This week in Tampa: Jason Aldean, Hayes Carll, Gucci Mane and more
This week, you can experience the breadth and range of the country music genre in Tampa Bay. On one side, you have Jason Aldean, above, whose pop-friendly collaborations have made him one of Nashville's hottest young hunks. On the other, you have Hayes Carll, the Texas-bred outlaw with a dusty songbook full of whiskey-soaked lyrics. Both are worth checking out.
As for the rest of this week's picks -- Gucci Mane, We The Kings, the Turtles, the Buckinghams, the Grass Roots and more -- we turn, as always, to Carole Liparoto...
With Chris Young, Thompson Square
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $24.75-$49.75. (813) 740-2446.
When Jason Aldean takes the stage at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday, he will do so as one of country music’s fastest-rising stars, a dude (definitely a dude) who salutes hickdom with his Big Green Tractor but also charms poppy non-Nashvillians by teaming with Kelly Clarkson on No. 1 smash Don’t You Wanna Stay. Also, The Dallas Bull nightclub announced on its Facebook page that Young will be there signing autographs after the show. The Bull is at 3322 U.S. 301 N in Tampa. -- Sean Daly
With Scott Miller
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
If the typical Texas country singer is a Stetson-capped howler with cowboy fantasies, then consider Hayes Carll anything but typical. (Carll once compared his first show at a rough-and-tumble Texas bar to “reading poetry at a frat party.”) Writing in the Dylan-influenced tradition of Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt and singing with sandpaper grit, Carll doesn’t reminisce about farm or family, but rather about chicks who leave him for Jesus. Give Carll and the Skipper’s Grouper Reuben (recently featured on Man V. Food Nation) a spin Tuesday.
The Happy Together Tour
Featuring The Turtles with Flo and Eddie, The Association, The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams, Mark Lindsay
TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $42.50-$68. (727) 791-7400.
While lots of late-’60s hippies were off promoting free love, The Turtles were taking a different approach with Happy Together, the wedding-worthy tune about eternal devotion. (A quick shout out to my Mom, who tells me she played the song every morning before school.) Follow-up Elenore brought more pop-rock romanticizing as the group rhymed “think you’re groovy” with “let’s go to the movies”. (Millennials, please consult the Me First and the Gimme Gimmes cover.) Also on the bill are The Grass Roots, best known for Midnight Confessions, Sooner Or Later and former member Creed Bratton of The Office. (Unfortunately, Bratton isn’t touring with this rendition of the group.) Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders, also performs.
SUNDAY 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tampa Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000.
Imagine the rhythmic creativity of Stomp and Blue Man Group carried out by a group of environmentally-conscious ninth graders, and you’ll get a feel for Sarasota’s The Garbage-Men. The five high schoolers, who recently auditioned for America’s Got Talent, play all made-from-trash instruments. They strum cereal-box-and-yardstick guitars with toothpick frets and bottle cap pick-ups, bang on garbage can lids, buckets, jugs and cans, and blow horns made from PVC pipe and funnels. In the process, they manage to pull off hits you’ll recognize from the ’50s and beyond.
We the Kings
With Hot Chelle Rae, The Downtown Fiction, The Summer Set, Action Item
THURSDAY 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
Had Billy Joel vacationed in Florida, would he have done an album called Sunshine State of Mind? We’ll never know. What we do know is that We the Kings’ disc of the same name offers all the summer-ready material we’ve come to expect from our Bradenton boys. Crush tune Say You Like Me even gets a lime-and-coconut twist and a reggae groove. If you like your pop-punk with a sunny disposition and breezy melody, you’ll like We the Kings.
With Fatty Duke, Neon Love, more
THURSDAY 10 p.m. Club Underground, 802-806 E Whiting St., Tampa. underground-live.com
We hadn’t heard much from Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane since he underwent a psychiatric evaluation and tattooed an ice cream cone on his face (in that order) back in January. (The tattoo symbolizes a lifestyle he calls “cools as ice,” by the way.) After his release from Fulton County Jail last week for another probation violation, the always-icey, syrup-guzzling Gucci Mane returns, this time to a smaller venue.
Live from Loews’ Don CeSar
Featuring Daniel B Marshall, 10th Concession, Colt Clark
SATURDAY 6 p.m. The Don CeSar, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $5-$30. (727) 360-1881.
The “pink palace” hosts the first of its poolside summer rock concerts. Tampa artist Daniel B. Marshall, the superlative tackler of Top 40 music here locally (in our opinion), will headline. After touring with Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, Marshall has been working on original project Same Old New Beginnings, from which he’ll debut a few tunes. Former tbt* ultimate artist 10th Concession opens.
Mike Pachelli CD Release
FRIDAY 8:30 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 576-1091.
As a TV VJ in the ’80s and ’90s on Florida’s WB affiliate, classically-trained guitarist Mike Pachelli jammed with Stevie Ray Vaughan, dished with Robert Plant and shredded with Joe Satriani. On Friday, the Grammy-nominated artist and producer gets back to the blues basics at Dave’s Aqua Lounge, playing tracks off new disc Meeting Point. You can also look out for his appearance on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm this season.
Framing Hanley Fri. With State Your Cause, 3 Pill Morning, Variance. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Alexander and the Grapes Fri. With Friends of Giants, Easybreezy. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7.(813) 248-4969.
Skull and Bone Band Fri. With Shoeless Soul. 9 p.m. Ringside Café, 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-8465.
Mo’ Gravy Fri. 5 p.m. The Dubliner Soho, 2307 W Azeele St., Tampa. Free. (813) 258-2257.
Christie Lenee Fri. With Infinite Groove Orchestra, Rob Pieniack. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
The Legendary JC’s Sat. With The Lambasters. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Glo-Foam: Summer Foam Party II Sat. featuring DJ Erik Velez. 6 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10-$15. (727) 565-0551.
Crash Mitchell Five Sat. With Dukes of Hillsborough, Jeremy Gloff, Jen Shamro. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
Rookie of the Year Mon. With Call Us Kings, Escape Tonight, more. 6 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Helios Jazz Orchestra Tues. NOVA 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 821-6682.
Ocean Grove Tues. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10.50. theorpheum.com.
Greenhouse Lounge Thurs. With Sir Charles, DJ Craig Heneveld. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.