Shows offer variety for music fans

Jimmy Buffet will perform in Tallahasse, Fla., Feb. 28.

Jimmy Buffet will perform in Tallahasse, Fla., Feb. 28.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Area Parrotheads, country music fans and lovers of rock theater rejoice! The Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center has got you all covered in what is shaping up to be a huge 2012 for the venerable venue.

Parrothead Nation members who have been jonesing for the return of their king are eagerly snapping up the best tickets, which went on sale Friday, for Jimmy Buffett’s “Welcome to the Fin Land Tour 2012.” Buffett’s latest outing will make a stop at the Tallahassee venue Feb. 28.

Meanwhile, all the cowboys and cowgirls in the region are already lining up to get their tickets, which go on sale starting at 10 a.m. Friday, for the TLCCC “Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour” stop of Eric Church. One of the hottest performers in the industry, Church — whose album “Chief” is nominated for a 2011 Best Country Music Album Grammy — and his rowdy friend Brantley Gilbert will bring their hard-hitting show to Florida’s capital city on March 24.

Those who love their classical music mixed with a little rock theater are eagerly preparing for the March 9 return to Tallahassee of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which is bringing the final leg of its “Beethoven’s Last Night” tour to North Florida.

And, just to get area music fans’ radar tuned in to the annual Wanee Festival at the Spirit of Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla., officials with the growing festival are spreading the word that the lineup for the festival is set to be announced Monday.

The Allman Brothers Band will headline the April 19-21 Wanee Fest, and officials with the fast-growing gathering promise a star-studded lineup to join the Brothers. Announcement of the lineup will be available at waneefestival.com starting at 10 a.m. Monday, and tickets to the festival will go on sale Friday starting at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at waneefestival.com and at livenation.com.

Buffett fans can prepare for the singer’s return by picking up a copy of his latest album, the double live acoustic CD “Encores.” The disc features 22 of Buffett’s intimate final encore performances at venues throughout the United States and in Paris. With surprise special guests joining him, the disc is unlike any ever released by the singer.

Since the release of “Chief,” tickets for the Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour have become the hottest in the country. The album, which has drawn rave reviews from such disparate sources as Rolling Stone magazine, NPR, Amazon, the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times, includes Church hits “Homeboy” and “Drink in My Hand.”

Gilbert’s latest album “Halfway to Heaven Deluxe” includes the recent No. 1 song “Country Must Be Country Wide.”

Tickets for the tour range in price from $34.75 to the $199 “Put a Drink in YOUR Hand” VIP package that includes premiere seating, a pre-show party with food and drinks, a two-song acoustic performance by Church, a Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour T-shirt and autographed memorabilia. The package is limited to 200 fans.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is taking the over-the-top production of “Beethoven’s Last Night,” which dramatically tells the tale of the famed composer as he battles for his eternal soul, for one final run before heading back to the studio to record its latest projects and plan its next concert spectacular.

Already in the works for TSO are “Gutter Ballet,” which more than a million fans got a preview of during the collective’s Winter Tour, and “Romanov: When Kings Must Whisper.”

Tickets for the TSO, Church and Buffett shows are available at the Civic Center box office, at ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at (800) 745-3000.