Make us your home page

This week in Tampa: Dave Matthews Band, Melissa Etheridge, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard and more


WOW, what a week we have for you in Tampa Bay.

All week, we've been celebrating the 2010 Vans Warped Tour -- check out out features on Automatic Loveletter, The Pretty Reckless, The Summer Set, Gardening, Not Architecture, Eyes Set To Kill and more bands to watch.

Yesterday, we brought you an interview with the one and only Weird Al Yankovic.

And while all this is going on, we're practically ignoring the fact that one of the biggest bands in the country, Dave Matthews Band, is coming to the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre next week. Or that former American Idol foes Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard are joining forces at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Or that this is one of the best local music weeks in recent memory, with the blockwide Anti-Warped Fest, Jannus Live's Rock for Research show and huge Gulf Coast oil spill benefits at Fubar and the Beach Theater.

After the jump, Carole Liparoto provides the details on all these concerts and more, including Crowded House, The Fixx, Melissa Etheridge, Wisin y Yandel, Sister Sledge, Secondhand Serenade, Beres Hammond with Inner Circle, Chubb Rock, Deer Tick and many, many more ...

Dave Matthews Band
With Gov’t Mule
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $40-$75. (813) 740-2446.
Dave Matthews Band’s pop-slanting gumbo of funk, jazz and jam-rock always divides the house. One camp will never understand Dave, his dancing eyebrows, or tailgate cornhole toss. The other knows every word to Jimi Thing and wouldn’t miss this summer stop for anything, especially now that the band will be taking a full year off after the tour (the first major break in its history). Listen for Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King track Shake Me Like a Monkey to tear down the Amp. Speaking of, when can we start calling it “The Gary?”

Anti-Warpt Fest
At the Local 662: Have Gun, Will Travel, The Semis, Alias Punch, Florida Night Heat, Brent Rademaker. At Fubar: Lights Out!, Red Letter Day, Criminal Culture, Weapons of Ass Destruction. At Star Booty: Boys Are Scary, Only Monsters, Travis Brown, Living Arches. At the Emerald: Bombshell Lust, Signals from Satellites, Dead Cat Lounge, The Whales.
FRIDAY 7 p.m. 600 block, St. Petersburg (multiple venues). $7-$10. 
If you’re feeling a little ambivalent about this year’s Warped Tour, or you’re just really fond of air conditioning in July, the creative cats on the 600 block of Central Avenue in St. Pete have just the thing. The indoor, multi-venue “Anti-Warpt Fest” will feature nearly 20 bands, including wacky, surf-garage act Alias Punch and Mogwai-honoring Signals from Satellites.

Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard
MONDAY 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$65. (727) 791-7400.
During Season 2 of American Idol, more than 24 million votes were cast for these dissimilar contenders — one, a powerful tenor with a dorky exterior and a Broadway twinkle, the other a crooner with an R&B caress like Luther Vandross. On Monday, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, a.k.a. the “Velvet Teddy Bear” team up to deliver “classic tunes from the past five decades.” We know the “Claymates” (a super-fan term Aiken actually had trademarked) will be in the house. For $35, we’d imagine lots of casual fans will be, too.

Melissa Etheridge
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $38.50-$103.50. (813) 229-7827.
Schooled in the ways of Bruce Springsteen and Janis Joplin, raspy firebrand Melissa Etheridge has always played hard-bitten rock songs with a working-woman attitude. But this lesbian divorcee and cancer survivor’s 10th studio album, or the “divorce disc” as it’s being called, Fearless Love, is louder, faster and screamier than her past few releases. Because hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, right?

Beres Hammond
With Inner Circle, Culture
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $30. (727) 565-0551. 
Smoky-voiced Beres Hammond returns with the Caribbean baby-makers that we've grown pretty fond of during his regular Bay area appearances. Hammond’s seductive island-R&B style suggests he’s the Jamaican Marvin Gaye, although All Music calls him “one of the most underappreciated reggae artists of his time.”

Rock for Research
Featuring Not Tonight Josephine, Trace of Day, Ken Apperson, Southside Serenade, Stained Angel, Drew Street Mary, Rise of Saturn, Make the Mountain, Ins and Outs
SATURDAY 3 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $12-$15. (727) 565-0551. 
Nine local bands will play Jannus Live in support of Miles For Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding for brain tumor research. Pinellas quintet Rise of Saturn has a horn-infused, time-signature slashing style dubbed “prog-hop.” Make the Mountain consists of former Stalling Dawn members, and Not Tonight Josephine is a resolute rock act with perhaps a better chance at big time than any other local act on the scene today.

Chubb Rock 
With DJ Sandman
FRIDAY 10 p.m. Channelside IMAX, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $15 and up. (813) 221-0700.
Comparable to Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s clean and positive approach to hip-hop, Chubb Rock’s no-drugs, no-guns style landed him hits like Treat ’Em Right and Just the Two of Us. The Brooklyn rapper and former Brown University student makes a rare Tampa appearance at the IMAX theatre in Channelside. Rated PG-13.

Crowded House
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.50-$69.50.(727) 791-7400.
Crowded House (or The Crowdies to their loyal fans) might be one of the world’s most perfect pop-rock bands. At least they are if you hail from Australia or New Zealand, where the band came together in the mid 1980s. Born from the remains of the beloved band Split Enz, Crowded House’s dreamy melodies, crisp choruses and sharp lyrics focus on the heritage of their homelands, though a few hits caught the attention of the U.S. market in 1986 — Don’t Dream It’s Over and Something So Strong. Look for founder Neil Finn to thrill with the classics while mixing in a few surprise hits — hopefully an Enz hit or two — during this rare tour stop in Florida. — Steve Spears

The Fixx
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $25 advance, $30 day of show. (727) 587-6793,

Here’s a chance to catch a vastly underrated ’80s act up close at an intimate venue. (Sadly, it’s the same night as Crowded House, so retro-music fans will be torn.) The Fixx were video pioneers at the dawn of the MTV era, producing dark and eery shorts for hits like Red Skies, Saved by Zero and One Thing Leads to Another. Oddly enough, the English-born act found success far more quickly in North American than their home isles, a career quirk few bands can claim. And unlike many of his ’80s peers, frontman Cy Curnin flexes his brain — and not his butt — to capture audiences with introspective and complex tunes delivered with a sharp focus and intensity that’s long been missing from the music scene. — Steve Spears

Also playing

Mouse Fire CD Release Fri. With The Beauvilles, Clock Hands Strangle, Wilbur. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.

Hammond B3 Summer Spectacular Fri. Featuring Stan Hunter. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 822-3590.

Ascending to Avalon Fri. With Beyond Ariose. 10 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. (727) 532-0265.

Particle Effect Sat. With Poundsalt, Grex, Derek Jive, more. 9:30 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.

Tribal Style Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.

Less Oil, More Beer (Gulf Benefit Show) Sat. Featuring Elysium, Auto!Automatic!!, Skull and Bone Band, Hell Bent, Badda Skat, Zero Time Ghosts, more. 4:30 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3.

Grecian Urns Sat. With Rodeo Ruby Love, Friends of Giants, Moor Hound. 6:30 p.m. Mojo Books and Music, 2558 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 971-9717.

Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone Sat. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $35-$75. (727) 822-3590.

Wisin y Yandel Sun. 8 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $76.95-$97.55. (813) 301-2500.

Birdstock (Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary Benefit) Sun. featuring Johnny Zoom Cheerleading Squad/Sandy Atkinson/Julie Black/Ronny Elliot/Natty Moss Bond/Wendy and the Soul Shakers/The Charming Devils/Dog Peter Pat/Rebekah Pulley. 2 p.m. Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-6697.

On the Come Up Local Showcase 2 Sun. featuring Easybreezy, Blind Man’s Colour, Totally Nebular, Stay Golden, SKYVS, The Wind-up Birds, Walking Catfish. 5 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.

The Crash Mitchell Five Tues. With Jeremy Gloff, more. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7. (813) 971-0666.

Soja Wed. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17. (727) 895-3045. 

Deer Tick Thurs. With Dead Confederate, The Beauvilles, Sleepy Vikings. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.

Secondhand Serenade Thurs. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045. 

Sister Sledge Thurs. 7 p.m. Saks Fifth Avenue, 258 Westshore Plaza, Tampa. or (727) 726-9090.

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: AP

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:21pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours