This week in Tampa: Brian Wilson, Goo Goo Dolls, Bryan Adams, Pete Wentz and more
It's a weird week in Tampa Bay music. Here you have a bona fide music legend (Brian Wilson), two relentlessly solid rock 'n' roll artists from the '80s and '90s (Bryan Adams and the Goo Goo Dolls), and two oddball DJ sets from a pair of chart-topping rock/pop stars (Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and LMFAO's Sky Blu, above).
Click these links for our interviews with Brian Wilson and singer Johnny Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls. And after the jump, get the scoop on the rest of the weekend's concerts -- including shows by the Go-Go's, Rod Picott, Rob Base, Yellowman, Hot Tuna, Lynch Mob, Hillsong United and more -- courtesy of Carole Liparoto...
Pete Wentz DJ set
With Black Cards, Barry Carew, Jaime Ferreira, DJ Coro
THURSDAY 9 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $17 and up. (813) 259-9669.
When emo-powered pop-punk exploded in the mid-’00s, Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz arose as its celebrity spokesperson of sorts. We’d even go as far as to say that the bassist/lyricist single-handedly motivated thousands of guitar-swinging copyists, as well as the corresponding spike in mascara sales. Like the genre’s P. Diddy, Wentz went on to start his own label and fashion line, wrote a book, appeared in television and movies and the list goes on. These days, the newly single Wentz DJs and performs with his electronic dance project Black Cards.
Sky Blu of LMFAO DJ set
With DJ Gemini, VJ Kidd Leow
FRIDAY 9 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $10-$25. (727) 571-2222.
One half of LMFAO is in Clearwater, trick! Sky Blu — otherwise known as the dude who doesn’t wear those wacky-looking glasses (he’s also the grandson of Motown label founder Berry Gordy) — will offer up an indulgent dance-pop-hip-hop set at the Venue Friday. There’s been some debate lately about which song is THE summer anthem of 2011. Some say it’s Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.). Others say it’s Pitbull’s Give Me Everything. But we’ve been hearing LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem everywhere for the last two months. The track, which has been the No. 1 iTunes single for weeks now, is insanely catchy, insanely popular and insanely dumb, all important qualifications for any official jam of summer.
Rob Base and Yellowman
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $20. (813) 868-7600.
If toasting is the reggae version of rapping, then Yellowman is the Jamaican Slick Rick. The Albino rhymer became a sex symbol and a dancehall superstar in the early ’80s, as unlikely as that would have seemed. And while his sexually explicit lyrics received criticism from Jamaicans (including Peter Tosh), his toasts had major influence on artists both at home and away. Hits Nobody Move and Zungguzungguguzungguzeng (spell check is now angry) have been sampled by Sublime, 2Pac and KRS One. Later, after struggling with cancer, Yellowman shifted his focus to more spiritually and socially conscious tunes. Rob Base, purveyor of ’88 club classic It Takes Two, also performs. Do the “woo” and the “yeah” to make the thing go right.
With Collin Rocker
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $25-$30. (813) 971-0666.
It’s rare for a “side project” act to outlast the group that spawned it (thanks for playing, Temple of the Dog, Foxboro Hot Tubs and Team Sleep), but that’s the case here with Hot Tuna. Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady formed the blues-rock-folk group in the early ’70s and have been performing together ever since. Out to please harmony-loving folk fans, hard-driving blues enthusiasts and perhaps hungry felines, Hot Tuna celebrates the release of Steady As She Goes, its first new album in 20 years.
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$59.50. (727) 791-7400.
Bryan Adams’ Summer of 69 is so excellently nostalgic in its six-string shenanigans, front-porch love story and five-and-dime memories, that it’s been covered by countless artists and karaoke singers all over the world. It’s also the tune that’s helped the Canadian romanticist sell more than 65 million records. Homecoming dance hits Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You and Heaven haven’t hurt either. But here’s some stuff you might not know about Adams. In 2008, he wrote a song for Amy Winehouse called Flower Grown Wild after she stayed at his Caribbean home. Winehouse was said to be so touched that she vowed to perform it with Adams on tour. What a shame that the promise was cut short. Adams is also playing the voice of a feisty Staffordshire bull terrier in the 2011 animated version of Jock of the Bushveld.
FRIDAY Following Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics at Tropicana Field. First pitch at 7:10 p.m. Free with game ticket. (888) 326-7297 or raysbaseball.com.
The Tampa Bay Rays concert series has two shows this Weekend. Before the Goo Goo Dolls on Saturday, we get the Go-Go’s, the ’80s group behind peppy pop tunes like Our Lips are Sealed and We Got the Beat. It’s a makeup gig of sorts, as the band had to cancel a Tropicana Field gig in 2010 after bassist Jane Wiedlin hurt her knee. That show was billed as part of a farewell, so who knows — this could be the last time you’ll ever get to see them.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Studio @ 620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $15-$20. (727) 895-6620.
During a St. Pete gig in 2009, Rod Picott wisely said that “playing songs beats the s--- out of hanging drywall.” The Americana artist, who looks like House’s Hugh Laurie and plays like Slaid Cleaves, used to be a construction worker and sheetrock hanger in a small mill town in Maine before hitting the road with weary-kind Americana and country. Picott’s blue-collar commentary on lost love, lost jobs and even creaky rocking chairs pays homage to artists like Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen and Woody Guthrie.
Hillsong United Fri. 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $25-$40. (813) 301-2500.
Lynch Mob Fri. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10 and up. (727) 565-0551.
Tucci Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Burning Tree Fri. 8 p.m. Beach Bar, 454 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 447-4100.
DJ Micro Fri. With Michael Terrance, Ma*Chino, DJ Santana. 9 p.m. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. (813) 254-2233.
Jarvik7 Sat. With Zillionaire, Signals from Satellites. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Andy Moor Sat. With Suzy Solar. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 873-8368.
The Defiant Sat. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Christabel and the Jons Sun. 4 p.m. Ella’s American Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 234-1000.
Damon Fowler Group Mon. 8 p.m. Ace’s Live, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. Free. (941) 795-3886.
Carbon Leaf Tues. With Delta Rae. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Toxic Holocaust Tues. With Krum Bums, Holy Grail. 7 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Avenue, Tampa. (813) 972-8152.
Off With Their Heads Thurs. With Dead To Me, The Riot Before. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. theorpheum.com.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*