This week in Tampa: Billy Joel, Hellyeah, Wynona Judd and more
As we enter Gasparilla week in Tampa, it's time to take in a show before the pirates take over. Here to walk you through this week's concerts -- including Billy Joel, Hellyeah (above), P.O.D., Wynonna and the Big Noise, Will Hoge, Brillz, Galactic, Shannon and the Clams, Torche, Bully, Slocan Ramblers, Hot Sardines, Engelbert Humperdinck, Mike Stud, Ana Popovic, Colin Hay, Papadosio, the Drifters and more -- are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...
Hellyeah and P.O.D.
With Adelitas Way, 10 Years, Avatar, Islander, Failure Anthem
SUNDAY 2 p.m. England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $14.98 and up. (727) 688-2025.
Imagine having less than a week to turn a big outdoor concert into an even bigger outdoor festival. That was the challenge facing concert promoters in early December, when Ferg’s Sports Bar put the kibosh on its new live music series. Enter an unlikely savior: The city of Pinellas Park, and its 11-acre England Brothers Bandshell Park. The city has hosted a surprising amount of live music since the park opened in 1998, staging its annual Country in the Park concert each spring and renting out the bandshell for concerts by artists like Joan Jett, Blondie, Devo and Sublime with Rome. On Sunday, it will host a daylong metal fest featuring Hellyeah and P.O.D. “It’s nice when people can see something close to home and not have to drive out of town to go to a show,” said city spokesman Tim Caddell. “We want to have something for everybody. We’re willing to try just about everything.” Tickets purchased when the show was still at Ferg’s will be honored.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $39.50 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.
Perhaps Billy Joel’s Madison Square Garden residency has given the ol’ Piano Man a new outlook on life. After years of what felt like ambivalence toward the pop music industry, it seems Joel has loosened up since taking his monthly MSG gig at the beginning of 2014. Last year he headlined Bonnaroo (alongside the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Deadmau5, no less), and Friday’s show at Amalie Arena will be his second Tampa show in two years, indicating he’s no longer so reluctant to hit the road. Most important, it really seems like he’s having fun out there — letting fans vote on his setlist, and busting out covers and rarer gems like All for Leyna, Where’s the Orchestra? and The Ballad of Billy the Kid. He’s still a hits machine; there’s no way he’ll get to everyone’s favorites at Friday’s show. You’ll still hear Allentown, you’ll hear Scenes From an Italian Restaurant, you’ll hear Only the Good Die Young, and you’ll most certainly hear Piano Man. As Joel nears his 67th birthday, we may be no closer to his first proper pop album since 1993’s River of Dreams, but at least we know his heart is still in the game.
Shannon and the Clams
With Golden Pelicans, Veiny Hands.
MONDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $9-$12. (813) 248-4969.
Sensing a void for a borderline campy indie-rock homage to the innocent pop of the ’50s and ’60s, here come Shannon and the Clams to brighten your Monday. Much like, say, Lana Del Rey or Leon Bridges, singer-bassist Shannon Shaw and her Clams (guitarist Cody Blanchard and drummer Ian Amberson) looked to pop’s bygone eras for inspiration on their latest LP, Gone By the Dawn. The result is a cheery, danceable and slightly punky brew of tambourines and doo-wop and sass. No wonder these guys are booking festival gigs like Sasquatch this spring.
Wynonna & the Big Noise
FRIDAY 8 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39.50-$69.50. (727) 791-7400.
Wynonna Judd has been around for a while now. Not counting her and her mom’s time racking up over a dozen successful country singles as The Judds, the 51-year-old country singer-songwriter has been lurking on Billboard charts in a solo capacity for the last 23 years. She’s been on another reinvention bender as of late thanks to her latest group of co-conspirators, the Big Noise, who join Judd in support of their brand new, self-titled LP. Produced by hubby Cactus Moser, the 12-track effort finds Judd exploring foreign-to-her sounds with heavyweights like Susan Tedeschi, Jason Isbell and Derek Trucks. Moser even throws down on You Make My Heart Beat Too Fast, in which crunchy guitar breathes new life into Judd’s signature howl.
With The Record Company
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $24. (727) 565-0550.
Depending on how much lead is in your foot, it’s only a nine-hour drive to New Orleans. You can stay at home for a taste this weekend, though, when Galactic flies into town as part of their five-date Florida run. The Crescent City five-piece is no stranger to collaborating with other artists (J.J. Grey, Maggie Koerner, and even Mavis Staples have all appeared on Galactic albums) and the tradition continues for the St. Pete date when NoLa vocal powerhouse Erica Falls joins them to breathe even more life into a 20-year-old discography that seems to be getting funkier and diversified with age.
With Party Favor, Lazz, Party Thieves
SATURDAY 10 p.m. Amphitheatre Event Facility, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 873-8368.
The sub-gentrefication of music is rampant in today’s blog-heavy, Internet-driven listening ecosystem. Brillz isn’t making any of it easier to navigate. A few years ago the Los Angeles-based producer introduced the electronic dance music world to “twonk” and he’s still trying to explain the concept to both fans and curious onlookers. Rooted in Brillz’s more laid-back marriage of trappy hip-hop and bass music, the concept of “twonk” goes beyond sound and extends to head-scratching merchandise that his devoted legion of fun-loving weirdos scoop up like hotcakes. At the end of the day, “twonk” is pretty much another word to toss around while you’re getting schwasted in the club. Get there early for a bill that’s solid with touring names from top to bottom.
With Jeff Carey, Day Old Man, Meatwound
SUNDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 248-4969.
As the condo-fication of Ybor City begins to catch steam, it’s important to make time for the entertainment district’s long-running, open-air venues, which have been havens for some of the world’s biggest bands before they were huge. This show from Torche is one usually reserved for clubs, but the Miami outfit probably isn’t going to tweak their notoriously heavy live set just because it’s happening on New World’s gorgeous patio. Their latest album, last year’s Restarter, is a gateway album into super sludgy stoner rock that even the most casual of heavy music fans should embrace. Tours from these working-class heros of their scene aren’t uncommon, but seeing it happen in a space usually reserved for folk and indie acts is a treat for sure.
Ground Water Mafia
With Gullwing, Poultry, Kosms
TUESDAY 9 p.m. Mojo Books and Records, 2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Donations For Touring Band. (813) 971-9717.
Nashville is kind of like the honky-tonk Hollywood. It’s the nucleus of the mainstream country music industry, a breeding ground for some of the country songwriters, and ground zero for hot fried chicken. It’s also got one hell of an underground, however, and Ground Water Mafia are bubbling out of the cracks with fury. The Music City punks have attached the “nuclear-symphonic” tag to their sound, and the descriptor is apropos. The whole of their 2014 LP cult of the rose eaters is an oddly cadenced shred fest that blurs the lines between noise, punk and art rock to dizzying effect. Danny Piechocki and Sam Wolter’s Poultry project opens the show where donations are being collected for the touring band to keep fuel in the tank and gas station hot dogs in the stomach.
With Faux Ferocious, Johnny Mile and the Kilometers, Selectric
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12. facebook.com/thelocal662.
There’s a whole lot of Tennessee trudging through town this week, but Natural Child are probably the most twangy of the bunch. This ain’t your daddy’s country music, though. It probably isn’t your older brother’s country either. The band was borne out of bassist Wes Traylor’s dream to make rock 'n’ roll and made into reality over a pan of hash brownies. The rest is history, and the trio have used their last five albums (including 2014’s Dancin’ With Wolves) to make tongue-in-cheek working class blues (B$G P$MP$N), bar-room ready boogie (Ain’t Gonna Stop), and organ-kissed soul (Out In the Country) for the skinny-jean wearing, PBR-drinking set. They even channel a little George Thorogood every sometimes (Laid, Paid, Strange), and have a live show the Destroyers would be proud of.
With Kristopher James
THURSDAY 7 p.m. The Ale and The Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-2533.
Andrew Duhon’s voice is the one you hear in movies when the protagonist is about to make a life-changing decision. In 2012, the 30-year-old was crowned New Orleans’ “Best Singer/Songwriter” by Offbeat Magazine, and he hasn’t looked back. His delivery boasts a baritone quality that’s simultaneously warm and comforting while also capable of conveying the quiet insecurities and questioning he writes about in heartbreakers like Too Late, Rest On Her Shoulder and Feel It In My Soul. He’s got a few shows in the area this week (he plays in Ybor City the day after this St. Pete show), but being able to see him play with another one of the area’s vocally gifted bards (Kristopher James) without having to pay a cover is a deal you can’t beat.
With Palehound, Big Eyes
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.
One of the best albums of last year was an 11-track, 31-minute barrage of blistering, hyper-melodic punk that balances the weight of some pretty introspective lyrics with frontwoman Alicia Bognanno’s bouncy, addicting delivery. The WTF factor on this show, however, is the addition of Palehound, a Boston-based trio led by guitar wizard and wordsmith Ellen Kemper, who propelled her band’s debut LP — last year’s Dry Flood — to at least a dozen of the music media’s Best of 2015 lists. Both of these bands won’t be playing rooms as small as this one for much longer, so take advantage of a chance to see them before they break out completely.
Chasing Safety, Fri. With XXI, Come And Rest, Forthteller, Prepare the Grave, Outside Atlas. 6 p.m. The Goat House, 2144 Corporate Center Drive, Odessa. $10. (727) 871-2922.
Ries Brothers, Fri. With WCA Band. 6 p.m. Woodlawn Event Hall, 11225 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. $10-$35. (727) 259-3480.
Come Back Alice, Fri. With Southern Gothic. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Kosms, Fri. With Young Egypt, Stoic, Rogerthomas, Lilith. 9 p.m. The Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg $5. (901) 619-1519.
Bleeth, Fri. With Spar, Thunderclap, more. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $3. (813) 248-4969.
Slocan Ramblers, Fri. 7:30 p.m. David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 229-7827.
Brutality (CD Release), Sat. With Murder Suicide. 7:30 p.m. The Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10. (813) 972-8152.
Hot Sardines, Sat. 8 p.m. David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35 and up. (813) 229-7827.
Engelbert Humperdinck, Sat. (8 p.m) and Sun. (5 p.m.) The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $79-$100. (727) 791-7400.
Will Hoge, Sun. 7:30 p.m. David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25-$45. (813) 229-7827.
Sammy Needlz, Sun. With DJ Casper, DJ Lesage. 10 p.m. Ol’ Dirty Sundays at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.
Busch Gardens Real Music Series: The Drifters, Mon.-Sat. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission. 1-888-800-5447.
Jucifer, Mon. With Weltesser. 7 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 382-3477.
Mike Stud, Tues. With Moosh & Twist, Futuristic, more. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$75. (813) 248-9500.
Annalise Emerick, Wed. 7 p.m. Rosie’s Tavern, 730 Broadway, Dunedin. Free. (727) 724-4209.
Adam Lee, Wed. With One Trip Little, A.J. Gaither. 7 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 248-4969.
Ana Popovic, Wed. 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$30. (727) 791-7400.
Papadosio, Thurs. With The Mantras. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 895-3045.
Colin Hay, Thurs. 8 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29.50-$49.50. (727) 791-7400.
-- Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa