This week in Tampa: Rush, Taking Back Sunday, Brandi Carlile, Kreayshawn and more
The calendar has flipped to November, but that doesn't mean the concert schedule has gotten any lighter. This week's docket includes shows by Rush, Brandi Carlile, Kreayshawn, Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, Future Islands, Bayside, Hinder, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Rye Rye, Christian McBride Trio, Zoso, Capleton, Ryan Cabrera, Go Radio and more.
Here to walk you through it all is Carole Liparoto...
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $40-$125. (813) 740-2446.
You don’t need to be smart, patient or male to enjoy a Rush show, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt. The prog-rock demigods will offer up plenty of air-guitar opportunities and bromance moments Saturday, touring in support of 20th studio album Clockwork Angels. It’s a conceptual album about the celestial struggle between forces of order and chaos, and includes all the cerebral, long-winded wizardry that we’ve come to expect from a Rush album. A novelization of Clockwork Angels, co-credited to Rush drum Jedi and lyricist Neil Peart, even made the New York Times Bestseller List. Speaking of Peart, drooling stickmen have been known to show up just to see him maneuver that bazillion-piece kit.
Christian McBride Trio
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $30-$50. (727) 892-5767.
Since his days at Julliard, jazz bassist Christian McBride has had a penchant for steamrolling over hard-bop tradition, thumping out standards and originals with funk-pop twists. More recently, the charismatic, world-renowned player has focused his efforts on straight-ahead acoustic jazz with both plucked and bowed soloing. “I wanted to present solid melodies with some decent chord changes that could be good vehicles for the guys to blow on,” he says coolly.
Taking Back Sunday
With Bayside, Transit
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 565-0551.
When emo-punk was peaking in the early ’00s, the addicts for the dramatic in Taking Back Sunday were climbing the mountain top with gold debut Tell All Your Friends. Just then, the band imploded as guitarist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper left to start Straylight Run. After ten years, the original cast has reunited to play the entire album, a melodic, slightly-paranoid post-hardcore collection that hurts so good. Handclaps, harmonies and heartache will be in full supply.
With Talk Normal
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $11-$14. (813) 241-8600.
Imagine synthy, ’80s-inspired pop songs sung by a guy with a throat full of river rock and you’ll get a feel for indie act Future Islands. “If Tom Waits and Keyboard Cat had a baby,” says an astute YouTube reviewer, a description that also works well. Howler Samuel T. Herring leads the band on synth-poperas about love and loss. The tracks are ghoulish, but surprisingly dancey, making them great for fans of New Order or The Cure.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 565-0551.
We’re no closer to a Led Zeppelin reunion than we ever were. Fortunately, one of the next best things on the live stage is actually a pretty decent thing. The Los Angeles Times hails Zoso (the name comes from Jimmy Page’s personal symbol on the Led Zeppelin IV album) as “head and shoulders above all other Zeppelin tributes.” And we must concur that the band both looks and sounds eerily like the legendary British rock act. Logging some 2,400 sets worldwide hasn’t hurt.
With Impulse Band, Jah Thunder, Kulcha Knox, Poison Dart Sound
SUNDAY 5 p.m. Whiskey Joe’s, 7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 281-0770.
Who says summer has to end when you’ve got a Capleton show oceanside? Live from the freshly imported sands of Whiskey Joe’s on the Courtney Campbell, the reggae and dancehall innovator performs an intimate, sun-splashed set Sunday.
Erase Hate Festival
With Brandi Carlile, Halcyon, Busted Blues, TJ Prodigy, Woody, more.
SUNDAY noon. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free; VIP $75. erasehatetampabay.org.
Back in April, an Erase Hate Festival starring cult singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile seemed like a good idea, but it was canceled due to the threat of inclement weather. Now they’re giving it another go. Carlile and a handful of local artists will play this free show benefitting Erase Hate Tampa Bay, a nonprofit that seeks to educate local students on matters of bullying and tolerance. — Jay Cridlin
FRIDAY 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25 and up. facebook.com/thelocal662.
“Can’t even make it as rote hard rock.” “Too insulting to women and your intelligence.” “So egregiously dull they appeal not to fans of music, but fans of high fives.” Ouch. This is the way an AllMusic critic described Oklahoma City band Hinder’s debut disc back in 2005. But the boys never seemed to mind. In fact, they’re laughing all the way to the bank. Forthcoming album Welcome to the Freakshow comes with hints of Nickelback, Shinedown and Sammy Hagar. Hinder plays an unplugged set in St. Pete Friday.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Demens Landing Park, Corner of First Avenue N .and Bayshore Boulevard SE, St. Petersburg. $100 and up. (727) 893-7174.
The guys behind the muscly electric-blues hits Tuff Enuff and Wrap it Up headline St. Pete’s “Dollars for Doorways,” a college scholarship fundraising event. The barnburnin’ band brought the Texas blues scene to the forefront in the ’80s, and opened shows for the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker, to name a few. Co-founder and harmonica whiz Kim Wilson remains the only original member, as the Thunderbirds’ guitarist Jimmie Vaughan (brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan) went on to pursue a solo career years back.
With Rye Rye, Honey Cocaine, Chippy, Nonstop
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$24. theorpheum.com.
Trash-talking, thrift-shopping Oakland rapper and director Kreayshawn plays the bay-area for a second time in a month. Because we just can’t get enough ovary swag, right? (Hopefully you know Gucci Gucci, or that could sound weird). With the backing of some of hipster hip-hop’s biggest names, including Odd Future and Lil B, the pint-sized gal went viral with the aforementioned anti-consumerism anthem, one that jabs at the dullness of designer labels. M.I.A. protégé and party-starter Rye Rye opens the show.
Maserati Fri. With Majeure, Poetry 'N Lotion. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $9-$12. (813) 241-8600.
Sunglasses after Dark (Tribute to The Cramps) Sat. featuring The Pearl Snatches, members from Car Bomb Driver, Doll Parts, GiGi and the Cretins, Mortuary Society, Pretty Voices, Spankin’ Fresh, The Spears, Zanesville, Boney Fiend, Hell-Bent. 9 p.m. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 898-6054.
Big Kettle Drum Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Beef and Boogie Sat. featuring Josh Gracin, Jim Van Fleet, more. 5 p.m. Farmers Market Festival Grounds, 524 Market Blvd., Webster. Free. beefandboogie.com.
Woe Is Me Sat. With Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Our Last Night, Secrets, more. 5:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$17. theorpheum.com.
The Return of the Grievous Angel: Tribute to Gram Parsons Sat. featuring Parson Brown Band, Sara Rose Band, Marissa Smith and Friends, Steve Vaclavik and the Woeful Ones, Mick Marino Band, Ian Dunlop, Leigh Humes Band, Al Torchia and the Tattered Saints, The Dreadful Snakes, Have Gun Will Travel, The Crabgrass Cowboys. 6 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Ryan Cabrera Sun. With Rookie of the Year, Lakeview Drive, Variance, more. 5 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Vintage Trouble Sun. 7:30 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Passafire Sun. With The Crazy Carls, The Sheffield Crew, Sidereal. 6 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $5-$10. (727) 565-0551.
David Massengill and Rod MacDonald Sun. 3 p.m. UU Dome, 11400 Morris Bridge Rd., Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 988-8188.
This Is Detroit Techno Wed. featuring Robert Hood, Brian Busto, Bob Skies, Andy Mara, Eli-J. 9 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. theorpheum.com.
Go Radio Wed. With Paradise Fears, Stages and Stereos. 6:30 p.m. Royal Room at The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $12. (813) 247-2555.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*