This week in Tampa: Owl City, Collective Soul, Paul Anka and more
If you didn't think ahead and buy your Owl City tickets early, there are still plenty of sure-to-be memorable shows this weekend, including Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Collective Soul (click here for all your Gasparilla concert schedule needs) and a very special Paul Anka bash. (Seriously, who wouldn't want to hear Anka do Nirvana?)
Carole Giambalvo explains after the jump ...
With Lights, Deas Vail
WEDNESDAY 6 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Sold Out. (813) 247-2555.
Hunkered down in his parents’ Owatonna, Minn., basement, insomniac Adam Young devoted most nights over a two-year span to writing and recording squeaky-clean pop songs about panda bears and cruise ships. But in 2009, bug-hugging breakout Fireflies, a syrupy electro-pop song with a chorus that dares you not to sing along, took him from basement to big time. “If your household appliances wrote a love song while you were away on vacation,” this is what it would sound like, Young once said. The mom-okayed artist now known as Owl City performs with a full band at Wednesday’s sold-out show. Opener Lights, who hits a pop music trifecta — good looks, impressive vocal range and snazzy keytar skills — specializes in homemade electro and bubblegum rock, perhaps like a cross between Robyn, Imogen Heap and Vanessa Carlton.
Scary Kids Scaring Kids
With Dance Gavin Dance
FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.
Unless you’re the Who or the Eagles, your band might mean it when it says “farewell tour.” Scary Kids Scaring Kids, a Warped Tour regular whose resolute riffs and screams somehow generate an altogether melodic sound, is hanging it up after this winter tour.
With the Knot, others
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Gasparilla Pirate Fest Stage, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. gasparillapiratefest.com
Collective Soul hits Tampa for one of the biggest alternative rock shows of 1995. (Okay, we’re not hatin’, it just seems like a peculiar choice given the venue.) No doubt you’ll recall the shaggy Georgia boys’ hits Shine, December (“Baby, just spit me out”) or strings-accompanied The World I Know saturating radio airwaves in the age of a very special Blossom. These guys were never flashy or revolutionary, but they did churn out consistently appealing rock songs. In 2009, the group got a jolt when its Tremble for My Beloved appeared on the Twilight soundtrack. There are two other stages of music at this year’s Gasparilla Pirate Fest: At the Gasparilla Hyatt Regency Stage (Tampa Street and Whiting Street), you can see Hip Kitty, Highway to Hell, Sweet Spot and Save the Radio. And Chris McCarty performs on the Gasparilla Invasion Stage (Bayshore Boulevard and Platt Street).
Nate Najar CD release
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. The Fox Jazz Club, 5401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 289-8446.
Most weekends, you’ll find this St. Pete Latin jazz guitarist and Clearwater Jazz Holiday vet laying down assured, extra-smooth jazz in a Fedora and a Brooks Brothers button-down. Nate Najar celebrates the release of Until Now, a WSJT-ready collection featuring an inspired cover of Michael Jackson’s Human Nature and velvety original (It’s A) Good Day.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $52.50-$98. (727) 791-7400.
Forget for a moment that he’s one of the most successful songwriters in history, or that he carries a teen idol legacy up there with Bobby Darin and Frankie Avalon. When a well-bronzed Paul Anka, 68, croons the lyrics, “I feel stupid / and contagious / here we are now / entertain us,” from Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, frankly, we can’t turn away. Sound like a stretch for the guy responsible for extra-sentimental numbers like Put Your Head on My Shoulder and Puppy Love? Well, Anka’s latest Rock Swings album, where he provides big band renditions of even the grungiest of grunge — i.e. Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun, is totally fascinating. Case closed. Go with Dad.
DJ Sandman and Deacon birthday bash
With Dynasty, the Villanz, the Rukus, Jinx and DJ Fader, Marpo
FRIDAY 11 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 248-9500.
95.7-The Beat weekend mixer and tampahiphop.com founder DJ Sandman had a career-highligh moment in 2009 when he was chosen to mix the July edition of the nationally lauded Cornerstone Mixtape. DJ Jazzy Jeff, 9th Wonder and DJ Green Lantern have contributed to the Cornerstone Mixtape series over the years, “so to be included in that lineup was special to me,” Sandman said. Friday, he and fellow Tampa hip-hop mainstay DJ Deacon will celebrate their birthdays spinning classic ’90s hip-hop and new favorites (Sandman’s digging KRS-One and Buckshot’s Survival Skills). Add in locals Dynasty, the Villanz and the Rukus, and this is a big local hip-hop bill.
The Ultimate Elvis Tribute
SUNDAY 7:30 p.m. The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street S., St. Petersburg. $25-$45. (727) 892-5767.
Continuing the King’s 75th birthday celebration, three of the world’s top Elvis impersonators (all Priscilla-approved) — Victor Trevino, Jr., Leo Days and Kevin Mills — will touch on each phase of the King’s career, from his hip-swiveling ’50s reign to the Vegas years.
November Foxtrot Whiskey: Fri. With Peter Baldwin, Florida Night Heat. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
Origen: Fri. With Espiritus, Tatiana Soleil. 10 p.m. Terra Sur, 5358 W Village Dr., Tampa. $7. (813) 269-2694. terrasurcafe.com
Subdudes: Fri. With Beth McKee. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Burning Tree: Fri. 9:30 p.m. Cricketers Pub, 2634 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin. (727) 736-1322.
Black Honkeys: Fri. 9 p.m. Daiquiri Deck, 14995 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. $3. (727) 393-2706.
Integrity in the Arts (Jyme Records party): Sat. featuring Studio Pilot, Esky, Drive Like June. 8:30 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $5-$7. (727) 532-0265.
From First to Last: Sat. 6:30 p.m. Transitions, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 382-3477.
The Takers: Sat. With Nessie, Greenland is Melting, Steady State. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Between The Trees: Sat. With Rookie of the Year, Action Item, InPassing. 6 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.
Colleen Hart: Sat. 8 p.m. The Hideaway, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 644-7895.
Ska and reggae show: Sat. With H1N1, Third Society, Muphin Chuckrs, Sucker Fish, Peter J. 7 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-7080.
Bobby Lee Rodgers: Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. $10. (727) 736-0606.
Captain Buzzkill: Sat. With Rebel 5. 9 p.m. Upper Level, 1910 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5-$7. (813) 244-7772.
Thomas Function: Sun. With Jacuzzi Boys, Soft Rock Renegades. 9 p.m. Fly Bar, 1202 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 275-5000.
D’Visitors: Sun. 4 p.m. Ella’s Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000.
The Ira Sullivan Quartet: Sun. 3 p.m. Mainstage Theater, Hillsborough Community College Performing Arts Building, Palm Ave. and 14th Street, Ybor City. $5-$21. (813) 253-7695.
Between the Buried and Me: Wed. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
I Am Ghost: Wed. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*. Photo by Caitlin Cronenberg.