This week in Tampa: Foreigner, Gov't Mule, Jonathan Coulton, Winter Jam and more
Are you feeling Cold As Ice this week? Would you rather feel Hot Blooded? If so, then head to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday, where Foreigner (minus Juke Box Hero Lou Gramm, unfortunately) will play enough Head Games to give you Double Vision. (Also: Urgent.)
Now that that's out of the way, we can focus on all the other great music around town this weekend, including Jonathan Coulton (above), Richie Havens, Gov't Mule, Korpiklaani, American Aquarium, a dual CD release show by top-notch Tampa Bay bands Marksmen and Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander, and a huge Christian music bash at the St. Pete Times Forum featuring Newsboys, Third Day and more.
Get Carole Giambalvo's concert picks after the jump...
With Sara Hickman
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $31. (727) 791-7400.
You might call it one of those rare occasions in which a traffic jam turned into a good thing. When massive backups hindered performers from reaching the Woodstock Festival grounds, Dashiki-clad folk musician Richie Havens stepped up to the microphone and into the pages of music history. His raspy, affecting voice and furious strumming captivated the sweaty and the shoeless, especially during an improvised version of the slave spiritual Motherless Child. The track, later titled Freedom, remains his closing song to this day. See the gifted Havens in a slightly more intimate setting at the Capitol Theatre Saturday.
With Tyr, Swashbuckle, White Wizzard, Promethean Horde
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 247-2664.
Scandinavian booze band Korpiklaani — imagine a Finnish, more metallic Flogging Molly — schools listeners on alcohol consumption and the art of partying hard. Rapid-fire guitars, violin and accordion are the bread and butter here, as Korpiklaani isn’t breaking much ground lyrically. “Vodka, no more feeling bad / vodka, your eyes are shining / vodka, you are the real man,” they chant. But hey, as John Mayer once put it, this is a rock show, not the G8 Summit.
With Paul and Storm
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Nova 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$22. (727) 821-6682.
If you’ve ever been stranded on a lengthy flight where the SkyMall catalog served as your only means of entertainment, Jonathan Coulton feels your pain. The Yale graduate, former computer programmer and sidekick to author John Hodgman plays slice-of-life pop-rock songs with a Geek bent, a la Fountains of Wayne or They Might Be Giants. So if you’re down with quirky material about the duties of a software code writer, shop vacuums, robot overlords, Ikea, or a banjo version of Baby Got Back, catch this show.
With King of Spain, DJ Cub
TUESDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
American Aquarium offers spirited, working man’s alt-country, perhaps like a North Carolinian’s version of Bruce Springsteen. For best results, enjoy with good buddies and cold beverages.
THURSDAY 8:30 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$27. (813) 247-2555.
Led by soulful howler and Les Paul whiz Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule salutes Cream, Hendrix and the Allman Brothers with dazzling, often marathon, sets of blues, Southern rock and jam. As Bonnaroo veterans and jam loyalists will confirm, the group’s live performances easily outshine the studio albums. They might also tell you, however, that a pick-up spot this is not. For whatever reason, Mule crowds normally skew male by a long shot.
Marksmen and Tailgunner Joe CD release
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $5-$7. (813) 241-8600.
Concerned less about the latest music trends and more about making good, solid rock songs, local bands Marksmen and Tailgunner Joe and Earls of Slander are two of the Bay’s brightest. Marksmen’s new EP The Blue and Grey is “a journey through the last year or so of my life,” says singer Matt Segallos, whose impassioned vocals detail living far from home. If you trust us, you’ll check out the track Don’t Make a Move. (Go on, try it. Really, we’ll wait.) Loud and animated Tailgunner Joe commits to pith and vinegar rock originals (they do a spot-on cover of The Romantics’ What I Like About You, too), but only after church. The group will release its new EP, The Money Game.
With Eddie Money
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$85. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com
If you’re expecting to see longtime lead singer Lou Gramm fronting Foreigner, here’s some news that will leave you feeling Cold As Ice: Gramm and Foreigner formally (i.e. testily) parted ways a while back. Group founder Mick Jones still feels a little Hot Blooded about his dealings with Gramm. “There’s a few questions between us about things that went on. I’d really like to move on and get by it,” Jones said. Still, don’t write off a reunion at some point. “Things come around in life, I’m sure we’ll get past this present lack of communication.” For now, Kelly Hansen — who channels Gramm’s voice to near-perfection — will handle vocals.
Gaelic Storm: Fri. 8 p.m. Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. $26-$30. (727) 816-3707.
Paradise house night: Fri. featuring Jask, Cubanix, Coro, Dino Bonetti. 10 p.m. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. (813) 254-2233.
Michael Jackson tribute concert: With Cesar De La Rosa, Daniel Ware. Benefits America’s Second Harvest of Tampa Bay. Fri. 7 to 11 p.m. The Event Factory, 7565 Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $50 and canned food donation. (813) 806-0026.
The Vogues: Fri. 2 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $30 day of show, $25 senior. (727) 587-6793, vogues.com.
Will Quinlan: Sat. With the Most Beautiful Losers, Matt Woods, Truckstop Coffee. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Winter Jam: Sat. Featuring Fireflight, Newsboys, NewSong, Sidewalk Prophets, Tenth Avenue North, Third Day, Tony Nolan. 6 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $10. (813) 301-2500.
Baker Bruce Band: Sat. 7 p.m. The Blue Parrot, 85 Corey Circle, St. Pete Beach. (727) 368-9619.
Suncoast Blues Society Jook Joint series: Sat. Featuring Microwave Dave and the Nukes. 8 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd. St. Petersburg. $7. (727) 576-1091.
Doll Parts Sat. With Hell-Bent, Dead Cat Lounge. 8 p.m. The Emerald, 550 Central Ave., St. Pete. $3. (727) 898-6054.
DJ Baby Anne: Sat 10 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. (727) 571-2222.
Earth Bombs Mars: Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Dr. Hook (with Ray Sawyer): Sat. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $27-$35. (727) 587-6793.
My Little Trotsky: Sun. 4 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000.
Marcia Ball: Sun. With the Venturas. 6 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20. (813) 977-6474.
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra: Mon. 1 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $17-$25. (727) 791-7400.
Steady State: Thurs. With Hey There, Battleship; Nothing In The Dark. 9 p.m. The Emerald, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 898-6054.
Supersuckers: Thurs. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*