This week in Tampa: Flo Rida, Afrojack, Yellowcard and Good Charlotte and more
The Orpheum, it seems, is finally ready. After delaying last weekend's opening, they're gearing up for a week of notable shows, including the David Mayfield Parade on Sunday and the Millionaires on Tuesday.
But there are plenty of other good shows this week -- and it's a quirky selection, too. If you like DJ Jazzy Jeff and ukulele music (do we ever!) or hip-popper Flo Rida and squelchy house DJ Afrojack (you betcha!) or Yellowcard, above, with Good Charlotte (um, sure, why not) keep reading for Carole Liparoto's weekly concert picks...
SATURDAY 9 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Rd., Clearwater. $32.50. (727) 571-2222.
On his “hip-pop” debut, Carol City rapper and fridge-magnet collector (seriously) Flo Rida dropped a hook about furry boots and curvy jeans so contagious, everyone from club-goers and joggers to soccer moms and television news anchors couldn’t help but sing along. Low sold a record-breaking 470,000 downloads in a week, and Apple Bottoms got some serious Google hits. Unfortunately, Flo Rida’s latest headlines weren’t so positive. He was arrested for DUI two weeks ago in one of the world’s most expensive sports cars, a Bugatti Veyron valued at $1.7 million.
TUESDAY 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$35. (813) 873-8368.
Dutch DJ Afrojack sums up his ear-splattering electronic music blend with the term “bleepy dance-pop.” If that’s not descriptive enough, imagine the sounds of crosswalk signal on the fritz or a dial-up modem in the bathtub, all set to big house grooves. The 23-year-old DJ’s Take Over Control has more than 13 million views on YouTube. He’s also featured in top 10 iTunes single Give Me Everything with Pitbull and Ne-Yo. Just remember, all the beeps, blips and screeches emanating from Seventh Avenue Tuesday won’t mean the Emergency Broadcast System has gone haywire. This is only a techno test.
The David Mayfield Parade
With Someone Like Tommy, Friends of Giants
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. theorpheum.com.
A hipster-drifter type with a heart of gold, scruffy David Mayfield traverses stages across the country with a friendly, funny mix of folk, bluegrass and gospel. The multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and in-demand session musician has established himself as a major player in the neo-folk uprising, frequently sitting in with gifted sister Jessica Lea Mayfield and friends The Avett Brothers. Two weeks ago at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, he joined Mumford and Sons for a much-talked-about closing rendition of Amazing Grace. An excellent score for the newly-relocated Orpheum.
DJ Jazzy Jeff
FRIDAY 9 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Rd., Clearwater. $12.50-$20. (727) 571-2222.
While platinum-selling DJ Jazzy Jeff has gone on to a successful neo-soul production career (Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild) in his post-Fresh Prince years, he’s catering to the slap bracelet nostalgists Friday with a “Nothin’ But ’90s” party at the Venue. Expect all the lighthearted, clean-cut singles, including timeless Parents Just Don’t Understand and windows-down jam Summertime, that had critics hailing Jazzy and Will Smith the “Cosby kids of rap” back in their day.
With Set It Off, Breathe Electric, Christian TV, The August Name
TUESDAY 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $12-$14. theorpheum.com.
“You go to see the Millionaires for the same reasons you rubberneck in traffic or look at a bug you’ve squished under a newspaper. Something has gone awry, and you just need a peak.” That’s what we wrote about this squeaking, swearing electro-pop group back in 2009. The idea still holds true for the Millionaires, two Tila Tequila-honoring valley girls whose sleazy single Just Got Paid, Let’s Get Laid will tell you most of what you need to know about the group. Clearwater pop-punk stalwarts Set It Off will also perform.
Tampa Bay Ukulele Society Showcase and Fundraiser
SUNDAY 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10. (813) 971-0666.
We had no clue Tampa Bay had its own ukulele society, one that holds regular events, workshops and jam sessions. But for this, we are glad. It seems the ukulele has made a comeback in recent years. And we’re not just talking about four-stringed renditions of Somewhere Over the Rainbow or destination wedding tunes. The New York Times wrote in April that “the ukulele permeates the culture to an extent that it hasn’t in more than half a century.” The Barnkickers, Big Jim Allen, Elan Chalford, Tom Hood and Noel Rochford are among Sunday’s performers.
Yellowcard and Good Charlotte
With Runner Runner
FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $24. (727) 565-0551.
Jacksonville-bred Yellowcard provides pop-punk tunes so youthful, familiar and summer-ready that we’re willing to excuse the One Tree Hill-like storylines. (Stop me if you’ve heard the one about the classmate crush who just won’t notice you). The quintet also has a secret weapon in talented violinist Sean Mackin. The guy-linered Good Charlotte is also a band. We’d leave it at that if it weren’t for the fact that the group has managed to permeate one high-school generation after the next. For that, we must give props. (Yellowcard and opener Runner Runner will also make appearances at Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg starting at noon Friday.)
With Blackguard, Sister Sin, One-Eyed Doll, more
SATURDAY 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
In terms of the band’s roster, Los Angeles metal act Otep has had more turnovers than the 2010 Carolina Panthers (or feel free to insert the weak offense of your choice here). Luckily, the constant in the band is female firecracker Otep Shamaya, whose Exene Cervenka-channeling lungs have powered the group for more than a decade.
FL/NY Connection’s Tribute to Frankie Toler and Bill Dinneen
FRIDAY 10 p.m. Snappers Grill and Comedy Club, 36657 U.S. Hwy. 19 N., Palm Harbor. $5. (727) 938-2027.
The FL/NY Connection (lots of folks can relate to the name, I am sure) is an Allman Brothers-honoring, Bay-area supergroup of sorts. Its cast includes Jared Alpern, a 14-year-old slide guitar prodigy, Tony Perrino, former keyboardist for Blue Oyster Cult, Jim Terry, guitarist and owner of Jim Terry music in Palm Harbor, as well as longtime players Kristine Webb, Michael Dipinto and Rockin’ Reno. The group will pay tribute to friends and former bandmates Frankie Toler and Bill Dinneen, two well-liked, local Southern-blues rockers who passed away this year.
Sarah Mac Band Fri. 8 p.m. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 644-7895.
Miggs Fri. 10 p.m. Hard Rock Café, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. Free. (866) 502-7529.
Matt Butcher and the Revolvers CD Release Fri. With Will Quinlan and the Diviners. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Cope Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Joe Budden Fri. 7 p.m. The Drynk, 302 S Howard Ave., Tampa. $30. joebudden.bigcartel.com.
Ami Dang Fri. With Russian Tsarlag. 8 p.m. Mojo Books and Music, 2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 971-9717.
Home Grown Hip-Hop 3 Sat. featuring Infinite Skillz, Jake Jansen, Mr. Phenomenal, Public Library, Tone Shock and Waystid Talent, Hard Target, Nilla Green, Santino, Carl Spinslow, Da Beav. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Geri X Sat. With The Living Arches, Palmer Holmes. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Baker Bruce Band Sat. 8 p.m. The Blue Parrot, 85 Corey Circle, St. Pete Beach. Free. (727) 368-9619.
Michael Jackson Tribute Party Sat. featuring DJ Short-E. 10 p.m. Whiskey Joe’s, 7720 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (813) 281-0770.
Andy Matchett and the Minks Sat. With Marksmen, Alexander and the Grapes, Ettison. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $6. (813) 241-8600.
Disco Inferno Sat. 8:30 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $5. (727) 532-0265.
Hyde Park Village Music Series Wed. featuring Shakes Society. 6:30 p.m. Hyde Park Village, 1621 W Snow Circle, Tampa. Free. (813) 251-3500.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*