This week in Tampa: Crue Fest, Steve Earle, Jamie Foxx and more
Summer doesn't officially come to a close until Sept. 23, but with school back in session, summer sure feels over, doesn't it?
With that in mind, there are plenty of concerts this week for you to check out as an end-of-summer celebration. Yesterday we brought you our interview with uber-entertainer Jamie Foxx, who's performing Monday at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. After the jump, get the rest of Carole Giambalvo's concert picks, including Steve Earle, Hot Tuna, Big Cheese and shows stocked with hippies (WMNF Groove Fest), cool kids (Summer Jam 5) and rockers (Crue Fest 2, featuring Motley Crue, Godsmack, Drowning Pool and Theory of a Deadman, above).
Crue Fest 2
Featuring Motley Crue, Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool, Charm City Devils
FRIDAY 5 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 US Hwy. 301 N., Tampa. $10-$95. (813) 740-2446.
The riotous, self-indulgent ’80s act defined by sex, drugs and Aqua Net puts on the sequel to the most successful touring rock festival of last summer (according to Rolling Stone), Crue Fest. The hair metal hellions and kings of excess (did guitarist Nikki Sixx really snort fire ants?) will perform all of best-selling 1989 album Dr. Feelgood (Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away), Kickstart My Heart) and more. Alice in Chains-honoring Godsmack, fronted by concrete vocalist Sully Erna, and Nickelback-like Theory of a Deadman are among the main stage openers. Bonus: Drowning Pool, above, will be performing a short, invite-only acoustic set at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino between noon and 3 p.m. Friday.
Swing Dance Night at Datz
Featuring Wholly Cats
THURSDAY (8/27) 8 p.m. Datz Delicatessen, 2616 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 831-7000.
Pastrami? Swing dancing? We’re so there. Datz Deli in Tampa clears out the downstairs dining area so swing dancers can Lindy Hop on the hardwood for Swing Night. Versatile trio Wholly Cats performs jazz, jump blues, surf and ’50s and ’60s classics.
THURSDAY (8/27) 7 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. $10-TBD. (727) 736-0606.
Bobby Long’s murky, passionate brand of acoustic folk was so well received by listeners last Sunday at the Dunedin Brewery (myself included) that he’ll return to the venue for an encore performance. The bashful British singer-songwriter and close friend to heartthrob-of-the-decade Robert Pattinson co-wrote the Twilight ballad Let Me Sign (a bonus track sung by Pattinson on the soundtrack and played briefly in the movie). Long’s intimate tales and gorgeous finger-picking pay homage to Elliott Smith, Gram Parsons and Nick Drake, yet his take on sad, twangy folk seems very much original, fresh and relevant. Perhaps his most stunning work, the song Two Years Old was inspired by his grandfather’s days as a pilot in WWII.
With Patrick Sweany
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $30-$35. (813) 971-0666.
Can you name any “side project” bands that have outlasted their original groups? (Something tells me Foxboro Hot Tubs — better known as Green Day — aren’t going to make the cut.) Hot Tuna is one such side project. Formed by Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady, the blues-rock-folk group has been on and off since the early ’70s, performing originals and covering blues classics (Know You Rider, Hesitation Blues). Jorma and Jack return to Skipper’s, this time with mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and funk drummer Skoota Warner.
Native Music Rocks
Featuring Micki Free’s American Horse Trio, Hank Nelson Jr., Levi and the Plateros, Martha Redbone, Keith Secola, Crystal Shawanda, Casper
TUESDAY Fashion show at 7 p.m. Micki Free at 10 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock and Casino, 5223 Orient Rd., Tampa. Free. (866) 502-7529.
Native American artists unite to celebrate contributions to the music and fashion industry. Cherokee/Comanche Native American Micki Free and his American Horse Trio, featuring former Lenny Kravitz drummer and grade-A badass Cindy Blackman, will perform. Free, an adept guitarist and flautist, and once a member of body-popping ’80s R&B group Shalamar (Dancing in the Sheets), now focuses on Hendrix-style blues-rock. He found a place in recent pop culture lore when he was featured as a member of Prince’s basketball-playing entourage on Chappelle’s Show.
Performing at the WMNF Peace Awards, hosted by Amy Goodman
SATURDAY 6 p.m. Maestro’s inside the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Sold out. (813) 238-8001.
In the years following his outlaw country-rock hit Copperhead Road (1989), Steve Earle’s songwriting took a largely political and introspective turn. On 2002’s Jerusalem, Earle dealt openly with the war and the Islamic faith. John Walker’s Blues, about an American fighting on the side of Taliban forces, was deemed especially controversial for its failure to condemn the soldier. Earle will perform a 30-minute solo acoustic set Saturday during this fundraiser for WMNF.
Summer Jam 5
SATURDAY 5 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969. And Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600. $6-$15, BBQ included.
Featuring the Honorary Title, Cory Branan, Damion Suomi, the Beauvilles, the Sheaks, Shunda K, Guiltmaker, Da Goldminerz, the Tape Delay, Deficit, Mogul Steet Reserve, How Dare You, Larcen, Blind Man’s Colour, Slim Hustle, Stereotype and the Treble Makers, GreyMarket, Alexander and the Grapes
Summer Jam organizer Joe D’Acunto put together a lineup as diverse as the music he spins as Tastemaker DJ Colonic (we’re talking Hercules and Love Affair to Frankie Valli). Headliner The Honorary Title evokes a mix of Andrew Bird, Dashboard Confessional and Manchester Orchestra. Orlando’s Damion Suomi, who had a monthlong residency this summer at L.A.’s famed singer-songwriter venue the Hotel Café, offers a sound once astutely described by a friend as, “kind of like Michael Stipe and Billy Bragg having too many beers and playing Woody Guthrie songs.” Charismatic rockers the Beauvilles recently won Best Music Video at the Sunscreen Film Festival (an annual event hosted by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society). Husky-toned Larcen calls to mind Atlanta rapper Gorilla Zoe with raw but danceworthy jams. And prog-rocking technical dynamos Mogul Street Reserve balance tricky time signatures a la Rush, with clean melodies like those of the Police.
WMNF Groove Fest
Featuring Shak Nasti, Cope, Earth Bombs Mars, Middle Rhythm Session, Soulshine, Burnin Smyrnans
SUNDAY 3 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Do the words “jam band” strike fear in your heart? More often than not, the term is merely misunderstood, say the hosts of WMNF’s In the Groove radio show. Celebrate the art of improvisation and genre-jumping with the experimental Middle Rhythm Session, who infuse electro and hip-hop elements into a jazz-rock blend. Funky jazz trio Shak Nasti has backed New Orleans’ Bobby Lee Rodgers and Roosevelt Collier (Lee Boys). And Earth Bombs Mars, fronted by Rich Whiteley, brings early Grateful Dead-like instrumentation, psychedelia, blues and folk.
With Jim Jones, Buffie the Body, Kit Muzik
THURSDAY 10 p.m. Club Skye, 1509 Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 247-6606.
Jokey local rapper and song parody man Big Cheese goes all Weird Al on fellow Tampa rapper Plies with his track Gimme Dat Bacon (in response to Plies’ song Becky): “Belly’s so big I can’t do Yoga / Have two sandwiches with some soda.” Cheese, a.k.a. Jakeem Johnson, will perform Thursday at Skye, and he says high-flying Harlem rapper Jim Jones will also appear.
Rebelution: Fri. With Iration. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
The Divine Process: Fri. With Winters Last Fall, Proclaim and Endure, In Reference to a Sinking Ship, more. 7 p.m. Neptunes Lounge, 13 S. Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $7. (727) 943-5713.
The Winter Sounds: Fri. With Parachute Musical, the Gills. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Kenny Vance and the Planotones: Fri. 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39.50. (727) 791-7400.
DJ Icey: Fri. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free for ladies 21 and up. (813) 259-9669.
Four Star Riot: Sat. With R50 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. $5. (727) 736-0606.
Must Not Kill: Fri. With Quarter, the Villian, Melora, Horde of Moloch, the Effaced. 8 p.m. The Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Avenue, Tampa. $5. (813) 972-8152.
Rushour (Tribute to Rush): Fri. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $18-$23. (727) 587-6793.
Claiborne: Sat. With Hello Alaska, Less Than a Second. 8 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-2356.
Burning Tree: Sat. 10 p.m. Bulls Club, 1251 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $5. (813) 975-0402.
Speak Easy: Sat. 7 p.m. The Living Room, 680 Main St., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-5202.
Matt Hires: Sun. 2 p.m. Vinyl Fever, 4110 Henderson Blvd. Tampa. Free. (813) 289-8399.
Kiki and the Whales: Sun. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $9. (813) 248-9500.
Psychostick: Sun. With Global Decay. 7 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $10. (727) 843-0686.
Flying Snakes: Thurs. With Weedeater, Hot Graves, Five Suns. Brass Mug, 1441 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 972-8152.
-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*
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