This week in Tampa: Ribfest, Weezer, Regina Spektor, A$AP Rocky, Waka Flocka Flame and more
Mercy, do we have a wild week of tunes coming up in Tampa Bay this week. Let's get right to it, as Carole Liparoto gives you the scoop on Weezer, Heart (above), Buddy Guy, LeAnn Rimes, Glenn Frey, A$AP Rocky, Jonny Lang, Montgomery Gentry, Dance Gavin Dance, Yellowcard, Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown, Colt Ford, Gloriana, Michelle Shocked, Craig Morgan, Peelander-Z, Unearth, Bad Veins, Unearth and more...
FRIDAY featuring Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Come Back Alice. SATURDAY featuring Heart, Shawn Colvin, Gregg Rolie, Conner Christian and Southern Gothic, Sheri. SUNDAY featuring Montgomery Gentry, Colt Ford, Matt Stillwell. Gates open at 11 a.m. daily. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St Petersburg. Single day tickets $16 and up. Check Ribfest.org for set times and local performers.
Treat yourself to a hearty helping of blues, rock, country and meat — lots of meat (five tons, we’re told) — at the annual porkapalooza known as Ribfest. On Friday night, sticky-fingered attendees can enjoy Jonny Lang, the baby-faced electric blues man with the weathered growl, and Buddy Guy, the Chicago showman considered to be the bridge between blues and rock and roll, at least according to two small-time guys named Hendrix and Clapton. But the biggest story here might just be Saturday’s headliner Heart, whose sisterhood of the travelling Wilsons has given us hot, confident hits like Barracuda, Crazy on You and Magic Man. Hitmaking duo Montgomery Gentry and genre-crossing Georgia boy and former PGA golfer Colt Ford will go a little bit country, a little bit “hick-hop” on tailgate-style tunes to close out Sunday.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $59.50-$125. (727) 791-7400.
On 2012’s After Hours, The Eagles’ Glenn Frey is less the slow-rollin’ desperado or the country-rockin’ keeper of the old West, and more the sentimentalist who grew up on Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole. The collection includes covers of love standards For Sentimental Reasons and My Buddy. Frey will pepper these tunes in with his Eagles hits (Lyin’ Eyes, New Kid in Town) and ’80s-rich solo stuff (Smuggler’s Blues, The Heat Is On) Saturday during his inaugural Ruth Eckerd set.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $29.50-$99. (727) 892-5767.
The loveable wiseguys of Weezer wrote bare-boned and pleasantly-awkward pop-rock disc “The Blue Album” in the mid-’90s, encouraging neighborhood groups in grungy garages everywhere that they had a chance. Harvard man and singer Rivers Cuomo is now in is early ’40s (weird, right?), but he’s still writing tunes as if he were roaming the campus. Before Weezer starts on the full-album tour dates, they’ll perform an array of hits, like the lean, mean My Name Is Jonas and Undone - The Sweater Song, in St. Pete.
Waka Flocka Flame
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25 and up. (813) 247-2555.
Waka Flocka Flame is an admittedly bad rapper (he’s said himself that he’d rather not be known as a “lyricist”). But what the glassy-eyed trap star from Riverdale, Ga. lacks in lyrical skill, he makes up for in a silly sort of charisma, the kind attracting suburban eight-to-fivers to his shows. So get out of the cubicle and shout along with the boisterous rapper as he headbangs, barks about jewelry (he’s been known to sport a gold Fozzie Bear necklace), and chants his own name repeatedly. “Spare tire in the trunk / Ride with an extra shot Spend your red money at that Benihana restaurant,” he rhymes on Flex. Say what now, Waka? Never mind. Just roll with it.
With Only Son
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.50-$49.50. (727) 791-7400.
More full-blooded and feisty than, say, Feist (see Fidelity), but less distressed or curt than Fiona Apple (see Us, of (500) Days of Summer fame), Russian-born Regina Spektor brings a flamboyant style jam-packed with emotional ups and downs. Rolling Stone calls her the “generation’s Joni Mitchell — a singer-songwriter who nail-guns emotional truths between wisecracks.” We caught Spektor at Bonnaroo, where the heat index was hovering around 100, and sang and sweat to her freewheeling tunes about tangerines and the not-so-nice qualities of a chick named Maryanne. We’re hoping for more of the same at this Clearwater stop, just with a little less perspiration.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $45-$75. (727) 791-7400
Back in 1997, when 14-year-old country prodigy LeAnn Rimes became the youngest person ever to win a Grammy, who could have known that one day she’d be forced to remind the world that she can actually ... y’know ... sing? But it’s now 2012, and Rimes is no longer that chimpmunk-cheeked yodeler of yesteryear. These days, many know her first as a tabloid fixture famous for lawsuits, bikinis and — most salacious of all — her relationship with husband Eddie Cibrian, which began when the actor was married to another woman. Her upcoming album Spitfire is billed as her “most personal album yet,” though, and she insists she’s got a lot to get off her mind. We don’t doubt it.
With Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown, A$ap Mob
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30. (813) 247-2555.
New school hip-hopper A$AP Rocky, not to be confused with None Shall Pass rapper Aesop Rock, pulled an Adrian Brody at the MTV VMAs this year when he snuck a smooch in on an unsuspecting Rihanna. To his longtime fans, it was just a typical display of Rocky braggadocio. After all, this is the guy that calls himself “that pretty mofo” (newspaper edit). But it’s all in good fun for Rocky, the uptown NYC rapper who fancies himself an outsider with good looks and fashion sense (Peso). Catch opener Danny Brown, a shamelessly weird rapper from Detroit with a spastic flow and harebrained tunes (see The Black Brad Pitt).
Dance Gavin Dance
With A Lot Like Birds, I the Mighty, The Orphan, the Poet
WEDNEDSAY 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17 and up. (727) 895-3045.
Drug problems and arrests have kept soulful, R&B-style singer Jonny Craig in and out of Dance Gavin Dance over the years. While it lasted, DGD had a pretty unique thing going — imagine a blue-eyed, foul-mouthed Otis Redding/Michael Jackson combo fronting a hardcore band. But with Craig out again, local fans might find comfort in the fact that Tilian Pearson will be taking over. Pearson is formerly of Clearwater’s proggish math-rock act Tides of Man, one of the few local bands to attain a real national identity in the last decade. His dizzying, nasal wail should bring DGD closer to The Dear Hunter or Circa Survive territory.
With The Wonder Years, We Are the In Crowd, Sandlot Heroes
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$23. (727) 565-0551.
On the surface, Jacksonville-bred Yellowcard might seem like your run of the mill pop-punk band rocking out to storylines you’re likely to encounter during CW network programming. But the quintet has a secret weapon in talented violinist Sean Mackin. Latest disc Southern Air debuted at No. 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Joyland, 5520 14th St. W, Bradenton, $10-$15. joylandcountry.com
The last time the good-looking country music co-eds in Gloriana played the bay area, they did so at a Lightning game. Because country and ice hockey go hand in hand, right? The band, comprised of brothers Tom and Mike Gossin and Sarasota native Rachel Reinert, cozy up at the more suitable Joyland, a Bradenton line-dance paradise, on Saturday. A crossover success story in the vein of The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum, Gloriana had a hit in Wild at Heart in 2009. Now they’re touring on second studio album A Thousand Miles Left Behind.
Featuring Bad Veins, Zillionaire, Sleepy Vikings, Florida Night Heat
FRIDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-4969.
At its height several years ago, Tampa trio Candy Bars captured the attention of National Public Radio, which cited the band as evidence of a “renaissance” for indie music. Respected blogs like Pitchfork and Stereogum also praised the group’s original and often soothing sounds bolstered by a cello and the occasional harpsichord. Ryan Fujiki-Hastings, the Candy Bars’ drummer who co-wrote many of the group’s songs, died in September as a result of a motorcycle crash, leaving behind a wife and a young daughter. One hundred percent of the donations from this show will go directly to support the family.
Dillon Francis Fri. With Clockwork, Baauer. 9 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15 and up. (813) 873-8368.
Steve Arvey Fri. and Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway, Dunedin. Free. (727) 216-6318.
Riverhawk Music Festival Fri.-Sun. featuring Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Show, The Waybacks, The Wiyos, The Steel Wheels, Harper and the Midwest Kind, more. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. $15-$125. See lindentertainment.com for full schedule and ticket prices.
Benise (En Fuego, Extreme Flamenco) Sat. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $45.50-$78. (727)791-7400.
Astronave Sat. With Rising Down, Noctambulo, Young Egypt. 8 p.m. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Craig Morgan Sat. Doors at 7 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 987-2855.
Dunedin Wines the Blues Sat. featuring The Sauce Boss, Betty Fox and the Dirty Bastards, Selwyn Birchwood. 5 p.m. Free. Main Street between Louden Avenue and Broadway, downtown Dunedin. dunedinwinestheblues.info.
March Fourth Marching Band Sat. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Michelle Shocked Sat. 8 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 644-7895.
Unearth Sun. With Born of Osiris, Obey the Brave, The Contortionist, Wolves At The Gate. 5 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
Carrie Rodriguez Mon. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28.50. (813) 229-7827.
Darwin Deez Mon. 8 p.m. With Hollerado, Shaller. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $7-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Pretty and Nice Tues. With Alexander and the Grapes, Emperor X, Jensen Serf Co. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 248-4969.
Lifestyles After 50 Extravaganza Wed. featuring The Knockouts, Denise Looney, Betsy Verdier, William “Deuce” Hulett, Russell Cortese, Art DeMoranville, Luis Campaneria. 10 a.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Free. (727) 587-6793.
Denney and the Jets Thurs. With Tristen. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-4969.
The Steepwater Band Thurs. 8:30 p.m. The Ale and the Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-2533.
Motionless In White Thurs. With Chelsea Grin, Stick to Your Guns, Crown The Empire, Upon This Dawning. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.
Peelander-Z Thurs. With Electric Eel Shock, High Five Go, Abortion Twins. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*