This week in Tampa: Blake Shelton, Eddie Money, Beres Hammond, Riff Raff and more
One of country music's new kings comes to Tampa this weekend for the second time this year. Blake Shelton performed a sold-out show at the Florida Strawberry Festival in March, and if you didn't see him then, now's your chance. Other acts in Tampa Bay this week: Beres Hammond, Eddie Money, Travi$ Scott, Wintersun, Robby Krieger, Riff Raff, Rev. Run, Ying Yang Twins, Big Country, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Feed Me and more. Here to cover it all is Ray Roa...
With Easton Corbin, Jana Kramer
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25-$54.75. (813) 740-2446.
Blake Shelton claimed to be the most “misunderstood person in country music” during his recent Strawberry Festival performance, but don’t tell that to his army of fans (endearingly called “BS’ers”). The 6-foot-5 megastar looms large over country music like some kind of twang-ed out Paul Bunyan and he comes to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amp (yay, no I-4 traffic!) armed with hits including feel good cuts Honey Bee and God Gave Me You, which will be interspersed with slightly edgier tunes like Kiss My Country Ass and Boys ’Round Here (sample lyric: “chew tobacco, chew tobacco, spit”). A pair of the genre’s brightest stars (Easton Corbin, and actress-turned-ACM Female Vocalist Of The Year nominee Jana Kramer) round out the bill, where surprisingly low price tickets ($25) are still available.
With Adonai Sound, Baby Sam, DJ Chance, Professor GT, Jay Blaque
FRIDAY 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $30 and up. (727) 565-0550.
After spending the ’70s in flurries of talent competitions and fronting reggae jazz outfit Zap Pow, Hugh Beresford Hammond decided to go it on his own and has since enjoyed a prolific solo career that’s spawned almost two dozen LPs. The 57-year-old’s soulful, throaty delivery made him an icon when it came to the lovers-rock brand of reggae, but he’s delved into dancehall and R&B, and even got his activist on with a 2012 double album where he spends one side ruminating sweetly on the topic of love, and the other making the discussion of social and ecological issues feel less like pulling teeth and more like being in one big group hug.
FRIDAY 11 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17-$20. (727) 895-3045.
The doors for Travis Scott’s show open at 11 p.m., and that’s not a typo. The performance from the 21-year-old beastsmith/MC is part of a State Theatre double-header (Scottish alt-rock ’80s heroes Big Country play the matinee), and it might be the last time you get to see Scott up close and personal for a while. His production is a hot commodity, and he boasts credits on hit albums like Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail and Kanye West’s Yeezus (West even showed up to perform a surprise song at a recent Scott show). A recent mixtape, Owl Pharaoh, was released in May and is as dark (Bad Mood S--- On You), dizzying (Chaz Interlude), and inescapable (Upper Echelon) as anything else hip-hop has to offer these days. Scott’s live show is notoriously rowdy, so you’re going to want to break curfew for this one.
With Big Makk
SATURDAY 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
“Riff Raff” is extremely Google-able, and that’s probably the way the Houston MC (real name Horst Simco) likes it. He’s been described as “shamelessly eccentric” by his own label and even branded a “brazen troll” and “a caricature” by blogs and newspapers alike. Simco also happens to think he inspired James Franco’s character in the Harmony Korine-directed instant cult classic Spring Breakers (for his part, Franco has pretty much acknowledged that Mr. Raff was part of the vision, but that the real muse was another rapper, St. Pete’s own Dangeruss). Despite the oddity and consistent hilarity of it all, Riff Raff’s appeal (and talents) cannot be denied. “He doesn’t give a f--- about anything (and) he’s the best dude to drink with ever,” tastemaking producer Diplo once said, “and he can freestyle for seven weeks straight.”
Summer Jam 9
With Helado Negro, Zulu Wave, Florida Kilos, Wolf-Face, The Dull Blades, Will Quinlan & The Diviners, The Wholetones, Feral Babies, The Apes, Grey Market, Booker & Norton, Kid Aids, Moonmen From Mars, Sun Signs
SATURDAY 7 p.m., New World Brewery, Crowbar, and the Social Club, Ybor City. $15-$20. thxmgmtlive.com
The Ybor-centric mini-festival has marked the end of the sweltering summer concert season for almost a decade now, and while regional temps won’t recede until months afterwards, Summer Jam is a good opportunity for Bay area music fans to slow it down and appreciate some of the best, unheard acts from Florida and beyond. The show has had few repeat acts over the years (a rarity in the saturated festival scene), and the ninth installment mixes it up by putting the lush folk and storytelling of Will Quinlan up against the bluesy garage rock of Melbourne’s Dull Blades; Florida Kilos’ throwback AM-pop alongside ska nine-piece The Apes; and tying a dozen more acts, including buzzing exploratory sound miner Helado Negro, into a easy-to-navigate lineup. (Editor’s note: The author’s music and culture blog, SubAp!, contributed writing to Summer Jam’s promotional materials.)
With Dean Johanesen
SATURDAY 8 p.m., The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $26.50-$36.50. (727) 822-3590.
As founding guitarist of The Doors, Robby Krieger gets lots of well-deserved credit for being the man pushing the proverbial pen on classic cuts like Love Her Madly, Touch Me and Light My Fire, but the 67-year-old was much more than that, too. Named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists in 2011, Krieger — who brings a new band, Jam Kitchen, with him on this tour stop — played a pivotal role in frontman Jim Morrison’s very existence. Without Krieger’s flamenco- and jazz-influenced, avant-garde-for-its-time playing style, Morrison might not have had the artistic freedom to explore the wild, poetic and controversial stage antics that made The Doors infamous and unforgettable. Krieger has said that any version of his most famous band is highly unlikely ever to play together, but don’t think he’ll forget where he came from at this intimate gig.
SUNDAY 9 p.m., Hard Rock Café at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $40. (813) 627-7757.
Watching Eddie Money in a Geico commercial, warbling his way through the chorus of his 1978 hit single Two Tickets To Paradise, is humorously bittersweet at best. Sure, the now 64-year-old rocker appeared to show a little wear and tear in the clip (in his defense, a recent interview found Money admitting to a bit of vocal fatigue after the more than “30 takes” it took to film the spot), but most reports say that ol’ Eddie — who has completely forgone drinking, drugs and smoking as he approaches his 70s — still has a pretty impressive set of pipes. Fans of Money’s down-to-earth, blue-collar approach to rock 'n’ roll on seminal cuts like Take Me Home Tonight and Baby Hold On get a chance to see for themselves at this Sunday night show.
With Fleshgod Apocolypse, Arsis, Starkill, Promethean Horde
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m., Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $22-$25. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com.
Finnish death metal, apparently, is more than alive and well. Just ask Wintersun. The Helsinki foursome is tearing through the States on a 28-date North American tour and their Tampa stop finds them bringing Time I, the first half of a labored over pair of concept albums (Time II is rumored to be seeing the light of day next year), to a legion of fans hungry for the band’s über-melodic take on metal, which is so precise and meticulous that it forced the band to cancel 2007 tour stops so they could perfect their recordings. This date was originally scheduled for Orlando before some promoter snafus almost forced the band to bail out completely, so expect relived faces — and a whole lot of headbanging — at this one.
Old Skool Labor Day Weekend
With Black Sheep, Ying Yang Twins, Rev. Run, DJ Skribble, more
FRIDAY-MONDAY Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. $10 (Fri.); $5-$15 (Sat.); $10-$20 (Sun.); $10 (Mon.). (727) 441-6875.
Sure, we’ve got a lot more summer swelter ahead of us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the end of summer with Labor Day. One place to start is the annual four-day party at Shephard’s on Clearwater Beach. Friday features a Tiki happy hour with drink specials from 4 to 7 p.m., “All the Answers” with DJ Chad Fox on the Tiki stage from 8 p.m. to close and DJ Ray’s video mix show in the Wave from 9 p.m. to close. Saturday’s headliners include Black Sheep and the Ying Yang Twins and features All the Answers from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Tiki, Sweet Spot from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Tiki and Kidd Leow in the Wave from 9 p.m. to close. Sunday features an all day and all night party with entertainment by DJ Skribble, Run DMC’s Rev Run and DJ Ruckus. Monday winds down, but doesn’t stop with music by DJ Nova, Arock, DJ Deville, DJ Ku, DJ Ray and DJ Jamie Ferreira. The party continues until 3 a.m. most days. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne
Big Country Fri. With WD-Han. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.
Will Erickson Fri. With J.T. Brown. 7 p.m., Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $7. (727) 644-7895.
The Dangerous Summer Fri. With Tommy And The High Pilots, Rare Monk, Breaking Laces, Caraisle, Variance. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $11-$13. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com.
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk Fri. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.
Barabbas Record Release Fri. With TDP, Foul Mowf, Hagan Lee, Prince Golden, Acoupstix. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.
Feed Me (DJ Set) Fri. With Nerd Rage, Mr. Saturn, Winta. 9 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 873-8368.
No Rave 4 Fri. With Lack, Sam V, Kirk Fogg. 8 p.m. The Social Club, 1909 N 15th St., Ybor City. $5. (813) 242-2717.
Mike Dillon Band 9 p.m. With Displace, M.I. Funke. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio Fri. With Wendy Rich. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
The Vodkanauts Fri. With Dean Johanesen. 6 p.m. The Ale and The Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-2533.
Trust For Liars Sat. With Rise Of Saturn, High Five Go, Enter Intruder. 8 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5-$7. (813) 248-2356.
Not Tonight Josephine Sat. With Malaya, Amare, Civil Action. 7:30 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8-$10. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
WMNF Groovefest 4 Sat. With The Heavy Pets, Come Back Alice, Serotonic, Ted Lukas & The Misled, Roundhouse Special, Shane & Fil, Applebutter Express Duo, and more. 2 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Green Sunshine Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Gustavo Scorpio Sat. With Charles Machado. 9 p.m. G. Bar, 1401 E Seventh Ave, Ybor City. (813) 247-1016.
Labor Day Luau Sun. With Jinx, Temp, Acoustix. 9 p.m. Prana, 1619 E Seventh Ave, Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-4139.
Jamaican Queens Sun. With Levels, Oxford Noland, Godsnack, The Banker. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6-$9. (813) 248-4969.
Pete & Wayne Revival Sun. 7 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Austin Miller Wed. With Christopher Bell. 7 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 248-4969.
Rock The Park Thu. With Macrame Owls, MRENC, The Wholetones. 6:30 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. (813)274-8677.
Farms Thu. With Vacation Dad, Merlin Monroe, Alien House, Moon Jelly. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*