August 25, 2014

Jo Dee Messina at The RITZ Ybor 12/10/2014

THE RITZ YBOR PRESENTS JO DEE MESSINA AT THE RITZ YBOR ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014


  • Venue Pre-Sale:  Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 10am to 10pm
  • General Public On Sale:  Friday, August 29, 2014 at 10am 
  • Ticket Link:  CLICK HERE
Jo Dee Messina fans will soon get what they've been clamoring for as the multiplatinum, award-winning country singer/songwriter released her new full-length album. With its title ME chosen by fans, the album marks Jo Dee's most personal album to date as she wrote or co-wrote many of the songs and will release it on her own newly established label, Dreambound Records. For the first time in her career, Jo Dee is able to boldly do things her own way and pave her own path to success.

Spring 2013 found the fiercely independent, outspoken, and driven artist free from a long-term record deal. Jo Dee became free to make the album she wanted, so the forward-thinking country star took to the crowd-funding website Kickstarter.com to create a new full-length album for her fans, with her fans. "My time. Our Music." campaign allowed her backers to be involved with every step that goes into creating and recording the album, and opportunities to be rewarded with exclusive content and one-of-a-kind opportunities.

Throughout the process, her fans helped Jo Dee surpass her $100,000 goal, making her Kickstarter.com campaign the most successful one to come out of Nashville and at the time of completion, the 15th largest funded music campaign in Kickstarter.com history. The fans were given a voice. Via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Stage-It, her fans selected which songs would be included on the album, submitted artwork for her label logo, selected the album title ME and chose the album's first single "Peace Sign."

"This album is truly for you, the people who appreciate the creative process, as well as my amazing fans," exclaims Jo Dee. "There's no question, I wouldn't be where I am today without your love and support. You've been with me since the beginning. This album is a fresh start for me, and I want us to go on this exciting journey together."

Although this album is a fresh start for Jo Dee, she is no stranger to the entertainment world. Debuting in 1996 with the hit single "Heads Carolina, Tales California," she has charted 9 number one singles, 16 Top 40 singles, and sold more than 5 million records worldwide.

Overall, ME is a journey. It's honest. It's funny. It's sad. It's life. At this point in her life, Jo Dee isn't afraid. She's a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend and an incredibly gifted vocalist and all that awaits her.

Jo Dee Messina:  www.jodeemessina.com
Jo Dee Messina / Facebook:  www.facebook.com/jodeemessina


August 13, 2014

Southern Darkness Festival 2014

SOUTHERN DARKNESS FESTIVAL WILL INCLUDE A VENUE STOP AT THE RITZ YBOR ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014 


Southern Darkness Fest #SDF:  "The heaviest in the south!" - 1 DAY - 3 VENUES - 27 BANDS

Southern Darkness Fest brings the best of extreme and underground music right to Tampa’s historic district, Ybor City. More than 27 bands will deliver a diverse range of heavy music, Doom, Hardcore, Sludge, Post Rock all the way to Grindcore. With a lineup that is second to none, #SDF plans to leave a mark in Florida’s heavy music scene and turn heads worldwide.
 
Organized by music fans for music fans, SDF sets out to create a special experience for fans and artists alike. The historic district of Ybor is not only the perfect setting for an artistically minded crowd, but also houses Tampa Bay’s best live music venues – all in walking distance from one another.



Tech Jam @ The RITZ Ybor 8/28/2014

13TH ANNUAL TECH JAM @ THE RITZ YBOR ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2014


Don’t miss the 13th annual Tech Jam benefiting TechStart Tampa Bay.  Rock out  at their largest event of the year, while helping TechStart raise funds to prepare at-risk youth in the local community to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Join over 400 techies, business professionals, and executives at Tech Jam for great food, themed cocktails, 50/50, silent auction, unlimited networking, a Battle of the Bands competition, and much more!

Register today for this rockin’ event and help us celebrate 13 fantastic years of raising money for the next generation of technology leaders in our community.

General Admission passes are $50:
Hors d’oeuvres catered by Mattison’s • Beer from Rock Brothers Brewing Company • Entertainment all evening long

VIP Party passes are $95:
All general admission perks • One hour open bar • Casino and prize baskets • Dessert and coffee • Access to private bar

Tickets are available online RIGHT HERE.

August 4, 2014

Yellowcard and Memphis May Fire at The RITZ Ybor 10/26/2014

YELLOWCARD AND MEMPHIS MAY FIRE LIVE AT THE RITZ YBOR ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014

Yellowcard and Memphis May Fire will embark on a joint tour that includes a stop at The RITZ Ybor on Sunday, October 26, 2014. 

Yellowcard is an American pop punk/alternative rock band formed in Jacksonville, FL in 1997, and based in Los Angeles since 2000. Their music features the use of a violin, which is unusual for the genre. 

Memphis May Fire is an American metalcore band based in Dallas, TX, and currently signed to Rise Record.  Formed in 2000, they have released four studio albums and two EP's to date. 

Yellowcard and Memphis May Fire will be joined by Emarosa on October 26, 2014. Pre-Party doors open at 6pm, with main doors opening at 7pm. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting at 10am on Friday, August 8, 2014 online RIGHT HERE



For more information on Yellowcard, please visit: www.yellowcardrock.com




For more information on Memphis May Fire, please visit:

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