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This week in Tampa: Jonas Brothers, Counting Crows, Judas Priest and more




For our money, the big concert this weekend is Saturday's all-day Woodstock tribute at Skipper's Smokehouse, featuring more than 20 local artists recreating the music of Woodstock.

So far this week, we've already introduced you to performers the Ditchflowers (performing as Crosby Stills Nash and Young), Acho Brother (Richie Havens), Thomas Wynn and the Believers (The Band), Liz Hollister (Joan Baez) and Soul2Earth (Jimi Hendrix). The show is going to be a knockout, and tickets are already sold out -- you'd better know somebody who knows somebody, or be prepared to get a-scalpin'.

As for the rest of the week, it's a biggie. Pop fans have the Jonas Brothers and Paradiso Girls, metalheads have Def Leppard and Judas Priest (above), and '90s holdovers have Counting Crows, Sugar Ray and Incubus.

After the jump, get Carole Giambalvo's concert picks for the week ahead (along with a couple of guest appearances by Sean Daly and Steve Spears) ...

Jonas Brothers
With Jordin Sparks
TUESDAY 7 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $29.50-$89.50. (813) 301-2500.
Turn on the Disney Channel, and there’s a good chance you’ll see the video for Paranoid, the Jonas Brothers’ new song, in which the three boys bemoan their cruel fates: being stared at by adoring throngs, dating hot singers with poison pens, living with the stress of being millionaires before they ditch the last strains of puberty. Are the boys getting lost in the celebrity jetstream? Consider: Last year, the JoBros’ local show sold out in a heartbeat. Seats, however, are still available for Tuesday’s gig. Their latest, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, has sold only half of what their last album, A Little Bit Longer, did. Now, I’m not being a total doomsayer: Despite the vitriolic reaction they get from adult music fans, the Jonas Brothers have some legit talent. They sing, play, act, write. But it seems the JoBros aren’t infallible after all. Like Miley Cyrus and Hilary “Who?” Duff before them, they are starting to ebb just as fast as they flowed to the top of the charts. It was bound to happen, but for a second there, these guys seemed different. — Sean Daly

Judas Priest
SUNDAY 7 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $25-$77. (813) 301-2500.
Breaking the law! Breaking the law! Leather-clad metal gods Judas Priest celebrate the 30th anniversary of decisive album British Steel by performing it in its entirety Sunday. Destined for stadium shows or Biketoberfests, the group attacked the disco-fied late ’70s with dueling lead guitars, shrieks, roars and heroic hooks. Ultimately, they’d usher in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal — think Iron Maiden, Def Leppard — inspire the cult classic film Heavy Metal Parking Lot, and down the road, stir Beavis and Butthead from the couch. Original opener Whitesnake had to drop out of this show due to David Coverdale’s ailing vocals.

Def Leppard
With Poison, Cheap Trick
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, Interstate 4 at U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.50-$125. (813) 740-2446.
Def Leppard is invading Tampa’s Ford Amphitheatre on Friday with Poison and Cheap Trick. Last week, lead singer Joe Elliott faced off with our Stuck in the ’80s podcasters Steve Spears and Sean Daly, who wanted some answers about Elliott’s steamy rendition of Pour Some Sugar On Me with young country sweetie Taylor Swift, which aired last year on CMT Crossroads. “I didn’t want to come across as some kind of perv!” Elliott insisted to the ’80s addicts. “She’s 18 or 19 I think now. And I was only 49 at the time.” The solution? No sultry staring! “We did discuss this in rehearsals. I said to her, 'Look this is going to be a little weird on certain songs, especially on things like I’m hot, sticky sweet, from my head to my feet. I’m not going to make eye contact. We’ll look at each other when there’s a guitar solo on or something.’ ” Oh, that’s so much better, Joe. Read more highlights of the interview or listen to the full podcast at

Sugar Ray
With Fastball
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $19.99. (727) 896-2276.  
Looking back, Sugar Ray’s fluffy, sunlit pop songs (Fly, Every Morning, Someday) seemed perfect for the pre-9/11, balanced-budget era. The good-time guys who urged us to “spread your love and fly” admit they were never really going for depth, but rather for beach or BBQ-ready songs. “I wasn’t the guy sitting in the garage writing Built to Spill songs — I enjoyed the entertainment aspect,” Mark McGrath recently told Rolling Stone. And to fans’ delight, new release Music for Cougars doesn’t stray from that formula. “We’re certainly not the most talented guys, but how about two thumbs up for just having fun,” McGrath said.

Tracy Byrd
With Steel Magnolia
FRIDAY 7 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $9.95-$15. (813) 987-2855.
Line dancers salivate at the words, “do the Watermelon Crawl.” (Right toe, heel, shuffle right. Left toe, heel, shuffle left. Charleston twice.) Honky-tonkin’ Texan Tracy Byrd performs the line dance staple and more live at the Dallas Bull Friday. Since the early ’90s, 18 of Byrd’s strapping, unprocessed country songs have charted in the Top 20. Watermelon Crawl, however, has shown massive staying power, spinning nightly at country dance establishments far and wide.  Young couple Steel Magnolia, recent winner of CMT’s Can You Duet, opens.

Counting Crows
With Augustana, Michael Franti and Spearhead
MONDAY 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $72.50-$102.50. (727) 791-7400.  
In 1994, when a dreadlocked Adam Duritz showed up on my screen in a size-too-small T-shirt, longing to be Bob Dylan, I was accidentally in love. Being that August and Everything After went seven times platinum, apparently others felt the same way. On this Traveling Circus and Medicine Show tour, the Crows do a more jam-oriented session, one Duritz compares to Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen or Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour. They’ll share the stage and the songs with neighborly rock act Augustana and reggae-folk-hip-hop group Michael Franti and Spearhead.

With the Duke Spirit
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $26-$46. (813) 740-2446.
With harmonious rock songs and a hippie spirit, Calabasas, Calif.’s Incubus has succeeded where so many have failed (remember Kaddisfly? Me neither).  In fact, Billboard calls Incubus (not Green Day or Nickelback) the “most consistently successful modern rock band of this decade.”  Like on recently-released greatest-hits album, Monuments and Melodies, the band displays both its sentimental (Wish You Were Here, Drive) and manic (Megalomaniac, Pardon Me) side on stage, with Brandon Boyd’s towering vocals at center. And the band’s been finishing big with a cover of Prince’s Let’s Go Crazy.  

The Spears CD release
With the Boozers, Libyan Hit Squad
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $6. (727) 898-6054.
Just like the Spears’ songs, singer Chris Barrows’ description of the band’s sound is short and to the point. “The key word would be hard,” he says. For fans of that crude, stanch ’80s punk style (the Queers, Screeching Weasel, the Dead Kennedys), this show’s a best buy. The St. Pete act might even be considered a supergroup of sorts, as its members come from nationally-known acts Down by Law, Hated Youth, Pink Lincolns and D.R.I.

Paradiso Girls
With Space Cowboy
FRIDAY 10 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free for ladies 21 and up. (813) 259-9669
Like a more culturally diverse Pussycat Dolls, the hand-picked Paradiso Girls are sexy, club-going ladies from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Barbados and the Philippines, each with their own Spice Girl-like shtick (the yoga instructor, the DJ, the girl next door, etc.). Cheeky Lil’ John collab Patron Tequila has the group promising, “By the end of the night I am gonna have you drunk and throwing up.” Glad they’re setting the bar high.

Therapeutic Chokehold CD release
With Philip Pietri and the Manatees, Gentlemen Please, Cure for Caska
FRIDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.
No-frills power trio Therapeutic Chokehold release their loud, heavy debut full-length, Get Your Head Right, at their “home away from home,” New World Brewery. The group, which features members of another hard-rocking Tampa favorite, Palantine, breathes life into the slacker-ish, alternative-rock sounds of the ’90s.

The B-52’s
SATURDAY After Rays vs. Blue Jays, 7:08 p.m. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. (888) 326-7297.
The Love Shackers shake their cosmic thing for Sci-Fi Night at Tropicana Field on Saturday after the Rays and Blue Jays mix it up on the field. Wait ... Sci Fi Night? Since when did our favorite ’80s quirksters from Athens, Ga., suddenly become extraterrestrials? Okay, we always suspected lead singer Fred Schneider really was from Planet Claire. And their  last album, Funplex, is full of some seriously spacey dance anthems. (Check out Love in the Year 3000. Classic sci-fi fun: “Robots, bootybots, erotobots!”) The game starts at 7:08 p.m. with the free concert following. And no jumping into the rays tank during Rock Lobster! -- tbt* staff

Also playing

Days of the New: Fri. With Social Ghost, more. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $12-$15. (727) 843-0686.

The Grecian Urns: Fri. With Mortimer Nova. 8 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-2356.

Variety Workshop: Fri. With Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, Unmotivated, the Stick Martin Show. 8 p.m. Big Shots, 2461 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $4-$5. (727) 723-1091.

Double M Band: Fri. 6 p.m. My Place, 213 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. Free. (727) 593-7040.

Late Night Glory CD release: Sat. With Look Right Penny, Worst Case Scenario, Fear of Flying, more. 7 p.m. Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.

The Black Honkeys: Fri. and Sat. 7:30 p.m. Blue Martini, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 873-2583.

Duckbutter: Fri. With Judy Tampa and Bunko Squad. 9 p.m. Globe Coffee Lounge, 532 First Ave. N, St. Pete.

King of Spain: Sat. With Florida Night Heat, Mes Music, Ryan Wendell Bauer, Dear Old Liar. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.

Someday Souvenir: Sat. 9:30 p.m. The Rare Olive, 1601 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $3. (813) 241-2982.

Crackerbilly: Sat. 6 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.

Tarrus Riley: Sat. With Duanne Stephenson. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Pete. $20. (727) 895-3045. 

Elvis ... The Show Goes On! Sun. 2 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $20-$25. (727) 587-6793.

Select Start: Sat. With the Absentee Ballot, Hello Alaska, the Anytime. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $10. (813) 382-3477.

Rebel Pride: Wed. 8 p.m. Grass Flats, 12924 49th St., Clearwater. (727) 561-9151.

Native: Wed. With Lautrec, Capsule, Oceans Rise. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.

-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*

Where are you going this weekend? Leave your concert picks in the comments.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:12pm]


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