Monday, September 29, 2014

Train comes to St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater

    Not too many mainstream bands have maintained the level of success that Train has over the past 15 years. From its early hit singles, including "Meet Virginia" and "Drops of Jupiter," to its new top-five album "Bulletproof Picasso," Train has stayed at the top of the charts for as long as most bands have been in existence.
   Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson hasn't had that level of chart success, but he's been
Pat Monahan of Train
releasing solid albums for two decades and seems to be getting more popular with each one.
   Train and Nathanson will be in St. Petersburg just before Christmas. They'll be at the Mahaffey Theater for Mix 100.7's annual "Mistletoe Concert" on Dec. 19. 

   Other "special guests" will be announced soon, the people at the Mahaffey tell us.
   Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 3 for $35, $45, $65 and $159. Call 727-893-7832 or go to

Friday, September 26, 2014

Rapper Wiz Khalifa schedules Tampa date

   Medical marijuana is one of the hot topics in the news these days, so it's perfect time for Wiz Khalifa, the rapper and singer/songwriter who's as well know for his openly prodigious use of cannabis as for his music, to come to the area.
   He'll be at the Sun Dome on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa on Nov. 1. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday and they'll run you $52.75, $42.75 or $32.75.
Wiz Khalifa

  The Grammy-nominated artist hit the top of the Billboard 200 just a few weeks ago  with his album "Blacc Hollywood."
   He reportedly used to spend thousands of dollars a month on pot, but now he's sponsored by The Cookie Factory, medical marijuna factory. The Cookie Factory markets Khalifa's own marijuana strain, Khalifa Kush. 
   For information and tickets, call 813-974-3004 or go to


2014 Bradenton Blues Festival tickets selling quickly

   If you're planning on going to the third annual Bradenton Blues Festival and you don't have tickets yet, you might want to get them soon.

   Johnette Isham, the executive director of Realize Bradenton, which organizes the festival, said Thursday that only 10 VIP tickets remain for the Dec. 6 festival. General admission tickets are selling about 40 percent faster than they did for last year's event, she said, and that festival sold out.
   Regular tickets are $30 ($10 for children 12 and under, $25 apiece for people in groups of 10 or more). The VIP tickets, which include premium sets, food and and bar, are $250.
    Isham made her comments at an event at Darwin Brewing Co. in Bradenton to recognize the corporate and individual sponsors of the festival.
   The centerpiece of the event was the unveiling of the limited edition poster for this year's festival (shown here), which was created by Don Brandes of the Ringling College of Art and Design. The poster will be available for $30 at Keeton's Office & Art Supply, 817 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, starting Sept. 29.
  This year's Bradenton Blues festival features Marcia Ball, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Samantha Fish and many others, playing on the Bradenton Riverwalk. For information and tickets, go to,

Bob Seger announces Tampa concert

   Classic rocker Bob Seger has announced a new tour and it includes a stop in Tampa.
   The date is Feb. 5, but the venue is listed as "TBA."
Seger in '83
    The best guesses -- really the only reasonable guesses -- are the Amalie Arena (formerly known as the Tampa Bay Times Forum) and the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, since he's playing major arenas on other tour stops. (Neither venue has anything else slated for that date, so it could be either.)
   Since there's no venue announced yet, there's no ticket information. We'll keep you posted.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Diana Krall cancels Sarasota concert

   Here's some bad news for music fans: The great Diana Krall has a severe case of pneumonia that has caused her to cancel her scheduled show at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. The show had been set for Dec. 13.
Diana Krall

      She's canceled her entire US tour, and she has also postponed the release of her new album, "Wallflowers," until next year because of her illness. She released a statement saying that doctors have advised her to rest for a few months, and that she'll announce a new date for the album and for a new world tour "in the coming weeks."
   If you've already bought tickets for the Van Wezel show, you're asked to call the box office (941-953-3368) to get credit for tickets to another show or to get a refund.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WMNF stages Springsteen tribute show in Tampa

   Community radio station WMNF occasionally puts on these really cool tribute shows with a bunch of area bands all playing songs by some major artist. They've done Led Zeppelin, the Who, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie and a lot of others.
   This weekend, at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, WMNF will present a show they're calling "Bruuuuce!," in honor of Bruce Springsteen's 65th birthday earlier this week (Sept. 23, to be exact).
Bruce Sorungsteen

  Over the course of eight hours, more than 20 bands and solo acts will performed more than 50 Sprinsgteen songs, including the "Born to Run" album performed start-to-finish, and 10 singer-songrwriters performing one song each from "Nebraska."
   Bands include  Al Torchia & The Tattered Saints, Blue Dice, Glad All Over, Parson Brown, Talk to Mark, Ted Lukas & The Misled, The Hack Pack, The Irish Buskers, Troy Youngblood and The SoulFish, The Hummingbirds, Sunset Bridge Band, J.A.D.E., Wizards and Koko Ray & The Keepers.
   It runs from 4 p.m. until midnight Saturday, Sept. 27. Skippers -- which is a cool mostly-outdoor venue with a rustic Florida feel -- is at 910 Skipper Road in north Tampa. Tickets are $13 in advance and $16 at the door. Call 813-238-6001 or go to for tickets, or call 813-971-0666 for venue information.

Tedeschi Trucks headlines St. Petersburg's Sunshine Festival

  The lineup for the third annual Sunshine Music & Blues Festival has been announced, and it's a great one.
   The Tedeschi Trucks Band is headlining again -- they also headlined the first two years -- and
Los Lobos
they're joined on the bill by Los Lobos, Grace Potter, Dickey Betts, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Robinson is the frontman for the Black Crowes), the Both (a phenomenal new collaboration from Aimee Mann and Ted Leo), Sean Chambers, the Rebirth Brass Band and Matt Schofield.

   The festival's scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17 at Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive N.Ein St. Petersburg. If you get tickets before 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, they're $39.50. After that they're $49.50. Even the regularly priced tickets seem like a great deal, considering how many excellent bands are scheduled to play. You can also get reserved seats for $99.50 and there are some VIP packages.
   Call 800-745-3000 or go to