This week in Tampa: Rascal Flatts, Ludacris, Marilyn Manson, The Hold Steady and more
We're deep into fall now, and you know what that means: It's Homecoming weekend at USF! Ludacris headlines this week's festivities, which are free and open to the public (just be prepared to get a little rowdy).
Other acts in town this week: Rascal Flatts, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, George Clinton, Titus Andronicus, Nero, The Psychedelic Furs, The Lemonheads, The Expendables, Iration, Cisco Adler, Eli Young Band, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Maggie Rose, The Bangles, Two Man Gentlemen Band, Miss May I, The Romantics, Arturo Sandoval, Howard Jones, Why?, Larry and his Flask and the Guavaween Music Festival, featuring The Hold Steady, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Rubblebucket and more.
For more, get Carole Liparoto's concert picks after the jump...
With DJ Chris Lake
FRIDAY 8 p.m. USF Meadows Lawn, corner of 50th Street and Holly Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 974-5202.
Following the annual Homecoming “Running with the Bulls Parade,” actor-rapper-cognac endorser Ludacris (aka Chris Bridges) performs on the Meadows Lawn at USF. Because you can totally see Skip Holtz getting down to some How Low, right? Ludacris toned down explicit lyrics and content for a Rays post-game appearance at Tropicana Field, but we wouldn’t expect that here. In fact, the USF site carries the disclaimer, “show may not be suitable for children.”
Guavaween Music Festival
With The Hold Steady, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Rubblebucket, Adrian Younge, Tortured Soul, Sounduo, more
SATURDAY 6 p.m. Venues around Ybor City: Ritz Ybor, Czar, Orpheum, Crowbar, Market on 7th, New World Brewery. $20-$30. ybor.org.
This year’s Guavaween has no parade, fence or wet zone. But it does have indie-rock royalty The Hold Steady, a band that knows Ybor City is home to some pretty killer parties. Singer Craig Finn has name-checked Tampa’s party district in a handful of songs, mostly because of how it sounds. So seeing The Hold Steady in Ybor City is like seeing Jay-Z in Brooklyn or Springsteen at the Meadowlands. They’ll will headline this year’s inaugural Guavaween Music Festival, featuring some 30 bands, including dance-rockers Rubblebucket and singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield. -- Jay Cridlin
98 Rock Halloweenie Roast
With Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, In This Moment, Royal Bliss
SATURDAY 2 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $31-$75.98
Five bands doesn’t sound like many for an all-day party. But if you’re booking a Halloween weekend show, you can’t do much better than landing Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, two of the ’90s’ spookiest metal icons. Though Zombie is known as much now for his horror films as his music, he still knows how to growl his way through hits like Dragula and More Human Than Human. And Manson? He remains as creepily arty as ever. -- Jay Cridlin
With Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Edens Edge
FRIDAY 7 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $30-$80. (813) 740-2446.
Rascal Flatts aren’t your Skoal-dippin’, Jack-swiggin’ outlaw country band. (You were better off with David Allan Coe a few weeks ago, if that’s your thing.) But as polished and harmonious crossover-country acts go, they’re tops. The band ranks as country music’s best-selling trio with 7 million concert tickets sold, more hit singles than we can count, and a knack for bringing pitch-perfect choruses to any setting. You’ll hear those glossy harmonies exemplified on tunes What Hurts the Most and the title track from their new album, Changed.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 971-0666.
If your ideal Halloween party involves complicated, avant-garde jazz and abstract humor, this one’s for you. Fans have been turning out for 16 years to see Jerry Outlaw and his merry band Bogus Pomp — St. Pete’s preeminent (and quite possibly only) diehard Frank Zappa tribute act — rock the ghoulishly-good “Zappaween.” On the slate this year are cuts like The Torture Never Stops, Zomby Woof, Sinister Footwear and Yo Mama (although that last title doesn’t quite fit in like the rest). Anticipate a wild and winding evening.
The Psychedelic Furs and The Lemonheads
SATURDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $28. (727) 895-3045.
How these bands got together to tour is still a bit of a mystery to us. We suppose, both had ways of wooing restless teens in their respective heydays (The Furs in the ’80s, and the Lemonheads in the ’90s). The Furs’ Pretty in Pink inspired John Hughes’ 1986 classic of the same name and was re-recorded for the platinum-selling soundtrack. The Lemonheads brought kinder, gentler vibes to a market oversaturated with grunge on It’s a Shame About Ray (10 months after Nirvana released Nevermind). Just don’t except to hear the album’s best-known cover single Mrs. Robinson, something singer Evan Dando told tbt* still “haunts” him to this day. Juliana Hatfield was scheduled to join the band on this tour, but recently dropped out.
The Expendables, Iration, Cisco Adler
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $16.50 and up. (727) 565-0551.
The beach-going bros in these SoCal bands aren’t claiming to be Dylan or anything. They write modest reggae-rock songs about sipping drinks, chasing girls and plunging in pools. Iration’s infectious 2010 disc Time Bomb spent an impressive 40 weeks on the Billboard reggae chart. If you like Sublime, Pepper or Slightly Stoopid, you’ll dig this lineup.
MONDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Google “Titus Andronicus” and you’ll find this Jersey band higher up in the search rankings than the bloody Shakespeare tragedy of the same name. Not sure how old Will would feel about that — unless of course, he’s a fan of rowdy bar bands who bring sweeping choruses and occasional blasts of horns.
Black Moth Super Rainbow
With The Casket Girls, Fortune Howl
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
If it takes careful engineering (or drugs) to stage outlandish live performances full of mind-altering electronic pop, consider the costumed crew in Black Moth Super Rainbow MIT professors (or LSD enthusiasts). Whimsical and sugar-coated, the psychedelic pop blend evokes Flaming Lips or an over-the-top Air. Tom Fec, a.k.a. Tobacco, and his masked pranksters should pull out all of the stops for this special Halloween date. The group’s new album Cobra Juicy was released Tuesday.
With Nerd Rage
WEDNESDAY 9 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $35 and up. (813) 873-8368.
Alana Watson’s coo is one of the few things in this world that could make the robotic, bass-driven electronica of U.K. duo Nero sound warm and, well, human. It’s no wonder the group built most of their full-length debut around it. Listen for a remix of The Streets’ Blinded by the Lights and international smash Promises during the group’s Halloween-night DJ set at the Amphitheatre.
FRIDAY 9:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $49.50-$65. (727) 791-7400.
He’s the torchbearer of high-octane funk and the guy whose eccentric stage show and light-socket hair has at times managed to make his idols James Brown and Sly Stone look tame by comparison. George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, charting more than 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones). This will be one of the smaller club gigs Clinton has played to date in the Bay area.
Alternative Press Tour Fri. featuring Miss May I, The Ghost Inside, Like Moths to Flames, The Amity Affliction, Glass Cloud. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17. (727) 895-3045.
The Romantics Fri. With Southern Drawl Band. 5:30 p.m. Cleveland Street District, downtown Clearwater. Free. (727) 791-7400.
Four Star Riot Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Two Man Gentlemen Band Fri. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Maggie Rose Fri. 7 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 987-2855.
Arturo Sandoval Sat. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$50. (727) 791-7400.
Mountain Heart Sat. 8 p.m. Keel and Curley Winery, 5210 W Thonotosassa Road, Plant City. $15-$35. (813) 752-9100.
The Bangles Sun. 8 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $36-$47. (866) 502-7529.
Maria Muldaur Sun. With John Frinzi. 6 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Why? Sun. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $13-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Abandon All Ships Mon. With For All Those Sleeping, Skip the Foreplay, more. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13.25-$15.25. theorpheum.com.
Larry and His Flask Wed. With Willie Tea Taylor, The Mud Flappers, Dylan Martin and the JubJub Birds. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Howard Jones Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45-$65. (727) 791-7400.
New Riders of the Purple Sage Thurs. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*