March 19, 2013

Mighty Mongo & Friends @ The RITZ Ybor 3/29/2013 (Royal Room Live)


Tampa, FL - The RITZ Ybor presents Mighty Mongo with This Day’s Age, True Angries and Lions After Dark live at The RITZ Ybor on Friday, March 29, 2013 as part of the 2013 Royal Room Live Concert Series.
Mighty Mongo is a four-piece party-rock punk band from St. Petersburg, Florida comprised of members Alex Card, Anthony Isoldi, Lindsay Vitola and Scotty Chmura.  Since their inception in October 2009, the band has played over 800 shows and have been featured on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour where they will be rejoining the roster on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour from June 15 to July 12, 2013.  Mighty Mongo was crowned as the winner of The RITZ Ybor’s very first Ultimate Bands Series in 2010.

The RITZ Ybor’s 2013 Royal Room Live Concert Series will feature and showcase up-and-coming music acts in the venue’s front room known as the Royal Room.  This series comes on the heels and success of the Churchill and Kristy Lee concerts that both took place in the Royal Room earlier this year.  Both concerts garnered a very enthusiastic response from concertgoers and patrons who all applauded the more intimate concert setting of the Royal Room.

Doors for the Mighty Mongo & friends concert open at 8pm with the show tentatively scheduled to start at 9pm.
General Admission tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased online at 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.

For more information on Mighty Mongo, please visit

Bad Religion concert: formal response & public apology

Dear patrons of the Bad Religion concert at The RITZ Ybor,

The RITZ Ybor deeply regrets any inconvenience that was caused at the Bad Religion concert on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Fire Marshall expressed a capacity concern that evening. This concern prevented The RITZ Ybor from  allowing anyone inside the venue as well as allowing any patron into the Theater Ballroom until all measures were reviewed. During that time period, our staff shared our door clicker counts, wristband counts, number of collected tickets and our operation procedures with the Fire Marshall before our venue could receive clearance to let patrons back inside the Theater Ballroom and even inside the venue.

When our procedures checked out and the Fire Marshall finally granted clearance for patrons to enter the venue and re-enter the Theater Ballroom, it was unfortunately near the end of Bad Religion’s set leading many concertgoers to rightfully become upset. The RITZ Ybor was not in any type of capacity violation. The show was not oversold. The venue completely followed all rules and regulations. The RITZ Ybor was in complete compliance, and handled the sudden situation as best as we could.

Last Saturday’s Bad Religion concert at The RITZ Ybor was not sold out and not at capacity when the Fire Marshall stopped by.

The RITZ Ybor team has met to fully discuss the timeline and details of what happened last Saturday night. We have received numerous e-mails and phone calls, and felt it necessary to issue a formal response and public apology.

To prevent a situation like this from arising in the future, The RITZ Ybor team has set-up a meeting this week with the Fire Marshall to discuss those preventative measures. The safety of our patrons and employees is of the utmost concern for everyone at The RITZ Ybor, and our staff is regularly trained to deal with any types of safety issues.

On behalf of The RITZ Ybor owners, corporate company, management and staff, we are deeply sorry for the inconvenience experienced last Saturday night at our venue. We sincerely appreciate your support as patrons, and thank you for taking the time to read this.

Skatepark of Tampa Celebrates 20 Years!


Skatepark of Tampa Celebrates 20 Years

Tampa, Florida – March 14, 2013 – Local Tampa business with global recognition, Skatepark of Tampa, celebrates 20 years with an annual event-filled weekend, March 21 - 24, 2013.

Every March, professional skateboarders from around the world visit Skatepark of Tampa, casually known as SPoT, for the legendary Tampa Pro Contest with an $85,000 cash prize purse. This event is widely known as the world’s most respected professional skateboarding gathering and is presented by Nike and sponsored by Red Bull and Gatorade.

The weekend consists of non-stop excitement:
  • Thursday night:  Welcome to Tampa Party / Art Show Presented by Girl Skateboards at The Bricks in Ybor City
  • Friday:  Team Manager / Industry VIP Street Contest, Tampa Am Vert, and the Legendary Vert Session Presented by Nike Skateboarding. Christian Hosio, Jeff Grosso, our local pro and pioneer of vert skateboarding, Mike Frazier, and more will be in skating
  • Friday night:  Art Show Presented by Girl Skateboards at The Bricks in Ybor City
  • Saturday:  19th Annual Tampa Pro Street Qualifiers and Best Trick
  • Saturday night:  20 Year Anniversary Party at The RITZ Ybor featuring hip-hop artist Big Boi who is also celebrating 20 years of Outkast. Metz is opening
  • Sunday:  19th Annual Tampa Pro Semi-Finals and Finals
  • Sunday night:  After Party at The Bricks in Ybor City

If you can’t make it to SPoT to witness the skating firsthand, there is a live broadcast at on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

About Skatepark of Tampa:  Founded in 1993 to simply give skateboarders a place to practice their craft, Skatepark of Tampa quickly grew into a global brand by throwing the most authentic events in skateboarding. SPoT Productions is the driving force behind top tier skateboarding productions from South Africa to China, across North America, and beyond. Celebrities, such as Lil Wayne and Dave Chappelle, often make pit-stops at SPoT as part of their tours. Skatepark of Tampa partners with some of the most respected brands in sports, with a wing at the Nike campus in Portland named after SPoT. Skatepark has been featured in the Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game series and full-length film, Street Dreams, is based on the Tampa Am experience.

Contact:  Rob Meronek  4215 East Columbus Drive, Tampa, Florida 33605

March 7, 2013

Creative Loafing's 25th Birthday Bash @ The RITZ Ybor 4/20/2013

Coming next month, Creative Loafing will celebrate its first quarter century in a blaze of candlepower with a Special 25th Anniversary Issue, a FIVE-DAY Creative Loafing Festival and a big ol’ Birthday Bash at The RITZ Ybor. 

Join us for all five days of parties, panels, concerts, beer, art, food, cocktails, comedy, boat rides and more! 


The official closing night party of the Creative Loafing Festival will take place at The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, April 20, 2013 starting at 8pm.  Join Creative Loafing as they celebrate 25 years in Tampa Bay with live music from Zulu Wave, Dynasty, Types, The Gita (reunion), The Dead Popes and more:  Creative Loafing Family Reunion (6-7pm): Past and present employees and staffers share their favorite memories of CL.  PLUS: fashion by Vertical, art, late night cabaret, amazing drink specials, cake and more surprises!

Tickets will be $20.00 and $15.00 advance.  More information can be found CLICK HERE.