This week in Tampa: Motley Crue, Psychedelic Furs, Dev, the Wiggles and more
This Independence Day week, we will gather to celebrate in the most American way possible: By watching Tommy Lee skid around on a roller-coaster drum kit during Kickstart My Heart.
Okay, fine, it's probably not what the founding fathers had in mind when they opened this country for business. But still, it's good to know that as the Fourth of July rolls around, the boys in Motley Crue are still standing up for sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
Other big concerts in town this week include the Wiggles, Psychedelic Furs, Dev, Conrad Oberg, Trick Daddy, American Aquarium, Igor and Red Elvises and two big annual showcases: The Hot Dog Show at Crowbar, and DJ Christion's Birthday Bash at Hawaiian Village and Club Skye.
Here with details on all of those events and more is Carole Liparoto...
SUNDAY Following Rays vs. St. Louis Cardinals. First pitch at 1:40 p.m. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. (888) 326-7297.
Like The Jonas Brothers for preschoolers, The Wiggles have compelled millions of wee ones across the globe to squeal jubilantly to pop-rock tunes about fruit salad and magic buttons. The multi-platinum-selling children’s group is another diverse offering from the Rays concert team, which has brought artists ranging from Avril Lavigne to REO Speedwagon to the Trop this year. Score points with your pint-sized pals at the show Sunday, which also serves as the Wiggles’ 20th birthday party.
Hot Dog Show 5
Featuring Palantine, Brahm Bones, Ironwood, 10th Concession, Alien House, Liquid Jesus, MC Mini Horse
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.
Because nothing says Fourth of July like shoveling hot dogs down the gullet. Channel your inner Kobayashi and go for gold (or gag) at the fifth edition of this local frankfurter feast. Oh, and there’s plenty of excellent local music, too. Enjoy college rock without ever going to class as Tampa trio Palantine channels Sonic Youth and the Melvins. Atmospheric indie act Ironwood provides keys-and-strings hypnotism, a perfect warm up for the kissing booth that will also be on site.
DJ Christion Birthday Bash
SATURDAY 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Village Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, (813) 966-5503. Featuring Lil Kee and the Keezone Boyz, Tom G, Meek Mill, Magazeen, Young AJ, Famous Kid Brick, Cool and Dre.
SUNDAY 10 p.m. at Club Skye, 1509 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City, (813) 247-6606. Featuring Fat Joe, Ace Hood, Young YC, Famous Kid Brick, Ryan Kendrick, Layne Harper, Shatik
For DJ Christion’s annual celebrity-studded birthday bash, we’ve come to expect attractive singles, big beats and bold rhymes, all drowned in Chandon. This year, the DJ Khaled of Tampa is bringing in two days’ worth of rap talent, including the red hot Lil Kee on Saturday and Lean Back big man Fat Joe and hard hustler Ace Hood on Sunday.
THURSDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.
The Appalachians’ answer to Bruce Springsteen or Bob Seger, American Aquarium plays spirited, blue-collar rock with a country twang. This working man’s troupe from North Carolina has a catalogue full of pedal steel-powered tunes about women who done ’em wrong. It’s a show best enjoyed with good buddies and cold beverages.
Igor and Red Elvises
With The Vodkanauts
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Regulars at Skipper’s, these Russian surf-rockers are worth your hard-earned rubles. Red Elvis refugee Igor Yuzov fled the hammer and sickle for a life of “rockenrol” in America in the early ’90s. He croons in a thick Russian accent to the thump of an oversized bass-balalaika, a traditional Russian instrument, and typically dresses in loud, animal prints. But make no mistake — Igor and crew have more to offer than Siberian shtick. Their surf-rock squalor has been featured on VH1’s Behind the Music and mega-concert Live 8.
With Poison, New York Dolls
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $25-$95. (813) 301-2500.
Motley Crue isn’t touring behind a new album on this trip. Rather, they’ve allowed fans to choose their set list in an online poll, essentially creating a “greatest hits” show. Among our picks: Kickstart My Heart (perfect to open the night, this turbo-boosted track from Dr. Feelgood gained further infamy when Will Ferrell line-danced to it in Talladega Nights); Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.) (everything that’s killer about the Crue in one Friday night come-on: randy lyrics, stupid sing-along chorus and a Mick Mars solo that’s the sonic equivalent of being shot out of cannon); and Without You (everyone always picks Home Sweet Home as their preferred Crue ballad, but we’re going with this stripper-pole classic). — Sean Daly and Steve Spears
The Psychedelic Furs
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. $49.50-$59.50. (727) 791-7400.
In the ’80s, The Psychedelic Furs cast a punk-y new wave spell over one prolific writer/producer/director and lots of restless teens. Their track Pretty in Pink inspired John Hughes’ 1986 classic of the same name and was re-recorded for the platinum-selling soundtrack. The group will play Talk Talk Talk in its entirety Saturday, and follow it with a greatest hits set.
Featuring Darryl Worley, Everett Farris, December Radio, Dan Story, Adrian Ray, Brush Creek, Darrell Sikes and the Southern Sons, Honky Tonk Hitmen
SUNDAY 1 p.m. Town Square Plaza Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 967-4031.
When it comes to demonstrating honky-tonk patriotism in the modern age, Darryl Worley may be second only to country megastar Toby Keith. That being said, Worley playing little old Pinellas Park is a huge score for its Fourth of July event, Freedom Fest. Down-home country tunes full of military praise and American pride (Have You Forgotten?) will be on tap. Fancy import beers will not.
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Shephard’s, 619 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. (727) 441-6875.
Far East Movement got most of the credit (and the cash) for Like a G6, the chart-topping ode to bottle-popping and private planes. (Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t a reference to a Pontiac G6 or a Gatorade flavor). But the hook was actually sampled from Dev’s Booty Bounce. The Cali artist’s electro, sing-talk style conjures up Ke$ha minus all the glitter.
SUNDAY 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
If you saw footage from Woodstock’s 40th anniversary concert in 2009, you might remember Conrad Oberg, the blind, 15-year-old opener who threw down a dazzling, Hendrix-inspired rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Since then, Oberg’s guitar athleticism has been praised by CNN, USA Today and Rolling Stone and earned him a touring gig with swamp-blues stars JJ Grey and Mofro.
Cosmic Gate Fri. With Kidd Leow, DJ Gemini. 10 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $10-$15. (727) 571-2222.
Johnny Cash Tribute Fri. featuring Keith Coleman. 8 p.m. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $14-$18. (813) 269-1310.
Edwin McCain Fri. 7 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road in St. Petersburg. Free. thevenueclub.com
Magadog Sat. With The Fightin’ Malones. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Pretty Voices Sat. With Zanesville, Gino and the Goons. 10 p.m. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 898-6054.
Brewgrass Festival Sat. featuring Applebutter Express, Gypsy Wind, Between Bluffs, Ramblegrass, Spacegrass featuring the Walker Brothers, Bobby Miller and the Virginia Dare Devils. 5 p.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 821-2533.
Bet Me I’m Lying Sat. With Civil Action, Another Childhood Story, more. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. (727) 895-3045.
Funky Seeds CD release Sat. With The Human Condition, Applebutter Express. 9 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Trick Daddy Sun. With DJ Rhinestone, more. 9 p.m. Club Nouveau, 1701 Franklin St., Tampa. Ladies in free until 11 p.m. (813) 506-0893.
Deleted Scenes Sun. With The Pauses, Beardsley. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*