This week in Tampa: Brad Paisley, DJ Pauly D, DayGlow Tour and more
Good thing we went to the Identity Festival a few weeks back, because we needed to brush up on our electronic knowledge. There are a bunch of big DJs in town this week -- Excision, Cookie Monsta, George Acosta, The Devil From Acapulco and, yes, DJ Pauly D from Jersey Shore.
But the big show of the weekend is the blockbuster Brad Paisley tour, which kicks off Friday at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre. Paisley, above, will headline, but he's not the only big name on the bill. You may like Blake Shelton, others may prefer Jerrod Niemann, we're partial to Sunny Sweeney.
Elsewhere in Tampa Bay this week: Return to Forever, Zappa Plays Zappa, Nonpoint, Stryper, Guttermouth, Dan Adriano in the Emergency Room, Cute Lepers, Polar Bear Club, Hymn For Her and many more. Here with all the details on these shows and more is ... us.
With Blake Shelton, Jerrod Niemann, Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge, and JaneDear Girls
FRIDAY Doors open at 4 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $21-$75. (813) 740-2446. The Dallas Bull is hosting an after-party with an appearance by Jerrod Niemann after the concert. The Bull is at 3322 U.S. 301, Tampa; (813) 987-2855.
Brad Paisley is the actual headliner at this gig (and opener Sunny Sweeney is your next big crush), but Blake Shelton is the ultimate It Boy right now. Fresh off NBC’s surprise smash The Voice, and with a best-selling new album (Red River Blue), the smirky party boy with the rich baritone is living the life in 2011. Being married to Miranda Lambert is probably pretty darn cool, too. — Sean Daly, tbt*
DJ Pauly D
WEDNESDAY 10 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $10-$25. (727)571-2222.
We gasped when The Situation came to the Venue in Clearwater. We gasped when Vinny came to AJA Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. But nothing could have prepared us for the insane crowd of ladies that awaited when DJ Pauly D hit the Venue for a Spring Break party in March. The club was as packed as it’s ever been, but unofficially, Pauly D may be the biggest Jersey Shore draw in Tampa Bay (at least until Snooki comes to town). At least he does have chops on the 1s and 2s — this year, he signed a residency deal with the Palms casino in Las Vegas.
Return To Forever IV
With Zappa Plays Zappa
SUNDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $52.75-$103. (727) 791-7400
Pianist Chick Corea became a jazz legend by performing with Miles Davis in the ’60s. But in the ’70s, two things happened: (1) Corea converted to Scientology, later moving to Clearwater as a result; and (2) he formed his own pioneering jazz-fusion supergroup, Return To Forever, which has toured only occasionally since 1972, most recently in 2008. This incarnation, dubbed Return To Forever IV, features Stanley Clarke on bass, Lenny White on drums, guitarist Frank Gambale and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Equally mind-bending is the opening act, Zappa Plays Zappa, the Frank Zappa tribute act led by son Dweezil. Even some of the most hardcore Zappaphiles have given the kid’s act the seal of approval.
Bucs Kickoff Party
With Nonpoint, DJ Z-Trip
FRIDAY 5:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0551.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sure have a type, don’t they? Over they past five years, the team has brought in a handful of national acts for their annual kickoff parties, almost all of the alt-rock variety: Paper Tongues, Trapt, Saving Abel, Shinedown. This year’s headliner is no exception: Fort Lauderdale alt-metal group Nonpoint, best known for their grunge cover of Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight from the Miami Vice soundtrack. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and there will be appearances by Bucs players and cheerleaders throughout the evening. These things get crowded every year, so show up early.
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19. (727) 895-3045.
In the late ’80s, the Sunset Strip was the last place you’d go in search of the Good Word. But then along came Christian glam band Stryper, who tossed bibles to the crowd while delivering mullet-banging tracks like To Hell With The Devil and In God We Trust. It worked well enough that the band sold more than 10 million albums, and toured with Bon Jovi and Ratt. Nearly 30 years after founding, Stryper is still hanging around. If you go, feel free to rock out to Honestly — just keep your devil’s horns in your pockets.
Dan Adriano In The Emergency Room
With John Gold, Dave Hause
SUNDAY 7 p.m. 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.
When he’s not busy with his day job as a bassist and vocalist for pop-punk legends Alkaline Trio, Dan Adriano leads this one-man folk-rock project, whose emotive ups and downs call to mind the Wallflowers, or latter-day Colin Hay. In August he released the largely acoustic Hurricane Season, his first album under this name. It’s a long way from the Warped Tour, but we all gotta grow up sometime. Adriano appears to be doing so with plaintive grace.
With Cookie Monsta, Baker, Mr. Saturn, Kingkrow, Thee Joker, more
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$40. (813) 247-2555.
At the recent Identity Festival in Tampa, dubstep DJs ruled the day, with artists like Kaskade, Rusko and Datsik drawing some of the biggest crowds. Those same neon-clad club kids will no doubt be out in force for the down 'n’ dirty duo of Excision and Cookie Monsta. Excision has been a collaborator and tourmate with big names like Deadmau5 and the aforementioned Datsik, with whom he has produced a couple of thunderous, bone-rattling EPs. Check out their single Swagga for an education in dubstep, an ominous blend of techno and hip hop.
With George Acosta, The Devil From Acapulco
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Hawaiian Village, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $30-$60. (813) 868-7600, dayglowtour.com.
Since starting in Tallahassee, DayGlow paint parties have become a lifestyle all their own. You show up in white, you splash neon paint everywhere, and you do it all to beats provided by some of the best DJs in the world. Just try to keep your eyes off The Devil From Acapulco, a professional party-starter who travels the world in wicked Aztec garb. Tampa’s last DayGlow party, in April, sold out, and parties across the country are doing the same on this current tour. If you want to make with the splashy-splashy, get on it fast.
The Groves Fri. With Ted Lukas and the Misled, Skull and Bone Band. 8:30 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
20 Shades Fri. With 3 Fold Cord, Mass Graves Project. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor. $8-$10. theorpheum.com.
Slippery When Wet: The Uultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Fri. 8 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 871-7874.
Lyndsay Wojcik Fri. With Dustin Edge. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 644-7895.
Alex Goot Fri. With Tiffany Alvord, Luke Conard. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.
Woodsmen Sat. With Guiltmaker, Florida Night Heat. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Cute Lepers Sat. With Something Fierce, Doll Parts. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. facebook.com/thelocal662.
The Absence Sat. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Eddie P Sat. With Free Lunch Boyz, Jermaine. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor. $12. theorpheum.com.
Bikers Raising Awareness Sat. With The Crawl, Traci Tuesday, Tongue N Groove. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $2. (727) 565-0551
Butch Ryan Band CD release Sat. With Ryan’s Rebels, Groovy Cool. 9 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-2365.
Ice Nine Kills Sat. With Like Moths To Flames, An Early Ending, Magnolia, Holly Maddux, more. 7 p.m. Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $10. (727) 943-5713.
Cope Sat. With Beeb and Her Money Makers. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13.
Bart Walker Band Sun. With Reese Wynans. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10.
Hymn For Her Sun. 4 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000
The Wishing Well Sun. 6:30 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Polar Bear Club Sun. With Fireworks, Balance and Composure, Make Do and Mend. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor. $13.50-$16.50. theorpheum.com.
Guttermouth Sun. With The New Threat, Johnny Unite Us. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Julie Dexter Wed. 7:30 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 822-3590.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*