This week in Tampa: Brand New, Dr. John, Ice-T, Zappaween and more
There's so much spooktacular music going on this weekend, you'd have a hard time keeping track of it all. We tried to round up most of this weekend's Halloween-related concerts (including Sevendust, Nonpoint, Soulidium and others) here, but there's a chance we've missed one. If you know of one, leave it in the comments.
After the jump, get Carole Giambalvo's picks for slew of non-Halloween concerts, including Brand New, Ice-T, Dang! We're On Fire, KMFDM, Dr. John, REO Speedwagon with Styx, "Hitman" David Foster and friends, and many more ...
David Foster and Friends
Featuring Charice Pempengco, Deborah Cox, Ruben Studdard, Michael Johns, Peter Cetera, Philip Bailey, more
FRIDAY 8 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $41.75 and up. (813) 301-2500.
David Foster could stroll down Hollywood Boulevard unrecognized. Yet his contributions to modern music are irrefutably massive. The superstar songwriter-producer has penned smash hits for Whitney Houston, Céline Dion, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Michael Bublé and Josh Groban, many of which have earned him a reputation as a sultan of pop schmaltz and a leader of long-winded ballads (a very wealthy one at that). This show, originally featured as a PBS special (the highest-pledged PBS show in history, in fact) includes Philip Bailey from Earth, Wind and Fire, Deborah Cox, American Idol’s Ruben Studdard and Michael Johns, and teen phenom Charice, who’s been tasked with big belting on tracks like Houston’s I Will Always Love You.
Performing at the Ultimate Players Ball
FRIDAY 10 p.m. Encore (formerly Frankie’s Patio/Club Fuel), 1930 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$30. myspace.com/encoreon7thave.
Ice-T’s elaborate, often cinematic depictions of street life in the “home of the body bag” made him a thorn in the side of Tipper Gore and parental advisory groups (I’m Your Pusher, New Jack Hustler), but a hero and spokesman for a generation of West Coast rappers. Today, the O.G. who famously advised us that pimpin’ wasn’t easy hunts down sex offenders as detective “Fin” on Law & Order: SVU. He’ll perform live at this “pimp and ho-themed” costume party with swimsuit model wife Coco.
THURSDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$28. (813) 247-2555.
Between the volatile guitar riffs, liberating howls and the slew of emotions and genres crammed into a single set, the members of Brand New perform like it’s their first day of parole. Spontaneous frontman Jesse Lacey calls to mind rock music’s Jack Kerouac, screaming for dear life one moment and singing tenderly the next. With each album, Brand New has lived up to its moniker by bringing something new and different to the table (the group began as a primarily pop-punk act). The expertly untidy Daisy, with its confessional, schizoid grunge-indie-punk mix, is arguably one of the top albums of 2009.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $22-$25. (727) 895-3045.
Some years before Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails pummeled the ’90s with industrial angst, Germans KMFDM were helping to pioneer the industrial genre’s sound and style with ominous electronic grooves, guitars that moaned like souped-up leaf blowers and all-black apparel. The translation of the band’s name has always caused confusion, so we’ll go ahead and say it’s German for “The Bart, The.”
At the Reggae Jerk Jam With Paris and the Birds of Paradise, more
SATURDAY 2 p.m. Bayanihan Center, 14301 Nine Eagles Dr., Tampa. $10. (813) 792-1948.
Enduring reggae-soul-pop act Third World found success in the United States with a remake of the O’Jays’ Now That We Found Love. But it’s the rootsy, lesser-known 1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade) that shows the band at its best. Once a touring opener for Bob Marley and the Wailers, Third World continues to discuss the social turmoil that plagues Jamaica to the tune of crossover reggae.
With The Lower 911, the “Sauce Boss” Bill Wharton
THURSDAY 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $45. (727) 822-3590.
When the gumbo-fied blues-rock legend played the Tampa Theatre in 2005, reviewer Sean Daly said the show was a wickedly evil testament to the dark soul of New Orleans. “If you include the skull sitting on Dr. John’s long, black piano — and don’t you know dem bones were staring straight into the energetic crowd of 776 — the night had the feel of a seance,” Daly wrote. This sounds like a show not to miss. — Jay Cridlin
Zappaween with Bogus Pomp
SATURDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.
There’s no such thing as a ”fan” of Frank Zappa’s music. There are only cultlike obsessives who believe the avant-garde jazzsmith made the only music worth listening to. So, for those wide-eyed apostles, St. Pete Zappa tribute act Bogus Pomp plays wild and winding “Zappaween,” as they do every year. Bogus Pomp’s sessions with original Zappa collaborators and overseas tours have only upped their street cred. — Jay Cridlin
Alexander and the Grapes: Fri. With Proud Iron Lion, Sun Society. 7 p.m. Pangea Café, 34 N Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. Free. (727) 443-5040.
Buju Banton: Fri. 9 p.m. With Wayne Wonder. Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica De Cuba, Ybor City. $30. (813) 248-2954.
Car Bomb Driver: Fri. With the Semis, more. 9 p.m. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 898-6054.
On Que Players: Fri. 7 p.m. Palm Pavilion, 10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 446-2642.
The Ken Petersen Band: Fri. 9:30 p.m. Gaspar’s Grotto, 1805 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 248-5900.
So Many Dynamos: Fri. With Cinemechanica, the Tape Delay, the Pursuit. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600.
Ted Lukas: Fri. With Experimental Pilot, the Ditchflowers. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Monster Mash Masquerade: Fri. 8 p.m featuring Kendog, Santino, Feature Ink, Unspoken, more. Page 2, 8680 Park Blvd., Seminole. $8. (727) 204-2620.
Boyz II Men: Fri. 8 p.m. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $10-$50. (941) 953-3368.
The B Foundation: Fri. With Mike Pinto. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. (727) 532-0265.
REO Speedwagon Fri. With Styx, Night Ranger. 7 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $19.50-$59.50. (813) 740-2446.
RichParty.com Halloween Bash: Fri. featuring White Collar Sideshow, Horizons Fall, the Broken, Beyond Ariose. 7 p.m. The Warehouse, 2702 Causeway Center Drive, Tampa. $8-$10. (813) 500-7412.
Igor and Red Elvises: Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Nightmare at the Museum: Sat. Featuring the Hip Abduction, Blind Man’s Colour, Ummotivated. 7 p.m. St. Petersburg History Museum, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $10-$15. (727) 894-1052.
Chic a Boo 7: Sat. Featuring Full Fledged Unit. 7 p.m. Chic a Boom Room, 319 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 736-5284.
Boney Fiend: Sat. With Doll Parts, the Funeral Dazies. 10 p.m. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $4. (727) 898-6054.
Skalloween: Sat. Featuring Chilled Monkey Brains, the Long Johns, V.O.C., H1N1, Neglected Superhero. 8 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5. (813) 971-1679.
Sleepy Vikings: Sun. Opening for Dark Meat, An Albatross. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Speak Easy: Sun. 5 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Attack Attack!: Mon. With I Set My Friends on Fire, more. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.
The White Tie Affair: Tues. With Every Avenue, more. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $13-$15. (727) 895-3045.
Goddamn Gallows: Tues. With Viva Le Vox, Blind Buddy Moody. 8:30 p.m. The Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $6. (727) 898-6054.
Pretty Lights: Tues. With Alex B., Soft Rock Renegades. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Jewel: Wed. With Meiko. 8 p.m. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $30.50-$60.50. (941) 953-3368.
Tantric: Wed. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12-$15. (727) 895-3045.
Reckless Kelly: Wed. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
The Atlas Moth: Wed. With Dark Castle. 8 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. (813) 972-8152.
The Stick Martin Show: Thurs. 9 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-2356.
-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.