This week in Tampa: Journey, Incubus, Surfer Blood and more
There sure are a lot of dudes in this week's edition of This Week In Tampa: Journey (above), Incubus, Young The Giant, Foreigner, Night Ranger, Meat Puppets, Big K.R.I.T., Bad Brains, Surfer Blood, Buckethead, Bob Schneider and the Two Man Gentleman Band, just to name a few. Where are all the ladies? Will no female show up to rock us to our core this weekend?
Here with the goods on all these concerts and more is Carole Liparoto...
With Young the Giant
SUNDAY 8 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25-$79.90. (813) 740-2446.
If you loved the funky, cosmic chaos of Incubus’ early albums S.C.I.E.N.C.E. and Fungus Amongus, new disc If Not Now, When? might sound a bit adult contemporary by comparison. But if you’ve come to appreciate Incubus’ more sentimental side (Wish You Were Here, Drive), this tour will work just fine. With harmonious rock songs and a hippie spirit, this Calabasas, Calif. band has succeeded where so many have failed over the years. (Remember Kaddisfly? Me neither.) In fact, Billboard calls Incubus (not Green Day or Nickelback) the “most consistently successful modern rock band of this decade.” Opener Young the Giant, the fledgling Orange County band that rocked the MTV VMAs, is having a breakout summer. Its bright, energetic anthems shouldn’t have any trouble filling out the Gary, particularly when singer Sameer Gadhia shouts that deliriously-determined chorus, “my body tells me no, but I won’t quit, because I want more.”
With Foreigner, Night Ranger
SATURDAY 7 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4801 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $19-$135. (813) 740-2446.
Their early hits — Wheel in Sky, Faithfully, Any Way You Want It — form the backbone of an entire generation’s musical knowledge. And thanks to Glee and its spine-tingling take on the band’s signature tune, their music has been reborn for the coming generation. Sure, Arnel Pineda has taken over the frontman duties for the long-retired Steve Perry, but your ears won’t know the difference. And Journey’s new album Eclipse gives the San Fran band a good reason to tour again — and provides Tampa Bay another chance to celebrate their immense catalog. (Please, no sobbing during Open Arms.) — Steve Spears
With The Weeks, Pretty Voices
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Normally, it would say something about a band if its best-known musical contribution came on another band’s album. But when that “other” band happens to be the epochal Nirvana, exceptions can be made. One hundred thirty-eight days before his death, cult fan Kurt Cobain asked the Meat Puppets’ Kirkwood brothers to join him for Plateau, Oh Me and Lake of Fire (all Meat Puppets originals) during Nirvana’s famed MTV Unplugged show. The latter tune would turn out especially heart-wrenching thanks to Cobain’s haunting warble. After polling fans on MySpace about a reunion show, the shaggy alt-rock crew regrouped in ’07 for more languid fun.
With Cyhi Da Prynce
SUNDAY 10 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $15. (813) 259-9669.
Dirty South hip-hop gets a cleanup courtesy of small-town spitter Big K.R.I.T. The Mississippi rapper got his start in true DIY fashion, making beats on his PlayStation’s MTV Music Generator. Before long, he was a frequent topic of hip-hop blogs. Unlike Lil Jon’ and fellow Dirty South rap rulers, Big K.R.I.T. rises above the fog to deliver heavy narratives and inspiring anthems that are low on ego and high on lyrical skill.
TUESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-3045.
One of the few all-black bands still cranking some serious megawatts, Bad Brains are a hot mess of a hardcore act. Hailing from D.C. and led by the outspoken growler H.R. (or Paul Hudson), the group plays punk, reggae and metal — sometimes all at once — For a rarely pretty result. If you’re up for a Rastafarian rumble, then snarl away with Bad Brains.
With Fake Problems, Guy Harvey
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.
Like the East-Coast nephews of Weezer or Pavement, or the buttoned-down brothers of Vampire Weekend, Surfer Blood combines fuzzy, irreverent garage with power-pop, surf rock and Afrobeat. When Surfer Blood’s Swim made Pitchfork’s 100 best songs list in 2009, the South Florida group became buzzworthy way beyond its South Florida stomping grounds.
THURSDAY 9 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 895-3045.
It would be easy to dismiss Buckethead, the mostly mute musician who wears a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket hat and a Michael Myers mask onstage, as a novelty act. (There’s some backstory about him being raised in a chicken coop). But hear us out. The former Guns N’ Roses guitarist is actually a gifted shredder with a strange, but impressive collection of progressive metal, thrash, funk, electronica, jazz, bluegrass and comedy (including an I Like It Raw tribute to Ol’ Dirty Bastard?). He’s collaborated with Les Claypool, Iggy Pop, and Serj Tankian to name a few.
Bob Schneider Fri. With The Ditchflowers, Monica Da Silva. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.
The Hazies Fri. 8 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. $15. (727) 791-7400.
15th Annual Music in the Park Concert Series Fri. featuring Charlie Morris Band. 7 p.m. Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road, Seminole. Free. (727) 391-8345.
Almost Kings Fri. With Hot Action Cop. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 565-0551.
Jane Jane Pollock Fri. With Hear Hums, Mini Prophets. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Swamp Logic Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Bluesapalooza Sat. 12 p.m. featuring The Roy Sites Band, Josh Lamkin, Sean Chambers, Damon Fowler Group and Sun. 12 p.m. featuring Neon Truckers and Rosco Caine. Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. $5 and up. (352) 754-4031.
The Impossible Shoelace Sat. With Fall on Purpose, Verse. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. facebook.com/fubardowntown.
Greg Billings Band Sat. 10 p.m. Daiquiri Deck, 14995 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. (727) 393-2706.
Candy Bars Sat. With Mrenc. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
The Two Man Gentlemen Band Sat. With The Lambasters, more. 6 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Pickford Sundries Sun. 4 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000.
Keys N Krates Mon. 10 p.m. Blue Martini, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 873-2583
Nate Najar Trio Thurs. With Chuck Redd. 7:30 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 822-3590.
Yip Deceiver Thurs. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*