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This week in Tampa: Jack Johnson, Deftones, Jeffree Star and more




Around our offices, a lot of people are super-excited about Natalie Merchant's show Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Click here to read all about it.

But we know there are just as many of you out there who are just as stoked about Deftones' first show in Tampa in some time, or Jack Johnson's first-ever concert in Tampa Bay.

Both shows are part of Carole Liparoto's concert picks this week, as are shows by Jeffree Star, Tab Benoit and a host of excellent local shows that span all genres. Take it away, Carole ...

Jack Johnson
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $35-$55. (813) 740-2446. 

For a dude who oozes mellow, Jack Johnson has Tampa Bay fans particularly worked up over his “To the Sea” tour. After all, this is J.J.’s inaugural Tampa visit. The 35-year-old pro surfer turned soft rock star with the unassuming, “NyQuillian” voice (as tbt*’s Sean Daly would say) is the reigning king of good vibrations and living proof that nice guys don’t always finish last. His breezy acoustic playing (you should hear You and Your Heart, Bubble Toes and Taylor Wednesday) conjures up sunsets, fruity drinks and, of course, seaside splendor. Offstage, however, it’s not all banana pancakes and Teva sandals. Johnson means business when it comes to Mother Earth. He’s an environmental activist, sustainable food devotee and philanthropist. Most recently, he donated a cool $70,000 to gulf oil spill relief efforts. 

Art After Dark Island Party
Featuring Tribal Style, DJ Mike Blenda, Ras Kana, Jamm Balaya
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. Free for museum members or $10. (813) 274-8130.
Each month, the Tampa Museum of Art partners with area organizations, volunteers, artists and musicians to put on themed music and arts events. This month, the museum is going Caribbean with reggae favorites Tribal Style. The band’s rootsy renditions of Steel Pulse and Toots and the Maytals are as good as it gets locally.

Florida Metal Invasion
Featuring A Broken Machine, Gladiator, The Dood, Must … Not … Kill, Alter Reign, Sister Kill Cycle, Team Cybergeist, Scar City, more.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $8-$22. (727) 532-0265. To view a complete band lineup and times, head to
If you’re a local metal follower, there’s a good chance you’ve come across one or more these acts in the last few years. Must … Not … Kill is coming off a buzzworthy Mayhem Festival performance, Gladiator has enough double bass to survive nuclear winter, and the goth-industrial Team Cybergeist is an eff-you metal act similar in nature to the Genitorturers, Crossbreed and Dope.

Jeffree Star
With Blood on the Dance Floor
SATURDAY 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12.50. (813) 248-9500.
People have a tendency to hate what they don’t understand. Accordingly, there are plenty of Jeffree Star haters out there. Star, 23, is an androgynous electro-pop artist with a foul mouth, an appetite for violence and lollipops, and an eye-makeup obsession. You might call him the Chris Crocker (the gender-bending “leave Britney alone” guy) of the genre. With songs titles like Eyelash Curlers and Butcher Knives and Plastic Surgery Slumber Party, we think you’ll get the gist. We’re cool with all of the drama and fierceness, as long as your beats are banging, Jeff.

Hana-li CD release show
With Oceana, The Grecian Urns, The Sun Society
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $5-$8. (813) 241-8600. 
Clearwater’s Hana-li has traveled the globe as a backup singer for artists as varied as Isaac Hayes, Doug E. Fresh, Edgar Winter and Chick Corea. On Saturday, the 22-year-old singer-songwriter-pianist will take center stage to reveal her first all-original EP From The Dark, a mixed bag of alternative rock, pop, soul and classical. Always the optimist, Hana-li hopes her music can help people to “believe in themselves and their ability to make a difference in the world, in their friends, their families and in themselves.”

J.C. Schaffer memorial show
Featuring New Violation, Wine to Water, Hey Rube, Mogul Street Reserve, Johnny Cakes, High 5 Go
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Donations accepted. (813) 248-2356.
Jancarlos “J.C.” Schaffer, 22, was an active local music promoter and ska lover who booked shows at Market on 7th in Ybor City, managed a few Bay-area acts and ran Rossco Studios. In June, he was killed in a car accident. On Saturday, many of the bands Schaffer  supported will perform together in his honor.

With Baroness
TUESDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30. (813) 247-2555.
Deftones is one of those rare acts that can balance the brutality of metal with beautiful atmospherics. Heavy yet hypnotic, deafening yet dreamy, the SoCal crew has specialized in this bipolar blend for nearly 20 years. Frontman Chino Moreno was one of the first to combine screamed vocals and intense inhalations with more ethereal, hushed singing, leaving little doubt that he’s one of those most influential metal singers to ever sport crew socks. On this tour, fans should expect material from latest Diamond Eyes, as well as oldies Change (In the House of Flies) and My Own Summer (Shove It). A portion of proceeds will help support longtime bassist Chi Cheng, who remains in a semi-conscious state after a 2008 car accident.

Also playing

Karnivool Fri. With Tides of Man. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.

Candy Bars Fri. With Morningbell, Cure For Caska. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Nessie Fri. With Surly, California Baseball Band. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-9500.

DJ Suzy Solar Sat. 11 p.m. Jackson’s Bistro, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. (813) 277-0112.

Lo Sat. With Screaming At the Silence, Nothing Promised, more. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $7. (727) 895-3045.

Tab Benoit Sat. With Daryl Hance. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.

Terry Sylvester Sat. With John Ford Coley. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $25?$30. (727) 587-6793.

Dion Sat. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$70. (727) 791-7400.

Baker Bruce Band Sat. 7 p.m. The Blue Parrot, 85 Corey Circle, St. Pete Beach. Free. (727) 368-9619.

Crackerbilly Sun. 1 p.m. Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway St., Dunedin. Free. (727) 216-6318.

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images

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