This week in Tampa: Snoop Dogg, Daughtry, Green Day, Black Moth Super Rainbow and more
The two biggest concerts tonight, July 30, are CKY at Jannus Landing and Maxwell at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The latter show is sold out, but there's a slim chance some tickets might be available to the public at the door. For details on both shows, click here.
The biggest concert next week is Green Day at the St. Pete Times Forum on Monday, Aug. 3. Sean Daly's all over that one.
As for this week: If you see a funny green haze enveloping the USF Sun Dome on Friday, it's probably the Blazed and Confused Tour, with Slightly Stoopid and Snoop Dogg. Get details on that show -- and the rest of Carole Giambalvo's concert picks, including Atmosphere, the Cab, Black Moth Super Rainbow and Demi Lovato and David Archuleta -- after the jump.
Snoop Dogg and Slightly Stoopid
With Mickey Avalon, Stephen Marley
FRIDAY 6 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 East Fowler Ave., Tampa. $35.50. (813) 974-3002.
Why does Snoop Dogg carry an umbrella? Fo‚Äô drizzle! (Never gets old, does it?) The charismatic L.B.C. Doggfather surrounds himself with first-rate musicians, so live renditions of classics like Gin and Juice and Who am I (What‚Äôs My Name?) are wholly bangin‚Äô. Reggae-rock-hip-hop trailblazers Slightly Stoopid offer a similarly vibrant live performance with percussion and horns aplenty. This tour‚Äôs called the ‚ÄúBlazed and Confused Tour,‚Äù so perhaps you know what you‚Äôre in for?
Black Moth Super Rainbow
With Serengeti, Polyphonic, Soft Rock Renegades
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
If it takes careful engineering to create uber-trippy electronic pop, consider Black Moth Super Rainbow MIT grads. Whimsical and flowery, the music evokes Flaming Lips or an over-the-top Air. The live show might be considered performance art, as the band pulls out all the stops (visual stimulus, costumes and more) to bring the songs to life.
Demi Lovato and David Archuleta
With Jordan Pruitt
FRIDAY 7 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $14.99 - $46.75. (813) 301-2500.
As if Demi Lovato and David Archuleta weren‚Äôt adorable enough individually, they‚Äôve combined forces for an evening of super-cute, squeaky-clean fun. The American Idol runner-up Archuleta has a great grin and great range, though I am equally impressed by his oh-so devoted fan club. Camp Rock star Lovato, 16, has come a long way from her Barney and Friends beginnings -- in fact, she‚Äôs come a long way since opening for the Jonas Brothers last year. It seems she‚Äôs settling into her own skin (she loves metal, she says) with a more rockin‚Äô version of Don‚Äôt Forget and a synthy new Got Dynamite.
Not Tonight, Josephine CD release
With Drew Street Mary, Ghost of Gloria, Claiborne, Look Right Penny
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $5. (727) 895-3045.
Local bands, kindly take note. Tampa rockers Not Tonight, Josephine do work -- all the time. They pass out flyers to promote their shows. They text, they tweet, they alert radio stations and press. They hit the mall. They recruit friends. (They‚Äôve sold more than 500 tickets for this show thus far, they say). Simply put, they want it bad. They just happen to make some particularly catchy rock songs too. Influenced by bands ranging from Story of the Year and Thursday to the Who and Pantera, these nice fellas crank modern rock with conviction. As for the name, Napoleon supposedly wrote the words, ‚ÄúNot tonight, Josephine‚Äù to his wife before heading off to war. The band felt it fit considering ‚Äúmusic is about as safe a business as war ever was,‚Äù they say.
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $21-$23. (727) 895-3045.
Minnesota is an alternative hip-hop hot spot, don‚Äôtcha know. At least that‚Äôs what rising acts like Atmosphere, Brother Ali and P.O.S. have us thinking. The Twin Cities‚Äô Atmosphere brings poetic rhymes, complex narratives and an anti-gangster mentality, with beatmaker Ant playing the Pokey to MC Slug‚Äôs Gumby. Hot track You calls to mind Aesop Rock or Talib Kweli on a bender.
With Pure Prairie League
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $35-$105. (813) 247-2555.
Country-rock-folk act Poco rose from the ashes of Buffalo Springfield in 1968 to create Pickin‚Äô Up the Pieces, the only debut record to have ever received a perfect rating from Rolling Stone. Led today by founding member and pedal steel guitarist Rusty Young, the group continues to pluck and strum sweetly and nail those trademark harmonies. Also noteworthy, opener Pure Prairie League launched the career of country star Vince Gill.
With Gringo Star
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Skipper‚Äôs Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
In 1993, alt-country act Cracker hit it big with Southern rockin‚Äô Low (I think some folks still mistake it for a Tom Petty song). Tracks like Teen Angst showed the band‚Äôs more garage-ish side. Friends Patterson Hood and Adam Duritz appear on their latest, Sunrise In the Land of Milk And Honey. Interestingly enough, devoted Cracker followers call themselves ‚ÄúCrumbs.‚Äù
SUNDAY 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
Didn‚Äôt make it to Warped Tour, or just want more? Replenish pop-punk fluids with spry Las Vegas quintet the Cab. Songs like Bounce suggest Maroon 5 or Justin Timberlake playing Panic! at the Disco songs. And at $10, the fare‚Äôs just right.
Tab Benoit: Fri. 8 p.m. With Greg Poulos. Skipper‚Äôs Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Christmas in July Rock Fest: Fri. featuring All I Am, Vast Remedy, Born of Dust, Fifth Sunday, Curbside, Neophyte. 7 p.m. The Warehouse, 2702 Causeway Center Dr., Tampa. $5-$7. richparty.com.
Double Bind: Fri. With Dudney, Behold the Sky, Cedar Road, Dose, Inner Youth, Under the Empire. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
New Loco: Fri. 9 p.m. The Zone, 121 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 934-5599.
Led-Hed (Led Zeppelin tribute): Sat. With Ascension (Yes tribute). 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $18. (727) 587-6793.
Florida Hip Hop Olympics: Sat. and Sun. featuring Shunda K., DJ Selekta Chang, Hip Hop Maniac, King Colosus, DJ Vodka, more. 1 p.m. Bay Harbor Hotel, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $12 for non-performers. floridahiphopolympics.com.
Mumpsy EP release: Sat. With Mouse Fire, Win, Win, Winter. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Brendan McLaughlin: Sat. With Chris Jones. 9 p.m. Karma Bar and Caf?©, 206 N. Morgan St., Tampa. Free. (813) 228-0870.
Torche: Sun. With House of Lightning, Averkiou. 8:30 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 247-2664.
The Dog Days of Summer Music Series: Sun. featuring Jak Kelly, The Parson Brown Band, Dan Stevens. 2 p.m. Shelley‚Äôs Party Room, Treasure Island. $5-$10 donation. To RSVP, contact (727) 367-3592 or GRlady411@tampabay.rr.com.
Jarvik 7: Sun. With Ampline, Atomic Garden, Rude Squad. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Aych CD release: Wed. 10 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N., Ybor City. $5-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Thrash and Burn Tour: Wed. featuring Devildriver, Emmure, Despised Icon. 3 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 895-3045.
Little Black Dress Party: Thurs. with an appearance by Wale. 10:30 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. Ladies free before midnight. (813) 627-7676.
So Cal Punk Invasion Tour: Thurs. featuring Agent Orange, Fear, D.I., Total Chaos, Car Bomb Driver. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19.50-$23. (727) 895-3045.
-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.
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