This week in Tampa: Against Me!, Stephen Marley, Huey Lewis and the News and more
Choices, choices: On Saturday night, should you go see Tegan and Sara at the Tampa Theatre (click here to read our interview with Sara Quin), or Against Me! (above) at the State Theatre, or Robert Cray at the Clearwater Sea-Blues Fest, or the Rockabilly Ruckus at Skipper's Smokehouse? All good choices.
After the jump, get Carole Liparoto's concert picks for the weekend, including Stephen Marley, Mouse Fire, the Rock and Roll Swap Meet, Huey Lewis and the News, and all of the concerts listed above, plus info on concerts by Ferry Corsten, the Black Dahlia Murder and more...
With Tim Barry, Ninja Gun, Watson
SATURDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Sold out. (727) 895-3045.
Sweaty and restless Gainesville punk act Against Me! returns to familiar turf Saturday for a sold-out show. Tom Gabel, the throaty singer with a dumpster-diving, Laundromat-performing past, leads the charge with an inimitable eff-off growl. Against Me!’s dusty, activist anthems are admired by dive bar regulars and Bruce Springsteen alike.
Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
FRIDAY 5:30 p.m. featuring Julie Black, Mike Zito, Tab Benoit.
SATURDAY 12:30 p.m. featuring Walker Smith Group, Lois Greco, Chris Duarte and Bluestone Co., Shawn Murphy of Little Feat, Robert Cray Band.
SUNDAY 12:30 p.m. featuring Lee Pons, Lazy Boy and the Rockers, Ana Popivic, Walter Trout, John Mayall. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Free. (727) 562-4700.
When Robert Cray suspected a lover of cheating on slow-burning blues track The Smoking Gun, the mainstream music world took notice. His ’87 album Strong Persuader became the first blues album to reach the Billboard Top 20 since 1972. And that kick-start to the modern blues surge still holds sway to this day. Road warrior and Bayou bluesman Tab Benoit brings a swampy, New Orleans style to this free and delectable Clearwater festival.
WEDNESDAY 9 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $22. (813) 247-2555.
Of all the Marley siblings, second son Stephen has the voice that most closely resembles his late great father’s (check out You’re Gonna Leave). But like Ky-Mani, Ziggy, Julian and Damian, this guitarist and producer also has a flair for a less-traditional blend of reggae, dancehall and hip-hop. You’ll recognize the toasting single The Traffic Jam for its ragamuffin beatboxing and its “bom bom badaba bom bom be dum” chorus.
Seventh Annual Rockabilly Ruckus
Featuring Big Sandy and His Flyrite Boys, Kim Lenz and the Jaguars, Blair Carmen and the Belleview Boys, The Headers, Slip and Spinouts, HoDaddys, Knock Down Drag Out, Midnight Bowlers League, Big Jef Special, Cadillac Bombers, Sarge and the Aeromen
SATURDAY 2 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.
Mom rode in the rodeo. Dad loved Wolfman Jack. So naturally, daughter Kim Lenz sought out vintage rock and added a hillbilly twist. Songs by this redheaded rockabilly queen beckon for your best twirling dance moves. Big Sandy and His Flyrite Boys are also successful rockabilly revivalists playing a mix of Western swing and hillbilly boogie. The group’s jukebox joints, full of pulsing rhythms, conjure up hot rods and well-greased hair.
With Signals From Satellites, Easybreezy, Friends of Giants, Snowbones
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $4. (727) 821-7080.
Lakeland’s Mouse Fire plays indie rock with twinkling pop hooks and prog-ish guitar interludes that give nod to Minus the Bear. And according to iTunes, that makes them well-suited for a “study rock” compilation. Snowbones, a quirky, fuzzed-out rock project finds members of Tres Bien (a tbt* Ultimate Local Band) buzzing about jellybeans, chilly conditions and life after high school. Easybreezy includes former members of Win Win Winter, also a tbt* Ultimate Local band winner.
Rock and Roll Swap Meet
Featuring Have Gun, Will Travel, Mistaken I.D., Pretty Voices, Standback, Tailgunner Joe and The Earl of Slanders, Uncle Pervy, Will Quinlan and The Diviners
SUNDAY 1 p.m. Shackleton’s Folly, 4300 Sixth St. S., St. Petersburg. (727) 329-8847
Now in its seventh year, the annual Rock and Roll Swap Meet at Shackelton’s Folly is a music-themed flea market where top local bands rock and local shoppers swap. Records, art, jewelry, T-shirts and more are up for grabs. Shackleton’s Folly hopes this south St. Pete event will ultimately lead to a regular Sunday market, much like the one downtown St. Pete holds on Saturday mornings.
Huey Lewis and the News
SUNDAY 4 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Dr., Tampa. Free with park admission. bandsbrewandbbq.com.
It’s been 25 years since Huey Lewis and the News tore up the music charts with The Power of Love from the soundtrack to Back to the Future. And with due apologies to Michael J. Fox and his flying DeLorean, it was Huey who owned the ’80s, cranking out chart-busting tunes like I Want a New Drug, Hip to Be Square and Heart of Rock and Roll. Expect a show stuffed with his FM-friendly harmonization and hits. -- Steve Spears, tbt*
Sons of Hippies: Fri. With Blind Man’s Colour. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary): Fri. 8 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $35-$47.50. (727) 822-3590.
Ferry Corsten: Fri. 10 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $15 and up. (727) 571-2222.
Whole Wheat Bread: Fri. With Spirits Down. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Edie Carey: Fri. 7:30 p.m. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$20. (727) 323-2788.
Paint the Town Red: Fri. With Stalling Dawn. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N., Largo. (727) 532-0265.
Live and Let Die rock tribute show: Sat. 7:30 p.m. Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. $10-$15. (352) 476-9086.
Koncert 4 Kiddz IV (Pediatric Cancer benefit): Sat. featuring Tedd Webb and the Famunda All-Stars; Henry Lawrence, Joe Lala, Marvelous Marvin, Belinda Womack, Brendan McLaughlin, Brian Blair. 6 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25 donation. (813) 247-2555.
Mindi Abair: Fri. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $43.50-$58.50. (727) 791-7400.
Pink It Up: Sat. Breast cancer benefit featuring Jeremy Gloff (host), Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, The Long Johns, Shady People, SuckerFish, Parcel Thirty-Three. 7 p.m. Market On 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $7 donation. (813) 248-2356.
Neal McCoy: Fri. 8 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. $9.95. (813) 987-2855.
Skull and Bone Band: Sat. With Mogul Street Reserve, The Trio. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600.
It’s Alive: Sat. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $8.50. (813) 248-9500.
Ivan Neville’s Dumstaphunk: Sun. With Nervous Turkey, The Jim Morey Band. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $17. (813) 971-0666.
Engelbert Humperdinck: Sun. 2 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $41-$78. (727) 791-7400.
John Denver tribute: Sun. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $20-$25. (727) 587-6793.
Homemade Music Symposium Demo Listening Party: Wed. 7 p.m. Tre Amici, 1907 N 19th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 247-6964.
The Black Dahlia Murder: Thur. With Obscura, more. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $14-$16. (727) 895-3045.
40 Oz. To Freedom (Sublime Tribute): Thur. 9:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*