This week in Tampa: Funk Fest, Daughtry, Drive-By Truckers and more
Another week, another festival in Tampa Bay. This time it's Funk Fest, with a hugely entertaining lineup including Erykah Badu, Morris Day and El Debarge.
But Funk Fest is far from the only concert in town this week. After the jump, Carole Liparoto fills you in on shows by Daughtry (above), Drive-By Truckers, Future, Portugal. The Man, Plants and Animals, Lionize and more...
FRIDAY 6 p.m. featuring Erykah Badu, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Fantasia, Dynasty; SATURDAY5 p.m. featuring Charlie Wilson, Morris Day and the Time, El DeBarge, Slick Rick, Whodini, Trumain Lamar. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St Petersburg. $45 and up. (800) 541-3849.
What “Funk Fest” lacks in actual funk, it makes up for in R&B, pop, hip-hop and soul goods. Friday night is ladies night with performances by Fantasia, the single mom who wowed American Idol audiences with her passionate take on George Gershwin’s Summertime; Evelyn King, the “Champagne” disco queen, and Erykah Badu, the activist first lady of neo-soul. Badu may have phased out those trademark head wraps, but her fun, feisty live show still plays out like the musical equivalent of flippin’ the bird. On Saturday, check out Gap Band (You Dropped a Bomb on Me) singer and frequent Snoop Dogg collaborator Charlie Wilson. Morris Day and the Time, founders of the Twin Cities dance sound in the ’80s and original members of Prince’s band, are a can’t-miss. And Whodini will bring ultimate break dance fight anthem Freaks Come Out at Night.
Portugal. The Man
With The Lonely Forest
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $18-$25. (813) 247-2555.
This German liquor-sponsored tour (the Jagermeister Music Tour) taps oddly punctuated, Alaskan psych-rock band Portugal. The Man as its headliner. (Don’t worry, it doesn’t need to make sense.) The fellas from the last frontier rank among Sarah Palin and a guy from Ice Road Truckers as Wasilla, Alaska’s most “notable residents.” Lead by singer John Gourley, who’s been likened to a long lost Gibb brother thanks to some uniquely high-pitched vocals, the group offers a pretty massive head trip with careening psychedelic riffs, electronic flourishes and prog drumming.
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Sold out. (727) 791-7400.
Winning isn’t everything. Just ask Chris Daughtry. After Taylor Hicks claimed victory on Season 5 of American Idol, fourth place finisher Daughtry released the fastest-selling rock debut in Soundscan history just months later. Today, the bald and beautiful 30-something is a certified rock star, paying homage to bands like Fuel and Bon Jovi on undeniable hits Home and It’s Not Over. Latest Break the Spell, which went gold in four weeks, brings more fan-favored combinations of hard, muscle-car riffs and Halmarkian lyrics. Daughtry hasn’t ever claimed “hipness,” but his family-man vibe, nice smile and average-joe ascension make him someone to root for.
Plants and Animals
With This Is the Kit, Alexander and the Grapes
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8-$11. (813) 241-8600.
In the shadow of mammoth Montreal act Arcade Fire, fellow Quebecers Plants and Animals have been plugging away at a genre-jumping sound that changes like the seasons. Arty and evocative, the group combines rootsy, acoustic folk with elements of classic and progressive rock. If you like The Barr Brothers or The Head and the Heart, give Plants and Animals a test.
THURSDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$25. (813) 247-2555.
The Drive-By Truckers stop over in Ybor City for an evening of painkiller alt-country and more. Patterson Hood, a man baptized in the tears of Tom Petty and Steve Earle, and the son of Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section bassist David Hood, maintains the Truckers’ classic droop with Southern alt-country opera about family crisis, class division and alcoholism. But after backing Bettye LaVette in 2007 and Booker T. Jones in 2009, the Drive-By Truckers also have some upbeat soul songs in the cannon from their release Go-Go Boots. Longtime bassist Shonna Tucker recently left the group after eight years.
Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes CD release
With Gale Trippsmith and Kirk Adams
FRIDAY 8 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 644-7895. And SATURDAY (solo) 5 p.m. pre-game. Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Free. (888) 326-7297.
St. Pete’s Ricky Wilcox is an accomplished pop-rock singer-songwriter whose unique credits include a featured song in ABC soap All My Children and a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo in The Punisher. On new disc Last Day on Planet Earth, Wilcox and his band of Moonsnakes — Steve Connelly (guitar), Rick Boucher (drums), Jim Brown (bass) and Bill “Julio” Barrett (keys) — play Midwestern power-pop, soul, country and early ’80s British pub rock tunes with effortless harmonies. They contemplate the wonders of love and spaceships, too.
THURSDAY 10 p.m. Club Underground, Club Underground, 802 E Whiting St., Tampa. (813) 221-4582.
A flight delay and a few scheduling snags prevented Atlanta rapper Future from performing at Wild Splash last month. But on Thursday, he’ll offer fans a redo. Hot club single Tony Montana, which features Future rapping in the clench-jawed style of fictitious Cuban gangster Tony Montana from Scarface, will most certainly be on tap.
With The Sheffield Crew, Resinated
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $5-$8. (727) 565-0551.
Jannus Live continues its “Reggae Sundays” series with Lionize, a progressive Maryland act offering a darker side of the groove. Take the soulful wail and the Hammond B3 pounding of Gov’t Mule, add some sludgy, Clutch-ish riffs, and top them with spacey dub grooves in the vein of Lee “Scratch” Perry and you’ve got the gist.
Legendary JCs Fri. With The Crazy Carls. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
First Friday Fri. featuring Thomas Wynn and the Believers, The Groves. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0551.
Bird Street Players Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Framing Hanley Sat. With Variance, more. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
I Set My Friends On Fire Sat. With A Lot Like Birds, Greeley Estates, A Bullet For Pretty Boy. 5:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $12-$15.
Chelsea Grin Sun. With Attila, For the Fallen Dreams, The Crimson Armada, more. 4 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
The Wonder Years Tues. With Polar Bear Club, Transit, A Loss For Words, The Story So Far, Into It. Over It. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13-$15.
Sabaton Tues. 8 p.m. The Brass Mug, 14811 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. $10 and up. (813) 972-8152.
Remembrance and Hope Thurs. featuring Travis Mesman, David Martinez, the SPC Madrigalians, Dr. Vernon Taranto, Oleg Geyer, Theresa Villani, Brian Shea, James Weaver. 7:30 p.m. The Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $10-$15. (727) 822-3590.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*