This week in Tampa: Diana Krall, Indigo Girls, Pinetop Perkins and more
Well, one thing this week's concerts in Tampa Bay don't lack is diversity. From underground rappers (Curren$y) to 97-year-old bluesmen (Pinetop Perkins, above) to jazz chanteuses (Diana Krall) to counter-culture folk-rock icons (Indigo Girls) to a glitzy electro DJ on his way to Miami (Wolfgang Gartner) to a modern "newgrass" jam band (Yonder Mountain String Band) to a sensitive indie singer-songwriter (Joshua Radin), we've got whatever you're looking for.
And to top it all off, the best show of the weekend might be a local event: the Pelican Pop Fest at the Local 662 and Fubar in downtown St. Petersburg. That's where we'll be this weekend.
After the jump, Carole Liparoto walks you through an incredibly eclectic music week in Tampa Bay ...
With Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
At 97, Pinetop Perkins bangs out blues boogie on the keys like a guy who’ll never settle for the senior center. Perkins is among the last living Mississippi blues pioneers, though he’s best known for plugging in with the legendary Muddy Waters in Chicago. His album Pinetop Perkins and Friends (the “friends” include Eric Clapton, B.B. King and Jimmy Vaughan) was nominated for a Grammy in the traditional blues category in 2009.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Sold out. (727) 791-7400.
Last week, we saw George Strait flex his best-selling musical muscle in Tampa Bay. Friday, Diana Krall, the Canadian jazz pianist and singer with the breathy, velour voice, offers up her own chart-topping collection. Krall sold more albums than any other female jazz artist during the ’90s and ’00s. Her 12th album Quiet Nights, a candlelight-appropriate compilation of ballads and bossa novas, is “very womanly — like you’re lying next to your lover in bed whispering in their ear,” she says. So snuggle up, Clearwater.
With Afrobeta, Riotgear
FRIDAY 9 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $22-$25. (813) 247-2555.
In 2010, DJ’s Deadmau5, David Guetta and Wolfgang Gartner crept up the arena-electronica ranks, commanding crowds of 50,000-plus at Coachella, Lollapalooza and the Ultra Music Festival. Gartner is a 2011 Grammy nominee with an arsenal of spooky tech-house and some playful electro. If you like Deadmau5 or Justice, check out Gartner, who’s billing this string of tour dates “The Road to Ultra.” To that end, there will be Ultra Music Festival ticket and merch giveaways Friday.
Pelican Pop Fest
Featuring Mogul Street Reserve, The Equines, Easybreezy, Friends of Giants, Gentlemen Please (Friday at The Local 662); Holiday, Futureman, Signals from Satellites, Fancy Rat, The Wanderer (Friday at Fubar). Automatic Loveletter, Davy and The Gods, Faux Furs, The Future Now, Sleepy Vikings (Saturday at The Local 662). The Age of Pisces, Escape Tonight, Dead Sound, Adam Randall, Callaterra (Saturday at Fubar).
FRIDAY and SATURDAY 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; facebook.com/thelocal662; and Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $7 for two-day passes.
More proof that St. Pete’s 600 Block is making a comeback — the Pelican Pop Fest is bringing more quality local acts than any festival we can remember in recent years. Ninety-pound fireball (and Clearwater native) Juliet Simms and Automatic Loveletter headline Saturday night at The Local 662. Simms’ range — from kittycat croon to Joplinesque wail — is complemented by brother Tommy’s striking axe work. Gentlemen Please offers rock randomness with skewed rhythms and gauzy effects, while Mogul Street Reserve looks poised to become Tampa Bay’s new prog-rock representation.
With Anya Marina, Andrew Allen
TUESDAY 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19.50. (727) 895-3045.
If not for a shared wall in his apartment building, Joshua Radin’s hushed vocal style and courteous acoustic playing (some call it “whisper rock”) may have never come to be. Today, this sleepy, lovelorn strummer is up there with the Hotel Café crop of top singer-songwriters. He returns to town not long after opening for The Script last fall.
FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. The Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $33 and up. (727) 323-2787.
Hey, Gleeks and Sing-Off fans — thought you might be interested. Deans of street corner singing The Persuasions, one of the longest-lived a capella groups in America, are playing an intimate St. Pete gig this week. (Rockapella and Boyz II Men cite the group as a major influence). Since the ’60s, they’ve covered artists as varied as Frank Zappa, The Grateful Dead and Sam Cooke. At this show, they’ll add Bob Dylan to the repertoire.
The Sunshine Factory
With Sons of Hippies, Young Egypt
FRIDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Shoegaze out of Mobile, Ala.? Stranger things have happened, we suppose. The Sunshine Factory is a simple trio with killer cacophony and dreams of drizzly London nights. The group specializes in drone tones with pysch-pop sprinkles a la My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain or nu-gazing crew The Black Angels.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
With The Constellations
THURSDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 895-3045.
Robert Randolph and his rocking relatives are going to take you to the church of sacred steel. And you’re going to be glad. The all-smiles pedal steel virtuoso (who made Rolling Stone’s “100 greatest guitarists of all time” list) offers a blend of funk, rock, country and pop deeply rooted in gospel. Randolph’s latest We Walk This Road, produced by T-Bone Burnett, calls to mind a marriage of Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Outkast.
With A Fragile Tomorrow
THURSDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $28. (813) 247-2555.
Long before Lilith Fair, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers were singing about girl power, political oppression and herbal teas (okay, maybe not that last one) with grace and gusto. And after more than 20 years together, latest live disc Staring Down the Brilliant Dream shows the ladies remain committed to “efficient folk songcraft, thick with beautiful, aching, narcotic harmonies,” says the New York Times.
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15 and up. (727) 565-0551.
If Ke$ha and Curren$y have taught us anything, it’s put dollar signs in your name, and the cash will cometh. The New Orleans rapper and friend to Wiz Khalifa (they actually share a Facebook page) was a member of Master P’s 504 Boyz (Wobble, Wobble) in the early ’00s as well as a Lil Wayne protégé before attracting a major underground fanbase of his own. Check out Fly Out (Part Tres) a funky, hazy tune so smooth and assertive it pulls off a Michael Jordan diss with flying colors.
LoCash Cowboys Fri. 9 p.m. The Round-Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $10 and up. (813) 855-1464.
Lymphoma Benefit Show Fri. featuring Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, The COPE All Stars, more. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.
Infinite Groove Orchestra CD release Fri. 10 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000.
Morgan Page Fri. With DJ FBI, Shelly Love. 9:30 p.m. Scene Premium Nightclub, 211 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. $10 and up. scenenightclub.com.
Bob Marley Tribute Fri. With Tribal Style, Badda Skat, D’Visitors, more. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $5. (8133) 248-4969.
Yonder Mountain String Band Sat. 8:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $19.99. (727) 565-0551.
Locolism Sat. With George Daher. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Pretty Voices Sat. With Dank, Zanesville. 10 p.m. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 898-6054.
Dan Bern Sat. With Joe Milligan. 8 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 644-7895.
Buster Cooper Trio Sat. 8 p.m. The Hangar (Albert Whitted Aiport), 540 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 823-7767.
Red Molly Mon. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25.50. (813) 229-7827.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*