This week in Tampa: Jonas Brothers, Toby Keith, Naughty By Nature and more
Greetings, earthlings! It is I, your humble Soundcheck editor, and I'll be filling in for Carole Liparoto on this week's concert picks. Thankfully, it's Labor Day weekend, so there's a whole mess o' concerts to choose from.
The 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre (Jonas Brothers, above, Toby Keith, Uproar Festival) and the State Theatre (Xavier Rudd, Kottonmouth Kings, Shooter Jennings, Sick Of It All) are the busiest venues this week, but if you want to dance, hit Crowbar for BoomBox, and if you're down with O.P.P. (yeah, you know us), get to Shephard's for their annual Old Skool Labor Day party, featuring Naughty By Nature.
Get the details on all these shows and more after the jump ...
With Trace Adkins
FRIDAY 7:17 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $39.25-$83.75. (813) 740-2446.
Behind their beefy, corn-fed exteriors and chaw-muffled crooning, there’s more to country hunks Toby Keith and Trace Adkins than meets the eye. Keith is famous for offering Osama bin Laden a free boot suppository, yet he’s an also occasional Democrat who’s collaborated with the Right-spoofing Stephen Colbert. Adkins scored a hit with the goofy Honky Tonk Badonkadonk, yet he proved a shrewd enough businessman to reach the finals of The Celebrity Apprentice. One thing we can all agree on, regardless of political persuasion: Keith’s I Wanna Talk About Me and Adkins’ Whoop a Man’s Ass are too fun not to sing along to.
Naughty By Nature
With Young MC, Barrey Carew, DJ Ray
SUNDAY 10 p.m. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $10 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. to close; $20 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. (727) 441-6875, shephards.com.
It’s Labor Day weekend, so it must be time for Shephard’s to reach deep into our junior high Trapper Keepers and dust off a vintage hip-hop act or two. For their third annual Old Skool Weekend, the beach resort will bring in Naughty By Nature, the crew from Orange, N.J. (or “Illtown,” if you prefer) who scored huge with the arm-waving anthem Hip Hop Hooray and O.P.P. (Are you down with it? Do you even know what O.P.P. stands for? If not, it’s probably best not to Google it.) But awesome as they are, those two singles combined aren’t as boogieworthy as Young MC’s Bust a Move. “Okay smartie, go to a party / Girls are scantily clad and showin’ body ...” Yeah, sounds like Shephard’s, all right.
Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival
With Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Halestorm, HellYeah, Airbourne, New Medicine, Hail the Villain, Element
SUNDAY 3:15 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $34-$89.70. (813) 740-2446, rockstaruproar.com.
Something we’ve never thought to ourselves: “You know what this country needs? More hard rock and heavy metal festivals.” Between the Warped Tour, Mayhem Festival, Bamboozle Roadshow, Ozzfest, Carnival of Madness Tour and (probably) many more, we’re a little metaled out. But that hasn’t stopped Rockstar Energy Drinks (which also sponsors Mayhem) from launching a second metal tour this summer. Sludgy Chicago hard rockers Disturbed (The Sickness), Slipknot side project Stone Sour (Get Inside) and unhinged wild boys Avenged Sevenfold (Bat Country) lead the way. Bonus: The tour encourages you to “recycle like a rockstar” (sigh) and bring an empty can of Rockstar Energy Drink to receive early entry.
With Demi Lovato
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $49.85-$114.30. (813) 740-2446, rockstaruproar.com.
A year ago, some 20,000 fans packed the St. Pete Times Forum to see the Jonas Brothers in concert. This summer, the JoBros had to cancel shows due to waning interest, and Live Nation was forced to offer $10 tickets to their Tampa show. What happened? Blame Bieber all you want, but maybe the boys are just spreading themselves too thin. There’s Nick’s side project, The Administration, plus their Disney show Jonas L.A. and their new movie, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, which premieres Friday. (Co-star Demi Lovato and other Camp Rock pals will be part of this concert.) After this tour, it might be time for the Family Jonas to hole up in a studio for a while and start building on their musical potential.
With Infinite Groove Orchestra
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.
According to our scorecard, BoomBox stole the show at this year’s WMNF Tropical Heatwave. The Alabama duo, who describe themselves as “jamband electronica,” blend a guitar and a whole stage full of synths, laptops and electronic equipment to create a nonstop blend of chilled-out disco, trance, funk and breaks that would sound right at home on a fashion runway or hip Vegas club. The Cuban Club Bandshell was a dancefloor as soon as they took the stage. We expect nothing less at Saturday’s show.
With Bobby Lee Rodgers
TUESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 895-3045.
Last week the State Theatre brought in Hank Williams III. This week brings another country scion who boot-scoots to his own unique boogie: Shooter (son of Waylon) Jennings. Consider Jennings’ genre-exploding new concept album Black Ribbons, which is narrated by author Stephen King, who plays a radio DJ ranting against censorship while playing tunes by Jennings’ band Hierophant. The album has been compared to Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails and Tool. Keep an eye out for Jennings’ wife, The Sopranos’ Drea de Matteo, at this show.
With Big B, Bliss N Eso
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22.50. (727) 895-3045.
Listen up, ninjas! Do you like face paint, lip piercings, neon cannabis-leaf tattoos and hurling bottles of human waste at Tila Tequila? Then you’ll love Kottonmouth Kings, a California hip-hop group that’s probably more musically talented than their pals Insane Clown Posse. For a group whose aesthetic looks like it was peeled from the walls of Spencer’s, they’ve got a few jams worth checking out, such as the Everlast-like Where I’m Going and the fierce banger King Klick.
With Izintaba, Good Old War
SUNDAY 9 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.
There’s probably a good reason the didgeridoo hasn’t caught on in popular music. But if anyone can change that, it might be Xavier Rudd. The Australian roots-folk singer/didgeridooer blends elements of Rusted Root, Ben Harper and fellow Aussie Colin Hay with a multi-instrumental sound that has made him a favorite at hippie-friendly festivals like Bonnaroo. As a bonus, in 2007, PETA named Rudd Australia’s Sexiest Vegetarian Alive — a high honor indeed in the land that gave us Vegemite.
Tinsley Ellis Fri. With Jake Mackey Band. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Crisis in Hollywood Fri. With Nick Sharpe, Victims of Circumstance, Fresh Young Kids, Limit-57. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $8-$22. (727) 532-0265.
Fedde Le Grand Fri. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $10-$20. (727) 571-2222.
Guiltmaker Fri. With Slow Claw, Liquid Limbs. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7-$9. (813) 248-4969.
Will Erickson and Local Roots Fri. With 10th Concession, No Ordinary Cats. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0551.
Al Torchia and the Tattered Saints CD release Fri. With Ted Lukas and the Misled, Mike Dunn and the Kings of New England. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $7. (813) 241-8600.
Significant Records End of Summer Blowout Fri.-Sat. With Strengthen What Remains, Actions Speak Louder, Hello Alaska, Johnny Unite Us, more. Transitions Art Gallery at the Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $7 per day or $10 both days. (813) 382-3477.
Thomas Wynn and the Believers Sat. With Honey Island Swamp Band. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
The Strange Boys Sat. With Gentlemen Jesse and His Men, the Semis. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8-$9. (813) 248-4969.
attachedhands Sat. With Young Egypt, Diamond Man, Dark Sea of Awareness, Ant Parade. Mojo Books and Music, 2558 E Fowler Ave. Tampa. Free. (813) 971-9717.
Crash Mitchell Sun. With 100 Car Pile-Up, The Dukes of Hillsborough. 9 p.m. The Hub, 701 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.
George Lamond Sun. Studio Inc., 3603 W Waters Ave., Tampa. $15-$25. (813) 598-3946.
Less Than Jake Sun. With the Supervillains, Unmotivated. 5 p.m. Free (block party). Durty Nelly’s, 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg.
Survivor Sun. 4 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10001 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission. buschgardens.com.
Bane Tue. With Trapped Under Ice, Cruel Hand, Alpha & Omega, Boys No Good. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Natalie Gelman Tue. Jazzman’s at the University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. nataliegelman.com.
Sick Of It All Thur. With Street Dogs, Devil’s Brigade, Flatfoot 56, Vices. 5 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17. (727) 895-3045.
Fatman Scoop Thur. Studio Inc., 3603 W Waters Ave., Tampa. $15-$25. (813) 598-3946.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.