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This week in Tampa: Mayhem Festival, Shawn Colvin, the Dear Hunter and more




As we often remark on this blog, it's not easy to tell the difference between all the punk and metal festivals that take place each summer. We just saw the Warped Tour pass through St. Petersburg. In the next month, we'll also see the Mayhem Festival, the Uproar Festival and the Rock Allegiance Tour hit venues around Tampa Bay.

First up is Mayehm, which brings Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth (above), Trivium and more to the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre on Saturday. After the jump, get all the details on Mayhem, plus Carole Liparoto's other concert picks for the week ahead: Jeremih, Shawn Colvin, the Dear Hunter, Anarbor, Valencia and more...

Mayhem Festival
Featuring Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, Trivium, Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Unearth, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Red Fang, Straight Line Stitch  
SATURDAY 2:15 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $32-$73.25. (813) 740-2446.
For the thrash metal fans who like their Marshall stacks piled high and their drumming jackhammerish, Mayhem Festival (like the Warped Tour for metalheads) offers a number of bright spots this year. Reunited Megadeth founding members the dueling Daves — lead singer Dave Mustaine, who started Megadeth after his dismissal from Metallica in 1983, and bassist Dave Ellefson — will perform. So will Orlando’s brutally persistent thrash up-and-comers Trivium. Newer metal fans might look to Godsmack for howling alt-metal tones that honor Alice in Chains, or to Disturbed for doomy melody and that infamous battle cry, “OOH-WAH-AH-AH-AH!” And if you’re feeling especially daring (beyond playing air guitar in your seat), the “wall of death,” a pit-like ritual that sends attendees running full speed into one another, has become a staple at Mayhem.

WEDNESDAY 9 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $10 and up. (727) 571-2222. 
Ladies, you won’t need candles or cake to celebrate a special occasion Wednesday. You’ll just need a little Jeremih. The 24-year-old R&B crooner behind candid B-day love number Birthday Sex (as well as hits Down on Me and Imma Star) plays an intimate gig at the Venue. Like The-Dream or Trey Songz, Jeremih is a smooth talker with crossover hip-hop charisma and a knack for collecting undergarments. Could he be Maxwell for the next generation? Plus, he’s got a great cover of Adele’s Rumour Has It. The budding singer-pianist-drummer-writer-producer was signed to Def Jam following a few particularly-steamy performances.

The Dear Hunter
With Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, Marksmen, more 
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $12.50 and up. 
Not to be confused with Deerhunter, Deerhoof, or the ’78 De Niro flick The Deer Hunter, Rhode Island’s The Dear Hunter is an art-rock act with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-type tendencies. On latest The Color Spectrum, which contains dizzying industrial beats and in-the-clouds prog-guitar, The Dear Hunter is as much Nine Inch Nails as it is Circa Survive. But just when you think you’ve got these guys pinned, they throw in a pop-punk vocal more in line with that of Thrice. The disc’s tracks are meant to reflect the moods of the rainbow, but we feel more like we rode the Tilt-A-Whirl for an hour. Opening the show is Marksmen, the on-the-verge local act that just booked a string of tour dates with Eisley.

Shawn Colvin  
With Lorna Bracewell 
FRIDAY 8 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $37-$67. (727) 791-7400.
As if a female folkie cracking the Billboard Top 10 wasn’t rare enough, Shawn Colvin’s breakout came via a song about a cleansing fire. With the lines, “Get the kids and bring a sweater / Dry is good and wind is better / Count the years, you always knew it / strike a match, go on and do it,” Colvin’s chilling Sunny Came Home earned two Grammys and the adoration of women scorned everywhere. On tour, Colvin is known for highly personal and often witty stories. “Her words and voice gleam with strength,” says Paste Magazine. One can only hope she’ll throw in a tune by her Simpsons Christian songbird character, Rachel Jordan, too.

Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience  
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $22-$27. (727) 587-6793.
When I wrote back in November that Jason Bonham, son of late great quintessential hard rock drummer John Bonham, would be the closest thing you’d get to a Led Zeppelin experience in the modern age, angry Zoso fans wrote to me in protest. Well today, Zoso lovers, it’s your day. The Los Angeles Times hails Zoso (the name comes from the Jimmy Page’s personal symbol on the Led Zeppelin IV album) as “head and shoulders above all other Zeppelin tributes.” And we must concur that the band both looks and sounds eerily like Zep. Logging some 200 tour dates a year can’t hurt that.

Anarbor and Valencia
With Conditions, Set It Off 
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
If you’ve ever noticed’s categorization of artists by mood, you might like this. On the site, pop-punk band Anarbor carries the tags, “freewheeling, passionate, romantic, brash, dramatic, exuberant, party/celebratory, summery and yearning.” And Valencia has “earnest, energetic, lively, rambunctious, reflective, sweet, angst-ridden, rowdy, summery, fun, playful, rebellious, yearning and cathartic.” If you’re in any of those moods Saturday, and you happen to like bands resembling The Maine, Taking Back Sunday or Saves the Day, this show’s for you.

Also playing 

The Movement Fri. With Pacific Dub. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $11-$13. (727) 895-3045.  

El Ten Eleven Fri. With The Globes, more. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600. 

Ken Petersen Band Fri. 9:30 p.m. The Ageing Still Bar and Grill, 11561 Walsingham Road, Largo. (727) 581-5466.

Tampa Bay Vino, Java and Jazz Sat. 7 p.m. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $75-$95. (813) 273-4000.

Summer Foam Party III Sat. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10 and up. (727) 565-0551.  

The August Name Sat. With Trace of Day, more. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10 and up. 

Blind Buddy Moody Express Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606. 

Jr. Doctor Sat. With Shirock, Daniel B. Marshall. Don CeSar Beach Resort, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $10, $35 VIP.

Neon Hitch Sat. 8 p.m. G Bar, 1401 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-1016.

Lazy Rich Sat. With DJ Deville, DJ Chang. 9 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 259-9669.

The Conch Critters Band Sat. 9 p.m. The Ofc Tavern, 214 E Bearss Ave., Tampa. (813) 962- 4634.

Permanent Makeup Sun. With Wet Nurse, Lesson Learned. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $2. (727) 821-7080.

Hamell On Trial Sun. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.

KES the Band Sun. 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 247-2555. 

Greeley Estates Wed. With Life On Repeat, The Plot In You, Everyone Dies In Utah, more. 5:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10.

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 3:24pm]


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