American Idol Finalist and New Quiet Riot Front Man James Durbin to Perform at University of South Florida, October 24th

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In March, James Durbin announced via his Facebook page that he had joined Quiet Riot, as their new lead singer, stating: “Well...The rumors are TRUE TRUE TRUE!! I am the official singer of Quiet Riot!!!!! Words I never imagined I would utter.”

James Durbin (28), a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Santa Cruz, California, who gained fame following the 2011 season of American Idol and now the lead vocalist for 80’s heavy metal rock band Quiet Riot, will be performing in Tampa on Tuesday, October 24 at 7 PM in the University of South Florida’s School of Music Concert Hall. Joining Durbin on stage will be USF’s School of Music iPad Band, Touch. Tickets will be free and available by reservation on October 12th at the USF College of the Arts Box Office.

In a 2016 People Magazine article, Durbin discussed living with Tourette’s and Asperger’s syndrome. “When I was a kid, I knew I was different. I hated it and wished it would go away. But now I want to be living proof that different is awesome.” 

VSA Florida, the statewide organization on arts and disability, received a 2017 Challenge America grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and contracted Durbin to perform and speak about facing challenges and advocating for inclusion.  He will share his motivational story and road to success at multiple middle and high schools and community outreach events in Tampa and Tallahassee.

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Tampa schedule -

October 23 -

 Motivational Outreach at Wharton High School Auditorium, 20150 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647

  • 8:30-9:12 AM James Durbin: Up Close and Personal
  • 10:06-10:48 AM James Durbin: Up Close and Personal

Motivational Outreach at Focus Academy,  304 Druid Hills Rd, Temple Terrace, FL 33617

  • 2-3 PM James Durbin: Up Close and Personal


October 24 -  

Motivational Outreach at Lennard High School, 2342 Shell Point Rd E, Ruskin, FL 33570

  • 9-10 AM James Durbin: Up Close and Personal

USF Lunch and Learn, School of Music, Room MUS211

  • 12-1 PM

An Evening with James Durbin, USF Music Performance Hall, 3755 USF Holly Drive, MUS 101, Tampa, FL 33620

  • 7-8:15 PM 


Tallahassee Schedule - 

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October 26 -

Motivational Outreach Program at R. Frank Nims Middle School Gym, 723 W Orange Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32310

  • 10:29-11:24 AM James Durbin: Up Close and Personal

 An Evening with James Durbin, FSU College of Medicine Auditorium, 1115 W Call St, Tallahassee, FL 32304

  • 5-6 PM  Motivational Outreach with James Durbin: Ability and Music
  • 6-7 PM Meet James Durbin Reception        


October 27 -                

Motivational Outreach Program at Tallahassee Community College, TCC Student Union Ballroom, 444 Appleyard Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32304

  • 1-2 PM  James Durbin: Up Close and Personal

An Evening with James Durbin, TCC Community College, TCC Student Union Ballroom, 444 Appleyard Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32304

  • 6-7 PM

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USF School of Music Concert Hall


Tuesday, October 24, 2017