December 20, 2012

Churchill @ The RITZ Ybor 1/29/2012

CHURCHILL TO BRING CHANGE TO THE RITZ YBOR STAGE



Tampa, FL - The RITZ Ybor presents Churchill live at The RITZ Ybor on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. 
 
Churchill singer/guitarist Tim Bruns and mandolin player Mike Morter have been making folk-infused rock songs with delicate bluegrass flair together since the first day they met.   In 2009, Bruns and Morter added bassist Tyler Rima, drummer Joe Richmond, and keyboardist/singer Bethany Kelly to their lineup, a move that vastly expanded their sound and birthed the high-energy alt-country/pop-rock hybrid that is Churchill.

As with all of Churchill’s releases so far, Change EP is entirely self-produced and self-recorded by the band to truly capture the raw, frenetic energy of their live show.   Their upcoming debut for A&M/Octone, offers up a selection of songs that flaunt their supreme skills in blending hook-laced pop with soulfully charged, lushly textured rock.  From the freewheeling country swing of “Ark in a Flood” (a sprawling anthem marked by soaring, sunny harmonies) to the Motown strut of “Change” (a gorgeously pained love song on which Kelly’s tough but tender vocals take the lead), Change EP enlists Churchill as an outfit that’s both classic in sensibility and undeniably fresh in sound.

Always honored to be on stage, Churchill's live experience is a major part of  how they effectively leave their audience feeling hopeful and ready to change the world. 

Churchill is comprised of Tim Bruns (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Tyler Rima (bass), Bethany Kelly (vocals and keys),  Joe Richmond (drums) and Mike Morter (mandolin, banjo, lead guitar, uke and crowd-pleasing).
 
Doors for the concert open at 7pm with the show tentatively scheduled to start at 8pm.
 
General Admission tickets are $14.00 and can be purchased online RIGHT HERE or at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office open 1pm to 6pm every Wednesday thru Saturday, and at 12pm on day of shows.  Tickets can also be purchased via phone by calling The RITZ Ybor Box-Office at (813) 248-9210.


Mindless Self Indulgence @ The RITZ Ybor 4/5/2013

MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE @ THE RITZ YBOR ON FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013


Mindless Self Indulgence will mark their first concert at The RITZ Ybor on Friday, April 5, 2013.  Tickets are now onsale online RIGHT HERE.



December 10, 2012

The RITZ Ybor Box-Office CLOSED until December 26, 2012

Due to the holiday season, The RITZ Ybor Box-Office will be CLOSED from Wednesday, December 12 to Sunday, December 23, 2012, and will re-opened at 1pm on Wednesday, December 26, 2012. 

Please visit www.theritzybor.com to purchase tickets to upcoming concerts and special events at The RITZ Ybor online.  Thank You!



December 7, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert: Stix of Fire @ The RITZ Ybor 12/8/2012

TAMPA CONCERT TO RAISE MONEY FOR HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF



On Saturday, December 8, 2012, Tampa-based band Stix of Fire along with special guest Circle 4 will host and perform at a concert at The RITZ Ybor.  All proceeds from the concert will fully benefit the Hurricane Sandy Relief fund.  Hurricane Sandy is the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane, behind only Hurricane Katrina, with damages estimated at $66 billion and 253 lives lost along the path of the storm in seven countries.

Doors for the benefit concert will open at 7pm with the show tentatively scheduled to start at 8pm.

General admission tickets are $10.00 and available online RIGHT HERE and at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office.  The RITZ Ybor Box-Office is open 1pm to 6pm every Wednesday thru Saturday and on the day of shows.  Call (813) 248-9210 for more information.

Stix of Fire recently won the Wiregrass Battle of the Bands and the Hillsborough County Teenage Battle of the Bands.  They have performed at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando and at Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  For more information on Stix of Fire, please visit www.stixoffire.com.


New Years' Eve with The Bright Light Social Hour @ The RITZ Ybor 12/31/2012

THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR AT THE RITZ YBOR ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2012



The Bright Light Social Hour will perform on New Years' Eve - Monday, December 31, 2012 at The RITZ Ybor.  Tickets are available at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office (813) 248-9210 at online RIGHT HERE.


Excision @ The RITZ Ybor 3/3/2013

EXCISION AT THE RITZ YBOR ON SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013


DJ Excision returns to The RITZ Ybor on Sunday, March 3, 2013.  Tickets are available at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office (813) 248-9210 at online RIGHT HERE.


LOTUS with Special Guest Moon Hooch @ The RITZ Ybor 2/20/2013

LOTUS WITH SPECIAL GUEST MOON HOOCH AT THE RITZ YBOR ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2013


Don't miss LOTUS live at The RITZ Ybor on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 with Special Guest Moon Hooch.  Tickets are available at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office (813) 248-9210 or online RIGHT HERE.


December 6, 2012

The xx @ The RITZ Ybor 2/7/2013

THE XX PLAY THE RITZ YBOR FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2013


The xx will perform at The RITZ Ybor for the very first time on Thursday, February 7, 2013.  Tickets are available at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office and online RIGHT HERE.



Take Action Tour with The Used @ The RITZ Ybor 2/5/2013

TAKE ACTION TOUR WITH THE USED COMING TO THE RITZ YBOR ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013


The Take Action Tour featuring The Used, We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire and Mindflow comes to The RITZ Ybor on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.  Tickets are available at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office and online RIGHT HERE.

October 25, 2012

Queensrÿche at The RITZ Ybor 3/15/2012

QUEENSRYCHE LIVE AT THE RITZ YBOR ON FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013


The legendary Queensrÿche band will perform at The RITZ Ybor on Friday, March 15, 2013.  Tickets are available for purchase online at www.theritzybor.com.


2 Chainz @ The RITZ Ybor on 11/24/2012

2 Chainz Set To Begin The Second Leg Of His Sold Out “Based On A T.R.U Story” National Solo Tour




New York, NY - There is no denying that 2 Chainz is the hottest rapper in Hip Hop music, today. After a meteoric rise rarely seen in music, he has safely secured his spot on the top. His style and impact is quickly changing the landscape of music and you can’t help but hear a rendition of his infectious “2 Chaaainz”, or “ Tru” when ever his name is mentioned. What makes it all the more impressive is that it isn’t just hype. “Based On A T.R.U Story”, his first solo project with his now label Def Jam, landed on the Billboard charts at Number 1 it’s first week and has sold close to 500,00 copies. 2 Chainz most recently performed at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards along side long time friend and collaborator, Lil’ Wayne, and stole the show. In addition to his performance at the VMAs, he also took the stage at the BET Hip Hop Awards while taking home 4 trophies.

As he gears up to embark upon the second leg of the tour, which begins in Jacksonville, FL on November 23st, 2 Chainz had this to say about the experience “I never get tired of seeing, vibing, and sharing experiences with my fans. It's just me and them in an intimate setting, in a different city all over the country. We turn up and basically have a party in every city on stage. When the first half of the tour started the album had just dropped so I didn't know what to expect. Now that the album has been number 1 in the country, and every city has been sold out, I feel like the people enjoy what I bring to the table.”

2 Chainz will perform at The RITZ Ybor in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, November 24, 2012.  Tickets are available online CLICK HERE.

 

October 4, 2012

RatBoy & StayPuff's Zombie Prom @ The RITZ Ybor 10/20/2012

ZOMBIES ARE COMING TO YBOR CITY & THEY’RE HAVING A PROM!


(Tampa, FL) – The RITZ Ybor presents RATBOY & STAYPUFF’S ZOMBIE PROM on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at The RITZ Ybor. The dance party event will feature a Zombie King & Queen of Tampa Contest with a $500.00 cash prize, Zombie Photo Stations, a “Thriller” flash mob, a special performance by Cheap Little Punks, a midnight toast and countdown to the Zombiepocalypse. 

All event attendees will be required to wear Zombie make-up. Zombie make-over stations with make-up artists will be available to all guests for an additional $10.00 fee. 

RATBOY & STAYPUFF’S ZOMBIE PROM is open to the general public ages 18 & up. Doors to the event will open at 10pm with the event lasting until 2:30am. General Admission tickets are $15.00 (advance) and $20.00 (day of show). A limited number of “Early Dead” tickets are available online only for $9.33. All other tickets can be purchased online at www.theritzybor.com and at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office open every Wednesday thru Saturday from 1pm to 6pm, and on day of shows. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling The RITZ Ybor Box-Office at (813) 248-9210. 

Ratboy & Staypuff can be heard weeknights from 7pm to 11pm on 93.3FLZ

The RITZ Ybor is Tampa’s Premier Special Events Venue open to hosting live concerts, special events, private parties, dream weddings and zombie weddings.

October 3, 2012

2012 Guavaween Music Festival Announced!

Guavaween "Music Festival" Acts and Venues Announced

 
(Tampa, Florida) The Ybor City Chamber of Chamber announced today the bands and music venues for Guavaween 2012. This year's event, to be held on Saturday, October 27th from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM will feature both the annual Costume Contest and a new indoor Music Festival. The theme for the 27th edition of Tampa's nationally-known Halloween celebration is "The Many Shades of Ybor." 

"The music festival will have something for everyone's taste" announced Tom Keating, President & CEO of the Ybor City Chamber. "We will have seven "live music" venues including Centro Ybor and over 20 bands representing national, regional and local talent." The Annual Costume Contest will be held at 9:00 PM at the Centro Ybor Stage. 

Participation in the Music Festival requires a universal armband, available in advance for only $20; day of $30. There will be no wet-zoning of Ybor City and hence no fence. Guests are encouraged to visit the Historic District in costume and enjoy Ybor City's wide array of cafes, restaurants, cigar bars and pubs. 

"We hope that everyone will come down to the Historic District in costume for Guavaween 2012," said Guavaween Chair, Marc Hamburg. "Our costume contest draws competitors from all over the country with a $1,000 prize for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third." 

The eclectic music festival is being produced for the Chamber by Brokenmold Entertainment, LLC. The headliner is The Hold Steady and the line-up includes: Adrian Younge, Rubblebucket, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Tortured Soul, Nervous Turkey, Sound Duo and many more quality acts. Live music venues include: The Ritz Ybor, Orpheum, Czar, Crowbar, Market on 7th, New World Brewery and Centro Ybor (see below for additional information on entertainment). 

To purchase advance discount tickets for only $20 go to www.ybor.org and click-on Guavaween. 

Featured Bands include:
The Hold Steady delivers gritty bravado that recalls Bruce Sprinsteen or vintage Thin Lizzy. This bold approach has made the group critical darlings and popular enough to sell out clubs nationwide. www.theholdsteady.net 

Multi-instumentalist, singer and songwriter Adrian Younge, skillfully composed all the music for the 2009 blaxploitation action spoof, Black Dynamite, played all the instruments, wrote most of the lyrics, and recorded it all to vintage tape for a warm and authentic 70s sound. www.waxpoetics.com/wax-poetics-artists/adrian-younge 

American indie-dance band from Brooklyn, Rubblebucket, chosen by SPIN Magazine as a "Must-hear artist from the 2009 CMJs," merges psychedelic indie rock, upbeat dance and left field arrangements. www.rubblebucket.com 

At the age of 15, Jessica Lea Mayfield, an American singer-songwriter from Kent, Ohio, recorded her first EP, White Lies, in her brothers' bedroom, printing only 100 copies. One of those copies fell into the hands of Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, resulting in Mayfield and Auerbach hitting the studio, laying the foundation of her debut album, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt. www.highroadtouring.com/artists/jessicaleamayfield 

Born of the simple yet adventurous belief that modern dance can be performed completely live, Brooklyn's Tortured Soul packs dance floors with their unique live performances, while their recorded oeuvre pushes the genre boundaries of soul, dance and pop. www.torturedsoulmusic.com 

Formed in late 2006, Nervous Turkey uses punk to rough up the blues and finishes it off with Tom Waits gruff, to make it a touch disturbing. www.facebook.com/nervousturkey 

Sounduo is a post-dub, audio/visual, live performance project. Their sound features poly-rhythmic hip hop groves, vintage samples, soulful vocals, ambient soundscapes, live instuments and heavy synth bass passed through a scuzzed-out dub filter and mangled using the latest in glitch technology. Sounduo's performances have an emphasis on live remix's and dub versions of their studio tracks, live drums, plenty of improvisation and synced lighting and visuals. www.facebook.com/sounduo


October 2, 2012

Invincible Summer: a Square One Creative Event @ The RITZ Ybor 11/17/2012

Square One Celebrates FIVE YEARS of 
ART + FASHION + MUSIC + DANCE
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ The RITZ Ybor



"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." -Albert Camus

Artists interested in displaying & selling their work at this event, please e-mail artist@squareoneflorida.com with "INTERESTED IN INVINCIBLE SUMMER" in the subject line today!

 


RatBoy & StayPuff's Zombie Prom @ The RITZ Ybor 10/20/2012

RATBOY & STAYPUFF'S ZOMBIE PROM @ THE RITZ YBOR ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2012


The RITZ Ybor presents RatBoy & StayPuff's ZOMBIE PROM on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 10pm to 3am.
  • $500 CASH PRIZE for Zombie Prom King & Queen of Tampa Contest
  • Midnight Toast & Countdown to Zombiepocalypse
  • Zombie Make-Up Artist & Photo Stations
  • "Thriller" Flash Mob with Special Zombie-fied "Time Warp" Performance by the Cheap Little Punks
  • Spiked Punch & other Drink Specials
  • Come dance the night away!
Tickets are $15.00 (Advance) & $20.00 (Day of Show).

There are a LIMITED NUMBER of tickets available for only $9.33 which can only be purchased online right HERE.

 

GO Radio @ The RITZ Ybor 11/10/2012

GO RADIO LIVE @ THE RITZ YBOR ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2012


Florida's next big pop/rock band, GO Radio, from Tallahassee will perform in the Royal Room of The RITZ Ybor on Wednesday, November 10, 2012 with Paradise Fears and Stages & Stereos.  GO Radio features Jason Lancaster, formerly of Mayday Parade, singing his heart out on tunes from the band's new album on Fearless Records called Close The Distance and featuring the single "Go To Hell" as seen & heard on the Warped Tour.

Tickets are now available online right HERE.



French Montana @ The RITZ Ybor 11/23/2012

FRENCH MONTANA LIVE AT THE RITZ YBOR ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2012


Rapper/singer French Montana will perform live at The RITZ Ybor on Friday, November 23, 2012.  Pre-Party Doors will open at 6pm with Main Doors opening at 7pm, and the show tentatively scheduled to start at 8pm.  Tickets are now available online right HERE.



Sum 41 @ The RITZ Ybor 12/7/2012

SUM 41 LIVE AT THE RITZ YBOR ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2012


Sum 41 will mark their first show at The RITZ Ybor on Friday, December 7, 2012.  Tickets are available at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office (813) 248-9210 and online RIGHT HERE.

 


September 5, 2012

Cocktails & Couture Fashion Event @ The RITZ Ybor 9/16/2012

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE & COUTURE FASHION SHOW TO SASHAY IN YBOR CITY


Tampa, FL - KEVIN.MURPHY and The RITZ Ybor present COCKTAILS & COUTURE on Sunday, September 16, 2012 as part of Fashion Week Tampa Bay. COCKTAILS & COUTURE will spotlight a fashion show featuring contemporary collections from Saks Fifth Avenue and fall 2012 trends by Tribeca ColorSalon. Guests are encouraged to dress in high-fashion attire, and will be treated to entertainment by the Bella Danza Dance Collective, singer Anye’ Cole with music by the Crate Brothers. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF)

COCKTAILS & COUTURE is open to the general public ages 18 & up. Doors to the event will open at 7:30pm with the event starting at 8pm. General Admission tickets are $5.00 (advance) and $10.00 (day of show). VIP Runway Seating tickets are available for $25.00 each. Tickets can be purchased online at www.theritzybor.com. VIP Tables with Bottle Service are available by e-mailing vip@theritzybor.com

Sponsors of COCKTAILS & COUTURE include The RITZ Ybor, The Radiant Group, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tribeca ColorSalon, NARS, Fashion Week Tampa Bay and Square One. 

KEVIN.MURPHY is a fashion focused range of salon only, professional care products created by world-renowned hairstylist Kevin Murphy. 

Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s preeminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. Today, Saks operates 45 full-line stores in 21 states, 2 licensed stores in the Middle East and 2 licensed stores in Mexico City, 61 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and saks.com, the company’s online store. 

Saks Fifth Avenue is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named. 

Tribeca ColorSalon is the premier South Tampa Hair Salon that provides South Tampa and Ybor City with the latest styles and techniques in haircuts, hair color, highlights, makeup, bridal services and more from its two locations. 

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer. Since 1991, PCF has focused on finding less toxic, more targeted therapies by partnering with leading hospitals nationwide and has donated more than $5 million to researchers. 

The RITZ Ybor is Tampa’s Premier Special Events Venue open to hosting live concerts, special events, private parties and dream weddings.

August 21, 2012

RISING DOWN, Winner of The RITZ Ybor's 3rd Annual Ultimate Bands Series!


The RITZ Ybor's 3rd Annual Ultimate Bands Series concluded this past Saturday, August 18, 2012 where RISING DOWN won the series and took home the Grand Prize valued at $5,000.00:
  • the opportunity to open for an upcoming national touring act at The RITZ Ybor
  • a paid peformance at Invincible Summer, Square One's ART + FASHION + MUSIC + DANCE event at The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, November 17, 2012
  • a paid performance at Miracle on 7th Avenue at The RITZ Ybor on Wednesday, November 28, 2012
  • a paid performance at a Royal Room Pre-Party at The RITZ Ybor
  • a paid performance at The Rooftop Eve, Hyde Park Village's 3rd Annual New Year's Eve Party on Monday, December 31, 2012
  • a paid performance at a signature Hyde Park Village event in 2013
  • $500.00 cash, $100.00 Radiant gas cards, Busch Gardens passes, featured ads in Creative Loafing, tbt and on The RITZ Ybor homepage, plus much more!
It was a very tight race between all of the bands which also included The Northwest (Runner-up), Khora and Jack Jasper.  This year's Juding Panel (Jocelyn Brenner of Hyde Park Village, Joran Oppelt of Creative Loafing, Carole Liparoto of tbt and Jesse Kage of 98 Rock's The Kage Kult show) commented that there was only a slight 1-2 point difference in their scores, but Rising Down's unique cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Spirit of the Night" helped propel them to one of the Judges top spots.  With their massive sales of 300 tickets sold to their fans, Rising Down easily won the Audience Applause round which ultimately decided the winner.

A THANK YOU to this year's Juding Panel: Jocelyn, Joran, Carole & Jesse, our lovely emcee Melissa Carroll, our Finalist Bands: The Northwest, Khora and Jack Jasper, as well as our other participating bands: Danny Freeman, Dropin Pickup, Fight Another Day, Marvlec, Perfect Flaw, Red Calling, sowFLo, Sunshine & Bullets, Sweet Oblique, WD HAN and VANE all for participating.

You can next catch both Rising Down and The Northwest performing at Square One's Invincible Summer ART + FASHION + MUSIC + DANCE extravaganza on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at The RITZ Ybor!  Also, look for Rising Down in this Thursday's Creative Loafing and this weekend's edition of tbt.

Check out photos from last Saturday by CLICKING HERE!


Ani Difranco @ The RITZ Ybor 10/16/2012

ANI DIFRANCO AT THE RITZ YBOR ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012

 
After 20 years in the music biz, self-described “Little Folksinger” Ani DiFranco is still technically little, although her influence on fellow musicians, activists, and indie-minded people the world over has been huge. She still proudly identifies as a folksinger, too, but her understanding of that term has always been far more expansive than a bin at the record store or a category on iTunes, with ample room for soul, funk, jazz, electronic music, spoken word, and a marching band or two. Over the course of more than 20 albums, including the live double-CD Living in Clip (1997) and the two-disc career retrospective Canon (2007), as well as her latest, ¿Which Side are You On? (2012), Ani has never stopped evolving, experimenting, testing the limits of what can be said and sung. Her lifelong tribe of co-conspirators includes everyone from Pete Seeger and the late Utah Phillips to a new generation of twentysomething singersongwriters who grew up with her songs and shows—and then there’s the motley crew of folks like Prince, Maceo Parker, Andrew Bird, Dr. John, Arto Lindsay, Bruce Springsteen, Chuck D, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Gillian Welch, Cyndi Lauper, and even Burmese activist and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, with whom she has crossed paths in a myriad of ways.

Born in Buffalo, New York in 1970, Ani spent part of her twenties in New York City, then returned to her hometown where she established first a business office and then a performance venue called Babeville as the twentieth century ground to a halt and the twenty-first one revved up. For much of the last decade she’s been based in New Orleans—but at her core she’s always seen herself as “a traveler,” covering pretty much the four corners of the earth by now, both solo and with her band. (There’s less corner-covering these days, now that she’s consciously slowing down a bit and raising a daughter with partner and co-producer Mike Napolitano, but she still gets around just fine, playing venues like Madison Square Garden for Pete Seeger’s ninetieth birthday bash and another star-studded lineup at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan for Wavy Gravy’s seventy-fifth.)  Early in her career, Ani made a choice that is now so obvious to so many people that it’s hard to remember it was once considered brazen: to say no to every record label deal that came her way, and yes to being her own boss. That decision has earned her plenty of attention over the years, but it has never been what brought sold-out crowds to her shows around the world, fans debating every nuance of her lyrics, and fellow performers clamoring to work with her. No, all that has more to do with another choice she made early in life: To use her voice and her guitar as honestly and unflinchingly as she could, writing and playing songs that came straight from her own experience, her boundless imagination, her sharp wit, and her ever-more-nuanced understanding of how the world works. She did it in noisy bars with nothing but a shaved head and a lone guitar in 1990, and she’s doing it with renewed intensity today.

Ani Difranco will perform at The RITZ Ybor on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

  

 

August 9, 2012

GZA PLAYING LIQUID SWORDS @ THE RITZ YBOR ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012


GZA playing Liquid Swords at The RITZ Ybor on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 with Killer Mike, Sweet Valley and Bear Hands.  Pre-Party will start @ 6pm, main doors @ 7pm and the show is tentatively scheduled to start @ 8pm.  Tickets are $21 (advance) & $25 (day of show) & are available for purchase online starting 8/10 RIGHT HERE.  This is an ALL AGES event.

Gary Grice better known by his stage names GZA and The Genius, is an American hip hop artist and founding member of the seminal hip hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. Within the clan, he is known as the "spiritual head," being both the oldest and the first within the group to receive a record deal.

GZA has appeared on his fellow clan members' solo projects and since the release of his critically acclaimed solo album, Liquid Swords (1995), he has maintained a successful solo career. Steve Huey of Allmusic has called him "one of the best lyricists of the 1990s," while the editors of About.com ranked him #17 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987-2007), making him the highest-ranking Wu-Tang Clan member on the list (ahead of Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon).

SHPONGLE @ The RITZ Ybor 10/25/2012

SHPONGLE @ THE RITZ YBOR ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012




SHPONGLE will perform at The RITZ Ybor on Thursday, October 25, 2012.  Tickets go onsale tomorrow, Friday, August 10, 2012.  Prices will be $19.50 (advance) and $25.00 (day of show).  This concert is for patrons ages 16 and older.


With over 80 years' experience collectively Simon Posford and Raja Ram are more than qualified for the exploration into the unclassifiable music frontiers they have ventured into; 'SHPONGLE' is a new world of traditional sounds, acoustic guitars, Moroccan drums, Turkish operatic singing, cello, double bass, backing vocals and silver flute blended together with the computer wizardry of Simon Posford's studio production.

Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen) has long had a reputation as the, 'Hallucinogenius' a imitable pioneer in sound experimentation, from his seminal first album, 'Twisted' which reached No.28 in the French charts selling over 50,000 copies worldwide, up to his recent Millennium hit, 'Mi-Loony-Um' with its up-to-the minute modem melodies. His international fan base has flowered from country-wide to world-wide in the last ten years, since his humble beginnings at Youth's Butterfly Studios in Brixton, this year alone he has played over 16 sell out gigs around the world, each with a capacity of over 1500 people, in Australia, Israel, New York, Pittursburg, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Moscow, Geneva, Montreal, Tokyo to name just a few. In Tokyo he has received a lot of TV and press coverage for their ambient project, 'Shpongle' which has intrigued the Japanese audience with its international blend of traditional world music and modern musical mastery. Raja Ram, is the innovative sonic co-pilot producing alongside Simon and providing inspirational artwork for the album covers and the website as well as his unmistakable flute solo's in C Major. A founding member of the band Quintessence in the sixties Raja has many years of band experience in the music industry. Not only a band member but also the creator of TIP Records along with their infamous party sound and energy, he is not only a brilliant flautist but the inspirational man behind the 'Shpongle' concept.

Shpongle has been a working project since the release of the first album in 1998 filtered out into the underground in which Twisted Records is so renowned for its dance music, having sold 30,000 copies without any noticeable press coverage Simon and Raja are now ready to hit the world with their unique sound and have been on a mission to express themselves since finishing the album over the winter, Raja has been playing a series of 16 parties in Brazil as well as tours in Japan and Simon playing all across the globe including his recent appearance in Tokyo. Now finally the UK has a chance to catch up on this worldwide phenomena with the forthcoming release of their second album, 'Tales of the Inexpressible' with its further explorations into diverse sound production they are ready to unleash the multiversity that is 'SHPONGLE'.


August 7, 2012

Waka Flocka Flame @ The RITZ Ybor 11/15/2012

WAKA FLOCKA FLAME @ THE RITZ YBOR ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2012


Waka Flocka Flame brings his Friends, Fans & Family Tour 2012 to The RITZ Ybor on Thursday, November 15, 2012.  Tickets go onsale this weekend and are available for purchase online RIGHT HERE.

This concert is presented by WRLD Entertainment, VYBE Nation and 6482.  

August 6, 2012

Ultimate Band Series 2012 Finals @ The RITZ Ybor 8/18/2012

THE RITZ YBOR'S 3RD ANNUAL ULTIMATE BAND SERIES 2012 FINALS @ THE RITZ YBOR ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012



CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RITZ YBOR'S 3RD ANNUAL ULTIMATE BANDS SERIES 2012 FINALS CONTESTANTS: The Northwest, Khora, Jack Jasper and Rising Down who will each perform 2 original songs, the cover song performed the Semi-Finals week they won & 1 cover song by BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.

YOUR APPLAUSE is needed to help one of them win the title of THE ULTIMATE BAND OF 2012 and the $5,000.00 Grand Prize: (1) the opportunity to open for an upcoming national touring act at The RITZ Ybor, (2) paid gigs at the Rooftop Eve Party and another signature event at Hyde Park Village, the November Square One 2012 event, (3) $500.00 cash & much more!

Last year's ULTIMATE BANDS SERIES 2011 winners, The James-Lange Theory will also perform.

JUDGES PANEL for this year's entire series are Jocelyn Brenner (marketing director for Hyde Park Village), Joran Slane Oppelt (marketing & promotions director for Creative Loafing), Carole Liparoto (Tampa Bay Times music correspondent & tbt Soundcheck columnist) and very special guest judge, Jesse Kage from The Kage Kult on 98 Rock. Emceed by Melissa Carroll.

$5.00 admission (advance) and $10.00 (day of show). $5.00 tickets are available from all participating bands and at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office (813) 248-9210 and online at www.theritzybor.com. Admission will be $10.00 day of show. Food provided by Garey's Gourmet Dogs.

For more information, please visit www.ritzybor.com/ultimate2012.html

  

Band of Horses at The RITZ Ybor 10/14/2012

BAND OF HORSES AT THE RITZ YBOR ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2012


American rock band, Band of Horses are scheduled to perform at The RITZ Ybor on Sunday, October 14, 2012.  Tickets will be $27.50 in advance and $30.00 day of show.  VIP Balcony tickets are available for patrons over 21 years of age for $40.00.

Tickets will go onsale this Friday, August 10, 2012 at 10am online RIGHT HERE.  This concert is open to all ages.

 

Barstool Blackout Tour at The RITZ Ybor 11/30/2012

BARSTOOL BLACKOUT TOUR AT THE RITZ YBOR ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012



The World's Largest Blacklight Party will take place at The RITZ Ybor on Friday, November 30, 2012.  Doors to the event will open at 8pm.  

Tickets will be available for purchase starting this Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 10am online RIGHT HERE.  The event is open to all ages.

 

Matt And Kim at The RITZ Ybor 10/17/2012

MATT AND KIM AT THE RITZ YBOR ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012


Indie pop duo MATT AND KIM will perform at The RITZ Ybor on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.  Pre-Party will be at 6pm, Main Doors at 7pm and the Show will tentatively start at 8pm.

Tickets are available online RIGHT HERE and are available to the general public of all ages.

GWAR at The RITZ Ybor 10/19/2012

GWAR AT THE RITZ YBOR ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012



GWAR returns to The RITZ Ybor on Friday, October 19, 2012 with their Fate or Chaos Tour featuring Devil Driver, Legacy of Disorder and Cancer Bats

Tickets are and are available for purchase online HERE and are open to all ages.

 

July 24, 2012

A$AP Rocky @ The RITZ Ybor 11/10/2012

A$AP ROCKY LIVE AT THE RITZ YBOR ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2012


WRLD, Party Degree, Yeah Boy, 6482, & Vybenation Ent present A$AP ROCKY featuring Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown, A$AP Mob & Lundo at The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, November 10, 2012.  Doors will open at 6pm.

Student Housing Solutions (SHS) Presents... VIP and MEET & GREET OPTIONS:
 
A$AP Rocky & the A$AP Mob - Meet & Greet Package
Package price: $125 (includes ticket face & any facility fees)
Sellable capacity: ONLY 50 PACKAGES AVAILABLE!
Package includes:
•    One general admission ticket
•    Exclusive meet & greet with A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob
•    Personal photograph with A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob
•    Specially designed tour shirt (exclusive A$AP design, limited to VIP package only)
•    Collectible tour poster (limited edition, numbered)
•    Official meet & greet laminate
•    Commemorative ticket
•    Exclusive tour gift item

A$AP Rocky - LONGLIVEA$AP VIP Package
Package price:
$75 (includes ticket face & any facility fees)
Sellable capacity: ONLY 100 PACKAGES AVAILABLE!
Package includes:
•    One general admission ticket
•    Specially designed tour shirt (exclusive A$AP design, limited to VIP package only)
•    Collectible tour poster (limited edition, numbered)
•    Commemorative VIP laminate
•    Commemorative ticket
•    Exclusive tour gift item

Danny Brown - Meet & Greet Package Package price: $100 (includes ticket face & any facility fees)
Sellable capacity:
ONLY 50 PACKAGES AVAILABLE!
Package includes:
•    One general admission ticket
•    Exclusive meet & greet with Danny Brown
•    Personal photograph with Danny Brown
•    Specially designed tour shirt (exclusive design, limited to VIP package only)
•    Collectible tour poster (limited edition, numbered)
•    Official meet & greet laminate
•    Custom Bruiser Brigade bandana
•    Custom Danny Brown style accessory

This is an ALL AGES General Admission (Standing Room) show.  All patrons must be 21+ to drink with an valid ID required at the door.

Tickets will be available for purchase online RIGHT HERE starting Friday, July 27, 2012 at 10am.


July 20, 2012

POSTPONED: Paul Oakenfold concert 7/20/2012

THIS JUST IN: The Paul Oakenfold concert scheduled at The RITZ Ybor this evening, Friday, July 20, 2012 has been POSTPONED and will be rescheduled on a TBA date due to flight and travel issues.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and will keep you posted when his show is rescheduled. Original tickets will be honored at the future concert.

 

Khora... WINNERS of Ultimate Band Series 2012: Semi-Finals Week 2

Congratulations to Khora, winners of Semi-Finals Week 2 of our 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series 2012.


sowFLo came a close second with their breezy take on No Doubt's "Underneath It All".  Every band from Marvlec to Perfect Flaw to Vane rocked the house with their sets, but it was ultimately Khora who stole the show with their version of Gwen Stefani & the boys' classic "Don't Speak."  Khora played last year's Ultimate Band Series Finals when they were crowned as the Judges' Pick.  Khora will advance to the August 18 Finals along with The Northwest (Week 1 Winners) and next week's winning band and the Judge's Pick. 


Special thanks to our Ultimate Band Series 2012 panel of judges... Jocelyn Brenner (Hyde Park Village), Joran Slane Oppelt (Creative Loafing), Carole Liparoto (Tampa Bay Times) and special guest judge Jesse Kage (The Kage Kult, 98 Rock).

Check out Khora on Facebook by clicking here and don't miss them at the Ultimate Band Series 2012 Finals on August 18, 2012 only at The RITZ Ybor.

July 13, 2012

The Northwest... WINNERS of Ultimate Band Series 2012: Semi-Finals Week 1

Congratulations to The Northwest, winners of Semi-Finals Week 1 of our 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series 2012.


Rising Down came a close second with their judges-loving cover of "Californication" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  From Fight Another Day, Red Calling Down and Sunshine & Bullets, every single band gave one another a run for their money with their rocking performances, but it was The Northwest who ultimately won the night with their take on the Chili Pepper's "Dani California." 

The Northwest will advance to the August 18 Finals with the next two week's winning bands and the Judge's Pick. 


Special thanks to our Ultimate Band Series 2012 panel of judges... Jocelyn Brenner (Hyde Park Village), Joran Slane Oppelt (Creative Loafing), Carole Liparoto (Tampa Bay Times) and special guest judge Jesse Kage (The Kage Kult, 98 Rock).

Check out The Northwest on Facebook by clicking here and don't miss them at the Ultimate Band Series 2012 Finals on August 18, 2012 only at The RITZ Ybor.

  

July 6, 2012

POLE FOR A PURPOSE BENEFIT @ THE RITZ YBOR ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2012



FROM CHANNEL 10 WTSP:

Brandon, Florida -- Two years ago, pole fitness was just a hobby for Sarah Murray. She worked as an urban planner.

"I decided to leave my government life and take on pole instruction," she says.

Since opening Impulse Studios in St. Pete, and most recently in Brandon, she's seen pole dancing become less taboo, and more of a workout that inspires confidence.

"Everyone really opens up after they start taking classes, and really the physical/mental benefit, they change," Murray says. "And I love it."

That's why she's rallied performers from across the state for Pole for a Purpose. The showcase, on August 11 at The Ritz Ybor, will benefit The Spring, Hillsborough County's shelter for abuse survivors.

"We are women supporting women, and The Spring supports women who have issues with domestic violence," says Murray.

The studios coming together for Pole for a Purpose will also be holding a donation drive, seeking items from clothing to diapers.

"With the funds raised from events like Pole for a Purpose, we're able to pay the electric bill, provide for families, for food for shelter," says Brenda Rouse, Director of Communications at The Spring.

These fundraisers also allow The Spring to provide empowerment, just like Pole for a Purpose hopes to do through performing and making a difference.

"When women leave the classes, they'll tell you that the successes they have in the classroom translates to the successes they have in life," says Kelly Gilbert of Kelica Events, which is helping to organize Pole for a Purpose. "We love that The Spring does the same kinds of things for women in our community."

Remember, if you or anyone you know needs help with domestic violence, call The Spring's 24-hour hotline at 813-247-SAFE (7233).




BIG K.R.I.T. @ The RITZ Ybor 8/12/2012

BIG K.R.I.T. @ THE RITZ YBOR ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2012


WRLD, VYBENATION, 6482 & Committee present BIG K.R.I.T.'s Live From The Underground Tour with Special Guests Casey Veggies, Big Sant and Tito Lopez on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at The RITZ Ybor.

Tickets and VIP Package are available for purchase online CLICK HERE.




Ken Walters' 15th Annual Celebrate Sinatra gala @ The RITZ Ybor 7/28/2012

 KEN WALTERS' 15TH ANNUAL CELEBRATE SINATRA GALA RETURNS TO THE RITZ YBOR FOR THE 4TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR IN A ROW!


Ken Walters' 15th Annual CELEBRATE SINATRA gala will be held at The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 8pm to 1am.

What will guests experience?...  Dancing to the Latin Lovers in the Copa Room at 8pm. Dancing to the sounds of Tom Tiratto's 17 piece big band orchestra with Ashley Lockee and Paul Phillips on the main stage at 9pm. Passed hors d'oeuvres by Bernini. Complimentary signature vodka martinis during the first hour. Valet parking & black tie optional.

Tickets are $50 per person ($60 after July 24 online & at the door beginning at 1pm day of event)
$400.00 per reserved table of four
$600.00 per reserved table of six
$3,000.00 private balcony for 20 (additional guests are $50.00 each)

Tickets can be purchased online CLICK HERE.

 

July 5, 2012

KENDRICK LAMAR @ The RITZ Ybor 9/26/2012

KENDRICK LAMAR @ THE RITZ YBOR ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012



Kendrick Lamar will perform at The RITZ Ybor on Wednesday, September 26, 2012.  Tickets will be $27.50 in advance, $30.00 day of show and will be available to the general public of all ages at a TBA date.

Growing up in the merciless city that is Compton, California, it wasn't long before 23 year-old Kendrick Lamar, formerly known as K. Dot, would become acquainted with the harsh realities of the world. Sheltered by no means, the emcee was exposed to a lifestyle commonly adopted in the inner city. However, this exposure didn't influence his character in a way that on-lookers would expect. WIth the wisdom from his father, Kendrick had a balance in his life that many of his childhood peers were missing. It is this balance that is responsible for his untold story of "Good Kid, Mad City," the life of young black males trying to escape the influences of Compton. During his upbringing, Kendrick was constantly surrounded by an eclectic range of music. Lending his ear to R&B masters such as the Isley Brothers as well as Hip-Hop legends like Tha Dogg Pound, which helped prepare him for the opportunities that would one day arise in the music industry. At age 16 Kendrick released his first mixtape Y.H.N.I.C., creating a buzz in his hometown and garnering the attention of TopDawg Entertainment's CEO. From then on, Kendrick worked to perfect his skill under TopDawg, releasing four new projects in a five year span; Training Day, No Sleep Till NYC, The Kendrick Lamar EP and his most recent project The Kendrick Lamar OD which received praise from some of the most respected online music sources. Additionally, he has released multiple tracks under the group name Black Hippy with fellow TopDawg counterparts Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. Through these efforts Kendrick was able to showcase to the world his unparalleled ability and humorous word play. Kendrick's handwork and unmatched talent has allowed him to work with a wide range of respected music vets such as The Game, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Little Brother, Jay Rock, DJ Quik, Scott Storch and Cool & Dre. He is currently working on his debut album, and alongside legendary producer Dr. Dre on his highly anticipated upcoming release Detox.

http://www.topdawgmusic.com
http://www.twitter.com/kendricklamar

 
THE RITZ YBOR PRESENTS THEIR 3RD ANNUAL ULTIMATE BAND SERIES SEMI-FINALS




The RITZ Ybor will host their 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series showcase and competition this summer.  Music artists will compete against one another for the Ultimate Grand Prize: the opportunity to be the opening act for a national touring act at an upcoming concert at The RITZ Ybor, paid gigs at the Rooftop Eve Party, at a signature Hyde Park Village event and at the November Square One event, $500.00 cash, Radiant gas cards and much more.  The Ultimate Grand Prize is valued at over $5,000.00.

Five different music artists will compete each week during the three-week Semi-Finals for a spot in the Ultimate Band Series Finale concert.  Ultimate Band Series Semi-Finals will take place on Thursday, July 12, 2012; Thursday, July 19, 2012 and Thursday, July 26, 2012 at The RITZ Ybor.  One music artist will advance to the Ultimate Band Series Finale concert at The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, August 18, 2012 based on a combination of audience applause and scoring from the Ultimate Band Series judging panel.

The 2012 Ultimate Band Series judging panel will consist of Jocelyn Brenner (marketing director of event sponsor Hyde Park Village and returning judge), Joran Slane Oppelt (marketing and promotions director for Creative Loafing), Carole Liparoto (Tampa Bay Times music correspondent and tbt Soundcheck columnist) and featured guest judge Jesse Kage from The Kage Kult show on 98 Rock.

Each Ultimate Band Series Semi-Finals is open to all ages, and will be $5.00 admission (advance) and $7.00 (at the door).  Tickets can be purchased at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office or from any participating band.  Doors open at 7pm with the first act taking the stage at 7:30pm.

Sponsors of the 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series include The Radiant Group, Hyde Park Village, Three Olives Vodka and Square One.  Previous winners of the Ultimate Band Series include bands Mighty Mongo (2010) and The James-Lange Theory (2011). 

For more information and the line-up schedule, please visit www.ritzybor.com/ultimate2012.html

 

June 5, 2012

AWOLNATION @ The RITZ Ybor 10/24/2012

AWOLNATION @ THE RITZ YBOR ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012


AWOLNATION returns to The RITZ Ybor on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 after their venue-packed Freebie Weebie show through 97X earlier this year. 

Tickets start at $20.00 and are available for purchase online this Friday, June 8, 2012 at 10am RIGHT HERE.  A Venue & Radio Pre-Sale starts tomorrow, Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10am.

DIE ANTWOORD @ The RITZ Ybor 10/23/2012

DIE ANTWOORD @ THE RITZ YBOR ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012


South African rap-ravers, DIE ANTWOORD, take stage at The RITZ Ybor on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 it was just announced today.  Tickets start at $22.00 and are available for purchase this Friday, June 8, 2012 at 10am online RIGHT HERE.  

 

May 22, 2012

The RITZ Ybor's 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series Semi-Finals

THE RITZ YBOR'S 3RD ANNUAL ULTIMATE BAND SERIES SEMI-FINALS


SEMI-FINALS: Thursday, July 12; Thursday, July 19; Thursday, July 26, 2012

Each week for three weeks, five different bands will compete against one another to win a spot at the 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series Finals on Saturday, August 18, 2012. All particiapting bands will perform 2 original songs & 1 cover song by a TBA artist.

Three judges will offer commentary and choose which band will advance to the Ultimate Band Series Finals based on audience applause and judges voting. Three different bands will advance to the Ultimate Band Series Finals from the Semi-Finals.

One band from the entire Semi-Finals will be chosen solely by the judges to advance to the Finals.

If your band is interested in entering, please send an e-mail to bands@theritzybor.com today. Deadline: Saturday, June 30, 2012



 

May 15, 2012

2CHAINZ @ The RITZ Ybor 6/10/2012

2CHAINZ @ THE RITZ YBOR ON SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012


2Chainz (also known by Tity Boi), is one half of Playaz Circle, the rap duo formerly of Ludacris' DTP Records. He is from College Park on the soufside of Atlanta, GA.  His most successful single to date is the first single off of Playaz Circle's debut album Supply and Demand "Duffle Bag Boy" featuring Lil' Wayne.  2Chainz, who is now signed to Def Jam, is currently working on building his own label imprint, T.R.U, The Real University.  

Tickets are $30.00 General Admission, $40.00 Skip The Line and $50.00 VIP, and will be available for purchase online RIGHT HERE.

 

METRIC @ The RITZ Ybor 9/29/2012

METRIC @ THE RITZ YBOR ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2012


METRIC is Emily Haines, Jimmy Shaw, Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott Key. An independent rock and roll band empowered by their innovative approach to the music business, METRIC self-released their last album FANTASIES on five continents without the benefit of a label and earned themselves multiple radio hits around the world with songssuch as "Gimme Sympathy," "Gold Guns Girls," and "Help I'm Alive." They went on to sell over a million singles and 500,000 albums worldwide.

Their fifth full-length studio album SYNTHETICA will be released on June 12, 2012. Sonically futuristic yet organic, this album sounds like the culmination of all the music the band has made in their 10 years together. First single "Youth Without Youth" examines the fraying social state with a bristling energy and a driving Gary Glitter beat. "Breathing Underwater" and "Speed the Collapse" both deliver on the classic METRIC chorus of soaring melancholy, while the lyrics for "Lost Kitten" and "Clone" call out some bad behavior and the consequences. Hard rocking title track "SYNTHETICA" offers an epic conclusion to suspenseful album opener "Artificial Noctune."

Tickets for their September 29, 2012 show at The RITZ Ybor are $28.50 in advance and $30.50 day of show.  Tickets will be available online starting Friday, May 18, 2012 RIGHT HERE.

 

May 7, 2012

Jim Beam Live Music Series presents BUSH @ The RITZ Ybor 8/2/2012

JIM BEAM LIVE MUSIC SERIES PRESENTS BUSH @ THE RITZ YBOR ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2012


Jim Beam Live Music Series presents BUSH at The RITZ Ybor on Thursday, August 2, 2012 with tickets available for purchase this Friday, May 11, 2012 right HERE.  This show will mark BUSH's 2nd show at The RITZ Ybor, and is for ages 21+ only.

 

May 4, 2012

Metric @ The RITZ Ybor 9/29/2012

FROM SOUNDCHECK BLOG:

METRIC @ THE RITZ YBOR ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2012


Only time will tell if we end up loving Metric's upcoming album Synthetica as much as we loved their 2009 album Fantasies (spoiler alert: we probably will). All we know is the alterna-synth group's first single, Youth Without Youth, punches us square in the part of our brains where Muse and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs shack up and make babies.
If you feel the same way, we have some doubly good news. First of all, Metric is coming to The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, September 29, 2012.  Ticket prices and a public on-sale date have not yet been announced, but the good news is, if you purchase an advance ticket to one of their fall shows through their website, you'll receive a free download of Youth Without Youth, PLUS a free digital copy of Synthetica when it's released on June 12, PLUS five bonus "Synthetica Reflections" tracks.
Say what you want about the value of the American dollar relative to the Canadian loonie, but these chic Ontarians know a deal when they see it. We'll be hopping on that ticket deal pronto.

Ken Walters' 15th Annual Celebrate Sinatra @ The RITZ Ybor 7/28/2012

KEN WALTERS' 15TH ANNUAL CELEBRATE SINATRA AT THE RITZ YBOR ON SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2012


Ken Walters' will be celebrating his 15th Annual CELEBRATE SINATRA at The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 8pm to 1am.  The event will feature:  dancing to the Latin Lovers in the Copa Room at 8pm, dancing to the sounds of Tom Tiratto's 17 piece big band orchestra with Ashley Lockee and Paul Phillips on the main stage at 9pm, passed hors d'oeuvres by Bernini, complimentary signature vodka martinis during the first hour. Valet parking & black tie optional.

Tickets are $50 per person ($60 after July 24 online & at the door beginning at 1pm day of event)
$400.00 per reserved table of four
$600.00 per reserved table of six
$3,000.00 private balcony for 20 (additional guests are $50.00 each)

Tickets along with more information can be found HERE.

  

May 2, 2012

Meek Mill @ The RITZ Ybor 5/21/2012

MEEK MILL @ THE RITZ YBOR ON MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012


Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, born Robert Williams, began releasing mixtapes in 2006, debuting with The Real Me. Within a few years, after the release of Flamerz 2, his output prompted offers from Warner Bros. and T.I.’s Atlantic-affiliated Grand Hustle. The MC opted to align with the latter label, but he never signed and spent some time in jail. Once free, he continued pushing mixtapes, including a fourth volume of the Flamerz series, and was included in XXL magazine’s Freshman Class feature for 2011. Through Twitter, Meek Mill caught the attention of Rick Ross, signed to the MC’s Maybach Music Group, and appeared on the label’s Self Made, Vol. 1 compilation prior to releasing his first proper studio album.

Tickets for Meek Mill's concert at The RITZ Ybor on Monday, May 21, 2012 can be purchased online HERE.




Summer Slaughter Tour @ The RITZ Ybor 7/30/2012

SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR 2012 AT THE RITZ YBOR ON MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012


SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR: NORTH AMERICA 2012, the most extreme tour of the year featuring Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried and Me, The Faceless, Periphery, Veil of Maya, Job For A Cowboy, Goatwhore, Exhumed and more will rock The RITZ Ybor stage on Monday, July 30, 2012

General Admission tickets are $28.00 in advance and $30.00 day of show, and can be purchased online HERE.

  


May 1, 2012

Explosions in the Sky @ The RITZ Ybor on June 19, 2012

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY LIVE AT THE RITZ YBOR ON TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012


Hailing from the sultry metropolitan landscape of Austin, Texas, Explosions In The Sky are some of the most sincere folks ever. Aside from being nice guys, they play some of the most passionate, powerful instrumental music ever heard. Equal parts romance and tragedy, their beautiful melodies have the tendency to ignite into head-spinning walls of noise. Easily one of the most intense live bands ever, their sound proves to be every bit as triumphant as their name implies.

On their fifth and most recent album, 2011’s Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, Explosions In The Sky take some of their greatest creative leaps yet, experimenting with layers of haunting, unplaceable sounds, classical guitar, body percussion, Japanese singing bowls and more. With solitary focus and collaborative vision, each instrument clearly exudes the spirit and inspiration of its player, squeezing more expression and lyricism out of guitars and drums than most singers could ever conjure with their voices. This is the band’s most texturally diverse and emotionally dynamic album yet, and certainly their most masterfully crafted.

Regularly priced tickets start at $20 (a limited number of VIP balcony seats are available for $35) and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at www.strazcenter.org.

This is a General Admission (Standing Room) show.

Purchase your tickets online RIGHT HERE.