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This week in Tampa: Miley Cyrus, R. Kelly, David Cook, Rusted Root and more



Due to the holiday week, we're coming at you a day early with this week's Tampa Bay concert picks. And since we're here so early, we'll remind you to check out gigs Wednesday night by Underoath, Emilie Autumn and Nervous Turkey, and Gil Mantera's Party Dream and a slew of Vietnamese pop stars on Thanksgiving Day.

After the jump, get Carole Giambalvo's concert picks for this weekend and the week ahead, including Miley Cyrus, R. Kelly, Rusted Root, David Cook, Roger Daltrey, Skindred, Paul van Dyk, Skinny Puppy, Kenny Rogers, Plies and Trina ... plus a surprise appearance by Chris Brown?

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Miley Cyrus
With Metro Station
TUESDAY 7 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $39.50-$79.50. (813) 301-2500.
Little girls can leave their blond wigs at home for Miley Cyrus’ Wonder World concert Tuesday. Miley is way past Hannah Montana and boy does it show, all the way down to her Daisy Duke shorts. She just turned 17, a rebellious, painful and exciting age — all of which are part of her eye-popping tour. Early reviews say Miley busts out a dizzying 10 costume changes, and offers a lot of wow moments — she flies over the audience in a motorcycle while belting out a cover of Joan Jett’s I Love Rock N’ Roll; dancers are suspended in midair to flap like insects for Fly on the Wall; and she rambles down a flight of stairs in an ATV. Don’t forget about the paperless tickets: Fans must have the credit card used to buy the tickets to get into the concert. An ID must be shown as well. Each person attending must be present at the same time to get in. — Kelly Smith

R. Kelly
With Pleasure P
SUNDAY 7:30 p.m. The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center), 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $53. (813) 229-7827.
Hardly subtle, but consistently silky, R. Kelly songs just have a way of wooing. They are so slick, in fact, that we are willing to forgive lyrics like, “You remind me of my Jeep / I want to ride it” (You Remind Me of Something). The controversial king of modern R&B (who was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008) has built his 17-year career on window-fogging slow jams, salacious pop songs and one inspirational smash, I Believe I Can Fly. His ninth studio album, Untitled, is due in December. 

Rusted Root
FRIDAY 9 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $26. (727) 895-3045. 
If peace, love and pennywhistles are your bag, Rusted Root is a must-see. The Neo-hippie act had a hit in Send Me On My Way in the mid-’90s, but have since become revered for their live show. Vibrant and slightly spiritual, the performances are chock full of tribal percussion, scat singing and petiole. Stereo Rodeo, Rusted Root’s first album in seven years, features a Latin-flavored cover of Elvis Presley’s hit Suspicious Minds.

With Stuk, Falling Awake, Nine Mile Drive 
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 895-3045. 
Thought Wales was all rugby and Celtic dance? Well, the Welshmen of Skindred play “ragga metal,” a scrappy fusion of metal, dancehall, punk and drum and bass. Their 2004 hit Nobody sounds as if Bounty Killa was fronting System of A Down. More recently, the band covered Eddy Grant’s Electric Avenue.

Chris Brown
TUESDAY 8 p.m. House of Blues Orlando, 1490 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista.  $27-$30. (407) 934-2583.
Before Chris Brown assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna in February, critics and fans were hailing him as “the next Michael Jackson.” Now it’s tough to say if Brown, a talented pop artist with dazzling steps, will ever bounce back. Ticket sales for his “Fan Appreciation Tour” have been pretty dismal, which begs the question once more — what was he thinking?

Paul van Dyk 
FRIDAY 9 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd. Tampa. $35. (813) 259-9669.
German superstar DJ Paul van Dyk helped spearhead the trance boom in the late ’90s with melodic, dancefloor-ready tracks like For An Angel and We Are Alive. He also famously declared himself anti-drug at a time when MDMA was commonplace in electronic music. “No E, Pure PvD” became his slogan.

Black Friday at FUBAR
Featuring the Gleaming Amoebas, the Future Now, Matt Ayo, Alexander and the Grapes, Only Monsters
FRIDAY 9 p.m. FUBAR, 658 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. $4.
Apparently, Black Friday isn’t just a premiere shopping day. Local promoters and bar owners tell us that the night after Thanksgiving is one of their biggest, too. Fledging St. Pete venue FUBAR has a big evening in store, hosting excellently unkempt rock trio Gleaming Amoebas of St. Pete, engaging folk-pop band Alexander and the Grapes of Dunedin, and Nirvana-evoking alt-rockers the Future Now of Gainesville.

Skinny Puppy
SATURDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $21. (727) 895-3045. 
Anger with a dance beat is the Skinny Puppy way. The industrial pioneers use gobs of scary movie samples, distorted voices, synths, fake blood and songs title like Tormentor, Rodent and Dogsh*t to express their contempt for the world. Ministry and Nine Inch Nails have both cited Skinny Puppy as a major influence.

Vibe Festival
Featuring David Guetta, Roger Sanchez, Robbie Rivera, DJ Dan, Nic Fanciulli, Pedro M, Carlos Mendoza, DJ Mondo, Leo Montoya, Coro, DJ Santana, more.
SUNDAY 1 p.m. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. Northeast, St. Petersburg. $45.
For those who attended the John Santoro-organized Sunset Festival at Vinoy Park a few years back, the new Vibe Festival might come as a welcome surprise. The nine-hour electronic music event features top French house DJ David Guetta, whose recent collaborations with Akon and Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland have spawned radio hits Sexy Chick and When Love Takes Over.

David Cook
With the Script, Green River Ordinance
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $30-35. (727) 892-5798.
With a superheroic calm and a growly approach to hits by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, David Cook creamed his American Idol competition. The singer-songwriter-guitarist did it with old-school style and grace, never once relying on his brother Adam’s brain cancer as a plot point to earn the weepy vote. Ryan Seacrest might have brought it up; Cook never did. Post-Idol, the 26-year-old has had a smash platinum album (2008’s David Cook, produced by Green Day knob-twiddler Rob Cavallo), hot celeb girlfriends (Idol’s Kimberly Caldwell) and an even hotter nine-month tour. He has also suffered heartache: On May 3, Adam Cook succumbed to brain cancer. David continues to play with an “AC” on his guitar, which are also the initials of his younger brother, Andrew. -- Sean Daly

Also playing

Damon Fowler Group: Fri. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.

Skanksgiving: Fri. featuring Chilled Monkey Brains, Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, Sweet Kings, Victims of Circumstance, Long Johns, AA Dropouts, Paranoia Dance Party, Only Right Left, Variety Workshop. 5 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th Street N, Largo. $10. (727) 532-0265.

The 30th Anniversary of Pink Floyd’s The Wall: Fri. Featuring the Vodkanauts, more. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $17-$20. (727) 587-6751.

Kenny McGee and Markus Lee: Fri. Cricketers, 2634 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin. (727) 736-1322.
Jimi Hendrix Birthday Experience Fri. With Purple Haze. 9 p.m. Encore,1920 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10.

A Tribute to hip-hop: Sat. Featuring DJ Fader, DJ SPS, the Rukus, Mike Mass, more. 10 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.

Mawfest: Sat. Featuring Crash Mitchell, the Tim Version, the Lake Audition, Zero Time Ghost. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Southern Swaggfest: Sat. Featuring Plies, Trina, Javon Black. 8 p.m. Lakeland Center Jenkins Arena, 701 W Lime St., Lakeland. $51.36-$132.70. (863) 834-8100.

Designated Driver Awareness Concert: Sat. Featuring Sobriety X, Thrown Alive, Rubix Cubed, Blind Rage, Johnny G. Lyon Band, LoudMouth, more. 6 p.m. L.A. Hangout, 16411 N Florida Ave., Lutz. (813) 964-5631.

Thomas Wynn and the Believers: Sat. With Shak Nasti. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.

'60s Rock Concert: Sat. featuring Monday Monday (Mamas and the Pappas tribute and more). 7 p.m. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor. $10-$15. (727) 726-1161.

The Cadillac Bombers: Sat. With Blind Buddy Moody. 8 p.m. Two Buks, 1915 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. (727) 442-0812.

Damon Navari: Sat. With Mojo Drangonfly. 9:30 p.m. Extraordinair Hookah Lounge, 2481 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 725-4340.

Sharon Scott’s Palladium Praise Party: Sun. 4 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 822-3590.

Roger Daltrey: Mon. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $62.50-$128.

Kenny Rogers Christmas show: Tues. 8 p.m. The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street S, St. Petersburg. $49.75-$79.75. (727) 892-5767.

Dave Koz Christmas show: Thurs. With David Benoit, more. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48-$83. (727) 791-7400.

-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:14pm]


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