This week in Tampa: Katy Perry, Nickelback, Ray LaMontagne and more
It's another crazy concert week in Tampa Bay -- so much so that we had eight writers duking it out over the week's best show.
To break it down for you, Carole Giambalvo and co. lay out this week's Tampa concert picks, including Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Katy Perry, Nickelback, Ray LaMontagne, 311, Keith Sweat and more. Get 'em while they're hot, after the jump.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 US Highway 301 North, Tampa. $30-$130. (813) 740-2446.
The authority on all things beach and booze, Jimmy Buffett returns for what many Floridians consider the party of the year. Buffett‚Äôs Caribbean-flavored country tunes and cheeky charm have produced a culture all its own. The only thing more impressive than Buffett‚Äôs massive empire ‚Äî which includes books, restaurants, drinking accessories, lounge chairs, golf club covers, etc. ‚Äî is perhaps the party in the parking lot before the show. I‚Äôll bet the Parrot Heads make even the nation‚Äôs top football tailgaters look sluggish.
MONDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $86. (727) 791-7400.
Though best known for warm, comforting classics like Fire and Rain and Carolina In My Mind, James Taylor shows fans multiple personalities live. To quote his Simpsons appearance (‚ÄúDeep Space Homer‚Äù): ‚ÄúListen, Aldrin, I‚Äôm not as laid-back as people think.‚Äù Taylor offers up songs from latest releases Covers and More Covers, which include everything from Chuck Berry‚Äôs Memphis and Wilson Pickett‚Äôs In the Midnight Hour to the Dixie Chicks‚Äô Some Days You Gotta Dance.
With Jessica Lea Mayfield
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin Street, Tampa. $27-$37. (813) 274-8981.
Man, what a throat. It‚Äôs tough to believe Ray LaMontagne, arguably the biggest and best voice to emerge this decade, might still be making shoes in Lewiston, Maine (not that there‚Äôs anything wrong with that) had he not been inspired by a Stephen Stills song. LaMontagne‚Äôs rich folk-soul sound and tattered voice call to mind Van Morrison, if Morrison lived in the boonies. One quick FYI ‚Äî it‚Äôs no secret that LaMontagne is painfully shy, so this isn‚Äôt the best choice for a concert if you‚Äôre looking for audience interaction.
SATURDAY 7 p.m. The Lakeland Center, 701 West Lime Street, Lakeland. $46-$76. (863) 834-8111.
Find a ‚Äô90s slow-jams compilation that doesn‚Äôt contain a Keith Sweat song. We dare ya. Alongside Bobby Brown, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Bel Biv DeVoe, Sweat led the New Jack Swing movement (where 808s met R&B) of the late ‚Äô80s and early ‚Äô90s. He‚Äôs completed a new album with producer Teddy Riley and guests like Keyshia Cole, reminding fans that ‚Äúnobody can give you what you need‚Äù like Sweat.
With Outlaw Nation, Passafire
SUNDAY 8:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $46. (727) 791-7400.
They‚Äôre a musical Turducken: A rock-reggae-rap hybrid act from Omaha, Neb., who earned a cultlike following by combining funky slap bass, chunky riffs, mellow grooves and a little cockeyed optimism. Show staples include a Blue Man Group-ish full band drum solo (Applied Science), the couples-skate Cure cover Love Song, and H.R. from Bad Brains‚Äô Who‚Äôs Got the Herb? They‚Äôll also unveil songs from upcoming Uplifter, produced by Bob Rock.
Beach Goes Pops
FRIDAY 4 p.m. Next Exit, Michael Young and the Creation, Suzette Jennings and the Moodswingz; SATURDAY 4 p.m. Caribbean Cowboys, Jeff Zavac, Robert Romanski and the Beach Goes Pops Orchestra. 9th Avenue and Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach. Free.
Pass-a-Grille‚Äôs family-friendly music, art and food fest returns for a nineteenth year. Enjoy music from Motown-bred soul singer Suzette Jennings, saxophonist Jeff Zavac and the dynamic Beach Goes Pops Orchestra right on the sand.
With the Shakes Society
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Hideaway Lounge, 2182 Main Street, Dunedin. $5. (727) 733-0698.
When a local respiratory therapist, fire department captain, water treatment supervisor and a guy named Flash Gordon get together, it means Jethro Tull-like, flute-heavy rock (obvs)! After a decade on hiatus, vets of the local music scene the Pundits reunite to play all-original music. They‚Äôre performing with local alt-turned-ska faves the Shakes Society.
With Seether, Saving Abel
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.50-$75; four-packs available for $22.25 per ticket. (813) 740-2446, livenation.com.
Somewhere along the line, the phrase ‚ÄúI like Nickelback‚Äù became code for ‚ÄúI‚Äôm a douche.‚Äù (This is probably an unfair generalization, as we‚Äôve never actually heard anyone utter the words ‚ÄúI like Nickelback.") Critics blame the chart-topping Canadian grungers for the crunchy monotony of modern rock radio, the prominence of bands like Finger Eleven and Hinder, and the death of intelligent music in general. Two things: (1.) Creed put music into an intellectual coma long before Nickelback scored its first hit, and (2.) Nickelback really isn‚Äôt that bad. Chad Kroeger‚Äôs scorched-earth groan is secretly the perfect delivery vehicle for Big Dumb Songs about love, lust and Labatt‚Äôs ‚Äî which happen to be the three leading reasons any teenage male picks up a guitar in the first place. You forget this now, but breakout single How You Remind Me was nominated for a Record of the Year Grammy in 2003, and the band has produced some of the catchiest hard rock songs of the past decade. Seriously, listen to Nickelback‚Äôs six albums, and you‚Äôre bound to come away with at least one track you dig. Maybe it‚Äôll be the catchy and clever Someday, the country-tinged Photograph or the cheeky booty-wagger Rockstar. If, after that, you still think Nickelback sucks, well, there‚Äôs nothing else we can say. The 27 million of us who own Nickelback albums will just have to go on rocking without you. ‚Äî Jay Cridlin
With the Daylights
TUESDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Sold out. (727) 896-1244.
Top 5 reasons to see Katy Perry in concert on Tuesday at Jannus Landing: (1) She kissed a girl and she liked it. We could all stand to be more open-minded and inclusive of lifestyles, couldn‚Äôt we? Feel the love, America! (2) She will likely wear a sequined sailor suit. Or a satin banana shorty jumper. Or a watermelon bra. Or some hot pink leggings woven from the synthetic hair of a Russ Troll figurine. And gosh darn it, she‚Äôll pull it off. (3) She‚Äôs the daughter of pastors, so maybe you‚Äôll take away some spiritual renewal! Or a hangover. Either is fun. (4) It‚Äôs an excuse to lacquer yourself in body glitter and show off your signature dance move. Because everyone needs to feel like a disco ball sometimes. (5) Lily Allen is unavailable. ‚Äî Stephanie Hayes
Adrianne: Fri. With Francillia. 7 p.m. Pro Star Sound Stage, 3220 28th Street North, St. Pete. $10. (727) 526-0446.
Acquire the Fire: Fri. and Sat. With Newsboys, Building 429, Unhindered, Everyday Sunday. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $47-$78. (813) 974-3111.
Arturo Sandoval: Fri. 2 and 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $30-$35. (727) 587-6793.
Sing It Loud: Fri. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
Candlebox: Fri. 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Pete. $19.99. (727) 786-2276.
Hed PE: Fri. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Pete. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Bird Street Players: Fri. With Kaleigh Baker, Von Garden, Gwan Johnson. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Pop Evil: Fri. With Stereoside. 8:30 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $10-$12. (727) 843-0686.
Th' Legendary Shack Shakers Fri. With Nervous Turkey, Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander. Garage Bar, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12. myspace.com/stpetegaragebar.
Roger Sanchez: Fri. With Pedro M. 9 p.m. AJA Channelside, 290 S Meridian Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 223-5758.
Whiskey and Co.: Sat. With Will Quinlan and the Diviners, Matt Butcher, John Gold and the Old Souls. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.
REO Speedwagon: Sat. With Night Ranger. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.75-$85. (727) 791-7400.
The Mojo Gurus: Sat. With the John Henrys, Dank. 9:30 p.m. Dave‚Äôs Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $7. (727) 576-1091.
Offshore Riot: Sat. 7 p.m. Jolli Mon‚Äôs, 941 Huntley Ave, Dunedin. Free. (727) 735-0498.
Gliss: Sat. With the Vera Violets, Lady Fair, Mogul Street Reserve. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600.
Hostile Hippies: Sat. With Wasted Years, Roadside, the Growing Groove. 8:30 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.
Cross Canadian Ragweed: Sun. 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Pete. $14.99. (727) 786-2276.
Dredg: Sun. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Pete. $14. (727) 895-3045.
Peelander Z: Sun. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
Chris Botti: Tues. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $36-$65. (727) 791-7400.
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum: Wed. With Primitive Astronauts. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Pete. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Julian Marley: Thurs. 7 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S., St. Pete. $16-$19. (727) 895-6400.
[Photo: tbt* files, 2006]