This week in Tampa: Big Sean, Drive-By Truckers, Insane Clown Posse, Mountain Goats and more
We're dividing things up a little differently for this week's This Week In Tampa. There are so many amazing club shows happening this week that Jay Cridlin broke a bunch of them down, including Death Grips, Ghost, Mountain Goats, Vintage Trouble, Empress Of and Toro y Moi. Click here for the details on all those shows.
As for the rest -- including Big Sean (above), Insane Clown Posse, Drive-By Truckers, Don Williams, Datsik, King Dude, Zomboy, Griz, Overkill, Paul Thorn, New Kingston, Smallpools, Galantis and the opening night of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, including Gladys Knight and the O'Jays -- Ray Roa's got you covered after the jump...
USF Homecoming After Party Concert
With Big Sean
FRIDAY 8:30 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 974-3004.
Just a couple of months after his appearance opening for J. Cole at the old Gary amphitheatre, Big Sean is back in Tampa. This time he’s headlining the University of South Florida’s homecoming parade after party, and while students get perks (read: free tickets), the public isn’t completely locked out of this one. The Detroit-repping 27-year-old born Sean Anderson is Kanye West-approved (2012 cut Clique with Yeezy and Jay-Z is still a banger) and has completely come out on his own thanks to a 2015 LP, Dark Sky Paradise, and its big hit I Don’t F--k With You, which beautifully samples D.J. Rogers’ ’70s disco gem Say You Love Me before exploding into the ultimate kiss-off anthem.
With Foie Gras, New Cathedral
FRIDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8-$12. (813) 248-4969.
TJ Cowgill is widely considered to be the patron dark saint of a rollicking sub-genre of rock dubbed “black 'n’ roll.” Better known by the moniker King Dude, Cowgill evokes the rough and tumble of Johnny Cash on Deal With the Devil from a new LP, Songs of Flesh & Blood - In the Key of Light, in which he sings lyrics like, “Somebody killed my baby the days I’ve been gone/She’s gone up to heaven where I know she doesn’t belong.” He denounces revelation on Death Won’t Take Me and can even make it all sound sweet as evidenced by a 2014 single with Chelsea Wolfe, Be Free. It’s the kind of magnificently pretty macabre Lucifer would be proud of and still probably good enough for a few Bible thumpers, too.
Safe In Sound Festival
With Datsik, Zomboy, Ookay, Terravita, Nerd Rage
FRIDAY 9 p.m. District 3, 912 E Whiting St., Tampa. $30-$40. (813) 221-3582.
You’re going to want to bring some ear protection to the Safe In Sound Festival. The traveling electronic music party is based around bass. The tour poster touts the use of PK sound systems before it does any of the artists, and the lineup — headlined by Datsik and Zomboy for the Tampa stop — likely will utilize every one of the 150,000 watts of sound available. Datsik is a Beatport darling who’s affectionately called dubstep a “bastardization” of electronic music, and Zomboy is another big name in the fatigued brostep movement. Los Angeles trio Terravita will add a little flavor to the mix thanks to songs like Fat Wad from their Alternate Reality EP, which is a bit more nuanced than most of what modern EDM sounds like these days.
Insane Clown Posse
With P.O.D., Stitches, Young Wicked, Dope D.O.D.
MONDAY 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$20. (813) 248-9500.
The probability of getting sprayed by Faygo at an Insane Clown Posse (ICP) show is high, and that is just the beginning of a list of reasons you probably shouldn’t check out a set from the clown makeup-wearing Detroit hip hop duo. The guys — stage names Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope — boast lyrics that are misogynistic, violent and lazy. Some devoted fans — known the world over as Juggalos — abandoned the band in 2010 after ICP claimed to be Christ followers (listen to Miracles), but they still come out in droves for Mr. J & Dope’s infamously raucous live set. The world may never know if the duo have simply mastered performance art, but there’s no forgetting an ICP set, should you actually show up.
SUNDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $26.50-$30. (727) 895-3045.
The Drive-By Truckers are celebrating 20 years of bandom on this tour, and while they’ve shed a baseball team’s worth of members over the course of their career (most notably Jason Isbell, who left in 2007), the Truckers’ fan base stays relatively loyal. The band is rewarding devotees with a 35-track career-spanning live album, It’s Great to Be Alive (due October 30), but local concertgoers will get the real thing at this St. Pete appearance where the alt-country heroes will work through two decades’ worth of big songs and deep lyrics chronicling the ins, outs, and day-to-day’s of life in the South. The band is still supporting their 2014 LP English Oceans at this show, but don’t be surprised if they work in a lost ’90s-era song, Runaway Train, which originated when Drive By Truckers’ Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley played in a pre-DBT band, Adam’s House Cat.
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $65-$85. (727) 791-7400.
Today, guys like Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton represent what country music is in the modern age. When the genre first started to take hold, names like Cash and Guthrie more or less represented what it was all about. Somewhere in between there is Don Williams. The 76-year-old, 2010 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame is an alumni of the Pozo-Seco Singers and regarded as the genre’s gentle giant. He boasts over a dozen No. 1 hits, and while he will never, ever be remembered as someone who took country to new places, he will always be revered for hits like We Should Be Together, The Shelter of Your Eyes and I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me.
92.5 Maxima Concierto de la Herencia Hispana
With Olga Tanon, Jerry Rivera, Gente de Zona, J Alvarez, Leslie Grace, Gocho
SUNDAY 1 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $20-$25, free for kids under 10. 925maxima.com/hh2015.
It’s a chance to brush off your dancing shoes, party with a steamy lineup of well-known Latino performers and help celebrate everything Latino. On Sunday, Clearwater’s annual Hispanic Heritage Concert, officially the Clearwater Fuccillo Kia Maxima Concierto de la Herencia Hispana, will be at Coachman Park. More than 13,000 visitors are expected to descend on the waterfront park, and already VIP tickets have sold out, according to Chrystal Ryals, a city recreation specialist helping coordinate the event. Grammy Award winner Olga Tañón, known as La Mujer de Fuego (Woman of Fire) will be there, showing off her legendary merengue moves, as well as Puerto Rican 1990s sensation Jerry Rivera and the Cuban reggaeton group Gente de Zona, whose roots go back to Havana’s Alamar, which is regarded as the birthplace of Cuban hip-hop. — Piper Castillo
Clearwater Jazz Holiday Opening Night
With Gladys Knight, The O’Jays, Gloria West & the Gents
THURSDAY 4:30 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $15-$150. (727) 562-4800.
Next week’s weekend edition of the tbt* will feature a more detailed look at the 36th installment of Clearwater’s famed Jazz Holiday, but Soundcheck would be remiss if we didn’t mention opening night festivities when one of the greatest and most enduring Philadelphia soul outfits, The O’Jays, take to the cozy confines of Coachman Park to play for several thousand of their closest friends. The inimitable Gladys Knight will precede them, and the festival’s fair pricing structure means that everyone (including kids under 12 who get in free with a paid adult) will get a chance to spend a night or three with the cool ocean breeze and some of the most beautiful sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico.
New Kingston, Friday. With Lov’d Ones. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0550.
Dukes Of Juke 30th Anniversary, Friday. With Late Night Brass. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Galantis, Friday. With Christian Alexander, Winta. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre Event Facility, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 873-8368.
ZXGGY, Saturday. With The Vote, Saint, Free Will Vibin. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.
Smallpools, Saturday. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 895-3045.
T-Bone Hamilton, Saturday. With Marilyn Freeman. 7:30 p.m. Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave. NE, Ruskin. $15-$25. (813) 645-7651.
Live From 813 Album Release, Saturday. 8 p.m. With Kenosobi Hercules, Mike Mass, OG Don Mack, Rival, Eyezenpowa, Bobby Treacherous, more. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.
Ellis Paul (Two Shows), Sunday. 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $5-$25. (727) 644-7895.
The Hummingbirds, Sunday. 6:30 p.m. The Independent, 5020 N Florida Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 341-4883.
Paul Thorn, Monday. 8 p.m. Blue Rooster, 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota. $30. (941) 388-7539.
Overkill, Tuesday. With Symphony X. 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$100. (813) 247-2555.
Particle, Tuesday. With Dr. Fameus. 7 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15. (813) 971-0666.
Piss Ghost, Wednesday. With Space Chumpy, Hermit Papess, Big Brother. 9 p.m. Mojo Books & Music, 2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $3-$5. (813) 971-9717.
GRiZ, Wednesday. With Big Wild, Louie Lastic. 10 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $17-$30. (813) 247-2555.
Boytoy, Thursday. With Funny Bunny, Luxury Mane, DJ Tortilla. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
-- Ray Roa