This week in Tampa: Van Halen, Newsboys, Tampa Bay Blues Fest and more
It's a wonderful time to b a music fan in Tampa Bay. Not only does tbt*'s sixth annual Ultimate Local Music Guide hit streets tomorrow (click here to sample the goods!), but there's an array of fun music happening all over the area.
After the jump, Carole Liparoto walks you through shows by Van Halen (above), Newsboys, Taproot, Ferry Corsten, Margot and the Nuclear So and So's, Corey Smith, Tim Reynolds, Shawn Mullins, the Bellamy Brothers, Hot Pink Delorean, Over the Rhine, Ry Cuming, Sammy Adams and the Tampa Bay Blues Fest, featuring Los Lonely Boys, Jimmie Vaughan, Delbert McClinton, Tower of Power and more...
With Kool and the Gang
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. $46.75-$146.75. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500.
The handsome blond guy likes to wear tight pants. The quiet one who’s next to him — well, he seems pretty proficient on the guitar. I can barely see the drummer behind the sunglasses . And who let the kid with the bass on stage? The truth is, if you’ve breathed air on this planet at one point or another over the past 30 years, you probably know more about Van Halen than that. SoCal’s hard-rocking legends once simultaneously ruled FM radio dials, record-store bins, music magazines and gossip rags. David Lee Roth and Eddie and his famous family members have cranked out anthems such as Runnin’ with the Devil, Panama and Jump — and enjoyed life to the hilt. This reunion tour promises some new material, and a whole lot of old, fun hits. -- Steve Spears, tbt*
Tampa Bay Blues Fest
FRIDAY 12:30 p.m. with Los Lonely Boys, Roomful of Blues, Delta Groove Harp Blast, Johnny Rawls, Alexis P. Suter Band. SATURDAY 11:30 a.m. with Jimmie Vaughan, Tower of Power, James Cotton Band with Darrell Nulisch, the Mannish Boys, Toni Lynn Washington, Albert Castiglia. SUNDAY 1 p.m. with Delbert McClinton, Charles Bradley, Trampled Under Foot, Jimmy Thackery, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. N.E., St Petersburg. $30 and up. (727) 823-8534, tampabaybluesfest.com.
In its 17th year, the Tampa Bay Blues Fest continues its reign as the area’s biggest multi-day music festival. On Friday, Los Lonely Boys, the Texican band known for its genre-bending ways, will churn out blues, rock, soul, country and Tejano, including the ’04 hit that had the world pondering, “How far is heaven?” Saturday features headlining Texan Jimmie Vaughan, a slippery Strat king (and the brother of Stevie Ray), who wields roadhouse blues and beyond. On Sunday, roll the dice with soulful, slow-burn blues man (and Don Imus favorite) Delbert McClinton. And don’t forget the after parties Friday and Saturday night at The Palladium, where you can enjoy the artists in a more intimate, blues club-like atmosphere.
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Countryside Christian Church, 1850 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater. $20 and up. (727) 799-1618.
After introducing the mainstream music world to perky, pious rock more than 20 years ago (amidst hair metal mania), the Newsboys are all grown up. Where so many have shied away from the “Christian rock” label over the years, this group continues to unabashedly place faith front and center. Take God’s Not Dead (Like a Lion), the rocking affirmation that currently sits atop Billboard’s Christian CHR Chart. Singer Michael Tait, of that other Christian rock mainstay DC Talk, joined Newsboys in 2009. Consult the rocktionary for “contemporary Christian” pioneers, and you’ll most certainly find Australia-originated act Newsboys.
SATURDAY 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20 and up. (813) 873-8368.
Before the invasion of dubstep — a genre that sounds like “two transformers fighting,” say astute children — electronic music was run by Dutch DJs like Ferry Corsten, Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto and their brand of sturdy, euphoric trance. Corsten helps the Ybor Amp celebrate its one-year anniversary and introduces new dance disc WKND, a traditional, grooveable respite from the work-week that doesn’t condone chemical aid (something Madonna recently took flack for at the Ultra Music Festival).
Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s
With Writer, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, Sleepy Vikings
WEDNESDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.
Eight friends from Indiana watch The Royal Tenenbaums, and the rest is history. Named after Gwyneth Paltrow’s character in the movie, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s radiate bittersweet romance with a mix of cinematic pop and affecting rock. In recent years, they’ve roughed up the sleepy sagas and sultry cello/trumpet tickles of artists like Bright Eyes or Sufjan Stevens to create a grittier rock sound. The Arcade Fire-sized crew released Rot Gut, Domestic last month.
With Florida Georgia Line
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 987-2855.
How do you know you’ve really made it? How about when your “Corey” ranks higher than those other famous “Coreys” — Feldman and Haim — in a Google search. More singer-songwriter than country musician, rascally former geography teacher Corey Smith has built his career DIY-style without a major label or even a promoter. Latest The Broken Record adds color to old college-recollecting tunes and coming-of age tales (Maybe Next Year), and strips down new tracks to the bare essentials. Smith describes the disc as the definitive introduction for newcomers and a revealing self-portrait for longtime fans. Friday, he’ll return to the place (“the Florida shore”) that “really put a spell on me / turned a quiet Sunday school boy into the life of the party.”
Tim Reynolds and TR3
With Sons of Bill
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Best known for duos with Dave Matthews, like the critically acclaimed Live at Luther College and Live at Radio City, Tim Reynolds brings herculean guitar skill to the small stage. The fingerboard visionary and improv wizard will perform originals and a variety of covers. Even if you’re not a guitar geek, Reynolds has melodies that satisfy, too.
With FiveStarBurn, Verse, Devil Made Microphones
SUNDAY 5 p.m. Durty Nelly’s, 149 First Ave. N., Saint Petersburg. $15-$20. (727) 823-3878.
Ann Arbor, Mich. band Taproot tackles alternative rock and nu-metal tracks with cage-match intensity. So it’s only fitting that its songs, including 2002 hit Poem, have been mainstays of WWE and TNA events. The sports enthusiasts and guitar slayers play Durty Nelly’s Sunday.
Samurai Shotgun Fri. With DJ Knox the MD. 9 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Matt Burke Fri. 8 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $5. (727) 644-7895.
Ascend the Hill CD release Fri. With Civilian, Civil Parish. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. theorpheum.com.
Hot Pink Delorean Fri. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 873-8368.
The Bellamy Brothers Fri. 10 p.m. The Round Up, 13918 West Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa. $15. (813) 855-1464.
Shawn Mullins Fri. 7 p.m. Don CeSar Beach Resort, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $45-$85. backlinemusicgroup.com.
Country Nights and Garden Lights Benefit Concert (Suncoast Hospice Center for Loss and Healing) Sat. featuring Mark Wills, Suite Caroline. 6 p.m. Serenity Gardens Memorial Park, 13401 Indian Rocks Rd., Largo. $25. (727) 587-6793.
Acme Jazz Garage Sat. 10 p.m. Yeoman’s Road Pub, 236 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. (813) 251-2748.
The Lion Faced Boy Sat. With Goodnight Neverland, A Play on Words, more. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8-$10. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Car Bomb Driver Sat. With Mosquito Teeth, Gonad Rehab. 10 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 424-1809.
Soul Purpose Sat. 9:30 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd. St. Petersburg. (727) 576-1091.
Rich Whitely and Company Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Pete Merrigan Sat. With TC Carr, Cormac McCarthy. 8 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $5. (727) 644-7895.
Sammy Adams Sun. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Rebecca Loebe Sun. With Raina Rose. 7:30 p.m. The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-6620.
Over The Rhine Sun. With Lucy Wainwright Roche. 7 p.m. Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $22.50-$28.50. (813) 229-7827.
Ry Cuming Mon. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28.50. (813) 229-7827.
Paulo Lara Wed. 5 p.m. Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, Pelagia Trattoria Patio, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 313-3235.
Michael Chapdelaine Thur. 7:30 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 822-3590.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*