This week in Tampa: Aaron Lewis, Andy Grammer, Cypress Hill, Asia and more
It's another eclectic week on the ol' concert calendar as we spiral toward Thanksgiving. Three different singer-songwriters lead the lineup -- Aaron Lewis (above), Donavon Frankenreiter and Andy Grammer -- but there's also Cypress Hill, Asia, Men Without Hats, Mannheim Steamroller, Falling In Reverse, Face to Face, Enter the Haggis, Keller Williams, the Claire Lynch Band, American Aquarium and more.
Here to walk you through it all is Carole Liparoto...
Mix 100.7’s Martini Fest
Featuring Andy Grammer, Woody, Danny Freeman, November Rush
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $50 and up. (813) 363-3522.
Have a cocktail and a smile with good-natured singer-songwriter Andy Grammer at Mix 100.7’s Martini Fest. Grammer’s the guy behind contemporary soul-pop hit Keep Your Head Up, the let-your-hair-down number so chipper, not even The Office’s hyper-intense Dwight Schrute could resist its charm. As a matter of fact, actor Rainn Wilson appeared in the track’s music video.
Face to Face
SAUTRDAY 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25 and up. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Not sure about you, but we like our punk bands extra noisy when they’re rallying against the establishment. That’s why we’re a bit bummed that Cali punk act Face to Face will play ’99 disc Ignorance Is Bliss all acoustic. Even still, you’re likely to come out of the show with plenty of fight-the-man feelings and/or the inclination to skateboard.
With Randy Montana
SUNDAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $37.50 and up. (727) 791-7400.
From Kid Rock to Darius Rucker, we’ve seen our share of rockers “go country.” But when Aaron Lewis arrived on the Nashville scene, the misgivings were many. How could the man behind mope-metal act Staind, a guy from Massachusetts, mind you, crossover? It took more than a vintage Chevy and a trucker hat for Lewis to prove himself. But he did just that. His debut single Country Boy featuring Charlie Daniels and George Jones sold more than 20,000 digital singles in its first week. This week, Lewis released The Road, “one of the best and most cohesive country releases of the year,” says the Chicago Tribune. The best part, though, says Lewis, is the melting-pot crowd. “Goth kids to older couples to rockers to fans in big Stetson hats and silver belt buckles and cowboy boots — they all walk away at the end of the night happy.”
TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. $70 and up. (727) 791-7400.
Where were you in ’82? (Gen-Y kids, please disregard.) If you weren’t exposed to prog-rock supergroup Asia, the logical successor to Yes, ELP and King Crimson, you were one of the few. Asia’s self-titled debut was the biggest selling album that year and spawned Top 10 singles Heat of The Moment, Only Time Will Tell and Sole Survivor. The original lineup, featuring bassist-vocalist John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer, keyboardist Geoff Downes and guitarist Steve Howe, will play the disc in its entirety Tuesday. Will it be the “coolest” show in town? Well, we’ll just leave you with this Paul Rudd gem from The 40-Year-Old Virgin. “You framed an Asia poster? How hard did the people at the frame store laugh when you brought this in?”
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Cuban Club, 2010 Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. $19.50-$25. (813) 247-3901.
The High Times poster boys of Cypress Hill should help Ybor City’s Cuban Club get moving again after the venue’s string of cancelled shows. (Increasingly popular hardcore kids Falling In Reverse will follow up with a Saturday night show there). Cypress Hill is notorious for their endorsement of marijuana, but it’s worth noting that the group birthed the first major Latino hip-hop superstars and spurred the kind of stoned funk-hop that was highly influential in ’90s hip-hop.
With Jeremy Thomas, Beebs of Beebs and Her Money Makers
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $23 and up. (727) 565-0551.
That “other” easy-going pro-surfer-turned-slow-groove-rocker hits St. Pete Saturday with soft-rock daydreams and unobtrusive strumming. Much like fellow wave chaser and friend Jack Johnson, Frankenreiter makes patio-chair-type tunes for endless summers. This time around, Frankenreiter is touring in support of Start Livin’, which includes the lyric, “I believe the world could be fine if we could all sing the same lullaby.” We mentioned easy-going, right?
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $36.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
In 1984, Chip Davis decided to make a Christmas album, something typically considered the last-ditch effort in an aging pop star’s career. Today, the Grammy winner’s Christmas show is an enterprise all its own, boasting innovative interpretations of Yuletide favorites and dazzling multi-media effects. The group’s most faithful fans (and there are many) consider Mannheim Steamroller just as much a holiday tradition as decorating the tree.
Men Without Hats
With Right the Stars
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $8.88. theorpheum.com.
You can dance if you want to when Canadian New Wave group Men Without Hats takes the stage in Ybor City. Characterized by the distinctive baritone of lead singer Ivan Doroschuk as well as the decorative use of synthesizers and electronics, the group won over fans worldwide with The Safety Dance and Pop Goes the World. This Ivan-fronted incarnation, which does not include his brother/original member Stefan Doroschuk, and which Stefan calls a “tribute band” (ouch), plays the Orpheum Wednesday.
America’s Youngest Jazz Band appearing at the Suncoast Jazz Classic
SATURDAY 9:30 a.m. Sheraton Sand Key, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach. For full schedule of performers and set times, visit suncoastjazzclassic.com.
Eighty-six-year-old Sonny LaRosa of Safety Harbor has dedicated most of his life to keeping the art of jazz and big band alive and swingin’. Over the course of 35 years, LaRosa has taught and conducted more than 600 child musicians. Call it a Mr. Holland’s Opus-type situation because — let’s face it — playing in a jazz band loses out to playing football more often than not. But the man the Wall Street Journal called a “model educator” presses on knowing his alumni (including saxophonist Eric Darius) have found success in jazz, even in today’s dance-pop-dominated climate.
Keller Williams Fri. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.
The Claire Lynch Band Fri. 7:30 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 822-3590.
Thomas Wynn and the Believers Fri. With Al Torchia and the Tattered Saints. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10. (813) 971-0666.
Falling In Reverse Sat. With Enter Shikari, more. 6:30 p.m. Cuban Club, 2010 Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. $17.50-$20. (813) 247-3901.
American Aquarium Sat. With Will Quinlan and the Diviners. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Dunedin Celtic Festival Sat. featuring Enter the Haggis, Seven Nations, Brother, more. 11 a.m. Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Dr., Dunedin. $10-$15. dunedinhighlandgames.com.
American English, the Complete Beatles Experience Sat. 6 p.m. England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park. $10 and up. (727) 541-0805.
Ybor City Heritage and Cigar Festival Sat. featuring Gwan Massive, The Swingin’ Mooks, Acho Brother, Jack Jasper Band, DJ Blenda. 10 a.m. Ybor Square, 1911 N 13th St., Ybor City. $5-$10. celebrateybor.com.
Third Annual Little Manatee River Jam Sat. featuring Damon Fowler, Have Gun Will Travel, Talk To Mark, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, the Sarah Mac Band, Ed Carter. 1 p.m. Canoe Outpost, 18001 U.S. 301 S, Wimauma. $20-$25. (813) 238-8001.
Koffin Kats Sun. With The Dead Popes. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13. theorpheum.com.
Title Fight Mon. With Pianos Become The Teeth, Single Mothers. 7 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. (813) 382-3477.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*