This week in Tampa: Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Depeche Mode and more
It's Labor Day weekend, and you know the parties are hopping.
Vanilla Ice, the Paradiso Girls and the Beach Boys are all billed as party headliners this Labor Day weekend (we rounded up some of the best parties here).
As for the rest of the weekend's concerts, Lil Wayne's America's Most Wanted Tour is a highlight. Click here to read Stephanie Hayes' preview of that show.
And after the jump, get Carole Giambalvo's weekend concert picks, including Vanilla Ice, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Matt Hires, Beres Hammond, Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime and Pitbull, above...
With Peter, Bjorn and John
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 US Hwy. 301 N, Tampa. $43.50-$83.50. (813) 740-2446.
To think, the group now widely considered the model electronic pop act first picked up drum machines and synthesizers partly for logistical reasons (they were easier to transport to local gigs than amps and drums kits). Some 30 years later, Depeche Mode’s delightfully dramatic electro rants continue to sell out stadiums. Despite canceling several gigs on this tour, baritone vocalist Dave Gahan appears to be back in top form (after a bout with a malignant bladder tumor), strutting, seducing, twirling the mike stand and losing his shirt like the good old days. Don’t miss Swedish indie-pop act Peter, Bjorn and John. Named for (you guessed it) its three members, the band broke in 2006 with Young Folks, possibly the best effort in whistling since the Colonel Bogey March.
Vanilla Ice and Rob Base
SUNDAY 10 p.m. Shephard’s, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $15. (727) 441-6875, oldskoolweekend.com.
It was the bassline heard ’round the world: ding-ding-ding-duh-duh-ding-ding... When Ice Ice Baby debuted in 1990, Vanilla Ice, a.k.a. Robert Van Winkle, became an overnight sensation, and To the Extreme spent four months at the top of the charts. Sunday, Ice is back with a brand new invention (or at least some new tattoos) as the massive Labor Day party at Shephard’s goes nostalgic for the days of slap bracelets and parachute pants. Vanilla Ice has dabbled in nu-metal in recent years, but we can only hope that since this party’s called “Old Skool Weekend,” we’ll get the classics — and by classics, we mean Ninja Rap. Rob Base, best known for mega-hits It Takes Two and Joy and Pain, also performs.
Sweatshop III music, art and fashion
Featuring the Vera Violets, In Fireworks, DJ Mega, DJ Noi, Curse Mackey
SUNDAY 10 p.m. Czar, 1420 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13. (813) 247-2664.
You’ll nod. You’ll sway. You’ll chain-smoke. Longtime local champions of the dark and fuzzy, the Vera Violets provide echo-laden sounds for the third edition of the runway and art show known as Sweatshop (run by local tastemakers Nessie Fernandez, Raven Reda, Kamran Mir and Ben Chmura). From brooding shoegaze a la the Jesus and Mary Chain to sprints of psychedelic rock reminiscent of Sonic Youth, Vera Violets tunes are the kind that go great with eyeliner.
FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. tbt* Party Deck at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with ticket to 7:38 p.m. Rays game against the Detroit Tigers. 1-888-326-7297.
When your record label files for bankruptcy and your bandmates take off, hanging it up might seem like the natural progression. But not so for Tampa singer Don Miggs (husband to Lisa DeBartolo, the daughter of former San Francisco 49ers owner and current Tampa real estate honcho Edward DeBartolo), who has parlayed challenge into triumph. He performed pop-rock single Perfect on Good Morning America last month, and Friday, he’ll hit the Trop to perform for 20,000-plus, give or take. Handy but heartfelt, the Miggs sound recalls Collective Soul, Tonic and a bit of the Replacements.
Reax Rent Party
Featuring King of Spain, Glasgow, the Basiqs, Will Quinlan and the Diviners, Military Junior, Geri X., Life of Pi, Nessie, Memphis Train Union
FRIDAY 6 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St., Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.
Indie Florida music mag Reax (headquartered in Tampa) hasn’t been immune to economic downturn this year (apparently, this month’s issue won’t go to press). Editor Scott Harrell and publisher Joel Cook have swallowed their pride and called upon readers to “show a little love and help with the bills.” Lending support are some of the Bay’s favorite local acts, including alternative funk-soul-hip-hop emcees the Basiqs, Southern folk-rock quartet Glasgow, Pixies-ish Life of Pi, and rollicking blues-rock-country trio Memphis Train Union.
With DJ Laz
FRIDAY 9 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30-$35. (813) 247-2555.
Pitbull is on path to becoming the biggest Latino rapper ... pretty much ever. Unleashed in 2002 with the backing of Lil’ John, the catcalling Cuban American boasts a bilingual blend of loud, sticky reggaeton and hip-hop. Whether it’s the synthesized saxophone sample of The Anthem, the steamy cadence of Hotel Room Service, or the countless “culo” cries, this stuff latches on tight and doesn’t let go. On stage, Pitbull employs live drums, percussion, keyboards and three-piece suits. The rapper cemented his title as “Mr. 305” a few weeks ago when he received the key to the city of Miami.
Authority Zero (acoustic)
With Stalling Dawn, Monstro, DJ Kidunot (drum/DJ duo), Burning Tree, Paint the Town Red, Elevated, Muphin Chuckrs, Unmotivated
SUNDAY Noon (Authority Zero at 8 p.m.) Durty Nelly’s, 661 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 824-8884.
Terrifically scrappy reggae-punk act Authority Zero heads up St. Pete Irish pub Durty Nelly’s first major music event. In addition to Pennywise and Sublime-influenced songs like One More Minute, the Arizona act covers Celtic folk tune Rattlin’ Bog and raspy sea shanty Drunken Sailor. Locals Stalling Dawn, led by Jesse Morris, bring pop-punk with crunchy guitars and towering vocals, and Paint the Town Red, comprised of Weaksauce and Rude Squad members, offer earnest acoustic rock ditties. Bonus: Like any good green-walled Irish joint should, Durty Nelly’s has installed a breathalyzer machine in-house.
Beres Hammond: Fri. 8 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $19.25. (727) 896-2276.
Matt Hires: Fri. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50. (813) 248-9500.
Soja: Fri. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
The Semis: Sat. With Room Full of Strangers, Hot Hands, Cotton Candy Cookies and Cream. The Emerald, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 898-6054.
XFC 9: Evolution: Sat. With music by Not Tonight Josephine, Mr. Bella, Yashi. 4 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 301-2500.
Damon Fowler Group: Sat. With Josh Higgins. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Reggae Splash 09: the Golden Voices of Reggae Sat. featuring Luciano, Frankie Paul, Everton Blender, Isha Blender, Bernard Jackson, more. 8 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 247-2555.
Magadog: Sat. With the Boozers, the Dead Popes. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime: Sun. 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $19.99. (727) 896-2276.
Yashi: Sun. 9 p.m. Blue Martini at International Plaza, 2223 N Westshore Blvd., Tampa. $20. (813) 873-2583.
Endwell: Wed. With Lionheart, Thick As Blood, Venia, more. 7 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 382-3477.
Confide: Thurs. With Agraceful, Memphis May Fire, This Romantic Tragedy. 7 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 247-2664.
What Happened In Vegas: Thurs. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Pet Shop Boys: Thurs. 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $39.75. (813) 229-7827.
LMFAO: Thurs. With DJ Coz, Gravity. 10 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd. Tampa. Free for ladies 21 and up. (813) 259-9669.
-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*. Photo: Associated Press.
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