This week in Tampa: Maroon 5, Erasure, Blue October and more
Every now and then, by some random coincidence, the No. 1 song in America comes to Tampa. Such was the case in 2009, when Lady Gaga performed at the Ritz Ybor the same week that Poker Face topped the charts.
Next week, it could happen again. Maroon 5, above, has the No. 1 digital download in the country with Moves Like Jagger. Some of you may love this song. Some of you may already be sick of it. Us, we're waiting for the inevitable Weird Al parody, Moves Like Richards.
Maroon 5 will perform with Train and Matt Nathanson next week at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre. As for the rest of this week's concert picks -- Erasure, Slick Rick, Blue October, Juvenile, Dave Mason, Mark Farner, Rick Derringer, Gary Wright, Rayland Baxter, Summer Jam 7 and more -- here's Carole Liparoto...
With Train, Matt Nathanson
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $32-$102.05. (813) 740-2446.
If you were beginning to think Maroon 5’s frisky soul-pop flame had fizzled — the group hadn’t a charted a top 10 single since 2007’s Makes Me Wonder — it’s time to reevaluate this lady-killing crew. Suggestive (often shirtless) singer Adam Levine, a recent coach on The Voice, and his band of excitable players have the No. 1 digital download in the country, the disco-tickled Moves Like Jagger. In that famous falsetto (one that some might argue needs a Breathe Right strip), Levine bows to the Rolling Stones frontman and his hip-swiveling swagger. Endearing opener Train has upped the tempo lately after its origins in sentimental mall balladry (Drops of Jupiter, Calling All Angels). On latest album Save Me San Francisco, the group playfully ponders lipstick stains (Hey, Soul Sister) and hair metal band Winger (If It’s Love), over bubbly grooves.
With DJ LeSage, Casper
MONDAY 10 p.m. Blue Martini, 2223 S. West Shore Blvd., Tampa. $10. (813) 873-2583.
With ultimate ’80s hip-hop tale La Di Da Di, Slick Rick proved to be a lyricist-narrator so compelling that he could make even the most mundane grooming activities seem like Bronx brawling. “Used Oil of Olay ’cause my skin gets pale, and then I grabbed the file for my finger nails.” Now that’s gangster. The pirate-poet’s work has been famously sampled by Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, the Notorious B.I.G., and Montell Jordan (This Is How We Do It). Even reigning rap queen Nicki Minaj drops a Rick reference on Super Bass with the line, “slicker than the guy with the thing on his eye.” Slick Rick will also perform at Shephard’s for Labor Day weekend.
SATURDAY 6:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free with ticket. Visit 97xonline.com for ticket outlet locations. (727) 565-0551.
Blue October fans, this might just be your moment. Not to jinx it or anything. You see, when it comes to performing in Tampa Bay, this alt-rock act has an ill-fated history. In 2006, singer Justin Furstenfeld tore ligaments in his knee while running the bases during a concert at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater. Later that year, Blue October was scheduled to play the 97X Next Big Thing concert in Tampa, but cancelled after Furstenfeld reinjured that knee. Last October, the band cancelled its show at the Ritz Ybor due Furstenfeld’s “extreme mental anxiety attack.” On Saturday, the Hate Me group from Houston will try again (fingers crossed) with a free acoustic show.
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $35. (813) 247-2555.
Just as Aretha Franklin’s rendition of Respect and “sock it to me’s” were momentous for the feminist movement, Erasure’s A Little Respect was a landmark for the LGBT community. On the synth-driven tune from the album The Innocents, frontman Andy Bell, one of the first openly gay performers in pop, demands an ample helping of respect to quiet his calling soul. The album also featured the group’s first American hit Chains of Love. Bell has toured with former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke since 1985. Before the release of 2005’s Nightbird, Bell revealed he was HIV positive.
The Bricks 2 for 2 Show
Featuring Urbane Cowboys, Tahoe Fox
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Bricks. 1327 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 247-1785.
Here’s a cool concept from The Bricks, the Ybor bar-restaurant-coffeehouse started by the crew at Skatepark of Tampa. Each month, The Bricks will hold a free “2 for 2 show” featuring two Bay-area artists and two bands. On tap this week are performers the Urbane Cowboys, the little-bit-country, little-bit-rock-’n’-roll act from Tampa known to for its hayseed punk tunes; and Tahoe Fox, a group whose genre-crossing nimbleness might only be matched by its good looks. And did we mention The Bricks offers a peanut butter bar? We’d call that a three for three.
Featuring Dave Mason, Mark Farner, Rick Derringer, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, Gary Wright
SATURDAY Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39-$75. (727) 791-7400.
The annual “Hippiefest” brings a few flower-powered newcomers to Ruth Eckerd Hall, including Gary Wright (Dream Weaver) and Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad. Also performing are Dave Mason, the former Traffic singer-guitarist and pop-jazz-rock fusionist, whose repertoire includes Feelin’ Alright, We Just Disagree and Hole in My Shoe, and blue-eyed soul group Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals. Finally, if the album All American Boy conjures up an old beanbag chair and a boss pair of headphones, then catch Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo singer and axe manipulator Rick Derringer.
Summer Jam 7
Featuring Holiday Shores, Rich Aucoin, The Groves, Geri X, Infinite Groove Orchestra, Michael Parallax, The Rukus, Creepers, Free Lunch Boyz, Preson Phillips, Saskatchewan, Cats in the Basement, Rebels and Rogues, Cassolette, Prince Golden, Soft Rock Renegades, Blenda, Colonic, more
SATURDAY 5 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969. And Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600. $13-$16.
Just as in years past, the seventh installment of Summer Jam offers an eclectic crop of national and local acts, including rappers, rockers, poets, DJs and psychedelic time-travellers. In fact, for under $20, we doubt you’ll find this kind of musical diversity (and a pre-show cycling race) anywhere else this weekend. And here’s a cool tidbit about one Summer Jam performer: Apparently, there’s a Bulgarian edition of Rolling Stone. And in a recent issue, the mag devoted a decent amount of space to profile St. Pete’s own Bulgarian-born Geri X. Our Bulgarian is a little rusty, but it has something to do with them labeling her “Best of Indie.”
THURSDAY 9 p.m. Scene Premium Nightclub, 211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. $25. (813) 598-0568.
If you’re like us, you jump at any chance to “back that thang up.” Party like it’s 1999 with former Lil Wayne-mentor Juve the Great at Scene in St. Pete Thursday.
Next of Kin Fri. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5-$6. facebook.com/thelocal662.
D. Ramirez Fri. With Brian Busto, DJ Santana. 10 p.m. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. $10. (813) 254-2233.
Summer Jam Pre-Party Fri. With Sunbears!, Andy Matchett and the Minks, the Black Bear Affair. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969
Rayland Baxter Fri. With Gates of Eden, Paint the Town Red, Andrew Clayton. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. theorpheum.com.
Calling You Out Fri. With A Play on Words, A Few Days Wasted, Civil Action. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8-$11. (727) 895-3045.
Tribal Style Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Circle II Circle Sat. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Gin Blossoms Sat. At the FARA Energy Ball. 5:30 p.m. A La Carte Event Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Dr., Tampa. $300 and up donation. curefa.org/energyball.
Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso Sat. With Shady People, UNRB, Marc Ganacias. 8 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-2356.
Sound Parlor Sat. 8 p.m. Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grille, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 822-4562.
Disco Inferno Sat. 8:30 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $5. (727) 532-0265.
Dave Aude Sat. With DJ Deville, DJ Mondo. 9 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 259-9669.
Sunset Bridge Sun. 4 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000.
D&M Wed. 8:30 p.m. Sacred Grounds, 4819 E Busch Blvd., Tampa. (813) 983-0837.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.