This week in Tampa: Sick Puppies, Wynonna, Newsboys and more
Okay, we're not gonna lie: This is a slow week in Tampa Bay concert-land. But c'mon, it's Christmas week. There can't be a major local music festival EVERY week in Tampa Bay ... can there?
After the jump, Carole Liparoto gives you the details on concerts by Sick Puppies, Wynonna, Newsboys, R5 featuring Ross Lynch, Tres Bien, holiday shows by New Granada and Brokenmold, and more...
97X End of the World Party
Featuring Sick Puppies, IAMDYNAMITE
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free with ticket. (727) 565-0551, 97xonline.com.
Party like it’s your last at 97X’s free apocalyptic rock show Friday. Australian act Sick Puppies rocks like the Caps Lock key is on with loud, elbow-throwing track You’re Going Down. Not unlike treadmill-hoppin’ OK Go, the Sick Puppies’ breakthrough came via music video. The band’s “free hugs” accompaniment to balladic rock track All the Same has some 70 million YouTube plays. This show is free but you must get a ticket at the designated drop locations. Visit 97xonline.com for all the details.
Wynonna’s Rockin’ Christmas
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39-$69. (727) 892-5767.
Rockin’ redhead and frequent Oprah Winfrey Show guest Wynonna Judd will perform hits and Christmas cuts with her full band The Big Noise Friday. One half of famous mother-daughter duo The Judds, and a woman Rolling Stone once called “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline,” Judd pumps fiery country-blues into seasonal favorites. A rockabilly version of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, anyone? To be clear, this isn’t a holiday party, a winter light festival or any other PC, non-denominational celebration of the season. This is a Christmas show, says the faithful Judd. And she’s had the kind of year that could put faith to the test. Judd’s husband Cactus Moser had his leg amputated after an August motorcycle accident but is slated to get back behind the drum set at this show date.
SUNDAY Following Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. St. Louis Rams; kickoff at 1 p.m. Free with game ticket. $30 and up. buccaneers.com/faithandfootball.
Well, well, well, look who's taking a page out of the Tampa Bay Rays' playbook. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hosting a free concert by Christian rock superstars Newsboys following this Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams. It's part of the team's first "Faith and Football" event, and it'll also feature music from KJ-52 and a message from evangelist Scott Dawson. Like the Rays' postgame concerts, this one is free with game admission. Will this draw out enough fans to prevent a TV blackout two days before Christmas? It tends to work for the Rays, so we'll see. -- Jay Cridlin
R5 featuring Ross Lynch
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $17.50 and up. (727) 791-7400.
It’s like stereo candy for adolescents. Sweet teen family band R5 offers strummy, chivalrous and insanely catchy pop-rock songs about the pains and pleasures of growing up. Golden-haired singer-guitarist Ross Lynch of Disney Channel hit sitcom Austin & Ally leads the group alongside brothers Rocky and Riker, a recurring guest on Glee, sister Rydel and family friend Ellington Ratliff. The band signed to Hollywood Records in April, and its second EP drops next year. You’d be smart to see R5 before they start selling tickets at Bieber prices.
With Levels, Shaller, Instanter
FRIDAY 9 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Tres Bien, an energetic gang of 20-somethings bowing to The Beatles, The Kinks, The Zombies and the era of moptops, went hard to bring their Clearwater-bred pop tunes to the rest of the country. The guys were finalists on Fox’s The Next Great American Band and a tbt* Ultimate Band in 2008. After testing the waters in New York and Philadelphia over the last few years, the vintage favorites are bringing the harmonies back to the Bay. Opener Levels, comprised of Tres Bien’s Cody Wilson and Mikey Rollingchild, as well as St. Pete native Roxor Evensen, has been tinkering in Hollywood, writing deliberately primitive garage-pop tunes about Lamborghinis and life in LA LA Land. Absolutely worth a spin.
The Annual New Granada Christmas Night Extravaganza
Featuring Alexander and the Grapes, King of Spain, Alaskus
TUESDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Nineteen years in, this traditional Christmas night show at New World Brewery has become the place to escape holiday hubbub. For founder and Tampa musician Keith Ulrey, it all began Christmas night 1993. “It started out as something for some punk kids to do late at night when they were done with family obligations,” Ulrey said. “Each year was so successful, it turned into an evening of old and new friends gathering, grounded by the local indie music community.” Seek refuge from the in-laws with Alexander and the Grapes, a homgegrown bunch packing woozy folk and swaths of ’90s alternative rock. Flee the fruitcake with King of Spain, a Tampa act that offers a cool kind of indie-tronic rambling. Alaskus, made up of ex-members of Sleepy Vikings Sandra Lolo and Nicole Schleif, brings lovely, lo-fi shoegaze.
Late Night Brass Holiday Show Fri. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Sara Rose Band Fri. With Midnight Bowlers League. 9:30 p.m. Ringside Cafe, 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 894-8465.
The Bastard Sons Fri. With Jack Jasper, Kill Kurt Reifler. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Awkward Age Fri. With The New Lows, Raguckas. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.
The Zombie Apocalypse Fri. featuring Dementia, A(k)new, Emerge, Yoshi Gish, more. 7 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. Free. (727) 532-0265.
Envy Christmas Party Sat. featuring Santana, Pedro M, Chris Craze, MC Sonny Glover. 11 p.m. Hard Rock Café Tampa, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. Free. (866) 502-7529.
’Tis the Season to Rock Sat. featuring Sunshine and Bullets, Bastards of Doom, Dark Summer, G2P, The Dood, Virginia Rose. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Resinated Sat. With Burning Tree, Victims of Circumstance, Roots for Change. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Brokenmold Annual Holiday Party Sat. featuring Wolf-Face, The Woolly Bushmen, The Funky Pandas, more. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.
Santa Rock n’ Roll Angels Party (Operation Coexist Benefit) Fri. featuring Not Tonight Josephine, Paint the Town Red, Lushbudget. 8 p.m. Octave, 661 Central Ave, St Petersburg. $5 suggested donation. (727) 826-0820.
FunkUs Holiday Fun Party Sat. 8 p.m. The Blueberry Patch, 4923 20th Ave. S, Gulfport. $5. (727) 327-4224.
Sarah Mac Band Fourth Annual Christmas Show Sat. 8 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $12-$15. (727) 644-7895.
For The Kids Too (Children’s Home of Tampa benefit) Sun. With Will Erickson, Rebekah Pulley, Dean Johanesen, the Pinata Hearts. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Suggested $10 donation. (813) 971-0666.
Monétique Album Listening/EP Release Party Sun. 8 p.m. Cheap, 309 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 258-5878.
Jeremy Thomas Mon. 9 p.m. Chic-a-Boom Room, 319 Main St., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0206.
Uncle John’s Band Thurs. With Christie Lenée Project. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7. (813) 971-0666.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*