July 29, 2014

7th Avenue Band Slam FINALE @ The RITZ Ybor 8/30/2014

CRAZY IN LOVE: THE RITZ YBOR & ORPHEUM TO CONCLUDE THEIR 7TH AVENUE BAND SLAME SERIES WITH A BEYONCE'-THEMED FINALE AT THE RITZ YBOR ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014


The RITZ Ybor and The Orpheum will conclude their joint battle of the bands competition called the 7th Avenue Band Slam on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at The RITZ Ybor with a Beyonce'-themed Finale.  Four winners from the weekly Semi-Final along with this year's Judges' Pick will all compete by performing 2 original songs, and 1 cover song by multi-platinum superstar Beyonce'.  This year's competing bands are Artilect (Semi-Final Week 1 winner), Stonegrey and Supros (Semi-Final Week 2 winners, tie), One Mile Final (Semi-Final Week 3 winner), and The Best Day Ever (Judges' Pick).  Audiences will decide the winner of the 7th Avenue Band Slam 2014.

At this year's weekly Semi-Finals at The Oropheum, fifteen bands competed against one another to win a spot at the August 30th Finale at The RITZ Ybor where on band will will the Grand Prize: $1,500.00 cash, a design and digital distribution package courtesy of Symphonic Distribution, a rehearsal and live sound package courtesy of The Burb Rehearsal Studios, Radiant gas cards, future paid gigs including a Live at Aloft performance, and much more.  The Grand Prize is valued at over $4,000.00.

A 7th Avenue Band Slam judging panel will offer commentary at the Finale.  This year's judges will include Grant Brandell (with sponsor Symphonic Distribution, Grammy-nominated bassist with Underoath), Ray Roa (contributor to tbt, Tampa Bay Times, Creative Loafing, and Suburban Apologist), Jerry "Lazy" Dufrain (talent buyer and owner of The Orpheum), and more.

The 7th Avenue Band Slam Finale is open to all ages.  Tickets are $5.00 (in advance) and $10.00 (at the door).  Tickets can be purchased online at www.theritzybor.com, and from any participating band.  Doors to the event will open at 6pm, and the show will start at 7pm.  Last year's Ultimate Bands Series winner, Dropin Pickup will also perform.

Sponsors of the 7th Avenue Band Slam include Three Olives Vodka, Desperados Beer, The Radiant Group, Symphonic Distribution, Backline Super Stars, Aloft Tampa Downtown Hotel, The Burb Rehearsal Studios, James Geiger Photography, and more.

For more information on the 7th Avenue Band Slam, please visit www.yborbandslam.com.

7th Avenue Band Slam Finale @ The RITZ Ybor 8/30/2014

CRAZY IN LOVE: THE RITZ YBOR & ORPHEUM TO CONCLUDE THEIR 7th AVENUE BAND SLAM SERIES WITH A BEYONCE’-THEMED FINALE AT THE RITZ YBOR ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014
 
The RITZ Ybor and The Orpheum will conclude their joint battle of the bands completion called the 7th Avenue Band Slam at The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, August 30, 2014 with a Beyonce’-themed Finale.  Four winners from the weekly Semi-Final along with this year’s Judges’ Pick will all compete by performing 2 original songs, and 1 cover song by multi-platinum superstar Beyonce’.  This year’s competing bands are Artilect (Semi-Final Week 1 winner), Stonegrey and Supros (Semi-Final Week 2 winners, tie), One Mile Final (Semi-Final Week 3 winner) and The Best Day Ever (Judges’ Pick).  Audience applause will decide the winner of the 7th Avenue Band Slam 2014. 

At this year’s weekly Semi-Finals at The Orpheum, fifteen bands competed against one another to win a spot at the August 30th Finale at The RITZ Ybor where one band will win the Grand Prize: $1,500.00 cash, a design and digital distribution package courtesy of Symphonic Distribution, a rehearsal and live sound package courtesy of The Burb Rehearsal Studios, Radiant gas cards, future paid gigs including a Live at Aloft performance, and much more.  The Grand Prize is valued at over $4,000.00.
A 7th Avenue Band Slam judging panel will offer commentary at the Finale.  This year’s judges will include Grant Brandell (with sponsor Symphonic Distribution, Grammy-nominated bassist with Underoath), Ray Roa (contributor to tbt, Tampa Bay Times, Creative Loafing, and Suburban Apologist), Jerry “Lazy” Dufrain (talent buyer and owner of The Orpheum), and more.

The 7th Avenue Band Slam Finale is open to all ages. Tickets are $5.00 (in advance) and $10.00 (at the door).  Tickets can be purchased online at www.theritzybor.com, and from any participating band.  Doors to the event will open at 6pm, and the show will start at 7pm.  Last year’s Ultimate Bands Series winner, Dropin Pickup will also perform. 

Sponsors of the 7th Avenue Band Slam include Three Olives Vodka, Desperados Beer, Symphonic Distribution, The Radiant Group, , Backline Super Stars, Aloft Tampa Downtown Hotel, The Burb Rehearsal Studios, James Geiger Photography, and more. 

For more information about this year’s 7th Avenue Band Slam, please visit:  www.yborbandslam.com.




July 21, 2014

Capital Cities @ The RITZ Ybor 10/23/2014

CAPITAL CITIES @ THE RITZ YBOR ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014


Los Angeles duo of composers Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian initially met on Craigslist in 2008 and worked as jingle writers until they formed the indie electro band Capital Cities in 2010. They released an EP independently in 2011 that included the song “Safe and Sound,” an upbeat mesh of synths and melody that spread like wildfire across the Internet.

When they discovered through social media that an alternative radio station in Peru began to play the song, they connected with fans from Lima and organized tours in South America.

Encouraged by the experience, the band self-funded a promotional campaign and got on the radio in the states. Soon after, the music industry and the rest of the world took notice. Capitol Records signed the band’s indie label Lazy Hooks and released Capital Cities’ debut album In A Tidal Wave of Mystery in June, 2013.

“Safe and Sound” went multi-Platinum in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Mexico, and others, and shot to the top of numerous international charts, including number one on alternative radio in the U.S. and number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.

The music video, a celebratory mash-up of dancing from various eras and cultures, received a VMA and a Grammy nomination.

The band has toured four continents and played in front of tens of thousands fans at festivals in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Poland, Japan and Korea. Their list of 2014 performances include playing Coachella, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Hangout Fest and all three South American Lollapalooza dates and Katy Perry on the first leg of her Prismatic World Tour.

Merchant and Simonian are joined by bassist Manny Quintero, trumpeter Spencer Ludwig, guitarist Nick Merwin, and drummer Channing Holmes.

Capital Cities will perform at The RITZ Ybor on Thursday, October 23, 2014 with Special Guests.  Pre-Party doors will open at 6pm, with main doors opening at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $25.00 (advance), and $27.00 (DOS).  Tickets will be available for purchase online HERE starting at 10am this Friday, July 25, 2014.


For more information on Capital Cities, please CLICK HERE.

StoneGrey + Supros, Winners (tied) of Band Slam 2014 Week 2

StoneGrey
 
 Supros

Last week, both StoneGrey (Land O Lakes) and Supros (Cape Coral) tied at Band Slam Week 2 at The Orpheum.  They both will advance to the August 30, 2014 Finals at The RITZ Ybor joining Artilect from Week 1.  This Thursday at The Oprheum will complete the Semi-Final Week where one band along with a Judges Pick from the entire competition will advance to the Finals.

Be sure to check out StoneGrey online here, and Supros online here.

July 14, 2014

Artilect, Winner of Band Slam 2014 Week 1


Last week, Artilect, a progressive rock band from Jacksonville, Florida won Week 1 at The Orpheum.  They will automatically move on to the August 30, 2014 Finals at The RITZ YborCongratulations to all five bands who performed, and especially to Artilect for winning the first Semi-Final

Be sure to check out Artilect online here.

 

July 9, 2014

MGK - Machine Gun Kelly @ The RITZ Ybor 7/19/2014

MGK - MACHINE GUN KELLY @ THE RITZ YBOR ON JULY 19, 2014


THIS SHOW HAS CHANGED VENUES. ORIGINAL TICKETS WILL BE HONORED AT THE DOOR.

Despite a year where new youngsters took over, there was only one who could be named MTV's "Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2011." That emcee is ... Bad Boy signee, Machine Gun Kelly.

Since dropping his 2010 mixtape Lace Up, the Cleveland-bred rapper has built a cult-following that eventually helped him attract all the major labels, all of which were courting MGK. In the end, it was Diddy and Bad Boy that landed the buzzing young artist.

MGK beat out the likes of Lil Twist and Mac Miller, as well as A$AP Rocky, Future, French Montana, Freddie Gibbs, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill and Roscoe Dash.

"He has just such a movement, just hundreds and thousands of loyal fans that came from the place he came from, in different parts of the country," Diddy gushed during a "RapFix Live" appearance. "He wasn't always the coolest kid in school, and just the process of growing up and the problems that they all encounter, they relate to him in such a way."

MTV said that Lil Twist, who finished in the #2 spot with 39 percent of the vote, was MGK's most formidable competition, thanks to his die-hard fans, Young Money team and best friend Justin Bieber, who all tweeted in support.

After earning the honor, MGK Skyped with MTV, graciously accepting the title.

"I can't explain how grateful I am for all those kids who sat there and got in voting circles and sat there for hours and hours and did votes upon votes," MGK said of his fans, who voted for him in the week-long poll. "I know that we have probably the least amount of fans, but like I told my fans: Heart is always gonna prevail over connections and who these people know and who tweets what."

Next thing on MGK's list is his upcoming Lace Up album, which has yet to receive a release date. For more info, keep it locked to www.machinegunkelly.com.

Doors open at 6pm.  Original tickets honored at the door.  Tickets still available for purchase online CLICK HERE

July 1, 2014

7th Avenue Band Slam 2014: Line-up

THE RITZ YBOR AND ORPHEUM UNITE THEIR ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS SERIES AND WILL PRESENT 1ST ANNUAL 7TH AVENUE BAND SLAM


Fifteen local and regional bands were selected from a record number of band entries to compete at this year’s 7th Avenue Band Slam competition at The Orpheum and The RITZ Ybor. The Series will kick-off with a three-week Semi-Final at The Orpheum that starts on Thursday, July 10 and will continue on Thursday, July 17, and Thursday, July 24, 2014. Each Semi-Final week, five different bands will compete against one another where one band will advance to the 7th Avenue Band Slam Finals at The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, August 30, 2014. At the Finals, one band based on audience applause and judges scores will win the Band Slam series along with the Grand Prize which includes $1,500.00 cash, a digital distribution & design package courtesy of Symphonic Distribution, gift cards and gift certificates, paid performances at future gigs, and much more.

This year’s Band Slam judges will include Ray Roa (correspondent with tbt, Tampa Bay Times & Suburban Apologist), Grant Brandell (of Underoath), and more.

Participating bands at this year’s 7th Avenue Band Slam Semi-Finals are:

• Semi-Final Week 1 – Thursday, July 10, 2014:
Artilect, The Getbye, Matthew Wead, Paint The Town Red, and Wherewithal

Semi-Final Week 2 – Thursday, July 17, 2014: Golden Coastal Grizzlies, Saved By Friday, Stonegrey, Supros, and Vane

Semi-Final Week 3 – Thursday, July 24, 2014: One Mile Final, ShinraCo, The Best Day Ever, The Music Box, and The Porch Sessions

Each 7th Avenue Band Slam Semi-Final is open to all ages, and will be $5.00 admission (advance) and $6.00 (at the door). Tickets can be purchased online at www.yborbandslam.com or from any participating band. Doors open at 7pm with the first band taking the stage at 7:30pm.

Sponsors of this year’s 7th Avenue Band Slam include Symphonic Distribution, Backline Superstars, Deseprados, The Radiant Group, and more.

The RITZ Ybor and The Orpheum are Ybor City’s two leading live music venues located on 7th Avenue.

The RITZ Ybor is located at 1503 East 7th Avenue in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida. For more information about The RITZ Ybor, please visit: www.theritzybor.com.

The Orpheum is located at 1915 East 7th Avenue in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida. For more information about The Orpheum, please visit: www.theorpheum.com.

June 10, 2014

First Aid Kit @ The RITZ Ybor 11/5/2014

FIRST AID KIT @ THE RITZ YBOR ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014


AEG Live presents Swedish folk duo, First Aid Kit performing at The RITZ Ybor on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.  First Aid Kit are sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg.  Their new album Stay Gold was released today in the U.S.

Tickets will be available for purchase online HERE starting this Friday at 10am.

CHVRCHES @ The RITZ Ybor 10/6/2014

CHVRCHES @ THE RITZ YBOR ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014


In little more than twelve months CHVRCHES have come out of nowhere to be everywhere. There’s a lot to catch up on since they posted their first song, Lies, online last May – a place in the top five of the BBC Sound of 2013, sell out headline tours in the UK and US (the most recent US tour playing to almost 20,000 people over 18 shows), a triumphant, award-winning appearance at SXSW and a string of stadium dates with Depeche Mode, to name but a few.

The excitement around that debut track was enhanced by the fact that there wasn’t so much as a photo of the band online. Who was that facelessly contorting the legacy of electronic music into surprisingly palatable new shapes? Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty weren’t being deliberately coy – they were just hard at work capturing a sound that, in the tradition of all great musical alchemies, even surprised the band that made it.

Lies was followed in the summer by The Mother We Share – a euphoric, expertly-crafted piece of synthpop with a warm emotional centre that captured the imagination of a million listeners and saw the band step out from the shadows to put faces to the names. Both tracks, alongside bona fide singles Recover and Gun, feature on CHVRCHES’ longed-for debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, out now.

Live Nation & No Clubs presents CHVRCHES at The RITZ Ybor on Monday, October 6, 2014.  Tickets are $23.50 (advance) and $25.00 (DOS), and will be available for purchase online HERE starting this Friday at 10am.


June 4, 2014

Washed Out @ The RITZ Ybor 9/14/2014

WASHED OUT @ THE RITZ YBOR ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014


Singer-songwriter and record producer Ernest Greene better known as Washed Out will be performing at The RITZ Ybor on Sunday, September 14, 2014.  Paracosm, Washed Out's second album was released last August, and boasts the singles "It All Feels Right" and "Don't Give Up."

Tickets to his show at The RITZ Ybor will be $17.00 (advance), $20.00 (day of show) and $25.00 VIP Balcony (ages 21+ only), and will available for purchase online HERE starting at 10am this Friday, June 6, 2014. 

For more information on Washed Out, please visit www.washedout.net