This week in Tampa: Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, School House Rock and more
Without question, the place to be for live music this week is the Ford Amphitheatre. With shows by Kenny Chesney on Sunday, Coldplay on Sunday, Dave Matthews Band on Tuesday and the Rockstar Energy Mayehm Festival on Wednesday (not to mention gigs by Incubus and Def Leppard next weekend), the venue is gearing up for a massive week of business. Click here for the details on all those shows.
But what if you're not into sheds? Fear not. Carole Giambalvo is here to walk you through the rest of the week in concerts, including Classixx, Emery, Hippiefest, Candy Bars, Schoolhouse Rock Live and a CD release party by local rising stars Tides of Man...
Schoolhouse Rock Live (Junior)
FRIDAY 7 p.m. and SATURDAY 2 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $6-$7. (727) 587-6793.
Why is it that you can remember all the words to Montell Jordan’s This Is How We Do It but can’t remember that username and password you created yesterday? Well, the creator of Schoolhouse Rock shared similar sentiments back in 1973 — his son could recite all the words to songs on the radio, but couldn’t remember his multiplication tables. With that, a Saturday morning series that paired likeable songs with educational info (Just a Bill, Conjunction Junction) was born. Now, Gen-Xers and their kids can enjoy the musical rendition of the Emmy-award winning cartoon together.
Tides of Man CD release
With Raising Theos
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-9500.
A Tides of Man set might be the musical equivalent of an hour on the Gravitron. The Tampa rising stars rock dizzying riffs, sing dramatically and shift between hardcore, progressive and even classical genres. The group was recently signed to Rise Records, home to Emarosa, Drop Dead, Gorgeous and Breathe Carolina. Their new disc Empire Theory, a reference to the thoughts of French philosopher Charles de Montesquieu (“an Empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war”) rings with the influence of the Mars Volta, the Dear Hunter and Coheed and Cambria.
Featuring Tom Tiratto and the Joe Stagi Big Band Orchestra
SATURDAY 9 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $50. Must prepay at celebratesinatra.com or by calling (813) 247-2555.
Every year since Frank Sinatra’s passing in 1998, Ken Walters, owner of a promotional products company in Tampa, has held a tribute event in his honor. Saturday, Walters will transform Ybor’s Ritz Theater into a ’50s-’60s-style nightclub where guests may swing to the standards in their finest duds, he says. Come fly with Tom Tiratto and the Joe Stagi Big Band Orchestra as they recreate Ol’ Blue Eyes’ most famous works.
WEDNESDAY 10 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 247-2664.
Berklee College of Music dropouts Tyler Blake and Michael David keep a diverse fan base — scene kids, indie rock fans, giant headphone-wearing types — sweatin’ to sleek house, electronica and a grab bag of remixes. Formerly known as “Young Americans” (a legal issue forced them to change the name), the L.A. duo digs Depeche Mode and Simian Mobile Disco and lays down “gorgeously pillowy synth-disco,” says Pitchfork. Listen for their hot interpretation of Phoenix’s Lisztomania.
With Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 896-2276.
Whether describing liars, cheats (Studying Politics), party girls (Party On), or the differences between heaven and hell, South Carolina’s Emery brings the saga to life with a blend of tenacious screamo and melodic pop-punk. The backwoods boys of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, led by former Underoath frontman Dallas Taylor, meld Southern rock with metal, and have a strange fascination with the Ma Barker story.
Featuring the Turtles, Mountain, Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, Badfinger feat. Joey Molland, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $51.50-$88. (727) 791-7400.
With merry, Byrds-inspired folk-pop tune Happy Together, the Turtles famously knocked the Beatles’ Penny Lane from the No. 1 spot on the charts in 1967. Later, Elenore was the group’s tongue-in-cheek answer (“Gee, I think you’re swell”) to fans’ demands for more songs like it. (Me First and the Gimme Gimmes do a pretty killer cover of that one too). Big man Leslie West continues to lead blues-rock act Mountain, whose hit Mississippi Queen (a Homer Simpson favorite) rumbles with the influence of Cream. Interesting fact — the band had only performed a handful of live shows before playing in front of a half a million or so people at Woodstock.
With Venice Is Sinking, the Pauses
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Tampa three-piece Candy Bars makes a welcome return to New World Brewery this weekend. A former Spin artist of the day, the band’s keyboard/guitar/cello-driven sound was once described by the mag as “Broken Social Scene-inspired balladic lo-fi,” delivered with “bucolic whimsy.”
Summer Jam 2009
Featuring Tom G., Javon Black, Hard White, Dynasty, Cristol, Strizzo, Javon Black, Skroodle, Miss Maggie
SATURDAY 5 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 896-2276.
Leading hip-hop and R&B artists from around the Bay huddle up at Jannus Landing to celebrate the local scene. Workhorse Javon Black’s danceable R&B track Shawty Tear It Up and croaky, streetwise rapper Tom G.’s I’m There are the biggest hits from this bunch to date. But all the artists on the bill have club-ready songs that could easily be next.
Poetry 'n Lotion: Fri. With Nervous Turkey, DJ mini horse. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Fake Problems: Fri. With Ninja Gun, Glasgow. 8 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $8. (813) 382-3477.
Christian Death: Fri. With Culture of Greed, Gothic Inquisition Circus. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600.
Eric Scholz: Fri. With Brad Tilbe, Tobacco Pat. 8 p.m. Globe Coffee Lounge, 532 First Ave. N., St Petersburg. Free. (727) 898-5282.
Sugaroot: Fri. With Mansions on Memorial, Iris to Grey, Asilo, Signals From Satellites. 8 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-2356.
Four Year Strong: Fri. With Drive A, Set Your Goals, more. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.
Respect: A Musical Journey of Women: Sat. 7:30 p.m. and Sun. 4 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $34.50. (813) 229-7827.
Misunderstood Superheroes: Sat. 7 p.m. Neptunes Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $7. (727) 943-5713.
BuYuSuk: Sat. With Clenchfist, Dirty Hammock, Consinity. 7 p.m. Club Atmosphere, 5792 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. $10. (352) 628-6910.
Dudefest: Sat. With Waste, the Degenerates, the Unemployed, Trenchfoot. 8 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N. 30th St., Tampa. $7. (813) 971-1679.
Threat Signal: Sun. With Autumn Offering, Sybreed, the Agonist. Brass Mug, 1441 E. Fletcher Avenue, Tampa. (813) 972-8152.
Jim Morey Band: Sun. 9 p.m. The Hub, 719 N. Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.
The Chicken Chasers: Sun. 8:30 p.m. Ringside Café, 2742 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 894-8465.
Shiragirl: Mon. With Yoshi Gish. 8 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $5. (727) 843-0686.
Jacuzzi Boys: Wed. With Davila 666, more. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Bet Me I’m Lying: Wed. 8 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Love and Theft: Aug. 13 (afer the Threshers game) Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Rd., Clearwater. Free with game ticket (727) 712-4300.
Guttermouth: Aug. 13. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-9500.
Pickford Sundries: Aug. 13. 7 p.m. Oldsmar Tap House, 300 State St. E., Oldsmar. Free. (813) 855-9181.
-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*. Photo by Associated Press.
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