This week in Tampa: Broken Social Scene, Flogging Molly, Miranda Cosgrove and more
Mercy. Where do we even start? If your honey loves music, there's a heck of a lot of it this Valentine's Day weekend, so you'd best get to your local Ticketmaster outlet while they're still time.
After the jump, Carole Liparoto walks you through the coming week's best concerts, including (deep breath) Miranda Cosgrove (above), Matisyahu, Broken Social Scene, Willie Nelson, Flogging Molly, Chiodos, Emarosa, Dark Star Orchestra, Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Joe Nichols, Glen Phillips, Paper Tongues, Afroman, Johnny Winter, L.A. Guns, Pink Floyd Experience and so much more ...
With Moneybrother, The Drowning Men
SUNDAY 6 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Sold out. (813) 247-2555.
Love is in the air this weekend. Just not at this show. Flogging Molly embarks on its seventh Guinness-soaked “Green 17 Tour” (the string of dates leading up to St. Patrick’s Day). Here, sea scourge, barroom brawling and wicked hangovers are the topics of choice (so screw your Whitman’s sampler). Frontman Dave King’s passion for merging the traditional Celtic sounds of his native Dublin with the wallet-chain punk of his adulthood home Los Angeles has kept Flogging Molly relevant and rocking for nearly 15 years.
Broken Social Scene
FRIDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $24.50. (813) 247-2555.
Touring with an ever-changing Canadian super collective has its hang-ups. Naturally, staying organized and on budget is a challenge. Passports and paperwork must always be in order. And because you’re an indie rock band with as many as 20 members, people often assume you’re some kind of cult. Oh, and everybody wants to play the melodica. But what’s the best thing about being Broken Social Scene? Your kitchen-sink live shows produce sprawling sonic landscapes, floaty textures (7/4 Shoreline) and hummable hooks. Unfortunately, sometime members James Shaw and Emily Haines of Metric and Leslie Feist of, um, Feist are doubtful to appear this time around.
SUNDAY 7:30 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa. $34.50. (813) 274-8981.
Our favorite Hasidic reggae-rock singer, rapper and beatboxer (who I nearly hit with my car in a St. Pete parking lot a few years back) plays an acoustic show at Tampa Theatre this weekend. And yes, we realize everything about that sentence seems wrong. Matisyahu (a.k.a. Matthew Miller), an abider of Talmudic law and a lover of Bob Marley and Phish, pushes aside the “novelty act” critiques and continues his quest for self-awareness and religious enlightenment to the tune of sweet, sweet reggae. Has the Old Testament ever felt so upbeat?
With Greyson Chance
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. $39.50-$99.50. (813) 274-8981.
Could Miranda Cosgrove and Greyson Chance be heirs to the thrones of Cyrus and Bieber? Only time will tell. For now, smart and spunky 17-year-old iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove asks that fans simply “dance crazy” on her first-ever tour. But maybe not that crazy. This is School of Rock’s precocious Summer Hathaway, after all. Somewhere between “Bed Intruder” and “Double Rainbow Guy,” YouTube viewers became infatuated with opener Chance’s performance of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi. The mop-topped 13-year-old singer and pianist later signed a recording contract with Ellen DeGeneres.
Chiodos and Emarosa
With Go Radio, Decoder
WEDNESDAY 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $16. (813) 248-9500.
Of all our recent Warped Tour experiences, Chiodos, with its sheer screamo tenacity, and Emarosa, with its R&B twist on hardcore, produced two of the most memorable. Chiodos’ new singer-screamer Brandon Bolmer (formerly of Yesterdays Rising) has big shoes to fill for Alternative Press cover kid Craig Owens, while Emarosa’s always-passionate singer Jonny Craig remains one of the scene’s best.
Dark Star Orchestra
SATURDAY 8 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $29.50-$39.50. (813) 229-7827.
To best recreate The Grateful Dead’s famed live experiences, Dark Star Orchestra has made it its mission to play one of the Dead’s 2,500 sets to the letter each evening. That means they play an original set list song-by-song (recent examples include the Dead’s September 1981 gig at Playhouse Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland and the October 1980 show at Radio City Music Hall). It’s “the next best thing to being there,” says the Dallas Morning News.
Corndogs and Country
With Craig Morgan, Joe Nichols, Colt Ford, Sunny Sweeney, Brett Eldredge
FRIDAY 6 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, Tampa. $20; includes fair admission. floridastatefair.com.
When it comes to live music, the Florida State Fair takes a distant backseat to the Florida Strawberry Festival. But this year, Fair organizers are jumping into the country music pool. Morgan (Redneck Yacht Club, Little Bit of Life, That’s What I Love About Sunday), Nichols (Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off) and Ford (a replacement for original headliner Jake Owen) make for a pretty solid trio of country-dude headliners. It’s not Lady Antebellum, The Judds and the Doobie Brothers. But it’s a start. — Jay Cridlin
With Lukas Nelson and Promise of The Real
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $42.50-$88. (727) 791-7400.
In 1978, Willie Nelson reportedly smoked pot on the roof of the White House. In 2010, Willie Nelson was arrested for pot possession ... and less than two weeks later, he was back at the White House again, this time for a reception paying tribute to this year’s Kennedy Center Honorees. We’re not sure what this means, but we have a feeling it has something to do with Willie Nelson being invincible, or, at the very least, free from the shackles of law that bind every other American. Assuming he doesn’t get arrested for pot possession in the coming days, the Red Headed Stranger will be back in Tampa Bay next week, performing all his hits (Always On My Mind, On The Road Again) at Ruth Eckerd Hall. His son Lukas opens the show. — Jay Cridlin
L.A. Guns Fri. With Through You, Bitter Edge, more. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12-$15. (727) 895-3045.
Paul Revere and the Raiders Fri. and Sat. 11:30 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m. Busch Gardens (Stanleyville Theater), 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. 1-888-800-5447. Free with park admission.
Pink Floyd Experience Fri. 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. $34-$54. (727) 892-5767.
Glen Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket) Fri. 8 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $30-$35. (727) 644-7895.
Edwin McCain Sat. post-game. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free with game ticket. (813) 301-2500.
Enter the Haggis Sat. With Ben Bryan Band. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
WFLZ Meet Ball Sat. featuring Paper Tongues. 7 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. Free. (727) 571-2222.
Walter Lure and Charlie Pickett Sat. 9 p.m. Dave’s Aqua, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 576-1091.
Variety Workshop Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Great Big Sea Sat. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$35. (727) 791-7400.
Mike Pinto Sat. With Buffalo Strange. 8 p.m. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10.
Guiltmaker Sat. With So Pastel, Averkiou, The Dead Sound. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 821-7080.
Sean Chambers Sat. 9:30 p.m. Ringside Café, 2742 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. (727) 894-8465.
Phil Dirt and the Dozers (Rock and Roll Oldies Revue) Sat. 8 p.m. Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. $25-$35. (727) 816-3707.
Super Bob Sat. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th Street N, Largo. (727) 532-0265.
Montgomery Gentry Sun. 5 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. 1-888-800-5447. Free with park admission.
Afroman Sun. With Jetson Fleet. 9 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12-$14. (813) 248-9500.
Kids Rock The Pier Sun. featuring Sound Parlor, Ella Jet. 1 p.m. St. Petersburg Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-6164.
Trio Vibe Mon. 6 p.m. Della’s, 608 Oakfield Drive, Brandon. Free. (813) 684-3354.
The Lowe Family Mon. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $20. (727) 587-6793.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $52.50-$103. (727) 791-7400.
Johnny Winter Thur. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39-$47. (727) 791-7400.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.