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This week in Tampa: 50 Cent, Passion Pit, Brooks and Dunn and more



If you like to get down with it, funky with it and sexy with it, you have two primary options for concerts this wee: Daddy Yankee, Shaggy and Alison Hinds at the Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival on Saturday and Sunday; or Maxwell and Jill Scott at the St. Pete Times Forum on Tuesday. Both shows are gonna be hot-damn hot.

But even though Bonnaroo is taking place this weekend, there's plenty of music left in Tampa Bay. After the jump, Carole Liparoto walks you through this week's highlights, including 50 Cent (above), Passion Pit, Brooks and Dunn, Dierks Bentley, Sugarhill Gang, Gilberto Santa Rosa and Willy Chirino, Less Than Jake, Lovedrug, the Homemade Music Symposium, Skafest and more ...

50 Cent
With Lloyd Banks
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $42.50. (727) 565-0551. 
There was a time when a Teflon-tough 50 Cent (a.k.a. Curtis Jackson) had the whole world sipping Bacardi like it was their birthday. Today, Fiddy is more cologne-wearing businessman than club thug, but his lax vocal style (the result of those infamous gun shots to the face) and giant hooks can still command a room. A recent photo showed the Queens rapper looking sickly after dropping 50 pounds in nine weeks for a movie role, but sources say he’s already back to his bulging self. So go give him a hug and get in there and get rough.

Brooks and Dunn
With Jason Aldean
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.25-$69.25. (813) 740-2446.
Before country music cowboys Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn ride off on solo paths, they’ll celebrate their 20-year partnership on the “Last Rodeo Tour.” Brooks, the showman in the black 10-gallon and Dunn, the sensitive lead vocalist, have built their career on honky-tonk patriotism, moonlit balladry, and of course, plenty of boot scootin’. The best-selling buddies told People magazine that they’ve never fought or even yelled at each other in their history as a duo. And it looks like they’ll keep it that way.

Sugarhill Gang
With Shannon
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 565-0551. 
When three Jersey boys rhymed about soggy macaroni and Holiday Inn getaways on 1979’s disco-infused rap marathon Rapper’s Delight, mainstream America got its first taste of hip-hop. It’s not the genre’s first official song, (or even the most insightful, for that matter), but those 15 minutes of up-jumping boogie are certainly some of most significant in hip-hop history. Maybe Jannus Live will get its first-ever dance-off when that legendary bass line kicks in.

Gilberto Santa Rosa and Willy Chirino
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $45 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Santa Rosa is a legendary Puerto Rican salsa singer and bandleader who was a big hit when he performed a postgame concert at Tropicana Field in 2008. The Cuban-born Chirino is the godfather of Miami salsa, and he’s released some 30 albums since the early ’70s. Both have won Grammys, and both have sold millions of albums worldwide ... but they’ve never shared a stage in one concert. Until now. This show is titled Juntos Por Primera Vez: “Together for the First Time.”

Homemade Music Symposium
FRIDAY-SUNDAY. Hillsborough County Community College, Ybor Campus, 2001 N 14th St., Ybor City. Visit for full list of speakers, performers and showcase venues. 
Still wondering why your finger cymbal/autoharp jam-rock combo hasn’t taken off? Check out the Homemade Music Conference and get answers. Like Tampa Bay’s own free version of SXSW, the event features a variety of local and international music industry experts. This year’s highlights include a live teleconference at 10 a.m. Saturday with Bob Boilen, creator and director of NPR’s All Songs Considered; a local record label and promoter panel (you need to meet these four guys if you want to play the best Tampa-area venues regularly); a DIY recording seminar, and a session about music law and licensing in the digital age. One of Saturday’s music highlights is the New Granada Records Showcase at 8 p.m. at New World Brewery, featuring Candy Bars, Zillionaire, King of Spain and Rec Center ($8 or $12 for all-access pass that includes other venues). Sunday is Music and Meat, featuring free concerts and barbecue starting at noon. Music acts include Blake Masters and David Kirby, Emily Roff, Rebekah Pulley, Acho Brother, Ronny Elliott, Papos Frasica, Aleshea Harris, John Clark and Bunko Squad.

Featuring Angry Banana, The Taj Motel Trio, Paranoia Dance Party, Victims of Circumstance, One Way, The Sweet Kings, Chilled Monkey Brains, Diversity is an Old Wooden Ship, 50:50 Shot, The Strikeouts
SATURDAY 2 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-9500.
Since its 2005 debut, this annual Skacore Records show has resulted in more chain-wallet skanking in Tampa than … well, we’re not sure, but it’s a lot of skanking. Angry Banana, a poppy, third-wave ska band with a hint of that New Orleans flavor will headline. Clearwater band Victims of Circumstance, who was recently invited to tour with Voodoo Glow Skulls, also performs.

Passion Pit
With Tokyo Police Club, Brahms
MONDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555. 
When we found out Passion Pit’s whirly, synthy dance-romance debut was created as a Valentine’s Day gift, suddenly our Bern’s Steak House dates and diamond pendants seemed pretty uninspired. Boyish vocalist and writer Michael Angelakos’ dorm-room love expression has since become one of the biggest indie projects of the decade. Check out synthy thriller The Reeling with its sing-along “oh noooos,” or the carousel-riding Sleepyhead and you’ll understand why. (And a note to fans who may have seen early live performances: The band is claiming to have made some significant on-stage vocal improvements.)

Also playing

Talk to Mark Fri. 7 p.m. Ulmer Park, 301 W Bay Drive, Largo. Free. 

Buffalo Strange Fri. With Christie Lenée Project. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.

Charlie Vegas and The New Blues Combo Fri. 9 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 576-1091.

Supervillains Fri. 8:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.

Concert on the Point Fri. featuring The No Slack Band. 7:30 p.m. Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. Free. (727) 343-4445.

We Are Holding On (Haitian celebration) Fri. and Sat. featuring The Sun Drummers, Evangel. 7 p.m. [email protected], 620 First Avenue S., St. Petersburg. Donations accepted. (727) 895-6620.

Dierks Bentley Sat. Following Tampa Bay Rays vs. Florida Marlins; first pitch at 7:10 p.m. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. (888) 326-7297,

Less Than Jake Sat. 7 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $15. (727) 843-0686. 

The Island Experience Sat. Featuring Shane Meade and the Sound, Gove Scrivenor. 4 p.m. Yeoman’s Road Pub, 236 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. (813) 251-2748.

Mr. Bella Sat. With Fall of Envy. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. (727) 895-3045.

Suncoast Blues Society 13th Anniversary Party Sat. Featuring The Forrest McDonald Band, Backwater Blues Band. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.

Florida Music Showcase Series Sat. Featuring The Parson Brown Band, Dog Pete Pat, Fox and Gay. 6:30 p.m. Gram’s Place, 3109 N Ola Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 221-0596. 

The Semis Sat. With Noble Rocket, Signals from Satellites, Dead Sound. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3-$5.

Jim Morey Band Sun. 9 p.m. The Hub, 719 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.

Lovedrug Sun. With Alexander and the Grapes, Friends of Giants, Surly. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-9500.

Gove Scrivenor Sun. With The Sweetwater Sisters. 3 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 988-8188. 

Joel Sanders Band Mon. 9 p.m. The Beach Bar, 454 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. (727) 447-4100.

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:19pm]


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