Make us your home page

This week in Tampa: Tim McGraw, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Ziggy Marley and more




Yes, yes, we're all upset Sean "Diddy" Combs has canceled his trip to St. Petersburg this weekend. So tragic.

The good news is, there's a METRIC TON of other concerts in Tampa Bay over the next week. We're super-psyched about the Sleigh Bells concert Friday at the State Theatre (click here for details), but there are so many other great shows coming up, from Tim McGraw (above) to Toad the Wet Sprocket to Ziggy Marley to REO Speedwagon to Kansas to Earth Wind and Fire to Rick Derringer to John Digweed to Rusko. And let's not forget about a mad rush of CD releases (Sleepy Vikings, BAAMO, Mighty Mongo, Between Bluffs and Paranoia Dance Party).

Here with a preview of the week ahead is Carole Liparoto...

Tim McGraw
With Luke Bryan, The Band Perry
FRIDAY 7 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. $25-$67. (813) 740-2446.
Record labels and musicians rarely see eye-to-eye. But when a difference in opinion escalates into a full-scale war, things can really get wacky. Take Geffen suing Neil Young for “not making a Neil Young-sounding album.” Take Amanda Palmer writing Please Drop Me after Warner Music requested that shots of her bare (slightly bulbous) belly be removed from her music video. Take Radiohead’s releasing ’07’s In Rainbows under “pay what you want” terms, partly to stick it to label EMI. Now, Stetson-topped sentimentalist Tim McGraw is battling his own label, Curb Records. His latest Emotional Traffic was finished last fall, yet still has no release date due to disputes with the label. “It has to be just as confusing to the fans as it is to me,” McGraw says. Regardless, he’s touring in support of the record and its single Felt Good On My Lips.

Toad the Wet Sprocket
SUNDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $22-$25. (813) 247-2555.
If you’re a ’90s kid, you know Toad the Wet Sprocket is neither a rough-skinned amphibian nor a bicycle component. It’s an R.E.M.-influenced alternative rock band with a moniker lifted from an obscure Monty Python skit. Not long after graduating from high school in Santa Barbara, Calif., Toad’s members were embarking on a wild ride to the top of the charts with literate rock songs about soft air (All I Want) and the calming powers of the sea (Walk on the Ocean). The band is officially reunited and ready to shed those pesky Gin Blossoms comparisons.

Rick Derringer
FRIDAY 5:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre Cleveland Street Stage, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. Free. (727) 791-7400.
If the album All American Boy conjures up an old beanbag chair, leisure suit and a boss pair of giant headphones, then we’re here to let you know that Rick Derringer will be playing a free show downtown Clearwater Friday. Air guitar along to Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo, the hit track off a release Allmusic calls, “One of the great albums of the ’70s that fell through the cracks.” Like those of friend and frequent collaborator Johnny Winter, Derringer’s axe maneuvers are best realized in live form.

Ziggy Marley
With Fall on Purpose
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $27.50 and up. (813) 868-7600.
Of all the Marley siblings (Ky-Mani, Stephen, Julian, Damian), Ziggy might take the prize for most mellow. And that’s not an easy feat when you’re a member of this family. After tackling children’s music in 2009 with the exceptional and easygoing Family Time, Ziggy Marley gets back to more adult subject matter with Wild and Free, due out in June. The title track, which features Woody Harrelson, was used for California’s Proposition 19 campaign to legalize recreational marijuana. Again, maybe not so much for the kids. 

John Digweed
With Brian Busto
THURSDAY 9 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 259-9669.
Being a top progressive house DJ has its perks. For Englishman John Digweed, top-shelf booze flows generously, attractive women are always nearby 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. He’ll hit South Tampa Thursday with the tribal beat-backed house and trance tracks (Heaven Scent) that propelled him to international fame.

Sleepy Vikings CD release
With Florida Night Heat, Guiltmaker
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.
On-the-rise local act Sleepy Vikings (a band that’s played Toronto’s NXNE festival, CMJ Music Marathon, Athens PopFest and SXSW) sent in a press release so uniquely self-deprecating that we had to share some excerpts: “The six sleazy Tampanians (a real word according to Urban Dictionary) of Sleepy Vikings have braved an infernal Florida sun to write weird songs about stalkers, dead kings, summer, presidents and teenage loitering that make up the debut album, They Will Find You Here. Sleepy Vikings has previously and unsuccessfully described its sound as 'southern shoegaze’, but this tag is really just window dressing for hick towns and beer plus Pavement and Sonic Youth. Look for them at a local venue or behind a high school near you.”

BAAMO CD Release
Featuring Unpainted Souls, Ronny Elliott, Bud Buckley, The Woeful Ones, Sons of Hippies, The Briar Hill Band, Experimental Pilot, Will Quinlan, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, Ricky Wilcox, Have Gun, Will Travel, Alexander and The Grapes, The Human Condition, Sarge and the Aeromen
SATURDAY 5 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10 donation. (813) 248-4969.
It’s windows-down, hair-blowing music for those lengthy drives, delivered by some of the Bay’s best and brightest. On the Bay Area Arts and Music Association’s fifth compilation, Tales of Highways and Low Roads, local artists contemplate white lines, time travel and homestretches over rock, Americana, folk and experimental grooves.

Also playing

The Supervillains Fri. With Rude Squad. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 565-0551.

Beach Goes Pops XXI Fri. 4 p.m. featuring Charlie Morris Band, Hip Abduction, The Venturas; and Sat. 4 p.m. featuring Soundwave, Jeff Zavac, Beach Goes Pops Orchestra. Pass-A-Grille at 9th Avenue and Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach.

Midday by the Bay Fri. featuring Austin Vickrey, Kevin Wilder, Alejandro Arenas, Mark Feinman. Noon. Plaza between the Dali Museum and Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 892-5767.

Have Gun, Will Travel Fri. With Snakehealers, The Future Now. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.

Stringbreak Music Fest Fri.-Sun. featuring Paul Thorn, The Greencards, Blue Ribbon Healers, Wholetones, more. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Rd., Brooksville. $12-$95.

REO Speedwagon Sat. Following Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels. First pitch at 1:10 p.m. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket.

Acme Jazz Garage Sat. 7 p.m. The Blue Parrot, 85 Corey Circle, St. Pete Beach. (727) 368-9619.

Earth, Wind and Fire Sat. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $52-$100. (727) 791-7400.

Paranoia Dance Party CD release Sat. With Marksmen, Ettison, more. 7 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $8. (813) 382-3477.

Swinging Into Spring Sat. featuring Denise Moore, Billy Marcus, Mark Neuenschwander, Ryan Reddon, Dave Pryun. 6 p.m. The Tampa Club, 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $55, includes dinner. (813) 229-6028.

Consinity Sat. With Scar City, Psykotribe, A(K)NEW, Vertigo Endeavor. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N., Largo. (727) 532-0265.

Faye Turke Sat. 7 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa. $25-$30. (813) 988-8188.

Between Bluffs CD release Sat. 8 p.m. Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway, Dunedin. Free. (727) 216-6318.

Suncoast Blues Society Presents Juke Joint with Matt Hill Sat. 9 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 576-1091.

Mike Herrera (of MxPx) Sat. With Louis DeFabrizio (of Gasoline Heart). 10 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 

Kenneth Brian Band Sun. With Austin Ellis. 4 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 234-1000.

Fun N Sun QFest Sun. featuring Kansas, Little River Band, Departure (Journey Tribute Band), Sons of the Groove, Greg West. 1:30 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Free general admission tickets available at select sponsors listed at or $5 GA at the gate.

The Take Action Tour Sun. feat. Bayside, Silverstein, more. 5:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19-$21. (727) 895-3045.

Young Widows Sun. With My Disco, more. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-9500.

Amanda Shires Tues. With Alisa Julius. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666. $10-$13. 

Mighty Mongo CD release Thurs. 5 p.m. Vintage Ultra Lounge, 16 Second Street N., St. Petersburg. (727) 898-2222.

Rock the Park Thurs. With Marksmen, Alexander and the Grapes, Dynasty featuring d’Vistitors. Curtis Hixon Park, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. Free.

My Darkest Days Thurs. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0551.

Rusko Thurs. With Doorly. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave. Tampa. $20-$30.

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 11:44am]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours