This week in Tampa: Barry Manilow, Linkin Park, Drive-By Truckers and more
Rarely are the names Barry Manilow, Linkin Park and Kenny Loggins mentioned in the same sentence, but BOOM, we just did it. Not only that, we'll throw Tokyo Police Club, Christopher Cross, the Drive-By Truckers (above) and Little Dragon into the mix, too.
Yes, as usual, it's another eclectic music week in Tampa Bay. To whom can we turn to help us sort through all this musical goodness? As usual, it's Carole Liparoto and team ready to save the day. Take it away!
FRIDAY 8:30 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555.
After backing Bettye LaVette in 2007 and Booker T. Jones in 2009, the Drive-By Truckers offer a soul/R&B lesson of their own on Go-Go Boots, the new album due out mid-February. But the traditional Trucker fan need not worry. Patterson Hood, a man baptized in the tears of Tom Petty and Lynyrd Skynyrd, assures fans that the Drive-By Truckers’ classic droop is alive and well. On stage, the Southern alt-country opera — complete with painful tales of family crisis, class division, alcoholism and three-guitar maneuvering — goes on.
With the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
FRIDAY 8 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa. $9.99-$129.99. (813) 301-2500.
You know a party is getting loose when someone busts out the Barry Manilow. I’m serious. I’ve seen it happen. The 67-year-old schmaltzmeister is pop culture’s greatest, gooiest secret pleasure — ranking just above our desperate national thirst for Marshmallow Fluff and Nicholas Sparks books. And when a big burst of Barry Love (like Mandy or Daybreak) happens in the unlikeliest of places, it’s a thing of beauty — and some really bad sing-alongs. Say what you want about a Barry-fueled party, but one thing’s for sure: You’ll never forget it. — Sean Daly
With Pendulum, Does It Offend You, Yeah?
SATURDAY 7 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa. $25-$67. (813) 301-2500.
After more than a decade, how does Linkin Park manage to keep fans so interested in what they’re doing? Despite being released in September, the band's fourth studio album, A Thousand Suns, was one of Billboard’s top-selling rock albums of 2010. And despite the concert industry’s dismal year in 2010, tickets are selling well for the band’s show Saturday night in Tampa. Credit the band's innovative approaches to technology (online games, interactive products, new concert technology) and live performance (every fan at Saturday's show will get an mp3 download of the concert). It's no surprise LP has risen from the underground to the top of the charts. -- Jay Cridlin
With Gumbi Ortiz and the Latino Project
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Hot-blooded Hispanics Rick and Mark Del Castillo manipulate strings like Mavis Beacon works the computer keys. Rivaling the Gipsy Kings and Strunz and Farah, the pair’s jaw-dropping Spanish guitar work powers a fervent mix of rock, pop, flamenco and blues. It’s “brilliance on nylon-string classical guitars,” says Rolling Stone. The group annihilated Tropical Heatwave in 2008, and tossed aside the boundaries of traditional Latin music in process.
Kenny Loggins and Christopher Cross
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $45-$85. (727) 791-7400.
Dismiss this declaration as hyperbole if you must, but Tuesday night’s Kenny Loggins/Christopher Cross concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall could be the musical highlight of 2011 in Tampa Bay. Snicker if you want, but “yacht rock” isn’t a farce; it’s a soothing, mental balm that wraps around you like a warm blanket. Look for a night of non-stop hits from their ’70s and ’80s catalogs. Cross will open with a slew of heart-mending ballads including Think of Laura, Sailing and Best That You Can Do followed by the prickly Ride Like the Wind. Loggins will crank things up further with Footloose, Danger Zone and This Is It. And just when you think your soul can fly no higher, Kenny will come crashing down, leaving you sobbing and vulnerable with the wrenching Return to Pooh Corner. — Steve Spears
Tokyo Police Club
With Two Door Cinema Club, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $15-$18. (813) 241-8600.
In 2006, Tokyo Police Club (which actually consists of four young and shaggy Canadians) dazzled listeners and critics with a mere 16 minutes of music on its EP A Lesson In Crime. The handclappable Be Good showcased garage-punk’s scholarly side with witty lyrics about greeting cards, careful melody and big blasts of fuzzy guitar. Imagine a Strokes/Blonde Redhead combo, and you’ve got the gist.
THURSDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Fresh off a tour with Gorillaz, Swedish electronic-pop act Little Dragon returns to Crowbar Thursday. Led by slithering temptress Yukimi Nagano, the band plays after-hours electro-pop with jazzy, neo-soul vocals. It’s the kind of music that makes you feel smart, modish and downright sexified (more so than any fine wine ever will). Dreamy Constant Surprises and the silken Twice (which was featured on Grey’s Anatomy) are soft club come-downs that fans of Zero 7, Phantogram or Bjork can and should appreciate.
Bright Light Social Hour Thurs. With Florida Night Heat. 9 p.m. The Hub, 719 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 229-1553
Obituary Fri. With M Inc., Unkempt, Ulcer. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
Booth Jewett CD release Fri. 8 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10 with album. (727) 644-7895.
Rockin’ for Raulton Charity Concert Sat. Featuring Four Star Riot, Acme Jazz Garage, The Loving Thorns, The Crunge, The Haoles. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. $5 donation. (727) 736-0606.
Burning Tree CD release Sat. With The Funky Seeds, more. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg facebook.com/thelocal662.
Nonpoint Sat. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 895-3045.
Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra Sat. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $33.50-$52.50. (727) 791-7400.
Kevin Connolly Sat. 8 p.m. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $15-$20. (727) 895-6620.
Queens Club Sun. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $11.75. (813) 248-9500.
Tyr Sun. With Promethean Horde , Sorcerer, more. 8 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Avenue, Tampa. $10. (813) 972-8152.
Let’s Hang On — Tribute To Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Sun. 2 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $30-$35. (727) 587-6793.
We Came As Romans Wed. With For Today, The Word Alive, more. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16.50. (727) 895-3045.
Frontier Ruckus Wed. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $13. (813) 248-9500.
Joan of Arc Thur. With Pillars and Tongues, Zillionaire. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-4969.
-- Carole Liparoto. Photo: Danny Clinch.