This week in Tampa: 93.3 Jingle Ball, John Legend, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and more
Last week it was 97X Next Big Thing. This week the big radio festival in our midst is the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball, featuring David Guetta (above), Pitbull, The Script, Demi Lovato, Big Time Rush, Cobra Starship, Jason Derulo, Karmin and Outasight. There are a lot of radio hits on that lineup.
After the jump, Carole Liparoto and company will share the details on the Jingle Ball and the rest of this week's concert picks, including John Legend, Steve Earle, Loretta Lynn, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Michael McDonald, Eric Church, Max Bemis Todd Snider, the Four Freshman, Arlo Guthrie and more...
93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball
With Pitbull, David Guetta, The Script, Demi Lovato, Cobra Starship, Big Time Rush, Jason Derulo, Karmin, Outasight
SUNDAY 6 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $29.33, $39.33 and $59.33; VIP passes to the MetroPCS Celebrity Club are $109.33. jingleballtampabay.com.
Maybe the folks behind 93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball will surprise us with a late addition here. Go get Flo Rida! He’ll do it! For now, however, the '11 lineup pales in comparison to Balls past. (We miss you, Bruno Mars and Train.) With the exception of Disney dilemma Demi Lovato, right, we’re tired of most of these folks — Pitbull, Jason Derulo, the Script, Cobra Starship, David Guetta — although thanks to our no-good children, we admittedly know all their current hits by heart. — Sean Daly
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $55-$85. (727) 892-5798, mahaffeytheater.com.
Even after years of doing these sorts of things, John Legend knows it’s easy to get the wrong idea. Hear that a nine-time Grammy winner is coming to town, and it’s easy to assume he’ll be uncorking a full-on performance, filled with the soulful pyrotechnics that so often live up to his stage name. But what Legend will bring to St. Petersburg on Tuesday is a bit different. Billed as “An Intimate Evening with John Legend,” the event features the singer talking about his second greatest passion: education. Legend will be raising money for education programs administered by the United Way in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. In St. Petersburg, he’ll only play four or five songs accompanied just by a piano (singers from the St. Petersburg Boys and Girls Clubs are also expected to perform). — Eric Deggans
With Allison Moorer
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $34-$50. theorpheum.com
Steve Earle is a man of many talents: Actor, writer, singer, cultivator of beards. The grizzled songwriter emerged as a songwriting force in 1970s Nashville before breaking out as a solo artist in the ’80s with hits like Guitar Town and Copperhead Road. And at 56, Earle is as prolific as ever. He’s still an acclaimed Americana artist, but these days he may be better known for his political activism and roles on David Simon’s HBO series The Wire and Treme, for which he also writes music. This spring he released his debut novel, I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, as well as an album by the same name, which last week received a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. In this set, he and wife Allison Moorer, the country singer, will each perform solo sets. -- Jay Cridlin
Yo Gabba Gabba!
FRIDAY 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $25-$53. (727) 892-5767.
It’s time to ... dance! The Yo Gabba Gabba! gang (Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex, Toodee and orange velour-clad ringleader DJ Lance Rock) are relieving hip parents from the blues of Barney and Friends one edgy, music-centered episode at a time. Indie acts like The Shins, MGMT and The Roots have all appeared on the popular Nick Jr. program. During Friday’s concerts, the wacky Gabba crew, including guest singer and gem-keeper Leslie Hall and Just a Friend rapper Biz Markie, will mix music, animation, games and lots of dancing. Think a Flaming Lips variety show for the pre-school set.
SATURDAY 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $29-$74. (813) 301-2500.
Maybe it’s not quite what 19th century composer Mykola Leontovych envisioned when he wrote Carol of the Bells. But Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s juggernaut rock version of the composition has certainly become a Christmas classic in its own right. The 30 plus-member group, with its killer fusion of classic symphony, progressive rock and traditional Christmas songs, is one of music’s most successful acts, consistently ranking in the top 10 for both gross revenues and audience attendance. For this year’s grandiose holiday blowout, anticipate all of the shredding, pyro and A/V wizardry you’ve come to know and love as Tampa founder Paul O’Neill and TSO rock out to God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and more.
With Sherri DuPree-Bemis, Marksmen
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $12-$15.75. theorpheum.com.
Tortured emo artist Max Bemis, a man Spin once called “emo’s greatest disaster,” has turned a battle with bipolar disorder — delusion once had him running in the middle of a busy New York street — into a sneering, satirical rock thrill ride. Sunday, he’s taking time out from his Los Angeles band Say Anything to play with his wife (and Eisley lead singer) Sherri DuPree. Wisecracking wisdom and overly-personal confessions still included.
The Four Freshmen
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $33-$38. (727) 587-6793.
Drawing from the traditions of barbershop quartets, top vocal group the Four Freshmen made America warm and fuzzy in the ’50s with melt-your-heart harmonies, charming jazz-pop, and super-chivalrous performances. (That’s long before Penatonix, kids.) Even Brian Wilson has said FF’s harmonic chord choices greatly influenced the Beach Boys’ sound early on. Though the group’s last original member, Bob Flanigan, retired in 1992, the vocal quartet (whose members also play guitar, trumpet, bass and drums) lives on with his endorsement. They’ll perform hits like Day by Day, Graduation Day and It’s a Blue World, as well as Christmas favorites Sunday. The group’s last two visits to Largo sold out.
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Lakeland Center Youkey Theatre, 701 W Lime St., Lakeland. $30.50-$77. (863) 834-8111.
After a pneumonia scare hospitalized her last month, country music leading lady Loretta Lynn, 76, is holding her own on tour. But really, would you expect anything less from the feisty Kentucky gal who repeatedly tested country music’s conservative boundaries? When Lynn graced the country-music scene in 1960, women didn’t do controversy. Lynn hit ’em hard with confessional The Pill, a track “that got more publicity than just about anything, I reckon,” she said in a recent interview. The Coal Miner’s Daughter (greatly admired by Jack White) will treat Central Florida to an “evening with” performance Friday.
With Amy LaVere
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter in 1970, apparently while under the influence of LSD. In 2009, Todd Snider wrote a twangy folk song about it (America’s Favorite Pastime). These sorts of witty tales have been the staple of the Nashville musician and WMNF favorite’s shows for more than a decade. The sharp social commentator and rascally comedian should conjure up a cross between John Prine and Randy Newman.
Tierney Sutton Fri. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $35-$40. (727) 587-6793.
Kira Small and Bryan Beller Fri. 9 p.m. Café Bohemia, 937 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-4495.
Sean Chambers Fri. 8 p.m. Cocktails, 6229 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 848-3227.
Wet Nurse Fri. With Florida Night Heat. 10 p.m. The Bricks, 1327 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 247-1785.
Country Rocks the Canyon Sat. featuring Eric Church, Justin Moore, Colt Ford, Michael Ray, more. 2 p.m. Rock Crusher Canyon, 237 S. Rock Crusher Road, Homosassa. $30-$67. (352) 586-6886.
Michael McDonald Sat. With America. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48-$95. (727) 791-7400.
Miss Maggie and DJ Doco video release Sat. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 873-8368.
Peace Frog (Tribute to the Doors) Sat. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $24-$29. (727) 587-6793.
Rebekah Pulley Sat. With Lauris Vidal. 8 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 644-7895.
12 Stones Sat. With Nine Mile Drive, Devil Made Microphones, more. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Johnny Cakes and the Four Horseman of the Apocalypso Sat. 9 p.m. Clearwater Beach Bar, 454 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. (727) 447-4100.
John McCutcheon Sun. 6 p.m. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $33 donation. (727) 323-2787.
Burning Tree Sun. With The Hobies, Common Ground, Sheffield Crew, Trial By Stone. 5 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $7. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Tony Orlando Tues. 1 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$43. (727) 791-7400.
Victorian Halls Tues. With The Scenery, Peter Pepper, more. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $7. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Protest the Hero Wed. With Scale the Summit, more. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 895-3045.
Blueprint Thurs. With S.K.I.P., B.C., Prince Golden1. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $8-$11. theorpheum.com.
Vagabond Swing Thurs. With The Jim Morey Band. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Arlo Guthrie Thurs. With Judy Collins. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Rd., Clearwater. $42-$52. (727) 791-7400.
Fedde Le Grand Thurs. 9 p.m. $10-$15. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 873-8368.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*