This week in Tampa: David Cook, Citizen Cope, Calvin Harris, Built to Spill, Uproar Festival and more
After a wild week that was, it's time to get back into the swing of things, concert-wise. A jam-packed fall concert calendar kicks off this week with shows by Calvin Harris (above), David Cook, Edwin McCain, Citizen Cope, Built to Spill, the Marshall Tucker Band, Rare Earth, Pure Prairie League, Coco Jones, Juliet Simms, Strung Out, In This Moment and the 2012 Uproar Festival, featuring Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, P.O.D. and more.
Here to walk you through it all is Carole Liparoto...
Featuring David Cook, Edwin McCain, Juliet Simms, Simplified, Shane Meade, Matt Winter, Amber Lynn
SATURDAY 1 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $20 and up. irish31.com or (813) 250-0031.
Less a traditional music festival than a gathering of TV-singing-show standouts, homegrown musical talent, cornhole toss enthusiasts and college football fans, Summerfest has a little something for everyone. Stubbled American Idol winner David Cook is the loveable, laid-back singer bringing ’90s-style rock with a little television polish. The nice guy with the throaty voice will follow another reality show breakout, Clearwater’s own Juliet Simms. The feisty former team Cee Lo contestant and The Voice runner-up describes her new sound as “Joan Jett meets Pink,” but we’ll always identify Simms as the shabby-chic rocker with the Joplinesque wail. The event, which is sponsored by Tampa pub Irish31, runs until midnight and will also feature a cornhole tournament and college football on two giant screens.
FRIDAY Following Rays vs. Texas Rangers; first pitch at 7:10 p.m. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. (888) 326-7297.
Grab a neon hat (the first 10,000 fans get them free) and bounce to DJ Calvin Harris Friday following the Rays-Rangers game. From bedrooms to baseball stadiums, Harris’ DJ and production skills have taken him across the world and all over the charts. Last year, Harris was said to be one of the most successful songwriters in the U.K., doing for crossover electronic-pop what Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift did for the country kind. The Scottish dance titan behind We Found Love with Rihanna, Bounce with Kelis and Let’s Go with Ne-Yo was the mixmaster for Thursday’s MTV Video Music Awards, and has a new release due in October featuring Ellie Goulding, Florence and the Machine, Dizzee Rascal and more.
Built to Spill
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$23. (727) 895-3045.
Like noise-bitten indie acts Pavement and Dinosaur Jr., Boise, Idaho’s Built to Spill helped establish the early ’90s slacker movement, a crusade heavy on guitar effects, AM radio crackle and lumberjack looks. To this day, the members of Built to Spill keep their heads down as they tinker with melody (bleak and charming all at once), multi-guitar layering and wall-of-sound production.
SUNDAY Following Rays vs. Texas Rangers; first pitch at 1:40 p.m. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. (888) 326-7297.
Growing up doesn’t seem so bad when Coco Jones is narrating the journey. The teen actress and singer (who looks a lot like a young Jennifer Hudson) is the star of Let It Shine, the Disney original too often compared to High School Musical. She has also appeared on Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing and So Random!, singing triumphantly about young love and building confidence over hip-pop grooves and new-school Gospel. “I adore music that makes me want to get up and dance,” she says. Jones is also the daughter of former NFL player Mike Jones.
Southern Rock’s Finest
Featuring The Marshall Tucker Band, Firefall, Rare Earth, Pure Prairie League
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Screwie Louie’s Porpoise Pub, 8701 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. Free. (727) 393-7616.
This tucked-away Seminole bar, which dubs itself “Pinellas County’s most unusual drinking establishment,” is also making a bid at “strangest Southern rock hub,” Screwie Louie’s Porpoise Pub hosts another big bill with an array of Southern rock icons. And it’s all free. The acts include Pure Prairie League (the band that launched the career of country star Vince Gill) featuring bassist Phil Stokes and The Marshall Tucker Band featuring lead vocalist Doug Gray. So take a freight train down to Screwie’s station and hear a rousing version of Can’t You See and a heap of other deep-fried tunes.
With The Pauses, Great Deceivers
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Tampa’s loss was Kansas City’s gain when local duo GreyMarket decided to pack it up for a shot in the Midwest. At long last, the boys are back with a handful of “Dark Matter” tour dates in Florida and a new record that’s “totally devoid of dubstep,” they say. Saturday’s date is a homecoming show of sorts, returning the band and its semi-formal outfits, otherworldly lighting, epic wave of Muse-like guitars, sci-fi electronics and falsetto wail to where it once belonged. Two of Orlando’s finest, the Pauses and Great Deceivers, also perform.
Featuring Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Adelitas Way, P.O.D., Deuce, Fozzy, Redlight King, Mindset Evolution, Thousand Foot Krutch, Candlelight Red
THURSDAY Noon. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25-$100. (813) 740-2446.
It’s a match made in heaven — or maybe hell — for fans of dark, hard-driving, hard-drinking alt-metal. Uproar Festival, now in its third year, pits wrestler-turned-rocker Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy against Alice-in-Chains-honoring howlers Godsmack and melodic-metal mope kings Staind (Aaron Lewis gets back to basics after a country music excursion). Headliner Shinedown, one of Florida’s most successful modern rock acts, gets the blood boiling with new chartbuster Amaryllis and single Bully. Normally, we’d warn against wearing a black tee on a September afternoon in Tampa. For Uproar, it’s a must. Consult the festival’s Web site for information about autograph signings on the day of the show.
With The Swellers, Such Gold
THURSDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 895-3045.
Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath once saluted Strung Out for adding “imagery and intellect to a pop-punk scene inundated with goofy songs about farts or bad break-ups.” We concur. These lean, keen fighting machines have been pumping out punk with a purpose since 1989. The L.A. band brings its cherished skatepunk blend, with both hardcore metal and pop moments, to St. Pete Thursday.
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $23. (727) 565-0551.
Citizen Cope has consistently packed the house at Jannus Live thanks to the legion of locals who cherish warm, unhurried soul and bedhead. Cope, or Clarence Greenwood, is best known for his tousled style, rural soul singing and hip-hop touches. (Listen for the infectious Bullet and a Target, where he rhymes about drug abuse and teen pregnancy like Everlast for the Bonnaroo set). He recently released his fifth album One Lovely Day, a disc full of sparse, mellow blues and painful realizations. “Rawness improbably balanced by a mixture of danger and delicacy is what gives Citizen Cope his edge,” writes Rolling Stone.
The Groves CD release Fri. With Zulu Wave. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.
Aqua Groove Fri. 7 p.m. Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road, Seminole. Free. myseminole.com or (727) 391-8345.
In This Moment Fri. With Red Tide Rising. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
VirgoFest Fri. featuring YoshiGish, Sunshine and Bullets, Virginia Rose Band, The Heene Boyz, EZ and the Man, Justin Miller. 7 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. Free for Virgos or $7. (727) 532-0265.
Rocksteady@8 Fri. With Control This, The Skylarking Soundsystem. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Spencer Rd Fri. 9 p.m. The Brew Garden, 904 N McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater. Free. (727) 797- 6622.
Woody and the Nutcrackers CD release Sat. With Will Erickson, Ken Apperson with Fifty Five South, Donnie Rogers. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
(Hed) P.E. Sat. With Soil. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.
Team Cybergeist Sat. With Sunshine and Bullets, Dementia. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Felix Cartal Sat. With Doco. 10 p.m. Ybor Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10 and up. (813) 873-8368.
Cheap Time Sun. With The Stone Eagles. 10 p.m. The Hub, 719 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.
Kamelot Mon. With War of Thrones, Seven Kingdoms, Autumns Pain. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.
1690 of DaiTribe Tues. 7 p.m. Sam Ash, 13133 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Free. (813) 908-5556.
Broadway Thurs. With Us, From Outside, These Hearts, more. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. theorpheum.com.
The Swellers Thurs. With Such Gold. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 895-3045.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*