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This week in Tampa (New Year's Eve edition!): Sister Hazel, Aaron Lewis, the Dead Kennedys and more




This week, it seems all the biggest musical events in town are taking place on Friday. Friday happens to be New Year's Eve. Therefore, we're doing a special edition of This Week in Tampa this week.

Your New Year's Eve concert lineup may or may not include Lil Wayne. But it will definitely include Sister Hazel (above), Vertical Horizon, Aaron Lewis, the Dead Kennedys, KC and the Sunshine Band, the Guess Who and an all-star tribute to the year 1980 at Skipper's Smokehouse.

Carole Liparoto details all these shows and more after the jump...

Sister Hazel
FRIDAY 10:30 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $50. Toll‑free 1-866-502-7529.
Gainesville alternative act Sister Hazel plays the inaugural rock concert at Tampa’s new Hard Rock Cafe (formerly Floyd’s). Before the official grand-opening party Jan. 12, get a glimpse of the newly renovated space and some of its world-class memorabilia (i.e. a powder-blue suit worn by Justin Timberlake during the ’N Sync takeover — eek!). Sister Hazel will play songs off its eclectic eighth studio album, Heartland Highway, which bridges bluegrass, Southern rock and alternative. We’d guess that the Blues Traveler-esque hit All for You will be on the set list, too.

Aaron Lewis 
With Corey Taylor
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$150. (813) 229-7827.

From Darius Rucker to Kid Rock, Jessica Simpson to Jewel, we’ve seen our fair share of pop and rock artists hop in a vintage Chevy and wave the “gone country” flag. But top metal singer and endearing mope man Aaron Lewis’ arrival in Nashville might come as one of the decade’s more unexpected moves. The Staind singer’s debut single Country Boy, which features Charlie Daniels and George Jones, has already cracked the Billboard Country Top 10 and hit No. 1 on the chart. When asked what he says to Staind fans who aren’t particularly fond of country music, Lewis coolly replies, “Sorry.” Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour opens the show.

KC and the Sunshine Band
FRIDAY 10:30 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. Sold out. 1-888-695-0888.

In the words of The Simpsons’ Disco Stu, “The South will boogie again!” Harry “KC” Casey leads Miami Sound stars KC and the Sunshine Band on a rhinestone-studded voyage into 2011. Expect sanguine ’70s and ’80s cuts Get Down Tonight, That’s The Way (I Like It) and Give It Up. The latter track received attention recently after Casey accused the Black Eyed Peas’ fall release Love You Long Time of sounding unacceptably like his 1983 original. 

The Dead Kennedys
With The Spears
FRIDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-3045. 
Whether they were fantasizing about gassing the country club elite (Chemical Warfare) or condemning Americans’ ignorance of overseas atrocities (Holiday in Cambodia), the Dead Kennedys shocked and mocked their way into the hearts of young punks … and eventually into a California courthouse. In 1986, after an exhausting legal battle against obscenity charges, frontman Jello Biafra called it quits. Today’s Dead Kennedys continue on with co-founder East Bay Ray, a guy who’s been able to maintain the group’s ’70s Brit-punk snarl and hardcore distaste for all things plastic. 

Vertical Horizon
FRIDAY 11 p.m. Timpano, 1610 W Swann Ave., Tampa. $100.
Don’t you love how your iPod can act like a time machine? When I hear songs by Vertical Horizon, I am transported to a  time when wearing tearaway track pants and watching Dawson’s Creek were perfectly acceptable . The college rock act wrote some of the most-played singles in FM radio history, including Everything You Want, You’re a God and Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning), which in 2005 also became a Top 20 country hit for Gary Allen. Singer Matt Scannell says latest album Burning the Days boasts faster tempos, new moods and unique sonic landscapes, thanks to contributions from Rush drum god Neil Peart.

WMNF tribute to 1980
Featuring The Reality Band as Bob Marley and the Wailers; Ted Lukas and the Misled as Bruce Springsteen; Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets as Tom Waits; Talk To Mark as Squeeze; Sons of Hippies as Joy Division; Doll Parts as The Ramones; Brides of Chaotica as Gary Numan; Robert Wegman as XTC; Friends of Giants as The Cure, Alexander and the Grapes as Men at Work; Radio Free Carmela and the Transmitters as The Pretenders; Christee Lenee as Peter Gabriel; KORE playing essential 1980 singles.
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $25-$35. (813) 971-0666.
I wasn’t around in 1980, but our “Stuck in the ’80s” uncles tell us good things — Pac-Man, the “Who Shot J.R.” cliffhanger, The Empire Strikes Back and so on. In music, the Bee Gees’ departure made way for a diverse crop of artists to break, from The Pretenders and Joy Division to Bob Marley and the Wailers. Party like it’s the Carter era when top local bands play your ’80s faves. Admission includes party favors, a champagne toast and breakfast buffet.

The Guess Who
FRIDAY 10 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission. 1-888-800-5447.

Busch Gardens offers a New Year’s Eve date with Gwazi and The Guess Who. You probably know the Winnipeg band’s hit American Woman because of Lenny Kravitz. But probably not much else. So, check out Albert Flasher or Hang On to Your Life for some of the “hookiest heavy music of the late ’60s and early ’70s,” writes Spin magazine. (Unfortunately, the group will be short Canadian classic rock heroes and former frontmen Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings.)

Crowbar NYE bash
Featuring Marksmen, Her Name Is Victory, Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.
For a grand NYE on the cheap, check out this free event at Crowbar. Marksmen put out some of the best singles we heard all year. The local act’s driving rock songs come topped with singer Matt Segallos’ exhilarating warble and a dash of Southern hospitality. Good for fans of My Morning Jacket, The Drive By Truckers or Pearl Jam.

Also playing

Dex Romweber Duo Fri. 10 p.m. Ella’s Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 234-1000.

Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade Fri. featuring the Florida State and Penn State marching bands, more. 5:30 p.m. E Seventh Avenue and N 15th Street, Ybor City. Free.

Prana’s NYE Celebration Fri. featuring DJ Kirky-C, DJ Dipmode, more. 9 p.m. Prana, 1619 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30 or $50 per couple. (786) 417-4567 .

New Year’s Eve Jam Fri. featuring COPE, Buffalo Strange. 9 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball Fri. featuring The Untouchables, VJ Kidd Leow. 9 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $25 and up. (727) 571-2222.

Danny Gokey Sat. Following Lightning vs. New York Rangers; game starts at 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free with game ticket. (813) 301-2500.

Sunset Bridge CD Release Sun. 4 p.m. Ella’s Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 234-1000.

Antigone Rising Tues. With The Alternate Routes, Miggs. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10‑$13. (813) 971-0666.

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 8:57pm]


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