This week in Tampa: Carlos Vives, Young Thug, Dash Berlin, Baauer and more
With Beyonce Week firmly in the rearview, we can turn our attention to the rest of the Tampa Bay music landscape.
This week brings an exciting array of shows to town, including Fiesta Maxima with Carlos Vives, Young Thug, Baauer, Dash Berlin, Trampled By Turtles, Rick Ross, Glen Phillips, Flatbush Zombies, George Benson, The Devil Makes Three, Mike Love, Kayzo, Iron Reagan, Hed(P.E.) and more. Here to walk you through it all are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...
92.5 Fiesta Maxima
With Carlos Vives
SUNDAY 7 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $27.75 and up. (813) 974-3004. sundomearena.com.
When a sold-out crowd greeted Romeo Santos last summer at Amalie Arena, it suggested that Tampa might finally be ready to compete with Orlando and Miami for some of the world’s top Latin pop tours. This summer’s Nicky Jam concert at Amalie is an intriguing next step, but first, look for a big crowd at Sunday’s 92.5 Fiesta Maxima at the USF Sun Dome. Headlining is Colombian pop superstar Carlos Vives, who has won several Grammys and sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. His 2015 co-headlining trek with Marc Anthony was one of the highest-grossing North American tours of 2015, which should give you an indication of his appeal on this continent.
SUNDAY 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $29.50 and up. (813) 247-2555. theritzybor.com.
The Ritz Ybor has a stellar track record for booking Next Big Thing rappers while they’re on the rise, from Kendrick Lamar to A$AP Rocky to 2 Chainz to Tyga. Go ahead and add to that list Young Thug. The raspy Atlanta eccentric is neck and neck with Future in terms of productivity the last 12 months, dropping at least five mixtapes (including his entire Slime trilogy) with another on the way — all while his major-label debut remains a work in progress. Thugger’s staccato, Auto-Tuned delivery, punctuated with whoops and squeals and unintelligible lyrics, is only part of his appeal. His flamboyant fashion sense and space-cadet persona give him an otherworldly aura, which might be why Kanye West recruited him for his latest odyssey, The Life of Pablo. In February, Young Thug performed alongside West on Saturday Night Live — yet another sign the Ritz knew what it was doing when it booked him.
With Bangarang, Sun Signs
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.
Gone is the ambitious light display that used to be a hallmark of every GreyMarket concert. “We’re going straight ahead,” said drummer-programmer Mike Gargiulo. “It became too much to manage with just the two of us, especially on the road.” Thankfully, Gargiulo and singer-guitarist Cave McCoy haven’t lost their sonic edge on new album The Stress Kills, which they’ll release Saturday at Crowbar. Blending the melodic synth-rock of Phoenix or the Killers with the thundering sci-fi ambition of Muse or Awolnation, the album will no doubt provide a fitting soundtrack to the band’s always entertaining live shows — with or without the lights.
SUNDAY 2 p.m. Beach Bar, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $17 and up. (813) 281-8900. beachtampa.com.
Three weeks before the fifth annual Sunset Music Festival, the Tampa EDM scene is kind of a mess. Chalk some of that up to last month’s fire at Ybor City’s Amphitheatre nightclub, which has scrambled to relocate shows by big-name DJs, including Kayzo on Saturday at the Orpheum ($15-$20) and Wiwek on May 20 at the Ritz Ybor ($15). But with the weather warming up, more shows were going to open up outside anyway. Shephard’s Beach Resort in Clearwater Beach is ramping up its “Evolution Sundays,” featuring acts like Australian DJ TyDi on Sunday ($7) and deep house artist Oliver Heldens on May 14 ($20). And then there’s Beach Bar, located in the former home of Hogan’s Beach off the Courtney Campbell Causeway, which has been booking shows left and right. Following a family-friendly Mother’s Day brunch and carnival Sunday morning, the stage will open up for a day of dance music headlined by Dutch trance artist Dash Berlin, who last year was voted one of the top 15 DJs in the word by DJ Magazine. Tickets are $17 and up if you and mom feel like making a day of it.
Frolic Exchange 2-Year Anniversary
With Jackson Davis and the Jackettes, Mo’Booty, Johnny Mile and the Kilometers
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Frolic Exchange, 4634 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 237-2305.
If navigating crowds at the ’Burg’s First Friday is starting to feel like a chore, Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood offers a milder, albeit less condensed, version. Frolic Exchange anchors the southern end of the district and celebrates two years on the block by opening the doors to soul-stirring St. Pete doo-wop/pop collective Jackson Davis and the Jackettes, who’ll headline a free party that includes another St. Pete band — retro rock 'n’ roll trio Johnny Mile and the Kilometers. Literally rounding out the bill is Mo’Booty, a moody Miami outfit with a knack for spilling psych-noir all over a brooding surf rock sound.
With Heist, Jaime Ferreira
FRIDAY 10 p.m. DrYnk, 302 S Howard Ave., Tampa. $19-$23.80. (813) 347-9141.
Thanks to an assist from London’s AlunaGeorge and sibling trap-stars Rae Sremmurd on new track, One Touch, Baauer may have finally accomplished running away from the hit song that originally made him an overnight star. The 27-year-old Philadelphia producer is the guy famous for Harlem Shake, an insane, club-igniting three-minute blast of house synths, diabolical bass and hi-hat, Spanish vocals and animal vocalizations that eventually resulted in YouTube meme-afication. Fresh off an appearance at Coachella, Baauer — real name: Harry Rodrigues — is still shaking things up (Temple with M.I.A. is a rump-moving godsend) and a new album, this year’s Aa, is overflowing with masterfully executed modern dance music that throws a nod to today’s trends while still staying rooted in the tenets of what predated EDM in the first place. DrYnk, a posh-tavern in SoHo, is a great place to watch his set unfold late into the night.
SATURDAY 6 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $30. (727) 644-7895.
Toad the Wet Sprocket stay more than busy these days, but frontman Glen Phillips still finds ways to occupy the little bit of free time he’s afforded. The 45-year-old songwriter arrives in St. Pete after a nice week in the Sunshine State that included a headlining show in Orlando and a special performance in Fort Myers that found him flanked by the Southwest Florida Symphony as they worked through Toad cuts as well as Phillips’ solo material. No fancy bells and whistles at this show, but it will take place within the confines of one of the region’s finest listening rooms, so expect a lot of storytelling and count on songs like All I Want, Walk On the Ocean and Something’s Always Wrong to ring loud and clear.
Set and Setting
With Spar, Disevered Sentries
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $7. (727) 424-1809.
Set and Setting don’t play nearly as many local shows as they used to. Blame it on life, blame it on the rigors of putting on the stage spectacle the St. Pete post-rock kings pull off night after night on regular national tours, or just blame it on the fact they they’ve been hard at work on the follow-up to their jaw-dropping, ear-ringing 2014 LP, A Vivid Memory. Just don’t blame anyone else if you miss the four-piece’s first St. Petersburg show in over a year. Expect to hear new songs from the boys, and get there early to see a trio of excellent locals including old-school doom-bringers Sentries who’ve reunited and started working on new material.
TUESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22-$25. (727) 895-3045.
Two and a half years ago, New York City emcee collective Flatbush Zombies stole the show from Tampa’s own Trinidad James during the Skatepark of Tampa’s 21st Anniversary Party at the Cuban Club, and while the venue’s famous band shell is now long gone, memories from that raucous Zombies set (as well as a 2014 co-headlining Ybor show with The Underachievers) are still fresh in the minds of fans. This spring, the group’s new LP, 3001: A Laced Odyssey, turned the Billboard 200 chart on its head by debuting at No. 10. Fans are not surprised, though, as they’ve remained committed to their heroes’ refusal to chase catchy hooks in search of success. Instead, the Zombies have stayed trippy (watch a new video for 3001’s Smoke Break/Fly Away), turned up the psychedelia and turned in yet another chapter of hyper-intelligent stoner-rap that belies most of the lazy, uncooked hip-hop that’s getting served up to kids these days.
Trampled By Turtles
With The Devil Makes Three
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $28.75. (727) 565-0550.
There’s a hardened sect of bluegrass purists who aren’t very quick to warm up to groups like Trampled By Turtles. Sure, there are mandolins and banjos on stage when the Duluth, Minn., outfit plays, but Pixies covers (Where Is My Mind?) and the Turtles’ progressive style don’t always mix with more of the genre’s hardheaded fans. Throw in the fact that basically no one in the band played bluegrass before joining (fiddler Ryan Young played drums for a speed-metal band) and folks are bound to get offended. You can go out to Jannus Live on Thursday to watch them be converted, though, since the last decade has found the five-piece impressing the naysayers and winning fans all at the hands of their samurai-sharp musicianship and commitment to great song writing. Southern California acoustic trio The Devil Makes Three open the show.
With Veiny Hands, Fictional Friends, Ben Katzman’s Degreaser
THURSDAY 9 p.m. The Bends, 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 202-8931.
There’s a buried treasure swimming amid all the Demis, Mileys and Arianas trolling red carpets and awards shows in Southern California. The gem comes in the form of 31-year-old songwriter Colleen Green, a DIY devotee who has spent the last half-decade making a name for herself at the hands of tongue-in-cheek, super-catchy, drum machine-driven guitar pop that feels at home in both ’80s dance clubs (Close To You) and Santa Monica garages (I Wanna Be Degraded). New stuff on last year’s I Wanna Grow Up even feels like it could work on some of the world’s biggest stages, and while that probably speaks more to the open-mindedness of most festivalgoers than it does to Green’s slight shift away from the lo-fi tone of a 2011 debut, Cujo, don’t be surprised if the underground’s unofficial Queen of Cool is making big splashes on the national scene the next time she comes around.
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $82.50-$130. (727) 791-7400.
Depending on your perspective, George Benson is either a smooth jazz gateway into real R&B, blues and jazz or vice versa, and while you’ll definitely find the old WSJT-FM crowd floating around this hump day show, expect to see some deep music heads bobbing up and down, too. The late B.B. King reportedly once hailed the 73-year-old as “the best guitarist in the world in all kinds of music,” so expect Benson not only to work through the familiar material that’s earned him 10 Grammys but also use his unique gift and seasoned method of guitar solo composition to showcase how he’s married the worlds of easy-going pop with tried and true, badass guitar slinging.
Mike Love, Fri. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $20. (727) 791-7400.
OBJ Pre-Party, Fri. With Row Jomah, Holey Miss Moley, Future Vintage. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Kayzo, Fri. With G Buck, Big Makk, 10 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$20. (813) 248-9500.
TECO & Gasparilla Music Festival Present Streetcar Live, Sat. With Brown Bag Brass Band. 5 p.m. Centennial Park, 1800 Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $2.50-$5. (813) 254-4278.
Iron Reagan, Sat. With Necrid, American Party Machine. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-4969.
Firewater Tent Revival, Sat. 8:30 p.m. The Ale and the Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-2533.
Rick Ross, Sat. 9 p.m. Whiskey North, 11921 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $25-$100. (813) 523-5483.
Soapbox Soliloquy Album Release, Sat. With Deadborns, Swept. 10 p.m. The Bends, 919 First Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 202-8931.
Trench, Sun. With Bakers Paradise, Gullwing. 8 p.m. The Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $5. (901) 619-1519.
Acoustic BBQ, Wed. 7 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 248-4969.
Sticky Fingers, Wed. With Bootleg Rascal. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13-$15. (813) 248-9500.
Hed (P.E.), Thu. With The Defiant, Cypher Machine, Almondy Brown. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.
Max Norton & Shawn Kyle, Thurs. 7 p.m. The Independent, 5020 N Florida Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 341-4883.
-- Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa