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This week in Tampa: Matisyahu, the Hold Steady, Sean Kingston and more


Late May and early June is a busy concert period in Tampa Bay, what with No Doubt, above, and 3 Doors Down in the next few days. But those are only two of the big concerts coming up this week.

After the jump, Carole Giambalvo offers her concert picks for the coming week, including Les Claypool and Matisyahu, Manchester Orchestra, a free show by the Hold Steady, a music conference with Sean Kingston and Polow Da Don, the Legendary JC's, all the music at the Taste of Pinellas and more...

The Legendary JC‚Äôs 
With 3rd Stone
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Skipper‚Äôs Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.     
They say it began with a few Otis Redding songs and some sharkskin suits. Seven years later, the Legendary JC’s are a Florida favorite (if not in fact, legendary), pumping sweaty soul and R&B with a little twang. This is the JC’s first time back at the Skipperdome in some time, so I’d expect a solid turnout.

Matisyahu and Les Claypool
MONDAY 6:30 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $35. (727) 896-2276.
A Hasidic Jew with an impressive tenor, beatbox skills, and an infectious reggae-rock catalog teams up with the renowned bassist and mastermind behind intricate yet perverse tunes like Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver. Yeah, essentially the weird got weirder when Matisyahu and Les Claypool decided to tour together. But that doesn’t mean it won’t work. Claypool (formerly of Primus and Oysterhead) will play tracks off latest Of Fungi and Foe with new band members, including a cellist. As for Matisyahu, I just hope he has forgiven me. I almost hit him with my car in that narrow alleyway behind the State Theatre once. And when I tried to apologize, I learned Talmudic law restricts contact between the sexes in most cases. True story.

Manchester Orchestra
With Fun
TUESDAY 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.  
As a liaison between grunge and emo, Manchester Orchestra keeps communication flowing among unlikely parties. Once described as “music to swoon to” — think a combo of Bright Eyes’ soft woes and Nirvana’s famously frantic ways. The Georgia quintet is touring in support of new release Mean Everything to Nothing, a disc Alternative Press calls “a masterpiece of intricacy and honesty” and “one of the landmark releases of 2009.” Fans of Brand New and Kevin Devine will like it.

Taste of Pinellas music
With Travis Tritt, Night Ranger, Lita Ford, KC and the Sunshine Band, Jessica Harp, Suite Caroline, Greg Billings Band, Dive Bar Stalkers, Josh Magwood, Ronnie Dee and more
FRIDAY 5 p.m.; SATURDAY 1 p.m.; SUNDAY 1 p.m. 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St Petersburg. Free admission; tasting tickets start at $5 for eight. (727) 823-8534.
Getting down to KC and the Sunshine Band is totally justified this weekend (and only this weekend) at the Taste of Pinellas, where all proceeds go to All Children’s Hospital. Friday’s musical festivities kick off with two lovable locals: saxman Ronnie Dee and rocker Greg Billings. Headliners Lita Ford (Kiss Me Deadly) and Night Ranger (Sister Christian) recall the era of your favorite rock excesses — multiple bass drums, double neck guitars, big hair. On Saturday, things get battered and fried with music from cowpunk/rockabilly act the Dive Bar Stalkers and platinum-selling country artist Travis Tritt. Sunday is a mixed bag beginning with the Sublime-influenced stylings of Josh Magwood and culminating with the aforementioned KC and the Sunshine Band.

Florida Christian Music Series
Featuring Jeremy Vanderloop, Southern VII, Christina Sanders, Signal Six, Against the Grain, Stereo Carousel, Less than a Second
FRIDAY 7 p.m. The Warehouse, 2702 Causeway Center Drive, Tampa. $7. (813) 454-5804.
If the term “Christian music” merely conjures images of campfire Kumbayas, then this lineup could certainly broaden the horizons. Southern VII sings about past addictions and rebirth, while pounding Southern rock in the vein of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet and Duane Allman. Largo’s Jeremy Vanderloop has dynamic pop a la Train, and Stereo Carousel shows influences ranging from Sugar Ros to Thrice.

The Hold Steady
With GreyMarket
JUNE 4. 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. 21 and up only. (727) 896-2276.
From their grand orations and blue collar odes, right down to singer Craig Finn’s clumsy dance steps (I’ve heard comparisons to Robin Williams), the Hold Steady’s stuff is all-American. In fact, we’re pretty certain that if Lincoln had an iPod, the Hold Steady would have been on it. The guys have given plenty of shout-outs to Ybor City (Killer Parties, Slapped Actress, Most People are DJs) over the years — maybe that’s why we’re getting a free show. That, or it’s the fact that Jim Beam’s footing the bill. Admission is limited, but you can apply for free tickets online at

Tampa Music Conference
Featuring panelists Sean Kingston, DJ Christion, DJ Noodles, Sujit Kundu and more.
JUNE 4. 4 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30-$40. (813) 247-2555.
Think you have what it takes to make it in the world of hip-hop? Get on your grind at this sixth annual networking event. WLLD-98.7’s Orlando will moderate an all-star panel discussion about topics like getting your music into movies and on TV, and creating your own brand. Performances by artists like Dynasty, and Militant Military are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., with an after party at the Ritz from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. And there will be an after party at 9 p.m. June 5 at Crowbar, with Dynasty, Blac Soap, the Villainz and DJs Sandman, Fader and Deacon. Admission to that bash is $5.

Also playing

Karma Bar grand opening: D‚ÄôVisitors, Gwan Johnson on Fri.; Boon and Luke Schwartz Trio on Sat. Karma Bar and Caf?© (formerly Kelly's Pub), 206 N Morgan Street, Tampa. (813) 228-0870.

Hootenanny: Fri. Carrollwood Cultural Center benefit. 7 p.m. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $20. (813) 269-1310.

City of Ships: Fri. With Guiltmaker, Liquid Limbs. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City.  $7. (813) 248-4969.

Pigsty: Fri. With Cumshotte, Compremesis. 8 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. $8. (813) 972-8152.

Acho Brother: Fri. 8 p.m. Tampa Museum of Art, 2306 N Howard Ave, Tampa.

The Semis: Fri. With Doll Parts. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 898-6054.

Felix Cartal: Sat. 10 p.m. Hyde Park Caf?©, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. $5-$10. (813) 254-2233.

Triptico: Sat. With 10th Concession, Groove Plant, Hypnophonic. 8 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-2356.

Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre: Sat. 8 p.m. Garage Bar, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2276.

St. Petersburg Opera Company: Sat. 9 a.m. At the Saturday morning market. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 892-5767.

Magadog: Sat. With Light Yourself on Fire, the Boozers. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Memphis Train Union: Sat. With Too Many Subplots, Danny S. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.

WMNF Jazz Jam: Sun. featuring Impromptu, Kevin Mahogany, Porter Batiste Stoltz, Infinite Groove Orchestra, Trio Vibe. 4 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.

Blood Fest: Sun. With Rising Up Angry, Kill Closeau, many others. 2 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $10-$13. (727) 532-0265.

1997: Wed. With That Was Something. 6 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $8. (813) 382-3477.

Fear of Flying: Wed. 4:30 p.m. New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 853-1279.

Where are you going this weekend? Leave your own concert picks below.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 28, 2009 12:00pm]


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