SoundBytes: Stephen Marley, Jolie Holland, Jadakiss and more
We're calling this week the calm before the storm.
Next week in this space, we'll be telling you all about some of the biggest concerts of the year: Warped, Antiwarpt, Kings of Leon, Lil Wayne, Selena Gomez and many, many more. This week ... not so much.
But still, there's some great music out there the next seven days: Three 6 Mafia, Jadakiss, Stephen Marley, Aaron Gillespie, Colt Ford, Jolie Holland (above), 100 Monkeys and more.
Here to walk you through it all is Carole Liparoto...
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. South Bay Church, 13498 U.S. 301 S, Riverview. $10. (813) 677-0721.
When Clearwater’s biggest breakout rocker of the ’00s, Aaron Gillespie, released his solo album this spring, he called it the “straight-up worship record” he always wanted to make. And “straight-up” it is. On Anthem Song, gone is the cryptic screaming of his well-inked former metalcore act Underoath, and in is melodic pop-rock that finds Gillespie unabashedly joyful in his faith. As track titles I Will Worship You and You Are Jesus indicate, Gillespie put it all on the line to share his beliefs openly here, something bound to bring a mix of cheers and jeers from fans of The Almost and Underoath.
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Joyland, 5520 14th St., Bradenton. $20. (941) 756-6060.
He’s a little bit country. He’s a little bit rap. Not unlike Jason Aldean, who sold out last week’s show at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, Colt Ford is a genre-crossing Georgia boy who can spit both Skoal and speedy verses. The former PGA golf pro has written songs with artists ranging from alt-country man Jamey Johnson to husky ATL rapper Bone Crusher, and has been known to give equal billing on his records to deer meat and daisy dukes. Don’t be surprised to hear Ford’s tailgate-ready collection of tunes at a SEC pre-game party near you next season.
With The Bastard Sons
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
There are bands out there built to inspire hope, faith and deep thought. Ballyhoo, however, isn’t one of them. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) These reggae-rockers serve up a no-worries summer soundtrack like the best of the beach bands in their class. And they’re from Maryland. The group’s secret weapon is the sweet, melodic voice of lead singer and guitarist Howi Spangler. If you like The Expendables or Pepper, grab a cerveza and give Ballyhoo a whirl.
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Club Nouveau, 1701 N Franklin St., Tampa. $20. (813) 225-1233.
Jadakiss is almost as well-known for his battle rapping as he is for his pot-stirring. Take Why, the ’04 track suggesting former President Bush had a hand in the 9/11 attacks. The song, which featured R&B crooner Anthony Hamilton, made it all the way to The O’Reilly Factor, inciting Bill to dub Jada a “pinhead.” The New York rapper’s beefs with 50 Cent have also been well publicized over the course of his career. Altogether, Jada’s catalogue is both smart and confrontational. But it’s not without smooth jams for the ladies like U Make Me Wanna with Mariah Carey.
With Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside
MONDAY 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$14. (813) 241-8600.
One part sepia-toned Americana artist, one part flapper jazz singer, Jolie Holland (founding member of the Be Good Tanyas) evokes Bessie Smith on a Texas bar crawl. See Give Me That Old Fashioned Morphine. Opener Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside offers retro swing with rough edges. VH1 highlighted the band in their feature on the “Top Ten Bonnaroo Acts with the Fastest-Growing Fanbases,” and Paste recently gushed that “Ford’s throwback vocals coupled with her band’s neo-rockabilly grooves make for one heck of a show.” The Avett Brothers and The Decemberists are outspoken fans.
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 565-0551.
Of all the Marley siblings, second son Stephen has the voice that most closely resembles his late great father’s, as evidenced on tunes like You’re Gonna Leave. But like Ky-Mani, Ziggy, Julian and Damian, this guitarist and producer also has a flair for a less-traditional blend of reggae, dancehall and hip-hop. You’ll recognize the toasting single The Traffic Jam for its ragamuffin beatboxing and its “bom bom badaba bom bom be dom” chorus.
With Kissing Club, November Rush
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10.50-$12.50. theorpheum.com.
After enduring Potter mania over the last few weeks, the Twi-hards will have their turn Thursday when Jackson Rathbone, the actor who plays Jasper Hale in the Twilight series, fronts 100 Monkeys. Sometimes the improv-rock group sounds like the Strokes with a thirst for blood. The rest of the time they’re making it up as they go. In short, the only predictable thing about a 100 Monkeys show is its unpredictability. We’d call it a gimmick, but the last time we underestimated a concert with a Twilight connection, folkie and Robert Pattinson pal Bobby Long blew us away.
Three 6 Mafia
FRIDAY Doors open at 9 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $20. (813) 259-9669
Oscar winners in 2006 for Hustle and Flow’s southern rap anthem It’s Hard Out There For a Pimp, Memphis rappers Three 6 Mafia may be the most accomplished members of the cast of VH1's new reality show Famous Food, which includes The Sopranos’ Vincent Pastore, The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Danielle Staub and former Eliot Spitzer call girl Ashley Dupre. Don't let the D-list cast fool you -- DJ Paul and Juicy J are still capable of killing it on the mic.
The Chris McCarty Band Fri. With Next of Kin. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Marksmen Fri. With Geri X., The Wanderer, Christie DuPree. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $6. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Y Los Dos Pistoles Fri. With Sons of the Working Class, Hell-Bent, The Scurvy, more. 8 p.m. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $5. (727) 943-5713.
The Krimns and the Proper Crooks Fri. 9:30 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 576-1091.
Bush Hawg Fri. 9 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 987-2855.
Keith Caton and the Accelerators Sat. With Sandy Atkinson and the True Loves. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Matt LaPorte Memorial Concert Sat. featuring Jerry Outlaw and Friends, The Florida Metal All-Stars, The HubbTones. 7 p.m. Ferg’s, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10 donation. (727) 822-4562.
Third Nail Rising CD Release Sat. With From This Fire, First Day With Gravity. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Oba Oba Bossa Nova Sun. featuring O Som Do Jazz. 4 p.m. Catherine Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. $10. (727) 552-2222.
Cellfish Trio Mon. 10 p.m. The Brown Boxer, 483 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 441-6000.
Open Blues Jam Mon. featuring House of Trouble. 10 p.m. Green Iguana Westshore, 4029 S Westshore Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 837-1234.
In Fear and Faith Tues. With Vanna, A Loss for Words, more. 5 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. theorpheum.com.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Scott Irvine.