This week in Tampa: Uproar Festival, Rock Allegiance Tour, Brian McKnight and more
On Tuesday, we gave you a quick-hit rundown of the best Labor Day weekend music happening in Tampa Bay. Today we're going whole hog and spilling the beans on every musical happening, from the Uproar Festival (featuring Three Days Grace, above) and Rock Allegiance Festival to Coolio, Brian McKnight, John Vanderslice, Rick Springfield, Dex Romweber Duo, Mims, Plies, Ferry Corsten, Sebastian Ingrosso, Hawthorne Heights and much more.
Here with her weekly concert picks is Carole Liparoto...
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $39.50. (813) 229-7827.
For romance this weekend, forget the candlelit restaurant or the beach at sunset. The most smooch-worthy scene in the Bay Saturday is the Straz Center, which hosts quiet-storm R&B/soul singer Brian McKnight. McKnight’s velvety croon tunes (Back at One, Anytime) caress gently, recalling the work of the late Luther Vandross. But McKnight isn’t just an exemplary singer. He’s also a record producer, songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist (he plays nine in all). This tour supports Just Me, a two-disc set released in July.
Featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Bullet For My Valentine, Seether, Escape the Fate, Hell or High Water, Black Tide, Art of Dying, Sevendust
SATURDAY 2:30 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S 301 N, Tampa. $32-$101.55. (813) 740-2446.
Get the blood boiling at Uproar, a metal festival that combines the unchecked energy of Identity Fest, the neck tattoos of Warped Tour, and the hard-drinking of Crue Fest. Machine-gun metal specialists Avenged Sevenfold, or if you’re in the know, A7X, will perform inside a flame-shooting “Deathbat.” Canadian representatives Three Days Grace (Never Too Late, Animal I Have Become) will offer up melody and melancholy, and Seether, an alternative metal trio from Pretoria, South Africa will take you through highs and lows with cage-match intensity. Rounding out this international affair, the Welshmen of Bullet for My Valentine borrow pages from the textbooks of Metallica and Maiden, melding thrash and progressive metal. Consult the Uproar Festival Web site for information about autograph signings on the day of the show.
Rock Allegiance Tour
Featuring Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, P.O.D., Red, Crossfade, Drive A
MONDAY 2 p.m. Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $29.50 and up. (813) 868-7600.
The Rock Allegiance Tour is running on a platform of “loud riffs, cheap tickets,” and it’s another choice fest for Bay-area metal heads this holiday weekend. Buckcherry has ultimate exotic dancer anthem Crazy Bitch, Papa Roach has Scars and Puddle of Mudd is Psycho. May conflict with regularly scheduled Monday Night Raw programming.
With Slick Rick, Orange Avenue Band, Fiyah Marshall, Mr. Pringles
SUNDAY 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. (727) 441-6875.
It’s 1995, and Coolio and Michelle Pfeiffer are squaring off in an ill-lit basement. They talk inner-city schooling and pistol smoke (fool!), while a stocky, sweaty singer with Gospel chops provides an ominous hook. If you were breathing in the ’90s, or better still, owned a Trapper Keeper or any of Nickelodeon’s Gak products, you totally remember this scene. Coolio’s Stevie Wonder-sampling anthem Gangsta’s Paradise (and Dangerous Minds soundtrack standout) would go on to earn a Grammy and an Amish Paradise parody by Weird Al. The Compton, Calif. rapper has been absent from the music scene for a hot minute, but he’ll bring it back to the ’90s with the aforementioned mood tune, as well as lots of good-time, funk-sampled hip-hop, at Shephard’s Sunday.
Dex Romweber Duo CD Release
With The Mojo Gurus, The Lambasters
FRIDAY 8:30 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 576-1091.
Before loud, lo-fi duos like the White Stripes and the Black Keys were on the up-and-up, Dex Romweber was hammering out stripped-down sounds in guitar/drums duo Flat Duo Jets. In the Dex Romwember Duo, Dex pairs with sister Sara to deliver more bare-bones garage-rock and hillbilly blues, this time on Is That You In The Blue. The new disc, with its wrong-side-of-town riffs and liberating kiss-offs, earned a seven out of 10 rating from Spin magazine. White calls Dex “one of the best kept secrets of the rock 'n’ roll underground.”
With Alexander and the Grapes
FRIDAY 8 p.m. CL Space, 1911 N. 13th St., Ybor City. $7-$10. (813) 739-4800.
Gainesville’s John Vanderslice injects scholarly subject matter into his lovely orchestral pop blend - say the poetry of William Blake and Percy Shelley. We can only conclude that this isn’t a dude you’d want to face in online Scrabble. On a side note, Vanderslice’s opening acts, including Sufjan Stevens, Okkervil River and St. Vincent have a habit of making it to the next level. And that’s great news/good karma for Dunedin opener Alexander and the Grapes.
Half Way to St. Patty’s Day Party
Featuring Paper Tongues, Rude Squad, Shu Tang, Not Tonight Josephine, The Josh Magwood Band, Renegade Strand, The Jeremy Thomas Band, Anchor Atlantic, Rob Wright, Camino, Shakemode, Mighty Mongo, The Jacob Jefferies Band, Devil Made Microphones, HardWhite, The Hott Onez, DJ Kidunot, Hollywood Huebe, Dee Jay Don Pablo, more
SUNDAY 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Durty Nelly’s Irish Tavern, 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3878.
Not than an Irish pub needs an excuse to overindulge, but St. Pete’s Durty Nelly’s is doing its darndest with the “Half Way to St. Patty’s Day” party. Headliner Paper Tongues has breakout hit Ride to California, but it’s obvious they love playing here. So far, we count this Randy Jackson-approved rock act playing 98 Rockfest, The 97X Backyard BBQ, Next Big Thing, Freebie Weebie, the Bucs’ season kickoff party and the 93.3FLZ Meet Ball.
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Jackson’s Bistro, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. (813) 265-1234.
This Is Why I’m Hot rapper Mims brings Kanye-style bravado to Jackson’s.
FRIDAY 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$25. (813) 873-8368.
Ybor City is no Ibiza, but DJ Ferry Corsten’s euphoric trance sets draw big in the Bay. Ranked consistently with top dance music frontrunners like Tiesto and Armin Van Buuren, the spinning Dutchman plays the Amp Friday.
Sebastian Ingrosso Fri. 10 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $15 and up. (727) 571-2222.
Adam Tyler Fri. 10 p.m. Honeypot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 247-4663.
Four Star Riot Fri. 8:30 p.m. Hot Ticket Pub and Venue, 25000 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. $5. (727) 466-1755.
Dan Toler Fri. With Tucci, more. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
The Rukus CD Release Sat. 10 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $6-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Plies Sat. 10 p.m. Club Underground, 802 E Whiting St., Tampa. (813) 221-4582 or (727) 564-4765.
Rick Springfield Sat. With Starship Starring Mickey Thomas. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.75-$100. (727) 791-7400.
Al Torchia and the Tattered Saints Sat. 9 p.m. Yeoman’s Road Pub, 236 E Davis Island Blvd., Tampa. (813) 251-2748.
Periphery Sun. With The Human Abstract, more. 5 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.
Bobby Valentino Sun. With Dwyte, K. Thomas Musik, Ladies of Flava. 9 p.m. Vanity Ultra Lounge, 3603 W Waters Ave., Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 935-5339.
Nekromantix Sun. With The Howlers, The Dead Popes. 7:30 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13-$14. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Gunplay Sun. With King JB, DJ Blind. 9 p.m. Scene Premium Nightclub, 211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. $10 and up. (727) 258-4813.
Hunx and His Punx Wed. With The Coathangers, Michael Christmas, Hungry Gayze. 7:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Chicken Chasers Wed. 9 p.m. Ringside Cafe, 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 894-8465.
Hawthorne Heights Thurs. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. theorpheum.com.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*