This week in Tampa: Black Star, Lindsey Buckingham, Weird Al Yankovic and more
There are two clear winners this week in Tampa Bay:
1. Ruth Eckerd Hall. The Clearwater venue is about to have a spectacular week, not only at its flagship location on McMullen-Booth Road -- where acts like Joe Jonas, Jay Sean, Weird Al Yankovic and The Script will take the stage this week, and Peter Frampton, k.d. lang and Duran Duran the week after -- but also at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre, where you can see Lindsey Buckingham (above) and Marc Broussard.
2. Fans of hip hop. It's truly one of the great weeks for rap lovers around Tampa Bay, with shows by Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli), Das Racist, Dam-Funk, Tone Loc, T-Pain, Murs, Jay Sean and, um, Weird Al Yankovic (come on, show some love for Amish Paradise, yo).
After the jump, get details on these shows, plus Junior Boys, the Fixx, the Aggrolites, Peelander-Z, the Constellations Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, St. Pete Folkfest and more, courtesy of Carole Liparoto...
SUNDAY 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $36.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
Nobody’s leaving a Gucci Mane concert feeling like a philosopher. Listen closely at this show, on the other hand, and you’ll have ample opportunity for enlightenment. Regrouping every so often as Black Star, Talib Kweli and Mos Def remind us that hip-hop can bring real insight, not just the back track for booze-fueled booty shaking at Full Moon Saloon (is that still a thing?). They’ll perform the album Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star in its entirety as well hits from each of their solo catalogues, all of which contain cerebral rhymes and jazz-influenced grooves. After the show, Kweli will host a free afterparty at Crowbar in Ybor City.
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $38-$43. (727) 791-7400.
If you love pop songs about relationship meltdown, the pasty lads of Dublin, Ireland’s The Script are your guys. Comparable to The Fray or OneRepublic, this R&B-influenced pop trio loves a good romantic hardship or three. You’ll know last year’s Breakeven as the infectious reminder that breakups are never really mutual. This year’s Science and Faith brings more emotion and failed love — in other words, more of The Script’s desperate goodness.
Joe Jonas and Jay Sean
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $38-$48. (727) 791-7400.
As a singer for the Jonas Brothers, Joe Jonas is one of the world’s biggest tween heartthrobs. He’s a Grammy nominee, an arena-filler, a poster on your niece’s bedroom wall, and his debut solo album, Fast Life, is due this month. British R&B singer Jay Sean scored global smashes with Down and Do You Remember, and he’s worked with the likes of Lil Wayne, Pitbull and Justin Timberlake. He has three solo albums under his belt, with another on the way. So who's the headliner? Trick question -- they both are. During a recent interview, the singers played coy about whether they'll perform a couple of songs together Saturday ... which is usually a good sign that they will.
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Sold Out. (727) 791-7400.
More on nimble finger-picking and less on witching, Lindsey Buckingham offers his solo stuff and beyond in an intimate venue. Buckingham produced, engineered, sang and played nearly every instrument (we imagine he made some awesome “guitar faces” along the way, too) on Seeds We Sow, which was released earlier this month. He’ll play a mix from Seeds and his other solo records, as well as a few Fleetwood Mac hits. “People would probably run me out on a rail if I didn’t do a few Fleetwood Mac songs,” Buckingham told Rolling Stone regarding the tour. “We’ll do Big Love, Never Going Back Again, Tusk and we gotta do Go Your Own Way. That’s about it though.”
With Egyptrixx, Soft Rock Renegades
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
What does a hipster interpretation of downhearted Sinatra standard When No One Cares sound like? It sounds like the Junior Boys at Radio Shack. These electronic buffs strike a terrific balance of digitally soothing and downright spooky electro-pop. Check out So This Is Goodbye and In the Morning, particularly if you like the danceable qualities of Hot Chip or Cut Copy.
Folkfest St. Pete
Featuring Railroad Earth, Martin Sexton, Patty Larkin, Cope, A Fragile Tomorrow, 3rd Stone, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets (Saturday); and Catie Curtis, Patty Larkin, the Lee Boys, Sean and Dominic Kelly, 3rd Stone jam session (Sunday)
SATURDAY 10 a.m. and SUNDAY noon. Creative Clay, 1124 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 825-0515.
Girl-power pluckers The Indigo Girls led Folkfest last year in St. Pete with some of the most hummable feminist folk-rock tracks of all time. And while this year’s lineup might not bring a headliner of the same caliber, there’s plenty to know and love about the fifth edition of this music and arts event — namely its diversity. Locals Cope and Third Stone add some jam airiness, while the Lee Boys specialize in “sacred steel”, a form of Gospel music with lap and pedal steel guitars and hard-driving, blues-based beats worthy of worship.
With Peelander-Z, Magadog
FRIDAY 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13.50-$15.50. (727) 258-4829.
We caught the Aggrolites at a metalcore-heavy edition of Warped Tour earlier this year, and it was almost as if the band showed up a couple of decades too late. Not that we minded. The deceptively black-clad quintet played feel-good roots reggae, ska throwbacks and old-school Rocksteady with soulful vocals and a Motown tinge. They are to Sublime what Sharon Jones is to Ke$ha. If you like Hepcat or The Toasters, check out SoCal standouts the Aggrolites.
Weird Al Yankovic
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$55. (727) 791-7400.
Before everyone and their brother had an acoustic lampoon of Rebecca Black’s Friday, there was merely one king of pop parody. You may remember him from such hits as Eat It, Like a Surgeon or Amish Paradise. We’re talking, of course, about wacky Canadian and spoof master Weird Al Yankovic. The latest from Yankovic is particularly Gaga. Really. Listen for the accordion-powered, Eastern folk take on Lady Gaga’s Poker Face, titled Polka Face, and a cut called Perform This Way.
With Danny Brown, Despot
THURSDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15 and up. (727) 895-3045.
We appreciate when rappers can go off on a tangent about Gruyere and Roquefort cheeses. Das Racist offers dairy curveballs and then some, dishing out references to everyone from Ernest Hemingway to Coretta Scott King (Rainbow in the Dark). Like LMFAO for the underground, the multicultural trio has officially transcended comedy act status this year. Not that the riotously repetitive Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell would convince you of that. The group’s 2008 online hit finds the Brooklyn dudes tediously reciting the names of the two fast-food chains until you’re ready to punch a wall, or conversely, call them your new favorite act.
The Constellations Fri. With Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Geri X, more. 6 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 565-0551.
Tone Loc Fri. With DJ Camo, DJ Sherif. 9 p.m. Jackson’s, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 277-0112.
The Fixx Fri. With The Fanatics. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $24-$29. (727) 587-6793.
Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls Fri. 9 p.m. With Andrew Jackson Jihad, Into It. Over It. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12. (813) 241-8600.
Drones Fri. With To Think as Trees, Ascend to the Depths, City of Seba, Against Grizzly. 7 p.m. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $5-$8. (727) 943-5713.
DJ Rap Fri. With Baker, Saik, DJ Santana. 10 p.m. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. (813) 254-2233.
Chris McCarty and Christie Lenée (Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds tribute show) Fri. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Dam-Funk Sat. With Master Blazter. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $14-$17. (813) 241-8600.
Eilen Jewell Band Sat. With the Nouveaux Honkies, Barren River Trio. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Variance CD release Sat. With Goodnight Neverland, A View from the East Coast, more. 5 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Joshua James and Honeyhoney Sun. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Decapitated Mon. 5:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.
The Hip Hop and Love Tour Wed. featuring Murs featuring Tabi Bonney, more. 7:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12. (813) 241-8600.
Marc Broussard Thurs. With Scars on 45, Chic Gamine. 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $22.50-$35. (727) 791-7400.
Beach Chair Blues Night Thurs. featuring Mike Kach Band, Standback Blues Review, Jimmy Griswold, more. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 565-0551.
T-Pain Thurs. 10 p.m. Club Underground, 802-806 E Whiting St., Tampa. $15-$50. underground-live.com.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: AP