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This week in Tampa: Mayhem Festival, Dave Matthews Band, Train, Kaskade and more




Hands down, the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre wins the week here on Soundcheck.

On Friday, it'll host one of the best Mayhem Festival lineups to date, with Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead and Anthrax -- and just a short walk away, DJ/prodcuer Kaskade (above) will play the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall. Then next week, it'll host a '90s-palooaza of pop and rock: Dave Matthews Band, Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Cracker and more, all followed by 311 and Slightly Stoopid on July 20. Phew!

Here to walk you through these acts and more -- Train, Michale Graves, Hot Tuna, Trevor Hall, Beres Hammond and birthday bashes for both Woodie Guthrie and DJ Christion -- is Carole Liparoto...

Mayhem Festival
With Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, As I Lay Dying, Anthrax, The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, Whitechapel, Upon a Burning Body, Path to Prevail, I the Breather, Betraying the Martyrs, Dirtfedd, more.
FRIDAY 1 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25.50-$64.50.
Despite a lineup that boasts three bona fide metal legends — Slayer, Motorhead and Anthrax — it is masked marvels Slipknot who will close down the main stage at this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The group has had more than one hiatus in its 17-year history, including one that followed the death of bassist and songwriter Paul Gray in 2010. But this summer, they’re back on American shores, purveying the same aggressive, explosive, heavily percussive metal that has earned them seven Grammy nominations and one Rolling Stone cover. Throw in notable younger bands like The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, Asking Alexandria and Whitechapel, and you can see why the early dates of this year’s Mayhem Fest are shattering all kinds of attendance records. Get there early; attire is circle-pit casual. -- Jay Cridlin

Barenaked Ladies
With Blues Traveler, Cracker, Big Head Todd and the Monsters
TUESDAY 7 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $13-$69.
It’s been a lot more than one week since the Barenaked Ladies became big in America, and even longer since they rose to massive fame in their native Canada thanks to a series of quirky, catchy cult hits (Brian Wilson, The Old Apartment, If I Had $1000000). Heck, in Canada, they have their own flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, called If I Had 1,000,000 Flavours. The band is attempting to weather the departure of singer Steven Page, leaving co-founder Ed Robertson to handle more vocal duties. Maybe they’ll even jam with some of their ’90s cohorts in Blues Traveler (Run-Around), Cracker (Low) or Big Head Todd and the Monsters (Resignation Superman). -- Jay Cridlin

Dave Matthews Band
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $40.50 and up. (813) 740-2446.
Instrumental virtuosity (and perhaps draft beer) has always been at the forefront of DMB stage shows, pop-slanting gumbos of light jazz, progressive rock, jam and funk with sprinklings of neo-hippie stardust. DMB took a full year off after the Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King tour. Now they’re slated to release new album Away From the World in September. On Wednesday, the band will likely preview ominous-sounding The Riff, in which a dark Dave growls, “I don’t know the man that’s living in my head if I don’t know the woman sleeping in my bed.” Question is, to which camp do you belong? (A) You’ll never understand Dave, his dancing eyebrows or tailgate cornhole toss. (B) You know every word to Jimi Thing and wouldn’t miss this traditional summer stop for anything. 

With Alvin Risk, Fareoh
FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, 4800 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.50 and up. (813) 621-7821.
Ryan Raddon, better known as Kaskade, makes easily digestible electronic music. And yes, that can happen. Recently named America’s No. 1 DJ by DJ Times, Kaskade forgoes the bludgeoning of hard house or trance for more glossy, pop-oriented, but still-plenty-peppy dance euphoria. It’s an awfully good buzz from a Mormon DJ who steers clear of drinks or drugs. He’s also got a thing for unconventional performance spaces — Google the near-riot he set off last summer in Los Angeles after announcing a free, secret block party — so it’s only mildly surprising he’ll play an infrequently used concert venue, the Florida State Fairgrounds’ Expo Hall.

Michale Graves 
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 895-3045.

If ever there was a show for Friday the 13th, former Misfits frontman (’95-’01) Michale Graves might just have the hot ticket here. Graves doesn’t stray far from his former group’s skull-logo legacy — the one based on primitive, three-chord progressions, B-movie horror, ’50s rock melodies and confrontational lyrics. Oh, and singing at this show is for suckers. This stuff was meant to be bellowed. Glenn Danzig diehards need not apply.

Hot Tuna
SATURDAY 8 p.m. David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $32.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Jefferson Airplane was at the peak of its popularity in 1969 when guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady formed side project Hot Tuna during Airplane downtime. And while it’s rare for a side project to outlast the group that spawned it (thanks for playing, Temple of the Dog, Foxboro Hot Tubs and Team Sleep), that’s exactly the scenario for Hot Tuna. Out to please hard-driving blues enthusiasts and harmony-loving folk fans, ones who likely traded their tie dyes for boat shoes long ago, these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will perform originals and blues standards during an intimate acoustic session Saturday.

Trevor Hall
With Anuhea, Justin Young
SATURDAY 8:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $14-$16. (813) 241-8600.
Upon hearing Trevor Hall’s organic, reggae-rock-folk songs, you may find yourself preparing to make some new commitments — like going barefoot, collecting your own rainwater or buying a hybrid. If you dig the flower-child spirit of Ben Harper and the relaxed jams of Dispatch, the likeable Hall is right up your alley.

FRIDAY Following Rays vs. Red Sox; first pitch at 7:10 p.m. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg.

Train chugged along relatively quietly after charting sentimental hits Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) and Calling All Angels in the early ’00s. It wasn’t until Save Me, San Francisco dropped in ’09 that the guys emerged as good-humored go-getters, playfully pondering lipstick stains (Hey, Soul Sister) and hair metal band Winger (If It’s Love), over bubbly rock grooves. “This time, I wanted to create something cool,” singer Pat Monahan told Billboard at the time. Latest single Drive By from new disc California 37 brings more of the same, proving the band’s up-tempo triumphs won’t be derailed any time soon.

DJ Christion birthday bash
Featuring Fat Joe, Ace Hood, Famous Kid Brick, Strizzo, Lil Kee, more
WEDNESDAY 10 p.m. Club Skye, 1509 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 247-6606. 
At local DJ Christion’s celebrity-studded birthday bash, we’ve come to expect big beats and bold rhymes, all drowned in Moscato. This year, Christion, a chief hip-hop scene organizer, or the DJ Khaled of Tampa, is bringing back hard hustler Ace Hood and Lean Back big man Fat Joe.

Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday and Tribute
Featuring Parson Brown, Funky Seeds, CC Carter, Conscious Shift, Sheila Kirsten Hughes and the TSP, Steve Arvey, The Leigh Humes Band, Al Torchia & the Tattered Saints, Blue Cypress, The Irish Buskers, Crabgrass Cowboys, Ted Lukas, Aimee Trachtenberg, The Florida Mountain Boys, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, Will Quinlan and the Diviners, Radio Free Carmela, The Joel Tangelo Band, Dirty Spoons and Trash, Reina Collins, Rayzilla, Unpainted Souls, Dawg Peter Pat, Pat Barmore
SATURDAY 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.    
As long as there’s oppression to struggle against, Woody Guthrie’s voice will resonate. Bruce Springsteen summed up the Dust Bowl Balladeer’s legacy this way during his keynote speech at SXSW in March. Guthrie wrote approximately 3,000 songs in his lifetime, tackling topics ranging from immigration (Deportee) to the plight of the working class (Union Maid). So, the more than 20 local acts paying his tributes shouldn’t have any issue finding choice cuts. But it’s the grade-school staple This Land Is Your Land, in which Guthrie, his unadorned voice and simple strumming, depict a stunning landscapes of majestic forests, rolling rivers and deep valleys, that should bring Skipper’s artists and patrons collectively to their feet.

Beres Hammond
With The Hitmakers, 9 Tomorrows
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $30 and up. (727) 565-0551. 
It wouldn’t be July without smoky-voiced crooner Beres Hammond serenading St. Pete with his unique brand of Caribbean baby-making music. Hammond will perform his fifth consecutive summer show in Tampa Bay Sunday. (Apparently the admiration is mutual.) Hammond grew up on Sam Cooke and Peter Tosh, and his sticky-sweet sound often combines the best of both worlds. All Music calls the seductive island-R&B artist “one of the most underappreciated of his time.”

Also playing

Ravi Drums Fri. 10 p.m. Jackson’s, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. (813) 277-0112.

Offshore Riot Fri. With Sidereal, Paint the Town Red. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. 

Jimmy Needs Meds Fri. 8:30 p.m. Palm Harbor House of Beer, 34970 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. Free. (727) 784-2337.

Sleepy Vikings Sat. With Sleepy Eye Giant. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.

Zally Sat. With Specialist, Shade and the True Vibe Crew Band. 9:30 p.m. Blues Ship Lounge, 1910 Seventh. Ave., Ybor City. (813) 247-2735.

Zanesville Sat. With Pretty Voices, Popular Mechanics. 9 p.m. Collage Ybor, 1701 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $5.

Lights Out Lemmings Sat. With Relentless, Bet Me I’m Lying, Heene Boyz, Two Weeks Time. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.

Dunedin Brewery 16th Anniversary Party Sat. featuring Cypress, Fusik, El Groundscoro. 7 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

DJ Pedro M Sat. 11:30 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. (866) 502-7529.

Scream It Like You Mean It Tour Sun. featuring The Acacia Strain, The Chariot, Oceano, In Fear and Faith, For All Those Sleeping, Volumes, Hands Like Houses. 5 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17.50 and up. (727) 895-3045.

Lighter Exchange Mon. 7:30 p.m. Blue Martini, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 873-2583.

Ultimate Band Series Week 2 Thurs. 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 247-2555.

Chop Tops Thurs. With Danny B. Harvey, The Strikers. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 11:25am]


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