This week in Tampa: Toby Keith, Dolly Parton, Lucinda Williams and more
Even after more than 30 years, the biggest musical event this week in Tampa Bay is probably still the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, who booked a killer Thursday-night headliner: Trombone Shorty. But the weekend is full of great talent, including Dianne Reeves and Maceo Parker. Click here for our preview of the 2011 Clearwater Jazz Holiday.
As for the rest of the week, country fans will be ultra pleased: Toby Keith, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Eric Church, Wanda Jackson, Lucinda Williams, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and the Trailer Park Boys are all coming to town in the next week. But don't forget about New Found Glory, Paul Oakenfold, Mike Posner, Fat Joe, Waka Flocka Flame, Underoath, Montrose and the triumphant return of Van Wilson, featuring actor Patrick Wilson and his talented brothers.
After the jump, Carole Liparoto walks you through all these shows and more...
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $50-$65. (727) 892-5798.
When Kenny Rogers plays the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Friday, he'll bust out all the hits — She Believes in Me, Lady, Coward of the County — but he’ll also play cuts from new album The Love of God, his first spiritual record. Hopefully, Rogers will also spin tales about his early days with the First Edition, whose quirky 1968 hit Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) was given enduring life thanks to its oddball inclusion (during a trippy drug-induced dream, no less) in the 1998 cult flick The Big Lebowski. -- Sean Daly, tbt*
With Eric Church, JT Hodges
FRIDAY 7 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25-$100. (813) 740-2446.
He’s this era’s go-to musician for heartland poetry, patriotism and general red state-isms. He’s the guy who can wax poetic about WD-40, Craftsman wrenches and Ford pickups. And he’s the guy who famously offered Osama bin Laden a carefully-placed boot to the tailpipe. We’re of course talking about that rebel Romeo, that corn-fed cowboy, Mr. Toby Keith. Opening the show is another all-country crooner, the Skoal-dippin’, Jack-swiggin’ Eric Church. Church wears boots to church, takes time out to pledge allegiance to Merle Haggard, and toasts the folks who live by a time clock, not a trust fund.
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $29 and up. (727) 565-0551.
If you thought a happy marriage could spoil a set full of Lucinda Williams’ trademark country kiss-offs and sour, done-me-wrong ditties, you’re only half right. Williams, who married in 2009, said she learned how to write about “things besides unrequited love” for latest album Blessed. Still, a Colbie Caillat record this ain’t. In her hard-bitten drawl, Mrs. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road might not be insulting exes, but she’s tackling other heavy subject matter — war, politics, and suicide, for instance. It’s raw Lucinda, per usual, just with a few light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel moments.
Waka Flocka Flame
SATURDAY 10 p.m. Club Underground, 802 E Whiting St., Tampa. $20 and up. (813) 221-4582.
There are certain things we’ve come to expect from “trap” rappers like Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy and Waka Flocka Flame. They’ll rhyme about jewelry. They’ll repeatedly chant their own names. And they’ll most certainly bring up their drug-dealing pasts. Waka is the glassy-eyed rapper from Riverdale, Ga., whose hits include No Hands and violent, drug-deal rap O Let’s Do It. Whether you find Waka’s tunes entirely hysterical or entirely disturbing, you’ve probably rapped along to them at some point from the comforts of your cubicle.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $65-$175. (727) 791-7400.
Dolly Parton’s outstanding singer-songwriter abilities have often been downplayed by her well-coifed exterior. And that’s a shame. But rest assured, the church of Dolly is still very much alive and rockin’. You’ll likely get the staples Jolene, 9 to 5 and Coat of Many Colors from the feisty sexagenarian, as well as self-penned tunes from Better Day, the record she released in late June. “I wanted to do an album that would be very uplifting and positive, as well as inspirational,” she said. “Times are hard all over.” Preach on, Dolly.
FRIDAY 11:45 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $15-$10. (866) 502-7529.
Recent Duke graduate and Cooler Than Me chart-topper Mike Posner plays a late-late night gig at the Hard Rock Friday. Latest Please Don’t Go is an irresistible, electro-R&B whisper tune that conjures up a comedown after a frat blowout. Again, be warned — you’ll likely need wait until 1 a.m. to catch Posner. And if you’re up for that, you’re cooler than us.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $39.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
As a teen, Wanda Jackson shared the stage (and apparently some smooches) with Elvis Presley, and by the late ’50s emerged as one of America’s first female rockabilly stars. So, why isn’t Jackson a household name? Some say she was just too racy and radical for her time. Fortunately for us, this “nice lady with the nasty voice” doesn’t have that issue now. She’ll barrel through rockabilly, rock 'n’ roll, country and gospel in a growl that doesn’t suggest, it commands. Jackson, who is credited with being the first woman to ever record a rock 'n’ roll song (Let’s Have a Party) in 1958, continues the festivities on latest disc The Party Ain’t Over, produced by Jack White.
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $32 and up. (727) 565-0551.
“Newgrass” pioneers Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are clinic-style players with big heart. This year, harmonica and keys are back in the mix as original member Howard Levy rejoins “drumitarist” Roy “Futureman” Wooten, bassist Victor Wooten and banjoist Bela Fleck, a New Yorker who originally picked up his instrument because of The Beverly Hillbillies theme song. Fleck and crew will deliver tracks off of latest jazz-bluegrass-rock-pop-country-mixer-upper Rocket Science, some of which involve 11/16 time signatures (we think). Rocket science indeed.
New Found Glory
With Man Overboard, This Time Next Year, The Wonder Years, Set Your Goals
MONDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20 and up. (727) 565-0551.
Lance Armstrong, Napster and the Euro were hot topics in 1999. So was Coral Springs quintet New Found Glory and its emo-groundbreaking debut Nothing Gold Can Stay. But no one would have predicted the latter would be faring better than the others in 2011. NFG’s playful, catchy tunes have in fact prevailed, helping to spur a generation of emo-pop-punk acts. The boys, now of parenting age, will play songs from the Blink-like new disc Radiosurgery, as well as oldies My Friends Over You and more.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Sold out. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Van Wilson is a local supergroup comprised of actor Patrick Wilson, WTVT-Ch. 13 reporter Mark Wilson and advertising honcho Paul Wilson. The three Bay area brothers play classic rock and, and as the name might have indicated, Van Halen songs. They had such an impressive showing at The Local 662 late last year that this follow-up event is sold out. All proceeds benefit the St. Pete Free Clinic.
SATURDAY 9:30 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $15 and up. (727) 571-2222.
Until Paul Oakenfold drew nearly 100,000 people at Glastonbury in 1995, it was hard to put the words “international superstar” and “DJ” in the same sentence. The British trance ambassador changed the game by proving a single DJ and a 4/4 beat could draw big all over the world. Oakenfold has since gone on to Grammy nominations, Coke commercials and action film scores. And as quickly as dance music moves, it’s notable that Oakenfold has managed to stay relevant over a 15-year span.
Tim Reynolds and TR3 Fri. With The Smokehouse Rats. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Sheila Kirsten Hughes and the TSP Orchestra Fri. With Leigh Humes Band, Steve Vaclavik and the Woeful Ones. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Green Sunshine CD Release Fri. With 3rd Stone, Funky Seeds, Legacy and the Heard. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.
Foghat Sat. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 565-0551.
Paul Simon 70th Birthday Tribute Sat. Featuring Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, Florida Mountain Boys, Rebekah Pulley, Blind Buddy Moody, Ted Lukas and the Misled, Ditchflowers, more. 3:30 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Bluz and BBQ Festival Sat. featuring Blue Sharks, Bluz Busters with Keith Caton, Roger “Hurricane” Wilson, Hadden Sayers, Danny Morris Band, Damon Fowler Group. 10 a.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free for general admission. bluzandbbq.com.
The Pine Box Boys Sat. With The Loving Thorns. 9:30 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 576-1091.
Second Annual Buzz Fest Sat. featuring Summersill, Avenue 43, Tropical Disturbance, Clintara, Savii, Funky Seeds, Applebutter Express, Karmic Tattoo, Rebekah Pulley. 3 p.m. McNally’s Neighborhood Grill, 923 72nd St. N, St. Petersburg. $5-$7. (727) 302-9600.
Pedro el Poeta Sat. With Ladi G and Ya Boy Skolla, more. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. theorpheum.com.
Imperative Reaction Sun. With God Module, Twitch the Ripper, more. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 895-3045.
Fat Joe Mon. With DJ Ekin, DJ Prophet. 9 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Cost TBD. (813) 259-9669.
Pride Gets Fat on Tuesday Tues. featuring Lee Pons. 6 p.m. Tapping the Vine, 737 Main Street, Safety Harbor. (727) 330-7514.
Big D and the Kids Table Wed. With Have Nots, The Long Johns. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $12-$13. theorpheum.com.
Daniela Brooker Wed. Seminole Hard Rock and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. (866) 502-7529.
Underoath Thurs. With Comeback Kid, The Chariot, This Is Hell. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.
Montrose Thurs. With Michael Lee Firkins. 7:30 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $25-$30. (727) 587-6793.
Trailer Park Boys Thur. 8 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $33-$43. (813) 274-8982, tampatheatre.org.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*