This week in Tampa: Carrie Underwood, MGMT, Young Jeezy, Sublime with Rome and more
Quite a diverse concert lineup we've got here for you today. If you like funky rock jams, we've got Rusted Root and Stanton Moore Trio. If you like blond country princesses, try Carrie Underwood or Steel Magnolia. If you like indie, howzabout MGMT, Xiu Xiu or Franz Nicolay. Club bangers? Try Young Jeezy, Jason Derulo or DJ Laz. Classic rock? Maybe Styx or a big Tom Petty tribute show at Skipper's Smokehouse. Christian music? Jars of Clay. And if you like, um, weed, there's Sublime with Rome, above, and Afroman.
Carole Liparoto and company have the details on all these shows and more after the jump...
Sublime with Rome
SUNDAY and MONDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $35 and up. (727) 565-0551.
Success for Long Beach, Calif. reggae-rock band Sublime has been bittersweet. Just a few months before releasing their eponymous breakthrough disc in 1996, singer and guitarist Brad Nowell died of a heroin overdose. Nowell never realized his dream, and bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh never got to carry the legacy out in a live setting. That is, until now. After meeting baby-faced Rome Ramirez, a 22-year-old northern California native who has Nowell-style soul and some great guitar chops, the group is going out on the road to woo dry-mouthed diehards, beach kids and just about anyone who went to a house party in Florida in the late ’90s to the early ’00s. Out of respect for their fallen frontman (and due to the legal stipulations of Nowell’s heirs), the group is now calling itself Sublime with Rome. During this two-night stand, they’ll play the classics about smelly vans and vapor exhalation, as well as a newly penned single, Panic.
Stanton Moore Trio
With Anders Osborne, Cope
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $15. (813) 241-8600.
A clinic drummer and bandleader with an insatiable desire to put fans’ feet in motion, Stanton Moore is best known as the pulse of New Orleans-style jazz-funk-rock gumbo band Galactic, though he’s collaborated with everyone from Irma Thomas to Corrosion of Conformity. Grinning and thumping like every day is Mardi Gras, this super-funky white guy (in fact, we think the Wild Cherry song may have been written just for him) lays down triplets, tricky grooves and signature press rolls that make musicians drool. On a scale of Peter Criss (“Nobody wants to be Peter Criss, Lois, not even Peter Criss”) to Buddy Rich, he’s well … Stanton More, and that means way up there.
With Tom G., Lil Kee, Strizzo, more
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $49 and up. (727) 565-0551.
Hotlanta rapper Young Jeezy is a self-proclaimed “Donald Trump in a white tee,” rhyming in a husky groan at a dial-up-internet pace. Jeezy moved hundreds of thousands of copies of gloom-and-doom disc The Recession (“gas higher than me”), so there’s got be promise for Thug Motivation 103 (due in December), on which Jeezy drinks Dom Perignon rose like a tank, then loses his mind to one madly infectious beat (Lose My Mind). To hold you over until then, the Snowman with the sandpaper drawl just released mixtape The Last Laugh. Local artist Lil Kee, whose Buss It Wide Open is getting good airplay, opens the show.
SATURDAY 10 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Rd., Clearwater. Cost TBD. (727) 571-2222
If 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell is the CEO of booty music, or Miami Bass, DJ Laz deserves an upper management position. The South Florida DJ’s hits Esa Morena, which suggests a Mariachi band on amphetamines, and the techno-leaning Red Alert, were ridiculously popular at clubs in Florida. The genre may have fizzled, but the desire to jiggle continues. DJ Laz, who resurfaced recently on speaker-clattering collaborations with Flo Rida and Pitbull, will appear at a Club Hedo reunion party Saturday.
THURSDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 247-2555.
Backed by power producer J. R. Rotem (Rihanna, Beyoncé, Sean Kingston), Jason Derulo topped the charts with auto-tuned apology track Whatcha Say, which, to the chagrin of hipsters, samples Imogen Heap’s Hide and Seek. It wasn’t long before Derulo had risen from aspiring MySpace artist to superstar solo singer, second to only Justin Bieber in the young male vocalist category.
Lauris Vidal CD Release
With Have Gun, Will Travel, Thomas Wynn, Devon Stuart
FRIDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7-$15. (813) 248-4969.
Since he was young, Lauris Vidal, of DeLand, has treated the necks of his guitars like skate parks, he says. The proud Floridian plucks, taps and slides to produce a bluesy, poppy brand of kitchen-sink folk. He signed to Atlanta indie label P is for Panda a few months back and has a new seven-song EP, Better Part, which holds more idiosyncratic surprises. For one excellent, old-time guitar adventure, see him Friday at New World.
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Sold Out. (727) 791-7400.
A long time ago, in a magical era called “the ’70s,” a band named Styx once wowed prog-rock fans with a couple of albums named The Grand Illusion (1977) and Pieces of Eight (1978). The band, then still a functioning and democratic group of happy fellows, gave their tunes whimsical titles such as Castle Walls and Aku Aku. And rock fans were content. Next thing you know, frontman Dennis DeYoung stages a coup, starts singing about old movie theaters and robots ... well, that’s why Dennis and the boys don’t talk to this day. But on Saturday night at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall, the clock turns back — if only for a night. Styx, these days with only Tommy Shaw and James Young remaining from their classic lineup, will play The Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight in their entirety, along with a selection of other greatest hits. Don’t hold your breath for Mr. Roboto. Somewhere out there, Mr. DeYoung is crying into his robot mask. — Steve Spears
With Billy Currington
MONDAY 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. $32.75-$52.75. (813) 301-6500.
Cinderella hates Carrie Underwood. Snow White wants to key her car. After all, when it comes to shiny, happy people, a Disney Princess has nada on the chipper cutie from Checotah, Okla. Yep, life is good for the blindingly blond American Idol champ. She has killer pipes, a ton of awards and a new marriage to NHL star Mike Fisher. In 2007, Underwood won her first three Grammys, including best new artist. She has since scored five Grammys total. Among other hardware, she’s won five Country Music Awards (including three female vocalist of the year nods), eight People’s Choice Awards and 15 Billboard Music Awards. She is also the first female artist to win back-to-back Academy of Country Music Awards for entertainer of the year in 2009 and 2010. — Sean Daly
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $25-$45. (727) 791-7400.
Over the past five years, MGMT has evolved from dorm-room collaboration to Grammy-nominated electro-pop band whose danceable debut, Oracular Spectacular, was hailed as one of the best rock albums of the new century. Singles Kids, Electric Feel and Time To Pretend popped up in countless TV shows, commercials and clubs, and were downloaded millions of times around the world. Their second album, this year’s psychedelic freakout Congratualations, was ... well, let’s just say the reviews were mixed. And singer Andrew VanWyngarden knows it. “I was expecting it to get an overall better reception than it did,” VanWyngarden said. “But none of the criticisms that I read ever seemed very valid. It was all just putting the album in the context of three singles from the first album, and not really taking it for the music that it was, which is something we’re very proud of, something new and different.” — Jay Cridlin
Steel Magnolia Fri. 9 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $9.95-$15. (813) 987-2855.
Xiu Xiu Fri. With Yip Yip, The Growlers. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.
Matt Hires Fri. With Mike Dunn, Joey Ryan. 7:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
The Funky Seeds Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Styx Sat. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Sold Out. (727) 791-7400.
Just Do Me Like That: The Tom Petty 60th Birthday Tribute Sat. Featuring Alexander and the Grapes, Experimental Pilot, Hat Trick Heroes, Kore, Sandy Atkinson and The True Loves, Steve Connelly and the Lesser Gods, The Loving Thorns, Will Quinlan, many more. 6 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Jars Of Clay Sat. With Brandon Heath. 6:30 p.m. Countryside Christian Center, 1850 N McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater. $25 and up. (866) 440-7880.
Florida Music Showcase Sat. featuring Parson Brown Band, Pam and Danny Rubenstien, Evergreen. 6:30 p.m. Gram’s Place, 3109 N Ola Ave., Tampa. Donations accepted. (813) 221-0596.
The Kym Purling Jazz Quartet (“A Jazz Impression of the Music of the Beatles”) Sat. 6:30 p.m. The Tampa Club, 101 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $55, includes dinner. (813) 229-6028.
Okean Elzy Sun. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $52. (727) 895-3045.
Side Door Jazz Sun. featuring Valerie Gillespie, Jose Valentino Ruiz. 3 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 822-3590.
Afroman Wed. With Black Flag Project, more. 9 p.m. Slim & Chubbies, 1436 U.S. 19, Holiday. $12. (727) 938-7336. Also at 8 p.m. Thur. at Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12. (813) 248-9500.
Pre-Fest Wed. featuring The Gay Blades, Fake Problems, Franz Nicolay, Big Kids, more. 6 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $10. (813) 382-3477.
Rusted Root Thurs. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 565-0551.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*