This week in Tampa: George Strait, Jimmy Eat World, Nappy Roots and more
This week, of course, there is only one party worth mentioning in Tampa Bay. We've been looking forward to it for the longest time. And it's finally here.
We speak, of course, of Antoine Dodson at the Kennedy.
Forget Gasparilla. This is the insane party of this weekend, hands down. Even appearances by Jim Belushi, Tabatha from Tabatha's Salon Takeover, Don Omar and "Fetish Inferno" at the Castle can't take the crown away from Antoine.
In fact, once tonight's Antoine Dodson party is over, we're not sure where to turn for our party-hopping enjoyment. Thankfully, Carole Liparoto is here to walk us through the week's best concerts, including George Strait, Jimmy Eat World, Nappy Roots, Robin Trower, Death Angel, Bizzy Bone, SPC Jazz Fest and a big send-off party for Vinyl Fever.
Take it away...
With Reba McEntire, Lee Ann Womack
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $55-$105. (813) 301-2500.
The world record holder for the most No. 1 hit singles (in any genre) isn’t Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson. It’s rigid and reliable Texan George Strait. A king in a pair of Wranglers, Strait reigns supreme in country music with a no-nonsense style and a big baritone. His nearly 60 No. 1’s — from the good Ocean Front Property, the sad Living for the Night and the downright air-fiddle-able Amarillo by Morning or I Can Still Make Cheyenne — pose just one problem on tour: Someone’s favorite has to be left out. Accompanying King George are Queen Reba, the righteous redhead from Chockie, Okla. with a catalogue full of everywoman jams, and Duchess Lee Ann Womack, who hopes you’ll dance. We’re betting you will. (This tour was the top country tour last year, grossing more than $41.6 million, so we’d recommend getting your tickets ASAP).
Jimmy Eat World
With David Bazan
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $27-$30. (813) 247-2555.
It seems odd that a band with one big hit (The Middle) and a handful of minor ones (Lucky Denver Mint, Sweetness, Pain) would go on to be held in such esteem by younger bands. But over the past 18 years, by taking their signature emo/power-pop style mainstream, Jimmy Eat World helped pave the way for young bands like Fall Out Boy, Paramore and Panic at the Disco to become superstars. Today, the Arizona foursome are seen by many as forefathers of the genre. This year they’re touring in support of 2010 disc Invented, and will play their first Coachella in April. Nice way to celebrate turning legal, eh? -- Jay Cridlin
Vinyl Fever Send Off
Featuring Matt Hires, Will Quinlan, Guiltmaker, more
SATURDAY 1 p.m. Vinyl Fever, 4110 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 289-8399.
As much as we hoped this moment wouldn’t come, it was inevitable that digital would someday kill the record store. On Saturday, pay your respects to Vinyl Fever, a Tampa music institution for 30 years, and a recent “Top 25 Record Store” designee by Rolling Stone. Everything in the store is up for sale, including a Rolling Stones autographed guitar that for so long read “Not for sale.” Rising pop-folkie Matt Hires, confessional country-folk singer-songwriter Will Quinlan and winding indie rock act Guiltmaker will perform at the farewell party dubbed “Vinyl Fever Send Off: The End of Civilization As We Know It.” “It has been a great run,” said owner Lee Wolfson. “We feel honored and fortunate to have lived such a long business life doing what we love.”
With Lazarus A.D., Alter Reign, more
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Avenue, Tampa. (813) 972-8152.
Filipino-American thrash metal band Death Angel (not to be confused with Linda Howard’s best-selling romance novel of the same name) offers a sonic beatdown at the Brass Mug. Once a mainstay on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, the group revived its trademark guitar/drum pummel in Sanford with producer Jason Suecof (Trivium, The Black Dahlia Murder, All That Remains) on 2010’s Relentless Retribution.
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
With so much bottle-popping in rap today, Nappy Roots’ down-home tunes are a breath of fresh air. Over front porch guitar and honeyed organ, the five boys from Bowling Green wax poetic about grits, collards and neckbones (Po’ Folks, Awnaw). “Our name signifies our unwillingness to conform with fads,” says singer Skinny DeVille. “Once the fads die out, you always come back to the roots.” Pursuit of Nappyness dropped last summer.
With Sean Chambers
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $26. (727) 565-0551.
Guitar hero Robin Trower returns to Jannus with penetrating blues-rock riffs and a foot firmly planted on the distortion pedal. Quintessential Stratocaster showcase Bridge of Sighs put Trower high on the ’70s guitar god list, though some dubbed him a “Jimi Hendrix clone.” Hardly a jab, we’d say.
The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute
SATURDAY 9 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. $30. (727) 367-4511.
As Beatles tribute acts go, The Fab Four is one of the biggies (up there with Rain). So get back to where you once belonged with the crew that works meticulously (Paul’s left-handed bass playing included) to reproduce the Beatles’ classics on stage. Dana Carvey (who we often look to for a solid musical critique) praised The Fab Four as “the toppermost of the poppermost.”
SUNDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
When harmonic Cleveland rap pack Bone Thugs-n-Harmony played St. Pete in the fall, alto thug Bizzy Bone was noticeably absent. Sunday, Bizzy rides solo with more of the clever, rapid-fire rhymes and velvety harmonies that made Bone Thugs such a success in the mid ’90s.
SPC Jazz Festival
Featuring Denise Moore and the Helios Jazz Orchestra, The Alex Berti Trio, The Ronnie Burrage Trio
THURSDAY-SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. SPC, Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave., St. Petersburg. Free for students. $10 to the public. (727) 341-4610.
Denise Moore, a Georgia gal with deep jazz passion, and the Helios Jazz Orchestra, SPC’s resident big-band ensemble led by David Manson, kick off SPC’s third annual Jazz Fest Thursday. On Friday night, The Alex Berti Trio plays Latin jazz with folk flourishes. On Saturday, take in bebop-style jazz driven by Ronnie Burrage’s nasty, funk-tinged grooves.
With Heidi Newfield, Randy Houser, Steve Holy
FRIDAY Doors open at 7 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 19 N, Tampa. $5 for ages 21 and up; $10 for ladies 18-20; $15 for guys 18-20. (813) 987-2855.
Thought you’d seen the last of Kix Brooks, did you? Not so fast. The mustachioed half of the now-defunct legendary country duo Brooks & Dunn is no stranger to the Dallas Bull — he stopped by there for a surprise set following B&D’s Tampa concert last fall — and he’s coming back this weekend for a charity concert benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The best part? Standard club cover applies, so this is essentially a free show. For a relatively star-studded lineup, that’s an extremely solid deal. — Jay Cridlin
Matt Butcher and the Revolvers Fri. With Al Torchia and the Tattered Saints, Young Goodman Brown. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Set It Off Fri. With Rocky Loves Emily, more. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $8-$12. (813) 248-9500.
The Mojo Gurus Fri. With Blind Buddy Moody Trio, The Proper Crooks. 9:30 p.m. Two Buks Saloon, 1915 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Cost TBD. (727) 442-0812.
Three Green Windows Fri. With Glory Road, T-Willy. 8 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 248-2356.
Crackerbilly Sat. 8 p.m. Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway St., Dunedin. Free. dunedinhob.com.
Taproot Sat. With MeTalkPretty. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Boogie Woogie: Blues Piano Stomp Sat. featuring Bob Seeley, Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues, Rob Rio, Joe Krown. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 822-3590.
DJ Abel Sat. With Power Infiniti. 10 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $40. (813) 247-2555.
Erika Jayne Sat. 11 p.m. G.Bar, 1401 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5 and up. (813) 247-1016.
Regina AaMacha Wed. 8 p.m. Eighth Avenue Pub, 103 Eighth Ave. N., Safety Harbor. Free. (727) 799-1105.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: AP.