This week in Tampa: Ringo Starr, Sean Paul, Black Kids and more
That's a little crazy when you think about it. Ringo Starr, a man who's known a level of fame that only three other people have ever known, is coming to Tampa Bay. We know we'll be there, if only to cross another Beatle off our bucket list. We've seen McCartney in concert, and it's looking more unlikely with each passing day that we'll ever get to see Lennon or Harrison in concert. Until the zombie apocolypse (it's still coming!), Ringo will have to do.
After the jump, get the details on Ringo's stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall, plus Carole Liparoto's other concert picks: Marcy Playground, Cage, Sean Paul, Rooney, Young Veins, Black Kids, reunion shows by Suburban Tragedy and Hey There, Battleship and more ...
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
A ticket to this show should probably come with an antidepressant because Chris Palko is one seriously dark dude. The underground New York City rapper has a past plagued with suicide attempts, psychiatric hospitals stays and rehab stints, all of which he details in full on the microphone under the name Cage. Palko’s lyrical purging isn’t likely to end up on the radio anytime soon, but we say any guy that can make Eminem look like Biz Markie is legit. According to Spin, there’s a Cage biopic in the works, set to star Shia LaBeouf.
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49-$150. (727) 791-7400.
Peace sign-waving, matched-grip playing funnyman Ringo Starr gets by with a little help from friends Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Rick Derringer, The Romantics’ Wally Palmar and Mr. Mister’s Richard Page on this year’s edition of the “All Starr Tour.” Starr, who turned 70 this week, plays solo material and Beatles favorites (Yellow Submarine almost always turns into a roaring sing-along) with his guest players, who also each perform two of their own hits during the show.
With Pop Glow, Easybreezy, Soft Rock Renegades
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $7-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Singer Reggie Youngblood once likened Black Kids’ restless and choppy disco-dance-garage mix to what Abba might have sounded like if stirred from slumber at 4 a.m. Big on bedhead, low on polish, the Jacksonville band uses hokey synth lines, lo-fi guitars and childlike eruptions to stir up the dancefloor. The group is coming out of hibernation to “play our first shows of the year in our beloved home state of Florida,” they say.
With Days of the New
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Marcy Playground’s 1997 hit Sex and Candy provided a burst of grungy alt-rock to a world struggling to exist without Kurt Cobain. The trio sounded like a more peaceful Nirvana (kind of) as it chronicled a downtown encounter with a woman as appealing as “double cherry pie” and “disco lemonade.”
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 565-0551.
Jumping from dancehall, hip-hop, pop and reggae, Sean Paul has been hugely successful in the U.S. (probably because of our love of multi-tasking). In fact, Paul is considered the most successful Jamaican artist of all time on the U.S. charts with five Top Ten hits (We Be Burnin’, Gimme The Light, Temperature, Get Busy, Baby Boy).
Rooney and the Young Veins
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $17. (813) 241-8600.
Melody-minded acts Rooney and Young Veins sound as if they spent their early years sifting through records at thrift stores — they’re just that fixated with vintage pop. If you like Panic at the Disco’s Pretty. Odd, you’ll probably like the Young Veins, which features former Panic members rehashing ’60s-style California sounds. If you like Weezer or Supedrag, you’ll probably dig Rooney.
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $8. (727) 532-0265
Pinellas band Suburban Tragedy is reuniting for the first time in two years to play the agile, pop-flecked rock songs that made them such a local music scene mainstay for nearly a decade. If you’re a 97X listener, you know this caffeinated crew for the “wake up” intro song on Fisher and Boy’s morning show.
Hey There, Battleship and Drake Sweet
With The Devin Robinson Band, Halibut
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3-$5.
Another well-liked local rock act, Hey There, Battleship, is returning to the stage after some time away. Their stuff is raw, smart and pleasingly cacophonous — maybe like what grad students go for when they need to let loose. Rising young indie artist Drake Sweet has an emotive, Copeland-meets-The Shins sound, one that could wind up in rotation on Sirius XMU any day now. He was featured in a Relix magazine CD sampler last fall.
Marcus Schulz Fri. With DJ Gemini. 9 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $10-$20. (727) 571-2222.
Vanilla Ice Fri. Following Rays vs. Cleveland Indians. First pitch at 7:10 p.m. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. (888) 326-7297, rays.mlb.com.
A History of Jazz Fri. featuring Tom Ziegelhofer, Jim Burge and the Jazz Directions. 7:30 p.m. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowel Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 269-1310.
Earth Bombs Mars Sat. With Roy Jay and the Electrician.s 9 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free.
(Hed)P.E. Sat. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.
Team Cybergeist CD Release Sat. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N., Ybor City. $13. (813) 241-8600.
The Mojo Gurus Sat. With The Taints. 9:30 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $6. (727) 576-1091.
Blackveil Brides Mon. With Vampires Everywhere, Modern Day Escape. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12. (727) 895-3045.
Every Avenue Tues. With Sing It Loud, There for Tomorrow, The Secret Handshake. 5:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.
Starkillers Wed. 10 p.m. Bishop Tavern, 260 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 822-2027.
Deleted Scenes Thurs. With Sleepy Vikings, The Pauses. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7-$9. (813) 248-4969.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.