Sarasota native comes to Tampa with 'The Voice Tour'

The show features Season 6 winner: Sarasota native Josh Kaufman

mclear@bradenton.comJune 19, 2014 

Sarasota native Josh Kaufman performs on NBC's "The Voice." PUBLICITY PHOTO

Sam Woolf isn't the only singer from the Bradenton area who gained national fame this year through a TV talent show.

Sarasota native Josh Kaufman finished in first place on the NBC series "The Voice."

Like Woolf and the other top finishers from "American Idol," Kaufman is getting set to tour the country with other alumni of his show.

One of the first stops for "The Voice Tour" is Tampa. It'll be at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, June 25.

Woolf finished fifth on "American Idol," but he got a lot more attention around here than Kaufman, the Season 6 winner on "The Voice." There's a reason for that. Kaufman was gone from the area before he could sing Do Re Mi.

"I was born in Sarasota and only spent a few years there," he said in a phone interview from San Antonio, Texas, where the tour is set to start on Saturday. "Then we went to Lake Worth. I still have a lot of family south of Sarasota, though, on my father's side in Venice and North Port."

"The Voice Tour" works a little differently from the "American Idol Live!" show, which includes all the top finishers from this season. (The "Idol" tour is slated to come to Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on July 17.)

Audiences who go to the Straz Center for "The Voice" show will see performances by the top three finishers from this year and the top three finishers from last year. Two other contestants from this year and one from the inaugural season round out the show.

So the lineup ends up being Kaufman, Jake Worthington, Christina Grimmie, Kristen Merlin and Jake Barker from the just-ended season; Tessanne Chin, Jacquie Lee and Will Champlin from Season 5; and Season 1 runner-up Dia Frampton.

Kaufman's not allowed to talk too much about the specifics of the show, but he said all the contestants will do some of the songs they did on the show and some new ones, and that they'll perform solo, in small groups and in ensemble numbers.

The tour winds around the country, then Kaufman said he'll head back home to Indianapolis to reunite with his wife and three kids. He'll also reunite with his band, New Etiquette, who will back him up on a couple of home-town gigs.

He expects to re-connect with other family member while he's still on tour.

"I think some of my family is coming to the Tampa show," he said. "A lot of them are coming to the Orlando show because I have other family members in Jacksonville who are coming down."

Details: 7:30 p.m. June 25, Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets: $42-$76 plus service charge. Information: 813-229-7827,

Marty Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-708-7919. Follow

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