This week in Tampa: Citizen Cope, James Taylor, Carole King and more
Perhaps you read our interview with Cracker about their show with Reverend Horton Heat and the Legendary Shack Shakers at the Ritz Ybor on Saturday. Perhaps you've read our preview of this year's Taste of Pinellas Festival, with Huey Lewis and the News, Martina McBride, America, Lonestar, Mitchel Musso and more.
After all this, you're still looking for more live music this week? Well, you've come to the right place.
Carole Liparoto has your complete official preview of this week's best concerts, including James Taylor and Carole King (above), Citizen Cope, Yes and Peter Frampton and more ...
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $21.50. (727) 565-0551.
With hurricane season officially underway, find comfort in Citizen Cope’s soulful safe-keeping jam Hurricane Waters. When hip-hop beats give way to the warm, unhurried refrain, “I will carry you through the hurricane waters to blue skies,” maybe the words “extremely active” won’t seem quite so intimidating. Cope’s sets often evoke bluesy, after-church sessions thanks to his mumbling Southern inflection, button-down attire and a thriving organ. Listen for the infectious Bullet and a Target, where he rhymes about drug abuse and teen pregnancy as if he were the jam circuit’s answer to Everlast.
With The Interventionists, Yogurt Smoothness
FRIDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
Comprised of three drolly named characters — “thumpster-wailer Dusty Mondy,” “six-string sorcerer Jasper Blue” and “slave to rhythm Archie Ray” — Alias Punch is a rock band from Orlando off its medication. Check out the psychedelic Gorilla Gorilla, a song that sounds as if the B-52s ditched matching-towel party-pop for sweaty, schizophrenic garage rock.
Drink Up Buttercup
With Jukebox The Ghost, The Sun Society
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Plugging your band as “the best thing out of Philly since the cheesesteak” seems like a setup for failure. But touché, Drink Up Buttercup. Here you’ve gone and piled up gooey hooks and tasty riffs for an altogether satisfying serving of indie rock. These Beatles devotees, who seemed to have played Strawberry Fields Forever on repeat for quite some time, sing about star-crossed lovers, drunks and acid trips. Piano-pop act Jukebox the Ghost has shared stages with Regina Spektor and Kanye West and evokes a mix of “Ben Folds, They Might Be Giants and Queen,” says VH1.
Dynasty CD release
With Aych, Mike Mass, Jinx, Hop and Blue Legacy
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
Dynasty, the lil’ mama with a big presence in Tampa hip-hop, will release her new mixtape Saturday. Titled Dreampusher, the new release shows the local femcee flexing lots of lyrical muscle over thick bass/snare patterns. But she’s also wearing her heart on her sleeve this time around, something she’s never really done live. “I can be so aggressive on stage that I think people forget that I’m still a girl,” she says. Dynasty, a.k.a. Diana Hardy, started writing and reciting in her early teens and has since graduated to opening shows for Mos Def, Wu-Tang Clan and KRS-One.
Sisters Singing for Sisters
Featuring Lori Karpay, Barbara Lane, Mele, Karmic Tattoo, Anne Van Atta and Friends, Judy Tampa, Natty Moss Bond, Maggie Council, Lizz Straight, The Fallopian Tubes, Crescendo.
SUNDAY 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666. $10-$13. (727) 791-7400.
Crescendo, a 20-year-old Tampa Bay women’s chorus, will travel to Chicago’s Loyola University with women’s music pioneer and activist Cris Williamson to perform at the 10th Sister Singers Choral Festival. But to see that they get there without a hitch, top local female artists are donating time and talent to raise travel funds. With Natty Moss Bond’s honeyed harmonies, Judy Tampa’s aurally mellow but lyrically bold folk-rock, and Lizz Straight’s combustible spoken word poetry on the slate, the evening also serves as a fine Lilith Fair warmup.
James Taylor and Carole King
SUNDAY 8 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $35-$95. (813) 301-2500.
Hall-of-fame singer-songwriters James Taylor (Shower the People, Fire and Rain, Sweet Baby James) and Carole King (So Far Away, It’s Too Late, You’ve Got a Friend) epitomize the very essence of the soft-hit formula: often acoustic-based, ethereal, highly romantic, earnest. It’s the music of the peacenik — or at least the dude trying to get lucky at the beach bonfire. This awesomely touchy-feely double bill is being dubbed the “Troubadour Reunion” — this tour marks the 40th anniversary of King and Taylor’s headlining performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in 1970, launching them both to stardom. — Sean Daly
Yes and Peter Frampton
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$89.50. (727) 791-7400.
In addition to making Google searches a challenge, Yes’s oh-so-simple band name has always contradicted its talent for going so sonically complex, so symphonically big and so cosmically out-there. (The casual listener might say excessive. Musicians say genius.) Progfathers Chris Squire, Steve Howe and Alan White will be joined by Oliver Wakeman, son of keyboardist Rick Wakeman, and singer Benoit David, filling in for Jon Anderson. Talking guitar god Peter Frampton, whose long list of achievements include playing “Homerpalooza” and saving Peter Griffin’s marriage, will perform material off of Grammy-winning Fingerprints, as well classics from Frampton Comes Alive.
Nightcap Pajama Party Fri. Featuring Sons of Hippies, Sleepy Vikings, Andy Matchett and the Minks, DJ Sugarbear. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. myspace.com/fubardowntown.
Sarah Mac Band Fri. 7:30 p.m. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 644-7895.
Skull and Bone Band CD release Fri. With Cope. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7. (813) 971-0666.
Lee Brice Fri. 9 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $5. (813) 987-2855.
Palm Harbor Parrot Head Party Sat. With Ernie Hahn, Nightly Blues, The Caribbean Chillers. 2 p.m. Florida Avenue and 11th Street, Palm Harbor. (727) 787-4700.
Speak Easy Sat. 7 p.m. Jollimon’s, 941 Huntley Ave., Dunedin. (727) 735-0498.
Disco Inferno Sat. With DJ J.D. 8:30 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 N 66th St., Largo. $10 (727) 532-0265.
Pressurefest Sat. featuring Dangerous New Machine (formerly Stereomud), Hell Within, Letter to the Exiles, As Bridges Burn, more. 5:30 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $10. (727) 843-0686.
Michael Stuart Sat. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0551.
Arm the Poor Sat. With Lights Out, Nothing in the Dark, Bible Dinosaurs. 8 p.m. Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $5. (727) 943-5713.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*