INVINCIBLE SUMMER: a Square One Creative Event @ The RITZ Ybor 11/17/2012


On Saturday, November 17, 2012, Square One will present their 5th Annual Creative Event called INVINCIBLE SUMMER.  The RITZ Ybor will once again be home to the art, music, fashion and dance extravaganza that will feature 75 local artists along with live performances from over 40 musicians, dancers, models and performers.  INVINCIBLE SUMMER will help benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF).  More than 1,500 attendees are expected at INVINCIBLE SUMMER.

Each Square One Creative Event revolves around a selected theme.  Artists and performers are encouraged to present their work based on the chosen theme which involves specific concepts, colors and subject matter.  Audiences are allowed to participate at the event by incorporating the event theme elements into their wardrobe and attire.

The theme of INVINCIBLE SUMMER revolves around the Albert Camus quote: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."  Select artists & performers will explore the theme of summer (light, life and hope) always prevailing amid a dark, lifeless and bleak landscape.  Audiences will be encouraged to incorporate the theme colors into their attire by wearing the colors orange and/or yellow at the event.

INVINCIBLE SUMMER will feature a special multi-media performance art, dance, aerialist and speed painting show called “Forever 27” by 7th Avenue Dance Company at 8pm and 10:30pm.  Other live performances by fashion-dance hybrid Bella Danza, dance troupes DNC, Kinetic Dance and Yoga Loft Tampa along with local bands Rising Down and The Northwest will take place throughout the evening.  Participating artists at the event will include Christopher Zenger, Kat Lynes, Linda Alexander, Madeiran Art, Melissa Fair, RJ Runas, Robert Wegmann, Summer Nova & more.

INVINCIBLE SUMMER, a Square One Creative Event, is open to the general public of all ages.  Admission to INVINCIBLE SUMMER will be a $5.00 donation at the door with a portion of those proceeds benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF).  Doors to the event open at 7pm with the event concluding after midnight.  For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Cocktails & Couture Fashion Event @ The RITZ Ybor on September 16, 2012


Tampa, FL - KEVIN.MURPHY and The RITZ Ybor present COCKTAILS & COUTURE on Sunday, September 16, 2012 as part of Fashion Week Tampa Bay. COCKTAILS & COUTURE will spotlight a fashion show featuring contemporary collections from Saks Fifth Avenue and fall 2012 trends by Tribeca ColorSalon. Guests are encouraged to dress in high-fashion attire, and will be treated to entertainment by the Bella Danza Dance Collective, singer Anye’ Cole with music by the Crate Brothers. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF)

COCKTAILS & COUTURE is open to the general public ages 18 & up. Doors to the event will open at 7:30pm with the event starting at 8pm. General Admission tickets are $5.00 (advance) and $10.00 (day of show). VIP Runway Seating tickets are available for $25.00 each. Tickets can be purchased online at VIP Tables with Bottle Service are available by e-mailing

Sponsors of COCKTAILS & COUTURE include The RITZ Ybor, The Radiant Group, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tribeca ColorSalon, NARS, Fashion Week Tampa Bay and Square One. 

KEVIN.MURPHY is a fashion focused range of salon only, professional care products created by world-renowned hairstylist Kevin Murphy. 

Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s preeminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. Today, Saks operates 45 full-line stores in 21 states, 2 licensed stores in the Middle East and 2 licensed stores in Mexico City, 61 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and, the company’s online store. 

Saks Fifth Avenue is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named. 

Tribeca ColorSalon is the premier South Tampa Hair Salon that provides South Tampa and Ybor City with the latest styles and techniques in haircuts, hair color, highlights, makeup, bridal services and more from its two locations. 

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer. Since 1991, PCF has focused on finding less toxic, more targeted therapies by partnering with leading hospitals nationwide and has donated more than $5 million to researchers. 

The RITZ Ybor is Tampa’s Premier Special Events Venue open to hosting live concerts, special events, private parties and dream weddings.

Khora... WINNERS of Ultimate Band Series 2012: Semi-Finals Week 2

Congratulations to Khora, winners of Semi-Finals Week 2 of our 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series 2012.

sowFLo came a close second with their breezy take on No Doubt's "Underneath It All".  Every band from Marvlec to Perfect Flaw to Vane rocked the house with their sets, but it was ultimately Khora who stole the show with their version of Gwen Stefani & the boys' classic "Don't Speak."  Khora played last year's Ultimate Band Series Finals when they were crowned as the Judges' Pick.  Khora will advance to the August 18 Finals along with The Northwest (Week 1 Winners) and next week's winning band and the Judge's Pick. 

Special thanks to our Ultimate Band Series 2012 panel of judges... Jocelyn Brenner (Hyde Park Village), Joran Slane Oppelt (Creative Loafing), Carole Liparoto (Tampa Bay Times) and special guest judge Jesse Kage (The Kage Kult, 98 Rock).

Check out Khora on Facebook by clicking here and don't miss them at the Ultimate Band Series 2012 Finals on August 18, 2012 only at The RITZ Ybor.

The Northwest... WINNERS of Ultimate Band Series 2012: Semi-Finals Week 1

Congratulations to The Northwest, winners of Semi-Finals Week 1 of our 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series 2012.

Rising Down came a close second with their judges-loving cover of "Californication" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  From Fight Another Day, Red Calling Down and Sunshine & Bullets, every single band gave one another a run for their money with their rocking performances, but it was The Northwest who ultimately won the night with their take on the Chili Pepper's "Dani California." 

The Northwest will advance to the August 18 Finals with the next two week's winning bands and the Judge's Pick. 

Special thanks to our Ultimate Band Series 2012 panel of judges... Jocelyn Brenner (Hyde Park Village), Joran Slane Oppelt (Creative Loafing), Carole Liparoto (Tampa Bay Times) and special guest judge Jesse Kage (The Kage Kult, 98 Rock).

Check out The Northwest on Facebook by clicking here and don't miss them at the Ultimate Band Series 2012 Finals on August 18, 2012 only at The RITZ Ybor.


The RITZ Ybor's 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series Semi-Finals


The RITZ Ybor will host their 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series showcase and competition this summer.  Music artists will compete against one another for the Ultimate Grand Prize: the opportunity to be the opening act for a national touring act at an upcoming concert at The RITZ Ybor, paid gigs at the Rooftop Eve Party, at a signature Hyde Park Village event and at the November Square One event, $500.00 cash, Radiant gas cards and much more.  The Ultimate Grand Prize is valued at over $5,000.00.

Five different music artists will compete each week during the three-week Semi-Finals for a spot in the Ultimate Band Series Finale concert.  Ultimate Band Series Semi-Finals will take place on Thursday, July 12, 2012; Thursday, July 19, 2012 and Thursday, July 26, 2012 at The RITZ Ybor.  One music artist will advance to the Ultimate Band Series Finale concert at The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, August 18, 2012 based on a combination of audience applause and scoring from the Ultimate Band Series judging panel.

The 2012 Ultimate Band Series judging panel will consist of Jocelyn Brenner (marketing director of event sponsor Hyde Park Village and returning judge), Joran Slane Oppelt (marketing and promotions director for Creative Loafing), Carole Liparoto (Tampa Bay Times music correspondent and tbt Soundcheck columnist) and featured guest judge Jesse Kage from The Kage Kult show on 98 Rock.

Each Ultimate Band Series Semi-Finals is open to all ages, and will be $5.00 admission (advance) and $7.00 (at the door).  Tickets can be purchased at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office or from any participating band.  Doors open at 7pm with the first act taking the stage at 7:30pm.

Sponsors of the 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series include The Radiant Group, Hyde Park Village, Three Olives Vodka and Square One.  Previous winners of the Ultimate Band Series include bands Mighty Mongo (2010) and The James-Lange Theory (2011).  

For more information and the line-up schedule, please visit


The RITZ Ybor's 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series

SEMI-FINALS: Thursday, July 12; Thursday, July 19; Thursday, July 26, 2012

Each week for three weeks, five different bands will compete against one another to win a spot at the 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series Finals on Saturday, August 18, 2012. All particiapting bands will perform 2 original songs & 1 cover song by a TBA artist.

Three judges will offer commentary and choose which band will advance to the Ultimate Band Series Finals based on audience applause and judges voting. Three different bands will advance to the Ultimate Band Series Finals from the Semi-Finals.

One band from the entire Semi-Finals will be chosen solely by the judges to advance to the Finals.

If your band is interested in entering, please send an e-mail to today. Deadline: Saturday, June 30, 2012

CALLING ALL ARTISTS for Festa Italiana 2012!

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Square One needs all visual artists interested in participating at the 15th Annual FESTA ITALIANA Tampa event on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at Centennial Park to e-mail TODAY!

15th Annual Festa Italiana

Festa Italiana will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year.

Festa Italiana started in the spring of 1997 and is an annual multi-day event that benefits The Italian Club of Tampa (L'Unione Italiana) Restoration Fund. What started as just a one day celebration now spans over the course of four days and concludes with the main Festa Italiana event on the final day. Event attendees will experience the finest in live entertainment, family activities, wine and the Tampa Bay area's restaurants and cuisine.

Wines of Italy on Thursday, March 29, 2012: Festa Italiana kicks off with Wines of Italy, a unique tasting experience where guests will sample over 70 wines from Italy while enjoying Italian cuisine from Carraba's, desserts and live entertainment. The silent auction offers an opportunity to win fabulous prizes and gift packages. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Cinema Italiano on Friday, March 30, 2012: Celebrate fabulous Italian cinema with Festa Italiana at Cinema Italiano where guests will experience award winning films and documentaries while enjoying espresso and dolci. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Saturday, March 31, 2012:
Spend a day with your entire family and enjoy such entertaining activities as the annual Bocce Ball Invitational Tournament, the Homemade Vino Competition, the Italian Idol singing competition and shopping the Ybor Saturday Fresh Market. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Festa Italiana on Sunday, April 1, 2012: Festa Italiana on Sunday is the pinnacle of the annual Festa Italiana celebration that is a gathering of authentic tastes, sights and sounds straight from Italy. Attendees will enjoy the finest cuisines from over thirty of the Tampa Bay area’s top restaurants and caterers. The Main Stage will offer some of the world’s greatest entertainers, singers and dancers. This year, Festa Italiana welcomes singer Matt Morgan along with The Russo Brothers, The Fabulous Rockers, Bella Danza Dance Collective and more. Festa Italiana kicks off with Sunday Mass Procession followed by food, entertainment, cooking competitions and classes, grape stomping along with a children’s area and a cultural and genealogy area. For more information, please CLICK HERE.


The Italian Club of Tampa (L’Unione Italiana) was founded in 1894 by a small visionary group who realized that by uniting together, the Italian Community of Tampa could overcome many of the social and economic challenges that confronted those “turn-of-the-century” immigrants from Italy.

The mission of The Italian Club of Tampa is to preserve and honor the culture, traditions and heritage of the Italian Community and maintain the historical facility as a functioning memorial to the working class immigrants.

As the oldest historical leader and the voice of the Italian community, The Italian Club of Tampa operates in an environment characterized by the highest ethical standards and provides open and honest communication with the members and the community.

The Italian Club of Tampa is a national historic landmark located at 1731 East 7th Avenue in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida.

For more information about The Italian Club, please visit:

Video Exclusive: Square One's Cosmopolitan ("World Won't Do It" by Jeremy Gloff)

Square One proudly presents the music video to singer-songwriter Jeremy Gloff's "World Won't Do It" that perfectly documents the Cosmopolitan event that took place at The RITZ Ybor last November.

Filmed by JDX Studios and directed & edited by Jean Carlo Penaloza, "World Won't Do It" is the first music video from Jeremy Gloff's "THIS" album that is now available on iTunes and Amazon. "World Won't Do It" was written by Jeremy Gloff and produced by Jeremy Gloff with Mark Nikolich.

KANVAS Dance Showcase... Thursday, 1/12 at The RITZ Ybor


The bi-annual KANVAS Dance Showcase & Dance Battle event produced by VYB Dance Company returns to The RITZ Ybor on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Tickets are only $15.00 online at and $20.00 on day of show. VIP Balcony upgrades are available on the night of the event for $10.00.

Performances will include VYB Dance Company, Enigma Dance Kru, En' Lair Aerial Artistry, Rukus and more. Music by DJ KU.

LinkFor more information, please call 1-888-596-8892.