This week in Tampa: Roger Waters, Fantasia, Joanna Newsom, Social Distortion and more
Classic rock rules the week in Tampa Bay. To wit:
-- Roger Waters, above, is bringing his much-acclaimed tour behind Pink Floyd's The Wall to the St. Pete Times Forum on Tuesday. Click here for a preview of that show, and a recap of what made The Wall one of the best-selling albums of all time.
-- Jason (son of John) Bonham is bringing his Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience -- which, surprisingly, has also garnered much acclaim -- to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday.
-- Ribfest is back in St. Pete, and once again, organizers have dipped into the '70s and '80s for most of the headliners, including the Doobie Brothers, Rick Springfield and Grand Funk Railroad. (Okay, yes, and Eric Church on Sunday. But still.) Click here for an interview with Springfield and a complete Ribfest lineup.
But if you know where to look, you can find plenty of great music that you won't hear on classic rock radio, including Fantasia, Joanna Newsom, Paul Oakenfold, Social Distortion, Bonobo, Uncle Kracker, Better Than Ezra, Senses Fail, Atreyu and more. For details on all of it, here's Carole Liparoto...
With Eric Benet, Kandi
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $34.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
Before American Idol became overrun with carefully placed Ford Fiesta commercials and superfluous judges’ commentary, we had real rags-to-riches stories to focus on (which is what AI should be about). In mere months, Fantasia Barrino, a high school dropout and unwed teenage mother from High Point, N.C., became a household name and earned a major record deal. Soon after, she’d be nominated for Grammy awards, star in Lifetime movies and perform on Broadway. Of course, with fame came new obstacles — rumors of infidelity and a suicide attempt emerged. But Barrino’s new CD Back to Me, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart, is the disc she calls the “light after a dark time.” For all you Atlanta Housewives fans, Kandi will open the show.
With Lucero, Frank Turner
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Sold out. (727) 565-0551.
When you think craggy, twangy, elbow-throwing punk, you think Social Distortion. (At least you should be thinking Social Distortion.) Eminent greaser and frontman Mike Ness remains the lone original member keeping the Social D vibe alive and well — a vibe that calls to mind Johnny Cash meets The Clash or Hank Williams in the circle pit. Memphis alt-country act Lucero, augmented by a two‑piece horn section, opens the show. We’d go on, but this one’s sold out.
Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $32.50-$59.50. (727) 791-7400.
Led Zeppelin fans, let’s face the facts. Robert Plant has made it clear that a reunion tour won’t be happening (even with a $200 million price tag). Luckily, the next best thing is a pretty extraordinary thing. Jason Bonham, son of late quintessential hard-rock drummer John Bonham, has teamed with the production company behind “The Pink Floyd Experience” and “Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles” to celebrate the life and music of his father. Timed to take place just after the 30th anniversary of John’s passing, Jason will pummel the skins on Zeppelin interpretations that are “strikingly faithful to the originals,” says Rolling Stone. Note: Don’t dare take your bathroom break during Moby Dick, when Jason and John will share a virtual drum duet.
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Hawaiian Village, 2520 N Dale Mabry, Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 868-7600.
Until Paul Oakenfold drew nearly 100,000 people at the Glastonbury Festival in 1995, it was hard to put the words “international superstar” and “DJ” in the same sentence. The British trance ambassador changed the game by proving a single DJ and a 4/4 beat could draw big all over the world. Oakenfold has since gone on to Grammy nominations, Coke commercials and action film scores. And as quickly as dance music moves, it’s important to note that Oakenfold has managed to stay relevant over a 15-year span. His greatest hits and remixes album includes his popular takes on tracks by Massive Attack, Justin Timberlake and Radiohead.
Laws and Mason Caine
With DJ Sandman, DJ Smallz
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Mason Caine has always had a way with words. When a Confederate flag was raised over Hudson High as a prank, then-student Caine used dialogue, not violence, to quash turmoil among students. Years later, Caine has rightfully emerged as Pasco’s clever and versatile rap representative. And Laws, once his biggest battle rap rival, is now a close partner and friend. Laws, of Spring Hill, has earned acclaim from XXL and URB, and is currently signed to J.U.S.T.I.C.E League/Warner. DJ Smallz and Sandman round out this bill of local hip-hop heavyweights.
Uncle Kracker Fri. 8 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10. (813) 987-2855.
Dunedin Wines The Blues Festival Fri. 5:30 p.m. and Sat. 5 p.m. featuring Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, The Legendary JC’s, Jake Mackey. Between Louden Ave. and Broadway, Dunedin. Free. dunedinwinestheblues.info.
Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade Fri. With Geri X. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime Fri. 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $23. (813) 247-2555.
Jimmy Griswold Fri. 7 p.m. JolliMon’s, 941 Huntley Ave., Dunedin. (727) 902-1671.
Sacred Grounds 14th Birthday Party Sat. featuring Gary Osborne, APOW, Steven Garrett, Dean Johanesen, Jeremy Gloff, Friends of Giants. 7 p.m. Sacred Grounds, 4819 E Busch Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 983-0837.
Topical Heatwave: An Evening of Political and Protest Music Sat. featuring Steve Vaclavik and the Woeful Ones, The Funky Seeds, Radio Free Carmela, Too Many Subplots, Ronny Elliot, Ted Lukas and the Misled, Chicken Chasers, Fall On Purpose, more. 7 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Tank Sat. With Javon Black. 9 p.m. IMAX Theatre, 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa. (813) 389-0441.
Hot Mouth Sat. With Locolism, Pretty Voices. 9 p.m. Local 662, 662 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. $3. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Maybe Foreign CD release Sat. 7:30 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-2356.
The Sleeping Sat. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $17. (813) 248-9500.
Skeleton Warrior Sun. With Haves and Thirds, No Milk, Then and Than. 8 p.m. Mojo Books and Music, 2558 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 971-9717.
Bonobo Sun. With Tokimonsta, Versus INTL. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Atreyu Mon. With Blessthefall, Chiodos, Architects, Endless Hallway 6:30 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $29. (813) 247-2555.
Better Than Ezra Tues. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Pete. $15. (727) 565-0551.
Senses Fail Wed. With Bayside, Title Fight, Balance and Composure. 6:30 p.m. The State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: AP.