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O-my, it's O-Town at the Big One

By JONATHAN MILTON, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 7, 2002


Some thought O-Town would be a one-hit wonder.

They were five made-for-TV boys -- Ashley Parker Angel, Erik-Michael Estrada, Dan Miller, Trevor Penick and Jacob Underwood -- working under the microscope of the reality TV show, Making of the Band.

The microscope turned into a spotlight when the group signed with Clive Davis' J Records label. Since then, things have been looking up, from appearances in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade to tours with Britney Spears.

Sunday, the pop quintet headlines 2002 The Big One Version 2.0, a show sponsored by radio station 93.3 FM, WFLZ.

Consider the event an all-you-can-eat musical buffet.

The 6 p.m. concert at the Ice Palace includes appearances by Craig David, Ashanti, Michelle Branch, Aaron Carter, The Calling, Vanessa Carlton, Paulina Rubio and Darude.

Tickets range from $9.33 to $39.33. Call 287-8844.

7 -- TODAY

MELISSA ETHERIDGE: She's got style with an attitude, and more. She will perform songs from her latest album, Skin, a reflection on her old life and the birth of a new one. 7:30 p.m.; Ice Palace; $60-$75. Call 287-8844.

JONATHAN RICHMAN: Since the '80s, Jonathan Richman's musical style has taken a 180-degree turn, from punk to peace. He performs at the Orpheum. 9 p.m.; $8-10; Orpheum, 1902 E Republica De Cuba Ave. Call 248-9500.

BASEBALL: SAN DIEGO PADRES AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS: 7:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. $14-$195. Call (727) 898-RAYS.

BASEBALL: BREVARD COUNTY MANATEES VS. TAMPA YANKEES: 7 p.m.; $3-$5; Legends Field. Call 287-8844.

8 -- SATURDAY

SEA GRAPES: A wine tasting, food, art and auction event to benefit the Florida Aquarium's animal veterinary and education programs, with live music. 7-10 p.m.; $45, $40 for members; Florida Aquarium. Call 273-4568.

METAL FEST: Metal bands galore, including Ill Blood, Sadistic Artistry, Lunatic Candy Creep, Clench Fist and more, invade the Brass Mug. 9 p.m.; 1441 E Fletcher Ave.; $6-$8. Call 972-8152.

BASEBALL: SAN DIEGO PADRES AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS: 6:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. $14-$195. Call (727) 898-RAYS.

BASEBALL: BREVARD COUNTY MANATEES VS. TAMPA YANKEES: 7 p.m.; $3-$5; Legends Field. Call 287-8844.

HERALDS OF HARMONY: The 85-man chorus performs its Encore 2002 show, including barbershop tunes. 8 p.m; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall; $12-$25. Call 689-2811. SUNCOAST BLUES SOCIETY: FIFTH BIRTHDAY PARTY: A blues tribute to Luther Allison. 8 p.m.; Skipper's Smokehouse, on the corner of Nebraska Avenue and Skipper Road; $4. Call 971-0666.

A WEDDING TO DIE FOR: If you were a sleuth for Murder, She Wrote mysteries, this might be for you. The Murder Mystery Dinner Theater offers an evening of meals and mystery. 6:30 p.m.; Crown Plaza Hotel, Sabal Park, 10221 Princess Palm Ave.; $43. Call 727-7012.

BUTTERFLY AND HERB FAIR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; USF Botanical Gardens, off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard; $2, or free for kids 11 and under. Call 974-2329.

BOOK DISCUSSION: 'DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE': An Oprah Book Club Selection, Isabel Allende's novel follows orphan Eliza Sommers through her upbringing in Chile to California during the 1849 Gold Rush. 10:30 a.m.; Seminole Heights Branch Library, 4711 Central Ave. Call 273-3669.

9 -- SUNDAY

TAMPA BAY CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL: The next best thing to going to the Caribbean. The annual carnival brings calypso, soca, reggae and a steel orchestra. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Vinoy Park, downtown St. Petersburg; $5 admission. Call (727) 821-9015.

PHOENIX CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY: Concert rescheduled from May 4-5. Members of the Florida Orchestra and friends perform works by Haydn, Kodaly and Schubert. 3 p.m.; Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 San Jose St.; free. Call 253-6047.

BASEBALL: SAN DIEGO PADRES AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS: 1:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. $14-$195. Call (727) 898-RAYS.

THE WOMEN OF THE SHEPHERD: A concert of madrigals, waltzes, tangos, folk songs and anthems. 3 p.m.; Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs; $10-$12. Call (727) 942-5605.

10 -- MONDAY

BOOK DISCUSSION: THE BEAN TREES. Barbara Kingsolver's story of a young woman who leaves her rural Kentucky home to head west and eventually forms a nontraditional family. 10:30 a.m.; Charles J. Fending Public Library, 3909 Neptune St. Call 273-3680.

PIANO CONCERT: Jacqueline Herbein, works by Gluck, Beethoven, Poulenc, Ginastera and Liszt. 7:30 p.m.; Roberts Music Center, Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; free. (727) 864-8297.

11 -- TUESDAY

JESUS JONES: The band that made Right Here, Right Now famous will be right here, right now, come 7 p.m. Tuesday; Jannus Landing, 220 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg; $12 advance, $15 day of show. Call 898-2100. PIANO CONCERT: Duncan J. MacMillan, new music for solo piano, including works by Bill Rea, 7:30 p.m.; Roberts Music Center, Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; free. (727) 864-8297.

12 -- WEDNESDAY

WINE TASTING: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar opens its doors for a Beringer wine tasting. Guests take part in a marriage of a select stock of Beringer wines and Fleming's finest culinary offerings. 6:30 p.m. reception, followed by a four-course dinner at 7 p.m.; Fleming's, 2202 N Westshore Blvd., Fifth Floor; $80. Call 874-9463.

PIANO CONCERT: Gloria Bolivar and Leland Peck, Sonata: From the American Songbag, based on American folk songs, and music by Poulenc. 7:30 p.m.; Roberts Music Center, Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; free. (727) 864-8297.

13 -- THURSDAY

DARRELL HAMMOND: Hammond, aka the Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Dick Cheney of Saturday Night Live, is a Florida native who often pretends to be someone he isn't. His act opens Thursday at 8 p.m.; more shows, Friday, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m.; $16-$20. The Improv, Centro Ybor. Call 864-4000. GHETTO LOVE SUGAR: A three-member version of the group brings its avant-garde jazz to King Corona in Ybor City. 10:30 p.m.; 1523 E Seventh Ave.; free. Call 241-9109.

NEXT WEEKEND

  • JEWEL: June 14, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • KMKDF (BAND): June 14, Masquerade.
  • MARTINA MCBRIDE: June 14, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • DAVE KOZ & FRIENDS: June 15, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • GOO GOO DOLLS: June 15, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • RICKEY SMILEY: June 16-18, The Improv.

LOOKING AHEAD

  • LL COOL J: June 22, Jannus Landing
  • HEART: July 3, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • USHER: July 13, Ice Palace.
  • OZZFEST 2001: July 26, Mars Music Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach.
  • THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON. Aug. 20, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

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-- Want to send out an RSVP to the Tampa area? Fax press releases at least 10 days before publication to Jonathan Milton at (813) 226-3381, or mail to 1000 N Ashley Drive, Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33602. Jonathan's phone number is (813) 226-3321 and e-mail is milton@sptimes.com.

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