This week in Tampa: Heatwave, Rootstock, Gavin Rossdale and more
If you've been reading Soundcheck all week, you know the big concert event this weekend in Tampa is WMNF's Tropical Heatwave.
We've spent the week getting to know some of the headliners on the bill -- David Dondero, Ted Lukas, the Vodkanauts' Mark Warren, the Diviners' Soraya Zaumeyer -- to find out which acts they're looking forward to seeing.
But Heatwave isn't the only show in town this weekend. After the jump, get Carole Giambalvo's weekly concert picks, including shows by Gavin Rossdale, Eric Church, Queensryche, Tim Easton and Rachel Goodrich, and the killer hip-hop and reggae fest known as Rootstock, featuring Tribal Style, above.
WMNF Tropical Heatwave
Featuring Trombone Shorty, Chuck Prophet, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, David Dondero and many more.
SATURDAY Starting at 5:10 p.m. on six stages in and around the Cuban Club, 2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. $30 advance, $35 at the door. Youth tickets (ages 12-20) are $10 and available in-person only. If you only want to visit one venue instead of all six, a single ticket is $8. Click here for details and a complete schedule.
Troy ‚ÄúTrombone Shorty‚Äù Andrews made his Tampa Bay area debut at Tropical Heatwave two years ago, when he took the stage as a virtual unknown. On Saturday, the New Orleans native returns to WMNF‚Äôs annual bash as a co-headlining hero. ‚ÄúPlaying Tampa has become like home away from home,‚Äù Andrews said. ‚ÄúWe couldn‚Äôt ask to be in a better place. We‚Äôre very excited.‚Äù So are all the other artists on the Heatwave bill, who will be playing at six stages in and around the Cuban Club. The lineup of artists is killer across the board -- click here to listen to tracks by performers Chuck Prophet, the Modern Skirts, Will Quinlan and the Diviners, the Beauvilles, David Dondero, the Mojo Gurus and Magadog.
Featuring Tribal Style, Breakdown, the Rukus, Anonymous, D‚ÄôVisitors, Laws, Dynasty, Hip Abduction, Mic Deluxx, Blenda, Fader, Badda Skat, Jinx
FRIDAY 7 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.
Cream-of-the-crop local reggae and hip-hop artists team up for the fifth installment of Rootstock. St. Pete‚Äôs fathers of roots reggae, Tribal Style, will perform, as will female rapper Dynasty. The little mama from Queens has a refreshing hip-hop style, pumping up crowds with clever, but not dirty, lyrics. And quick-talking Plant High School senior Anonymous makes an appearance before getting ready to study dramatic writing at NYU.
With Nico Vega
MONDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $19.99 (727) 786-2276.
Fifteen years ago, with a foot firmly planted on a Big Muff pedal, greasy-haired Gavin Rossdale and Bush were soaking up grunge glory. Today, Rossdale‚Äôs riffs are clean and poppy, his hair trim, and his wife, Gwen Stefani, is making far more headlines. Still, Rossdale tromps on unfazed, performing songs primarily from solo album WANDERlust (which trades the ‚Äô90s-style muck for music in the vein of Snow Patrol). But Bush fans shouldn‚Äôt despair ‚Äî Machinehead, Glycerine and Comedown have been showing up on the setlists, too. Rossdale‚Äôs even got a cool cover of Fleetwood Mac‚Äôs Landslide.
FRIDAY 7 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $9.95. (813) 987-2855.
He toasts the folks who live by a time clock, not a trust fund. He wears boots to church and takes time out to pledge allegiance to Merle Haggard. If you hadn‚Äôt guessed, Skoal-dippin‚Äô, Jack-swiggin‚Äô Eric Church is all country. Church picked up steam after opening for Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley. Now, considering tickets for his sold-out shows are being scalped in parking lots, he may join them atop the contemporary country ranks sooner than later.
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
SATURDAY 2 and 8 p.m., and SUNDAY 2 and 7 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $39.50. (813) 229-7827.
As Beatles tribute acts go, Rain is one of the biggies (up there with the Fab Four). The group has studied the Beatles‚Äô famous performances extensively and insists on meticulous re-enactments. In fact, Joey Curatolo, who plays a pretty excellent Paul McCartney, recently learned to play bass left-handed to up the ante. They‚Äôll depict the Beatles‚Äô evolution in five stages (from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road) and offer up some amusing ‚Äô60s commercials for good measure.
The Heavy Pets
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Warm up for Tropical Heatwave on Saturday with genre-bending jam act the Heavy Pets. The South Florida-based group, which plays Dunedin Brewery pretty regularly, just scored a slot at Bonnaroo. If you like Phish or Perpetual Groove, you‚Äôll probably like the Heavy Pets.
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $37.50-$60. (727) 791-7400.
A Queensryche concert is like opera for metal fans. Singer Geoff Tate delivers grandiose highs and lows, and the guitarists crank out more noodles than the Chinese buffet. The prog-metal monarchs return to play songs solely from American Soldier (a concept album about war) as well as Rage for Order and Empire (which contained the hit ballad Silent Lucidity).
Tim Easton and Rachel Goodrich
With John Gold and the Old Souls
SUNDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
When your friends and mentors include Lucinda Williams, Wilco and the Jayhawks, maybe good songwriting comes easy. Tim Easton‚Äôs croaky moan and jangly folk-rock songs are pretty Dylanesque, though he‚Äôs got modern pop and country in his back pocket too. Miami‚Äôs super-groovy folk-jazz artist Rachel Goodrich, who often comes equipped with guitar, keyboard, ukulele, kazoo, harmonica, recorder, xylophone, banjo, mandolin, spoons, pots, pans, and more, is a serious talent ‚Äî and she‚Äôs seriously funny, too.
Brent Rademaker and Late Night Brass: Fri. 7 p.m. Lowry Park Bandshell, 7525 N Boulevard, Tampa. Free. (813) 935-8552.
Chris McCarty Band: Fri. 9 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third S., St. Pete. $5. (727) 895-6400.
War: Fri. With Triptico. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Pete. $26. (727) 895-3045.
DJ Icey Fri. With Tony Faline, DJ Coz. 10 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 259-9669.
Memphis Train Union: Fri. With Kenneth Brian Band and the Cruz. 9:30 p.m. Dave‚Äôs Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Pete. $5. (727) 576-1091.
Rockhound: Fri. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. (727) 532-0265.
Buffalo Strange Fri. With the Hip Abduction. 8 p.m. Skipper‚Äôs Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $8. (813) 971-0666.
Steven Curtis Chapman: Sat. 4 p.m. With Brandon Heath, Joel Auge, Matthew West, Sara Groves. Busch Gardens, 10001 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission. (888) 800-5447.
Andy Caldwell: Sat. 9 p.m. Hyde Park Caf?©, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. $5-$10. (813) 254-2233.
HuDost: Sat. 8 p.m. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. $13-$15. (727) 942-5605.
Rubix Cubed: Sat. 9 p.m. The Ritz Ybor 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 247-2555.
Back in Black 2 Afterparty Sat. Featuring Dave Nada, Pauly Crush, Monk. 10 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5-$7. (813) 247-2664.
Patty Larkin: Mon. 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25.50. (813) 229-7827.
Eric Hutchinson: Tues. With Matt Hires, Serena Ryder. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $13. (813) 248-9500.
Benny Benassi: Wed. 10 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $20. (813) 259-9669.
JT Curtis and the Silver Eagle Band: Thurs. With Julie Black, Bus Stop. 6 p.m. The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Free. (813) 994-2242.
Janis Ian: Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.75. (727) 791-7400.
What did we leave out? Share your weekend concert picks below.
-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*. Photo by Luis Santana, tbt* (2007).