This week in Tampa: Jimmy Buffett, Snow Patrol, We Were Promised Jetpacks and more
A busy week in Tampa Bay music wraps up tonight with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. But the hits keep on coming this weekend, with performances by Jimmy Buffett, Snow Patrol, Tonic, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Torche, Dave Mason, Blue October, Passafire, Pink Martini and more. Here to walk you through it all is Carole Liparoto...
FRIDAY 8 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $36-$157. (813) 740-2446.
Like death and taxes, the annual Jimmy Buffett bash in Tampa has become one of life’s great certainties. Since 2001, Buffett has played 11 consecutive years here, giving the Bay a reliable yearly option for boozy, breezy fun. Buffett’s Caribbean-flavored country tunes and cheeky charm have produced a culture all its own. Mr. Margaritaville’s massive empire includes a satellite radio station, restaurants, drinking accessories, lounge chairs, golf club covers and a recently-approved gambling license for his Vegas casino. But let’s not discount the equally-impressive Parrothead passion for tailgate parties. This crop makes Steelers fans’ pre-game festivities look sluggish.
With Ed Sheeran
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $29.50. (727) 565-0551.
Snow Patrol and its epic yearning has enjoyed countless Coldplay and Keane comparisons, particularly after smash Chasing Cars went global. But going big on latest disc Fallen Empire didn’t come easy. Frontman and tender-voiced singer Gary Lightbody fought off writer’s block with an assist from R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. In other news, the group found itself in hot water with fans recently (okay, lukewarm) when it posed with captive dolphins at a Dubai resort. Lightbody later apologized, stating the dolphins shouldn’t be made to perform tricks for “spoiled idiots like myself.” Needless to say, a trip to Clearwater Marine Aquarium won’t likely be in order for Snow Patrol.
With Will Hoge, Michael Tolcher and the Pros, Big Kettledrum, Daniel B. Marshall, Will Erickson, Seth Adam
SATURDAY 4 p.m. Williams Park, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (813) 250-0011.
Williams Park looks to transition from homeless hotspot to alt-rock retreat with the help of one Tampa company. Backline Music Group will stage a half a dozen shows, including Sister Hazel and Gary Sinise sets, at the park this year. The first of the festivities kicks off Saturday with ’90s radio-rock powerhouse Tonic. Beating out The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony and Goo Goo Dolls’ Iris, the band’s romance rocker If You Could Only See was the most-played rock song of 1998. The equally excellent follow-up Take Me As I Am received a Grammy nomination.
We Were Promised Jetpacks
With Bad Veins, The New Cassettes
MONDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
If the superior band name hasn’t already sold you, the offering of full-fledged rocking should. We Were Promised Jetpacks recently landed a “Best Live Act” award in their native Scotland, an impressive feat when you consider the band’s state just a year ago. Guitarist Mike Palmer was undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leaving the band’s future unclear. Today, new disc In The Pit Of The Stomach finds the band in solid spirit and form, meshing careful melodies a la Explosions in the Sky with peppy pop bursts comparable to Bloc Party. You are promised a great evening.
With Palantine, Feral Babies
THURSDAY 7:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $9-$12. (813) 241-8600.
Led by Jack Black look-alike Steve Brooks, doom luminaries Torche combine de-tuned, droning guitars with harmonic vocals. If you like your metal extra sludgy (like the oil gunk that can build up in an unattended engine), or you dig Kylesa, The Sword or Isis, this one’s a must-see.
Talking Animals Music Night
Featuring Sons of Hippies, Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, Rebekah Pulley and Rob Pastore, Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes, Sunset Bridge, Talk to Mark featuring Scott Elliott, Tribal Style, Acme Jazz Garage, The Happiness Machine
SATURDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 248-4969.
Ten top local acts perform animal songs Saturday as part of the inaugural Talking Animals Music Night. Funky, bluesy jazz act Acme Jazz Garage has an all-poultry set in the can, which should include a take on John Scofield’s Chicken Dog and Ron Levy’s Chicken Fried Snake. Rockers Talk to Mark plan to tackle The Pixies’ Monkey Goes to Heaven, as well as a Janet Jackson/George Clinton medley Black Cat/Atomic Dog. For the birds. folk-pop act The Happiness Machine will try its hand at Eagle on a Pole by Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band and Pigeon by Tennis. A nice change of pace from that Sarah McLachlan tearjerker, eh? The evening serves as an extension of the WMNF program about animals and animal issues airing at 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Jane Goodall and Alec Baldwin are among the program’s most notable guests.
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 873-8368. Free.
The Ybor Amp swaps electronic dance grooves for classic rock riffs during this free show Friday. At age 18, singer-guitarist and pop-jazz-rock fusionist Dave Mason teamed up with Steve Winwood to form Traffic. The group’s Feelin’ Alright became somewhat of a rock standard, particularly after Joe Cocker and Grand Funk Railroad covered the song in the early ’70s. Mason, whose repertoire also includes wet-feet anthem Hole in My Shoe, was a close friend to Jimi Hendrix (Mason played acoustic on Hendrix’s version of All Along the Watchtower), as well as a member of Fleetwood Mac in the mid ’90s.
Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $27-$32. (727) 587-6793.
Originally from Largo, Bill, Ryan and Matthew McGuigan tour nationally as “Yesterday and Today,” a Beatles tribute band with the belief that every Fab Four fan has a personal memory or story to share. The band forgoes gimmicky costumes and Liverpool accents for a more personal experience, one that allows fans to dictate the evening’s setlist and narrative. Before show time, fans fill out request forms with their favorite Beatles songs and the reasons why they chose them.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited Fri. 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $45 and up. (727) 892-5767.
Guiltmaker Fri. With Auto?Automatic?? , Sons of Hippies, Zulu Wave, The Mother Machine. 8 p.m. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $6 and up. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Blue October Fri. With Girl in a Coma. 9 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 565-0551.
The Heavy Pets Fri. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Chasco Fiesta Sat. Fri. Featuring Tommy Mara’s Crests, Joey Dee, Jonathan Cortez. 6 p.m. $5. And Sat. featuring Little Texas, LoCash Cowboys. 5:45 p.m. $10 and up. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. chascofiesta.com.
Neglected Superhero CD release Sat. With A Dying Regime, Relief in Sleep, The Music Box. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $7. (813) 241-8600.
Sound Parlor Sat. 8 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $10. (727) 644-7895.
Freelow Music Experience Sat. 7 p.m. JolliMon’s, 941 Huntley Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 735-0498.
I Am The Avalanche Sun. With Hostage Calm. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $11-$13. theorpheum.com.
Passafire Sun. With Burning Tree, Common Ground. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $8. (727) 565-0551.
Johnny Mathis Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $42-$88. (727) 791-7400.
Pink Martini Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $26.50. (813) 229-7827.
Red Green Thurs. 7 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin Street, Tampa. $45.50 and up. (813) 274-8981.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Andrew Carlton, tbt*