This week in Tampa: Hall and Oates, Nicki Minaj, 97X Backyard BBQ and more
On this Memorial Day weekend, if you're into music, you can head to the beach (for Mix Master Mike at Shephard's), you can take in some baseball (Hall and Oates or We the Kings at the Trop, or Bernie Williams with Basia at Ruth Eckerd Hall), or you can simply have a barbecue (the 97X Memorial Day Backyard BBQ in St. Petersburg, to be precise). Or you can just choose to check out the hottest new female rapper in the game, Nicki Minaj, above.
There are plenty of options. Here to walk you through these and more -- including the Backstreet Boys, Eve 6 and Third World and Barrington Levy -- is Carole Liparoto...
With Orange Hour
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-3045.
Remembered most for the organ-frappe’ing melodrama Inside Out, Eve 6 returns to the stage with two out of three original members. Evoking a more poppy, lovesick Green Day, the SoCal trio churned out some pretty solid rock songs over the years. But it’s this lyric (from the aforementioned ’98 hit Inside Out) that made the most lasting impression: “Want to put my tender heart in a blender, watch in spin around to a beautiful oblivion.”
Andy Matchett and the Minks
With Alexander and the Grapes, Bananafish
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
While reminiscing about his elementary school gym class days, Orlando singer-songwriter Andy Matchett got an idea. Open a parachute. Pull fans inside. Play. Just like they did in P.E. “I remember that feeling very clearly — like the whole group was immediately transported into our own little private universe, shaded by color and insulated from the rest of the world,” Matchett said. Matchett, whose warm, unruffled indie sound recalls The Shins or Duncan Sheik, held his first “parachute show” in March at New World to “get the crowd involved in a more intimate way.” He’ll give it all a whirl again Saturday. — Jay Cridlin
SATURDAY 10 p.m. Club Underground, 802-806 E Whiting St., Tampa. $35 and up. (727) 831-8776.
Nicki Minaj is the biggest, baddest female rapper in the game right now. Problem is, that’s not saying a whole lot. With a complete lack of “femcees,” this twenty-something “Harajuku Barbie” is poised for a decade of domination, especially with lines like this. On her character: “I am a bad woof woof, flyer than a Frisbee.” On her purchase power: “I ain’t sleepin’ when I tell ya I am in my dream car.” An always-animated Minaj also possesses some of the best qualities of the women who came before her. She’s got Foxy’s sexual charisma, Missy’s playfulness, MC Lyte’s can-hang-with-the-boys confidence and Lil Kim’s love of weaves. “People need to get accustomed to seeing a female rapper again,” Minaj told MTV in a recent interview.
Basia and Bernie Williams
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$65. (727) 791-7400.
Cross a Polish singer-songwriter with a former Yankee outfielder and what do you get? Why an evening of stylish, Latin-influenced jazz, of course. What seems like an odd pairing is actually quite perfect considering both Basia and Bernie’s unwavering passion for ultra-smooth sounds — the kind that suggest nice slacks and cocktails. Legend has it that the classically trained Yankee would bring his guitar on road trips, serenading Jeter, Giambi and the rest of the club.
Mix Master Mike
With Jump Smokers
SUNDAY 10 p.m. Shephards, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $10-$15. (727) 441-6875.
The perfect accompaniment to the Beastie Boys’ wonderfully tacky rhymes, Mix Master Mike’s cutting and scratching is legendary in the DJ world. With his group the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Mike was actually barred from the annual world scratching competition for being so dominant. He’ll headline Shephards’ annual Memorial Day bash, blasting sounds you’d thought could never come from a needle and a record.
97X Memorial Day Backyard BBQ
Featuring American Bang, Paper Tongues, Flobots, NeedToBreathe, Crash Kings, Richy Nix, Orange Hour, Misunderstood Superheroes
SATURDAY 12 p.m. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. N.E., St Petersburg. $10-$20. (727) 823-8534.
In just a couple of years, what started as a small Memorial Day weekend event for 97X has a morphed into a solid, eight-band alternative rock festival, complete with a “beer garden” and motocross stunts. For $10, ride to California with Paper Tongues, ride sans handlebars with Flobots and ride ... well, somewhere else with the rest. Christian rock newcomer NeedToBreathe and former Soundcheck artists of the day Orange Hour and Misunderstood Superheroes also perform.
Hall and Oates
SATURDAY post-game (first pitch at 7:10 p.m.). Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket, $30 for field pass. (888) 326-7297.
Those blazers. That mustache. The synchronized handclaps. Hall and Oates are so easy to tease, yet so hard to turn down. Consequently, with help from devoted “Hall Raisers,” Hall and Oates stand as one of the most successful duos in music history. They’re so inescapable in fact, that when I placed an order for shipping supplies last week, a Hall and Oates live CD (of all things) was delivered as my free gift. The perky combo of soul, pop, funk and new wave has always brightened my time at the dentist’s office. Now I’ve got a copy for the car, too.
Third World and Barrington Levy
With Marcia Griffiths
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $24.99-$34.99. (727) 565-0551.
At one time, Jannus Landing was the premiere venue for reggae music in Tampa Bay. Sunday, the three acts performing might help rekindle that fire. Crossover group Third World is best known for O’Jays cover Now That We Found Love, but it’s the rootsy, lesser-known 1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade) that shows the band in top form. Barrington Levy does “skidileebopdidleywhoa’s” like no other, and you’ll recognize reggae queen and slide teacher Marcia Griffiths in five words — “It’s electric, boogie woogie woogie.”
MONDAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $52.50-$88. (727) 791-7400.
Is this where we make the “Backstreet’s back” quip? Let’s not. It’s way overused, not to mention possibly inaccurate. Nick Carter says the Backstreet Boys never really went away — even if you didn’t notice. For 17 years, through Ushers and Britneys and Biebers, the group has toiled to stay alive. All told, they’ve sold more than 100 million albums. They’ve been golden boys and guilty pleasures. They lost a member and continued as a foursome. Their latest album, This Is Us, came out in 2009. -- Stephanie Hayes
The Chris McCarty Band Fri. With Shane Meade and The Sound. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Rock-It Scientists Sat. 11 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 871-7874.
We the Kings Fri. Following Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox. First pitch at 7:10 p.m. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. (888) 326-7297.
Marksmen Sat. With Tailgunner Joe, The Still Voice. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $7. (813) 241-8600.
A Play On Words EP release Sat. With Aria Novos, Come Now Sleep, Late Night Glory. 8 p.m. Pangea Café, 34 N Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. Free. (727) 443-5040.
Bands on the Sand 2 Sat. With Charlie Morris Band, Backyard Bone Band, Experimental Pilot, Alternators Blues Band, P.J. and the Real Deal, Soul Shine, Comfort Zone, Next Exit. 12 p.m. 104th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island. mytreasureisland.org.
Night of the United (Tampa Bay Metal Scene show) Sat. featuring A Broken Machine, Unkempt, Dementia, Azalea, more. 2 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $10-$15. (727) 843-0686.
The Geezers Sat. 8 p.m. Shackleton’s Folly, 4300 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 329-8847.
Rise of Saturn Sat. With Fusion Music Experience, more. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $7. (727) 532-0265.
This Will Destroy You Sun. With The Life and Times, Guiltmaker, more. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 248-4969.
Set It Off Sun. 5 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. (727) 895-3045.
Crusaders of Love Sun. With Ghost Hospital. 9 p.m. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 898-6054.
D’Visitors Sun. 9 p.m. The Hub, 719 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.
GX Mon. With Jody Green, DJ Xplicid. Captain Kosmakos, 9610 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 367-3743.
Blind Witness Wed. With Attila, more. 8 p.m. Transitions, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 382-3477.
Rock the Park Thurs. featuring Alex Harris, 10th Concession, Bird Street Players. 6:30 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Dr., Tampa. Free.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*