This week in Tampa: KISS, Sugarland, Warped Tour, Antiwarpt Festival and more

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It's the end of July, and you know what that means: Downtown St. Pete will be rocking all weekend, with the Antiwarpt Music Festival on Saturday and the Vans Warped Tour on Sunday.

Antiwarpt has evolved into perhaps the top day on the local music calendar in Tampa Bay, with nearly 100 bands at 10 venues in downtown St. Petersburg. And every year about this time, the Warped Tour rolls into town like clockwork, bringing an array of top young bands with it. Are any of you planning to hit both shows? 

Click here for our preview of Antiwarpt 2012. After the jump, get the details on everything else, including Warped, KISS, Motley Crue, Sugarland (above), Bush, Yes, The Zombies, Cannibal Corpse, Little Feat, Deicide, Nappy Roots and more, courtesy of Carole Liparoto...

Vans Warped Tour
With Taking Back Sunday, All Time Low, Senses Fail, Lostprophets, Yellowcard, Pierce the Veil, MGK, We The Kings, Breathe carolina, Falling In Reverse, more
SUNDAY Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg. $33.43. vanswarpedtour.com
Veteran favorites like New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday, All Time Low, Lostprophets, Senses Fail, Yellowcard, Pierce the Veil and Bradenton’s We The Kings are some of the biggest names. New acts to get excited about include pop duo Breathe Carolina, who scored a hit single in Blackout; female-fronted alt-rockers Dead Sara; and pop-punk group Falling In Reverse, who in January filmed the video for their song Raised By Wolves at the State Theatre. For something a little different, try reggae-rock group Ballyhoo! or video game-inspired power-popsters I Fight Dragons. -- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

KISS and Motley Crue
With The Treatment
SATURDAY 7 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $35-$185. (813) 740-2446.
As sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, a KISS and Motley Crue co-headlining bill brings riotous, pyro-powered rock and roll excess (levitating drum kits, anyone?) and a healthy dose of Aqua Net. The question is, do you really want to see a gang of sexagenarians wear fishnets, armored costumes, platform shoes and greasepaint, spit blood and breathe fire in 90-degree heat? Judging by ticket sales ... yes, yes you do. “We are the masters of bells and whistles, and we are going to leave the audience exhausted at the end of every show,” Gene Simmons said about the tour. “When you see fireworks going off at a McCartney show, where do you think he got that from — Gerry and the Pacemakers?” Hedonistic ’80s hair metal hellions Motley Crue join KISS for a second time, and with any luck, for a longer haul. The group lasted only a handful of dates on KISS’ 1983 Creatures of the Night tour.

Travis Porter
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20 and up. (727) 565-0551. 
Not man, but group, Travis Porter brings hip-hop hysteria to St. Pete. Bubbles, too. The freewheeling trio behind strip club singles Bring It Back and Make It Rain hosts a sexy, sudsy “foam party” Friday. Seems fitting for guys (not one of whom is actually named Travis) well-versed in the lady pursuits of 2 Live Crew, Ludacris and Lil Wayne.

Sugarland
With Canaan Smith
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 US Hwy. 301 N., Tampa.  $25-$80. (813) 740-2446.
The Sugarland superduo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush favors smooth, highway-riding country (Stuck Like Glue, Stay) over the bumpy, dirt-road brand. And not unlike fellow crossover country kings and queens Lady Antebellum or Rascal Flatts, that pop-leaning path has served Sugarland well on the charts. This “In Your Hands” tour is dedicated to the fans who have stuck by them through thick and thin, they say. If you’ll recall, Sugarland was involved in a tragic stage collapse during last year’s Indiana State Fair, an incident in which seven people were killed.

Yes
With Procol Harum
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45 and up. (727) 791-7400.  
Yes’ super-simplistic band name has always contradicted its talent for going so sonically complex, so symphonically big and so cosmically out-there. It also makes Google searches a challenge. Progfathers Chris Squire, Steve Howe and Alan White will be joined by Jon Davison (vocals) and Geoff Downes (keyboards) for an evening of arty musings, a show style that has trickled down to contemporary acts like The Mars Volta.

Summer Slaughter Tour
Featuring Cannibal Corpse, Between the Buried and Me, Veil of Maya, The Faceless, Job for a Cowboy, more
MONDAY 1:30 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $28 and up. (813) 247-2555.
“Devoured by vermin, force-fed broken glass and encased in concrete”. Ah, it must be that bright-eyed bunch Cannibal Corpse. The death metal monarchs, who’ve spent nearly a quarter of a century grunting and oinking out some of music gnarliest narratives, bring a catalogue that could make Spike TV’s 1,000 Ways to Die look like The Wiggles. “We’re basically writing short horror stories to the music,” says drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz. The head-banging bunch leads this all-day death metal endurance fest Monday. Don’t expect to hear about anyone expiring peacefully in their sleep.

Bush
THURSDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $35. (813) 247-2555.
Breathe in, breathe out, Bush fans. If you missed Bush’s standout shows last December or in the fall of 2010, you’ve got a chance at redemption. Grunge gets a good polishing as chiseled Gavin Rossdale and company revisit noisy, fuzzy ’94 breakout Sixteen Stone. Critics were quick to say Bush was merely aping Pearl Jam and Nirvana, but the group gained legions of fans and the disc produced five charting singles. Cuts from latest album The Sea of Memories and Rossdale’s solo album WANDERlust (which trades the ’90s-style muck for music in the vein of Snow Patrol) are also in play. 

Little Feat 
With Roy Jay 
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Call for ticket availability. (727) 791-7400.
Founded by Lowell George (once a Frank Zappa bandmate), Little Feat took country music both blues-ward and bizarro in the early ’70s. The group’s landmark cuts include Fat Man in the Bathtub and Dixie Chicken, with those surreal lyrics, “If you’ll be my Dixie chicken, I’ll be your Tennessee lamb.” The band gets a second wind (or fourth wind, depending how you count) after the deaths of George and most recently, original drummer Richie Hayward. Younger listeners have also begun taking an interest in Little Feat thanks to collaborations with Dave Matthews, Jimmy Buffett, Bela Fleck and Phish.

The Zombies
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $49 and up. (727) 587-6793.
Mid-’60s melody makers The Zombies make their first and only Florida tour stop Friday at the Largo Cultural Center. The invading band of Brits was only the second U.K. group behind the Beatles to chart a No. 1 hit in the U.S. Colin Blunstone, the man behind the breathy vocals and choral harmonies (Time of the Season) and Rod Argent, the classically influenced organ and electric piano player (She’s Not There), continue to lead the band on slightly jazzy, baroque pop excursions. The tour marks the 50th anniversary of The Zombies getting together in the London suburb of St. Albans.

Also playing

Nappy Roots Fri. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.

Deicide Fri. With Riptorn, more. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. theorpheum.com.

Kenny Vance and the Planotones Fri. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45-$70. (727) 791-7400.

Riven Fri. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. facebook.com/thelocal662. 

The Casualties Sat. With Nekromantix, Down By Law, Lower Class Brats, more. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St. N., Ybor City. $15-$20. (813) 241-8600.

15th Annual Celebrate Sinatra Sat. featuring Don Juceam, Ignacio Marin, Tom Tiratto, Ashley Locheed, Paul Phillips. 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $50 and up. (813) 247-2555.

Green Sunshine Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Halcyon Sat. With Kelly Neff. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12. (813) 971-0666.

The Contortionist Wed. With Jeff Loomis, Chimp Spanner, more. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $14. (727) 895-3045. 

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*

[Last modified: Thursday, July 26, 2012 11:04am]

    

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