This week in Tampa: Gipsy Kings, Cursive, Old 97's and more
Another week, another slate of weird, original, genre-spanning music. Here to walk you through this week's Tampa Bay concert picks, including the Old 97's (above), Gipsy Kings, Cursive, the Get Up Kids, Julio Iglesias and the always-controversial Bellamy Brothers, is Carole Liparoto...
With Those Darlins
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.
You might characterize The Old 97’s’ brand of observant, insightful music as alternative country for the thinking man. Except the thinking man goes and drinks a fifth of Wild Turkey and starts feeling pretty restless. At a recent show, frontman Rhett Miller introduced the rollicking number Champaign, Illinois from new album The Grand Theatre, Volume One as “a song that Bob Dylan started and then we finished it.” Although alt-country didn’t quite take off the way grunge did in the ’90s (as some had predicted) these brash, bold Texans are widely considered legends of the genre.
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $15-$18. (813) 241-8600.
Few bands in history have made misery sound so sweet. Not unlike The Cure or Nirvana, Omaha’s Cursive has built its career on sharing its disappointments and desperation over expansive rock arrangements. On cult favorite The Recluse, singer Tim Kasher bellows, “My ego is like my stomach, it keeps s---ting what I feed it”. Rough stuff, huh? But oh so singable. Kasher has said in interviews that opening for The Cure was one of the highlights of his life.
The Get Up Kids
With Miniature Tigers, Brian Bonz
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$22. (727) 895-3045.
Original emo kids from Kansas City reunite for more dejected pop-punk fun. Uncool, unknown and uninvited, these guys were the the ones getting picked last for dodgeball in school. But by venting in the form of feisty, emotive rock a la Saves the Day or Jimmy Eat World, they got the last laugh and a loyal fan base. The group will debut songs from fifth full-length album There Are Rules Friday.
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $47.50-$102.50. (727) 892-5767.
You can thank best-selling crooner Julio Iglesias for America’s obsession with the tall, dark and handsome Latin lover-type. Iglesias, with his border-crossing appeal, was easily the most popular Latin singer of the ’70s and ’80s. The Guinness Book of World Records claims Iglesias has sold more records (around 300 million) than any other singer in history. While son Enrique has gone a little club skeezy lately (you know the lyrics I’m talking about), papa Julio sticks to his romantic roots at this show Thursday.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $38.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
World music maestros the Gipsy Kings, who hail from gypsy settlements in the south of France, uphold an indigenous musical tradition known as “rumba flamenca” with vigorous guitar work and passionate vocals. “If your knowledge starts and stops with Bamboleo, the flamenco-pop hit that put the Gipsy Kings on the world map in the late ’80s, you’ve missed out on a varied musical journey,” says the Boston Globe.
The Bellamy Brothers
FRIDAY 8 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 US Hwy. 301 N., Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 987-2855.
Country music’s loveable hippie brothers play a hometown show at the Dallas Bull Friday. These proud Pasco county residents made headlines recently when they accused Britney Spears of ripping off their signature song, If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me). “(Britney’s) a talented gal, but professionally, well, in all honesty, we feel completely ripped off,” David Bellamy told People magazine.
One for the Road 6
Featuring Poetry n’ Lotion, Have Gun, Will Travel, The Beauvilles, The Human Condition, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, Ronny Elliot
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd. St. Petersburg. $10 donation, with all proceeds going to the bands. (727) 576-1091.
Another talented crop of Bay area bands will head to the annual South by Southwest music conference in March. But they could use our help getting there. This fundraiser supports Austin-bound bands Poetry n’ Lotion, the instrumental act with a sonic grab bag; Have Gun, Will Travel, Tampa Bay’s ambassadors of Americana; roadwarrior rockers The Beauvilles; charismatic working men The Human Condition; and perennial favorites Rebekah Pulley and Ronny Elliot.
The Crash Mitchell Five Fri. With The Dirty Spoons and Trash Revue, Skull and Bone Band. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City.(813) 241-8600.
Bear Mountain Brigade CD release Fri. With Just Satellites, Goodnight Neverland, more. 7:30 p.m. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.
Halibut Fri. With The Sun Society, John Gold, Wolf in the Fold. and friends. 7 p.m. Transitions Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $7. (813) 382-3477.
Classic Albums Live: Darkside of the Moon Fri. 10 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, Seminole Hard Rock and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. (866) 502-7529.
Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone Fri. and Sat. (multiple showings) Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission. 1-888-800-5447.
Palm Harbor Blues and Brews Fest Sat. featuring Harmonica Red and the New Heard. Old Palm Harbor Main Street, 1190 Georgia Ave., Palm Harbor. Free. oldpalmharbormainstreet.net.
Pink it Up 2: Ska Bands Against Breast Cancer Sat. featuring Johnny Cakes And The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypso, The Long Johns, The Hoverounds, more. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-2356.
Crooked Fingers Sat. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.
Keller Williams Sat. 9 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22-$25. (727) 895-3045.
Baker Bruce Band Sat. 7 p.m. The Blue Parrot, 85 Corey Circle, St. Pete Beach. Free. (727) 368-9619.
The Commodores and the Pointer Sisters Sun. 4 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission. 1-888-800-5447.
Bang Tango Sun. 5 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Bogus Pomp Sun. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10.
Paul Anka Mon. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $52.50-$98. (727) 791-7400.
Benefit for the Families of our Fallen Heroes Mon. featuring The Greg Billings Band, Suite Caroline, Cowhead and Pitbull Toddler, Satellites Down, Men From Mars, Big Brother, Ronnie D. 6 p.m. Daiquiri Deck, 14995 Gulf Blvd. Madeira Beach. (727) 393-2706.
Thee Oh Sees Tues. With Ty Segall, Easybreezy. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8-$10.
As I Lay Dying Thurs. With Winds of Plague, more. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 895-3045.
Yasmin Levy Thurs. 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 101 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $29.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
Grant Peeples Thurs. The Sloppy Pelican, 677 75th Ave., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-7100.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*