This week in Tampa: Chris Brown, Duran Duran, Arctic Monkeys and more
We'll get to the great shows happening in Tampa this weekend in a second, but first, a public service announcement: Don't forget about all the artists coming to Orlando, too. This weekend and next week, Orlando will get shows by Adele, Death Cab For Cutie, Childish Gambino, Never Shout Never, the New Pornographers, the Sounds, Cyndi Lauper and Dr. John, the B-52s, Friendly Fires with Theophilus London, Thrice, MC Chris and more. That's a heck of a music week. Why aren't any of those acts coming here?
But we digress. There are some phenomenal Tampa Bay shows this weekend too: Chris Brown (above), Duran Duran, Arctic Monkeys, Peter Frampton, k.d. lang, the Dirty Heads, Gym Class Heroes, Mates of State, Yuck, Mord Fustang, Ralph Stanley and the kickoff of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, with Trombone Shorty and Kevin Eubanks.
Here with the details on all these shows and more is Carole Liparoto...
With Neon Trees
MONDAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 North McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater. Some $79.50 and $49.50 tickets may remain. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
There’s no question you’ll hear some of Duran Duran’s biggest hits (Rio, Notorious, Hungry Like the Wolf, Wild Boys) when they play this relatively small venue in one of the hottest shows of the fall — most tickets were gobbled up within minutes of going on sale. But you can also expect a chunk from All You Need Is Now, the band’s 13th studio album, which was released in March. “We reckon the ratio of new songs to old can be one-third to two-thirds,” says singer Simon Le Bon. “All you can do is try it out on the audience.” Simon, something tells us they’ll like it just fine.
With Bow Wow, T-Pain, Tyga
FRIDAY 7 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $32.75-$144.25. (813) 740-2446.
The headlines haven’t been kind to Chris Brown since that fateful night in February 2009. But if there’s one place C. Breezy has eluded even the worst critiques, it’s on the stage. Brown is making a case for a comeback this year on the F.A.M.E Tour, singing passionately and stepping slyly like a hero of his — one who endured personal battles of his own — the King of Pop. Opening the show are T-Pain, the papa of pitch correction (Buy U a Drank, Church); Bow Wow, who now at age 24 has dropped the “Lil”; and Tyga, the self-proclaimed “hottest export out of Compton since NWA” (Coconut Juice).
Mates of State
With Yawn, Y Los Dos Pistoles
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$18. theorpheum.com.
An astute listener once likened seeing a Mates of State show to getting pelted with candy. We’d agree. Far more Matt and Kim than John and Yoko, real mates Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel gush about marital bliss over infectiously sweet indie pop. The duo even tours with two children and a nanny in tow. And while latest album Mountaintops adds horns, guitar and some new elements to the Mates’ simplistic, signature keyboard-drums sound, the sugar stays.
With Porcelain Raft, Palantine
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.
When pondering the worst band names of last couple of decades, Chumbawamba and Hoobastank are frontrunners. Yuck might have made the list, too, until we realized the title was actually perfect for its brand of rotten, unkempt garage rock. The fuzzy, poorly recorded tunes call to mind our favorite slacker stuff of the ’90s. In fact, check out Get Away, potentially the best song Dinosaur Jr. never wrote.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.50-$79.50. (727) 791-7400.
Do you feel like ... Frampton!? The talking guitar god and ’70s rock icon plays a three-hour set Saturday. Frampton’s long list of achievements includes playing “Homerpalooza” and saving Peter Griffin’s marriage. But this year, he’ll celebrate a “real-life” milestone, the 35th anniversary of best-selling live disc Frampton Comes Alive! (Baby, I Love Your Way, Do You Feel Like We Do), by performing the album in its entirety.
With Smith Westerns
SUNDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $31.50. (813) 247-2555.
When Artic Monkeys debuted the bottle-breaking, gun-toting, girl-getting, cycle-riding video for Suck It and See (NSFW) this summer, all our memories of the loud, grubby Brit rock pack came crashing back. In 2006 and you might recall the impudent, vintage rockers were waist-deep in hype as Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not became the fastest-selling debut album in British music history. While the album fizzled in the U.S. by comparison, the Monkeys power on in 2011 with a large, loyal American following. Because after all, matted hair, black jeans and seedy bar stories cross all borders, don’t they?
k.d. lang and The Siss Boom Bang
With Teddy Thompson
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $52.50-$88. (727) 791-7400.
A lowercase lady with sultry pitch-perfection on the mind and Patsy Cline in the heart, k.d. lang continues to flirt with a wide range of styles, most notably an extra-alternative brand of country music. Most recent Sing It Loud (with new band The Siss Boom Bang) finds k.d. in more raucous form (for k.d. lang, anyway). Fans might also expect set staples Constant Craving, Pullin’ Back the Reins and Roy Orbison cover Crying.
Dirty Heads and Gym Class Heroes
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $22 and up. (727) 565-0551.
Stoney reggae-rock bands from Cali are a dime a dozen these days. But sun-loving pacifists Dirty Heads broke the mold when they released Lay Me Down, a reggae-hop love story drowned in Corona. The group earned extra street cred when Rolling Stone named them one of the Best New Bands of 2010 and when Slash lent his screaming six string to the track Check the Level. Frisky pop-rock act Gym Class Heroes and frontman Travie McCoy co-headline the show with a Warped Tour-meets-the-shore vibe.
The Beauvilles Fri. With Dirty Names, Andy Matchett and the Minks. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Oktobeerfest 11 Fri. Featuring The Fritz, Bird Street Players and Sat. 7 p.m. featuring Tribal Style, Funky Seeds. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Buckwheat Zydeco Fri. With Beth McKee. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
The Marty Balin Band Fri. With Sound Parlor. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 565-0551.
Conspirator Fri. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
15th Annual Music in the Park Concert Series Fri. featuring Roy Stewart. 7 p.m. Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road, Seminole. Free. (727) 391-8345.
Jim “Kimo” West Fri. 8 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa (UU Dome), 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 988-8188.
Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugs N Harmony Sat. With Primer 55, Danny Diablo, more. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
Skyla Burrell Sat. 9 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 576-1091.
Dash Berlin Sat. With DOCO. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10 and up. (813) 873-8368.
The Stick Martin Show Sat. 9 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. (866) 502-7529.
Hispanic Heritage Concert Sun. featuring Angel Y Khriz 12 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $15 and up. (727) 562-4800.
Cavalera Conspiracy Sun. With OTE. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $29.50. (727) 532-0265.
Dr. Ralph Stanley and His Clinch Mountain Boys Sun. With Jubal’s Kin. 6 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.
Mord Fustang Sun. With Nerd Rage, Halo Nova. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$15. theorpheum.com.
30 Years of Jazz: A Tribute to Bob Seymour Sun. featuring Ira Sullivan, Dick Hyman, Gumbi Ortiz, Fred Johnson, Kym Purling, Nate Najar, John Lamb, Michael Royal, Michael Ross, David Pate, Tom Carabasi, Rose Bilal, Mark Neuenschwander, Whitney James, Larue Nickelson, Jack Wilkins, Mark Feinman, Alejandro Arenas, Denise Moore. 4 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $20-$40. (727) 822-3590.
Grant Peeples Sun. With Rebecca Zapen. 2:30 p.m. The Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 Bearss Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 273-3652.
Stevie B. Mon. With Tha Mixfits. Blue Martini, 2223 N Westshore Blvd., Tampa. $30 and up. (813) 873-2583.
Weedeater Wed. With Saviours, Bison, Fight Amp. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13. theorpheum.com.
Clearwater Jazz Holiday Opening Night Thurs. featuring Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Kevin Eubanks, Global Affect. 5 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Free. (727) 562-4800.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*