This week in Tampa: Crystal Antlers, Trey Songz, Less Than Jake and more
If you're a fan of Top 40 music, you'll no doubt find yourself at the St. Pete Times Forum this week for the 93.3 Jingle Ball, featuring Adam Lambert as host and guests ranging from the Fray and Pitbull to Top-10 newbies Jason Derulo, Iyaz and Ke$ha. Click here for all the details on that show.
If, on the other hand, you're up for something a little more off the beaten path, this weekend has plenty to offer you, including Crystal Antlers (above), Less Than Jake, Trey Songz, John McCutcheon, Cage and a farewell show by one of Tampa Bay's top singer-songwriters, Geri X.
After the jump, get Carole Giambalvo's concert picks for the week ahead ...
With Sophia Fresh, Brian O’Neal
SATURDAY 10 p.m. Mirage, 3605 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. (813) 673-8835.
Ladies love him. Headboards fear him. Petersburg, Va.’s Trey Songz (who, in case you didn’t know, “invented sex”) lays down steamy, unashamed R&B and playful pop with one goal in mind — moving the party from the club to the bedroom. Songz’s September release Ready, which includes R. Kelly-like bottle popper Say Aah, Drake collaboration Successful, and flirty, emoticon-inspired LOL :-) with Soulja Boy (his phone plan clearly allows for unlimited sexting), is up against Beyonce’s I am ... Sasha Fierce for the Best Contemporary R&B Album Grammy.
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. Cost TBD. (813) 241-8600.
Crystal Antlers rehash sounds of the late ’60s — from the Doors’ organ-fueled pyschedelia to Captain Beefheart’s baffling musical innovations — to create a modern maelstrom of progressive rock, blues, garage, punk and “other.” Like fellow Californian lo-fi act Waaves, the band’s blog buzz is high. Fortunately, so is its technical proficiency. Guitars emit noisy, swirling jams. Organs go untamed. Dueling drums pound out odd time signatures. Top all of that off with cinematic, scratchy-throated wailing and you’ve got a wild ride — even without mescaline.
Less Than Jake and Cage
With the Swellers
SUNDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$22. (813) 247-2555.
From Tom Petty to Tim Tebow, Gainesville has produced some beloved figures over the years. If you’re a fan of ska-punk, that list may also include Less Than Jake. The group had a modest hit in the Science of Selling Yourself Short and even landed a couple of opening dates on a Bon Jovi tour. As for opener Chris “Cage” Palko, he seems about as out of place on this bill as Judi Dench on Cops. Cage, whose storied past includes drug addiction, parental abuse, mental anxiety and a self-destructive feud with Eminem, vents through the use of eerie electro raps and dark narratives.
Geri X farewell show
With Jimmy Gnecco (of Ours), James Hall, the Biters, Sara Haze
SATURDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $8-$10. (727) 895-3045.
Singer-songwriter Geri X., one of tbt*’s Ultimate Local Artists in 2009, is moving to Atlanta (sigh). The Bulgarian-born singer-songwriter has lived in St. Petersburg for about five years, during which she traveled away from Florida for long stretches of time. But “this is the first time we’re selling all of our stuff,” Geri told the tbt* in October. “We’re about to go through the door, and hopefully good things will come out of it.” She’ll work with Atlanta indie label Underated Records to put out an album early next year.
With Kevin So
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 822-3590.
A folk musician, historian and master of the hammered dulcimer (a stringed instrument that produces a rich, sweet tone when struck (properly) with a spoon-like mallet), John McCutcheon has produced more than 25 albums since the 1970s. It wasn’t until his days as a dad in the early ’80s, however, that he’d try his hand at children’s music (a genre he found to be “unmusical and condescending” at the time). His kids audio book Christmas in the Trenches was a Grammy nominee.
Rick Gee’s Jazz Jamm featuring Lannie Battistini
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street S., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 892-5767.
The ongoing Jazz Jamm series features Latin jazz pianist and composer Lannie Battistini. After graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Battistini moved to Miami, where he produced, arranged tracks for and toured with the likes of Willy Chirino and Jose Feliciano. Today he lives in Brandon, where he still composes music, often through his jingle and ad scoring business, Hands in Motion — which is also the title of his most recent album. Battistini and band will perform originals and Latin jazz standards.
Bowzer’s Holiday Rock and Roll Party
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $38-$68. (727) 791-7400.
Oldies but goodies, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge (16 Candles), “Bowzer” (Sha Na Na) and the Stingrays, Jay Siegel of the Tokens (The Lion Sleeps Tonight), Little Peggy March (I Will Follow Him) and the Original Comets (Rock Around the Clock) perform both hits and holiday favorites.
The Black Honkeys: Fri. 9:30 p.m. Cuso’s, 2405 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. $5. (727) 596-5633.
Tracy Grammer: Fri. 8 p.m. Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$20. (727) 323-2787.
The Trio: Fri. 8 p.m. The Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Nessie: Fri. 9 p.m. The Emerald, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 898-6054.
Go Rydell (Clothing for Kids Benefit): Fri. 6 p.m. Transitions Gallery, 4215 East Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 382-3477.
Tigercity: Fri. With Ryan Wendell Bauer, more. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Cope: Fri. With the Hip Abduction. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $8. (813) 971-0666.
LoCash Cowboys :Fri. 10 p.m. The Round-Up, 13918 West Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. (813) 855-1464.
Dimebag Darrell tribute: Fri. 7 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th Street N., Largo. $10-$12. (727) 532-0265.
Rock Encounter (workshop with Lee Ahlin): Sat. 1 p.m. David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts,1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Free. (813) 229-7827.
WMNF Holiday Bazaar: Sat. featuring Rebekah Pulley, Parson Brown, Shana Banana, Juniper, Dean Johanesen, more. 10 a.m. Cuban Club, 2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. $3. (813) 248-2954.
New Roman Times: Sat. With the Beauvilles, Mouse Fire. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Hallucination Before Christmas: Sat. featuring Jackal and Hyde, Tommie Sunshine, Monk, more. 9 p.m. Czar, 1420 E .Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 247-2664.
Speak Easy: Sat. 7 p.m. The Living Room, 680 Main Street, Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-5202.
Chris Nathan: Sat. 9 p.m. World of Beer, 5226 Fourth Street N., St. Petersburg. (727) 525-4589.
Someday Souvenir: Sat. 9 p.m. Shackelton’s Folly, 4300 Sixth Street S., St. Petersburg, Free. (727) 329-8847.
Cold: Sat. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th Street N., Largo. $12-$14. (727) 532-0265.
Ronny Elliott: Sun. 4 p.m. Ella’s, 5119 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000.
Toubab Krewe: Sun. 7 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Bitch: Sun. With the State Of, Her Name Is Victory, Dear Old Liar. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Acho Brother: Tues. 9 p.m. Yeomans, 236 East Davis Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 251-2748.
Eek-A-Mouse: Wed. With Impulse. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$18. (813) 971-0666.
The Gills: Thurs. With Proud Iron Lion, more. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
-- Carole Giambalvo. Photo by Jennie Warren.