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This week in Tampa: Hey Monday, Reel Big Fish, DJ Christion's Birthday Bash and more




Bummer about that Aerosmith concert last weekend, huh? Especially now that it looks like the band is on the road to recovery, returning to the stage Wednesday night in Atlanta. Their show that was scheduled for July 11 in Tampa will be rescheduled for this fall, possibly in September. Check Aerosmith's Web site for details.

In the meantime, there's a lot going on in Tampa. One of the hottest parties of the summer is always Wild 89.7 DJ Christion's Birthday Bash at Club Skye. Last year, Rick Ross, Pitbull and Flo Rida showed up to celebrate DJ Christion, above. This year's VIP list includes Fat Joe, Sean Kingston, DJ Khaled and Ace Hood and more.

You know about the highly anticipated Avett Brothers show Saturday at the Cuban Club if you checked out our interview with Scott Avett yesterday.

After the jump, get Carole Giambalvo's weekly concert picks, including Hey Monday, Three Dog Night, Nightmare of You, Skull and Bone Band, Crash Mitchell Five and more...

Hey Monday
With This Providence, the Friday Night Boys, Stereo Skyline
SATURDAY 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045. 
No matter what get-togethers tweens and teens hold these days — slumber parties? box socials? — Hey Monday songs would be an appropriately fun and fizzy soundtrack. Pete Wentz signed the West Palm Beach band to his label and emo super-producers S*A*M and Sluggo (Metro Station’s Shake It, We the Kings’ Check Yes Juliet) had a hand in the songwriting. Hey Monday’s pop-rock is more syrupy than Paramore’s but similarly hooky. Plus, singer Cassadee Pope is total BFF material. If only she’d tag us in a “25 random things about me” note.

Three Dog Night
FRIDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $55-$125. (813) 247-2555.
Turning unknown or unlikely songs into rock gold was/is Three Dog Night’s signature move. Consider this anecdote. While sifting through a bargain bin at Sears & Roebuck, the group stumbled upon the music of a then-unfamiliar Randy Newman. By 1970, their rendition of Newman’s Mama Told Me (Not to Come) was a No. 1 hit. Even Hoyt Axton’s Joy to the World, originally written for a children’s television show (hence the bullfrog named Jeremiah and the spreading of joy to fishes) became a pop-soul smash. Forever-gleeful original singers Cory Wells and Danny Hutton continue to lead the band. (On July 16 only, you can take advantage of a buy-one-get-one-free offer on this show through Ticketmaster. Click here for details.)

The Crash Mitchell Five
With Flat Stanley, the Tim Version, Rebekah Pulley, Jen Shamro
FRIDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Local music hero Crash Mitchell’s got cajones. Take his song Radio Station Abomination, in which he calls for the extermination of Clear Channel founder Lowry Mays and his “watered down, pre-programmed propaganda” that’s “killing rock and roll.” Crash, who relocated to Atlanta a couple of years ago, will celebrate his 40th birthday Friday, yet it’s doubtful he’ll curb his hell-raising tendencies. Mitchell and his band play tattered punk and country tunes a la Johnny Cash with a quirkiness like that of the Hold Steady.

DJ Christion’s Birthday Bash
Featuring Fat Joe, DJ Khaled, Ace Hood, Brisco, Cool N Dre, Triple C’s, Sean Kingston, Dorrough, Javon Black, Lil Kee, C Ride
SUNDAY 9 p.m. Club Skye, 1509 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10-$20. (813) 247-6606.
Wild 98.7 DJ Christion celebrates his birthday in style, bringing an impressive cast of hip-hop hitmakers to Club Skye. Dallas’ Dorrough, whose “trunk hits hard like Kimbo Slice,” has the hot Chevy Cutlass tribute Ice Cream Paint Job. Young Sean Kingston’s got the summery dancehall-pop hit Fire Burning and Ace Hood does Akon/T-Pain collab Overtime. Heading up the event is the Bronx’s Fat Joe, who jokes about creating club staple Lean Back so heavy people like him would have something to dance to.

Skull and Bone Band CD release
With boon
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd. St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 576-1091.
The Skull and Bone Band seems like the kind of group that has accumulated hordes of Marlboro Miles. Rugged, irreverent and hilarious at times, the blues-rock-country-folk-jam-miscellaneous act will celebrate the release of The Devil Smells Like Bourbon Friday. The Tampa group is led by Troy Youngblood, whose vocals evoke Jim Morrison, Gregg Allman and William Shatner, sometimes within the same track.

Reel Big Fish
With the English Beat
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $21-$23. (813) 247-2555.
Orange County, Calif.‚Äôs Reel Big Fish instigated lots of suburban skanking in the mid ‚Äô90s, even though Sell Out was, ironically, its only real commercial hit. In fact, the band titled its greatest hits CD Greatest Hit  ‚Ķ and More.  Expect silly, self-deprecating ska originals and, possibly, brassy covers of Toots and Maytals‚Äô Monkey Man and Poison‚Äôs Nothing But a Good Time. Two-Tone legends the English Beat, which Reel Big Fish calls ‚Äúone of the biggest influences on our music,‚Äù opens.

Super-Sized Summer Ska Spectacular
Featuring Victims of Circumstance, the Long Johns, Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of Apocalypso, Fall on Purpose, the AA Dropouts, Crisis in Skallywood, the Ambassy, CIO, One Way, Out of Nothing, Bastard Suns
SATURDAY 3 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th Street North, Largo. $10. (727) 532-0265.
Loads of local ska acts and restless leg syndrome sufferers come together to celebrate the almighty upbeat. At $10 for more than a dozen bands, this show might be a good alternative if Reel Big Fish’s price tag seems too steep.

Nightmare of You 
With Plushgun, Fairground, Aushua, Brian Bonz
THURSDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600. 
Contrary to its name, Nightmare of You has a passion for pop melodies, not thrash metal. Its emotive indie-pop blend calls to mind Saves the Day and the Smiths.

Vinyl Music Festival
With Paul Mendez, Drager, Diamond, Master Jay, DaLish, Sinna-G, This is an Adventure, KConn, many more.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY Times and venues around Sarasota. Festival passes are $20; VIP tickets are $50. See for details.
When you think of the Sarasota music scene, you automatically think of DJs from around the world spinning block-rocking beats at rooftop parties and soirees on yachts. Wait, no. That doesn’t sound right at all. But this weekend, that’ll be the case, as some 30 DJs descend upon 12 venues around ’Sota for the first Vinyl Music Festival, a four-day weekend of house, electro, hip-hop and techno music. Parties will take place at clubs and venues including Esca, Horsefeathers, the Lido Beach Resort and, yes, yachtside at a VIP party at a sandbar between South Lido Key and Siesta Key. (The DJs will be on pontoons, and boats will be able to pull up and party.) Top house DJ Paul Mendez, electro star DJ Drager, and blond pinup Diamond are the big headliners. — Jay Cridlin

Also playing

Fear of Flying: Fri. 7 p.m. Hot Topic University Mall, 2155 Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 910-7288.

Mike Jurgensen: Fri. 8 p.m. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. $13-$15. (727) 942-5605.

Look Mexico Fri. With Dignan, XOXO, Alexander and the Grapes. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.

Sunset Bridge: Fri. With Emily Roff. 8 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.

Sarge and the Aeromen: Fri. 8 p.m. Karma Bar and Cafe, 206 N. Morgan St., Tampa. (813) 228-0870.

Singod: Fri. With Murdok, Muphin Chuckrs, more. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $9-$10. (813) 248-9500.

Pink Lincolns: Sat. With Teenage Rehab, Middle Class Trash. 9 p.m. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $6. (727) 898-6054.

Ace Enders: Sat. With the Gay Blades, School Boy Humor, more. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12. (813) 248-9500.

Cope: Sat. With the Funky Seeds, Aquaphonics. 9 p.m. Garage Bar, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Edwin McCain: Sat. 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 896-2276.

The Stick Martin Show: Sat. 9 p.m. The Zone, 121 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 934-5599.

Adam and Dave’s Bloodline: Sun. With Gasoline Heart, Tailgunner Joe, Glasgow. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

The Fab Faux :Sun. 7 p.m. The Ritz Theater, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $55-$125. (813) 247-2555.

Trevor Hall: Mon. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.

Jim Lanier: Tues. 6 p.m. The Pub, 20025 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. Free. (727) 595-3172.

-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*. Photo by Luis Santana, tbt*.

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[Last modified: Thursday, July 16, 2009 12:00pm]


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