This week in Tampa: Fresh Music Festival, Girl in a Coma, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band and more
Kind of a slow concert calendar this week in Tampa Bay, although there is one big event on our radar: The unofficial reopening of the USF Sun Dome on Saturday. After more than $35 million in renovations, the Fresh Music Festival will bring to Tampa R&B faves like Keith Sweat, Guy, SWV, Doug E. Fresh and K-Ci and JoJo, above.
After the jump, Carole Liparoto walks you through the rest of this week's concert calendar, including shows by Girl In a Coma, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Luciano, Tyler Hilton, Michael "Big Mike" Lynche and more...
Fresh Music Festival
Featuring Keith Sweat, Guy, SWV, K-Ci and Jo-Jo, hosted by Doug E. Fresh
SATURDAY 8 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $39.50-$75. (813) 974-3002.
The first concert at the newly renovated USF Sun Dome is Saturday’s Fresh Music Festival. After undergoing a $35.6 million refurbishment, including upgraded seats, a new sound system and new lighting, the venue will settle in with some smooth Jacuzzi jams from kings of New Jack Swing Keith Sweat (Nobody) and Guy (Let’s Chill). Other slow-rolling romanticists K-Ci and Jo-Jo (All My Life) and SWV (Weak) promise silky yearning over 808-style R&B. The revamped Sun Dome, and its unique capacity (11,000 for concerts), should draw more mid-range shows like these. And that’s great news for Tampa Bay music fans.
Girl In a Coma
With The Honorable South, The Slow Changes
MONDAY 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10 and up. facebook.com/thelocal662.
For a band named after a reliably melancholic ’87 single from The Smiths, Texican trio Girl In a Coma hardly seems sulky. Take Clumsy Sky, the thundering alt-punk song that earned the bright-eyed Latinas an Independent Music Award. How about an especially dreamy pop-rock rendition of Patsy Cline’s Walking After Midnight? That’s not to say The Smiths influence isn’t there. The ladies even toured with Morrissey for a run. Comprised of sisters Nina and Phanie Diaz and longtime friend Jenn Alva, the group released Exits and All the Rest via Joan Jetts’ Blackheart Records last year. Nina is the band’s only straight member — or maybe it’s more accurate to say the only non-lesbian. '’It depends on the night,’’ she teases.
Michael “Big Mike” Lynche
FRIDAY 10 p.m. Nova 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $12-$20. (727) 821-6682.
American Idol’s Michael “Big Mike” Lynche offers fans a sneak preview of his upcoming album during a listening party at Nova 353 Friday. On the soothing and sensitive Platinum, the St. Petersburg native, standout football player from Gibbs High School, and fourth-place finisher on the 2010 edition of American Idol, recalls an R. Kelly type you’d actually want to hug.
With Dion Roy, My Name Forever, New Cathedral
WEDNESDAY 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. theorpheum.com.
Tyler Hilton portrayed Elvis Presley in Walk the Line and musician Chris Keller on the CW television show One Tree Hill. Wednesday, he’ll just be Tyler, a singer-songwriter who knows his way around coffeehouse-style hooks. Hilton’s warm, scratchy voice is undoubtedly chart-friendly, so you’d be smart to see him in an intimate setting while you can.
Ritz Battle of Bands Round 1
With Fight Another Day, Red Calling, The Northwest, Rising Down, Sunshine & Bullets
THURSDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 247-2555.
Every year during the dog days of summer, the Ritz Ybor throws its “Ultimate Band Series,” a multi-week battle of the bands involving both original music and fun covers — Thursday’s show will spotlight the songs of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It also offers some of the best prizes of any local band battle, including a slot opening for a national act at the Ritz, a paid performance at the “Rooftop Eve” party in Hyde Park Village on New Year’s Eve, studio recording time and $500 cash. And you never know who’ll be watching — the battle’s first winner, Mighty Mongo, was picked as one of tbt*’s 2011 Ultimate Local Bands. I’ll be on the judge’s panel this year attempting to critique more lucidly than Paula Abdul, at the very least.
With Warrior King
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$30. (727) 565-0551.
“Music’s gotta be more than beats,” says Luciano, a second-generation reggae singer and poet. One of roots-reggae’s biggest champions in the digital dancehall era, Luciano condemns vulgarity and slackness (common to dancehall) and instead offers slow-building, sticky-sweet tunes with religious overtones. If you like Third World or Steel Pulse, give Luciano a spin. This show was originally scheduled for the now-closed Hawaiian Village at the Stadium Green Iguana in Tampa
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
With Beeb$ and Her Money Maker$
SUNDAY 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
For a quick fix of cheek-moving glee, check out Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. The not-so-seriously-named band has some downright serious chops, particularly in the horn and rhythm departments. The jazz-jam-funk group, who’s logged some major road miles with Booty Collins, should go over well with fans of Parliament, Lettuce or Galactic.
The Black Honkeys CD release Fri. With the Distinguished Men of Brass. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8-$10. (727) 895-3045.
Bryan White Fri. With Shelly Stark and One Night Rodeo. 8 p.m. Screwie Louie’s Porpoise Pub, 8701 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. $10. (727) 393-7616.
Tab Benoit Fri. With Sol Driven Train. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Take Charge farewell show Fri. With Blunt Trauma, All Sets Aside, Front Runner, more. 7 p.m. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.
Drummer vs. Emulator Sat. featuring Jon Wilkes of the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Trenchfoot Shindig, Nation of Wealth, more. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12 and up. (727) 895-3045.
Daikaiju Sat. With Auto?Automatic??, Poetry n’ Lotion. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Impending Doom Wed. With Within the Ruins, Molotov Solution, Erra, To Each His Own. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13 and up. (727) 895-3045.
Da Cypher Open Mic Hip-Hop Night Wed. 10 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N., Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*