with everyone who’s making sure we do the right thing for the bands and the fans while we’re going through this transition.”

MORE: Insane Clown Posse, more concerts leave the State Theatre due to construction

Friday’s concert by Zakk Sabbath will remain at Jannus Live, and other upcoming shows could still be affected by the reduced capacity – including Conor Oberst on Oct. 21, and a sold-out show by Johnnyswim on Nov. 2. Marolf said they’re still working with the fire marshal and other parties to figure out the best solution. …

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Sabrina Carpenter added to 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball lineup in Tampa

Funny, we were just thinking this year's 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball lineup was feeling a little dude-heavy.

This year's pop extravaganza in Tampa loaded with male artists -- Zedd, Nick Jonas, Liam Payne, Charlie Puth and more -- with only one woman, Camila Cabello, on the bill. Compare that to every other iHeartMedia Jingle Ball lineup, which all have at least one big female name (Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Halsey, Kesha) near the top.

So it's welcome news that Tampa's Jingle Ball is adding one more lady to the mix: Sabrina Carpenter. The pop singer, actress (Girl Meets World) and social media superstar will perform at the Jingle Ball on Dec. 16 at Amalie Arena.

JUST ANNOUNCED! We are so excited to add @sabrinacarpenter to our #FLZJingleBall lineup! Your next chance to win tickets is at 11:25am with @katieradio1 and don't miss out on the @capitalone presale going on NOW! ��������

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Tickets to the show are on pre-sale now for Capital One cardholders, and will be available to the public at noon Monday. Click here for details. …

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Review: Chris Thile trades 'Prairie Home' folk for virtuosic mandolin chops at the Straz Center in Tampa

Chris Thile performed at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Oct. 11, 2017.

Jay Cridlin

Chris Thile performed at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Oct. 11, 2017.

Is mandolin face a thing? It sure is if you’re Chris Thile, judging from his performance Wednesday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.

The 36-year-old musical polymath – MacArthur Fellow, A Prairie Home Companion host, leader of Nickel Creek and the Punch Brothers and too many bluegrass/jazz/classical collaborations to list – hugged his instrument like Hendrix, fingertips flying with ferocity. Here he’d arch the brows above his sunken eyes, there he’d curl the lip of his grimace to his cheekbones, all throughout he’d herk and jerk as his body snapped with convulsed with each note of string-popping virtuosity.

And this was all just during the opening number, a 12-minute, tour de force suite of the Punch Brothers' My Oh My; a bit of Bach’s Partita in D Minor; and Here and Heaven, a song from Thile’s 2011 Goat Rodeo Sessions album with, among others, Yo-Yo Ma. Got all that?

“I hope it was as good for you as it was for me,” Thile said after that one. …

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Tiesto, Cedric Gervais coming to the Ritz Ybor in Tampa

Tiesto

Luis Santana

Tiesto

It seems like a million years ago, but there actually was once a time when electronic dance music wasn't a gajillion-dollar industry, with EDM's top names drawing crowds of tens of thousands at festivals around the world.

Back then, around 2009 to 2011, DJs like Tiesto, Deadmau5 and Skrillex could play clubs as small as the Ritz Ybor. Now, of course, they've graduated to much bigger things, right?

Not necessarily. Tiesto, who for years was considered the world's No. 1 DJ, will return to the Ritz Ybor on Nov. 16 for a rare, exceedingly intimate performance. Ticket prices have not been announced, but they'll go on sale at noon Thursday. Click here for details.

In other news, Cedric Gervais -- who, like Tiesto, is used to rocking massive crowds at EDM festivals around the world -- will also perform at the Ritz later this year. He's got a show booked on Dec. 16, and early bird tickets are just $10. (Also, word to the wise, Gervais and Hulk Hogan are good buddies -- Hulk introduced Gervais at this year's Sunset Music Festival -- so there's a good chance Hogan might show up at this show.) Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin

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2017 Jingle Ball lineup: Nick Jonas, Liam Payne, Zedd, more coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

Nick Jonas

Luis Santana

Nick Jonas

Merry early Christmas, everyone. The lineup for the 2017 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball is here.

DJ and producer Zedd and a couple of boy-band dreamboats gone solo -- the Jonas Brothers' Nick Jonas and One Direction's Liam Payne -- lead the lineup for this year's Jingle Ball, Dec. 16 at Tampa's Amalie Arena.

Also on the bill: Ex-Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello, singer-songwriter Charlie Puth, pop-rock group All Time Low and viral boy band Why Don't We. More acts will be added in the coming weeks.

Pre-sale tickets are on sale now for Capital One cardholders; otherwise they'll go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Monday. Seats start at $26. Click here for details. …

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The Growlers cancel tonight's concert at the Orpheum in Tampa

Bad news, fans of California garage rock: The Growlers have canceled tonight's concert in Ybor City due to illness.

The group has called off their show at the Orpheum due to singer Brooks Nielsen's bronchitis.

"Unfortunately, Brooks is in no condition to perform and is not allowed to do so under doctor's strict orders," the band said in a statement. "We are so very sorry as we were very much looking forward to kicking off our long-awaited return to Florida with you tonight. We've been touring Florida for years. We will make it up to you. We will return."

absolutely devastating news re: tonight's @theGROWLERS show @TAMPAOrpheum ������ hopefully they'll re-schedule waaayyy sooner than later. pic.twitter.com/JdH3XwQmQ2

Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin

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WhigFest 2018: Umphrey's McGee to headline festival's return in Ybor City

Umphrey's McGee

Jeff Kravitz

Umphrey's McGee

With Tropical Heatwave no longer in the picture, might WhigFest become the multi-venue music festival Ybor City needs?

After a three-year hiatus, the festival, which ran at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg until 2015, will make its Ybor City debut on Feb. 17 and 18 on three stages at the Cuban Club and the Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing. Chicago jam-rock fusionists Umphrey's McGee will headline with a three-hour fest on Sunday, Feb. 18. A Saturday night headliner will be announced soon.

Among the other 20-plus bands planned so far for WhigFest 2018: Stokeswood, Polyenso, Forrest Hoffar, Swimm, J.T. Brown, Mountain Holler and Kristopher James.

Two-day tickets to WhigFest start at $60, with VIP passes starting at $399. Single-day tickets will start at $47.50 and go on sale in January. Click here for details. …

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Liam Payne first act announced for 2017 Jingle Ball lineup in Tampa

Looks like we've got a winner in the race for the first One Direction member to book a solo show in Tampa Bay.

Liam Payne is the first act unveiled for the 2017 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball, the station tweeted late Monday:

Shhhhhhh! @liampayne will be performing at our #FLZJingleBall! Full lineup revealed tomorrow at 5pm! pic.twitter.com/Nd3QvvrLPZ

Radio conglomerate iHeartMedia, which organizes the nationwide Jingle Ball tour, had previously announced Payne and ex-Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello would be performing at select stops on the tour. But until Monday, neither had been officially confirmed for Tampa's show, which will take place Dec. 16 at Amalie Arena.

The rest of the 2017 Jingle Ball lineup will be unveiled at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and we'll bring it to you when it's live.

-- Jay Cridlin

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SoundBytes: NF, Henry Rollins, Bela Fleck, Tyler Farr and more

-- Christian rapper NF is coming to the Ritz Ybor on Jan. 28. Click here for details.

-- Bela Fleck is bringing a trio version of his Flecktones to the Capitol Theatre on Feb. 7. He'll be joined by Victor Wooten and Roy "Futureman" Wooten. Tickets are $39.50 and up. Click here.

-- There's a new country nightclub in town, and it looks like it means business. The Stockyard, located at 1916 U.S. 19 N in Holiday, has recently brought in country acts like Lauren Alaina and Dylan Scott, and has concerts coming up by Tyler Farr (Nov. 4), Michael Ray (Nov. 24), A Thousand Horses (Dec. 15) and Clay Walker (Jan. 12). Is this Pasco County's answer to the Dallas Bull? Looks like it. Click here.

-- Henry Rollins is returning to the Capitol Theatre on Jan. 2 for a night of spoken word and stories, during which he'll show off photos from his long career in music and travel. Tickets are $29.50 and up. Click here.

-- Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will return to the Capitol Theatre on Feb. 9. Tickets are $40 and up. Click here.

-- Shephard's Beach Resort is celebrating 40 years with an anniversary party on Friday, and it includes a free concert by Vertical Horizon. Click here for details. …

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