This week in Tampa: Ozzy Osbourne, Tonic, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and more
Lots of classic rock to choose from this week, from a Runaway (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, above) to a Mad Hatter (Leon Russell) to some Jersey Boys (Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons) to the Prince of Effing Darkness himself (Ozzy Osbourne).
But there's plenty of new music worth checking out this year, including reggae folks Iration and new-school dance duo Hank and Cupcakes. And don't forget about Tonic, Arturo Sandoval, Leon Redbone and this year's WMNF Rockabilly Ruckus.
As always, Carole Liparoto is here to walk you through this week's Tampa Bay concert picks...
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
SUNDAY 5 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission. 1-888-800-5447.
Just in time for MTV’s startup in the early ’80s, Joan Jett, the glam-punk girl with the Gibson, offered up crunchy power chords and a little sleaze. After her time in The Runaways, Jett branched off with the Blackhearts and recorded biker chick classics Bad Reputation and I Love Rock 'n’ Roll. Soon, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand and the rest of the era’s ruling divas were scoping out Jett’s heavy eyeliner and corresponding sneer.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 565-0551.
The beach-going buddies in Iration don’t claim to be Leonard Cohen or anything. They write modest SoCal reggae-rock songs that go down easy. With tracks about sipping drinks and plunging in pools, infectious 2010 disc Time Bomb has spent an impressive 40 weeks on the Billboard reggae chart. If you like Pepper or Rebelution, you’ll probably like Iration and its good vibes.
SATURDAY Following Lightning vs. Florida Panthers; game time is 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free with game ticket. (813) 301-2500.
If Vertical Horizon can rock the rooftop of Tampa’s Timpano Italian Chophouse and Third Eye Blind can get down at Derby Lane, fellow ’90s radio-rock powerhouse Tonic can certainly play the plaza after a Lightning game, no? Tonic’s alt-rock romance If You Could Only See was the most-played rock song of 1998. But Take Me As I Am and You Wanted More were equally excellent, if you ask us.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $52.50-$103. (727) 791-7400.
Prior to Snooki and The Situation becoming Jersey’s most recognized residents, doo-wop fellas Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were doing the Newark projects proud with dreamy, falsetto-fueled pop music. Lots of hits (Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry) and high notes are on the schedule for the group’s second showing at Ruth Eckerd Friday. We just wonder what Frankie thinks of the terms guido and guidette?
Eighth Annual WMNF Rockabilly Ruckus
Featuring Kim Lenz and her Jaguars, Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho-Devilles, Rocket 88, Midnight Bowlers League, Slip and the Spinouts, Sarge and the Aeromen, 6 Volt Rodeo
SATURDAY 5:30 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.
When you think rockabilly, what comes to mind? Well-greased hair, hot rods, early Elvis, twists, twirls and hillbilly boogie, perhaps? Well, that’s what WMNF was thinking when it created the Rockabilly Ruckus, a rollicking car and rock show now in its eighth year. Headliner Kim Lenz plays vintage rock with twang, no thanks to Mom’s time in the rodeo and Dad’s love for Wolfman Jack. “If Elvis had been a woman, he probably would have sounded just like Kim Lenz,” says Rolling Stone. Rocket 88, an Orlando band with a Jerry Lee Lewis jones, gets its name from a Bill Haley song of the same name (widely considered to be one of the earliest rockabilly recordings). A car show precedes the musical festivities.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa. $25-$55. (813) 301-2500.
At what point does Ozzy Osbourne go from being the Prince of Darkness to the King of Darkness? There must be some sort of law of succession to these sorts of things, right? Whatever. All we care about today is that Ozzy Osbourne is coming to Tampa while he’s still able to stand on two legs. Though Ozzy is getting up there in years, and he’s probably used up 10 of his nine lives, this probably isn’t a proper farewell tour. Ozzy’s already had one of those — the No More Tours Tour — and it didn’t take. Slash, “Ozzy’s longtime friend and musical collaborator,” will open the show. — Jay Cridlin
THURSDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$32. (813) 247-2555.
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Arturo Sandoval (once played by Andy Garcia in an HBO film) was a student of trumpet great Dizzy Gillespie before conquering Cuba’s nightclub scene. Fluent in many musical languages, Sandoval performs Afro-Cuban, jazz, bebop and classical music with both fire and finesse.
Hank and Cupcakes
With Peter Baldwin, Florida Night Heat
FRIDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Husband-and-wife combo Hank and Cupcakes resembles The White Stripes. Of course, that’s if The White Stripes hailed from Tel Aviv, wore spandex and played disco-tinged dance-pop. The Israeli duo consists of funk bassist and effects maestro Ariel Scherbacovsky (Hank) and vocalist/drummer Sagit Shir (Cupcakes), and they encourage bringing baked goods. Hank tweeted recently: “Someone from the audience threw a cupcake at me during last night’s show at EC Utica. Now that’s what I’m talking about.”
Haste the Day Fri. With The Chariot, more. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13-$15. (727) 895-3045.
Keiko Matsui Fri. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $43-$48. (727) 587-6793.
Leon Redbone Fri. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29.50-$40. (727) 791-7400.
On Carlton Row Fri. With The Phenomenal Conundrum, more 8:30 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.
Antiseen Fri. With Powerball, Dead Cat Lounge. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. facebook.com/thelocal662.
The Human Condition Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Hunks of Funk Fri. 10 p.m. Daiquiri Deck, 14995 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. (727) 393-2706.
The Heavy Pets Sat. With Green Sunshine, DJ Craig Heneveld. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Side Door Jazz Sat. featuring Whitney James. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 822-3590.
November Rush Sat. With The Status, more. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $8.50-$10.50. (813) 248-9500.
Eluveitie Thurs. With 3 Inches of Blood, Holy Grail, more. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17.50-$20. (727) 895-3045.
Disco Inferno Sat. 8:30 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $2. (727) 532-0265.
Cigars and Guitars Sat. 5 p.m. Don Cesar, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $150 (and $25 for companion ticket). (727) 360-1881.
Tommy Emmanuel Wed. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $22.50-$42.50. (727) 822-3590.
Leon Russell Thur. 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Sold out. (727) 791-7400.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*