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This week in Tampa: Aerosmith, Smash Mouth, Sons of Hippies and more


Aerosmith have cancelled five concerts in the past week due to a "mystery injury" sffered by singer Steven Tyler. This is coming on the heels of another injury suffered by guitarist Brad Whitford. And you thought these guys only looked like Spinal Tap. Yeesh.

At any rate, we've heard nothing yet about the band cancelling their gig this weekend at the Ford Amphitheatre, so until we hear otherwise, you're probably safe to head out to catch Aerosmith and ZZ Top on Saturday.

Aerosmith and ZZ Top head up Carole Giambalvo's concert picks this week, but don't sleep on shows by Smash Mouth, Sons of Hippies, Pastor Troy, Don Chambers and a monster local lineup at WMNF's Americana Fest on Sunday.

Get the lineup after the jump...

With ZZ Top
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $35-$175. (813) 740-2446.
Seemingly ageless rockstars Aerosmith go heavy on blues-rock and boogie on this tour, performing 1975 breakthrough album Toys In the Attic (featuring Sweet Emotion and pre-Run DMC Walk this Way) in its entirety. But fans of the Alicia Silverstone/Liv Tyler-era power ballads like Crazy, Amazing and Cryin’ need not fear. The slender but mighty Stephen Tyler and crew are bound to play a few of those, too. ZZ Top, whose career has been as defined by sharp dress and lengthy beards as MC Hammer’s was by genie pants, opens the show.

Smash Mouth
SATURDAY After Rays vs. A’s, 6:08 p.m. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket, $13 and up. (888) 326-7297.
You love to hate them. You hate to love them. Either way, you know the words to All Star. With a frappe of ska, surf and pop, the shamelessly lite-and-sunny retro rockers Smash Mouth sold more than 3 million copies of 1999’s Astro Lounge in the face of the Napster revolution. To put it in perspective, that’s more than 2008’s best-selling albums Viva La Vida (Coldplay) and Tha Carter III (Lil Wayne). Smash Mouth songs are well-suited for summer, but can they keep the Rays’ concert night streak alive?

WMNF Americana Festival 
Featuring Blue Mountain; Roppongi’s Ace; Nine Volts; Matt Butcher; Mike Dunn and the Kings of New England; Black Finger; Nervous Turkey; Thomas Wynn and the Believers; Have Gun, Will Travel; Will Quinlan and the Diviners; Ted Lukas and the Misled
SATURDAY 3 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$17. (813) 971-0666.
Poets, outlaws, awesomely grubby bar bands and Ashley Tisdale enthusiasts make up WMNF’s fourth Americana Fest. (Wait, one of those didn’t belong.) Wielding acoustics, upright basses, pedal steel, harmonicas and kitchen-sink creations, storytellers like Tampa’s Roppongi’s Ace show appreciation for vintage rock and country, but pepper their sets with never-pretentious modern flavors. Headliner Blue Mountain keeps the alt-country torch burning after helping pioneer the genre’s mid ’90s movement with acts like Uncle Tupelo and Whiskeytown.

Sons of Hippies CD release party
With Geri X., GreyMarket, Villanova Junction
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Fresh, stimulating and slightly spooky, the psychedelic rock songs of aptly named Sons of Hippies echo out of North Port, a town once battered by Hurricane Charley. Katherine Kelly’s graceful vocal somersaults are complemented by Jonas Canales’ assorted percussion choices, including the Brazilian berimbau, an empty Warsteiner mini keg, and boxes of Nerds and Milk duds, to name a few. Recorded with hardcore band Pro-Pain guitarist Tom Klimchuck, the album touches on everything from the apocalypse and false prophets to calls for action and responsibility. Love this one.

Pastor Troy
With DJ Big Hurt, Acafool, Wood
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $20. (727) 843-0686.  
Dirty South chant-rap goes live from New Port Richey. Like crunk king Lil’ John, Atlanta’s Pastor Troy bounces, bobs, weaves, “whatttss,” “yeaahhhs” and “uhhhs” his way through rowdy club rap.

The Helios Jazz Orchestra
SUNDAY 3 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Pete. $10. (727) 822-3590.
Big band. Big heart. The 20-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra performs swing, Latin and jazz with a fire inside. The group’s members boast impressive resumes too. Saxophonist Austin Vickrey recorded with Bootsy Collins. Trombonist Carl Brueitt backed up Ella Fitzgerald. And Bandleader and instructor David Manson has performed with Burt Bacharach and Henry Mancini. On the slate for Sunday are standards including Gravy Waltz and Gershwin’s They Can’t Take That Away From Me featuring vocalist Rita Wilson.

Don Chambers
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Garage Bar, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $6. (727) 896-2276. (Also July 9 at New World Brewery with Urbane Cowboys, Roppongi's Ace and Al Torchia; $6)
Bleak, edgy and cynical, the music of singer-songwriter Don Chambers gives the impression he grew up on the tales of William Faulkner or Flannery O’Connor. Chambers’ raggedy, Waits-esque voice, his taste for Southern gothic and his command of the banjo has received praises from the Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood and Rolling Stone, which called him “one of Athens’ most underrated songwriters,” dealing out “tales of whiskey, heartbreak, and woe with his banjo.”

King of the Stage 2
Featuring Larcen, Profit, Rob Diesel, Crim
SATURDAY 12 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600.
It’s March Madness in July for Tampa hip-hop artists. Thirty-two lyricists will battle their way through the brackets for the title of “King of the Stage,” $2,000 and some studio time. Just like the NCAA tourney, there are underdogs and favorites here, and even folks in accounting can catch the fever. Host Aych, who reminds us a lot of ultra-clever D.C. lyricist Wale, is still accepting entrants. Acts must be 17 to perform.

Also playing

Local Lockdown: Fri. featuring When Honor Meant Everything, Thrown Alive, Suggestion, Set the Sights. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.

Gruvphunkshun: Fri. With Worldwide Zoo. 8 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

D’Visitors: Fri. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 248-4969.

My Little Trotsky: Fri. With Scone Train. 9 p.m. The Globe Coffee Lounge, 532 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 898-5282.

Blondes Not Bombs: Sat. With New Violation, Ascending to Avalon. 8:30 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.

Memphis Train Union: Sat. 9:30 p.m. The Emerald, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 898-6054.
DJ Ekin Sat. 11:30 p.m. Club Mirage, 3605 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. (813) 673-8835.

Beats from the Beach: Sat.-Sun. Featuring HausTrap, Ion, J-13, AJ Quest, Tien, Mix Vicious, Truk, Rob Givens, GravitE, Ryan Lee, Wikkid, Resonation, Legend, Mike Bonomo, John Minici, Matt G. 2 p.m. Skyway Beach, North side rest area, St. Petersburg. Free.
Lower than Local Sun. With Bet Me I’m Lying, Torrent, Citizen, more. 6:30 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.

Ken Block (of Sister Hazel) CD release party: Sun. With Shawn Hopper, Brian Spotts. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$18. (813) 971-0666.

Anti Nowhere League: Mon. With Duane Peters Gunfight, Cobra Skulls, Ashers, Jakked  Rabbits. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17. (727) 895-3045.

Nathan Sexton: Tues. 9 p.m. Yeoman’s Road Pub, 236 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. (813) 251-2748.

Maggie Council, Mer and Curly: Tues. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10. (813) 971-0666.

DJ Chris Craze: Wed. 10 p.m. Vintage Ultra Lounge, 16 Second St., St. Petersburg. (727) 898-2222.

Amanda Drake and the Barnburners: July 16. With Sisemore. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.

On Que Players: July 16. 7 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. Free. (727) 571-2222.

Where are you going this weekend? Tell us in the comments.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 9, 2009 12:00pm]


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