This week in Tampa: Taking Back Sunday, Steely Dan, Better than Ezra and more
If you play music -- or even if you're just interested in the local music scene -- you need to head to Ybor City this weekend for the free Homemade Music Conference, a series of seminars from local scene veterans about how to make it in the music biz. On Saturday night and Sunday, there will be stellar local concerts all over Ybor City, by artists like Will Quinlan, Rebekah Pulley, Ronny Elliott, Dynasty, Hat Trick Heroes and more.
Tbt* columnist Julie Garisto is speaking on one of the panels at the conference. Soundcheck columnist Carole Giambalvo won't be there, unfortunately -- she'll be in Tennessee, covering Bonnaroo for us -- but she's already made her concert picks for the week ahead, including Steely Dan, Better than Ezra, the Tampa Bay Carribbean Carnival, and Taking Back Sunday with Orlando's Anberlin, above.
Get the lineup after the jump -- and don't forget to tell us where you're going to be this weekend ...
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $65-$125. (727) 791-7400.
We‚Äôll spare you a ‚Äúreelin‚Äô in the years‚Äù joke and just get down to the nitty gritty. Like a stepbrother of the Doobie Brothers and Chicago, Steely Dan was tops at the jazz-infused lite-rock of the ‚Äô70s. Your band teacher probably loved these guys for reasons you may not have immediately understood, but upon further dissection, it‚Äôs evident that the songs were meticulously crafted and full of cryptic lyrics (unfortunately, we don‚Äôt have the space to explain the Mu Major chord). They‚Äôve dubbed this tour Rent Party ‚Äô09, but with more than 30 million albums sold, we‚Äôd hope they can pay the bills just fine.
Better than Ezra
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 896-2276.
If the reception Third Eye Blind received at Derby Lane a few months ago taught us anything, it‚Äôs this: don‚Äôt underestimate kids‚Äô affection for the T-shirt-and-jeans alternative pop of the ‚Äô90s. Right around the heyday of Home Improvement, New Orleans‚Äô Better than Ezra was climbing to platinum sales status with jubilant chorus, ‚ÄúIt was good living with you ... wahowww!‚Äù New material shows the band journeying from its Live-meets-Gin Blossoms origins to Mat Kearney or the Fray territory. And you thought they went out with the Tamagotchi.
Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival
With DJ Ibis, Arturo Sandoval, Gilberto Santa Rosa (Saturday); Leon Coldero and Code 868, Juliette Mills, Alison Hinds and Sean Paul (Sunday)
SATURDAY 12 p.m. and SUNDAY 1 p.m. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. N.E., St Petersburg. $10-$15. (888) 695-0888.
Americans associate the word ‚Äúcarnival‚Äù with Ferris wheels and funnel cake. The Caribbean version of Carnival, however, is deeply rooted in music, dancing and masquerade. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Arturo Sandoval (once played by Andy Garcia in an HBO film) is as they say, ‚Äúfluent in many musical languages,‚Äù balancing Afro-Cuban, jazz, bebop and classical music with finesse. Headliner Gilberto Santa Rosa transports listeners to the vibrant streets of San Juan. With a little romance here, a fiesta there, he‚Äôs a bit like the Lionel Richie of Salsa. Sunday goes Soca, calypso and dancehall with Alison Hinds and Sean Paul.
Taking Back Sunday
TUESDAY 6 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Sold out. (813) 247-2555.
Addicts of the dramatic Taking Back Sunday return with a new batch of melodic, post-hardcore (‚Äúmallcore‚Äù might work, too) songs from June release New Again. Single Sink Into Me is heavy on hand claps, harmonies and heartache. (Note to self ‚Äî don‚Äôt break up with Taking Back Sunday, because they‚Äôll most certainly write about it). Orlando‚Äôs own Anberlin, one of Florida‚Äôs biggest successes in recent years, gracefully shuffle wistful melodies and pointy hooks. They may also be the most courteous band in modern rock. I interviewed singer Stephen Christian once, and he volunteered to transcribe our entire conversation. What a dreamboat!
Homemade Music Conference showcases
With Will Quinlan, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, Lorna Bracewell, Aripeka Stompers, John McCoy, 10th Concession, Hat Trick Heroes, Dynasty, Rise of Saturn, Hypnophonic, Ella Jet and Experimental Pilot, Ronnie Elliott, Boon and many more.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. and SUNDAY 1 p.m. Multiple venues. $5 per show or $10 for all-access pass. For full schedule, visit artistsandwritersgroup.com.
Everything you wanted to know about the music biz but were too afraid to ask is readily available at Tampa‚Äôs free version of SXSW, the Homemade Music Conference. How can your Echo and the Bunnymen tribute act get a gig in this town, anyway? But seriously, there‚Äôs lots of good information here and great live sets too. Front-porch folk comes courtesy of Will Quinlan and Rebekah Pulley at New World. The Aripeka Stompers give a lesson in clogging and John McCoy‚Äôs got Nintendo DS Techno. Head to the Roosevelt for hip-hop and to Crowbar for XL rock by Hat Trick Heroes and Rise of Saturn. On Sunday, 11-year-old Ella Jet performs a glistening blend of country and pop with proud papa Stephen Vessenmeyer of Experimental Pilot.
Eric Lindell: Fri. 8 p.m. Skipper‚Äôs Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Ryan Cabrera: Fri. With the Kin, Blondes Not Bombs. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 248-9500.
Kore: Fri. With New Season, Down Jr. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. (727) 532-0265.
The Cowboy Mafia: Fri. 9 p.m. Sneaky D‚Äôs Saloon, 4808 County Road 16, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 547-0202.
Fatal: Fri. With Legions, Party Time, more. 8 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. $5. (813) 972-8152.
Dave Eichenberger and Ronald Hays: Sat. 9 p.m. Sacred Grounds Coffee House, 4819 E Busch Blvd., Tampa. $5 or drink purchase. (813) 983-0837.
Skafest 2009: Sat. With the Taj Motel Trio, the CV, Paranoia Dance Party, Angry Banana, the Long Johns, Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, Out of Nothing, the Disregardables, Shut Up Travis!, the Sweet Kings, Chupaskabra, Mitchy B. 2 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $12. (813) 382-3477.
Poetry 'n Lotion: Sat. With Acho Brother. Yeoman‚Äôs Pub, 236 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. $5. (813) 251-2748.
Fall On Purpose: Sat. 9 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-2356.
Tampa Tina and the Delta Aces: Sat. 9 p.m. Dave‚Äôs Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd. St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 576-1091.
Crossbreed: Sat. With Paradigm, Dementia, 9th Evolution. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Pete. $12. (727) 895-3045.
Bootleg: Sat. 10 p.m. Coasters, 1311 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. (727) 596-3332.
Singing Monkeyz (Liz Hollister and Jay Kiernan): Sat. 7 p.m. Industrial Arts Center, 2902 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport. $5 donation. (727) 289-9365.
Framing Hanley: Sun. With Falling Awake, Not Tonight Josephine. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Pro-Pain: Sun. 8 p.m. St. Pete Garage Bar, 662 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $12. (727) 896-2276.
Appetite for Destruction (tribute to Guns N‚Äô Roses): Thurs. With Poison‚Äôd, Red White and Crue. 8 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15.50. (813) 247-2555.
-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*
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