This week in Tampa: Don Henley, Marc Anthony, Drake, Mac Miller and more
It's another slam-bang week in the Tampa Bay music scene, highlighted by two big events: Last Damn Show at the St. Pete Times Forum, with Drake, Public Enemy, Trina and more; and the reinvention of the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, with Don Henley, Cedric the Entertainer and Marc Anthony, above.
Anthony is the only show that's sold out at the moment. But don't worry, there are PLENTY of other shows worth noting this week, including (deep breath): GWAR, Hollywood Undead, Mac Miller, Buckcherry, Hinder, Jason Bonham's Led Zepplin Experience, Casting Crowns, Tandoori Knights, Queensryche, Three Dog Night, Tantric, Marshall Tucker Band, Sister Hazel, Fat Joe, Pierce the Veil, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Sevendust, Colt Ford, Five Finger Death Punch, Michelle Shocked, the Cro-Mags, Molly Hatchet, Earl Klugh, Southern Culture on the Skids, Kathy Mattea, the Queers, Mimosa, Webbie and much more more.
Here to walk you through it all is Carole Liparoto...
Last Damn Show 13
With Drake, Public Enemy, Travis Porter, Plies, Trina, Famous Kid Brick
FRIDAY 7 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $25-$175. (813) 301-2500.
It’s been quite a week for besweatered Canadian loverboy Aubrey Graham, a.k.a. Drizzy, a.k.a. Drake. His new album Take Care, which dropped on Tuesday, is bound to be one of the top sellers of the year, and Rolling Stone called it a “moody masterpiece.” For Wild 94.1, it was worth delaying LDS 13 twice just to get him. After the show, you can party with Drake at Scene Premium Nightclub (211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg). Tickets start at $25; get ’em at wanttickets.com. — Jay Cridlin
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $50-$175. (727) 892-5767.
With Big 3 Entertainment impresario Bill Edwards bringing his considerable wooing clout to the Mahaffey Theater — and if the starry promises of his “grand opening” weekend turn out to be true — will we all have enough cash to shell out for the cornucopia of concerts coming our way? The Mahaffey’s “grand opening” weekend with Edwards at the helm certainly looks worth the price of admission. Friday night’s kickoff is headlined by Don Henley, who will pull from both his considerable Eagles songbook and his solo work (Dirty Laundry is one of my fave songs ever). — Sean Daly
With Every Time I Die, Warbeast
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Hawaiian Village at Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10 and up. (813) 868-7600.
When something serious happens to a not-so-serious band, what’s to come? For shock rock satirists GWAR, the gore must go on. After a devastating blow to the band — the death of their guitarist Cory Smoot this month — the costumed interplanetary warriors have decided to press on, spewing faux fluids and grossing out the general population (like Ozzy Osbourne doing Gallagher) perhaps more passionately than ever. Watch out for this year’s onstage annihilation of a “Snooki” character. And as always, wear a white T-shirt in the splash zone for the ultimate show souvenir.
TUESDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 565-0551.
Mac Miller, the next great white hip-hop hope (Asher who?), “wants to change what’s on the radio,” he says. And from the looks of the 19-year-old’s Top 10 iTunes debut this week (Blue Slide Park), he just might get there. Like friend and fellow Terrible Towel-waver Wiz Khalifa, Pittsburgh’s Miller is skirt-chaser with a hazy, laid back flow. His video for Donald Trump has already garnered more than 34 million views on YouTube. Miller was also honored in XXL’s Freshmen Class of 2011 spread. His show at the State Theatre sold out back in May, so if you want to put those thumbs up Tuesday, you might want to jump on your tickets now.
With Asking Alexandria, Borgore, D.R.U.G.S., We Came As Romans
SATURDAY 5 p.m. The Hawaiian Village at Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $28.50. (813) 868-7600.
Has anyone ever booked a room at this place without knowing a sonic onslaught looms in the courtyard? We’d love to know. This week’s lineup offers a mashup of post-hardcore, metal, rap-rock and dubstep, complete with pole-dancing women. The six masked “hell-raising Caucasians” of Hollywood Undead will lead the charge.
Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.50-$160. (727) 791-7400.
It’s late 2011 and we’re no closer to a Led Zeppelin reunion than we ever were. Luckily, the next best thing is really quite good. Jason Bonham, son of late quintessential hard-rock drummer John Bonham, has teamed up with the heralded company behind AV spectacle The Pink Floyd Experience to celebrate his father’s life and the music of Zeppelin.
With The Beauvilles, Three Knight Sweats
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Arish Ahmad Khan partnered with Bloodshot Bill to record ramshackle rock disc Curry Up as the Tandoori Knights in 2010. Today, this self-described “brown trash” act dresses in turbans, tames cobras, sweats, swears, and plays “Bollybilly rock” late into the night. As bewildering as it all seems, just know the garage tunes they crank are totally legitimate.
With Sanctus Real, The Afters, Lindsay McCaul
FRIDAY 6 p.m. Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., Lutz. Sold Out. 1-866-440-7880.
What began in 1999 as a student praise and worship group has become a Grammy-winning, arena-filling musical phenomenon. Casting Crowns are undoubtedly the rock stars of the Christian music genre, selling more albums for the past four years than anyone else in the category. The group trumpets the release of Come to the Well and its big-faith ballads Friday.
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $40.50-$63. (727) 791-7400.
If Vivaldi had ever gotten around to arranging a progressive hair metal score, it may have sounded a lot like Empire, the best-selling disc by Queensryche. Like opera for metal fans, the band’s dramatic highs and lows, triumphant riffs and grandiose guitar solos will take center stage Sunday.
Three Dog Night
FRIDAY 7 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. $45 and up. Sold Out. (727) 367-4511.
Turning unknown or unlikely songs into rock gold will always be Three Dog Night’s signature move. Consider this: While sifting through a bargain bin at Sears & Roebuck, the group stumbled upon the music of a then-unfamiliar Randy Newman. By 1970, their rendition of Newman’s Mama Told Me (Not to Come) was a No. 1 hit. Even Hoyt Axton’s Joy to the World, originally written for a children’s television show, was transformed into a pop-soul smash. Forever-gleeful original singers Cory Wells and Danny Hutton continue to lead the band.
With Man Made Machine, Seven Years Past, more
SATURDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Tantric had a short stint in the spotlight when its 2001 single Breakdown cracked the Top 10. But the real story here for Bay area residents is the group’s alt-rock follow-up tune Down and Out. The track’s ominous electric violin riff fills the Trop each time Evan Longoria walks to the plate. In the past, the band has tried to recruit Longoria, an avid drummer, to sit in with them. We’d love to see them get their wish this time.
Marshall Tucker Band
SUNDAY 12 p.m. Screwy Louie’s Porpoise Pub, 8701 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. $20 and up. (727) 393-7616.
A big score for Screwy Louie’s Porpoise Pub, Marshall Tucker Band plays the small Seminole Boulevard bar Sunday. Lead vocalist Doug Gray is the band’s only remaining original. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be inclined to take a freight train down to the station after a rousing version of Can’t You See. (Contrary to popular belief, the band’s name doesn’t refer to an actual member, but rather a Spartanburg-area piano tuner).
Colt Ford Fri. With Matt Stillwell, Sunny Ledfurd. 7 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 987-2855.
Five Finger Death Punch Fri. With All That Remains, Hatebreed. 6:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $30. (727) 565-0551.
Cro-Mags Fri. With Know the Score, Axis, more. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $12. theorpheum.com.
Fat Joe Fri. 8 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S., St. Petersburg. (727) 871-7874.
Michelle Shocked Fri. 6 p.m. Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $28-$33. (727) 323-2787.
Seven Nations Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Sister Hazel Fri. 6:30 p.m. Loews Don Cesar Hotel, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $75 donation. (727) 360-1881. lyricsforlife.org.
Molly Hatchet Sat. With Blackfoot. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15-$25. (727) 565-0551.
Earl Klugh Sat. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $34-$39. (727) 587-6793.
Southern Culture on the Skids Sat. With Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
The Spazmatics Sat. With DJ Chris Craze. 9 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. Free. (866) 502-7529.
Tijuana Hercules Sat. With Doll Parts, The Friendly Sort, Crippled Masters. 9 p.m. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 898-6054.
Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959 Tour Sat. featuring Donald Palmer. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $29.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
Marc Anthony Sat. 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Sold out. (727) 892-5767.
Big Deal Sat. 9:30 p.m. Rudy’s Sports Bar, 11100 66th St., Largo. Free. (727) 546-2616.
Jack Wilkins CD Release Sun. 3 p.m. Mainstage Theatre, HCC Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building, Corner of E Palm Ave. and N 14th St., Ybor City. $15-$20. hccfl.edu/yc.aspx.
Buckcherry Sun. With Hinder, Mr. Bella. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
Kathy Mattea Sun. 7 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $40-$55. (727) 791-7400.
The Queers Sun. 6:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Sun. With Bet Me I’m Lying. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Thrash and Burn 2011 Tues. featuring Winds of Plague, Chelsea Grinn, As Blood Runs Black. 4 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.
Mimosa Tues. 9 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 247-2555.
Pierce the Veil Wed. With Miss May I, Woe, Is Me, more. 5:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$17. (727) 895-3045.
Sevendust Wed. With Eye Empire. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $21. (727) 565-0551.
Webbie Wed. 11 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (941) 730-7344.
Izzy Cox Wed. 10 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*