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Bastille & Marshmello perform ‘Happier’ on Ellen

Safe to safe ‘Happier’ is now one of the BIGGEST songs of 2018. Now we were lucky enough to see Bastille perform it live (with Mello’s absence) at Next Big Thing!

Yesterday however, the duo reunited to perform the song live on ‘Ellen’. 

Watch now!

Someone made a Twitter for the skunk Brendon Urie held


At 97X Next Big Thing this year we decided to bring in the skunk rescue so bands could have something unique to interact with backstage.

Shortly after this photo of Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco was posted holding one of the skunks, a Twitter handle was created for him. 

Meet Brendon Skunk. 

Brendon Skunk is full of fun facts.

And loves playing with Panic song lyrics. 

Brendon Skunk is very soft.

And loves helping promote his fav band.

Check out more from this famous little guy. 

High Hopes is officially Panic! At The Disco’s highest charting song

P!ATD has cranked out hit after hit over the years but it’s their most recent smash ‘High Hopes’ that’s breaking new records for the band. 

Billboard just shared their Hot 100 charts for this week (ending Dec. 1) and “High Hopes” jumped from No. 8 to No. 6. That means it is now Panic!’s highest-charting song to date, passing their 2006 hit ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’.

Great timing right? Panic! At The Disco are set to headline Next Big Thing for us this Sunday December 2nd! 

Make sure you have tickets!! 

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Marshmello & Bastille Release Stripped Version of ‘Happier’

97XNBT Day 1 headliner Bastille’s hit song with EDM DJ Marshmello has been dominating the charts for the past few months. The song titled ‘Happier’, which ironically is not happy at all, has tugged at heart strings across the globe while simultaneously kept us dancing along and coming back for more. 

The two artists have now collaborated on a stripped down version and accompanying music video. It will make you fall in love with the song all over again.

We can’t wait to see Bastille headline #97XNBT day 1! Grab tix here now!!

Here is the original video which requires an insane amount of tissues. 

Foster The People drop new single ‘Worst Nites’ 

On Tuesday Foster The People dropped a brand new single ‘Worst Nites’.  The track features upbeat synthy beats and classic Mark Foster smooth vocals. Let us know what you think!!

Foster The People will be performing at Next Big Thing Day 2 and we couldn’t be more pumped to hear this new track! 

Make sure you have tickets!

Woman Celebrates 106th Birthday at Taco Bell


Reese’s vending machine lets you trade in lame Halloween candy for Reese’s

(Photo: @reeses Twitter)

Those weird vanilla Tootsie rolls? Some flavorless taffy? PRETZELS?

We’ve all experienced getting Halloween candy that was TOTALLY lame, and Reese’s has decided to do something about it! On October 27th they debuted their Reese’s Candy Converter at the Tarrytown Halloween Parade in New York.

The vending machine allows you to toss in unwanted candy in exchange for a delicious Reese’s!


No tricks here. Trade in your Halloween candy for Reese's candy. What'd you expect from the GOAT of Halloween?! #ReesesCandyConverter #NotSorry — REESE'S (@reeses) October 30, 2018

Unfortunately the only next stop for the machine will be in NYC on 5th Avenue between Washington Square North and East 8th Street. It will be set up for five hours and will exchange up to 10,000 cups.

Here’s to hoping it makes it’s way to Tampa Bay one day!

Twenty One Pilots visit teens in hospital who couldn’t make it to concert

In case you needed another reason to love them…

Twenty One Pilots are in the middle of the insanity that is the Bandito tour. However, they did take some time recently to truly brighten the lives of some sick children and teens at a Missouri hospital. The visit was sparked by the musical therapist at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital putting together a video with patients inviting Tyler and Josh. In the video the patients and staff sang Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” which is one of the bands most well-known covers.

Drummer Josh Dun told reporters, “Music’s gotten me through hard time, and coming and seeing what some of these kids, you know, battle every day — and using music — you know, makes me feel emotional.”

Cross-Bay Ferry returns to Tampa Bay November 1st

It’s back by popular demand! The Cross-Bay ferry will begin trips across the bay November 1st, perfect activity for fall! The ferry travels between the Vinoy Yacht Basin and the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa. Lightning game travels maybe??

Incase you were wonder (I know I was) there will be two full service bars on board with beer, wine, and mixed drinks!!

Here’s the schedule:


St. Pete Departure 4:00 PM Tampa Departure 5:30 PM St. Pete Departure 9:00 PM Tampa Departure 10:00 PM

Tuesday – Thursday

St. Pete Departure 4:30 PM Tampa Departure 5:45 PM St. Pete Departure 9:15 PM Tampa Departure 10:45 PM

Friday – Saturday

St. Pete Departure 10:00 AM Tampa Departure 11:30 AM St. Pete Departure 1:00 PM Tampa Departure 2:30 PM St. Pete Departure 4:00 PM Tampa Departure 5:30 PM St. Pete Departure 10:00 PM Tampa Departure 11:00 PM

Plan your trip now here!! 

And here are the prices!

Adult fare – $8

Seniors, Military (Active/Retired), and College Students-$5

Youth fare (5-18)*- $3

Children under four (4) years – Free

The 1975 drop new music video, announce tour dates

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships will be the third studio album from The 1975 and is due out November 30th. Luckily, they have given us a few little gems to hold us over.

Earlier this year they released the first single from the album, ‘Give Yourself A Try’, and now we have the second single ‘Love it If We Made It’, along with a music video.

Additionally they have announced some 2019 tour dates! Unfortunately, Atlanta is the closest they will be to Tampa Bay but hopefully that changes soon.

// N O R T H A M E R I C A 2 0 1 9 T O U R – P R E O R D E R A L B U M F O R P R E S A L E C O D E // L O V E — The 1975 (@the1975) October 15, 2018


03/20 – Guadalajara, Mexico @ Auditorio Telmex ^ 04/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre ^* 04/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint ^* 04/25 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater ^* 04/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre ^* 04/27 – Portland, OR @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum ^* 04/29 – Orem, UT @ UCCU Center ^* 04/30 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^* 05/02 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ^* 05/03 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater ^* 05/04 – Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre ^* 05/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory ^* 05/08 – Chicago, IL @ United Center ^* 05/11 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brooks Amphitheatre ^* 05/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center ^* 05/14 – Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion ^* 05/15 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater ^* 05/18 – Atlanta, GA @ State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park ^* 05/19 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre ^* 05/21 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem ^* 06/02 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater * 06/03 – Toronto, Ontario @ Budweiser Stage *

^ with Pale Waves * with No Rome

WATCH: CHVRCHES perform hit song ‘Miracle’ on Ellen

It was a daytime TV DEBUT for CHVRCHES!

So proud of our #97XNBT band for KILLING it during Ellen this week. They performed ‘Miracle’, the hit song off their 3rd album Love Is Dead, released earlier this year. CHRVCHES have sold out festivals all over the world and we can’t wait to see more of this at #97XNBT! Grab you tix now!

WATCH: Panic! At The Disco performs ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at the AMA’s

Pretty sure EVERYONE was in tears at the end of this one. Probably our favorite moment of the #AMAs last night was when Panic! At The Disco paid tribute to Queen with their performance of  “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

Those high notes though!!

Be sure to catch them headlining #97XNBT this year!

AMAs Recap: Winners, Performers, and More

Where to get sandbags in Tampa Bay

Hurricane Michael may not be giving us a direct hit but flooding and storm surge could still be MAJOR problems for parts of Tampa Bay.  Fox 13 posted a list today of the local spots to grab sandbags. Still nothing listed for Pinellas but we will update you!!


– Crystal River  Fire  Station; 650 NW 3rd Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428


– 4508 S. Grandmarch Ave. Homosassa (Near Grover Cleveland Blvd.) – 7490 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Crystal River (Near Dan’s Clam Stand – on opposite side of road)


Sandbags can be picked up starting 10 a.m. Monday at the following locations:

– Tarpon Springs Splash Park Parking Lot – Live Oak Street at Safford Avenue – Dodecanese Boulevard at Roosevelt – Dorsett Park – E. Harrison Street at S. Levis Avenue


Sandbag  operations  will begin today, Monday, October 8, 2018, for Pasco County residents only.  The following locations will be open 24 hours a day, until further notice:

– Fire Station #17, 2951 Seven Springs Blvd, New  Port  Richey (Opens at 1 p.m.) – Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Rd, Hudson (Opens at 1 p.m.) – Magnolia Valley Golf Course Clubhouse, 7223 Massachusetts Ave, New Port Richey – C-Barn, 30908 Warder Road, San Antonio


Residents may pick up as many as 10 sandbags between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday at:

– G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton – Bennett Park, 400 Cypress Creek Blvd. – Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd.


– Sand bags are available at City Hall and the Police Department for Holmes Beach residents.

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