This week in Tampa: Flo Rida, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Emilie Autumn and more
Lace up your New Balances, because this week's biggest music event is ... a road race. Huh?
The Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon St. Pete is Sunday, and in addition to a slew of quality local bands (The Semis, John Q, Sound Parlor) performing at various venues along the track, you'll get a headlining concert by the current holder of the No. 1 pop song in the country, Flo Rida. Click here for a ton of details about the race and the music, which will hopefully include a triumphant performance of Good Feeling.
Beyond that, it's a pretty busy Valentine's Day concert week around town, with concerts by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kansas, Emilie Autumn (above), Mishka, Gringo Star, Robert Cray, Scars on 45, Tank, Ellis Paul, Van Dyke Parks, Authority Zero, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Glen Phillips, Rubblebucket, Hurt and more. Here to walk you through it all is Carole Liparoto...
Rock 'n’ Roll Half Marathon Party featuring Flo Rida
With The Highwaters, Wild Ginger, The Time of Our Lives Band, Luna Blue, DJ Mad Man Mac, DJ Goofy Whitekid, Crossroads, Florida International Jazz and Blues Band, The Glenn Cummings Band, Sound Parlor, The Crazy Carls, The Semis, John Q, Soul Circus Cowboys, Kim Reteguiz and The Black Cat Bones, Lorenzo, Shane Meade and The Sound, more
SUNDAY Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. (888) 326-7297.
Celebrate the finish of your 13.1 mile trek with friends, family, fellow runners and Flo Rida, of course! Following the race, the hip-pop superstar and South Florida native will perform all the hits (Low, Right Round, Club Can’t Handle Me) that have made him a fixture on the charts. Because there’s nothing like a little Good Feeling after going the distance. And look out for bands at each mile throughout this race, where music makes up the heart and “sole,” organizers say.
MONDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$19. (727) 895-3045.
Love is in the air. Just not here. If track titles Misery Loves Company or Organ Grinder didn’t tip you off, an Emilie Autumn show isn’t typical Valentine’s Day fare. The goth singer and world-class violinist offers lush orchestrations cloaked in dark, brooding lyrics. Autumn, who has recorded and toured with Courtney Love and Billy Corgan, puts on a live show with wildly theatrical elements, such as burlesque dancing, pyrotechnics, stilt-walkers, hula hoopers and tea and crumpet-hurling, all in a setting meant to emulate a harpsichord-heavy romp through a Victorian asylum. This is what goth music on Broadway might sound like.
“That Guy” Kramer’s Bitter Ball
Featuring Scars on 45, Mikey Wax
TUESDAY 7 p.m. Hawaiian Village at Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry, Tampa. Free. (813) 868-7600.
They’re here to remind you of the mess you made when you went away. Play 98.7’s morning show DJs host the “Bitter Ball”, a retreat for resentful singles on Valentine’s Day. Well-suited for the event, heartbroken headliner Scars on 45 will uncork stinging rock ballads like Heart on Fire, a track that’s appeared during contemplative moments of Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill and Pretty Little Liars. Comparable to Keane or The Fray, this indie/acoustic band from the U.K. makes melodic music with bite.
The Local Revolt Music Series
Featuring The August Name, Santino, Khora, 10th Concession, Consinity, The Jeremy Thomas Band, The Rock 'N’ Chair Band, UNRB, The Surfin Raccoons, Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso
SATURDAY 12 p.m. England Brothers Bandshell, 5121 80th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $20-$25. thelocalrevolt.net
Top-drawing local acts unite to play a small bandshell in Pinellas Park. This buffet of Bay-area talent includes piping hot All-American Rejects descendants The August Name; Khora, an Incubus-honoring act that stuffs reggae, rock, funk and soul neatly under a fedora; and Santino, a hip-hop and R&B crooner who’s opened for Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa at Wild Splash. Partial proceeds support Suncoast Hospice.
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Loews Don Cesar Hotel, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-1881. And SATURDAY With Eliza Gilkyson, Audrey Auld. 7 p.m. The Musicale, 809 Horatio St., Tampa. $25.
Folkies know Ellis Paul as the master storyteller behind tracks like The World Ain’t Slowin’ Down and Sweet Mistakes. Most know about the Woody Guthrie tattoo he sports proudly on his arm, too. In This Land is Your Land fashion, latest album The Hero in You celebrates those who quest for freedom and social change. Paul will kick off the 2012 “Live from Loews” series at the Pink Palace on Friday. He’ll play a second show in Tampa Saturday.
SUNDAY 4 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa. 1-888-800-5447. Free with park admission. buschgardens.com.
Simple men, gather around. Beer, BBQ and Skynyrd (man) is on tap at Busch Gardens Sunday as the park kicks off its annual music and meat series. Despite the loss of longtime members Ean Evans and Billy Powell in 2009, Johnny Van Zant (original frontman Ronnie’s younger brother) continues the legacy begun some 35 years ago in Jacksonville, one seemingly irresistible to all but Neil Young. But how many songs are you giving it until “that guy” shouts for Free Bird?
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $32.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
When you think Kansas, do you picture Will Ferrell at Blue’s funeral or do you relish in the goodness of Carry On Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind? If your answer was the latter, catch the classic rock radio champions and stars of Topeka at the Straz Saturday.
With Kaleigh Baker, Geri X
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Garage-pop act Gringo Star employs a musical-chairs approach at shows, rapidly switching and swapping instruments throughout the set. It’s dusty, flannel-shirted stuff with “la la la” backing vocals, just right for fans of the Black Lips or Smith Westerns.
With The Constellations
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13.50-$15.50. theorpheum.com.
Bermuda-born Mishka, an internationally renowned pop-reggae artist and the face of surf-culture clothing giant O’Neill’s new eco-friendly apparel line ECO’Neill, makes the kind of inoffensive tunes perfect for beach or brunch outings. His latest were co-produced by Butch Walker and actor Matthew McConaughey.
With Shemekia Copeland
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 565-0551.
When Robert Cray suspected a lover of cheating, it was on like Donkey Kong. His slow-burning blues retaliation The Smoking Gun not only hit hard with the blues community, but with the mainstream music world as well. His ’87 album Strong Persuader became the first blues album to reach the Billboard Top 20 since 1972. And that kick-start to the modern blues surge still holds sway to this day.
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Boomerang Martini Bar, 2016 Town Center Blvd., Brandon. (813) 455-5709.
One lucky single mother will win a night with hunky singer-songwriter Tank, as part of 95.7 The Beat’s Single Mom’s Valentine’s Day contest. The powerhouse R&B crooner, who conjures up a mix between Tyrese and Brian McKnight, has produced records for Gladys Knight, Ginuwine, Jennifer Hudson, and Jaime Foxx to name a few. His new disc Savior is due out this Spring.
Local Lockdown Fri. featuring Yesterday’s Tragedy, Bet Me I’m Lying, Civil Action, No Inside, more. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Valentine’s Day Massacre 4 Fri. featuring Playing for Keeps, Blunt Trauma, Reckoning, All Sets Aside, Fourth Son, Ganon. 7 p.m. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.
Rubblebucket Sat. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600. $7-$10.
Ira Sullivan Sun. 3 p.m. Mainstage Theatre, HCC Performing Arts Building, corner of Palm Avenue and 14th St., Ybor City. $10-$25. tampajazzclub.com.
Talk to Mark Sun. 1 p.m. The Pier, Courtyard by the Bay, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-6443.
Kopecky Family Band Sun. With Sleepy Vikings, Red Feather. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Glen Phillips (Ex-Toad the Wet Sprocket) Sun. 5 p.m. The Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 644-7895.
Olga Tanon and Charlie Cruz Sun. 7 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street South, St. Petersburg. $35-$75. (727) 892-5767.
Dynasty Mon. With D’Visitors, DJ Sandman, Young Deacon, DJ LeSage. 8 p.m. Blue Martini, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 873 2583.
Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin Mon. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28.50. (813) 229-7827.
Michael Nichols Wed. 9 p.m. Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway St., Dunedin. Free. dunedinhob.com.
Hurt Wed. With Jeffro, The Wandering Madman. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12-$14. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Van Dyke Parks Wed. 6 p.m. (sold out) and 8:30 p.m. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $30. (727) 323-2787.
Authority Zero and Voodoo Glow Skulls Thurs. With Skyfox. 6:30 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Pine Hill Haints Thurs. With Cadillac Bombers. 8 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $8. (727) 576-1091.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*