This week in Tampa: Brad Paisley, Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket, WIlco and more
It's another big week of guitar-slinging rock and country in Tampa Bay, with two big shows hitting the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre: Brad Paisley and Bob Dylan with Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Bob Weir. But there's much more throughout the bay area, including Kool and the Gang, Robert DeLong, Dirty Heads, Pat Benetar, Neil Giraldo, David Sanborn, Bob James and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...
Americanarama Festival of Music
With Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Bob Weir
THURSDAY 5:30 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25-$89. (813) 740-2446.
It’s the tour fans of American rock 'n’ roll have been waiting for: Living legend Bob Dylan heading on the road with acclaimed alt-rockers Wilco and My Morning Jacket. Few songwriters have been as influential over the years as Dylan, who’s been covered by just about every artist you can name. Wilco is one of the most critically lauded American groups in history thanks to a shape-shifting blend of electrified alt-country and psychedelic garage rock. And My Morning Jacket — who, near as we can tell, haven’t played Tampa since a gig at New World Brewery (!) in 2002 — bring Jim James’ soaring, ethereal voice and a sound that encompasses alternative, R&B and more. Throw in an opening solo slot from the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, and it’s a rock history lesson you won’t soon forget. -- Jay Cridlin
Kool & The Gang
With The Ohio Players
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39-$75. (727) 892-5767.
The majestic Mahaffey Theater gets in on a little Summer Madness with a Celebration featuring one of the 1970s’ seminal dance outfits, who utilized funk, jazz, R&B and pop sensibilities to craft unmistakable hits like Jungle Boogie and Ladies Night. Their background as a late-1960s jazz outfit is the secret to their extremely tight musicianship. The Gang is joined by an equally revered funk outfit, Ohio Players, whose 1975 hit Love Rollercoaster was famously covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (and subsequently immortalized on film in Beavis and Butthead Do America). It’s hard to imagine the energy level dipping below ecstatic, so make sure you’re ready to Get Down On It if you set foot in the room.
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 871-7874.
If you turned the sound off and simply watched video of a Robert DeLong solo performance, you’d probably think the Washington-born producer was a lockjaw and epilepsy victim who happened to go into a fit in front of a menagerie of controllers, keyboards, drum pads and joysticks. Turn the audio on, however, and captivation is unavoidable, since the boy is a master of looping his voice and live instrumentation over pre-recorded samples to create a union of sensory-overloading EDM and witty pop melody. His recent Coachella sets prove his tiny setup is both at home in steamy basements and capable of capturing the attention of a polo field’s worth of ready-to-party festivalgoers. If The Postal Service got happy and went to the club, then they might’ve become Robert DeLong.
Bob James and David Sanborn
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $45-$65. (727) 822-3590.
David Sanborn and Bob James could have one hell of a joint birthday party. Collectively, they’ve shared stages or collaborated with the likes of Quincy Jones, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Albert King and Little Milton. The pair have something like 100 albums between them, but the focus for this show will be on the way the boys joined forces on a pair of smooth jazz classics, 1986’s Double Vision and this year’s Quartette Humaine. It’s not exactly Kenny G, and it definitely doesn’t have the edge and grit of a cocaine-fueled Miles Davis composition, but even the most discerning aficionados will find something to like at this one.
With Chris Young, The Henningsens
SATURDAY 7 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.25 and up. (813) 740-2446.
At the ripe old age of 40, Brad Paisley may hold the rights to one of the most polarizing songs of all time (the cringe-worthy, un-unhearable Accidental Racist — do yourself a favor and don’t Google it), but let’s focus on his otherwise sparkling career in country music. Paisley — unlike many of his other contemporaries — has a reputation for being quite the guitar gunslinger, and his songs cover all kinds of ground. Whether he’s almost channeling golden-era Garth (1999’s Long Sermon), humorously trading a lady’s love for another fishing trip (2001’s I’m Gonna Miss Her), or teaming up with Alison Krauss to deliver one of the saddest duets ever recorded (2003’s Whiskey Lullaby), Paisley is better (and more believable) at this whole country thing that most everyone else.
Celebrating The Life and Times Of Jim Pedigo
With Magadog, The Apes, Amandla Tunesmith, The Duppies, The Rugcutters, Skahumbug, Tribal Styles, The Shakes Society, 6 Volt Rodeo, Flat Stanley, Brand New Opiates, The Smoking Jackets, Crash Mitchell
SATURDAY 3 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
By all accounts, Jim Pedigo was well loved as a person with a gentle sense of humor, magic tricks, and an equally charming pet cat, Metro. Jim Pedigo the musician would have a spot in Tampa Bay Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As the man behind the keys for the Tampa ska outfit Magadog, Pedigo co-wrote handfuls of songs with frontman Ed Lowery and helped bring the country (the band received much national acclaim in the 1990s) out of its grungy haze with a sunny and infinitely peppy brand of music. In April, Pedigo succumbed to lung cancer, and on Saturday many of his comrades will bring their bands (who share an affinity for high energy, danceable music) together to play an all-day festival for their fallen, but not forgotten, friend.
Rayzilla’s Dreamboats and Abhik Mukherjee
SUNDAY 6:30 p.m. The Independent, 5020 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 341-4883.
Stranger things have definitely happened on this strip of Florida Avenue, but this Sunday evening shindig at the Independent surely falls under the category of “odd things you see in Seminole Heights.” The free show finds a locally-loved outfit (Rayzilla’s Dreamboats) joined by an artist trained some 8,500 miles away: Calcutta-born sitar master Abhik Mukherjee, who began his training on the ancient Indian instrument when he was just six years old. The beer is good and cold, the company is friendly, and the Indy is the brightest spot of an already illuminating Hillsborough County neighborhood — you’d be silly to miss this one.
SUNDAY 2 p.m., The Coliseum Ballroom, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $70 and up. (727) 892-5202.
Built in 1924, St. Pete’s Coliseum ballroom was acquired by the city in 1989 before undergoing a massive restoration and becoming one of the most beautiful halls in the southern United States. On Sunday, the space pays tribute to Cuban culture with a show from Orquesta Arogón, an outfit that has existed in some form since their inception in 1939. The charanga (a Spanish language term that has come to mean “Cuban dance ensemble”) is famous for their delivery of “son cubano,” a widely popular fusion of Latin American music and African-born rhythmic ideas. In a lot of ways “son” gave birth to many forms of modern Latin dance, and it’s about to be played in its most pure form in one of the most pristine rooms around.
Emilio Rojas Fri. With Temp, Samurai Shotgun, Eyeznpowa, Mighty Jai, Malibu, DJ Fader. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$17. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com.
The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die Fri. With Pity Sex, Dads, Ten Acres, Sweet Divorce. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $10. (813) 382-3477.
Walkerfest Fri. With Pat Benetar, Neil Giraldo, Brynn Marie. 5 p.m. Citrus County Fairgrounds, 3600 S Florida Ave., Inverness. $20-$75. (352) 726-2993.
Someday Souvenir Fri. With Pedro El Poeta, Cuba Luna, Iris Calling. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Bird Street Players Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Fathom’s Pass Fri. With SinGod, Look Right Penny, For Those Like Us, Hybrid Horizon. 8 p.m. Brass Mug, 14811 N Florida Ave., Tampa. $5-$8. (813) 972-8152.
Homegrown Hip Hop 5 Sat. With Infinite Skillz, Aych, Dynasty, Hard Target, Headnockka Fam, Rival, Snapm. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$15. (727) 895-3045.
Crickets Make Math Sat. With Hiatus, Abstract Machine, Wolf Pussy. 9 p.m. Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg $5 (901) 619-1519 or facebook.com/theventurecompound.
Have Gun, Will Travel’s High Road Ale Release Show Sat. With The Wooly Bushmen, Bryan Childs. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-4969.
Club Underground 11-Year Anniversary Sat. With Rich Homie Quan. 10 p.m. Club Underground, 802 E Whiting St., Tampa. $10 and up (ladies free). (813) 221-3582.
Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones Sun. 4 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska, Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 234-1000.
Ol’ Dirty Sundays Sun. With DJ Methods, DJ Casper, Dj LeSage. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $5 (21 and up free). (813) 241-8600.
Generationals Sun. With Gringo Star. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-4969.
Dirty Heads Mon. With The Expendables, Big B. 6:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $31. (727) 565-0550.
Intronaut Wed. With Scale The Summit, Mouth Of The Architect, Set And Setting, Auto! Automatic!!. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com.
Graph Rabbit Wed. 7 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 248-4969.
High Cotton Thu. With Uncle John’s Band. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $8. (813) 971-0666.
James Rivera Thu. With Sabbath Judas Sabbath, Soulidium, Servants Of The Mist, Tickle. 8 p.m. Brass Mug, 14811 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Free ($5 for under 21). (813) 972-8152.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*