This week in Tampa: Evanescence, Lil Kim, Gregg Allman and more
As we've established, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend is a great weekend for music, especially when it comes to R&B and hip-hop acts. With appearances this weekend by Lil Kim, Trina, Black Violin, Marsha Ambrosius, Doug E. Fresh, DJ Khaled and more, it's shaping up to be a good one. Click here for our MLK Day Weekend music roundup.
Beyond that, it's an eclectic mix, with Evanescence (above), Gregg Allman, Trivium and In Flames, Shirley Jones, Sasha, Anberlin, Future, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the annual Christian megafest known as Winter Jam. Here to walk you through it all is Carole Liparoto...
With Rival Sons, Electric Touch
MONDAY 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $37.50. (813) 229-7827.
Of all the times and places, Evanescence and singer/pianist Amy Lee embarked on a journey into corseted gothic metal in Little Rock, Ark. in the ’90s. Well, it totally worked. Hit debut Bring Me to Life brought murky metal guitars, a splash of symphony, and showcased Lee’s super pipes. The piano-driven lover’s lament My Immortal conjured up the operatic roar of an eyebrow-pierced Tori Amos. Original guitarist and band co-founder Ben Moody has since left the band, but Lee, her angry eyeliner and Victorian-style clothing rage on.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$69.50. (727) 791-7400.
Sheryl Crow once wrote of southern rock icon Gregg Allman that “even in his earliest recordings, he sounded like he’d already lived a thousand lifetimes.” While we may not always agree with Sheryl (ahem, Soak Up the Sun), she couldn’t be more right here. Just throw on Whipping Post for the ultimate reminder of Allman’s soulful, weathered wailing. After undergoing a liver transplant in 2010, the Daytona Beach-bred vocalist returns to the road with his famous family brand of greasy blues, country, comfort rock and R&B.
Lil’ Kim and Trina
FRIDAY 10:30 p.m. Channelside Imax, 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa. $30 and up. (813) 785-1575.
Before Nicki Minaj owned all rights to XX-chromosome hip-hop, curvy bad girls Lil’ Kim and Trina ruled the roost. The risqué rhymers take it to the house Friday with a special set in Channelside. Miami’s Trina has delivered a steady stream of singles, including Long Heels Red Bottoms, an ode to her designer Christian Louboutins, but it’s been awhile since we’ve heard from the NYC’s Queen B. The visit marks Kim’s first Tampa appearance.
With In Flames, Veil of Maya, Kyng
TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25 and up. (813) 247-2555.
If only your high school talent show yielded such impressive results. Altamonte Springs band Trivium formed in 2000 when members got together to cover Metallica’s For Whom the Bell Tolls for their high school battle of the bands competition. Ever since, they’ve been carving their name in the thrash world with a brutally tight and technical sound. It’s equal parts pain and power toms, an excellent accompaniment to any contact sport. Metallica’s influence still shows, though Trivium also offers riffs well-suited for fans of Machine Head and Killswitch Engage.
WEDNESDAY 2 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $37.50. (727) 892-5767.
Partridge mom and traveling pop icon Shirley Jones, 77, is still making ’em happy with her sweet, light soprano. Jones, also a former leading lady in musicals Oklahoma! and The Music Man, will play a midday show at the Mahaffey Wednesday.
MONDAY 10 p.m. Club Scene, 211 Third St. S., St. Petersburg. $20 and up. (727) 258-4813.
On hot single Tony Montana, Atlanta rapper Future raps in the clench-jawed style of fictitious Cuban gangster Tony Montana from Scarface. The beat is a killer in the club, but we count him repeating the phrase “Tony Montana” 52 times. If you admire persistence or adore Pacino, maybe you’ll like it.
Tides of Man
With Oceana, Goodnight, Neverland
SATURDAY 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13. theorpheum.com.
It’s been quite a couple of years for Clearwater’s Tides of Man, one of the few local bands with a real national identity. Signed to Rise Records, they toured the U.S. 10 times in 2009 and 2010, showcasing proggish math-rock skills. But in December 2010, they parted ways with singer Tilian Pearson — Pearson was reportedly interested in pursuing the lead vocalist job with Saosin — and the band has since taken a more instrumental direction. They’re not opposed to finding a singer, though. In fact, Tides of Man will film this semi-reunion show as part of a promo to find a new vocalist.
With Three, Brian Busto
THURSDAY 9 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $15 and up. (813) 259-9669.
Welsh DJ Sasha, one part of well-known house duo Sasha and Digweed, performs Thursday at the Kennedy. Sasha’s progressive house efforts have skewed more chill in recent years, though a few laser-lit bangers in the set are highly likely.
With Foxy Shazam
THURSDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$22. (727) 895-3045.
Amiable Winter Haven rock act Anberlin offers crisp, melodic rock riffs with a Christian sensibility like an amalgam of Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday and Switchfoot. Latest effort Dark Is The Way, Light Is a Place finds the band and its lead man Stephen Christian chasing a darker, drum-heavy sound, partly the influence of producer Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, The Black Crowes).
The Supervillains Fri. With Aer. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $5 and up. (727) 565-0551.
Matt Hires Fri. 8 p.m. Microgroove, 4906 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 667-7089.
Andy Matchett and the Minks Fri. With the Semis, Michael Christmas. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $9. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Holy Ghost Tent Revival Sat. With Greenland Is Melting, Poetry N’ Lotion. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Florida Georgia Line Fri. 7 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 987-2855.
Tab Benoit Fri. With Beth McKee. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Dirty Black Halo CD release Fri. With L.A. Pussycat, Le Teaze Burlesque Troupe, Solar Exposure, 16 Penny. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Palantine CD release Fri. With Auto?Automatic??, Hello/Invade. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Doug and Telisha Williams Sat. 8 p.m. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 644-7895.
The Transfers Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
The Vogues Sat. With Amanda Nikka. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25-35. (727) 822-3590.
The Blind Boys of Alabama Sat. With Thomas Wynn and the Believers. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $25. (813) 971-0666.
Winter Jam 2012 Sat. With NewSong, Skillet, Sanctus Real, Peter Furler, Kari Jobe, Building 429, Group 1 Crew, more. 6 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa. $10 door only. (813) 301-2500. jamtour.com
Backwater Blues Band Sat. 8:30 p.m. J.C. Cravers, 91 Orange St., Palm Harbor. Free. (727) 216-6413.
Lick Breast Cancer Sat. featuring From This Fire, The Dood, Variance, As Bridges Burn, Maria Zoller, more. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10 donation. (727) 895-3045.
DJ Khaled Sun. 10 p.m. Club Skye, 1509 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10 and up. (813) 247-6606.
Nikki Talley Sun. 6:30 p.m. The Independent, 5016 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 341-4883.
Halcyon Sun. With Sirsy. 5 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12. (813) 971-0666.
Meg Hutchinson Mon. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28.50. (813) 229-7827.
Tim Walker Thur. With Lizzy Pitch. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*