This week in Tampa: Tears For Fears, Hank III, Last Damn Show and more
We've already covered two of this week's big shows on Soundcheck: Creed (click here for our interview with frontman Scott Stapp) and Last Damn Show with Gucci Mane, above (click here for our take on co-headliner Nicki Minaj).
There's still plenty more to get excited about, though. After the jump, Carole Liparoto walks you through this week's top concerts in Tampa Bay, including Tears For Fears, Hank III and Assjack, John Digweed, the English Beat, Air Supply, Jerrod Niemann, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Summer Jam and more ...
Hank III and Assjack
SATURDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $24.50. (727) 895-3045.
You know defining country music man Hank Williams for his nasal croon, lovesick yodel, hayseed pride and refreshing candor. You know Hank Jr. as the outlaw country compadre to Jennings, Haggard and Coe (and in more recent years, the musical face of Monday Night Football and Republican rallies). Now, meet Hank III, the pasty greaser who plays by his own rules. In a modern country music market overrun with Nashville-groomed country-popsters, Hank III is breaking the mold with a blend of cow punk, honky-tonk, “hellbilly” and twang metal. It’s grimy, it’s mangled, and it’s best served with a case of PBR and a 12-gauge.
David Calzado and his Charanga Habanera
FRIDAY 9 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $43. (813) 247-2555.
It’s a rare appearance by one of Cuba’s top bands, David Calzado and his Charanga Habanera. Far from a traditional Cuban ensemble, the group plays Timba, the hopped-up modern salsa sound popularized during sticky Havana club nights. Charanga Habanera features synchronized bumping and grinding and multiple lead vocalists (though the crowd sing-alongs have been known to get louder than the band itself). Following an NYC performance this year, the New York Times said the event “signaled, perhaps, an Obama administration thaw in Cuban-American relations.”
Tears for Fears
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45.70-$86.15. (727) 791-7400.
Few groups have ever tackled such somber subject matter with such infectious, effervescent synth-pop quite like Tears for Fears. Take Everybody Wants to Rule the World, in which tender keys give way to lyrics about power struggle and narcissism, or the therapeutic Shout, which contains the words, “In violent times, you shouldn’t have to sell your soul.” With 22 million albums sold worldwide, the balancing act seems to have paid off. Additionally, after Gary Jules covered the contemplative Mad World in the early ’00s, and Adam Lambert followed suit during American Idol, the group picked up a new crop of millennial fans.
With Three, Brian Busto
THURDSDAY 9 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $15 and up. (813) 259-9669.
Life is good for English DJ John Digweed. Attractive women are always nearby and ready to shake something, top-shelf beverages flow generously, and parties extend into the wee hours. “You can’t beat playing in some exotic, warm country watching the sun come up,” Digweed once told BBC Radio 1. The road warrior DJ will hit South Tampa Thursday with the tribal beat-backed house and progressive trance blend (Heaven Scent) that propelled him to international fame.
Mother Winslow CD release
With We Are Country Mice, Mini Prophets
FRIDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Mother Winslow is what happens when “three people get together, play vaguely familiar instruments, write catchy tunes, and apply copious amounts of distortion to everything,” the Tampa trio says. The group draws influences from noise-pop bands like Wavves and The Thermals and gets is name from the grandma on ’90s sitcom Family Matters. “We like her no-nonsense approach to keeping her family feeling good,” they say. If you’re a local music follower, you might recognize these faces from area groups Palantine and Gentlemen, Please.
Summer Jam 6
Featuring Look Mexico, The Matt Kurz One, O’Brother, Anonymous, Mother Night, Bobby Treacherous, Awesome New Republic, Sleepy Vikings, Laws, Poetry ’n Lotion, Mike Mass, Florida Night Heat, The White Kids, Lil Daggers, The Zou
SATURDAY 5 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City, (813) 248-4969; Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City, (813) 241-8600; Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, (813) 247-2664. $8-$12.
Just as in years past, Summer Jam offers an eclectic crop of national and local acts — rappers, rockers, poets, shoegazers and the ambidextrous — performing across multiple venues. In fact, for eight bucks, we doubt you’ll find this kind of musical diversity at another show all year. Acts include Spring Hill’s rising hip-hop star Laws, who signed to a Warner Bros. imprint last year, Florida Night Heat, a muggy, instrumental crew playing Southern pyschedelia, and Matt Kurz, a one-man garage band (eat your heart out, Jack White) whose multi-tasking never ceases to amaze.
Hillbilly Hellfest Fri. Featuring Cash O’Riley and the Downright Daddies, Chop Tops, Cadillac Bombers, Dive Bar Stalkers. 4 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15.75. (727) 895-3045.
Experimental Pilot Fri. With Sound Parlor, Ella Jet. 8 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 644-7895.
English Beat Fri. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free for 21 and up, $10 for under 21. (727) 565-0551.
Trio Vibe Fri. 9:30 p.m. Play, 1701 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 443-0754.
Jerrod Niemann Fri. 10 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. $10. (813) 987-2855.
Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt Fri. With The Equines, Pop Glow. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $5-$7. (813) 241-8600.
Rod Picott and Amanda Shires Fri. 8 p.m. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. $15-$20. (727) 895-6620.
Jazz: The Art of Music Series Fri. featuring The Alan Thomas Group. 6 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $10 and up. (727) 896-2667.
Damon Fowler Fri. 10 p.m. J.C. Cravers, 191 Orange St., Palm Harbor. $5. (727) 216-6412.
Bob Anthony Sat. 9 p.m. Gemini Lounge, 2315 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 327-8600.
Air Supply Sat. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $67-$120.25. (727) 822-3590.
HippieFest III Sat. Featuring Jack Bruce, War, Rare Earth, Mitch Ryder, Badfinger. 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $51.50-$88. (727) 791-7400.
The Pangaea Project No. 3 Sat. featuring Decibel Nation Broadcast, I and I, Stoic, Suitcases of Sound, J. Thelonious, Thanacles, more. 7 p.m. Taste Cafe and Metal Gypsy Fashions, 500 Main St., Safety Harbor. Free. (901) 619-1519.
A Tribute to The Blues Brothers Sat. Featuring Coo Coo CaChoo. 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 247-2555.
We Are the In Crowd Sun. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $11.50. (813) 248-9500.
Smile Empty Soul Sun. 8 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $10-$12. (727) 843-0686.
The Wood Brothers Wed. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $16.60. (813) 248-9500.
Son of Hippies CD release Thurs. With Have Gun, Will Travel. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.