SoundBytes: The Dig, Marcy Playground, Dan Aykroyd and more
-- Adios, Big Mike.
-- If you had told us back in 1999 that Marcy Playground and Days of the New would be teaming up for a tour, we would have been so ... not excited by that show. Still, you can see them together when they hit the State Theatre on July 9. Tickets are $15. Click here to purchase.
-- A former Blues Brother is on a mission this weekend in Tampa Bay, but it’s not exactly from God. Dan Aykroyd will be pushing his Crystal Head Vodka on Friday and Saturday. Catch him for bottle signings from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday in Wesley Chapel at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 1845 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Then Aykroyd skips over to the Bishop Tavern, 260 First Ave. N in St. Petersburg, to sign yet more bottles. Plus, you get $5 Crystal Head Vodka cocktails during the meet-and-greet. Doors open at 9 p.m.
-- Another Scion-sponsored dance party coming to Czar on Tuesday, May 18. This one features Bart B.More, Donnis, Skeet Skeet and Gina Turner. It's free, but you gotta RSVP.
-- Speaking of free shows: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, seen here most recently opening for G. Love and Special Sauce, will play one on May 31 at Local 662, the new club that took the place of the Garage Bar in St. Pete. Click here for the details.
-- Cause NOOOObody ... CAAAAAN do it ... LIKE MIX MASTER CAN! That's right, the Beastie Boys' man with the cans, Mix Master Mike, is headlining this year's Shephard's Beach Resot Memorial Day party. The performance is Sunday, May 28, at the resort. Tickets are $10. It would be a real pity if you people had to bite, but we could understand, 'cause he sounds so nice. (We tried to think of a way to work lyrics to She's On It into this blurb, too, but drew a blank.)
-- According to local jazz expert Philip Booth, kudos are in order for local trumpet-and-sax brothers Jonathan and Jeremy Powell, who are playing a CD release show this weekend at the famed Blue Note in New York. You might know the brothers Powell for their work with Ghetto Love Sugar or nu Sangha. The new seven-track CD is called Transcend.
-- A chicago alt-pop-punk outfit called Into It. Over It. has a new song called Orlando, FL. We don't know what to make of this information, but we kinda like the song. Maybe Orlando's Chamber of Commerce types could adopt it as a community anthem or something. Listen to it at their MySpace.
-- A handful of artists at Friday's Country Throwdown Tour at the Ford Amphitheatre, including Montgomery Gentry, Eric Church and Jack Ingram, are donating net proceeds from their merchandise sales on the tour to residents of need in flood-soaked Nashville. Plus, 50 cents from every ticket sold to the tour will go to Hands On Nashville. Check out the full details here.
-- Finally, it's a proud week here at SoundcheckCorp., as Wonkette and Vanity Fair both linked to this tbt* story about Tampa Death Metal when discussing Tampa's winning bid to host the 2012 Republican National Convention. Hooray for Deicide!
Photo: Michelle McSwain