This week in Tampa (with audio): Bon Jovi, Colbie Caillat, tbt*'s Ultimate Music Showcase and more
Six of this year's tbt* Ultimate Local Artists -- GreyMarket, Sons of Hippies, The Semis, The Grecian Urns, King of Spain and the Jim Morey Band -- are coming together for what is always an awesome night of local entertainment.
We realize we're asking a lot -- Saturday is also the Bon Jovi/Dashboard Confessional show at the Forum, Colbie Caillat at Ruth Eckerd Hall and several Record Store Day shows around town -- but trust us, it's worth it. The Soundcheck gang will be on hand, so if you're in a band and want to say howdy, or hand us a demo, we'd love to meet you.
Anyway: After the jump, Carole Liparoto (who will also be at Skipper's on Saturday) runs down this week's concert picks, including all of the above, plus Colin Hay, Neil Sedaka, Southside Serenade, WMNF's Latin Music Fest and more ...
With Dashboard Confessional
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa. $41-$146.90. (813) 301-2500.
Merely mutter the words “Bon Jovi concert” and you’re likely to hear one of only two responses: a shrug of indifference (from just about any male) or an eardrum-bursting squeal (from just about any female). Few ’80s rockers — save Mr. Rick Springfield — draw such a line through the genders. But if the hirsute Jersey rocker drops his recent disappointing studio material in favor of old, almost-forgotten favorites like Runaway or Bed of Roses, we'll all be singing along. Boca Raton emo-pop forebears Dashboard Confessional, years removed from their "one guy, one guitar" days, open the show.
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $33-$42. (727) 791-7400.
From Ke$ha to Katy Perry, modern pop has plenty of bad girls on the prowl. Maybe that’s why it’s so satisfying when girl-next-door type Colbie Caillat bashfully crinkles her nose at the possibility of real love (Bubbly). Cool, casual and incapable of offending, Caillat’s songs refresh like a cool breeze on a hot day, or like a glass of milk after a Serrano pepper-eating smackdown. The 24-year-old from Malibu, Calif. (quite possibly Jennifer Aniston’s mellow, distant cousin) won Grammys this year for her Jason Mraz collaboration Lucky, and for her contributions to Taylor Swift’s Album of the Year Fearless.
tbt* Ultimate Music Showcase
Featuring The Grecian Urns, GreyMarket, Jim Morey Band, King of Spain, The Semis, Sons of Hippies
SATURDAY 6 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $5-$10. (813) 971-0666.
We’ve said it before. We’ll say it again. The term “local” band doesn’t always mean “amateur.” And we’ve got six Tampa Bay groups that might just prove it. If you’re looking for humongous sound and an almighty coo, try on Tampa’s Muse-like two-man band, GreyMarket, for size. Gypsy jazz man Jim Morey and his jumpin’ jive crew offer a bully of a time with swinging originals, old-timey hats and mannequin props. And King of Spain, whose music has been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered, will call on listeners to wade through sheets of divine noise to get to the gold.
Bad Boy Bill
FRIDAY 9 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Rd., Clearwater. $5-$15. (727) 571-2222.
Skip your morning cardio, because veteran DJ Bad Boy Bill’s unrelenting Chicago house music mix warrants frenzied dancing. A winner of URB’s Massy Poll, a co-founder of Beatport.com (the leader in electronic dance music downloads), and a BPM Magazine “America’s Favorite DJ” champ, Bad Boy Bill has been pushing pleasure buttons for nearly two decades.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $31-$41. (727) 791-7400.
Ever since Men at Work called it quits in 1985, funny, facially expressive lead singer Colin Hay has been reintroducing himself with hushed, open-hearted solo songs, including the excellent Waiting for My Real Life to Begin. His current tour supports 2009’s American Sunshine, although Hay and his dancing eyebrows have been known to rework Men at Work hits Who Can It Be Now and Down Under, too.
SUNDAY 2 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $38-$78. (727) 791-7400.
The man who turned broken-hearted songwriting into an upbeat art form (Breaking Up, Oh, Carol) performs in Clearwater Sunday. Neil Sedaka, 71, is a Songwriter’s Hall of Famer with an extensive catalog of rock-lite, Doo Wop and pop songs, most of which showcase his boyish tenor and his ear for melody. Earlier this year, Sedaka released his first new studio album in 10 years and his 47th career release, The Music of My Life. Go with Grandma and she’ll think you’re tops.
Latin Music Festival
Featuring Sammy Figueroa and His Latin Jazz Explosion, Acho Brother, Triptico, Cukiara
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Cuban Club, 2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. $20-$25. (813) 238-8001, tampacubanclub.org.
Local and national artists will perform fiery, let-your-hair-down Latin selections at this inaugural event. Headlining the show is two-time Grammy nominated percussionist Sammy Figueroa, a player who has backed Miles Davis, Chaka Kahn and David Bowie. Local favorites Acho Brother and Triptico (tbt*’s 2009 Ultimate Local Artist) also perform. Proceeds will benefit the Cuban Club, which opened its doors in 1917 as a recreational space for Cuban immigrants. Like many not-for-profit organizations, the venue hasn’t been immune to a sagging economy.
The Human Condition Fri. With Jerrod Simpson. 9 p.m. The Globe, 532 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 898-5282.
Sonia Leigh Fri. With A Play On Words, Red Rockits. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
Old North East Fri. With Kelli Debbs, Dan Kincaid. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
The Ragbirds Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Joe Milligan CD Release Fri. 8 p.m. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave. St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 644-7895.
Jose Valentino Fri. 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Pete. $10-$20. (727) 892-5767.
Enter the Haggis Fri. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Springfest Fri.-Sun. featuring Ella Jet, Danny and Alex, Bet Me I’m Lying, The Hamiltones, more. 7 p.m. Sacred Heart Church, 7809 46th Way N., Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 541-4447.
Soulidium Fri. With Alive Inside, Perfect Flaw, more. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. (727) 532-0265.
Johnny Mathis Fri. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $52-$88. (727) 791-7400.
In Alcatraz 1962 Sat. With Every Passing Dream, Leviathan, more. 8 p.m. Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.
Johnny Rivera and Lalo Rodriguez Sat. 10 p.m. Studio Inc. 3603 W Waters Ave., Tampa. (813) 598-3946.
The Future Now Sat. With Chris Tolan. 10 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.
Reggae Sunfest Sat. With Henry Turner Jr. and Flavor, The Local Celebrity Band, more. 2 p.m. Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Spring Hill. $5. (352) 754-4031.
DJ Brian Busto Sat. 9 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 896-2276.
Parson Brown Band Sat. 8 p.m. Gram’s Place, 3109 N Ola Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 221-0596, gram-inn-tampa.com.
Moshav Sun. Israeli independence celebration. 1 p.m. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Dr., Largo. Free. (727) 586-7415.
Slaid Cleaves Sun. With Charles “King” Arthur. 7:30 p.m. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $15-$20. (727) 895-6620.
The Flaming Tsunamis Mon. With Fatter Than Albert, Paranoia Dance Party!, Chilled Monkey Brains, more. 6 p.m. Transitions, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $10. (813) 382-3477.
Sick Puppies Tues. With Not Tonight Josephine, more. 7:30 p.m. Bourbon Street, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $15-$18. (727) 843-0686.
Southside Serenade Tues. 8 p.m. USF Marshall Center, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. $2 donation. (813) 974-3180.
Peelander-Z Wed. With Party Time, more. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-9500.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.