This week in Tampa: Aerosmith, Norah Jones, Mayhem Festival and more
Last year, Carole Liparoto braved the Mayhem Festival in Tampa. The metalfest returns to the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre next week, with headliners Korn, Lamb of God and Rob Zombie, above, so who better to tell you what to expect (from walls of death to $12 beers) than her?
After the jump, get Carole's concert picks for the week ahead, including Norah Jones, Aerosmith, Big Daddy Kane, The Devil Wears Prada and more...
With Blue Oyster Cult
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $41-$206. (813) 740-2446.
Just when Aerosmith seemed dangerous again — Steven Tyler tumbling off stages! Steven Tyler heading back to rehab! Steven Tyler giving the Grim Reaper a piggyback ride! — we now hear this: Steven Tyler as an American Idol judge? Tyler is a funny dude, and he can be brutally entertaining. But I’m not feeling it, at least not as a rock fan — or an Idol fan, as a matter of fact. When the Boston band is at its best, Aerosmith is all about innuendo, cocksure swagger and the switchblade riffs of Joe Perry. It’s naughty, grindy, R-rated; you’ll see all of that Saturday at their Tampa gig. Aerosmith is not about bantering with Ryan Seacrest, drinking politely from plastic Coke cups and using Clay Aiken as the benchmark of vocal excellence. Tyler will be sick of the show before they even get out of Hollywood week (see: DeGeneres, Ellen), and Aerosmith will ride out the rest of its mighty career with a defanged presence. — Sean Daly
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $45 and up. (813) 229-7827.
The daughter of renowned Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar, Norah Jones specializes in warm, bubble bath jazz and sleepy, candlelit folk — the kind that St. Petersburg Times music critic Sean Daly calls a “deadly detriment to anyone operating heavy machinery.” Despite picking up a truckload of Grammy awards and a fat check for 2002’s Come Away With Me, Jones took a different direction on 2009 release The Fall. Less elevator ride and top-shelf cocktail, more roots-rockin’ and remorseful, Jones’ “breakup album” has songwriting assists from folkie troubadours Ryan Adams and Okkervil River.
Big Daddy Kane
With Loyal, DJ Scantman
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 565-0551.
Long before the term “player” was associated with anything other than competitors in sports or games, a young Antonio Hardy was seducing ladies like a kindergarten Casanova (or as he raps on Cause I Can Do It Right, like “Blackanova”). Later he’d pose for Playgirl, collaborate with Barry White (a move that brought together two generations of unique romanticists), and become a leading hip-hop producer and MC. Allmusic says Kane’s “best material ranks among the finest hip-hop of its era, and his sex-drenched persona was enormously influential on countless future would-be players.” Agreed.
The Devil Wears Prada
With Miss May I, Your Demise
WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $19.50. (813) 248-9500.
Christian metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada (what, you thought this was a screening of the Meryl Streep film?) will play back-to-back shows at the Orpheum next week. And that means enough guttural screaming to mimic a cougar mating ritual or signal a zombie apocalypse. Incidentally, these Alternative Press cover boys are releasing a conceptual “zombie EP” later this month, inspired by Max Brooks’ book The Zombie Survival Guide.
Featuring Rebekah Pulley, Ashley Jones, Someday Souvenir, Maggie Council, Shunda K, Halcyon, The Spells
WEDNESDAY 6 p.m. Play, 1701 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 443-0754.
For those of you still bummed about the cancellation of Lilith Fair, we’ve got good news. Several of the Florida artists who were finalists for Lilith’s Ourstage.com Local Talent Search are coming together for a special concert at Play, a new music venue in Ybor City run by longtime local band Halcyon. “Fill-ith Fair 2010”, which received the backing of Lilith organizers, will feature local leading ladies Rebekah Pulley, Maggie Council, Shunda K and others. Bring your cancelled Tampa Lilith Fair ticket and get free domestic draft beer all night.
Rockstar Mayhem Festival
With Korn, Rob Zombie, Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Atreyu, Norma Jean, Hatebreed, Chimaira, 3 Inches of Blood, In This Moment, Shadows Fall, Winds of Plague, Must...Not...Kill
TUESDAY 2:30 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 US Hwy. 301 N., Tampa. $25-$59.25. (813) 740-2446.
In the case of this festival, “mayhem” stands for $12 beers, walls of death (the pit-like ritual that sends attendees running full speed into one another), eardrum annihilation and the possibility of heatstroke. But if you play it right, Mayhem has plenty to offer even the reserved metal fan. This year’s headliners are all kings of their respective crafts. Rob Zombie is the industrial horror rock boss (though in recent years he’s been using his gory theatrics for B-movies instead of music). He’ll be joined by Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison and ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5. Nu-metal pioneers Korn, whose ’98 release Follow the Leader was very much the Nevermind of the genre, has the kilted, string-ratting stuff to trigger both strip teases (Coming Undone) and absolute destruction (see Woodstock ’99). Speed metal titans Lamb of God are brutally persistent, and often the instigators of the aforementioned “walls of death.”
Lords of Acid Fri. With My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.
Roots 'n’ Rhythm 6 Fri. featuring Midnight Bowlers League, Sarge and the Aeromen, 6 Volt Rodeo. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Light Yourself on Fire Fri. With Red Room Cinema, Centuries. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.
Infinidad Fri. 8:30 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $10. (727) 532-0265.
The Helios Jazz Orchestra Sat. featuring Denise Moore. 7:30 p.m. St. Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10 or free with SPC college ID. (727) 341-4360.
Hana-li Sat. With I Hate Scranton, Mogul Street Reserve, The Grecian Urns. 9 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Free. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Four Star Riot CD release Sat. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Will Hoge Sat. With Ingram Hill. 7 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 229-7827.
Lions After Dark EP release Sat. With Sofia Sweet, more. 8 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-2356
Rebecca Zapen and John Hernandez Sun. 2 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa (UU Dome), 11400 Morris Bridge Rd., Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 988-8188.
Guttermouth Thurs. With Dead Cat Lounge. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18.50. (727) 895-3045.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.