This week in Tampa: Trombone Shorty, RJD2, Obituary, Anchor & Braille and more
Have you come down from your New Year's high yet? Have you recouperated from partying with Lil Jon or getting euphoric with the Grecian Urns or whatever you did for fun last weekend? Then it's time for some soulful, soothing sounds of artists like RJD2, Anchor & Braille (above), Whitney James, Trombone Shorty or ... uh, Obituary.
After the jump, get Carole Giambalvo's concert picks for the week ahead...
With Happy Chichester
THURSDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Before all the indoor smoking and scotch-drinking starts up on AMC’s Mad Men, the hit drama begins with sexy, stringy trip-hop theme music. That’s the instrumental cut of RJD2’s A Beautiful Mine, which, like much of the DJ’s cinematic collection, is a chic electronic sampler pulsed by funky percussion. The Philly-based cratedigger is often compared to DJ Shadow or Dan the Automator, though Rolling Stone went a step further in describing RJD2 as “one of the few DJs who seems like an artist rather than just a record collector.”
With Elliott Cohn’s Cosmic Sweat Society
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Crescent City kid Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is a virtuoso trombonist and trumpeter whose authoritative gale puts amateur trombonists, and most of the free world, to shame. The 24-year-old sings, beatboxes, raps, dances and stage-dives, too. Andrews studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the same school that prepared Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. for stardom. Today the master blaster admired by Bono draws from the ferocity of N’awlins funk and the spontaneity of jazz for a combo he calls “superfunkrock.”
Anchor and Braille
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
If Anchor and Braille sounds like a cross between Winter Haven’s Anberlin and Lakeland’s Copeland, it’s for good reason. Anberlin singer-sweetheart Stephen Christian teamed up with Copeland’s Aaron Marsh (though Marsh does not perform live) to produce a bright-eyed indie-pop album that ponders slow-dancing in Spain and starting a family. Listen for gorgeous Sleep. When We Die , a piano-driven, electronically tinged ballad that suggests there will be plenty of time to rest when we’re dead. (Apparently, Anchor and Braille just has too much to do right now.) Don’t miss Tampa opener Marksmen, about whom we’ll be gushing more next week in preparation for the band’s CD release party.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $15. (813) 241-8600.
By way of grunts, gurgles and gore, these Tampa longhairs practically wrote the book on Florida death metal. Obituary’s earache-inducing 1989 album Slowly We Rot helped open doors for a throng of Florida death metal acts, including Morbid Angel, Deicide and Cannibal Corpse. Interestingly enough, rock party boy Andrew W.K. had a hand in Obituary reuniting after a five-year hiatus.
Zappa Plays Zappa
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$27. (813) 247-2555.
Eldest son Dweezil Zappa honors thy father with oomphy, meticulous recreations of some of the most technically-complex music in history. (He’ll deliver some of the raunchy, satirical stuff, too). In the years since Frank’s death, Dweezil has worked to perfect jazz-rock instrumentals and progressive pieces (i.e. Grammy-winning Peaches en Regalia) that he once characterized as “impossible” to learn. So, if your love for Frank Zappa extends beyond Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow and Valley Girl, this show’s for you.
Whitney James CD release
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 822-3590, mypalladium.org.
The jazz bug bit Whitney James hard when she was 13, courtesy of her mom, who bought the budding vocalist a pair of cassette tapes by legendary jazz singer Sarah Vaughan and bebop saxophonist Charlie Parker. “That tape really set me on the jazz path,” said James, a Tierra Verde resident since relocating to Tampa Bay from Seattle in 2007. “You had to be yourself and interpret the lyric, certainly, but you also had to infuse yourself into the song. That way, you can really expand and explore the boundaries of your voice.” James demonstrates her allegiance to the jazz vocal tradition — she also cites Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McCrae and Shirley Horn as major influences — on her just-released debut CD The Nature of Love. She’s joined by New York jazz heavy hitters, including trumpeter and flugelhorn player Ingrid Jensen and a rhythm trio led by pianist Joshua Wolff, on a set of standards including How Deep Is the Ocean and The Very Thought of You. — Philip Booth
The 9 Music Series and Competition Finals: Fri. Featuring Mogul Street Reserve, the Trio, Male Order Brides. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $5. (813) 971-0666.
Seth Walker: 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Dark Castle: Fri. With the Body, Lord Green, more. 8 p.m. Transitions, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $6. (813) 382-3477.
Pyscho Realms Benefit: Fri. Featuring A Broken Machine, Kronik Disorder, Global Decay, more. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N., Largo. $10. (727) 532-0265.
Sean Delong: Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Clock Hands Strangle: Fri. With Alexander and the Grapes, Palantine. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Not Tonight Josephine: Sat. With Zanesville, New Violation, Drew Street Mary, Hydrosonic. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $7-$10. (727) 895-3045.
Skull and Bone Band: Sat. 9 p.m. Ringside Cafe, 2742 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. (727) 894-8465.
Kevin Connolly: Sat. 8 p.m. Studio 620, First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. $15-$20. (727) 895-6620.
Music on the Water: Sun. Featuring Funk Monster Band. 1 p.m. The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-6443.
Sleepy Vikings: Sun. 8 p.m. The Hub, 719 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.
Ottmar Liebert: Sun. 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. $33-$50. (727) 791-7400.
Behemoth: Mon. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17. (727) 895-3045.
Kim Richey: Mon. 7:30 p.m. Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25.50. (813) 229-7827.
Smile Empty Soul: Wed. With Burn Halo, Last Vegas. 7 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. (727) 532-0265.
-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*