This week in Tampa: Chris Cornell, Martina McBride, Fishbone and more
Soundgarden hasn't played Tampa Bay since at least 1996, and that doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon. Instead, we'll have to make do without Kim Thayil's otherworldly beard, and make do with Chris Cornell's otherworldly voice, as his solo acoustic tour hits the Tampa Theatre on Saturday.
But it's hardly the only big show in town this weekend. After the jump, get Carole Liparoto's preview of shows by Kaki King, Martina McBride, Saves the Day, Bayside, Fishbone, Great White, Nappy Roots, Bubba Sparxxx, Carl Cox, Todd Rundgren's Utopia, Los Lobos, KEM, Matt Hires, Pato Banton, Emerson Drive, the Australian Pink Floyd Show, Architecture in Helsinki and much more...
With Craig Wedren
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin Street, Tampa. $29.50. (813) 229-7827.
Riding a wave of moody, monster riffs in ripped jeans, trailblazers Soundgarden were the first of the Seattle grunge bands to sign to a major label (1989). The band’s voracious wailer Chris Cornell will perform stool-top in Tampa Saturday, strumming acoustic versions of Soundgarden classics (Fell On Black Days, Burden In My Hand, Black Hole Sun), as well as tracks from his Audioslave and Temple of the Dog days. And perhaps to the chagrin of Soundgarden purists, he’ll likely pull out a track or two from that largely-panned Timbaland project and/or a cover of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean.
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. $15. (727) 791-7400.
This mousy, five-foot Georgia gal means business on a six string. Like a painter to canvas, fingerstyle player Kaki King manipulates her guitar (with a half set of acrylic nails, mind you) to form sounds “somewhere between funk and flamenco.” Influenced by players like Preston Reed, she treats her guitar like a percussive instrument, slapping the wood, rubbing the strings and sculpting the frets for a “you-gotta-see-for-yourself” live experience. King was the sole female artist honored in Rolling Stone’s “New Guitar Gods” story in 2007. Not long before that, she was playing for loose change in New York City subway stations. Now that’s fingerpickin’ good.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Demens Landing Park, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. $40-$50 at the door. (800) 745-3000 or (727) 892-5189.
Small St. Pete venue Demens Landing will host a big star with a big voice Saturday. While not a typically a concert site, the waterfront park presents best-selling country artist and steadfast vocalist Martina McBride. McBride, a singer who at one time worked the merch booth for Garth Brooks, has devoted much of her music to womanhood. She celebrates being a mom (In My Daughter’s Eyes), shouts out to 20-something singles “living on dreams and SpaghettiOs” (This One’s for the Girls), and tackles domestic violence (Independence Day, Concrete Angel). So it’s not that the guys can’t or shouldn’t attend, but it seems a McBride concert is especially fitting for a ladies night. Proceeds benefit the Mayor’s Mentors & More scholarship program.
Saves the Day and Bayside
With I am the Avalanche, Transit
WEDNESDAY 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.
Architects of emo Saves the Day are still finding themselves. And that’s a good thing for fans of the band’s trademark sugar-and-sadness pop-punk. Behind the boyish voice of Chris Conley, there’s still plenty of pain and heartache to go around. But we’ve heard co-headliner Bayside has been stealing these shows? Discuss.
With Roots of Creation, Paint the Town Red
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $5-$12. (727) 565-0551.
Fishbone has endured its share of lineup and style changes. The hysterical energy of frontman Angelo Moore, however, is unwavering. By that, we mean he’s still sporting wild wigs and climbing scaffolding while playing a blend of ska, punk, funk and metal at a machine-gun tempo. Perhaps most importantly, the all-black act has refused to let race dictate the style of music it has been playing for more than 30 years. You can pick up a ticket for $5 flat at Detroit Liquors.
WEDNESDAY 10 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $25. (866) 502-7529.
Is Great White the Bill Buckner of metal? When a single, heartbreaking evening (the true severity in this case is obviously much greater) overshadows anything else you’ve ever done, there’s certainly a similarity. But the ’80s act is doing its darndest to change that. They’ve toured relentlessly to benefit those in killed in the pyrotechnics tragedy in 2003. Wednesday, they’re back on path to redemption and ready to blast Once Bitten Twice Shy.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. $49.75-$65. (727) 791-7400.
Hello, It’s Me rocker Todd Rundgren plays with original Utopia members for the first time in more than 35 years. And that’s a huge deal, I am told. Frank Rossitano from 30 Rock, for one, is totally psyched. The accomplished musician and producer formed Utopia in 1974 with a more progressive style in mind. And that he got, particularly on efforts like Oops! Wrong Planet, Adventures in Utopia and Oblivion.
With Bubba Sparxxx
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $12-$15. (727) 565-0551.
Over front-porch guitar and honeyed organ, the boys from Bowling Green are back to spit sweetly about about grits, collards and neckbones (Po’ Folks, Awnaw). These rural Southerners practice “ballin’ on a budget” throughout their down-home catalogue. The Nappy Roots name “signifies our unwillingness to conform with fads,” says singer Skinny DeVille. “Once the fads die out, you always come back to the roots.” Fellow Southern rapper and Ms. New Booty propagator Bubba Sparxxx opens the show.
The Crash Mitchell Five Fri. With Y Los Dos Pistoles, Zulu Wave. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Riverhawk Music Festival Through Sun. With Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones, the Grand Slambovians, Claire Lynch Band, more. Sertoma Youth Ranch, Brooksville. $79-$115 advance, $95-$125 at the gate. (863) 984-8445, facebook.com/riverhawkmusicfestival.
Aids Wolf Fri. With Unicorn Hard-On, Yip-Yip, Skeleton Warrior and Diamond Man, Soft Rock Renegades. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.
Bird Street Players Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Jason Sturgeon Fri. 9:30 p.m. Cowboy’s Western World, 106 SR 60 East, Plant City. cowboyswesternworld.com.
Bob Anthony and Matt Grimshaw Fri. 7:30 p.m. Coffee House and Café, 8976 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. Free. (727) 397-1111.
Ybor Jazz Fest Fri.-Sun. With Belinda Womack, Sasha Tuck, Jim Morey Band, Nate Najar Trio, O Som Do Jazz, Helios Jazz Orchestra, New Groove City, more. Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building, 1505 E Palm Ave., Tampa. Daily passes $15; students/seniors $5; HCC faculty and students free with ID. (813) 259-6490.
Sarasota Blues Fest Sat. With Los Lobos, Ryan Shaw, Shaun Murphy, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Mike Imbasciani, Alex Shaw. 11 a.m. Ed Smith Stadium Complex, 2700 12th St., Sarasota. $22 advance, $27 day of; kids free with adult. (941) 954-4101. sarasotabluesfest.com/2011.
Music Fest for ALS Sat. With Damon Fowler, Greg Billings Band, Amanda Drake and the Barn Burners, Josh Lamkin and Automatic Heat, more. 11:30 a.m. Town Square Plaza Park, 5121 80th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $15-$20. (813) 810-7524. musicfestforals.com.
Meek Mill Sat. 10 p.m. Club Underground, 802 E Whiting St., Tampa. $20 and up. (813) 221-4582.
Car Bomb Driver Sat. With The Wankers, The Ruckus. 10 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg. $4. (727) 576-1091.
The Heavy Pets Sat. With COPE. 9 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Wednesday 13 Sat. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.
KEM Sun. With Ledisi, Timothy Bloom. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $39.50. (813) 229-7827.
Pato Banton and the Now Generation Band Sun. 8 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 871-7874.
Emerson Drive Sun. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10 and up. (727) 565-0551.
Tommy Castro Tues. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12 -$15. (813) 971-0666.
Matt Hires Wed. With Alexander and the Grapes, Rachel Platten. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. theorpheum.com.
The Australian Pink Floyd Show Wed. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $50.50-$68. (727) 791-7400.
Architecture in Helsinki Thurs. With Dom, Lo-Fi-Fink. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $15-$17. (813) 241-8600.
Carl Cox Thurs. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 259-9669.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*