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This week in Tampa: Jane's Addiction, Leon Russell, Scars on 45 and more


A week of '90s nostalgia (Chris Cornell, Wilco) comes to a close on Saturday, when Jane's Addiction comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. If you missed our interview with frontman Perry Farrell, be sure to check it out here.

Elsewhere in the Bay, there's Leon Russell (above), Scars on 45, Hunter Hayes, Spam Allstars, Meek Mill, Timothy B. Schmit, Ralph Stanley, Reckless Kelly, Whole Wheat Bread, Zoso, Mike Pinto Band and more. Carole Liparoto has the details after the jump...

Jane’s Addiction
With The Duke Spirit
SATURDAY 8:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $43. (727) 791-7400.
Over the past quarter century, Jane’s Addiction has produced some memorably mighty singles — Been Caught Stealing, Jane Says, Mountain Song — yet the group has released just four studio albums since 1988, including last fall’s The Great Escape Artist. However, their highly theatrical live shows — not to mention Farrell’s role as the founder of the Lollapalooza music festival, which has evolved from a touring sideshow to one of the biggest annual music events in the world — were what made Jane’s Addiction icons of the alternative rock movement. This rare theater show should bring out the best in Farrell, one of the best pure entertainers in rock. — Jay Cridlin

Hunter Hayes 
SUNDAY 5 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $5 and up. (813) 987-2855.
Kids are invited and encouraged to check out Storm Warning singer Hunter Hayes’ afternoon show at the Dallas Bull. The young, restless and rising country artist is currently the second-most Google-d “Hunter” (behind only the late great Hunter S. Thompson). The 20-year-old’s voice has been favorably compared to Rascal Flatts’ lead singer Gary LeVox, with whom Hayes supported onstage earlier this year. But the Rascal Flatts gig wasn’t Hayes’ first brush with the big time. Hayes appeared live alongside Hank Williams Jr.  at age four, and at six was cast in The Apostle opposite Robert Duvall, who gave him his first guitar. He’d later play with Johnny and June Carter Cash at a backyard BBQ and perform at age eight at the White House for President Bill Clinton.

Scars on 45
With WD-Han, G2P, more
MONDAY 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8 and up.
Heartbreak kids Scars on 45 soothe relationship pain with some serious melody. Check out stinging rock ballad Heart on Fire, a track that’s appeared during contemplative moments of Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill and Pretty Little Liars. Comparable to Keane or The Fray, this indie/acoustic band from the UK makes hook-loaded music with bite.

Leon Russell
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $34-$39. (727) 587-6793.
Leon Russell, the Tulsa, Okla. singer, songwriter, pianist, producer and cowboy Santa, plays an intimate show in Largo. If you’ll recall, Russell had a gangbusters year in 2011. He toured with Elton John in support of their piano-powered merger of soul, country and gospel, The Union; appeared on Saturday Night Live and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This year, Russell performs his most recognized work from the ’70s, including gospel rockin’ Delta Lady, buoyant Tight Rope and ballad A Song for You. Russell will also pay tribute to stars he’s performed and recorded with, by Dixie-fying Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, giving the Rolling Stones’ Wild Horses extra gallop and re-imagining the Beatles’ I’ve Just Seen a Face with some boogie. At press time, only obstructed view tickets were still available.

Spam Allstars
With Peter Baldwin
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12 and up. (813) 241-8600.
Regulars on the Florida tour circuit, Little Havana’s Spam Allstars return with an intoxicating Latin-funk-electronic fusion. DJ Le Spam improvises on the turntables, spinning and sampling tracks from his diverse record collection. Then the Allstars chime in on sax, trombone, guitar, flute, congas and just about anything else they can get their hands on to make you move your feet.

Timothy B. Schmit 
THURSDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. $45. (727) 791-7400.
Known for his work as a member of the Eagles and Poco, Timothy B. Schmit goes on a solo tour stint. He and a full band will perform songs by his bands, as well as tracks from his Lost Highway solo effort Expando. Written and produced by Schmit, Expando presents a diverse mix of Americana, folk, country, rock and blues and features guests The Blind Boys of Alabama, Garth Hudson, Kid Rock, Graham Nash, Van Dyke Parks, Benmont Tench and Dwight Yoakam.

Meek Mill
MONDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30 and up. (813) 247-2555.

Before Tupac’s holographic resurrection at Coachella, Meek Mill was backing the return of rap’s Machiavelli on his 2011 debut single Tupac Back featuring Rick Ross. That same year he released another chart-buster, Ima Boss. Meek came up on the mean streets of North Philadelphia, rhyming his way through the city’s underground battle scene. Well, the “rozay” is popping now with Mill being signed to Ross’ M-m-m-maybach music label. He was also included in XXL magazine’s Freshman Class feature, the same distinction given to now-stars Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller.

Also playing

Orbit 19 Nine-Year Anniversary Party Fri. featuring Jacuzzi Boys, Beach Day, Tidal Wave, more. 9 p.m. Orbit 19, 1542 U.S. 19, Holiday. Free.

Reckless Kelly Fri. With Gabriel Kelley. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.

Zoso Fri. With Sound Parlor. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 565-0551. 

Whole Wheat Bread Fri. With Neglected Superhero, Samurai Shotgun, more. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.

Rookie of the Year Fri. With Eryn Woods. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $8-$11.

Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys Fri. With Mitch Lind and the Lagerheads. 7 p.m. Keel and Curley Winery, 5210 W Thonotosassa Road, Plant City. $12-$45.

Loco Dice Sat. With Chris Fortier, Brian Busto. 9 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $15. (813) 259-9669.

Fick Sat. With Vain Rachell, Fornicopia. 9:30 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5. (813) 971-1679.

Zally Sat. With Specialist and True Vibez Band, Isus and RNR Band, DJ Speedy, more. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N., Largo. $10. (727) 532-0265.

Mike Pinto Band Sat. With Three Legged Fox. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12-$15. (727) 895-3045. 

Mason Caine Birthday Bash Sat. With JRuinz, Mighty Jai, Moxberg Biggz, Los Money and App Miller, Chrissy Dior, more. 9:30 p.m. Azucar Night Club, 6710 Hanley Rd., Tampa. (813) 443-8217.

Tribal Style Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606. 

The Jim Morey Band Sun. 4 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000.

Colt Clark Wed. 5 p.m. Pelagia, Renaissance Tampa International Plaza, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 313-3235.

Parallels Tues. With Touch the Sky, Outmode. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N., Ybor City. $7-$10. (813) 241-8600.

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 10:46am]


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