Pop star and former wunderkind Josh Groban is bringing his "In the Round" tour to Tampa this weekend.
He'll be at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday, Nov. 9.
As the name implies, the concert is staged with the audience surrounding Groban, which makes the cavernous arena as intimate as it can possible get. And it means that the worst seats are only about half as far from the stage as they are in a traditional set-up.
Groban has a small band traveling with him, and in each city on the tour, which starts Oct. 2, he hires an orchestra and chorus in each city on his American tour.
Groban had a semi-operatic sound early in his career, but lately he's become a chart-topping pop-rocker. His latest album includes songs by Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Webb and Dave Matthews, and it was produced by Rob Cavallo of Green Day fame.
On earlier stops along the tour, Groban has performed such classical pieces as "Un Alma Mas," "Alla Luce," and "Sincera" plus a lot of pop covers, including Don McLean's "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)," Jimmy Webb's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress," and Aerosmith's "Dream On." He's also conducted question-and-answer sessions with the audience at some concerts.
Details: 8 p.m. Nov. 8, Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets: $63.75-$115.10. Information: 813-301-2500, www.tampabaytimesforum.com.
-- Marty Clear