This week in Tampa: The Ting Tings, Matt & Kim, Javon Black
It's another busy slate of things to do in Tampa this weekend, with a stocked concert lineup that includes the Ting Tings (above), Matt & Kim, Javon Black, Third Eye Blind and Colin Hay, not to mention pretty cool shows by local standouts November Foxtrot Whiskey and Select Start and former local standout Tres Bien!
After the jump, get Carole Giambalvo's concert picks for the week...
The Ting Tings
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $15 (sold out). (813) 248-9500.
Dance bands are big right now. Perhaps a dismal economy makes sassy vocals and instantly-satisfying hooks all the more appealing. But acts like the Tings Tings show staying power. When Katie White squeaks ‚ÄúShut up and let me go ‚Äî hey!,‚Äù smacks the vibraslap, and that funky riff comes in, feet have no choice but to budge. The even feistier That‚Äôs Not My Name combines ‚Äô00s attitude with Toni Basil-like Mickey shenanigans. The British duo, who has been featured in an iPod commercial and Gossip Girl, has been selling out most of its tour dates. Looks like Tampa‚Äôs no exception.
MONDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12. (813) 248-9500.
Warm soul meets Top 40 pop sensibilities when curly-haired Matt Wertz trots to town. Good-natured Carolina and 5:19 are the kind of songs fans of John Mayer, Nick Lachey or Jon McLaughlin could appreciate. And as if the music wasn‚Äôt comforting enough on its own, Wertz offers a segment called ‚ÄúWertz of Wisdom,‚Äù a chance for fans to ask him just about anything.
TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $30-$35. (727) 587-6793.
Men at Work broke up in 1985. But quirky, facially expressive lead singer Colin Hay has gone on to a successful solo career (perhaps to the chagrin of former bandmate Ron Strykert, who was arrested last month for allegedly making death threats to Hay). On tour, Hay performs graceful originals Waiting for My Real Life to Begin and Beautiful World. The conversational Are You Lookin‚Äô at Me is more playful, pairing slide guitar with a hip-hop beat. And Hay‚Äôs never too proud to rework Men at Work hits Overkill, Who Can It Be Now and Down Under.
Matt and Kim
With Select Start, Tyger Beat
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Czar, 1420 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa. $8-$10. (813) 247-2664.
This kind of upbeat awesomeness could do more for your mental state than a Tony Robbins seminar. Super-smiley Brooklyn duo Matt and Kim do glass-is-half-full (in fact, it‚Äôs super-sized) pop-rock that lights up even the darkest of nightclubs. Single Daylight has Matt singing about cutting his pants into shorts and throwing his shoes into the ocean. Without trying, they‚Äôre as edgy as Mates of State and as cutesy/cheesy as Captain and Tennille.
Real Fest '09
Featuring Flyleaf, Showbread, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, the Fold, Since October, Andrew Martinet, EmberLasting and more
SATURDAY 10 a.m. Crosspointe Plaza, 11225 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. $20-$25. myspace.com/realfest.
A powerhouse of pipes at 4-foot-10, Lacey Mosley sings/says finding faith prevented her from taking her own life (All Around Me, Fully Alive). Her platinum-selling band Flyleaf will headline the fifth edition of Real Fest, a Christian music event initiated by Jeff Yale, a youth pastor at Christ Fellowship Church in New Port Richey. The backwoods boys of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, led by former Underoath frontman Dallas Taylor, meld Southern rock with metal, and have a strange fascination with the Ma Barker saga. Winter Haven‚Äôs Andrew Martinet does a Soulja Boy-ish number for the Christian community, dubbed the Jesus Stomp.
FRIDAY 6 p.m. Williams Park, 299 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 825-0000.
The Last Friday concert series continues at Williams Park in St. Pete. Barely of drinking age, accomplished flautist/multi-instrumentalist Jos?© Valentino teams up with an all-star cast, including former Tito Puente bandleader Dave Valentin and young violinist Katelynne Rehnke for an evening of Latin Jazz, R&B and funk. Valentino, a USF student, has performed with Chick Corea and Aaron Neville, among others.
November Foxtrot Whiskey
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
Longtime local smorgasbord act November Foxtrot Whiskey returns with ‚Äúnew songs to smash‚Äù and ‚Äúoldies to rehash.‚Äù The band, which gets its name from the military code for ‚ÄúNo F---ing Way,‚Äù performs a seditious mix of garage, blues, classic rock, jazz and punk, and recently added a full-time piano man to tickle the ivories. As they say, these guys ‚Äúput the harm in harmony.‚Äù
Tres Bien! Fri. With Mumpsy, Win Win Winter, Joon. 8 p.m. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $5. (727) 943-5713.
Rodney Carrington Fri. 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.75-$45. (727) 791-7400.
Kraak and Smaak Fri. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Toubab Krewe Fri. With Jar-E. 8 p.m. Skipper‚Äôs Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Synthetic Pleasures Fri. Featuring Girls on Film, Genre Baptiste, I Kill Pills, DJ Curse Mackey. 9 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-9500.
Zombiefest Sat. Featuring Soulidium, Liverbaby, Zombie Drag Strip Hookers. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Javon Black Sat. 8 p.m. USA‚Äôs Skateplex, 5313 E Busch Blvd., Temple Terrace, (813) 989-2100.
Spring Rock School Blowout Sat. Featuring Patel Conservatory Rock School Students. 1 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Free. (813) 229-7827.
The Rancid Polecats Sat. With Car Bomb Driver, Prime Directive. 9 p.m. Kelly‚Äôs Pub, 206 N. Morgan St., Tampa. (813) 228-0870.
Sensory Overload 4.0 Sat. Featuring Eliot Lipp, Michna, Soft Rock Renegades. 1 p.m. The Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 247-4663.
North Mississippi Allstars Sat. With the Country Revue. 7:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.
WMNF Second Annual Blues Blast Sun. Featuring Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues, Gary Brown Blues Band, TC Carr, Greg Poulos, Jimmy Griswold, Nervous Turkey, Damon Fowler Group. 4 p.m. Skipper‚Äôs Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Fisher and Boy‚Äôs Birthday Bash Sun. Featuring Third Eye Blind, Rude Squad, Stalling Dawn, One Night Crush. 3 p.m. Derby Lane, 10490 Gandy Blvd N, St. Petersburg. $5-$10. (727) 576-1361.
Sha Na Na Wed. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $35-$40. (727) 587-6793.
Select Start Wed. 7 p.m. Hot Topic at Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. Free. myspace.com/selectstart.
Chicago Thurs. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48-$88. (727) 791-7400.
[Story: Carole Giambalvo. Photo: Getty Images]