Not too many people, outside of their original cadre of fervent fans, would have predicted such a long and healthy career for the Jonas Brothers.
They've been around for eight years now, which is about 16 times longer than the usual shelf-life for teen idols, and they're still popular enough to play the big venues -- including the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, where they'll be performing on Saturday.
The JoBros still attract throngs of screaming teenage girls, especially in Asia, but they're not merely a Disney pretty-boy band anymore. They've always had talent, and over the years they've gotten better. And their songs (often written by such top pros as Adam Schlesinger) have gotten more sophisticated. And for what it's worth, they've outgrown their cuteness and they're now handsome.
But they're smart enough to know who their fans are and what they want, so the JoBros have never strayed from the pop-rock formula that brought them huge international fame when they were kids.
The Tampa show has an early start and there's no opening act listed on either the venue's site or the Jonas Brother's site. The brothers and their fans are past the point where they have to worry about early bedtimes, so it's likely they've got a good long set planned.
Details: 7 p.m. Aug. 3, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $29.50-$79.50. Information: 813-740-2446, www.livenation.com.
-- Marty Clear