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This week in Tampa: Smashing Pumpkins, Scorpions, Lil Jon and more



If you feel like leaving town this weekend, you've got two good choices for boogie-in-your-butt excitement: Nerdapalooza in Orlando, and the Vinyl Music Festival in Sarasota.

But hey, why buy the hamburger when you can enjoy the steak for free? (Or something like that.) There's plenty of great music around Tampa Bay this weekend, including Smashing Pumpkins (above), Lil Jon, Scorpions, Tego Calderon, Theophilus London, the WMNF Americana Fest and more.

Here to walk you through this weeks concert picks, once again, is Carole Liparoto...

Smashing Pumpkins
With Kill Hannah
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $42.50-$50. (813) 247-2555. 
Thanks to Tampa Bay’s lack of interest in his early goth-metal project The Marked, nasal wailer Billy Corgan moved from St. Pete to Chicago to form Smashing Pumpkins, one of the biggest rock success stories in history. Well played, us! On Wednesday, Corgan, 43, and three new members will perform a “balance of classics, a few obscure ones, and new Teargarden material” (that’s the 44-song epic that’s been released one track at a time since December). Some claim the new group (in which Corgan is the sole original member) is a mere shadow of its former self, but before you go shredding your Zero star T-shirt, we encourage you to give latest A Song for a Son a chance.

Lil Jon
With DJ Scantman
THURSDAY 10 p.m. The Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25 and up. (813) 340-5336.
It’s good to be the king — the king of crunk that is. The duties are as follows: Sip Patron from a bejeweled chalice. Chant loudly. Repeat. Dirty south rapper Lil Jon, whose signature calls “YTaahh!” “Whaaat?!” and “Okayyy!” were famously satirized by Dave Chappelle, and whose collaborations with Usher, Pitbull and LMFAO are still in heavy club rotation, will stir things up at Ybor’s Honey Pot with a two-hour DJ set.

WMNF Americana Fest
Featuring Have Gun, Will Travel, Black Finger, Ted Lukas and the Misled, Mike Dunn and The Kings of New England, Thomas Wynn and The Believers, Steve Connelly, more
SATURDAY 4 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Artists like Thomas Wynn, Steve Connelly and Ted Lukas were weaned on the roots-rock sounds of Tom Petty, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. Accordingly, their road-tested Americana tunes are warm, proud and best enjoyed live. Bradenton’s Have Gun, Will Travel adds a Western tinge to this event’s rugged charm.

With Ratt
SATURDAY 8 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 US Hwy. 301 N., Tampa. $21-$71. (813) 740-2446.
Of all the big, dumb hair metal hits of the 1980s, Scorpions’ Rock You Like a Hurricane (which includes opening lyric, “Cat is purring and scratches my skin / so what is wrong with another sin?”) is certainly one of the biggest and dumbest. It’s also a lot of fun. On the “Get Your Sting and Blackout” tour (frankly, we have no clue what that means, either), the loveable German group bids farewell with a set of its best stadium-sized rock tunes, ones that encourage shameless fist-pumping with your aisle-mates.

Tego Calderón
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Studio Inc. NightClub, 3603 W. Waters Ave., Tampa. $30 and up. (813) 598-3946.
For me, reggaetón is a lot like the Vuvuzela — it’s loud and it’s jarring, but if nothing else, it demands a reaction. Puerto Rican rapper and mogul Tego Calderón might be considered the Diddy of this dancehall-influenced genre. Following a performance at Madison Square Garden, The New York Times called him a “forward-looking performer” who makes “the best case for Reggaetón as music with room to grow.”

Vinyl Music Festival
Featuring DJ Micro, Paul Mendez, Scooter & Lavelle, Shawn Rudnick, DJ Madam Malixa, Superfly Jeff & Shakka, more
THROUGH SUNDAY. Venues include the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trail; and G.WIZ, The Science Museum, 1001 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota.  $40 and up. Visit for full list of venues and artists.
More than 50 DJs will rattle 12 Sarasota venues over four days during the Vinyl Music Festival. New York house and trance DJ Micro is perhaps the best-known of this bunch. Also performing are Scooter and Lavelle, who do an Eddy Grant remix dubbed Electro Avenue, and Miami’s funky house DJ Shawn Rudnick. Sunglasses at night are permitted and encouraged.

Theophilus London
With Mr. Mes, Peter Baldwin, Enzo
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $13.50. (813) 241-8600.
Whether he’s pining for a girl in cashmere or just browsing for a metro card, Theophilus London delivers big-city rap that’s both fashionable and fun. The Brooklyn rapper’s electro-speckled hip-hop/R&B sound resembles Kid Cudi’s at times. He’s also got some dance-rock stuff in the vein of Bloc Party. He’ll open a few dates for M.I.A. on this tour.

Also playing

Jerry Outlaw Fri. With The Todd Grubbs Group. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045. 

Seven Nations Fri. 7 p.m. Blue Parrot, 85 Corey Circle, St. Pete Beach. $5. (727) 542-3148.

The Human Condition Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606. 

Weatherbox Fri. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-9500.

Marc Cohn Fri. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39-$55. (727) 791-7400.

Super-Sized Summer Ska Spectacular Sat. featuring The Sweet Kings, Joystick, Victims of Circumstance (with Johnny Vegas of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones), 20WT, Shady People, Suckerfish, Johnny Cakes and the Four Horseman of the Apocalypso, The Duppies, more. 4 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N., Largo. $10. (727) 532-0265.

The Greg Billings Band Sat. 10 p.m. Murphy’s, 5915 Memorial Highway,Tampa. Free. (813) 584-0853.

The Fab Four (Beatles Tribute) Sat. 8 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $55-$75. (727) 822-3590.

Adendum Sat. With Rebuilt From Ruins, Validus, more. 6 p.m. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.

Pickford Sundries Sat. 9 p.m. Ella’s, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 234-1000.

Jon Snodgrass Sun. With Chris Wollard and The Ship Thieves, Marc Ganancias and Living Arches. 9 p.m. Fly Bar and Restaurant, 1202 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 275-5000.

Lovehatehero Tues. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.  (813) 248-9500.

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Edmund D. Fountain, tbt*.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:20pm]


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