This week in Tampa: Big & Rich, O.A.R., the Fiery Furnaces and more
Another busy week on the Tampa Bay concert calendar, as the end of summer approaches. This week, Carole Giambalvo walks you through a slew of fun concerts, including Big & Rich, above, at the Trop, the Fiery Furnaces at the Orpheum, Sick Puppies at the State Theatre, O.A.R. at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and a Geri X. video release party at Crowbar ... not to mention a few Woodstock veterans coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall.
On with the picks!
The Fiery Furnaces
With GreyMarket, Glasgow
SATURDAY 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $13-$15. (813) 248-9500.
Calling the Fiery Furnaces “weird” might be akin to calling Yao Ming “pretty tall.” It’s “music that defies explication, categorization, and most standards of comprehension,” says the New York Times. Essentially, Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger’s signature sound lacks a signature part — sometimes it’s ’70s pop, thumping garage, psychedelic rock or theatrical electronica. One album is narrated entirely by the siblings’ gravelly-voiced grandmother. And a “silent album” — they’ll only provide the sheet music (it’s up to you to play it) — is in the works, too. Fans of similarly out-there Deerhoof or the Dodos should like it.
Big & Rich
SATURDAY Following Rays vs. Texas Rangers, 7:08 p.m. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. (888) 326-7297.
On the carnival-esque intro of 2005’s Comin’ to Your City, Big & Rich declare, “Somebody’s got to be unafraid to lead the freak parade.” Clearly the men for the job, Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich muddy up country music boundaries with splashes of rock, “hick-hop” and comedy. Even if you’re not a country fan, it’s likely you’ve heard Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy), or at the very least, seen the phrase slapped across the back of an F-250. The fun-lovin’ pair, who often sport fur coats, top hats and so on, may even set their guitars ablaze by evening’s end — if the Trop. allows, of course.
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Not unlike treadmill-hoppin’ OK Go, Australian rock act Sick Puppies’ breakthrough came via music video. With some 50 million YouTube plays and love from an unlikely source — Oprah Winfrey — the band’s video accompaniment to rock ballad All the Same spread the concept of “free hugs” ’round the world. The Pups’ latest cuts, however, show more muscle. In fact, the heavy guitar thwack of You’re Going Down and Street Fighter War might have you more inclined to throw elbows or execute a rear-naked choke.
With Thomas Wynn and the Believers; Have Gun, Will Travel
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.
She’s a shining example of why “local” doesn’t always mean amateur. Bulgarian-born singer-songwriter and tattooed temptress Geri X. celebrates the release of her video for Kiss on Both Eyelids, a rousing folk-rock tune brimming with contrasts — classic yet contemporary, earthy yet evocative. “Like a kiss on both eyelids, you’re wonderful and safe,” she sings. Guest stars including guitarist Eric McFadden (Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton, P-Funk) and guitarist/songwriter James Hall (Kommander, Jane’s Addiction) will join Geri on stage.
Crosby, Stills and Nash
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Sold out. (727) 791-7400.
With trademark three-part harmonies, wistful folk-pop, dabs of AM-radio country, and cries for social change, Crosby, Stills and Nash proudly represent the era of the singer/songwriter. Each member continues to bring hefty contributions live: Graham Nash with folksy sing-along Teach Your Children and nimble Marrakesh Express (“I smell the garden in your hair”); guitar virtuoso Stephen Stills with Love the One You’re With and Southern Cross; David Crosby with hippie hymn Almost Cut My Hair and poetic ballad Guinevere. CSN will also cover James Taylor’s You Can Close Your Eyes and the Grateful Dead’s Uncle John’s Band.
Opening for Blue Dice, Ella Jet
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $8. (813) 971-0666.
Around the time Nelly’s Ride Wit Me and Nickelback’s How You Remind Me were topping the charts, a young Danny Scordato was finding musical influence elsewhere. Chicago, Todd Rundgren and especially Paul McCartney were/are among his favorites. At 13, Scordato (who goes by “Danny S.” and is adept at drums, guitar, bass, saxophone and piano) offers radiant pop-rock originals, dotted with bouncy keys (those come courtesy of friend and bandmate Alex, 12). “People seem to really enjoy our cover of Maybe I’m Amazed too,” Scordato says.
O.A.R. and Brett Dennen
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $34-$36. (813) 229-7827.
O.A.R. (Of a Revolution) built a buzz on college campuses in the late ’90s with reggae-infused rock jam That Was a Crazy Game of Poker. “Never to fold,” the group’s been plugging away with big sax numbers and twisty jam sessions ever since. Dave Matthews Band is the easy comparison here, especially on Hey Girl and Love and Memories. As for opener Brett Dennen, Grey’s Anatomy soundbites don’t do him justice. Shy but soulful, Dennen totes worldly folk-pop a la Paul Simon and has earned fans as diverse as Mandy Moore and Afro-beat star Femi Kuti.
Air Supply: Fri. 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $27.50-$62.50. (813) 247-2555.
Imagine (Beatles tribute) Fri. 9 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third Street S, St. Petersburg. (727) 871-7874.
Brahm Bones: Fri. With Poetry 'N Lotion, DJ mini horse. 10 p.m. Yeoman’s Road Pub, 236 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. $5. (813) 251-2748.
The Mojo Gurus: Sat. With Kevin K, the St. Pete Allstars, Blind Buddy Moody. 9:30 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $6. (727) 576-1091.
The Last Waltz Ensemble (Bob Dylan and The Band tribute): Sat. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Victims of Circumstance CD release: Sat. With Crisis in Hollywood, New Violation, the Long Johns. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. (727) 532-0265.
Rocksteady@8 :Sat. With Swamp Logic. 10 p.m. Yeoman’s Road Pub, 236 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. $6. (813) 251-2748.
Whole Wheat Bread: Sat. With Hero of our Time, Muphin Chuckrs, Misunderstood Superheroes, Localism. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 895-3045.
Clearwater Music Expo: Sat. Noon. featuring Solomon’s Temple Band, the Larry Stephen Band, Noisy Little Campers, Less Than a Second, Everything New, Beyond Ariose, Talesha Hogan, Falling Awake, Souls Afire, Aeralene, WD-Han, Kaliyl. On Sun., 6:30 p.m. with Talesha Hogan and the Larry Stephen Band. Free on Sat. and $5 on Sun. Global Family Fellowship, 2289 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. myspace.com/musicexpo2009.
Amanda Drake and the Barnburners: Sat. With Sisemore, Her Name is Victory. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $7. (813) 241-8600.
Benefit for the Coddington Family: Sun. Featuring a slew of tbt* and St. Petersburg Times employees and contributors, including Lara Cerri, Car Bomb Driver, Wendy and Don Morris, Super Secret Best Friends, the Unitards, Uncle John’s Band, the Deadliners with Eric Deggans and Kerry O’Reilly. 4 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10. (813) 971-0666.
Paul Diaz-Cobo and John Hernandez: Sun. 3 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa (UU Dome), 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 988-8188.
The Shoreline: Wed. With Callahan, Pathway to Providence, Terra Terra Terra, the End of April. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-9500.
Mark Burgess: Wed. With Francis 7. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*. Photo by Getty Images.
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