This week in Tampa (with audio): Alicia Keys, G. Love and Special Sauce, Foxy Shazam and more
If you've been a music fan in Tampa Bay for a long time, this weekend's most interesting concerts might be the shows by Gretchen Wilson, .38 Special, Molly Hatchet and DJ Irie.
That's the lineup for the first weekend of music at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, which reopens tonight with a local show by Greg Billings Band and others. If you're curious about what the venue has become -- and what it will be -- that might be the place to go. (Click here for photos and a tour of the new Jannus Live.)
Another big show this weekend is the underappreciated Duncan Sheik at the Straz Center in Tampa. Click here for our interview with Sheik.
After the jump, get Carole Liparoto's concert picks for the week ahead, including Alicia Keys, G. Love and Special Sauce, Luke Bryan, Bryan Adams, Amos Lee, A Day To Remember and a surprise appearance by a certain Twilight vampire ...
With Robin Thicke, Melanie Fiona
SUNDAY 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $71.80-$118.10. (813) 301-2500.
When Lauryn Hill slipped from public view in the early ’00s, the neo-soul genre was left with a gaping hole. That is, until a stunning and able Alicia Keys swooped in. A classically trained pianist and an admirer of greats Aretha and Gladys, Keys merges the silkiness of old-school soul with the strut of modern hip-hop. Unfortunately, in today’s gimmicky, Auto-Tuned pop diva world, sometimes it takes an American Idol butchering of Fallin’ to remind you just how good Keys really is. Oprah, Bob Dylan and your dental hygienist all love Keys. And for me, Diary is still the kind of song I’d circle the neighborhood once more just to listen until the end. Won’t you join our admiration society?
G. Love and Special Sauce
With Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $26. (813) 247-2555.
No longer just for keg parties or Frisbee golfing, G. Love’s summery blend of funk, blues and hip-hop has come a long way in 16 years. G. Love, or Garrett Dutton, the former street performer and slacker bluesman with a gangsta bent, has risen to the ranks of respected guitarist, harmonica player and songwriter. Okay, so he still pronounces “smoove” without the “th” and rhymes about booty calls, but it’s all in good fun.
With Love and Theft, Wiley Fox (at Chasco Fiesta)
SATURDAY 5:45 p.m. Sims Park Amphitheater, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. $15-$30. chascofiesta.com.
Pasco’s oldest and largest festival goes country Saturday night. Small-town Georgia boy Luke Bryan just picked up Top New Solo Vocalist honors at the Academy of Country Music Awards, a nice supplement to the fact that he can “grow his own groceries and salt cure a ham” (Country Man). Clearwater native Stephen Barker Liles, who grew up singing at Calvary Baptist Church, writes, sings and plays guitar and piano for rising country-rock act Love and Theft. The group’s Top 10 country single Runaway, complete with three-part, Eagles-esque harmonies, helped ’em earn a slot on Tim McGraw’s upcoming tour.
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50. (813) 248-9500.
The only predictable thing about a 100 Monkeys show is its unpredictability. Jackson Rathbone, the actor who plays Jasper Hale in the Twilight series, fronts this improv-rock group, which sometimes sounds like the Strokes. The rest of the time they’re making it up as they go. We’d call gimmick on this one, but the last time we underestimated a concert with a Twilight connection, folkie and Robert Pattinson pal Bobby Long blew us away.
FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50. (813) 248-9500.
Recently featured on Spin’s “10 to Watch in 2010” list, Ohio’s Foxy Shazam draws from the book of Queen and Meat Loaf to construct monster piano rock. Operatic wailer, shrieker, and acrobat Eric Nally is the brain and brawn behind ballads like Bye Bye Symphony, which “kicks like a mule and glitters like a diamond,” says Spin.
Third Annual WMNF Blues Blast
Featuring Larry Garner, Steve Arvey Horn Band, Joel Sanders Band, R.J. Harman and Co., Josh Lamkin and Automatic Heat, Will Vaughn and Soul Tyme, Blues Pig.
SUNDAY 4 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
This showcase of slithering guitar work and big voices boasts national headliner Larry Garner and your choice of six solid Tampa-based blues acts, including Steve Arvey and Joel Sanders.
Sensory Overload 5
Featuring Joe Popp, The Beauvilles, Have Gun, Will Travel, Beardsley, The Hole, Sons of Hippies, Worldwide Zoo, Dynasty, DJ Cub, more.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. And The Roosevelt, 1812 N 15th St., Ybor City. $10-$15. sensoryoverloadtampa.com.
Before Jobsite Theater reprises Joe Popp’s rock-opera take on Pericles in April, the former Tampa resident will play a no-frills acoustic rock set at Sensory Overload, a multi-media, multi-arts feast for the senses. We’ve gushed over South of the Skyway acts Have Gun, Will Travel and Sons of Hippies as well as Tampa MC Dynasty and experimental trio Worldwide Zoo before, but here’s another opportunity to check them out. And how about giving this a try: “Flavor tripping,” a Bacchanalian food-tasting experience, features “Miracle Fruit,” a tastebud-twisting berry that “makes lemons taste like candy and hot sauce taste like donut glaze.”
Daryl Hance of Mofro Fri. With Brahm Bones. 10 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Rodney Atkins Fri. 7 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. $9.95. (813) 987-2855.
Attack! Attack! Fri. With Breathe Carolina, more. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$17. (727) 895-3045.
Noah Broe Fri. 7 p.m. Jolli Mon’s, 941 Huntley Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 735-0498.
Doo Wop Weekend Fri. and Sat. featuring The Dukes of Doo Wop, George Galfo’s Mystics, Bobby Hendricks, more. Red Rose Ballroom, 2011 N Wheeler St., Plant City. (813) 752-3141.
Bryan Adams Sat. Acoustic show. 8 p.m. Polk Theatre, 121 S Florida Ave., Lakeland. $35-$75. (863) 682-8227.
Must ... Not ... Kill Sat. With To the Gallows, Omneity, more. 6 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Avenue, Tampa. $8-$10. (813) 972-8152.
Melissa Ferrick Sat. With Mal Blum. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Bill and Eli Perras Sat. 6:30 p.m. Gram’s Place, 3109 N. Ola Ave., Tampa. $5-$7 suggested donation. (813) 221-0596.
Ken Spivey and Randy “Peter Pan” Constan Sat. 10 p.m. The Castle, 2004 N 16th St., Ybor City. $5-$10. (813) 247-7547.
Charlie Hall Band Sun. 6:30 p.m. Central Christian Church, 6161 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 343-6161.
Alias Julius Mon. 5 p.m. Green Iguana (Stadium), 2520 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Free. greeniguana.com.
A Day to Remember Thurs. With August Burns Red, Silverstein. 7:30 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555.
Amos Lee Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $36-$49. (727) 791-7400.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*