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This week in Tampa: Kenny Chesney, Lauryn Hill, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks and more




As everyone should know by now, the biggest concert of the weekend is Kenny Chesney with Zac Brown, Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday.

So why is the concert we're most excited about is next week? 

Truth is, it's one of those weeks where everyone probably has their own concert pick that they're dying to see. Maybe it's Kenny. Maybe it's Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at the Ritz Ybor. Maybe it's Helmet at the State Theatre. Maybe it's Rod Stewart, above, and Stevie Nicks at the St. Pete Times Forum. Heck, maybe it's DJ Pauly D at the Venue.

For us, it's Lauryn Hill at the Ritz Ybor. We're dying to see whether she can bring the fire to such a small club. The fact that she's even coming to Tampa is a miracle; if she pulls off even a capable show, we'll be thrilled.

For the details on Kenny Chesney, click here. For the details on Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, click here. For all the rest of Carole Liparoto's concert picks, including Lil Jon, Sophie B. Hawkins, Paper Tongues, Awolnation, Murs, Rachel Goodrich and more, click after the jump...

Lauryn Hill 
WEDNESDAY 9 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $65 and up. (813) 229-7827.
She’s become as recognized for her irresistible, Aretha-honoring voice as she has for her reclusive lifestyle. That said, Ex-Fugee Lauryn Hill playing Tampa is a huge deal. After Hill released ’98 masterwork The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which still stands as one of the most beloved hip-hop releases ever (ranked by Rolling Stone as one of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time), she fled from public view. But her return to the stage has left fans divided — some scratching their heads over Hill’s tardiness and improvised sets, others screaming for more. Here’s what we gather from a recent Village Voice review: If you’re okay with hearing Hill’s hits a little differently than you remember them, and sticking around until the wee hours on a weekday, it actually should be a pretty great show.

DJ Pauly D
FRIDAY 9 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $20 and up. (727) 571-2222.
Gym. Tan. Laundry. Blow-out. T-shirt time. Beat up the beat. There, now that we’ve officially sullied Soundcheck’s good name by rolling out all of the Pauly DelVecchio Jersey Shore-isms, we’re here to announce that the well-oiled reality star will spin at the Venue Friday. With that, we leave you one final Pauly D gem. “My hair’s windproof, waterproof, soccerproof, motocycleproof. I’m not sure if my hair’s bulletproof. I’m not willin’ to try that.”

Sophie B. Hawkins 
With Elysian Sex Drive 
FRIDAY 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 258-4829.
After playing percussion with Bryan Ferry in the ’80s, free sprit Sophie B. Hawkins scored solo hits with Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover and As I Lay Me Down. Her poppy, New Age-y, I-am-woman sound put her up there with the Paula Coles and Joan Osbornes of the day. This week when I typed Sophie into iTunes, I was also recommended a “Saturday Errands” playlist. Whatever that means.

Lil Jon  
With VJ Ray, VJ Kidd Leow, DJ Jamie Ferrera 
SUNDAY 4 p.m. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 601 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. $15-$20. (727) 441-6875. 
WHAT?!? YE-AH! King of crunk Lil Jon will bestow upon the Shephard’s spring break crowd lots of gold-toothed goodness Sunday. The dirty South chant rapper (and now Celebrity Apprentice contestant) is responsible for some of the most abrasive music in history.  Yet we’re fully prepared to sing every word to Get Low.  Party with this crunk rock royal as he spins, yells and sips Patron from a bejewled chalice.  It’s good to be the king.  

97x Freebie Weebie 
Featuring Paper Tongues, Awolnation, Marksmen, Make the Mountain 
SUNDAY 5 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0551. Free (but must have ticket to enter). 
Never mind riding to California. Paper Tongues love Tampa Bay. In fact, we’re beginning to wonder if there’s any event in the area that Paper Tongues won’t play. So far, we’re counting 98 Rockfest, the 97X Backyard BBQ, the Bucs’ season kickoff party, 97X Next Big Thing and the 93.3FLZ Meet Ball. Now, the Randy Jackson-supported rockers will perform at 97x’s Freebie Weebie. Get there early to catch top local talent Marksmen and Make the Mountain.

The Metalliance Tour
Featuring Helmet, Kylesa, Saint Vitus, more 
SUNDAY 5 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-3045.  
To quote Beavis and Butt-head, “DADA DAA DAA, DADA DAA DAA. Helmet rules.” This New York alt-metal band is best known for early ’90s head-down pounders Unsung and Wilma’s Rainbow. After enduring numerous lineup changes, singer/guitarist Page Hamilton remains the group’s lone original member. Opener Kylesa, a bipolar prog band with dueling drummers and vocalists, is a must-see. Not unlike Mastodon or Baroness, these guys and one gal bring the kind of melody and finesse to sludge metal that even Pitchfork can respect.

With Whole Wheat Bread, Tabi Bonney
TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12 and up. (813) 241-8600. 
Forget for a moment that Murs looks like he just stuck a finger in a light socket, and you’ll find that this is one seriously skilled artist. The politically minded MC with the pointy dreads offers Slick-Rick-like storytelling, soul-saturated beats, humor and onstage acrobatics. Best of all, Murs crams big concepts in short verses. From Dreamchaser: “We all chase money ’cause we scared to chase dreams.” If you like Aesop Rock, Atmosphere or 9th Wonder, you’ll probably dig Murs.

Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $49.50-$149.50. (813) 301-2500.
Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks on the same phone interview? Just the three of us? Gosh, what could possibly go wrong. The rock icons (combined age: 128) were doing a recent press blitz for their upcoming tour, a somewhat promising double-bill that stops at the St. Pete Times Forum on Wednesday. I had 10 minutes to make magic; things went kablooey in less than three. An opening question about the state of the pop duet was snuffed out awkwardly. “Why don’t we just talk about our tour, mate?” Rod said. Good idea. Any chance you guys will be dueting during the show? Maybe Leather and Lace? Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around? “We honestly don’t know,” Rod said. Oookay. Could two singers with such utterly distinctive voices as theirs break into the milquetoast music biz these days? “God either gives you talent or he doesn’t,” said Rod. Stevie then went on a diatribe about Internet piracy. And Rod eventually said something about Stevie being nude. And the 10 minutes were up. — Sean Daly

Rachel Goodrich
With Sons of Hippies, more 
THURSDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City. $5-$8. (813) 241-8600.
Ex-South Floridian Rachel Goodrich is a cartoony-sweet tinkerer on the rise. The quirky artist, who was recently profiled by Vogue, uses guitar, keyboard, ukulele, kazoo, harmonica, recorder, xylophone, banjo, mandolin, pots, pans, spoons, and so on to create a jangly folk pop blend she calls “shake-a-billy.” “You know, I like to take a dark mindset and give it a happy soundtrack,” Goodrich told The Miami New Times recently. If you like Regina Spektor, give Goodrich a whirl.

Also playing 

Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime Fri. With Scotty Don’t, Bootleg. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.  

The Fritz Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606. 

Tony Orlando Fri. and Sat. 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa. Free with park admission. 1-888-800-5447.

Big Red Robot Fri. With Fear and Respect, Ares, more. 6 p.m. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S. Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.

Infinite Groove Orchestra Fri. With The Jim Morey Band. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.

Days of the New Sat. With Through the Side, more. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.  

Naturally 7 Sun. 8 p.m. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35 and up. (813) 229-7827.  
Hymn For Her Sun. 4 p.m. Ella’s Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000   

Chris Botti Sun. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39-$70. (727) 791-7400.   

Weedeater Tues. With Zoroaster. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 248-9500. 

Norma Jean Thurs. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$17. (727) 895-3045.  

Superhumanoids Thurs. With The Pauses, Lions after Dark, more. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. (727) 258-4829. 

The Clicks Thurs. With Sick of Sarah. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12.50. (813) 248-9500. 

Grand Prix Rev-Up Party Thurs. featuring Alter Eagles, Crossroads. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. Free (but must have ticket to enter). Visit or call (727) 565-0551.  

Songbirds: Ladies of Jazz Thurs. featuring Denise Moore, Whitney James, Sasha Tuck. 7:30 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20.

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 2:39pm]


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