This week in Tampa: Kris Kristofferson, Rick Ross, Jeff Beck and more

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If you like half-bellowed raps about Maybachs and drug money, then by all means head to Channelside in Friday to see Rick Ross, who's scheduled to appear at a private (but open to the public) party at Dolce Vita Lounge.

As far as we know, organizers are still planning for Ricky Rozay to show up -- even though he's reportedly also going to be in Las Vegas on Saturday to escore boxer Manny Pacquiao into the ring for his fight against Shane Mosley. We're a little skeptical that he'll show up in Tampa, especially since Ross was only supposed to perform a couple of songs in the first place, and you know how these things tend to go. But at this point, the event is on.

Here with the rest of this week's concert picks -- including Kris Kristofferson, Jeff Beck, Brett Dennen, Kellie Pickler, Sister Hazel, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, a big Ramones tribute and the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, is Carole Liparoto...

Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival 
Featuring Taj Mahal, Jimmy Hall and Wet Willie, Shemekia Copeland, Josh Lamkin and Automatic Heat, Steve Arvey Horn Band, The Dana Fuchs Band, Harper and Midwest Kind, Trampled Under Foot
FRIDAY 4:30 p.m. and SATURDAY 12:30 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $5 GA-$40 Reserved Seating. Free tickets can be obtained at designated locations or with Knology bill at the gate. (727) 562-4700. clearwaterseablues.com.
The seafood lover’s answer to Ribfest is Clearwater’s Sea-Blues Festival, a two-day crustacean and fish feast with a blues and Southern soul soundtrack. Wet Willie and frontman Jimmy Hall (an artist Gregg Allman once called “the hardest man to follow onstage”) headline Friday night’s festivities with deep-fried blues tunes, including ’74 good-time hit Keep On Smilin’. Foremost blues fusionist Taj Mahal leads Saturday’s session. Also playing is Shemekia Copeland, an up-and-comer who left a dry cleaning day job to pursue the paths of greats Aretha and Tina. Now she’s perfecting a sound “steeped in Memphis soul and Muscle Shoals,” says USA Today. 

My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult 
With Twitch the Ripper, 16 Volt 
SATURDAY 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 248-9500.
Dust off the Doc Martens. Retrieve that midnight black polish. My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult is back with the synth sleaze, guitar buzz and leather fetish that helped shape Chicago’s industrial dance scene in the ’90s. The Wax Trax band’s best-known piece of danceable darkness is Sex on Wheelz, also featured in the animated movie Cool World. Did we just blow your mind with ’90s references?

Ramones Tribute 7
Featuring Boney Fiend, Car Bomb Driver, Doll Parts, Gigi and The Cretins, Hell-Bent, House Broken, Jayson Engelke, Lazaras, Rat Cafeteria, Rebel 5, Scatty G, Sonic Death Monkey 5000 
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. $5. (727) 736-0606.  
The Ramones Tribute show has become something of a tradition for the Dunedin Brewery, and for the dozen or so local punk acts that firmly say no to overproduction. To honor thy masters of bare and brash, local bands, including St. Pete favorite Car Bomb Driver and girl-powered Doll Parts, go loud, low budget and comedic. After all, wasn’t it Joey Ramone who offered up this great bit: “I once told this writer a story about how I met the guys in an elevator and found out we all had the same last name, so we decided to form a band.”

The Fun 'n Sun Country Concert
Featuring Rodney Atkins, Kellie Pickler, Chuck Wicks, Craig Campbell, JaneDear Girls, Frankie Ballard, Suite Caroline, Kip Moore
SUNDAY 12:30 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $5 general, $25 reserved, free for children 10 and under. Free tickets can be picked up at designated locations. (727) 562-4700. wqyk.com.
Capping off a busy weekend at Coachman Park, the Fun 'n Sun Country Concert boasts Idols (Pickler), Cinderella-stealers (Wicks), hay-haulers (Atkins) and buy-here-pay-here truck owners (Campbell). And if you play your cards right, it’s all free. Visit wqyk.com for details.

Kris Kristofferson
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin Street, Tampa. $39.50-$49.50. (813) 274-8981.
Highwayman Kris Kristofferson has never been one to brag about his vocal aptitude. At a recent gig at the Stagecoach Music Festival, the 74-year-old musician and actor apologized for his grittier-than-usual voice, only to follow up with the statement, “but it never was any good.” His depth as a songwriter, however, has been proven time and time again. Think heart strings-puller Help Me Make it Through the Night or the poignant Me and Bobby McGee (popularized by Janis Joplin). Kristofferson also stars in the Clearwater-based film Dolphin Tale, due out in September.

Brett Dennen
With Dawes
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.  
After previous effort Ain’t No Reason contemplated tough topics like sweatshop labor, new release Lover Boy finds shy but soulful folkie Brett Dennen in such a state of optimism that he’s boogying at a burial (Dancing at a Funeral). Cool and casual like Jason Mraz, but trained in the Graceland-era Afropop of Paul Simon, Dennen can satisfy varying tastes. For a light, funky Spring session, check him out in St. Pete Wednesday.

Jeff Beck
FRIDAY and SATURDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. At press time, tickets were available only for the Friday show. $41-$61. (727) 791-7400.

Jeff Beck never achieved the same level of mainstream success as fellow former yardbirds Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. But over the past half-century, he’s became one of the most influential lead guitarists of all time, always pushing the boundaries of blues, jazz and rock 'n’ roll. One minute he’s distorting his inimitable sustain into sounds that are new, strange and beautiful; the other he’s reaching back to ’50s for a pure rockabilly stompfest.

Rick Ross
With DJ Nasty, DJ Khaled, DJ Shizim, DJ Kutmaster, Lil Kee
FRIDAY 10 p.m. Dolce Vita Lounge, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $40-$50. (813) 766-7650.
When he’s not playing Big Meech or Larry Hoover, Miami’s Rick Ross is strictly “The Boss.” On B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast), Ross rhymes, “I am self made, you just affiliated / I built it ground up, you bought and renovated.” (Our version of “the boss” more closely resembles Andy Samberg’s SNL parody, in which he “talks to corporate like a boss, approves memos like a boss and promotes synergy like a boss”). It’s important to note, Ross is only scheduled to perform a handful of songs at this appearance Friday.

Also playing

Sister Hazel Fri. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 565-0551.  

Sharam Fri. With Gemini and High Frequency. 9 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $15 and up. (727) 571-2222. 

Geri X. CD release Fri. With John Wesley, Have Gun, Will Travel. 9 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $6-$8. facebook.com/thelocal6662.

Lenka Filipova Fri. 9 p.m. Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N., St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7101. stpete.org.

Dave Matthews Tribute Band Sat. 9:30 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S., St. Petersburg. (727) 871-7874.

Hank and Cupcakes Sat. 10 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free until 10:30 p.m. $5 after. (813) 247-2664.

Sound Parlor Sat. With Ella Jet, The Pilot Brothers. 7:30 p.m. Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 822-4562.

Cold Sat. With Egypt Central, Kopek, Bet Me I’m Lying. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.

King of Spain and MRENC EP release Sun. With Company, Filmstrip. 6 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Jeremy Gloff CD release Mon. With Shunda K., more. 9 p.m. Ybor City Social Club, 1909 N 15th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 242-2717.

Heavy Cream Tues. With Raguckas, Signals from Satellites, Y Los Dos Pistoles and Vintage Vandal, DJ N8. 9 p.m. The Hub, 719 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.

Claudia Vs. the Queen of Hearts Tues. 7 p.m. Sacred Grounds Coffee House, 4819 E Busch Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 983-0837.

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 10:52am]

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