This week in Tampa: Next Big Thing, Derek Trucks, Joe Perry, Jay Reatard and more
You already know all about this weekend's biggest concert event, the annual 97X Next Big Thing show at the Ford Amphitheatre, featuring Rise Against (above), Panic at the Disco, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Used and more. Click here for a full lineup, as well as performance times.
After the jump, get Carole Giambalvo's concert picks for the weekend, including Saosin, Joe Perry, Jay Reatard, Derek Trucks Band, Charlie Daniels, the Misfits, Trivium, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Select Start and more ...
Del the Funky Homosapien
With El Ten Eleven
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 247-2664.
Gangsta rap icon Ice Cube is Del the Funky Homosapien’s cousin and mentor. Yet you don’t hear about AK’s or switchblades in Del’s material. He’s too busy referencing Battlestar Galactica and stressing the importance of good hygiene (once, he combated “breath so bad it could melt your ice cream”). A favorite MC of the skateboarding set and “geeksta rap” fans, Del is funny, original and unabashedly spaced out. His mainstream moment came in 2001 on Gorillaz hit Clint Eastwood.
Featuring the Charlie Daniels Band, Confederate Railroad, the Marshall Tucker Band, Suite Caroline, more
SATURDAY 12 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock and Casino (back lot), 5223 Orient Rd., Tampa. Free. (866) 502-7529.
After out-fiddling the Devil himself in a stringed showdown, Charlie Daniels turns to philanthropy right here in Tampa Bay. The top session musician-turned country and southern rock star (whose down-home, spoken word tune Devil Went Down to Georgia is internationally known) headlines Charlie-palooza, an annual benefit for Pasco disability facility the Angelus. This free event also features Clearwater’s own rising country-popster Suite Caroline.
SUNDAY 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $40.70-$71.55. (813) 301-2500.
What exactly is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, you ask (other than the band that provides the soundtrack to your wacky neighbor’s Christmas light show)? Well, it’s a legitimate, 30 plus-member rock orchestra with a killer A/V setup and a gift for fusing classic symphony, prog rock and traditional Christmas music. (No doubt you’ve heard the group’s rendition of Carol of the Bells). And as founder Paul O’Neill revealed to the St. Pete Times last fall, TSO formed in Tampa around local metal band Savatage.
The Derek Trucks Band
SUNDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $27.50-$30. (813) 247-2555.
Real life Guitar Hero Derek Trucks tours in support of Already Free, the new album he self-produced and recorded in his Jacksonville home. Trucks may look like a Hanson brother, but he plays like an Allman brother, specializing in slow-cooked slide riffs with jazz, jam and blues seasonings.
With the Semis
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.
When his rhythm section quit in October, Jay Reatard tweeted these now-infamous words: “Band quit! F--- them. They are boring rich kids who can’t play for (s)--- anyways.” The hot-tempered rocker from Memphis (but who sounds British) will perform tracks off latest Watch Me Fall, an effort that moves “from garage gunk to some of the highest-octane power pop since college radio was guided by voices,” says Spin.
With Set It Off, We Are The In Crowd, Action Item, Ettison
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
Tampa’s breakout “emotronic” act Select Start plays for hometown fans before traveling up the East Coast on PureVolume-sponsored “There’s No I in Tour” tour. The chronic social networkers have described themselves as love children of Motion City Soundtrack and Hellogoodbye.
SUNDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.
Horror punks from Lodi, N.J. continue on in loud, ghoulishly melodic fashion despite Glenn Danzig’s departure more than two decades ago. The band built its skull-logo legacy on primitive, three-chord progressions, ’50s rock melodies, confrontational lyrics and an obsession with horror flicks.
With the Mojo Gurus
SATURDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $28. (727) 895-3045.
There’s still no clear reading on whether or not Aerosmith will make up the tour dates they missed this summer. There’s not even a definitive answer about whether the group is still together. But one thing’s for sure: Joe Perry’s riffs from tracks like Walk This Way will forever remain ingrained in our DNA. The man of many necklaces performs in support of Have Guitar, Will Travel, a new solo effort he discussed with tbt*’s Sean Daly in September. “I wanted the feel of driving into Las Vegas at six the morning with the top down after being up for three straight days,” Perry said.
Saosin and P.O.S.
With Innerpartysystem, Eye Alaska
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.
Best known for ballad You’re Not Alone, Saosin is a solid rock band with an aptitude for memorable hooks. Opener P.O.S. was praised as a “big-hearted rapper with skills” and named a breakout artist of SXSW 2009 by the New York Times.
Jobsite Rocks VI
Featuring King of Spain, Bird Street Players, Vodkanauts, Zero Time Ghosts
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Since the late ’90s, nonprofit theater company Jobsite has provided local artists a place to hone and apply their skills, and the public a place to see socially and politically relevant productions. This year’s annual fundraiser/rock show features King of Spain, a favorite local act whose ambient, experimental pop sound recalls Brian Eno; and Bird Street Players, a Tampa band with a winning hodgepodge of reggae, rock, worldbeat and Nawlins-style funk.
Perpetual Groove: Fri. With the Heavy Pets. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12 -$15. (727) 895-3045.
O Som Do Jazz: Fri. 5 p.m. Signature Tower, 127 Second Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. osomdojazz.org.
Cities Underground: CD release Fri. With Oh Clemency, more. 8 p.m. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.
Have Gun, Will Travel: Fri. With Will Quinlan and the Diviners, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Miggs: Sat. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
Pokey LaFarge: Sat. With South City Three, Blind Buddy Moody. 9:30 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $6. (727) 576-1091.
Too Many Subplots: Sat. With Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, Ricky Wilcox. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Sweetwater Music: Sun. featuring Mike Jurgenson, DD&J. 1 p.m. Sweetwater Organic Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 887-4066.
Unwed Sailor: Sun. With Native Lights, Soft Rock Renegades. 9 p.m. Fly Bar, 1202 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 275-5000.
Best Bassists in Tampa Bay (Jaco Pastorius tribute and David Via benefit): Sun. 5 p.m. Musicology, 2576 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater. $7. (727) 723-1000.
Roctopus: Wed. 9:30 p.m. Green Iguana, 4029 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 837-1234.
Trivium: Thurs. With Chimaira, more. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $21-$23. (727) 895-3045.
Jim Brickman: Thurs. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $40-$63. (727) 791-7400.
Grand Buffet: Thurs. With Stellar Dexterz, BC of Red Tide, more. 10 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-9500.
Hip-Hop Against Hunger: Thurs. Food Pantry of Pinellas benefit with Stick Martin, Green Sunshine. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.