This week in Tampa: 97X Memorial Day Backyard BBQ, Sunset Music Festival, John Prine, Lucero and more
Not one, not two, but three festivals hit Tampa Bay stages this Saturday: The electronic Sunset Music Festival (with Pretty Lights, Paul van Dyk and Datsik), the modern-rock 97X Memorial Day Backyard BBQ (with The Used, Civil Twilight, above, and Middle Class Rut) and Treasure Island's Bands on the Sand 4. So no matter where you're celebrating Memorial Day weekend, there's a full day of music nearby.
Other shows on this week's concert calendar include Lucero, John Prine, Breathe Carolina, Edgar Winter Band, Maps and Atlases, DJ Skribble, Paul Thorn, Van Wilson, Wallpaper, Hyper Crush and more. Here to walk you through it all is Carole Liparoto...
Sunset Music Festival
With Pretty Lights, Paul van Dyk, Alesso, Datsik, Crizzly, Dirtyphonics, Krafty Kuts, Nadastrom, Nervo, Funtcase, more.
SATURDAY noon. Raymond James Stadium (north parking lot), 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $55 advance, $109 VIP, additional at the gate. smftampa.com.
The Sunset Music Festival wasn’t a huge success in 2006 and 2007 at St. Pete’s Vinoy Park, despite drawing top-notch DJs like Carl Cox and the Crystal Method. But with house, dubstep and other electronic music dominating the festival circuit in 2012, the time is right for a revival. Colorado DJ Derek Vincent Smith, a.k.a. Pretty Lights, brings a dazzling stage show and will be the biggest star of the event, but the heavier-than-heavy Datsik and iconic trance DJ Paul van Dyk are also must-sees. In all, look for more than two dozen DJs on three stages around RayJay for this all-day show. — Jay Cridlin
With the John Kelly Band
SATURDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 895-3045.
Now that Van Halen seems on the verge of (yet another) implosion and self-immolation, we’d like to suggest a local band to take their place at arenas nationwide: Van Wilson. A cross-platform, multimedia family-band supergroup, Van Wilson is a Van Halen cover group comprised of brothers Patrick, Mark and Paul Wilson. Actor Patrick, the star of such films as Young Adult and Watchmen, plays drums and sings in a Tony-nominated tenor. Paul, a local advertising guru, is the David Lee Roth of the bunch, a savvy showman with a freewheeling stage presence. And guitarist Mark, an anchor for WTVT-Ch. 13, is an Eddie superfan who possesses his own custom Frankenstrat. Together they play their favorite Van Halen songs — Panama, You Really Got Me, Running With the Devil, Jump — as well as ’80s covers like Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing and The Outfield’s Your Love. Van Wilson comes together every few months, whenever Patrick’s home for a visit, usually to raise money for a good cause — Saturday’s concert at the State Theatre is a benefit for Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Paws For Patriots, which pairs guide dogs with disabled veterans. — Jay Cridlin
With Soul Rebels Brass Band
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$23. (727) 895-3045.
Across a half dozen albums, Lucero’s leathery growler Ben Nichols has contemplated girls, guitars, work and hard-drinking in the tradition of Born to Run-era Bruce Springsteen. The band’s down-on-your luck alt-country tunes have evolved some with the addition of horn-and-organ-infused Memphis soul on the perkier 1372 Overton Park and latest Women and Work. But make no mistake: The whiskey’s still flowing and the losers are still worth rooting for. The band will hold an in-store at Daddy Kool Records at 4 p.m. on the day of the show.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $37 and up. (727) 892-5767.
Nearly 40 years after quitting his job as a postman, John Prine is still delivering the kind of humble folk songs that make us believe modesty is the best policy. It’s been said that every guy with a guitar and a gift for social commentary was pegged a “new Dylan” in the ’70s. And while that list included Prine, the Illinois native never quite cracked the mainstream. Today, the 65-year-old continues to craft earthy tunes about the overlooked nooks and crannies of everyday life for his adoring fans. Prine, who has a home in Gulfport, battled throat cancer in 1998.
Edgar Winter Band
FRIDAY 5:30 p.m. Cleveland Street Stage, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. Free. (727) 791-7400.
Come on and take a free ride (apologies, we just couldn’t resist) with Edgar Winter as the “Blast Friday” concert series continues in downtown Clearwater. The Frankenstein and Free Ride rocker (and recent star of an AT&T commercial) will command the keys. Later this year, he’ll team up with Johnny Winter at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s annual Hippiefest.
97X Memorial Day Backyard BBQ
Featuring The Used, Civil Twilight, Foxy Shazam, Middle Class Rut, Falling In Reverse, Imagine Dragons, Khora, Sunshine and Bullets
SATURDAY Noon Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free with ticket; see 97xonline.com for ticket locations.
Alternative rock station 97S offers a solid bill and bevy of barbecue for this year’s edition of the “Backyard BBQ”. Ohio’s Foxy Shazam draws from the book of Queen and Meat Loaf to construct the kind of monster piano rock that powers sports montages. Watch for operatic wailer, shrieker and acrobat Eric Nally, the starry-eyed singer behind it all (not that you’d miss him). Headliner The Used has tracks to debut off of latest Vulnerable, but it’s South Africa’s Civil Twilight that’s the must-see here. On Letters from the Sky, a piano-powered lament for a lost love, singer Steven McKellar pleads, “I was meant to taste your kiss.” Before long the band is crescendo-ing its way to a blissful reunion, and straight into your heart. If you like Keane, Snow Patrol or have two X chromosomes, you’re bound to like it.
Maps and Atlases
With The Big Sleep, more
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.
Maps and Atlases singer Dave Davison, with his hermit-length facial hair and strange Dumbledore resemblance, might not be the typical face of an arty Chicago pop-rock act, but he plays the role with ease. New disc Beware and Be Grateful, which melds afro-pop, folk and experimental rock, whizzes with kinetic energy, so perhaps it’s fitting that the group teamed with the Chicago coffee baron Intellegentsia for a band-approved coffee blend.
Bands on the Sand 4
Featuring Cope, The Steve Arvey Horn Band, Funky Seeds, Have Gun Will Travel, Human Condition, Sunza Beaches, Sarah Mac Band, Hubb Tones, Sound Parlor, Jubal’s Kin, The Exchange, Shoeless Soul
SATURDAY and SUNDAY. Enter at 112th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island. Beach parking $10. mytreasureisland.org/bandsonthesand4.htm.
Treasure Island’s annual no-shoes smackdown is growing. The now two-day Bands on the Sand event will host a dozen local bands and close out with a fireworks finale. Saturday’s lineup includes the Steve Arvey Horn Band, featuring the electric blues guitarist and his fluidly-funky band; Bradenton’s Americana aces Have Gun, Will Travel; The Hubb Tones, featuring the sweltering guitar work of Jerry Outlaw; and teen Beatles fanatics Sound Parlor. Sunday offers mighty jam men Cope, roots rockers The Human Condition and reggae-rock mashup act Funky Seeds.
Shephard’s Memorial Day Weekend Bash
SATURDAY featuring Breathe Carolina, DJ Skribble, more. SUNDAY featuring Havana Brown, Wallpaper, Hyper Crush. MONDAY featuring Joe Maz. Shephard’s, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 441-6875, shephards.com.
Shephard’s has been scrambling to renovate its waterfront stage for this Memorial Day weekend bash, an annual doozy of booze, beats and bathing suits. Electro pop-rock act Breathe Carolina, whose single Blackout is an ode to stupid, sloppy nights, is perfectly matched for the headlining spot. Former MTV VJ and sultan of Spring Break DJ Skribble will also perform.
Paul Thorn Fri. and Sat. With Beth McKee Band. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.
Sean DeLong Fri. 8 p.m. Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway St., Dunedin. Free. dunedinhob.com.
Steve Kimock Fri. With Bernie Worrell, Wally Ingram, Andy Hess. 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$23. (813) 247-2555.
D. Ramirez Fri. With Brian Busto. 10 p.m. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. Guys $10, Ladies Free. (813) 254-2233.
Tallhart Sat. With Andy Matchett and the Minks. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $7. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Al Stewart Sat. With Dave Nachmanoff. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. $37. (727) 791-7400.
Jimmy Needs Meds Sat. 8:30 p.m. Stilettos Bar and Grille, 8351 State Road 54, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 372-3138.
Disco Inferno Sat. 9 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $8. (727) 532-0265.
Ol’ Dirty Sundays One Year Anniversary Party Sun. With Dynasty, Gwan Massive, Jinx, Breakdown; DJs Casper, LeSage, Blenda, Sandman, Deacon, KU, Fader, Selekta Chang, more. 5 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. Free. facebook.com/oldirtysundays.
Fantasy Ranch Reunion Sun. featuring Santana, Chris Craze, Gemini, Just Frank, Dave Seaburn. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free for ladies. (813) 873-8368.
Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues Tues. 7 p.m. Semeraro’s Italian Cafe and Piano Bar, 1620 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 898-0001.
John Brown’s Body Thurs. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $14-$16. (727) 895-3045.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*