This week in Tampa: Mary J. Blige, Young the Giant, Glen Campbell and more
Hey, what gives? How come all of this week's top concerts -- Young the Giant, Glen Campbell, Mary J. Blige (above) -- are sold out? What are we supposed to do, beg for tickets?
The good news is, there are plenty of wicked concerts happening all over Tampa Bay this weekend that AREN'T sold out, including Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Roger McGuinn, Ryan Star, Slaughterhouse, Katchafire, Devildriver and party music from DJ Pauly D, DJ Jazzy Jeff DJ Baby Anne, Stanton Warriors and Mavado.
After the jump, get Carole Liparoto's concert picks for the week...
Mary J. Blige
MONDAY 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $49.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
Maybe we’ve tossed the word “diva” around a little too loosely when referring to R&B’s leading ladies. But with sass-master Mary J. Blige, there’s no way around it. “Don’t need no hateration, holleration in this dancery,” MJB sings on Family Affair. That’s right — she’ll make up her own words if she pleases. And by the way, MJB is “really, really sick and tired of you steppin’ into her little box when she just doesn’t wanna be bothered” (Roses). Her latest My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1) is the angered/empowered sequel to 1994’s My Life (which features one of the greatest songs Chaka Khan never wrote, I am Goin’ Down). “On the first My Life, I didn’t understand why I was in somuch pain,” says Blige. “This one adds another level of understanding.” It also adds collabs. with Drake, Nas and Rick Ross.
WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Sold out. (727) 791-7400.
When Glen Campbell plays a sold-out Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Wednesday and Thursday, you better believe the sequined gunslinger is going to unload Rhinestone Cowboy. But Campbell — who embarked on a Goodbye Tour after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease — has other doozies in his holster. The 75-year-old legend’s best songs besides his biggest, sparkliest hit include Wichita Lineman, which Rolling Stone called one of the 500 greatest songs of all time; Gentle on My Mind, whose strummy ode to good memories has taken on bittersweet new meaning; and Southern Nights, which is just a big, fun, goofy party tune with a jaunty ragtime roll. Grab a gal and dance.
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39-$49. (727) 791-7400.
History remembers The Byrds best for their accounts of Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man and Pete Seeger’s Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There is a Season). Occasionally, Eight Miles High makes the list, too. But it’s the group’s pioneering of folk-rock, a melding of Brit invasion rock with poetic folk, that should really begin the Byrds’ bio. Lead man Roger McGuinn flys on solo, still with a jangly 12-string. His latest, 2011’s CCD, is 23-track disc based on sea-faring yarns, shanties and whaling life — the kind of songs he grew up with, he says.
Young the Giant
SATURDAY 7 pm. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Sold out. (813) 247-2555.
If you were wise to Young the Giant back in March of last year, you could have seen the fledging Orange County act rock the Orpheum for a measly $11. Today, the guys are selling out big venues (including this Tampa date) and carting around “a real sound and lighting guy” and “in-ear monitors,” they proclaim. The band’s members are of Indian, Persian, British and French-Canadian descent. Together as Young the Giant, they’re united in a quest to make bright, energetic tunes for Venti-sized fun. If you haven’t heard Sameer Gadhia shout that deliriously determined chorus — “My body tells me no, but I won’t quit, because I want more” — maybe it’s time you did.
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $55-$75. (727) 791-7400.
No band, no back up, no nonsense. Okay, some nonsense. The often spontaneous and witty Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, two veteran singer-songwriters, will rejoin forces to swap stories and songs during this intimate “unplugged” performance. Lovett sprang up fully formed in 1986 with a Randy Newman-meets-Townes Van Zandt style, one full of wry tales and black humor. Hiatt, a Hoosier who knows his way around a hook, has managed to fly somewhat under the radar despite writing hit singles for Bonnie Raitt, Three Dog Night and others. Together, these guys don’t just sing songs. They live them.
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party III
Featuring Less Than Jake, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, A Wilhelm Scream, Eye Empire, Anchor Atlantic, Burning Tree, Escape Tonight, Resinated, more
SATURDAY all day/night. Durty Nelly’s, 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free general admission, $40 VIP. (727) 290-9873.
Durty Nelly’s has a solid bill for its third annual St. Patrick’s Day block party blowout. And better still, it’s completely free. Gainesville greats and ska-punkers Less Than Jake celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band. The group had a modest hit in The Science of Selling Yourself Short, while The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (possibly the biggest name to come out of sleepy Middleburg, Fla. since four-star WWII General Roy “Jiggs” Geiger) scored with 2006’s Face Down. The track tastefully tackled domestic violence with a chorus catchy enough for rock radio.
SUNDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 895-3045.
Slaugterhouse brings more proof that the sum is greater than is its parts. Comprised of hip-hop heavyweights Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5’9”, the underground super troupe has razor-sharp rhymes and slick beats.
Spring Break Blast
Featuring Ryan Star, Junior Doctor
FRIDAY 5:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre street stage, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Free. (727) 791-7400.
Fresh off a sold-out show with Andy Grammer at the Capitol Theatre, pop-rocker Ryan Star returns street-side to headline this free spring break event. Star was a contestant on the CBS reality show Rock Star: Supernova, and his major label debut album 11:59 hit the Top 10 on Billboard’s Rock Albums chart this year.
St. Kerouac’s Night
Featuring Ronny Elliott, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, The Spark Notes, Dawg Peter Pat, Dylan Cowles, Tom “Skid Row” Scudiero, more
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Flamingo Sports Bar, 1230 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 510-5474.
On Saturday, while most bars adorn patrons with green booze and Irish-isms, one downtown St. Petersburg joint will toast to beat poet legend and onetime St. Petersburg resident Jack Kerouac (whose birthday would have been this week). The event takes place at the Flamingo Bar, where, as the story goes, Kerouac had his last drink before his death. Ronny Elliott, whose Jack’s St. Pete Blues is a setlist staple, leads the pack alongside local Americana favorites Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets and others.
DJ Pauly D
With Chriss Vargas, Alex Poxada
SATURDAY 2 p.m. The Hawaiian Village at Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa. $25-$45. (813) 868-7600.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t keep you informed of any and all Jersey Shore happenings. So, we’re happy to report St. Patty’s Day will receive the GTL treatment with a DJ set by well-oiled Jersey Shore housemate Pauly D.
With Tae Bae Bae, more
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Hawaiian Village at Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry, Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 868-7600.
Throughout his repertoire, leading Jamaican dancehall artist Mavado mourns the friend’s he’s buried in his native country. But we can only assume he’ll tone it down for this spring break party with more chirpy, upbeat selections like So Special. Local rapper Tae Bae Bae is riding high after a successful Wild Splash set and a hot single, Snatchin’.
Amanda Drake and the Barnburners Fri. 9 p.m. LA Hangout, 16411 N Florida Ave., Lutz. Free. (813) 964-5631.
Listening Room Festival Showcases Fri. 6 p.m. featuring Vinx, Jacob Johnson, Fran Snyder, C. Daniel Boling, ShAnnie, Clint Alphin, Jillian Stein, Not Broken Yet; and Sat. 6 p.m. featuring Bill and Eli Perras, Jason LeVasseur, Jenn Adams, Miche Fambro, Aaron Gilmartin, Leigh and Steve Humes, Carey Murdock. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $20 and up. (727) 644-7895.
The Grass Roots Fri. and Sat. 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Busch Gardens (Stanleyville Theatre), 10165 N McKinley Dr., Tampa. Free with park admission. 1-888-800-5447.
Cope Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Steve March Torme Fri. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $38-$43. (727) 587-6793.
Metal Alliance 2012 Sat. featuring Devildriver, Job for a Cowboy, The Faceless. 4 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 895-3045.
Country in the Park Sat. featuring Kentucky HeadHunters. 10 a.m. Town Square Plaza Park (England Brothers Bandshell), 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 544-4777.
Jimmy Needs Meds Sat. 9 p.m. Whiskey Willy’s, 1624 Dale Mabry Highway, Land O’ Lakes. Free. (813) 949-6330.
Comeback Kid Wed. With Foundation, Such Gold, Living with Lions. 6 p.m The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13.50-$15.50. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Women of Jazz Sat. featuring Denise Moore, Theo Valentine, more. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 822-3590.
DJ Jazzy Jeff Sat. 1 p.m. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $3-$5. (727) 441-6875
DJ Baby Anne Sat. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free for ladies. $10 for guys. (813) 873-8368.
Stanton Warriors Sat. 10 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $10. (813) 259-9669, thekennedysoho.com
Helios Jazz Orchestra Tues. featuring Sasha Tuck. 7 p.m. NOVA 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727)821-6682.
Katchafire Wed. 7:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.
Acoustic Eidolon, World Music for the Soul Thurs. 7 p.m. Center for Spiritual Living, 4600 E Busch Blvd., Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 610-0603.
Golden State Thurs. With The Beauvilles. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $7. facebook.com/thelocal662.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*