Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Maroon 5 announces Tampa concert date

   Maroon 5 is everywhere. Though they're probably most widely known these days because of singer Adam Levine's regular gig as a judge on "The Voice," the band is touring steadily, making new music and doing a lot of TV. (They'll be on "The Tonight Show" tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 2), on "America's Got Talent" tomorrow and "The Ellen Degeneres Show" on Sept. 28.
Maroon 5's Adam Levine
   Today the band announced it was coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The concert, in support of Maroon 5's latest album "V," is set for Feb. 25. The album was just released today.
   Tickets for the concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 13. Call 813-301-2500 or go to tampabaytimesforum.com.

   A Canadian reggae fusion band called Magic! will be the "special guest" and singer-songwriter Rozzi Crane will be the opening act.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Emmylou Harris is coming to Tampa Theatre

    Emmylou Harris, a progenitor of Americana music whose gorgeous voice and impeccable songwriting have made her one of biggest stars in all of music for more than 40 years, is coming to Tampa.
   She's set to play at Tampa Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. 
   Tickets go on sale on Friday, Sept. 5. They're $59, $80 and $101 if you order online from tampatheatre.org. If you get
Emmylou Harris
someone in Tampa to buy them for you at the box office, you'll save $6.50 per ticket.
   Harris' great 1995 album "Wrecking Ball" has recently been reissued, and earlier this year she was playing dates with Daniel Lanois, the album's producer who's also an amazing musician. There's no indication at this point that Lanois will be joining her of the tampa gig, and the show is simply titled "An Evening With Emmylou Harris, with no mention of other artists on the bull, but we can always hope.
   Tampa Theatre is at  711 N Franklin St. in downtown Tampa. Call 813-274-8981. 

Leno, "Once" added to Straz Center season

   The Straz Center in Tampa has announced a bunch of additions to its 2014-15 season.
   By far the biggest of newly announced acts are the return of "Once," (Sept, 22-27, 2015), the wonderful musical that was a hit at the Straz earlier this year, and Jay Leno, who brings his standup comedy to the Straz on March 29
Jay Leno
   Leno headlined the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall gala last season, but he's not scheduled to come back to the Bradenton-Sarasota area in 2014-15. But several of the new shows on the Straz Center  season schedule will also be at Van Wezel, including The Piano Guys (at the Straz Feb. 4, at Van Wezel Feb. 7), Celtic Woman (Straz April 25, Van Wezel April 24) and "Menopause: The Musical" (Straz June 2-7, Van Wezel Jan. 5). So the Straz shows give Bradenton-area residents some alternate dates.
  Most of the recently announced acts aren't slated to come any closer than Tampa, though. You might have make the drive up to the Straz if you want to see comedians Demitri Martin (Dec. 12), Russell Peters (Jan. 18) and musicians Gaby Moreno (Nov. 7), the Celts (March 19), Kissy Simmons (Nov. 1), Will and Anthony (Dec. 6), Karen Mason (Feb. 14) and Natalie Prass (May 11). A lot of the concerts, including "Lion King" star Simmons, are in a cabaret setting in the intimate Jaeb Theater.
  Theatrical shows that have been added include "Dixie's Tupperware Party" (Oct. 15-19), "50 Shades! The Musical Parody" (Jan. 25), the one-man musical "My Sinatra" (Feb. 28) and "Late Nite Catechism With Sister Mary Z."
   Dance performances includes the Youth America Grand Prix (Jan. 10) and Next Generation Ballet's "Coppelia" (May 1-2).
   Tickets for most shows go on sale Saturday, Aug. 30. Call 813--229-7827 or go to strazcenter.org. The entire season, most of which was announced in June. is on the website. more shows will almost certainly be added later.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ZZ Top/Jeff Beck Tampa show rescheduled

   Bad news -- but not horrible news -- for those of you who were looking forward to seeing ZZ Top and Jeff Beck in Tampa on Sept. 10.
   The show, along with others on the "Beards and Beck" tour, has been rescheduled. ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill fell Tuesday night on the band's tour bus and injured his hip. 
   It's apparently not too bad an injury, though, because the rescheduled show has been set for just a couple of months from now, on Nov. 13. 
Beck with Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top

   If you have tickets for the show, hang onto them and you can use them on Nov. 13. There's no official word yet on what you should do if you can't make it to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Nov. 13.
   The venue is at 4802 US 301, Tampa, at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Call 813-740-2446 if you need more details about what to do with your tickets for the original date. If you want to buy tickets, you can or go to livenation.com. They'll run you between $40 and $80.40.
   Reports from earlier stops on tour make the show sound like huge fun. with Beck and ZZ Top playing their own sets and then doing a few songs together..


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Area playwright brings one-woman show to Sarasota

  Area playwright Roxanne Fay has presented her one-woman show "Home Fires Burning" to appreciative audiences at a couple of different venues in St. Petersburg, and now she's bringing it to Sarasota.
   She'll be performing it at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 at Home Resource, which is at 741 Central Ave. in Sarasota. Home Resource is essentially a furniture store, but it has a history of staging occasionally some great and wonderfully unusual theater.
   “Home Fires Burning" is actually two plays. In one Fay portrays a lost child, and in the other she's an ancient, disfigured woman. Although the two plays revolve around disparate characters they share a theme the characters' fights to reclaim and hold onto a their homes. The plays have been described as “funny, horrifying and heartbreaking.”
   Fay's show has been selected to be in New York's prestigious United Solo Theatre Festival, the largest festival of one-person shows in the world. In fact, as of earlier this week it had sold more tickets than any other show in the festival. The festival runs Sept. 18-Nov. 23, and Fay will perform “Home Fires Burning on Sept. 28.
   Fay is also currently appearing as Nurse Ratched in the great production of Dale Wasserman's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" at freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg. That show runs through Sept. 14.
   Tickets for "Home Fires Burning" are $10. There's a talkback with Fay after the show. Call 941-366-6690 for information and reservations.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Crazy Carls, Cisco Adler play St. Petersburg

   If you haven't made you music plans for the weekend yet, here's a last-minute suggestion.
Crazy Carls
   The Crazy Carls are a fun pop-rock band from the Orlando area. They're starting to generate some buzz because of their new single and video "Let Me" and they're touring the South. They've been compared to Maroon 5, but you could also say they're reminiscent of Jason Mraz.
   They'll be at Jannus Live in downtown St. Petersburg Saturday. They're opening for Cisco Adler, the former frontman of Whitestarr and son of legendary producer Lou Adler. Florida band On The Avenue is also on the bill.
   It should be a really nice evening of feel-good music, and it's only $5. You can get tickets at the gate. 
   Jannus Live is at 200 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Call 727-565-0550 or at jannuslive.com.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sarasota's Theatre Odyssey seeks young playwrights for competition

    If you're a teenager and an aspiring playwright from the Bradenton area, you might want to work up a 10-minute play in the next two months.
   Theatre Odyssey is gearing up for its third annual Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival, which is set for Jan. 16.  
   Playwrights have until Oct. 17 to submit plays. Readers go through all the submissions and select a few of the best plays, and then Theatre Odyssey produces them, with experienced acts and directors, for an audience. A panel of theater professionals pick the winner.
   The winning playwright gets a cash prize, and the play gets another production at the Theatre Odyssey’s Ten-Minute Play Festival, the company's more established festival that's open to playwrights of all ages. The play is also published in Theatre Odyssey's annual compilation of finalists from its two festivals.

   To be eligible, playwrights have to live along the gulf coast between Fort Myers and Tampa, and they have to be in grades 9 through 12 or the home-schooled equivalent, in the 2014-15 school year.
   The plays have to be no more than 10 minutes long (that usually means they're between seven and 11 pages) and require no more than five actors. It has to be original work that hasn't been performed for a paying audience in the area.
   Completed manuscripts should be sent to Theatre Odyssey, P.O. Box 1383, Sarasota, FL  34230-1383.
   You can see a complete list of submission rules and requirements here.
   Even if you're not playwright, the festival makes for an interesting evening of theater. The plays that make it to the finals are ambitious and entertaining, though obviously created by inexperienced writers, and the acting and direction are as good as you'll see in any local theater. The festival's held in the David S. and Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre on the Bradenton campus of State College of Florida.