MLK Day Weekend concerts: Trick Daddy, Roscoe Dash, Jeffrey Osborne and more
This isn't exactly a new trend, but it's one we're noticing more and more: Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend has become a major weekend for live hip hop and R&B. It's a little like Labor Day or New Year's Eve or Memorial Day, in that clubs always seem to be booking big-name artists for hip-hop shows.
Here's a guide to some of what's going down this weekend in Tampa Bay. Contact the clubs for more details.
Club Empire: Following the Lil Wayne fiasco, you might be hesitant to buy into a party promising a performance by Trick Daddy. But Empire owner Ken Grossman said he's "100 percent sure he's coming in for that, because I know him personally, I'm friends with people at his label." The show is Sunday at Empire, 1902 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. For info, call (813) 247-2582.
Jannus Live: Two hip-hop shows highlight Jannus Live's weekend. On Sunday it's South Florida rapper Brisco; tickets are $20 (click here to purchase). And on Monday, look for rapper Roscoe Dash (above) with model Buffie the Body and comic Shawty Shawty. Tickets are $30; click here to purchase. (We're also hearing Roscoe may appear at an afterparty at Nova 535, but nothing's official yet.)
Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival: R&B superstar Jeffrey Osborne will headline a day of free entertainment at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. The party runs from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Click here for the full schedule.
State Theatre: For a while, we thought Salt-n-Pepa were showing up, and we got all tingly with glee. Then we found out this show is only CALLED "MLK Salt & Pepper," and it features a slew of local and regional hip-hop talents: Strizzo, Acafool, G-Breed the Legend and more. Tickets are $15-$20. Click here.
Club Skye: This isn't an official MLK Day celebration, but it's worth noting, since a slew of DJs and rappers will be on hand. Club Skye is hosting a "Neon Xtreme" party, promising "over 10,000 glow sticks, highlights, glasses and party favors." The guest list is pretty stacked with local notables, including Aych, Acafool, DJ Smallz and radio DJs Alli That Girl and Buckwheat. But who knows who will show up? Tickets are $10-$200; click here for details.
Club Underground: Info on this event is sketchy, and we're hearing different things from different people. But this much we know: There are flyers and posters in East Tampa promising a performance by YG, among others, on Thursday, Jan. 13. One of YG's reps says it's for real, another says it isn't. The posters says admission is free for ladies and $10 for guys before midnight, and $15/$20 after. For details, call (727) 564-4765 or click here.
The Hall: Palmetto's hip hop haven is promoting an MLK Weekend Bash 2011 that's doubling as a "welcome home" party for the Dallas Cowboys' Mike Jenkins, a Bradenton native who played at USF. Performers include JT, Lil Hot and Cane. Tickets are $10 before midnight, $20 for VIP. Call (941) 552-2248 for details, or click here for a flyer.
Mahaffey Theater: A versatile group of musicians and dancers known as Drumline Live! brings an explosive energy and athleticism to an eclectic mix of sounds. It’s at 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Pete. Ticekts are $34-$54. (727) 892-5798. Click here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*