July 29, 2011

Odd Future at The RITZ Ybor on November 2, 2011

ODD FUTURE AT THE RITZ YBOR ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2011


ODD FUTURE Wolf Gang Kill Them All, often abbreviated OFWGKTA, and referred simply as Odd Future, is an alternative hip-hop collective from Los Angeles, California who make their first-time at The RITZ Ybor on Wednesday, November 2, 2011.

Tickets go onsale to the public on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 10am RIGHT HERE.


OurStage Takes The Stage Winners Heat Up The RITZ Ybor

FROM OURSTAGE.COM:

Last Saturday, July 23, 2011, The RITZ Ybor in Tampa, Florida played host to four of the Sunshine State’s hardest rocking acts from the “OurStage Takes The Stage” Competition. The final four contenders were hand-selected to perform by the fans and judges. Up for grabs? Fat wads of cash for three out of the four lucky finalists and a future gig for the Grand Prize winner.

Take it from us; the heat from the competition was enough to burn the house down, despite the major thunderstorms and a brief power outage that left the crowd wanting more. Hundreds of loyal fans turned out to see which band would be crowned the winner and walk away with $15,00 and a sweet gig. Finalists Someday Souvenir, From This Fire, Cure For Caska and Not Tonight Josephine put on an impressive display of showmanship, championing the best of what the burgeoning Florida music scene has to offer. In the end, only three could go home with cash in hand.

Check out the winners below:

Grand Prize Winner of $1,500 & Tampa Area Gig:
Someday Souvenir



First Runner Up $750 Cash Prize:
Not Tonight Josephine



Second Runner Up $250 Cash Prize:
Cure For Caska



ULTIMATE 2011 Semi-Finals Week 4 Line-up


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR LAST ROUND OF 5 MUSIC ACTS: Ars Nova, Ettison, Last Minute Stars, On Carlton Row and Spark Notes who will each perform 2 original songs & 1 cover song by ELVIS PRESLEY.

YOUR APPLAUSE is needed to help one of them win a spot at the ULTIMATE Finals where the Grand Prize is: (1) the opportunity to open for an upcoming national touring act at The RITZ Ybor, (2) recording studio time courtesy of Atomic Audio, Inc, (3) a paid gig at the Fall Square One 2011 event, (4) $500.00 cash & much more!

JUDGES PANEL for this night include Jeremy Gloff (singer/songwriter), Dinah Powers (The Cowhead Show, 102.5 The Bone), Mark Nikolich (Atomic Audio Inc), Monica Shillinglaw (Miller Lite) and Samantha Dikman (DJ Sirius).

$5.00 admission. $5.00 tix available from participating music acts, at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office or at the door. Drink Specials, Live Music & Food provided by Stone Soup Company.

For more information & to see the other week's line-up and judges, please visit: www.ritzybor.com/ultimate2011.html


The Airborne Toxic Event at The RITZ Ybor on November 29, 2011

THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT WITH MONA AT THE RITZ YBOR ON NOVEMBER 29, 2011


The Airborne Toxic Event make their first appearance with opening act Mona at The RITZ Ybor with a concert on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. The show is open to ALL AGES and tickets will be $16 in advance and $18 day of show.

Pre-party starts at 6pm with doors at 7pm. The concert is tentatively scheduled to start at 8pm.

Buy Tickets Online: CLICK HERE


July 28, 2011

The James-Lange Theory and Next of Kin... Winners of ULTIMATE 2011 Week 3

Congratulations to BOTH The James-Lange Theory and Next Of Kin, who tied to win Semi-Finals Week 3 of ULTIMATE 2011: The RITZ Ybor's Quest for the ULTIMATE Opening Act.

The James-Lange Theory


Next Of Kin

The RITZ Ybor was a packed house last night with not one empty seat in the venue. The audience enthusiastically cheered on Stalling Dawn who did a rocking version of Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me," the Diamond Dolls who performed a dark, electro-synth version of "Piece of Me" and Curbside Goodbye who did a metal rendition of Brit's "Toxic." In the end, it was both The James-Lange Theory with their medley of "Toxic" and "Baby One More Time" and Next Of Kin with their bluesy, funk version of "Oops! I Did It Again" who stumped the judges with their hundreds of cheering fans, who in the end ultimately declared a tie and a victory for both bands.

The James-Lange Theory and Next Of Kin will advance to the August 19 ULTIMATE Finals where they join Week 1 winners The Reverie and Week 2 winners The Ken Apperson Band.

The James-Lange Theory immediately Tweetpic-d after their victory

Next Of Kin immediately Tweetpic-d after their victory

Special thanks to Week 3's panel of judges... Jeremy Gloff, Carole Liparoto (tbt), Lindsay Vitola (Mighty Mongo), Steven Ballard (Bella Danza) and Tim Switzer (The Radiant Group).

Check out The James-Lange Theory on ReverbNation by clicking here and Next Of Kin on Facebook by clicking here and don't miss them at the ULTIMATE 2011 Finals on August 19, 2011 only at The RITZ Ybor.


July 26, 2011

KES the Band @ The RITZ Ybor on August 14, 2011

KES THE BAND AT THE RITZ YBOR ON AUGUST 14, 2011


KES, the Trinidadian soca band of hit songs Come a Little Closer, My Land, Stay With Me, Thunder and Right Dey will perform LIVE at The RITZ Ybor on Sunday, August 14, 2011. Tickets are $25.00 and VIP is available. Doors to the concert open at 6pm.


Please call (888) 411-8895 or visit www.tampacaribbean.com for more information.


Square One: NOW ACCEPTING ARTISTS

NOW ACCEPTING ARTISTS
November 18 to 19, 2011


SQUARE ONE is NOW ACCEPTING artists of all mediums for their upcoming Square One Creative Event that expands to two nights this year: Friday, November 18, 2011 and Saturday, November 19, 2011 at The RITZ Ybor.

This event marks the 4th Annual Fall 2011 Creative & Performing Arts Showcase that will boast over 75 local artists.

Don't miss out! Sign-up today before all spots are gone!

Please e-mail artist@squareoneflorida.com with "INTERESTED IN NOVEMBER 2011" in the subject line today for more information & to register.

Visit www.SquareOneFlorida.com for more information.

The official event name & theme will be revealed on August 19, 2011.


ULTIMATE 2011 Semi-Finals Week 3 Line-up

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR THIRD ROUND OF 5 MUSIC ACTS: Curbside Goodbye, Diamond Dolls, The James-Lange Theory, Next of Kin and Stalling Dawn who will each perform 2 original songs & 1 cover song by BRITNEY SPEARS.

YOUR APPLAUSE is needed to help one of them win a spot at the ULTIMATE Finals where the Grand Prize is: (1) the opportunity to open for an upcoming national touring act at The RITZ Ybor, (2) recording studio time courtesy of Atomic Audio, Inc, (3) a paid gig at the Fall Square One 2011 event, (4) $500.00 cash & much more!

JUDGES PANEL for this night include Jeremy Gloff (singer/songwriter), Carole Liparoto (tbt), Lindsay Vitola (Mighty Mongo), Steven Ballard (Bella Danza) and Tim Switzer (The Radiant Group).

$5.00 admission. $5.00 tix available from participating music acts, at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office or at the door. Drink Specials, Live Music & Food provided by Stone Soup Company.

For more information & to see the other week's line-up and judges, please visit: www.ritzybor.com/ultima​te2011.html



The Ken Apperson Band... Winners of ULTIMATE 2011 Week 2

Congratulations to The Ken Apperson Band, winners of Semi-Finals Week 2 of ULTIMATE 2011: The RITZ Ybor's Quest for the ULTIMATE Opening Act.


Khora came a close second with their rocking anthemic version of Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby." Camino ("I'll Be There/Fantasy" medley) and Traphik 3:16 ("Touch My Body) also battled out, while JANANI had to drop out last minute due to a family emergency. In the end, it was The Ken Apperson Band who ultimately won the night & the heart of The RITZ Ybor with their take on Mimi's "Fantasy."

The Ken Apperson Band will advance to the August 19 Finals where they join Week 1 winners The Reverie.

The winning band immediately Tweetpic-d after their victory

Special thanks to Week 2's panel of judges... Jeremy Gloff, Dallas Nielsen (Professional Salon Services), Jane McKee (music agent), Jocelyn Brenner (Hyde Park Village) and Elysse Carrasco (Miller Lite).

Check out The Ken Apperson Band on ReverbNation by clicking here and don't miss them at the ULTIMATE 2011 Finals on August 19, 2011 only at The RITZ Ybor.



July 20, 2011

SKRILLEX at The RITZ Ybor on December 16, 2011

SKRILLEX WITH 12TH PLANET, TWO FRESH & NADASTROM AT THE RITZ YBOR ON DECEMBER 16, 2011

Electrohouse & dubstep producer SKRILLEX will perform at The RITZ Ybor on Friday, December 16, 2011 presented by No Clubs! Productions. 12th Planet, Two Fresh and Nadastrom are also on the bill.

Tickets for this go onsale this Friday, July 22, 2011 online RIGHT HERE. This will mark SKRILLEX's first time at The RITZ Ybor. Pre-party starts at 6pm with doors at 7pm.


July 17, 2011

ULTIMATE 2011 Semi-Finals Week 2 Line-up

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SECOND ROUND OF 5 MUSIC ACTS: Camino, JANANI, The Ken Apperson Band, Khora & Traphik 3:16 who will each perform 2 original songs & 1 cover song by MARIAH CAREY.

YOUR APPLAUSE is needed to help one of them win a spot at the ULTIMATE Finals where the Grand Prize is: (1) the opportunity to open for an upcoming national touring act at The RITZ Ybor, (2) recording studio time courtesy of Atomic Audio, Inc, (3) a paid gig at the Fall Square One 2011 event, (4) $500.00 cash & much more!

JUDGES PANEL for this night include Jeremy Gloff (singer/songwriter), Dallas Nielsen (Professional Salon Services), Jane McKee (talent agent), Jocelyn Brenner (Hyde Park Village) and Monica Shillinglaw (Miller Lite & Blue Moon).

$5.00 admission. $5.00 tix available from participating music acts, at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office or at the door. Drink Specials, Live Music & Food provided by Stone Soup Company.

For more information & to see the other week's line-up and judges, please visit: www.ritzybor.com/ultima​te2011.html
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July 15, 2011

JJ Grey & Mofro @ The RITZ Ybor on December 30, 2011

JJ GREY & MOFRO RETURN TO THE RITZ YBOR ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2011

Fans of JJ Grey & Mofro rejoice! Tickets to their Friday, December 30, 2011 concert at The RITZ Ybor presented by No Clubs! Productions go onsale today online RIGHT HERE.


This marks the southern rock/soul/funk band's third time at The RITZ Ybor. Pre-party starts at 7pm with doors at 8pm.


July 14, 2011

TBT: Bedingfiels talks songwriting, shoe shopping & sounding like Justin Bieber


FROM TBT:

NATASHA BEDINGFIELD TALKS SONGWRITING, SHOE SHOPPING AND SOUNDING LIKE JUSTIN BIEBER
by Jay Cridlin | St. Petersburg Times

I’m trying to think of a clever way to start this article, but nothing’s coming out.

But that’s okay, because this story is about Natasha Bedingfield. And for the British pop star, writer’s block is a recurring theme.

Just sift through her catalog, from her huge hits These Words (“Waste bin full of paper; clever rhymes, see you later...”) and Unwritten (“The pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned...”), to unreleased tracks like D.I.Y. (“Got a dozen ideas and a hundred more, like a pile of shoes that have never been worn...”). For a pop singer-songwriter, Bedingfield sure sings a lot about not writing pop songs.

But the occasional bout of writer’s block hasn’t hindered Bedingfield. Since debuting in America, she’s sold more than 10 million albums and singles worldwide, and her songs have soundtracked countless movies and TV shows. She’s currently performing a stripped-down tour at clubs across the U.S. in support of her latest disc, Strip Me.

Before she hits The RITZ Ybor on Thursday (tickets are $20; click here), Bedingfield called from a tour stop in Dallas to talk writer’s block, shoe shopping and the true meaning of the phrase “pocketful of sunshine.”

Did you know there’s a Facebook page called “Justin Bieber sounds like Natasha Bedingfield”?

No!

It’s got 170 fans. Do you think there’s some validity to it?

That’s awesome! (laughs) I mean, he kind of sounds more like my brother, because Daniel also has some hits, right? And for a man, he has higher notes, higher tones than a lot of men. Justin sounds a bit like him. But that’s cool! I’m going to check that page out. (sings) Baby, baby ...

I think These Words is one of the most clever pop songs in recent years. Which is interesting because it’s all about writer’s block. Since you’re a co-writer of that song, can you talk about how it was created?

Every writer has a song or two about writer’s block, because it really is one of those things that every creative person faces at some point. It can just be overthinking something, or it can be just trying to be too clever. We were trying to figure out a really sophisticated way of saying “I love you,” because we didn’t want to use it; it can be over-cliched. And actually, when we came to it, we were like, “There is no other way of saying 'I love you’ than 'I love you.’” It just became this simple thing, and a rediscovery of what that means. It’s funny — some of the best love songs are quite simple, but they somehow find a way to say it in a way that no one has.

Cleverness isn’t something that seems to be in vogue in pop music these days.

It’s strange. Everyone’s dumbing it down a bit, aren’t they?

What’s wrong with writing a smart song?

I don’t know. I think for some people, it’s about having success and pleasing people, as many as possible. Record companies even have hit predictors. They’ll test little bits of songs, and they want everything to be perfect. I think it takes a risk to compose a song, and write something that is personal, instead of sticking to a formula. Music, to me, has always been more than just formulas and numbers and figures. My favorite albums aren’t always the ones on that have been on radio.

Do you have tips on how to do your job when you just feel like you’re banging your head against a wall?

Yeah, it’s just the best outlet in the world: Music and art. Music is something I can throw myself in, and it feels so rewarding, and it’s my passion. I don’t need any other hobbies. I do a bit of painting as well, but mostly, music is the thing for me. I’s just this fascination with expressing something that you don’t know how to say, and then you’ve actually said it, and you couldn’t think of a better way of saying it. Even when a song is finished, there’s this feeling of completion that you won’t take anything out of it or add anything to it. That feels really cool.

What’s been your hardest song to write?

There’s been some songs that took a couple of years. The main thing for me is, I always want to be very honest in my music — choosing to be open, choosing to be vulnerable, even though the more you love someone, the more they can hurt you; the more you show someone of you, the more they can use it against you. That’s a lifestyle choice, and an artistic choice, for me. I think a lot of pop is about putting an artist on a pedestal, so that no one could ever feel like they could come close to being who you are. To me, it’s the opposite.

On your blog recently, you had this post about your love of interesting shoes. You snapped some photos of unique footwear you saw on the road. If people were coming to your show and wanted to show off their shoes, what would catch your eye?

Things that are loud and proud and stand out. There’s a line in one of my songs that says, “My feet need a holiday from this neverending race.” I like that focus on the feet. They get us so many different places, so they should be celebrated. I myself run around in stilettoes throughout my whole show.

Do you shop for shoes on the road?

I’ve been buying a lot of shoes online recently. There’s a lovely website called Net-a-Porter that has a lot of amazing clothes, and it’s really addictive and dangerous, because you just click a button, and you’re going to have all these amazing gifts coming to your house, from yourself, gift-wrapped in bubble wrap. It’s like Christmas!

As you know, your songs have appeared on a lot of soundtracks. Have you seen every movie or TV show in which one of your songs plays?

I mean, I haven’t watched every episode of The Hills, but I’ve seen a couple of them. But a lot of the movies, I’ve seen. I’ll go to the premiere sometimes. I went to Something Borrowed, I went to Morning Glory. Sometimes there have been songs that have turned up in movies that I didn’t even know about, and I’m just an innocent moviegoer. I have a publishing company, and sometimes they’ll approve things that maybe I didn’t read the e-mail about.

When that happens, do you slink down in your seat in the theater? Or do you stand up, like, 'Hey, that’s me!”

There was one time on an airplane, I think it was Flicka, and my song Wild Horses played at the end of it. And that was one of the rare times I stood up and walked down the plane, like, “That’s my song!”

What’s your favorite movie that one of your songs has been in?

My favorite is Pocketful of Sunshine, in a couple of movies. Easy A is really funny, because it makes fun of how pop songs are kind of annoying, then they creep up on you and become part of the fabric of your life — they become your song. So that one’s my favorite. There’s another one with, what’s her name, Heigl. The Ugly Truth. She’s got vibrating underwear on, and she starts getting an orgasm while she’s at the table, because someone’s pressed the button on the vibrating underwear, and suddenly Pocketful of Sunshine comes on. That’s funny, because that’s a different meaning of the term “pocketful of sunshine.”


NATASHA BEDINGFIELD
With: Kate Voegele and Andy Grammer
When: Thursday, July 14, 2011 | Pre-Party: 5:30pm | Show: 7:30pm
Where: The RITZ Ybor, 1503 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa
Cost: $20 to $50; (813) 248-9210 or (813) 229-7827



The Reverie... Winners of ULTIMATE 2011 Week 1

Congratulations to The Reverie, winners of Semi-Finals Week 1 of ULTIMATE 2011: The RITZ Ybor's Quest for the ULTIMATE Opening Act.


WD-HAN (a.k.a. We Don't Have A Name) came a close second with their judges-loving Queen medley that included Freddy Mercury classics 'We Will Rock You,' 'Under Pressure' and 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' From This Fire, Magnificent Applesauce and Parade The Tyrant gave everyone a run for their money with their rocking performances, but it was The Reverie who ultimately won the night & the heart of The RITZ Ybor with their take on Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls."

The Reverie will advance to the August 19 Finals with the next three week's winning bands and the Judge's Pick.

The winning band immediately Tweetpic-d after their victory

Special thanks to Week 1's panel of judges... Jeremy Gloff, Brandon Thompson with Metromix. Lauren with The Kage Kult on 98 Rock, Mathieu Stanoch of Florida Entertainment Group and Teacup with the GaYbor Coalition.

Check out The Reverie on ReverbNation by clicking here and don't miss them at the ULTIMATE 2011 Finals on August 19, 2011 only at The RITZ Ybor.


July 12, 2011

The Tampa Tribune: Bedingfield to brighten Ybor show with sunny pop

FROM THE TAMPA TRIBUNE / TBO EXTRA:

BEDINGFIELD TO BRIGHTEN YBOR SHOW WITH SUNNY POP

by MacKenzie Mount | The Tampa Tribune

Bedingfield brings her 'everyone is special' message to The RITZ Ybor on Thursday

Natasha Bedingfield wants you to feel special.

"I do feel like we're all incredibly special, and we don't understand how unique and powerful we are," she said during a telephone call from Dallas last week.

The British pop artist thought of singing such sentiments when crafting her latest album "Strip Me," much of which she will perform Thursday at The RITZ Ybor on her Less Is More tour.

"I actually wrote this whole album with the live show in mind," she said. "The more honest I am, the more open, it seems to have more response from people."

The 29-year-old singer/songwriter's lyrics resound with optimistic introspection -- inspirational sentiments ripe for dismissal as the stuff of pop and pop stars' circumstance. "Pocketful of Sunshine," Bedingfield's 2008 hit single, could well be a nickname for an oeuvre replete with cheek-burning cheer.

Earnestness is an easy target, but sans melody, Bedingfield still sings the same tune.

"Everyone is special," she said, but we're all snowflakes in the same drift.

"I think we're all human, and we all go through the same stuff. Whatever position you are in life, you still have issues. You still have brokenness in your life."

Easy-bake, sing-along lyrics about being true to yourself aside, an empowering sentiment stands.

"It's kind of daring someone," she said of the philosophy behind her album. "'If you strip me.' It's kind of aggressive. You can knock me down. You can squash me. You can strip me away, the stuff that you see on the outside, because that's not who I am."

Bedingfield's roots-pop opener, Kate Voegele, 24, lauds her headliner's themes.

"That's what I love about Natasha, is that her music isn't just about [romantic] relationships," she said from Texas. "She's got some great songs that focus on the everyday aspect of life … the human experience."

Voegele, too, aspires to inspire, though her newest record, "Gravity Happens," hits its share of love notes.

"I definitely try to write about a variety of things, but what I want more than anything is ... if I can make somebody feel better."


NATASHA BEDINGFIELD
With: Kate Voegele and Andy Grammer
When: Thursday, July 14, 2011 | Pre-Party: 5:30pm | Show: 7:30pm
Where: The RITZ Ybor, 1503 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa
Cost: $20 to $50; (813) 248-9210 or (813) 229-7827


July 11, 2011

OurStage Takes The Stage @ The RITZ Ybor on July 23, 2011

5 Finalists Selected for “OurStage Takes the Stage”: Inaugural band competition set to take place at The RITZ Ybor

OurStage.com and Three Zebras Entertainment, the entertainment division of ExtremeTix, are pleased to announce the 5 Finalists for the “OurStage Takes the Stage“ competition, a virtual battle of the bands powered by OurStage.com. The final round of the competition will take place live on July 23 at The RITZ Ybor in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa. These talented Florida-based bands will compete for cash and prizes in addition to future performance opportunities.

The 5 Finalists are:

Cure for Caska from Winter Park, FL (winning song: “13 Hours, 3 State Line [Give Rosetta Away]”)
Bio: This five piece rock band from Orlando found a fresh way to incorporate melodic string arrangements with meaningful lyrics you’ll find yourself singing for days after you hear them. As the guitar and drums take on their traditional roles in the band, the strings (Violin, Cello, and Upright Bass) provide the classical influence for a different twist on rock.

From This Fire from Clearwater, FL (winning song: “Days Go By”)
Bio: From This Fire is a hard rock/alternative metal band based in the Tampa Bay Area. Merging heavy guitar riffs with open melodic choruses, From the Fire joins Metallica with Breaking Benjamin, all the while burning with the embers of Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet For My Valentine. They bring a highly energetic vibe that speaks swagger and attitude in the music. And while they’re the type of band that won’t shy away from laying their hearts and experiences on the line, their affable personas will have the entire venue engaged.

Not Tonight Josephine from Riverview, FL (winning song: “Carousel”)
Bio: Not Tonight Josephine was named "Tampa’s Most Buzz-worthy Rock Band" by Creative Loafing in the fall of 2009. The band has quickly been raising their status in rock's up-and-coming scene with performances at Busch Gardens, 97X’s Next Big Thing, the Florida Music Festival and more. The band is currently working on an EP and full-length album and hopes for a mid-2011 release date. Not Tonight Josephine will certainly be climbing the rock ladder even higher in 2011.

Someday Souvenir from Tampa, FL (winning song: “Shade of Gray”)
Bio: The rockin’, all girl band Someday Souvenir refuse to be confined to any one certain genre or style of music. Their radio-friendly sound has been assembled on a foundation that satisfies each of their individual musical tastes. By combining elements of driving rock, power pop and raw emotion, they have managed to craft their own signature sound that sets them apart from the majority of their contemporaries.

The August Name from Safety Harbor, FL (winning song: “Lions Roar, Tigers Bite”)
Bio: Hailing from Safety Harbor, The August Name is an Energetic Alternative Rock band consisting of five dedicated guys with very different backgrounds. Each person, driven to succeed, contributes their own style and influence to the songs, crafting and sculpting the sounds. Their mission is to bring passion back into a genre overrun with meaningless lyrics and disposable music.

The Finalists will perform 20-minute sets LIVE at The RITZ Ybor and will feature their winning songs. Judging of Finalists’ performances will be weighted 60% by industry professionals and 40% by the attending audience.

Tickets for this exciting evening are specially priced at only $10 and can be purchased at www.theRITZybor.com, The Ritz Ybor Box-Office or charge-by-phone at 888-695-0888. “OurStage Takes the Stage” is presented in partnership with OurStage.com, ExtremeTix, Three Zebras Entertainment and 97X.

For further information, please visit: OurStage.com/go/takesthestage

About Three Zebras Entertainment: As the entertainment division of ExtremeTix, Three Zebras services the arena, venue and festival communities with a complete range of entertainment, event management, booking, programming and consultation services.

About OurStage.com: OurStage.com is a leading destination for new-music discovery and quality editorial content. With more than 175,000 artists from 40 genres of music, OurStage.com receives over 4.5 million unique visitors each month from more than 170 countries. “OurStage Takes the Stage” expands the online element for new artists and brings it to life.


Arctic Monkeys @ The RITZ Ybor on October 9, 2011

JUST ANNOUNCED: ARCTIC MONKEYS with Smith Westerns @ The RITZ Ybor on Sunday,October 9, 2011

The last time that the Arctic Monkeys played at The RITZ Ybor last year, they SOLD OUT. This year, The RITZ Ybor and No Clubs! Productions expect the same.

Tickets go onsale this Friday, July 15, 2011 at 10am to the General Public online here. Tickets are $28.00 in advance and $29.00 day of show.

Don't miss Arctic Monkeys with Smith Westerns LIVE at The RITZ Ybor on Sunday, October 9, 2011. Pre-Party at 6pm, doors at 7pm and show tentatively scheduled at 8pm.



July 8, 2011

ULTIMATE 2011 Semi-Finals Week 1 Line-up


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIRST 5 MUSIC ACTS: From This Fire, Magnificent Applesauce, Parade The Tyrant, The Reverie & WD-HAN who will each perform 2 original songs & 1 cover song by QUEEN.

YOUR APPLAUSE is needed to help one of them win a spot at the ULTIMATE Finals where the Grand Prize is: (1) the opportunity to open for an upcoming national touring act at The RITZ Ybor, (2) recording studio time courtesy of Atomic Audio, Inc, (3) a paid gig at the Fall Square One 2011 event, (4) $500.00 cash & much more!

JUDGES PANEL for this night include Jeremy Gloff (singer/songwriter), Brandon Thompson (Metromix), Lauren O'Neil (The Kage Kult, 98 Rock), Marc "Teacup" (GaYbor) and Mathieu Stanoch (Florida Entertainment Group).

$5.00 admission. $5.00 tix available from participating music acts, at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office or at the door. Drink Specials, Live Music & Food provided by Stone Soup Company.

For more information & to see the other week's line-up and judges, please visit: www.ritzybor.com/ultima​te2011.html


July 7, 2011

R.K.M. & Ken-Y @ The RITZ Ybor on July 9, 2011


R.K.M. & KEN-Y, the Grammy Award-nominated reggaeton duo of the hit singles "Mis Días Sin Ti" and "Down" perform live on-stage at The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, July 9, 2011. Doors open at 9pm.

Tickets On Sale online & at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office open on day of shows & every Wednesday thru Saturday from 1pm to 6pm. Call (813) 248-9210 for more information.

Ticket Prices are $45.00 (General Admision Advance $45.00), $65.00 (VIP Floor), $90.00 (VIP Balcony) and $125.00 (VIP Floor & Meet/Greet).

Listen to music by R.K.M. & KEN-Y: Click Here

July 6, 2011

KANVAS: Summer 2011 Dance Showcase at The RITZ Ybor on July 8, 2011


The Kanvas Showcasing the Best of Tampa’s Urban Arts:
Once again, VYB is bringing the area’s best hip hop crews and dance choreographers together on the main stage at The RITZ Ybor. This time, the showcase will include crews from all over Florida.

The stage is our canvas,” says DeMario Henry, VYB’s founder, “it’s where we leave our mark.” The Kanvas was created as a platform for young professionals to express themselves and for an audience to experience and embrace dance culture. What started as a small showcase in a studio setting has grown to an evening length event attracting talent from all over Florida.With so much response from local and regional choreographers and dance crews, VYB has decided to implement an invite only selection process. Below is the details to send your videos to become selected.

Selection Details:
Showcase Pieces are by invite only, please email at Feelthevyb@gmail.com in order to be considered for a spot.

All Dance Pieces must be no longer than 5min.

There will be an on-stage rehearsal the week of the show for you to do run through your piece with lighting, sound, and whatever else you feel you need to do an amazing show. Your allotted time will be 15min. max. Please respect this time constraint so that we can get everyone a chance to be onstage.

We are encouraging you to bring video cameras and cameras this year. Videotaping is allowed.

About VYB Dance Company
VYB is a young dance company, founded by Henry just over 2 years ago. It has since become known in the community for its cutting edge performances, workshops, and weekly classes. In recent reviews, VYB’s performances have been described as “absolutely flawless” with “stunning dynamics.” VYB strives to unify the community through its regular dance classes and talent showcases. In the past they have presented charity events benefiting Metropolitan Ministries and the American Heart Association, always with the goal of meeting the needs of the community. Weekly hip-hop and jazz classes are held at 1513 W. Cypress in Tampa on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Visit www.vybdance.com for a detailed schedule or search for VYB Dance on Facebook.

The Kanvas Dance Showcase & Battle
Friday, July 8, 2011 at The RITZ Ybor
Early Doors: 7pm | Showcase starts at 8pm sharp


Performances by (this is not the show order):
  • VYB Company (Tampa)
  • Salsa Caliente (Tampa)
  • F.O.B. (Fresh Off the Beat) (Orlando)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneer Cheerleaders (Tampa)
  • Collaboration Kids (Orlando)
  • Indigo Kidz (Orlando)
  • Studio One (Orlando)
  • August Motives (St.Pete)
  • Enigma Dance Kru (Tampa)
  • CK Grooves (Tampa)
  • Regretless Rebelz (Lakeland/St.Pete)
  • Romuel Lariosa Project (Spring Hill)
  • Xternal Technique (Orlando)
  • Belly Dance Experience (Tampa)
  • View Effect (Riverview)
  • EnlAir Aerial Artistry (Ft. Walton Beach)
  • Gabriel Gawvi (Miami)
  • Envy Dance Company (Tampa)
  • Jarvis Mardis (Brandon)
Admission: $15 in advance & $20 at the door

$250.00 1on1 Dance Battle | $250.00 2on2 Adam & Eve Dance Battle

Tickets can be purchased online at www.thekanvasevent.com. For VIP seating, please call 1-888-5YOUVYB or 1-888-596-8892

Contact: Demario Henry, Owner
VYB Dance Company
Feelthevyb@gmail.com
1-888-5YOUVYB
Fax (813) 677-9149