Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Guerilla Union and the Straz Center present – Mos Def and Talib Kweli are BLACK STAR

Oct. 2 Carol Morsani Hall

These two master emcees will perform their critically-acclaimed, self-titled album in full, as well as individual solo hits.

Performing their critically-acclaimed, self-titled album in full, as well as their individual hits – master emcees Mos Def and Talib Kweli are BLACK STAR.

FUEL with special guests Man Made Machine and Pale

Oct. 5 The Ritz Ybor

Fuel has nothing to prove. The band has sold over 3.5 million albums in the U.S. and scored a trio of top 5 singles, "Shimmer," "Innocent" and "Hemorrhage (In My Hands"), the latter of which remained at #1 for 12 weeks. In addition, Fuel have sold out tours all over the world, headlining venues and opening for bands including Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Creed and 3 Doors Down. Fuel are primed to pick up where they left off with their latest release, Angels And Devils, with new band members in tow to help add to an already formidable list of achievements. For the official website, visit fuelweb.com.

A band that is bringing more of the Arizona Hard Rock/Metal scene to the forefront, Man Made Machine have made an impact on their label (Razor & Tie Records), and obviously, an impression on Sirius/XM Octane. Recently, the band announced on their FB page that their first single, ‘Victim’, from their September release of the album “Become” has been picked up by the juggernaut satellite radio station that is Octane. The band was formed from the friendship these guys had with each other as young men/teens in Tempe, Arizona. For more information, visit Man Made Machine's Facebook page.

The trademark emotive voice of Houston rock band Pale belongs to lead singer/guitarist and chief songwriter Calvin Stanley, who along with guitarist/ keyboardist Robb Moore, bassist Stephen Wesson and drummer Travis Middour quickly rose to the top of the Houston club scene and broadened their domain through impressive live performances on their own and as openers for acts as diverse as Depeche Mode, Roger Waters, Earshot and Blue October. Pale has just released their long-awaited new recording entitled IN THE TIME OF DANGEROUS MEN. For the official website, visit palerocks.com.

KEM with special guest Ledisi

Nov. 6 Carol Morsani Hall

The Intimacy Tour, which took its name from the title of R&B singer/songwriter/producer KEM’s critically acclaimed latest album, Intimacy, features the two-time Grammy-nominated single, “Why Would You Stay." For the official website, visit musicbykem.com.

KEM is pleased to add four-time Grammy nominee Ledisi to the lineup of his critically-acclaimed Intimacy Tour. To read more about Ledisi, visit ledisi.com.


March 8 Carol Morsani Hall

Direct from Broadway, John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown comes to Tampa! Conceived and performed by Emmy and Obie Award winner John Leguizamo and directed by Academy Award-winner Fisher Stevens, Ghetto Klown is presented by WestBeth Entertainment.

Ghetto Klown is the next chapter in John Leguizamo’s popular personal and professional story. It is his fifth one-man play, his third on Broadway, and follows in the uninhibited tradition of his Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak, and Sexaholix…a Love Story. In Leguizamo’s trademark style, the piece explodes with energy, heating up the stage with vivid accounts of the colorful characters who have populated his life. He takes audiences from his adolescent memories in Queens to the early days of his acting career and on to the sets of major motion pictures and his roles opposite some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Leguizamo explains, “Ghetto Klown is all the things I say to my therapist and my manager, but would never want the general public to know. It’s cheaper than a lawsuit and I get to take a bow at the end. It’s like Wikileaks but with no international manhunt. Yet.” Visit ghettoklown.com.

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