This week in Tampa: The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, 4Troops, Samantha Ronson and more
We're not exactly kicking off the New Year with a bang, at least not if you're talking about nationally known bands coming to Tampa Bay.
But if you like local music, good news: This week will bring shows by a handful of supremely talented Florida artists, including the Pauses, Blind Man's Colour, Marksmen, Dave Eichenberger, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and more.
Get details on these, plus shows by Styx, Samantha Ronson (above), 4Troops and more, after the jump, courtesy of Carole Liparoto and Jay Cridlin ...
Hard Rock Café Grand Opening party
Featuring Styx, Samantha Ronson (above), more
WEDNESDAY 9 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 627-7625.
Styx, Samantha Ronson, The Situation and Kelly Bensimon walk into a bar… While this sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, it’s actually the star-studded lineup for the Hard Rock Café’s grand opening event in Tampa. Styx will headline a VIP-only concert at 9 p.m. There will also be a red carpet outside the club beginning at 10:30 p.m.; among those set to walk it are Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from Jersey Shore, Kelly Bensimon from The Real Housewives of New York City, and Lo Bosworth and Stephanie Pratt from The Hills. DJ Samantha Ronson will headline the public party. There are no advance tickets, so show up early if you want to get in.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
With Fit for Rivals, Variance, Bet Me I’m Lying
SATURDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Possibly the biggest name to come out of sleepy Middleburg, Fla., since four-star WWII General Roy “Jiggs” Geiger, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus shot to prominence in 2006 with Face Down. After the song charted in the Top 10, the band got a soundtrack spot on Madden NFL ’07 and appeared on The Hills. Most impressive, though, Face Down tastefully tackled domestic violence with a hook catchy enough for rock radio.
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $38. (727) 791-7400.
Soldiers dancing to Gaga and Ke$ha was so 2010. In the New Year, make way for talented harmonic troupes made up of, well … troops. The ever-gracious 4Troops is a croon quartet and philanthropic group made up of an Iraq platoon leader, a transport manager, an artillery cannon crewmember (and a finalist on America’s Got Talent) and a fiber-optic cable specialist. These singing servicemen and women are recording an album due out on Sony in May with producer Frank Fillipetti (whose credits range from Kiss to James Taylor).
Blind Man’s Colour
With Only Thieves, Chris Tolan and Friends, Halibut
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Like abstract experts Animal Collective and Panda Bear, the members of St. Pete’s Blind Man’s Colour don’t so much create songs. They create atmosphere — fluffy, weird, colorful atmosphere. Blind Man’s Colour received praise from Spin and Pitchfork, as well as a Twitter shout-out from Kanye West for its low-fi fog sound (we’d like to call it “Electro Cumulonimbus”). Better still, when we saw them back in 2008, the young band members managed to maintain this level of trippy cool even with their parents working the merch table. After a quiet (collegiate) 2010, the group returns to the stage with new songs to unveil.
Elvis: The Show Goes On!
Featuring Doug Wilson and the TCB Legends
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$35. (727) 822-3590.
Celebrate The King’s birthday Saturday with nationally acclaimed Elvis tribute artist Doug Wilson of Largo as he shakes, rattles and rolls his way through the Presley catalog. Wilson and his 16-piece TCB band will tackle Elvis the crooner, Elvis the hip-swiveling heartthrob, Elvis the rocker and Elvis the, uh, Vegas entertainer. Presley would have been 76 Saturday.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. $11-$13. (727) 942-5605.
One would be hard-pressed to find an artist as productive as Dave Eichenberger of New Port Richey. In 2006, Eichenberger received a grant from the State of Florida and National Endowment for the Arts for a project encompassing 50 hour-long albums. You could call him a New Age jazz guitarist, but his music is more avant-garde than you might think, with lots of loops, synths and soundscapes. Lest you think that was just a one-time deal, Eichenberger is set to debut a new project this weekend. Titled Reward Your Toil: Music to Quiet the Mind, his new album is a 14-hour collection of music designed to help you go to sleep.
The Pauses CD Release
With Sleepy Vikings, Rec Center
FRIDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
After two years of rocking clubs in Central Florida, Orlando’s The Pauses traveled to Baltimore to record their new album with J. Robbins of Jawbox. The result is A Cautionary Tale, eight tracks of bouncing indie guitars, synths and Tierney Tough’s breathy vocals. Guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Jason Kupfer and Nathan Chase spin the music into a fully realized sound that includes moments of “maturity, elegance and gravitas,” writes Orlando Weekly.
Jeremy Thomas Band Fri. With 10th Concession, Resinated. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Pete. Free. (727) 565-0551.
Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of Apocalypso Fri. With Set It Off, Victims of Circumstance. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. (727) 532-0265.
Thunder by the Bay Fri.-Sun. Featuring The Billy Rice Band and Tucci Group, Nuthin’ Fancy (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute), One Night Rodeo, Sean Chambers, Gumbo Boogie Band, Highway to Hell, The Bobby Friss Band. Main St., downtown Sarasota. Cost varies. (941) 371-8820, ext. 1800 or thunderbythebay.org.
Indorphine Fri. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Pete. $12. (727) 895-3045.
First Friday with Sean Delong Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
H20 Sat. With Comeback Kid, Casey Jones, Naysayer, Take Offense. 4 p.m. The Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 248-9500.
Marksmen Sat. With Oceana. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5-$7. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Greg Billings Sat. 10 p.m. Daiquiri Deck, 14995 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. Free. (727) 393-2706.
Psycho Realms benefit Sat. Featuring Thrash Attack, Alpha Decay, Rinker, more. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.
Jake Mackey and the Muddy Suns Sun. With Bishop Wayne, Mello Bondz. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Wild Wednesdays Wed. Featuring DJ Coz, DJ Rhinestone. 10 p.m. Fluid Lounge, 3645 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. (727) 849-6300.
The Queers Thurs. With The Apers. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12.50-$17. (813) 248-9500.
Agent Orange Thurs. 9 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Pete. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Big Gigantic Thurs. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Pete. $13-$14. (727) 895-3045.
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk Thurs. With Cope. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $15. (813) 241-8600.
-- Carole Liparoto and Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.