This week in Tampa: Skrillex, Woody Allen, Miguel, Gloriana and more
Wow -- now THERE'S a headline for you. Talk about spanning all genres.
Without a doubt, the hottest show of the weekend is Skrillex, above, at the Ritz Ybor -- if you don't have tickets now, good luck finding 'em before Friday night, as this show has been sold out since September. But this might be as diverse a week in music as we've seen, from dubstep (Skrillex) to jazz (Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band, Helios Jazz Orchestra) to country (Gloriana) to R&B (Miguel) to folk (Dar Williams, Jill Sobule) to metal (Black Tusk) to a cappella (Rockapella) to children's music (Laurie Berkner Band).
Here with a preview of all those shows and more is Carole Liparoto.
With 12th Planet, Two Fresh, Nadastrom
FRIDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Sold Out. (813) 247-2555.
Was dubstep the most polarizing topic in music this year? Signs point to yes. Leading the abrasive, wobbly, bass-heavy electronic movement is Sonny Moore, a.k.a. Skrillex, a DJ with a Tim Tebow-like ability to get folks fired up (one way or another). Moore received five Grammy nominations this month, including Best New Artist — a first ever nomination for a DJ. And to those who question his artistry, Moore told MTV News recently, “Whether it’s on an acoustic guitar or if it’s on a computer, music’s music, and the most important thing about music is the emotional impact it has on people and culture.” But Moore’s most unexpected move yet just might be Break’n a Sweat with Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore of The Doors, part of RE:GENERATION, a forthcoming Grammy-commissioned documentary that pairs artists of the digital and analog eras for unique collaborations.
Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45-$95. (727) 791-7400.
You know Woody Allen as the neurotic comedian in Annie Hall and the lovelorn writer in Manhattan, but do you know Woody as the skilled clarinetist blowing out early 20th century New Orleans jazz? Maybe it’s time you did. Allen began playing as a child, taking his stage name from clarinet player Woody Herman. He has performed with notable acts like the Preservation Hall Jazz Band since the late ’60s.
SUNDAY 9 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $20-$25. (727) 571-2222.
There weren’t many new faces to emerge in R&B in 2011. But just when we felt overwhelmed by Auto-Tuned catcalls, enter suave crooner Miguel, future king of prom night soundscapes. (Well, Quickie might not fly at a school function, but there are plenty of other tracks to choose from). Working with J. Cole and Usher put this R&B newbie on the map, but it’s his smooth style and powerful, vocoder-free singing that should help him stay there.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 987-2855.
When young, good-looking country music co-eds get together, big things happen. Take crossover success stories like The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum. Now, add the guys and gals (Tom, Mike and Sarasota-native Rachel) of Gloriana to that list. Gloriana released their debut self-titled album in 2009 and quickly became a best-selling debut country act with hit Wild At Heart. The group has opened for Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn and the Zac Brown Band, to name a few. Its second album, featuring single “(Kissed You) Good Night,” is set for release early next year.
Dar Williams and Jill Sobule
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$45. (727) 791-7400.
Before Katy Perry kissed a girl (and liked it), Jill Sobule kissed a girl in 1995 with a track that tackled the era’s fascination with “lesbian chic.” Sobule will open for reliable New England folkie favorite Dar Williams. Influenced by Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Judy Collins, Williams takes an honest, personal approach to songwriting.
A Rockapella Holiday
THURSDAY 7:30 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin Street, Tampa. $27.50-$37. (813) 274-8981.
Led by University of Tampa alumni and high tenor Scott Leonard, Rockapella made a splash as the “house band” on PBS’s Where in the World is Carmen San Diego. The vocal troupe performs Christmas classics with a twist this week in Tampa. Leonard crafts the arrangements, all of which include vocal percussion or beatboxing. Imagine Silver Bells with “the Mozart of spit” shaping the rhythm and feel, Leonard describes. And owing much to the popularity of shows like Glee and The Sing-Off, the longtime a cappella group is drawing well on tour.
With Kyng, Monstro, Hot Snakes
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Avenue, Tampa. (813) 972-8152.
There’s enough sludge-y, psychedelic rock on this bill to hold you over for awhile — or at least until Kylesa plays here in two weeks.
Helios Jazz Orchestra
TUESDAY 7 p.m. NOVA 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. nova535.com.
Helios Jazz Orchestra ends its 2011 monthly concert series at NOVA 535 with a bang. The 18-piece jazz big band and guest singers Denise Moore, Andrea Moraes Manson, Tyler Freeman and David Thut will tackle spy music from the Bond movies, Get Smart, Austin Powers and more. So if holiday music isn’t your thing, maybe the tones of international intrigue are.
Laurie Berkner Band
SUNDAY 1 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $28-$38. (727) 792-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
Little people love Laurie Berkner because she sings with them, not at them — and not in a fakey, Barney voice — and big people love her because, well, same thing. With songs ranging from the silly Pig on Her Head and the bluesy I Know a Chicken to the sweet My Family, “kindie” rocker Berkner has a knack for connecting with her audience. Sunday’s show, Berkner says, won’t be a sit-down affair. “Kids should feel free to get up and participate and move around,” she says. -- Kate Brassfield
The Chariot Fri. With Vanna, Former Thieves, more. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $12-$14. theorpheum.com.
Josh Thompson Fri. 10 p.m. The Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $10-$15. theroundup.com
Diamond Rio Fri. 7:30 p.m. First Baptist Church Bradenton, 1306 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton. $20-$25. (941) 746-2149.
We Are Defiance Fri. With My Ticket Home, Wolves Among Men, more. 5:30 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 382-3477.
Harry “Choo Choo” Romero Fri. With Dino Bonetti, Jask. 10 p.m. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W. Platt St., Tampa. Free for ladies before 11 p.m., $10 for guys. (813) 254-2233.
Pretty Voices Fri. WIth Car Bomb Driver, Weapons of Ass Destruction. 10 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Thomas Wynn and the Believers Fri. With Davin McCoy and the Coming Attractions. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Damon Fowler Group Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. Ringside Café, 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-8465.
Sons Of Hippies CD release Sat. With Auto?Automatic??, The Lonsome City Travlers. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Holiday Hammering Sat. featuring Ares, The Covery, Worse Things Waiting, more. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Uncle John’s Band Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Epilepsy Awareness Benefit Sat. featuring Mr. Bella, The Proper Crooks, Ink and Sweat, TUG, The Groves, The Dead Popes. 7:30 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10 donation. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Craig’s Knight: Part Deaux Benefit Sun. With JGLB, Johnny and the Wranglers, The Ditchflowers, Branson Welsh Group. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10 suggested donation. (813) 971-0666.
Starlight Envy Thurs. With The Happiness Machine, Erin Solari, John Gold. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. facebook.com/thelocal662.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*