This week in Tampa: Cannibal Corpse, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Rusted Root and more
March is normally one of the busiest months on the concert calendar. But after back-to-back weekends of festival insanity, we can all take a step back with a relatively light weekend or two. Of course, if you're into metal, this is one of your busiest weeks of the year, as the Ritz Ybor will host concerts by Nightwish (above), Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Abbath, Skeletonwitch, High On Fire, Sonata Arctica and more.
Other concerts this week include DJ Jazzy Jeff, Rusted Root, George Thorogood, MercyMe, Los Lobos, Judy Collins, Unwritten Law, We the Kings, the Sh-Booms, the Hip Abduction, Bongzilla, Foxing and more. Here to walk you through it all are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...
With Obituary, Cryptopsy, Abysmal Dawn
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. theritzybor.com.
Originally from Buffalo, Cannibal Corpse relocated to Tampa more than two decades ago. Along with Deicide, Morbid Angel and Obituary (who will join them for this show), they’re one of the city’s “Big Four” death metal acts, and a big reason why the city is known worldwide as a cradle of the genre. They’re the best-selling death metal group of all time, thanks in part to timeless classics like Hammer Smashed Face and A Skull Full of Maggots. Doesn’t that make you want to get in the pit?
With High On Fire, Skeletonwitch, Tribulation
SUNDAY 7:25 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $29 and up. theritzybor.com.
Demon-faced singer-guitarist Abbath Doom Occulta led Norwegian black metal heroes Immortal, and now fronts his own self-titled outfit. In January, Abbath released its first album, also self-titled, which opens with a track called To War!. How metal is this guy? Well, many of Immortal’s songs detail a fictional kingdom called Blashyrkh, a wintry warscape of doom. Also, Abbath once had a drummer named Creature, which is pretty hardcore.
With Sonata Arctica, Delain
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $41 and up. theritzybor.com.
Superstars in their native Finland, the symphonic metal outfit dishes out epic prog-metal riffs and over-the-top classical arrangements with operatic vocals. Claim to the scepter: Fantastical lyrics, references to fantasy fiction and classical mythology — it’s all there in spades. They have covered The Phantom of the Opera (the most metal Andrew Lloyd Webber song ever), and their 2015 album Endless Forms Most Beautiful features a cameo from evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins.
DJ Jazzy Jeff
SATURDAY Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $10 and up. (727) 442-5107. shephards.com.
Right about now would be a fine time for DJ Jazzy Jeff to give us all an update on that promised 2016 tour with the Fresh Prince. In October, Will Smith told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe he was “pretty certain” he’d be hitting the road with Jazz this summer. We’re still waiting on those dates, but to tide us over, we’ve got DJ Jazzy Jeff to shake the room at Shephard’s Beach Resort. Unlike Smith, Jeffrey Allen Townes has been touring constantly since his Summertime days, and he’s in demand across the industry — he even provided some scratching for the score to Straight Outta Compton. We may not be getting an arena tour, but as Saturday night beach parties go, this one’s hard to beat.
The Hip Abduction
With Mike Pinto, UNRB
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 565-0550.
The Hip Abduction’s popularity is growing in leaps and bounds these days as evidenced by a booking at Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival and a song premiere on revered music blog Consequence of Sound. The St. Pete collective enjoy great hometown support for their take on catchy afro-pop, and while they’re known for the eclectic array of instruments onstage at their shows — Have you ever seen a kamal’ngoni? — they’ve also added some electronic flourishes to a tropical sound that continues to turn the heads of fans from every genre. The party on Friday celebrates the release of a new LP, which is primed and ready to take this world music-loving bunch of St. Petersburgers truly global.
With Fat Night, Seafang
FRIDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 248-4969.
The city of Orlando sits pretty much dead center in the middle of Florida, so it makes sense that it would be home to some of the Sunshine State’s most impressive soul music. Led by new frontwoman Brenda Radney, The Sh-Booms are a seven-piece celebrating the release of a new EP in which their sound and swagger gets a huge boost of authenticity and attitude provided by the singer, who spent some time on Justin Timberlake’s Tennman Records label. Mastered by the team at Magic Garden in Los Angeles (Ringo Starr, The Black Keys, Dr. Dog) and engineered at O-Town’s Cat House and Compound, the four-track release is a refreshing dose of tropical soul lightly lathered in just the right amount of funk and rock ’n’ roll. A cool quartet of Orlando funk makers, Fat Night, open the show along with St. Pete’s own Seafang.
Spring Beer Fling
With Rusted Root, the Broadcast, NoNeed, Four Star Riot, Luxury Mane, Logan Grant, The Johnny Zoom Hi-Fi Show
SATURDAY Noon The Coliseum Ballroom, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $. (727) 892-5202.
Rain, rain ain’t going away. In 2016, Spring Beer Fling planned to say “sayonara” to downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park and spring for Vinoy Park, but an 80% chance of the wet stuff is changing plans again. This week, organizers decided to move the party indoors (thanks St. Pete Coliseum), but a familiar name is still headlining the boozy shenanigans. Rusted Root is still riding high and enjoying the cushy laurels of their gigantic 1995 single Send Me On My Way, and who could blame them? The cut brought folky-jam rock to the Billboard 100 and is a rite of passage for barefoot festival kids everywhere. The stop is somewhat special for the seasoned Pittsburgh-born band, however, since it comes as they celebrate 25 years of bandom. Bombastic St. Pete rock & roll outfit Luxury Mane highlights a support lineup heavy on local talent. Capacity is limited at the new venue, so grab your tickets in advance if possible.
With Bangarang, Queen of Ex, Rising Down, Mighty Jai, Rude 100, Wally Clark
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 893-7441.
The bulk of Samurai Shotgun — one of the area’s most promising local outfits — is relocating soon, but the quintet are giving hometown fans a chance to rock with them on Saturday when they release a new album, Riptide. The album gets closer to the band’s goal of capturing the exact sound and energy of their unique live show on tape, and while the team at Rock Garden Studios did a great job documenting Samurai Shotgun’s next sonic evolution, nothing can compare to watching frontman Prince Golden flail around onstage while his band rips through a hyper-kinetic, hard-edged blend of hip-hop and rock. Producer Wally Clark holds down the time between sets from Samurai Shotgun’s best friends, who also happen to be some of the best emcees working right now.
SUNDAY 6 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission. Toll-free 1-888-800-5447.
Skip church and ride some roller coasters on Sunday. Busch Gardens will provide the vino — They’re in the midst of their annual Food & Wine Festival. See Page 26 — and MercyMe will deliver some worship tunes to help you clean your conscience. The Greenville, Texas, collective is led by frontman Bart Millard, who leads the troupe through feel-good, hyper-melodic, family-friendly soft rock. Songs like Shake, Greater and Flawless from their 2014 LP Welcome to the New are more poppy than preachy, so don’t worry about getting completely evangelized at this one. The concert is included with admission, but you’ll have to tithe a bit harder if you want special viewing areas and food and drink sampling.
With Black Cobra, Kings Destroy, Lo-Pan
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 248-9500.
There’s nothing like a bad band name to grab a listener’s attention, and while Bongzilla’s moniker isn’t the worst one we’ve encountered, there’s no doubt that it begs to be explored. The Madison, Wis., four-piece play a sticky-icky brand of stoner sludge metal that isn’t afraid to turn up the tempo on occasion, as evidenced by their 2002 hit Greenthumb. The self-proclaimed Amerijaunicans are recognized as the genre’s original “weed metal” band and can also pay homage to the Southern metal tradition with slowed-down, head-banging breakdowns where frontman Mike “Muleboy” Makela screams his way through the haze. They don’t open the windows for shows at Orpheum, but you owe it to yourself to walk by and grab a whiff at this midweek show.
WEDNESDAY 10 p.m. The Bends, 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 202-8931.
Pop punk fans should congregate at The Bends to see Boytoy on hump day. The Nylon magazine-approved Brooklyn trio are headed to the Sunshine State after several successful South By Southwest shows, and they’re also riding high on a most excellent debut LP, Grackle, released in October. Led by the guitars of Saara Untracht-Oakner and Glenn Van Dyke, the 11-track effort is a tipsy, party-ready collection of catchy, shouted melodies, bouncy guitar riffs, and carefree garage rock solos. Van Dyke and Untracht-Oakner’s vocals are irresistible on tracks like Poison Breeder and Shape Up, so expect to be singing them in your head for weeks after this one. Tampa no-wave punks Drug open yet another Bends show where there is no cover.
We The Kings, Fri. With AJR, She Is We, Elena Coats, Brothers James. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-3045.
Los Lobos, Fri. 8 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $36-$56. (727) 791-7400.
Lux Bando, Fri. With Bay Sir, Hanashi and Makkai Alexander, DEA & Saint, Tyrell Golden, YZM. 8 p.m. The Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg $5. (901) 619-1519.
Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, Fri. 8 p.m. The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35-$55. (727) 892-5767.
Richard Nader’s Doo Wop Reunion XVI, Sat. With Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, The Cleftones, The Duprees, Tommy Mara and The Crests, The Vogues, The Dubs, Ladd Vance. 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45-$135. (727) 791-7400.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Sat. 6 p.m. Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission. Toll-free 1-888-800-5447.
Atom N Evol (EP Release), Sat. With Doghead, Together In Exile, Cypher Machine. 7 p.m. The Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. $5-$8. (813) 972-8152.
Strange Cat Toys Art Show, Sat. With The Porch Sessions, Ninehorn. 7 p.m. MF Arts Ybor, 1616 E Second Ave., Ybor City. $5.
Sassafraz, Sat. With Teen Girl Squad, DJ Blassafrass. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-4969.
Judy Collins, Sun. With Ari Hest. 7 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $32.50-$42.50. (727) 791-7400.
Consider the Source, Sun. 8 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Karibbyan Kruze Music Festival, Sun. With Impulse, Terry Edwards, Zuberi & Crew, Johukames, more. 4 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Bryan Lee Blues, Sun. 4 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000.
Jennifer Knapp, Tue. 6 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12-$15. (727) 644-7895.
Foxing, Tue. With O’Brother, Tancred, Adjy. 6:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $12. (813) 241-8600.
Unwritten Law, Thur. With Fenix TX. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Daniel Bachman, Thur. With Rebecca Zapen, Jeremy Douglass. 7:30 p.m. Side Door Cabaret at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $7-$20. (727) 822-3590.
Earphunk, Thur. With Future Vintage, The Groove Orient. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $12. (813) 241-8600.
--Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa