This week in Tampa: Jake Owen, Vince Gill, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and more
In St. Petersburg, you've got a top-notch local lineup for ARTpool's I Love St. Pete art show, including the Semis, the Sheaks, Ryan Wendell Bauer and John Q. A few blocks away at the State Theatre, you've got Gainesville fave Chris McCarty, as well as locals Burning Tree, Bootleg and the Prospect. And over in Tampa, relentlessly creative scene-setters Poetry 'N Lotion will release their latest CD, Kentucky Monkey. That's a lot of former Artists of the Day, right there.
After the jump, Carole Giambalvo walks you through these concerts and more ..
I Love St. Pete
Featuring the Semis, the Sheaks, Ryan Wendell Bauer, John Q.
SATURDAY 7 p.m. ARTpool Gallery and Vintage Boutique, 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10-$15. (727) 324-3878.
When you think about the city of St. Petersburg (“Da ’Burg”, if you’re nasty), what comes to mind? Vinoy Park’s oceanside landscape? The upside-down pyramid? Post-Jannus chicken souvlaki? During ARTpool’s fourth annual I Love St. Pete event, artists will display works inspired by — you guessed it — St. Pete. Trading bawdy for beachy, the Semis’ new batch of sun-kissed rock songs fit the soundtrack perfectly. Influences as far flung as the Beach Boys and Cheap Trick can be heard in the band’s newly optimistic garage-pop-surf mix. Ryan Wendell Bauer’s seriously skilled synth-pop maneuvering is offset by a goofball stage presence, while John Q. offers everyman rock (just as the name suggests) that’s both rootsy and inviting.
FRIDAY 10 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $9.95-$15. (813) 987-2855.
If tobacco dipping and dusty roads don’t get your blood pumping, maybe monster tires will. In what may be the silliest, chest-puffing country single of 2009, Eight Second Ride finds Vero Beach-born stud muffin Jake Owen impressing a new lady friend with his spittoon and truck tire girth. But the cowboy with the sexy baritone switches gears on sweet, slow-burning love songs like Easy Does It, showing he’s got more in store than just bad pick-up lines and neighborhood bar stories.
Poetry 'N Lotion CD release
With DJ Cub, Acho Brother
FRIDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
Freeform instrumental group Poetry 'N Lotion serves up assorted beats for the feet and unconventional music fusion for the mind. Juggling samba, jazz, funk, metal, folk, reggae and so on, the band pays respects to Coltrane, Zappa and even Sabbath. They’ve named their new disc Kentucky Monkey after a liquor drink of epic (and likely disgusting) proportions. Lucky for us, the drink’s mixing instructions — 90 percent Kentucky Gentleman, 10 percent banana liquor — are included with the album. Jeremy Powell of Infinite Groove Orchestra will join on sax and Hector Mayoral of Acho Brother will assist on percussion.
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
With Sleepy Vikings, the Aloha Model
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Remember the first time you tapped on a Casio? Those keytop icons challenging you to put vibraphone over a Western swing beat or an organ over a disco groove? Unlike most of us, Chicago’s Owen Ashworth stuck with the craft. Today his lo-fi electronic project — think the Postal Service with somber, deadpan vocals or Beck with more synths and electronic blips — has gained a devoted following. But as the name suggests, Ashworth seems like one tortured, longing soul.
A Reason to Rock
Featuring Chris McCarty, Bootleg, Burning Tree, the Prospect
SATURDAY 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$20. (727) 895-3045.
This annual Parkinson’s fundraiser features Gainesville’s soulful, acoustic rock favorite Chris McCarty. Over the years, college students have come to appreciate McCarty’s passionate Dave Matthews-esque jams more than free food itself. The onetime winner of a Lou Perlman-hosted talent contest and a finalist on the television show Rockstar Supernova, McCarty will be joined by Warped Tour-ready act the Prospect and Sublime torch-carriers Bootleg and Burning Tree.
Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights
With Thomas Wynn and the Believers
WEDNESDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Fresh off Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man Cruise” (did you ever think you’d see those words strung together?), Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights bring cocky hard rock to New World. Frontman Tyler’s commanding, church-bred vocals power the group’s Southern rock and Gospel-tinged tracks. The Lone Star State up-and-comers have opened shows for AC/DC, Kid Rock and O.A.R., to name a few.
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $42.50-$82.50. (727) 791-7400.
While a gifted guitarist and bluegrass performer, Vince Gill is best known (and most commercially successful) as the sensitive balladeer. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Gill will release Love Songs, a collection of weak-in-the-knees favorites including When Love Finds You and Let’s Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye.
Basic Rock Outfit: Fri. 9 p.m. World of Beer Westchase, 9524 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 852-2337.
Third Kind of Blue: Fri. Featuring Ronnie Burrage. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 822-3590.
Oceana: Fri. With When Honor Meant Everything, more. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8-$10. (727) 895-3045.
Earl Brown’s Triple Threat: Fri. 10 p.m. L.A. Hangout, 16411 N Florida Ave., Lutz. (813) 964-5631.
Limit-57: Fri. With Mutt, The Sound of Armada, Alter Reign. 8 p.m. Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 943-5713.
Rock for Autism: Sat. Featuring Marty Balin, Slick Aguilar. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
FOFF Fest: Sat. Featuring Amy Carol Webb, Jubals Kin, Elan Chalford and Pete Gallagher, Roy Schneider, Hannah’s Whirl, Sunset Bridge, more. 3 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church, 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa. Free. (813) 988-8188.
Select Start: Sat. With Vega Under Fire, more. 7 p.m. Transitions, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $10. (813) 382-3477.
Luke Schwartz: Sat. With Speak Easy. 8 p.m. The Living Room, 680 Main Street, Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-5202.
Over Under Yonder: Sat. 9:30 p.m. Yeoman’s Road Pub, 236 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. $5. (813) 251-2748.
Crossbreed: Sat. With Team Cybergeist, more. 7 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $10. (727) 843-0686.
Experimental Pilot: Sat. With Memphis Train Union. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
The Sauce Boss Bill Wharton: Sat. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $25-$30. (727) 587-6793.
Amanda Drake and the Barnburners: Sun. With Mogul Street Reserve, Johnny Cakes and the Four Horseman of the Apocalypso. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $5. (813) 971-0666.
Chocolate City Sundays: Sun. 9 p.m. Club Fuze, 6520 Harney Road, Tampa (813) 321-7358.
Ted Lukas and the Misled: Sun. 9 p.m. The Hub, 719 N Franklin Street, Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.
B Street Band, a Tribute to The Boss: Tues. 8 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. (866) 502-7529.
Aych: Wed. 10 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $5-$7. (813) 241-8600.
Sweet Dreams, a Patsy Cline Tribute: Wed. featuring CJ Harding. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $25-$28. (727) 587-6793.
The Human Condition: Thurs. With Geoff’s Evil Twin. 7 p.m. Tre Amici at the Bunker, 1907 N 19th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 247-6964.
-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*. Photo: Hannah Persson.