This week in Tampa: Bob Dylan, Rush, Papa Roach and more
Who's coming to Tampa next week? Oh, only one of the greatest songwriters of all time: Bob Dylan.
Yes, the freewheelin' Dylan will pop into Tampa Bay for the first time since 2005. We'll have more on Dylan next week, but for now, you need to know that he'll be performing next Thursday (10/7) at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, and tickets are $47.50. Click here.
Another show we're excited about is Yeasayer and Washed Out at the State Theatre on Monday. Click here to check out our interview with Yeasayer frontman Chris Keating, and to get details on the show.
As for the rest of the week, Carole Liparoto's got you covered, with previews of shows by Rush, Pepper, Papa Roach, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Folkfest St. Pete (with Indigo Girls and Dar Williams), Automatic Loveletter, Whitechapel, Del Castillo, Matt Pond PA, Sander Kleinenberg, Electric Six, Rehab, Nappy Roots and more ...
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25 and up. (727) 565-0551.
Until Sublime acquired Brad Nowell sound-alike Rome to go on tour this year, your go-to act for live, Pacific Ocean-inspired reggae and rock may very well have been (and may still be) Pepper. The well-oiled trio from Kona, Hawaii offer not-so-serious tracks about house parties, brahs, ladies, green bottles and ocean breezes. New EP Stitches is slated for release in mid-October. It’s a perfect way to extend the summer for a few more weeks.
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa. 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $41 and up. (813) 740-2446.
Ready for a revelation? Rush, that Canadian prog-rocking trio, might be the funniest rock band in the world. You wouldn’t know it from their music. There’s nothing particularly funny about the lyrics of their uber-hit Tom Sawyer for example (“Catch the spirit, catch the spit!”) But look for Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart to appear incognito during a short video skit before the show starts. For this tour, they’ll be in a sausage house, listening to a polka band play The Spirit of Radio. Jerry Stiller and Bob and Doug McKenzie have provided intros in previous years. The trio also has fans in South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who contributed a clip with Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny (who wasn’t dead!) as 'Li’l Rush’ for the last tour. On this tour, they’ll play their 1981 classic Moving Pictures in its entirety. — Steve Spears and Bob Sitten
Folkfest St. Pete
Featuring, among others: Indigo Girls, David “Lebo” LeBatard, Lorna Bracewell (Friday); The Heavy Pets, Have Gun, Will Travel, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets (Saturday); Dar Williams, Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys (Sunday)
FRIDAY-SUNDAY. Creative Clay, 1124 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free or $50 for VIP. folkfeststpete.org.
You went to the doctor. You went to the mountains. You looked to the children. You drank from the fountain. Next stop — head to Folkfest in St. Pete, where Indigo Girls headline a three-day music and arts street festival. Girl-power pluckers and strummers Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are responsible for some of the most hummable feminist folk-rock tracks in history (including the above-referenced Closer to Fine). Their latest live disc Staring Down the Brilliant Dream should give some clues as to what the set list will be Friday. Dar Williams closes out the event Sunday with earthy, eclectic sounds that go beyond herbal teas and tofu. Williams tackles the tough stuff - religion, gender issues, love and loss - with whip-smart, and often comedic, folk-pop.
With Trapt and My Darkest Days
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $27.60. (727) 565-0551.
Papa Roach’s 2001 hit Last Resort, a cry for help with a major guitar crunch, earned them empathetic, lifelong fans. And that’s probably why they’ve endured where so many other aggro-rock acts have failed. (Remember One Minute Silence or Motograter? Me neither.) This is standard hard rock fare — songs about stinky situations and scars — but Papa is all about not backing down, and we respect that. Listen for latest single Kick in the Teeth.
With Point 6
SUNDAY 6 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Latin quintet Del Castillo blew the roof off Tropical Heatwave (and perhaps the boundaries of traditional Latin music) with a zealous mix of rock, pop, flamenco and blues. With its fastidious Spanish guitar-work, the group conjures “images of Eddie Van Halen fronting early Santana with an assist from the Gipsy Kings,” says Rolling Stone.
Mary Chapin Carpenter
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $38–$58. (727) 791-7400.
Before the Faiths and Shanias ruled ’90s country music with glossy, good-looking material, Ivy League-educated Mary Chapin Carpenter was winning over fans with a folksier, often meditative style. The two-step honky-tonk exception Down at the Twist and Shout helped her break out commercially, as did her appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, where she performed You Don’t Know Me, a witty, self-deprecating ditty about being the lowly “opening act” (something every aspiring band should hear). After a bout with a serious illness in 2007, a gracious and celebratory Carpenter is back with The Age of Miracles, which features guests Vince Gill and Alison Krauss.
SUNDAY 10 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $10 and up. (813) 259-9669.
When Dutch DJ Sander Kleinenberg unleashed his progressive house tune This is Miami at the Ultra Music Festival, the place went bananas. This is Ibiza and This is New York have had similar effects in their respective cities. So, for the sake of a hometown pride pump-up, maybe we’re due for a “This is Tampa” cut. Kleinenberg’s music and accompanying video imagery are well known in the dance community. But if his stuff can’t “take you on a journey,” as he jokes, maybe the Grey Goose can.
WEDNESDAY 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10-$14. (813) 248-9500.
Released in June, Automatic Loveletter’s Truth or Dare swaps its previous emo-slanting output for granular, shabby-chic rock songs. Clearwater’s very own Juliet Simms goes lighter on clothing and heavier on her brassy, Joplinesque wail while her brother Tommy Simms of well-liked local act Win Win Winter beats up the guitar.
Evergreen Terrace Fri. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $13.50. (813) 248-9500.
D’Visitors Fri. 9 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. $5. (813) 234-1000.
Bird Street Players Sat. With Pete Bones. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 248-4969.
The Black Honkeys Sat. 8 p.m. Beach Bar, 454 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 447-4100. clearwaterbeachbar.com
36 Crazyfists Sat. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16.75. (727) 895-3045.
Chris Thomas King Sat. With Devon Allman’s Honeytribe. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Whitechapel Sun. With Impending Doom, Miss May I. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20.95. (727) 895-3045.
Texas In July Mon. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $11.50. (813) 248-9500.
Matt Pond PA Wed. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-4969.
Electric Six Wed. With the Constellations. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20.95. (727) 895-3045.
Rehab Thurs. With Nappy Roots. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0551. $12-$16.
Rock the Park Thurs. featuring Have Gun, Will Travel, Poetry 'n Lotion, Acho Brother. 6:30 p.m. Curits Hixon Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.