This week in Tampa: Keith Urban, Def Leppard, B.o.B., Everclear and more
Good afternoon, chaps. As Carole Liparoto is still recovering from Bonnaroo 2011, I'll be your musical host this Thursday. May I interest you in a little Keith Urban, above? Or if it's a taste of rock 'n' roll you're after, how about Def Leppard, Heart or Everclear? Or, for a taste of hip-hop, B.o.B. or Nelly?
After the jump, get the details on all these shows, plus Blood Sweat and Tears, John Lee Hooker Jr., a Brutal Summer Bar-B-Q and more ...
With Jake Owen
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $27.50-$75. (813) 301-2500.
Keith Urban: Too Hollywood for Nashville? Or too Nashville for Hollywood? Both cities are a long way from Whangarei, New Zealand, the remote hometown of the shaggy-haired, stubble-chinned singer. Since moving to America, Urban has become one of the biggest names in country music, thanks to a series of hit singles powered by mandolin, pulsing percussion and Urban’s own explosive guitar playing. Days Go By, Somebody Like You and Who Wouldn’t Want To Be Me are classic road songs, and on Long Hot Summer, from 2010’s Get Closer, he even channels a little Bryan Adams. Add it up, and it was enough to score an Oscar-winning Aussie mate, Nicole Kidman. You’re right, Keith — who wouldn’t want to be you?
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25-$125. (813) 740-2446.
Are you gettin’ it? Because Def Leppard is still gettin’ it after all these years. They’re also still pouring sugar, getting rocked and f-f-f-foolin’ crowds into making them feel like it’s 1983 all over again. Despite a bio sordid enough to fill a whole season of Behind The Music, the British hair metal legends have outlasted many of their peers, thanks to those Brontosaurus-sized hooks. Meanwhile, openers Heart have songs that’ll resonate with music lovers of all ages, having charted singles in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and even in 2010, with comeback singles WTF and Hey You. But how can you not love the smash choruses of Crazy On You, What About Love and — heck, we’ll admit it — Will You Be There (In The Morning)?
THURSDAY 9 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $28. 1-866-502-7529
Oregon grunge-punks Everclear rose to prominence in the late ’90s with the angsty, strung-out album Sparkle and Fade, with hits Santa Monica, Heartspark Dollarsign and Heroin Girl. They must have enjoyed the taste of success, because they sure got a lot happier after that, recording sunny pop-radio hits like I Will Buy You A New Life, Father Of Mine and the Mr. Big Stuff-sampling AM Radio. Suddenly Everclear went from sounding like Screaming Trees to sounding like Smash Mouth. These days, whiskey-voiced frontman Art Alexakis is the sole remaining original member, but if you still occasionally find yourself lonely and dreaming of the west coast, head out to the Hard Rock for a skateboard trip down memory lane.
SATURDAY 9:30 p.m. Seventh Avenue and 14th Street, Ybor City. Free. cuervogames.com.
B.o.B. has wowed local crowds with electric live performances at Wild Splash and the 93.3 Jingle Ball. We have a feeling you’ll be wowed again when the hitmaking rapper (Airplanes, Nothin’ On You, Magic) headlines the Maxim-sponsored Cuervo Games, a day of extreme-sports competitions, giveaways, drinking and music in the heart of Ybor City. It’s scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m., with a performance by B.o.B. at 9:30 p.m. Facebook users can get more details at cuervogames.com.
With the St. Lunatics, Acafool
FRIDAY 6 p.m. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $32.50 and up. (727) 442-5107.
Shephard’s Beach Resort has always been known to attract a hot name or two for their Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day parties. But rarely does it bring in a show this big just for the heck of it. Nelly and the St. Lunatics will perform at Shephard’s on June 18, bringing with them an array of hits, including Country Grammar, Ride Wit Me and Hot In Herre. Get out of your friend’s basement — even if it does have a pole in it — and head out here to watch Nelly at the beach.
Blood, Sweat and Tears
SATURDAY 7 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. $60. (727) 367-4511.
Attention readers: Raise your hands if you’ve ever been a member of Blood, Sweat and Tears. Yep, we thought there’d be a few of you out there. BS&T’s website names more than 40 past and present members in this famed jazz-fusion megagroup; Wikipedia puts the figure at 134. All we know is, the Woodstock veterans keep rolling on, thanks to hits like Spinning Wheel and You’ve Made Me So Very Happy, no matter who’s in the band. And who knows — ask nicely, and maybe they’ll let you sit in, too.
John Lee Hooker Jr.
With Beth McKee
SUNDAY 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
It’s a bold man who elects to follow in his father’s footsteps, especially when his father is a legend at his craft. But for John Lee Hooker Jr., the blues are simply ingrained in his DNA. He’s proven worthy of accolades from around the blues world, including a Grammy nomination for his 2004 album Blues With a Vengeance. His style is his own, a little more modern, but you can feel the passion in his fingers when he covers his daddy’s hit Boom Boom.
Brutal Summer Bar-B-Q 2011
With Must ... Not ... Kill, Black Tides Roll, Sledgegrinder, Fossor Silenti, Catalysis, Ovid’s Withering, Ben Meyer
SATURDAY 6:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
If Tampa’s death metal community is a family, the annual (or whenever the hell they feel like it) Brutal Bar-B-Qs at Crowbar are their fun backyard picnics. In addition to raffle tickets, there’s free food, beer and giveaways while they last, plus some of Tampa bay’s best metal bands. Mayhem Festival veterans Must ... Not ... Kill perform “bloodcore” with angry authority, and guitarist Ben Meyer of Tampa metal pioneers Nasty Savage will strum outside in Crowbar’s courtyard.
The Summer Foam Party
With DJ Erik Velez, DJ Santana, DJ Mondo, more
SUNDAY 6 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 565-0551.
Jannus Live is hosting a foam party! Because … um ... raves seemed outdated, and they’re not hip to the paint-party movement yet? Whatever — whether foam parties are in or out in 2011, this still sounds fun. South Florida DJ Erik Velez and others will man the decks, and organizers promise a 30-foot custom waterfall in the center of the courtyard, plus all the soapy bubbles you can handle. For the latest lineup, see jannuslive.com.
Tara Tinsley Fri. With Jeremy Gloff, The Guilford Blackout, Hell-Bent, Room Full of Strangers. 8:30 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. (813) 971-1679.
Josh Lamkin CD release Fri. 8 p.m. Hideaway Cafe, 1765 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727)644-7895.
Summer Slam Fest Fri. With In December We Fall, I Am Dreamer, Passing Dream, All Sets Aside, My Will Be Done, Don’t Talk To Strangers, The Mourning After. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Bambara Fri. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.
Shaun Hopper Fri. With Next Of Kin. 8 p.m. 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Matt Cusson Sat. 9 p.m. The Fox Jazz Club, 5401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa. $10. (813) 639-0400.
Acoustic Alchemy Sat. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, largo. $32-$37. At 6 p.m., there’s a dinner and meet and greet; tickets are limited. (727) 587-6793.
DJ Trashy Sat. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 873-8368, amptampa.com.
Halcyon Sat. With The Applebutter Express. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12. (813) 971-0666.
Bird Street Players Sat. With Green Sunshine, Skull and Bone Band, DJ Rene, Zulu Painter, more. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $7. (727) 895-3045.
Five Eight Sat. With The Beauvilles, Deadly Fists of Kung Fu. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Bride of Chaotica Sat. 9:30 p.m. Yeoman’s Road Pub, 236 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. (813) 251-2748.
Chase Coy Sun. With A Play On Words. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-9500.
Willy Porter Sun. 6 p.m. Hideaway Cafe, 1765 Central Ave., St. petersburg. $20. (727)644-7895.
Blaze & Boondox Mon. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. facebook.com/thelocal662.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*