This week in Tampa: Mute Math, Stanton Moore, a Ramones tribute and more
If you're looking for concerts in Tampa this Memorial Day weekend, you've got plenty of options, including DJ Ravi Drums at Jackson's Bistro, Variety Workshop at Big Shots and the 97X Memorial Day Backyard BBQ in Vinoy Waterfront Park, with Mute Math, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and the Airborne Toxic Event.
After the jump, get Carole Giambalvo's weekly Tampa concert picks, including a Ramones tribute show, Stanton Moore, Yip-Yip (above), Locos Por Juana, Mix Master Mike and more...
97x Memorial Day Backyard BBQ 3
Featuring Mute Math, the Airborne Toxic Event, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Iglu and Hartly, Drew Street Mary, Victims of Circumstance, Not Tonight Josephine
SATURDAY 12 p.m. Vinoy Park, 501 5th Ave. N.E., St Petersburg. $10. (727) 823-8534.
After careful study, 97x has found that rock + ribs + beer garden = Memorial Day weekend bliss. And with the acrobatic Mute Math and poetic pop-rock act the Airborne Toxic Event on the bill this year, we‚Äôd expect the enjoyment to increase exponentially. Mute Math goes big with handstands, keytars, sweeping arrangements and manic, jazz-influenced beats. Literature-loving the Airborne Toxic Event will perform the orchestral Sometime Around Midnight, which sounds like something that Arcade Fire, U2 or Springsteen had been saving in GladWare.
Featuring Rancid Polecats, Boney Fiend, Car Bomb Driver, Doll Parts, more
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. $5. (727) 736-0606.
The best way to honor the Ramones. (1) play loud, (2) play fast, (3) play loud. After all, the Ramones‚Äô music gave listeners a getaway from some of the winding, overproduced rock of ‚Äô70s and ‚Äô80s and returned them to the security of the short, the simple and the power chord. Lucky for us, locals Car Bomb Driver, Doll Parts, Boney Fiend and Rancid Polecats are probably the best on the scene at doing just that. At least for an evening, maybe you‚Äôll forget you‚Äôve ever heard the words Auto-Tune.
With Mixel Pixel, Hippodrome, Vox In Verse
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $7. (813) 382-3477.
The epileptic sounds of Winter Park‚Äôs Yip-Yip set the mood for a zany dance party and/or for the rescue of an illusory princess. It‚Äôs likely that you‚Äôll find the duo‚Äôs use of Korgs, Moogs, Casios and trash cymbals incredibly awesome, or incredibly annoying in a matter of minutes. How about a cover of Nirvana‚Äôs Very Ape with robot voices?
THURSDAY and FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.75. (727) 791-7400.
Like a one-woman Lilith Fair, singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Janis Ian tackled any and all things taboo in the ‚Äô60s and ‚Äô70s ‚Äî interracial romance, prostitution, war and so on. (She‚Äôd even earn the title ‚Äúmusical spokesman for the 'now‚Äô generation‚Äù from the New York Times.) But it was the bittersweet At Seventeen that made Ian a hero not just to the Betty Suarezes of the time, but to just about anyone who went to high school. Ian played the Grammy-winning song on the first-ever episode of Saturday Night Live.
With Cope, John Gold and the Old Souls
MAY 28 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600.
Jazz-funk drummer-bandleader Stanton Moore is revered by drummers for triplets and tricky grooves. At the end of the day, though, he says it‚Äôs the melody that drives them home. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs why [songs by] the Beatles and Led Zeppelin are still around,‚Äù Moore has said. Moore plays with New Orleans funk-rock gumbo act Galactic and has recorded with everyone from Irma Thomas to Corrosion of Conformity. He‚Äôll be joined by organist Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars) and guitarist Shane Theriot (the Neville Brothers). Unlike Galactic, this band has a few downbeat moments.
Locos Por Juana
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Skipper‚Äôs Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
With hot, sticky, socially conscious tunes, Locos por Juana reassures that the hips don‚Äôt lie. The band‚Äôs border-straddling, dance-ready mix of hip-hop, dub, Cumbia, salsa, rock and more might be compared to Ozomatli or Manu Chao.
Holes and Hearts CD Release Party
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The L.A. Hangout, 16411 N Florida Ave., Lutz. Free. (813) 964-5631.
They‚Äôre lean. They‚Äôre mean. They‚Äôre tween!? Let it be said that Riley James, 11, and Casey Charles, 13, of Tampa metal act Holes and Hearts shred beyond their years. The band‚Äôs name came from Riley‚Äôs congenital heart condition and its debut album deals with some of the ups and downs he‚Äôs faced. The brothers wrote, sang and played guitars, bass, banjo, and keyboards on the disc. And with Viking-blonde locks swaying about, they even do a performance-enhanced version of Elton John‚Äôs Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word.
Brahm Bones: Fri. With Poetry 'N Lotion. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 248-4969.
The Airborne Toxic Event: Fri. 9 p.m. Acoustic set at Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 871-7874.
Oscar D‚ÄôLeon: Fri. 7 p.m. India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road., Tampa. $35. (813) 264-4638.
Brent Rademaker and Heavy Waters: Fri. 7 p.m. Lowry Park Bandshell. Free. 7530 N Boulevard, Tampa.
DJ Ravi Drums: Fri. and Sun. Jackson‚Äôs, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. $7 for ladies, $10 for men. (813) 277-0112.
Young Love: Sat. With Paper Route. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
Lush Progress: video release Sat. With Glasgow, Butch Ryan Band. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
Bands on the Sand: Sat. featuring Greg Billings Band, Shaka, Motel Funk, Bruce Nye the Elvis Guy, Sarasota Slim, Soul Shine with Rob Pieniak and more. 12 p.m. 104th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard (behind the Bilmar Beach Resort). Free. (727) 547-4575.
DJ Micro: Sat. With Tony Faline. 10 p.m. Hyde Park Caf?©, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. $5 and up. (813) 254-2233.
Dirty Black Halo: Sat. With Hangman Jury, The Stand. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Mix Master Mike: Sun. 10 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 259-9669.
Mother/Father Sat. With the JeanMarie, Relo. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $7. (813) 241-8600.
Hiroshima: Sat. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $25-$35. (727) 587-6793.
Zoso (Led Zeppelin tribute) Sun. 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 786-2276.
Variety Workshop: Mon. Memorial Day party with Dinosaur in a Tar Pit, Paranoia Dance Party, Gladiator, Rise of Saturn. 1:30 p.m. Big Shots, 2461 N McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater. $7. (727) 723-1091.
All Good Tuesdays One-Year Anniversary: Tues. Featuring the Juan MacLean, the Field, Soft Rock Renegades. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Side Door Jazz: May 28. featuring Trio Vibe. 7:30 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $15-$20. (727) 822-3590.
Where are you going this weekend? Leave your own concert picks below.