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This week in Tampa: Avril Lavigne, Panic! at the Disco, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and more


There's a lot of Memorial Day weekend fun to be had this weekend around Tampa, and it's all quite varied. There's the pop-punk of Avril Lavigne, above, and the bands at the 97X Backyard Barbecue (including Panic! at the Disco, Sick Puppies and the Airborne Toxic Event), to the streetwise slickness of Joe and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, to the literate stylings of Gavin DeGraw and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, to the all-out rockitude of Face To Face, Foxy Shazam and Taproot.

For these and other Memorial Day weekend concert picks, here's Carole Liparoto...

Avril Lavigne 
SATURDAY Following Rays vs. Cleveland Indians. First pitch is 4:10 p.m. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. (888) 326-7297.
On one hand, Canadian Avril Lavigne has played the pop-punk princess role with panache, giving young folks a catchy, marginally rebellious soundtrack for mall loitering and boyfriend dissing (Sk8er Boi, Girlfriend, What the Hell). On the other, she’s proven herself a skilled songwriter, penning pensive ballads (Complicated, I’m With You) that even Mom digs. So pop on that tank top and necktie and go together, why don’t you? All in all, the decade-long chart topper Lavigne is a big score for the Rays concert series.

97X Memorial Day Backyard BBQ 
Featuring Sick Puppies, Panic! At The Disco, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Awolnation, Hugo, Marksmen, Set It Off, Anchor Atlantic 
SATURDAY 11 a.m. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St Petersburg. Free at participating locations. Visit (727) 823-8534.
Let it never be said that the fine folks at 97X never did anything for you. For their annual Memorial Day Backyard BBQ, the alt-rock radio station is bringing in a (borderline) Next Big Thing-worthy lineup. And best of all, it’s totally free if you follow a few simple instructions. Visit for all the deets.

Gavin DeGraw
With Mike Sanchez
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $24.50. (813) 247-2555.
Some Tampa Bay residents may remember a local kid named Billy Norris, a kid movie critic for the St. Petersburg Times who appeared on Letterman and other national outlets. He’s also a classically trained bassist, and his full-time gig these days is touring with dreamy singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw. It’s good work — DeGraw best known for the earworms Chariot, Follow Through and I Don’t Want to Be (the theme to One Tree Hill) is a laid-back dude who plays good-time pop music.

Face to Face
With Strung Out, Blitzkid 
SUNDAY 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19-$23. (727) 895-3045.  
Up there with Pennywise’s Bro Hymn, Face to Face’s Disconnected is a chant-punk classic that could swallow an arena, let alone the State Theatre. If you’ve ever owned a stainless steel choker necklace or an iron-on band patch for your backpack, odds are good you know it. Since the Cali punk act split in 2004, its members have gone on to play in Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Offspring and Saves the Day. Last week the reunited crew released seventh their studio album, Laugh Now, Laugh Later. 

With Trumaine Lamar
SUNDAY 6 p.m. T Pepin Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St., Tampa. $45 and up. (813) 367-0040.
Slow jam specialist Joe borrows pages from the books of Teddy Pendergrass and Marvin Gaye, giving careful bedroom instructions by which you must abide. Just as Pendergrass and Gaye asked that you turn off lights, light candles and give them “the healing,” Joe requests that you to tell him what turns you on (I Wanna Know). You might also recognize the crooner for the hip-hop-leaning Stutter and the hook from Big Pun’s Still Not a Player. Tampa-bred Trumaine Lamar opens the show. 

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $17.50-$22. (727) 565-0551.
Harmonic Cleveland rap pack Bone Thugs-n-Harmony played St. Pete last fall without eccentric alto thug Bizzy Bone. But Bizzy’s back this time around to add highs to the velvety harmonies and rapid-fire rhymes that made the group such a success in the mid ’90s. Sophomore disc E. 1999 Eternal, which paid tribute to late rapper Eazy-E and included hits 1st Of Tha Month and Tha Crossroads, should get top billing. So cash the checks and get up (again)!

Shephard’s Memorial Day Weekend Party 
Featuring Shwayze, DJ Skribble, Clinton Sparks, DJ’s DJ Chris Craze, DJ Mondo, DJ Santana, DJ Just Frank, DJ FBI, DJ Flowmaster, DJ Knowbody  
SUNDAY-MONDAY Shephard’s Beach Resort, 601 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. (727) 442-5107
Spring Break may be long gone, but the booze-beach-bikini trifecta doesn’t have to end thanks to Shephard’s. On Sunday, go hard with DJ Skribble and easy with Corona and Lime act Shwayze. On Monday, local DJs will keep the party pulsing around the clock. Let’s just hope you don’t come out of the ordeal with another dolphin ankle tattoo. 

Bands on the Sand 3
Featuring Cope, Steve Arvey Horn Band, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, Grant Peeples and the Peeples Republik Band, The Rebel Pride Band, Sunza Beaches, Shoeless Soul 
SATURDAY 12 p.m. 104th Avenue and Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Free admission. All day parking on the beach $10. (727) 547-4575 ext. 237.
Our preferred shoeless jam-funk act Cope headlines Bands on the Sand 3, a fest featuring 10 hours of live, local and original music on the beach. Also playing is Chicago-style blues act Steve Arvey Horn Band, Americana aces Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, and island-pop group “Sunza Beaches,” quite possibly our favorite new local band name.

Also playing 

Not Tonight Josephine Fri. With Stalling Dawn, Rumour Has Wings, From this Fire, Make the Mountain. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8-$10. (727) 895-3045.  

Blast Friday featuring Atlanta Rhythm Section Fri. 5:30 p.m. Cleveland Street District, downtown Clearwater. Free. 

Mojo Books and Music Grand Re-Opening Sat. With Red Rock/its, November Foxtrot Whiskey, Hello.Invade, Stellarhead, Special Peoples Club, more. Noon to 9 p.m. Mojo Books and Music, 2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 971-9717.

Sunset Bridge Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Rise of Saturn CD release Sat. With Beardsley, Escape Tonight, The Best Day Ever. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N., Largo. $5-$7. (727) 532-0265.

Jimmy Needs Meds Sat. 8 p.m. In The Zone, 4535 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Free. (813) 374-0144.

Kyle Martin (Billy Joel tribute) Fri. 9 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. $45. (888) 695-0888.

It Prevails Sat. With Life On Repeat ,We Are Defiance, Affiance. 5 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-9500.

Taproot Sat. With Seven Years Past, Soulidium, more. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.  

Psyaxis Sat 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.  

 New World Pre-Memorial Day Show Sun. Featuring Red Room Cinema, Lady Lazarus, Birdlips, Set and Setting. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy Sun. 7 p.m. Mojo Books and Music, 2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 971-9717.

Stanton Warriors Sun. With Viro, Rob Analyze, Brian Busto, more. 9 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 259-9669.

Foxy Shazam Mon. With Peter Pepper. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50-$12.50. (813) 248-9500.

John Popper and the Duskray Troubadours Wed. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.

Combichrist Thurs. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 895-3045.

Rock the Park Thurs. With Cope, 10th Concession, Friends of Giants, Jeremy Gloff. 6:30 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 10:28am]


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