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This week in Tampa: Kings of Leon, Lil Wayne, Warped Tour, Antiwarpt Festival and more




Dust off those earplugs, because St. Petersburg hasn’t been this loud since the Honda Grand Prix.

From Friday through Sunday, the ’Burg will be awash in live music, as more than 140 bands and artists — yes, ONE HUNDRED FORTY — take the stage at venues all over downtown. The main events: Sunday’s Vans Warped Tour, the annual punk carnival at Vinoy Waterfront Park; and Saturday’s Antiwarpt Festival, a homegrown fest showcasing dozens of popular local bands on eight stages.

If you're looking for info on Warped, look no further: Here's our list of 15 artists to watch at the St. Pete tour stop, plus a few local bands who are playing, and our interview with singer Jeremy McKinnon of headliner A Day To Remember.

And for Antiwarpt, here's our preview, including some of the top acts to see at all eight venues (nine if you count a kickoff party on Friday).

But don’t forget about concerts each night at Jannus Live (Donovon Frankenreiter, Tech N9ne and Beres Hammond), the State Theatre (Mike Pinto, Alien Ant Farm) and the Local 662 (Tyler Bryant). Throw in Selena Gomez at Ruth Eckerd Hall and Lil Wayne and Kings of Leon (above) at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, and you have the makings of an epic music week in Tampa Bay. 

Before your tinnitis settles in, Carole Liparoto is here to walk you through one of the craziest concert weeks Tampa Bay has seen in some time ...

Lil Wayne 
With Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement, Lloyd
WEDNEDSAY 7 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. $29.75-$106.45. (813) 740-2446. 
 After serving an eight-month prison term on Rikers Island, Weezy’s free and ready to rap, rock and ramble on deliciously about Andre the Giant, NPR programming and Sweet 'N Low. And some say he might just be in the best shape of his career. Signed to his first label at the tender age of nine, Dwayne Carter admits his missteps. But he’s promising sobriety and a whole lot of love and action on this tour. In fact, the “I Am Still Music Tour” is panning out to be the rap tour Michael Bay would do if Michael Bay did rap tours. The show brings more muscle, a bigger band, video accompaniment, fireworks, pyrotechnics and a large scaffolding for Weezy to race around on. He’ll debut tunes off Tha Carter IV (due out at the end of August), as well as tracks from new mixtape Sorry 4 the Wait, all in that signature tone that resembles a half-awake bullfrog. Birdman will host a party at Tampa’s Club Underground following the show.

Kings of Leon
With Band of Horses 
TUESDAY 7 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. $24.50-$70.50. (813) 740-2446. 
The Kings of Leon story plays out like an awesome episode of Behind the Music. Children of a divorced Pentecostal preacher grow up in the Deep South. They travel from town to town in a purple Oldsmobile, sneaking in listens to the Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin. They fear God, but they love rock 'n’ roll. Fast forward to 2011 and you’ll find that these backwoods boys are bona fide rock stars, writing cavernous, confessional tunes that fill arenas and anger pigeons, but never forgetting their roots. (In my interview with drummer Nathan Followill a few years back, he confessed he’d never wear his slim-fit “concert pants” to his local hardware store). On Tuesday, the bulk of KOL material will come from latest Come Around Sundown, a disc that combines some of the scruff and spooky undertones of Because of the Times with the stadium soar of Only By the Night. 

Selena Gomez
With Allstar Weekend
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Sold Out. (727) 791-7400.   
Ever since her relationship with Justin Bieber went public, Selena Gomez has taken her share of torment from jealous, JB-obsessed tweens. But rather than spew back the hate via social media, the Wizards of Waverly Place star did what any mild-mannered, kind-spirited young celeb (they do exist!) would do. She took the high road with Who Says, a bubblegum empowerment tune in the vein of Pink’s Perfect, Katy Perry’s Firework and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. The hit single is one of the many reasons this concert is sold out Saturday. But your chance to give Gomez girl-power props at a meet and greet before the show is still on. Visit for details.

Alien Ant Farm
SUNDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.  
In 2001, Alien Ant Farm joined the likes of The Animals (House of the Rising Sun), Soft Cell (Tainted Love) and Dynamite Hack (Boyz in the Hood) by charting with a cover song that would endure as the band’s best-known work. Their rock rendition of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal still gets spins on alternative radio, but there’s lot of other gold to be had in tunes like These Days and Glow. 

Donavon Frankenreiter 
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 565-0551.
If you’re looking for an “anti-anti” Warped occasion this weekend, away from punky misfits and indie acts, check out soft-rock daydreamer and unobtrusive strummer Donavon Frankenreiter. Like friend and fellow surfer Jack Johnson, Frankenreiter delivers a Salt-Life-and-Teva-Sandals kind of time, playing cool-it-down anthems for endless summers (It Don’t Matter, Free). 

Celebrate Sinatra 
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $50-$60. (813) 247-2555. 
Every year since Frank Sinatra’s passing in 1998, Ken Walters, owner of a promotional products company in Tampa, has held a tribute event in his honor. Now in its 14th year, Celebrate Sinatra has become a well-known Ybor City social event where guests swing to the standards in their finest duds. Come fly with the more than two dozen musicians and entertainers as they recreate Ol’ Blue Eyes’ best work at the Ritz, which will be transformed into a ’50s/’60s-style Miami Beach nightclub.

Beres Hammond
With Wayne Wonder 
SUNDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $36. (727) 565-0551.
Smoky-voiced singer Beres Hammond brings his Caribbean baby-makers to the Tampa Bay area for the fourth summer in a row. (Apparently the admiration is mutual.) Hammond’s seductive island-R&B style suggests he’s the Jamaican Marvin Gaye. And All Music calls him “one of the most underappreciated reggae artists of his time.”

Laws Homecoming party 
With Mason Caine, more   
SATURDAY 10 p.m. Bar Envy, 11060 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. $5-$10. (352) 686-5171.
Spring Hill’s rising hip-hop artist Laws has been holed in a recording studio in Atlanta working on a project that incorporates two of our favorite things — big beats and The Beatles. He’s dubbed the Paul McCartney-inspired project Yesterday’s Future. He’s also got single Lady Hip Hop up on iTunes and is working on Your Future Favorite Rapper 2 with Southern Smoke mixtape maestro DJ Smallz. 

With Party Time, Neglected Superhero
SATURDAY 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13.
It’s like Comic-Con rolled into a traveling rock show. NYC-based nerd-punk band Peelander-Z incorporates Japanese comics and sci-fi themes into its music. Audience interaction is always encouraged.

Also playing

Mike Pinto Fri. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 895-3045.  

Songwriter In The Round Show Fri. featuring Rebekah Pulley, John McNicholas, Dean Johanesen. 9 p.m. The Globe, 532 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $3 suggested donation. (727) 898-5282.

Fight Another Day Fri. With Sometimes Heroes, Nameless Grace, more. 8:30 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.

Tyler Bryant Fri. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8.

Amanda Drake and the Barnburners Fri. With Sundog. 9:30 p.m. LA Hangout, 16411 N Florida Ave., Lutz. (813) 964-5631.

Four Star Riot Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Grant Peeples and the Peeples Republik Band Fri. 8 p.m. The Palladium Theatre, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $12-$15. (727) 822-3590.

Ancient River Fri. With Al Torchia and the Tattered Saints, Michael Christmas. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.  

Martha’s Trouble Fri. 8 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 644-7895.

The Vodkanauts Fri. and Sat. 9 p.m. Ringside Café, 2742 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. (727) 894-8465.

Tech N9ne Sat. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 565-0551.  

Mary Wilson Sat. 9 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. $45. (727) 367-4511.

Cope Sat. With The Human Condition 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666. 

Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl Sat. 9 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 576-1091. 

10 Years Wed. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.  

Scream It Like You Mean It Tour Thurs. featuring Breathe Carolina, Chiodos, I See Stars, The Color Morale, The Air I Breathe, more. 5 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:44am]


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