This week in Tampa: Plies, Underoath, Dave Koz and more
While you're watching the Lions and recovering from your turkey hangover (who invited baby Carlos to the dinner table?), don't forget there's a full slate of music in the coming week to be thankful for. For one thing, two of this area's biggest names, Plies and Underoath, are holding hometown Thanksgiving shows.
After the jump, Carole Liparoto walks you through this week's concert picks -- a day early! -- including Dave Koz, a George Harrison tribute show and some old local faves returning to the spotlight...
FRIDAY 10 p.m. Channelside IMAX, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Cost TBD. (813) 777-5405. And SATURDAY 10 p.m. Club Skye, 1509 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Cost TBD. (813) 247-6606.
Calling all “Bust It Babies.” It’s time to get the hair done, nails done, everything did, because your favorite gold-toothed goon is doing it big for the holidays. During “Plies Weekend,” the Fort Myers/Tampa rapper will shoot the video for Really From Da Hood, hold an “All Black Everything Affaire” alongside Real Housewife of Atlanta NeNe Leakes and release a new mixtape. Both Leakes and Plies pride themselves on being the “realist,” so naturally, this weekend is going to be extra real.
With Word Alive, Oceana, Marksmen
FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$17. (813) 247-2555.
Nearly 20 years after bands like Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel put the Tampa metal scene on the map, hometown success story Underoath keeps the loud alive … just with one small variation. While the aforementioned acts were satisfied writing about death and destruction, Tampa’s Underoath says its larynx-annihilating mission is one from God. “We’re up here for Jesus Christ,” announced singer and merciless screamer Spencer Chamberlain onstage at Warped Tour '09. Chamberlain heads up this tour and new album for the first time without the band’s last original member, Aaron Gillespie (who departed earlier this year). New drummer Daniel Davison, formerly of Norma Jean, will fill the seat.
Featuring Victims of Circumstance, CIO, The Hoverounds, more
FRIDAY 6 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $8. (813) 382-3477.
Year after year, local bar owners tell us that Black Friday doesn’t just apply to retail stores. Around the bay, bars and bands draw big the day after Thanksgiving, too. So, take a break from the fam, beg off that second slice of cherry pie and enjoy sweet, sweet ska at Transitions Friday. Victims of Circumstance, a group we’d consider well-seasoned after an overseas tour stint with The Voodoo Glow Skulls, will headline.
Tribute to George Harrison
Featuring The Ditchflowers and friends
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $19-$23. (727) 587-6793.
Yes, we know the Beatles are on itunes now, but here’s a chance to get our there and soak up the sounds of that often overshadowed member, George Harrison. The “quiet Beatle” and lead guitarist contributed classics While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Here Comes the Sun and Something to the Beatles catalog. (Frank Sinatra called the latter “the greatest love song of the last 50 years”.) Many of the unused Harrisongs ended up on the excellent All Things Must Pass, which melodic pop-rock specialists and passionate local Beatles fans The Ditchflowers will perform with a little help from friends.
With Granite and Phunk, High Frequency
SUNDAY 9 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 247-2555.
In the '80s, Windy City DJ’s got a hankering to do some tinkering. Their resulting fusion of defunct disco samples and unbending, four-on-the-floor beats birthed Chicago house music. Today’s house sound hasn’t strayed too far from the formula, though Steven Angello, a member of hot house trio Swedish House Mafia (who headlined Ultra Music Festival earlier this year), subs samples of MGMT, Coldplay, The Temper Trap, Robyn, Miike Snow and others for the Gloria Gaynor riffs of yesteryear.
Dave Koz and friends
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48-$85. (727) 791-7400.
Not just for Saab sedan stereos and hotel lobbies anymore (we kid, we kid) smooth-jazz poster boy Dave Koz will deck Ruth Eckerd Hall with sax-powered Christmas songs. For this 13th anniversary edition of his “Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour”, the 47-year-old Koz will be joined by Brian Culbertson on keys, South African singer and guitarist Jonathan Butler and Dutch sax star Candy Dulfer. Koz’s Hello Tomorrow, the first album of original material in seven years, recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Album chart. Koz also made a musical appearance on Desperate Housewives, only to be cut short by an Eva Longoria/Vanessa Williams catfight.
Twiztid Fri. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.
Back To the Future 2010 Fri. featuring the Hazies, Freaks Rule, Delores Telescope, more. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 565-0551.
Psycroptic Fri. featuring Keep of Kalessin, Pathology, more. 8 p.m. The Brass Mug, 1441 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 972-8152.
Lou Gramm (of Foreigner) Sat. 8 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. $60. (727) 367-4511.
Lightning Concert Series Sat. post-game featuring Devon Allman’s Honeytribe. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free with game ticket. (813) 301-2500.
Bird Street Players Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Daniel B. Marshall Sat. 10 p.m. The Dubliner, 2307 W. Azeele St., Tampa. Free. (813) 258-2257.
Mayday Parade Sat. With Breathe Carolina, Every Avenue, more. 5 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17-$19. (727) 895-3045.
Hammerslug Sat. With Full Flight, Betty’s Not a Vitamin, more. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N., Largo. Cost TBD. (727) 532-0265.
Izzy and the Kesstronics Sun. 5 p.m. Ella’s Folk Art Café, 5119 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000.
Passafire Thurs. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Sam Adams Thurs. 9 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Cost TBD. (727) 871-7874.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.