This week in Tampa: Robert Plant, Los Lobos, Santana and Steve Winwood and more
If you can't find a fun concert this Friday night, you're not looking hard enough.
First off, there's the fierceness frenzy that is Rihanna and Ke$ha Friday night at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre. We've already schooled you on the ins and outs of that show. (Remember: It's pronounced "KESH-ah.")
Over at Ruth Eckerd Hall, you can catch Robert Plant, above, performing with his Band of Joy, a sort-of-supergroup that includes members like Patty Griffin, above right. Or if you're in the mood to dance the Bamba, Los Lobos are performing a free postgame concert at Tropicana Field.
After the jump, Carole Liparoto shares the details on all these shows and more, including concerts by Cyndi Lauper, Santana and Steve Winwood, Funeral Party, Celebrate Sinatra, the Scream Like You Mean It Tour, American Idols Live and more ...
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$99.50. (727) 791-7400.
It’s been a long time since Robert Plant has truly rock ’n’ rolled, but that doesn’t mean he’s totally abandoned his Led Zep daze. On a new concert tour with his Band of Joy (a sorta supergroup that features guitarist Buddy Miller and vocalist Patty Griffin), the 61-year-old Brit indulges his longtime love affair with Americana and blues, his raspy voice better suited for low, smoldering moans than the high, holy shrieks of his youth. But recent reviews of Plant’s current trek also show plenty of Zep tunes on the setlist (Thank You, Tangerine, Misty Mountain Hop), and that makes sense. For all their tight-panted lasciviousness and Tolkein-inspired mumbo-jumbo, the London quartet was first and foremost a blues revue. And if they did indeed sell their souls to the devil as the legend claims, it was probably not for a taste of fame or riches, but only because they wanted to get closer to Robert Johnson and his Clarksdale, Miss., crossroads. — Sean Daly
FRIDAY Following Rays vs. Yankees. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket; first pitch at 7:10 p.m. (888) 326-7297.
There’s a lot more to Los Lobos than a hit cover of Mexican folk song La Bamba. The East Los Angeles quintet (whose name is Spanish for “the wolves”) blends rock, Latin music and howlin’ blues with a sense of arty playfulness. New disc Tin Can Trust (set for release next week) runs the gamut from Spanish-language ballads to Strat-mastering Grateful Dead interpretations. “This is what happens when five guys create a magical sound, then stick together for 30 years to see how far it can take them,” says Rolling Stone. Complete your wolf pack Friday night at the Trop with this choice Chicano act.
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.50-$69.50. (727) 791-7400.
Cyndi Lauper has had her fun. Now she’s singing the blues. On her latest disc Memphis Blues (No.1 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart for four straight weeks), the ’80s pop icon makes a leap from the Big Apple to Beale Street, trading slumber party pop shenanigans for sultry blues songs. Lauper says it was a natural move given the economic state. Just don’t hold your breath for Time After Time and Girls Just Want to Have Fun in their original formats.
Scream It Like You Mean It Tour
Featuring Silverstein, Emery, Dance Gavin Dance, I Set My Friends on Fire, Sky Eats Airplane, more
SATURDAY 5 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18.50. (727) 895-3045.
If ever there was a genre to befuddle parental figures, screamo was its name-o. Bands like Emery, Dance Gavin Dance and Sky Eats Airplane practice suburban defiance with vociferous playing, and of course, screaming. Essentially, it’s a millennial, tight-jeans version of metal (also referred to as “metalcore”). There’s a good deal of talent behind all the madness, though, including adept double-bass maneuvering and crafty guitar progressions.
Santana and Steve Winwood
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25.50-$125.50. (813) 740-2446.
Two guitar greats offer a big evening out. Santana’s Afro-Latin-rock fusion and sprawling guitar work is the stuff of legend, though it’s the modern pop artist pairings that have made him one of the biggest comeback stories of all time. Winwood has worn many hats during his career: Brit blues invader with the Spencer Davis Group, pioneering jam band musician and experimental innovator with Traffic and Blind Faith, and soul man on his own in the ’80s. Anticipate a little of each Steve on Saturday.
Featuring Tom Tiratto and the Joe Stagi Big Band Orchestra
SATURDAY 9 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $50 and up. Must prepay at CelebrateSinatra.com.
Come fly with Tom Tiratto and the Joe Stagi Big Band Orchestra as they recreate the best of Ol’ Blue Eyes. It’s all part of “Celebrate Sinatra,” the tribute event that South Tampa man-about-town Ken Walters has held every year since Frank Sinatra’s passing in 1998. Saturday, Walters will once again transform Ybor’s Ritz Theater into a ’50s-style nightclub where guests may swing to the standards in their finest duds.
With New Politics
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $8.50. (813) 248-9500.
Funeral Party is a shabby-sheik disco-punk act on a perpetual bender. Imagine a grouchy, more severe version of The Rapture and you’ve got the idea. Check out the erratic cowbell-thumper Carwars and don’t overthink it. Just move your feet.
Anders Osborne Fri. With The Lee Boys. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Dementia (Zombie event) Fri. With Azalea, Scar City, more. 7:30 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $5. (727) 843-0686.
Will Erickson and Local Roots Fri. 10 p.m. Fly Bar, 1202 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 275-5000.
The Original Kiss Army Fri. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $25-$30. (727) 587-6793.
Jarvik 7 Sat. With Beardsley, King of Prussia. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Magadog Sat. With The Boozers. Ella’s, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 234-1000.
Grupo Mania Sat. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 565-0551.
Michael Mack Sat. With Lou Angelwolf. 8:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 892-5767.
Shore Aid: A Good Cause for Bad Oil Sun. With DJ Mondo, DJ Kidd Leow, DJ Lesage, DJ Ku, DJ Gimme Samoa, DJ Jaime Fereirra, more. 1 p.m. Shephards Beach Resort, 601 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 442-5107.
GBH Mon. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
Sander Van Doorn Wed. With J13. 10 p.m. Bishop Tavern, 260 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 822-2027.
American Idols Live! Wed. Featuring Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze, Michael Lynche, Andrew Garcia, Casey James, Didi Benami, Aaron Kelly, Siobhan Magnus, Katie Stevens, Tim Urban. 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $37.75 and up. (813) 301-2500.
Thrash and Burn Tour Thurs. featuring Asking Alexandria, Born of Osiris, Greeley Estates, Kittie, Motionless in White, Stick to Your Guns, more. 3 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: AP.