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This week in Tampa: Lady Antebellum, Wiz Khalifa, Kris Allen and more




This week, we're looking at both end of the spectrum in the Tampa Bay concert calendar.

On one hand, you're looking at an incredibly interesting lineup of young genre-busting artists, including Yelawolf, Class Actress, Say Hi, Wiz Khalifa, Dum Dum Girls, Tennis and La Sera.

On the other, you have Lady Antebellum, otherwise known as the "world's dullest band."

We're not hating on Lady A, above; we actually like Need You Now (and take some pride in predicting their Record of the Year Grammy award all the way back in June. But we can see how people might not dig them -- they are pretty much the most mainstream band on the radio these days.

After the jump, we'll fill you in a massive week of music, including the shows mentioned above, plus Kris Allen, Edward Maya, Yes, Elvis Crespo, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ace Frehley, Tim Reynolds and TR3, Colin Hay, Natalie Cole, Lords of Acid, The Slackers, Tony Orlando and more ...

Florida Strawberry Festival
THURSDAY: Doobie Brothers (7:30 p.m., $25-$30), George Jones (3:30 p.m., $15-$20). FRIDAY: Josh Thompson and Justin Moore (7:30 p.m., $15-$20), Ray Price ($10-$15). SATURDAY: Billy Ray Cyrus (7:30 p.m., $20-$25), Allstar Weekend and Jennette McCurdy (3:30 p.m., $10-$15). SUNDAY: Lady Antebellum ($45, 7:30 p.m.), Easton Corbin (3:30 p.m., $15-$20).
Strawberry Fesival Grounds, 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. (813) 752-9194,
The 2011 shortcake-a-palooza wraps up with a concert by the hottest stars in country music, five-time Grammy winners (including Song and Record of the Year) Lady Antebellum. The easy-breezy trio has their share of haters (Slate called them the “world’s dullest band”), but you could see major Grammy love coming their way the moment the inescapable Need You Now hit the airwaves. At any rate, fans can’t seem to get enough of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood — last fall’s Ruth Eckerd Hall show sold out in a week. If you want to see them here, you’d better get to the Strawberry Festival first thing Sunday morning to snap up the few available free tickets.

Wild Splash
With Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Keri Hilson, Fat Joe, Ace Hood, Gunplay, Mann, Lil Kee, Strizzo, Javon Black, Shawty, Santino
SATURDAY 1 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $22.
Everyone knows the Doggfather. And we’re getting to the point where everyone knows Wiz Khalifa, thanks to his ubiquitous hit Black and Yellow. Even though his Pittsburgh Steelers got smacked in Super Bowl XLV, Khalifa still managed to dominate the Internet with his ode to ... um ... what’s that song about, again? Never mind. Just know that he’ll be performing tracks from his upcoming debut, Rolling Papers, due later this month. Keri Hilson, a 2009 Best New Artist Grammy nomination, is coming to provide eye (and ear) candy. And don’t sleep on local rapper/producer Lil Kee, whose infectious Bust It Wide Open is receiving airplay across the country.

FRIDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $38.50. (727) 565-0551.
There’s no planetarium light show planned for Friday night’s Yes concert, but Jannus Live offers the next-best thing: The open sky and stars. It’s a unique environment for a unique show. The classic prog-rock band is embarking on a mini tour of smaller venues, including Jannus, so if you want to relive your halcyon days listening to I’ve Seen All Good People or Owner of a Lonely Heart in a high-school parking lot.

Class Actress
With Millionyoung, Luminary Youth
SATURDAY 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 N Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50.  (813) 248-9500.
To quote Velma Kelly: Whatever happened to class? We’re happy to report it’s alive and well in Elizabeth Harper, the singer-songwriter behind electro-pop trio Class Actress. Mixing blissed-out chillwave synths and slinky, sexy bedroom beats, the Brooklyn buzz band’s 2010 EP Journal of Ardency could be the soundtrack to an, um, experimental ’80s sleepover. “We’re definitely going for Depeche Mode’s Some Great Reward, early Madonna, Human League — that kind of sound,” Harper told Pitchfork.

With Bad S---
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 247-2664.
Over the years, the Skatepark of Tampa has put together some top-notch hip-hop concerts (De La Soul, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, Del tha Funkee Homosapien). For this year’s Tampa Pro Party, they’re bringing in hip-hop’s latest Great White Hope: Alabama’s tattooed Michael Wayne Atha, better known as Yelawolf, who spins dark, Dirty South yarns about meth labs and skateboarding. Is he for real? At least one legend thinks so — in January, Eminem signed Yelawolf to his label, Shady Records, which led to two straight cover appearances on XXL magazine this spring.

G. Love and Special Sauce
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 565-0551.
Garrett Dutton. There’s a name you don’t hear every day — probably because he’s known the world over as G. Love, leader of the irrepressable Philadel-funky blues-hop band Special Sauce. In the late ’90s, you could count on G. Love to liven up any college-quad hacky sack game thanks to boogie-worthy singles like Rodeo Clowns, Baby’s Got Sauce and Cold Beverage, the world’s best tribute to ice-cold lemonade, A&W root beer and chocolate egg creams.

Benefit for David Crawford
With Green Sunshine, the Standback Band, the Hobies, Arm Chair Explosion, Cowboy Mafia, Scilter
SATURDAY 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Local musicians continue to step up in times of need. This show will benefit the family of St. Petersburg police officer David Crawford, who was killed in the line of duty on Feb. 21. It’s a cause that knows no boundaries of genre, as the bill includes the juke-joint blues rock of the Standback Band, funk-hip-hop-jam band Green Sunshine and hard-edged, hard-drinking Southern rockers Cowboy Mafia.

Dum Dum Girls
With Tennis, La Sera
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 N Republica de Cuba Ave., Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 248-9500.
We’re in the midst of a lo-fi indie-pop-punk renaissance, with artists like Wavves, Best Coast and Dum Dum Girls rocking dorm rooms around the country. The latter, a leather-clad quadrangle of fetching femme fatales, blend Ronettes harmonies with Go-Go’s style Ramones attitude, especially on the infectious earworm Bhang Bhang, I’m A Burnout. Joining them are two equally buzzed-about bands: Tennis, a husband-and-wife duo specializing in lush, nautical-themed soundscapes; and La Sera, the ’60s-sounding side project of Vivian Girl Katy Goodman, recently named an Artist to Watch by Rolling Stone.

Say Hi
With Yellow Ostrich, Blair, Alexander and the Grapes, Davy and the Gods
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
A band name like Say Hi To Your Mom just screams American Pie 2. So driving force Eric Elbogen dropped the To Your Mom bit, and now tours as simply Say Hi. Elbogen’s echoey warble adds a noirish touch to his sneakily catchy indie rock. New disc Um, Uh Oh is foreboding yet uplifting, with bouncy, bluesy nods to Nick Cave, Lou Reed, the Shins or the Violent Femmes.

Elvis Crespo
SUNDAY Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Free with park admission. 1-888-800-5447.
Let us forget, for a moment, that in 2009 Elvis Crespo was accused of and questioned after allegedly masturbating on a crowded airplane. (No charges were filed.) He was a meringue legend well before that, winning a Grammy for Best Meringue Performance in 1999 for his album Pintame. He’ll get the crowd moving when he kicks off Busch Gardens’ spring Viva la Musica series. Just keep a careful eye out if you see him on ShieKra.

With Kris Allen, Ryan Star, Matt Hires
SUNDAY Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $10.
It is impossible to satiate the public’s desire for dog-friendly events in Tampa Bay. Every weekend, there’s a pet parade, pub crawl, fashion show, costume contest or adopt-a-thon that draws dozens of pet owners out to play. Now we can add pet-friendly rock concerts to the mix. Former American Idol winner Kris Allen joins fellow pop-rock singer songwriters Ryan Star and Matt Hires on the stage while the rest of Coachman park is full of more than 40 vendors, booths and more. We think you should go and adopt a dog, and name it Adam Lambark. Wonder what Allen would think of that?

Also playing

Have Gun Will Travel Fri. With The Semis, DJ Marcos Udagawa. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8.

Ace Frehley Fri. Following Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Ottawa Senators; game starts at 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa. Free with game ticket. (813) 301-2500.

Glamour Kills Tour Fri. With The Downtown Fiction, We Are The In Crowd, You Me and Everyone We Know, Skyline Summer, Set It Off. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 N Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50. (813) 248-9500.

Andrea Beaton Sat. 8 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 822-3590.

Tim Reynolds and TR3 Sat. With Shaun Hopper. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.

Matt White and Brendan James Sat. With 10th Concession. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.

Malevolent Creation Sat. With The Absence, Destined To Ruin, Arbalest, To The Gallows. 8 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. $12. (813) 972-8152.

Karibyan Kruze Festival and Tribute to Gregory Isaacs Sun. With Jahfari, Impulse, many more. 4 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.

Koffin Kats Mon. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 N Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50. (813) 248-9500.

Colin Hay Tue. 7:30 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $33-$38. (727) 587-6793.

The Slackers Tue. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.

Kataklysm Tue. With All Shall Perish, Decrepit Birth, Conducting From the Grave, Abysmal Dawn, Empty. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$20. (727) 895-3045.

Tony Orlando Wed.-Thur. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Free with park admission. 1-888-800-5447.

Lords of Acid Thurs. With Angelspit. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.

Natalie Cole Thurs. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $42-$83. (727) 791-7400.

Rebelution Thurs. With Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Movement. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 565-0551.

Pat Travers Thurs. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 11:57am]


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