This week in Tampa: 97X Next Big Thing, Superchunk, Attack Attack! and more
We continue our wind-down from a wild autumn of concerts with a weirdly diverse mix of music this week: Indie, country, folk, Christian, pop punk, hip hop and much more. And that's not even counting 97X Next Big Thing, which features a killer lineup including My Chemical Romance, the Black Keys, Chevelle, Against Me! and more. Click here for all the details on Next Big Thing.
After the jump, Carole Liparoto walks you through this week's concert picks, including Superchunk (above), Attack Attack!, Third Day, Charlie Daniels Band, Mystikal, Jukebox the Ghost, Justin Townes Earle and more.
Charlie Daniels Band
With Little Texas, Confederate Railroad
SATURDAY 6 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $20. (813) 987-2855, theangelus.com.
Charlie Daniels, the man who famously out-fiddled the Devil in a stringed showdown (and more recently, proved Geico to be an appropriate auto insurance choice), will host the 20th edition of charity golf, poker and music event “Charlie-Palooza”. Proceeds will go to The Angelus, a local facility for severely handicapped children. A top session musician-turned Southern rock/country/boogie/bluegrass bandleader, Daniels is best known for the down-home, spoken word tune Devil Went Down to Georgia. He suffered a mild stroke earlier this year, but has since made a full recovery. Because that’s how you do it, son.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $23 and up. (727) 895-3045.
New Orleans rapper Mystikal ranks high among the Bugatti-fast tongue twisters of the last two decades (think Twista, Bone Thugs, Busta Rhymes) with an 11-syllable-per-second bark and eccentricity James Brown would bow to. After serving six years in prison, Mystikal is now a free man with a comeback glimmer in his eye. Whether or not it pans out, we’re confident that kids, parents and Japanese businessmen alike will forever remember how to “shake it fast, but watch yourself” (that would be the radio edit). That funky, Neptunes-produced track made Pitchfork’s best song list of the 2000s and helped Let’s Get Ready go double-platinum.
Jukebox the Ghost
With The Meligrove Band, Dynamite Walls
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Like a Ben Folds-Beatles-Barenaked Ladies hodgepodge, Philly indie-pop group Jukebox the Ghost has humor, sing song-y charm and a mildly-schizophrenic keyboard. Ben Thornewill taps on what sounds like an old grand one minute, then a beeping synth, or a tinkling saloon piano the next. On latest Everything Under the Sun, you’ll find “a dance song about mental instability,” and “a nice little song about the Antichrist,” he says.
With Titus Andronicus, New Bruises
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10 and up. (813) 247-2664.
An indie band before “indie” meant anything at all, Superchunk rejected bids from major record labels hoping to make the band and its native Chapel Hill, N.C. the next Pearl Jam/Seattle hotspot in the mid ’90s. Instead, Superchunk held firm on little-known label Merge (now home to Arcade Fire and Spoon) and stuck to what it did best — ragtag power-pop for brainy Converse kids. “Few other bands can articulate ambivalence with such skill or heart,” says Rolling Stone. Much-blogged-about Titus Andronicus, a group that now appears before Shakespeare’s tragedy in a Google search, opens the show.
With Of Mice and Men, Pierce the Veil, Emmure, more
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $22.50. (727) 565-0551.
More instigator than head-banging metalcore act, Attack Attack! rouses its massive fan base with bludgeoning riffs, punch-to-the gut screaming and flourishes of quirky electronica. Between the earsplitting wails and the whiplash, you wonder how long they can keep this up. You’ve got to appreciate that tenacity, though.
Jobsite Rocks VII
Featuring Pale Orchestra (Morphine tribute), Famous Monsters of Filmland, The Vodkanauts
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Since the late ’90s, non-profit theater company Jobsite has provided local artists a place to hone and apply their skills, and the public a place to see socially and politically-relevant productions. Its annual fundraiser features the Vodkanauts doing reverb-drenched surf freakouts that segue into jazzy Vegas ramblings. This isn’t a “stuffy champagne-sipping black-tie function,” says artistic director David M. Jenkins. “This is a rock-out, fun party that benefits a precious community resource in Tampa Bay.”
Justin Townes Earle
With Caitlin Rose, Joshua Hedley
THURSDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Steve is his daddy, and Townes Van Zandt is his namesake. Not bad influences there at all — well, except for Justin’s developing drug addiction at age 12, which was a bit too like-father-like-son. The kid’s back porch vocal is smoother than his father’s infamous sneer, but rest assured there’s a roots-rock grit shared between bloodlines. — Sean Daly
First Friday Fallout II Fri. featuring The Beauvilles, Tres Bien. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0551.
Perpetual Groove Fri. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
Hey There, Battleship Fri. With Sons of Hippies, Signals from Satellites. 9:30 p.m. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 898-6054.
Doug and Telisha Williams Fri. 8 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 644-7895.
Joe Satriani Sat. With Ned Evett. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $39-$69. (727) 791-7400.
Speak Easy Sat. 7:30 p.m. JolliMon’s, 941 Huntley Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 735-0498.
Damon Fowler Group Fri. With Delta Moon. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Ballyhoo Sat. With Whole Wheat Bread. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0551.
Beach Girl5 Sat. 10 p.m. G Bar, 1401 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 247-1016.
Andy Hull and Kevin Devine Sun. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $11.50-$13.50. (813) 248-9500.
Third Day Sun. 6:30 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 East Fowler Ave., Tampa. $25-$35. (813) 974-3002.
Emma’s Revolution Sun. 7 p.m. The Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 323-2787.
Monotonix Mon. With The Semis. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-9500.
Amy Speace Mon. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25.50. (813) 229-7827.
fun. Tues. With Steel Train, The Postelles. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $15.50. (813) 248-9500.
Job for a Cowboy Thurs. With Skeletonwitch, more. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.
Kraddy Thurs. With Sidedraft, more. 8 p.m. The Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 247-4663.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*