This week in Tampa: The Avett Brothers, Citizen Cope, Peter Murphy and more
If you're in Tampa Bay for the Grand Prix, and you're looking for a fun night away from the racetrack, you've got plenty of options this week: The raucous alt-folk of the Avett Brothers (above), the bounce-worthy dance anthems of !!!, the moody anthems of Peter Murphy, the feel-good revival-jam of Citizen Cope. And are we dreaming to hope that Engelbert Humperdinck and Collie Buddz find some way to collaborate this week?
Here with a preview of all these shows and more is Carole Liparoto...
The Avett Brothers
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Sold Out. (727) 791-7400.
With a little help from shaggy super-producer Rick Rubin, siblings Scott and Seth Avett have risen from respected Concord, N.C. finger-pickers to breakout brothers who jam with Bob Dylan onstage at the Grammys. If neo-folk is on the rise, it’s these Appalachian charmers leading the way. “Folk music is just like early hip-hop,” says Scott Avett. “You’re singing about where you’re from, the hardships and the good times.” The current tour supports the band’s 2010 live release, which includes those “three words that became hard to say — I and Love and You.”
Young the Giant
With Kitten, Yellow Capello
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50. (813) 248-9500.
Members of this fledgling Orange County band are of Indian, Persian, British and French-Canadian descent. Together as Young the Giant, they’re united in a quest to make bright, energetic tunes for summer strolls and sandy fun. On My Body, a youthful single in need of a stadium, Sameer Gadhia sings determinedly, “My body tells me no, but I won’t quit, because I want more.” Much of the album was “inspired by the beach,” Gadhia says. “When we first started doing this seriously and living together, Newport (Beach, Ca.) was just like eternal summer for us.”
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $16-$18. (813) 247-2664.
Scanning the comments of Heart of Hearts, the video by !!! (pronounced Chk, Chk, Chk), will tell you a lot about this punctuation-adoring band. “Love how the singer is dressed like a gay hobo” — beefy0010. “Mick Jagger + Richard Simmons + LSD = !!! Amazing show” —woohooowhooo. “!!! = Ungoogleable” — oeyoenne. Turns out the band’s name was inspired by the subtitles of the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, in which the clicking sounds of the Bushmens’ Khoisan language were represented as “!” If you enjoy The Rapture, Hot Chip or blaming the moon for your troubles, !!!’s dance freakouts are for you.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-3045.
It’s been called the goth-rock equivalent of Stairway to Heaven. The 9-minute Drac-track Bela Lugosi’s Dead, with its doom-and-gloom grooves, horror movie-appropriate lyrics and dub-style guitar, helped put Bauhaus and its frontman Peter Murphy on the map. Today, Murphy is known as the Godfather of Goth, pressing on solo as the poet with a penchant for dark, synth-driven dirges. He even made a cameo in Twilight: Eclipse. Friday, Murphy will promote upcoming album No. 9, aptly titled Ninth, but you can also expect an array of old and new material, as well as covers of Nine Inch Nails and The Stooges.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18.50-$21. (727) 895-3045.
When Collie Buddz dropped Come Around, a neo-reggae-style Legalize It, a Bermudian star was born. Buddz, a.k.a. Colin Harper, has become one of the most successful artists the island has produced. Beyond the hit herbal homage, Buddz has a full selection of smooth R&B and hip-hop-flavored reggae. But don’t confuse his sound. Vocoders and drum samples mean this isn’t island roots music — in fact it’s 10 times more Damian than Bob — but it’s infectious nonetheless. Listen up for new tune Playback.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 565-0551.
The last time Citizen Cope played Jannus Live, 1,800 fans devoted fans experienced a mellow after-church session, full of mumbled soul power, organ tinkering, blues strumming, Southern inflection, hip-hop beats and a few life lessons (Bullet and a Target). This time Cope comes soft, solo and acoustic — a nice break during St. Pete’s Grand Prix weekend.
Gasparilla Film Fest After-Party
Featuring The Scissormen, The Tim Version, Brahm Bones
SATURDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8 for general public, $5 with movie ticket stub, free for festival pass-holders. (813) 248-4969.
Here’s a cool after-party for the film fest crowd. In Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues, featured band The Scissormen gives a glimpse into the life of the modern-day bluesman, the guy who logs thousands of road miles each year for minimal glory (kind of like Christopher Guest’s A Mighty Wind, just serious). Saturday, the group will perform their grimy Delta blues blend with lots of slide guitar shenanigans (using a gun as a slide tool, for instance) live. The late Jim Dickinson called The Scissormen sound “acid blues for the 21st century.”
Modern Skirts Fri. With Morningbell, The Pauses. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Fast Friday Concert Fri. featuring The Greg Billings Band, Funkateers, Saturn 5. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0551.
Fayuca Fri With Resinated, Groove Stain, Ovni Sound. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 896-2276.
Matt Stillwell Fri. 9 p.m. The Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 855-1464.
John Q Fri. 8 p.m. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 644-7895.
DJ Neil Armstrong (Jay-Z’s touring DJ) Fri. With DJ Coz, Daniel B. Marshall. 9 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free for ladies 21 and up, $10 for others. (813) 259-9669.
Hellbound Glory Fri. With Blind Buddy Moody. 9:30 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 576-1091.
Baker Bruce Band Fri. 7:30 p.m. Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport. $10. (727) 893-1070.
March Mow Down (Music Saves Lives benefit) Fri. featuring King Conquer, Adversary, TBA, Blunt Trauma, more. 6 p.m. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S. Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.
Sensory Overload 6 Sat. featuring The Sunshine Factory, Lighthouse Music, Infinite Groove Orchestra. 8 p.m. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 West Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $10-$15. creativeloafing.com.
The Crystals Sat. 2 p.m. PHCC Performing Arts Center (West Campus), 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. $15-$20. (727) 816-3707.
Shoeless Soul Sat. 7:30 p.m. Jolli Mon’s Grill, 941 Huntley Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 735-0498.
Dervish Sat. 8 p.m. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. $12-$20. (727) 942-5605.
Peggy Seeger Sat. 7:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa (UU Dome), 11400 Morris Bridge Rd., Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 988-8188.
Engelbert Humperdinck Sat. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Rd., Clearwater. $41 and up. (727) 791-7400.
Sarasota Folk Festival Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m. Featuring Brendan Nolan, Grant Peeples, Amy Carol Webb, The Mayhaws, Mike Campbell, Dean Johanesen, Myakka Bluegrass, Juniper, Sound Travelers, more. Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey. (941) 483-5956. $12 and up. For complete lineup, visit sarasotafolkfestival.org.
Of Mice and Men Sun. With I Set My Friends on Fire, more. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13-$15. (727) 895-3045.
Daedelus Sun. With Tokimonsta. 9 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 247-4663.
Scythian Sun. With Holy Ghost Tent Revival. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Rd., Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Peppino D’Agostino Sun. With Stef Burns. 7 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $25-$30. (727) 587-6793.
A Benefit for blues musician Mike Delaney Tues. featuring The Backbreakers, St. Pete Blues Allstars. 7 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $10 suggested donation. (727) 576-1091.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images