This week in Tampa: Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Zedd, Chillin' Music Fest and more
This week, one of the biggest annual music events in Tampa Bay returns to Coachman Park: The Clearwater Jazz Holiday, featuring Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, the Avett Brothers, Gladys Knight, the O'Jays and more. For previews of this year's fest, click here and here.
For the rest of this week's concert lineup -- including Zedd, Iration, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, Israel Houghton, Cannibal Ox, Keys N Krates, Noah Gunderson, Matt Pond PA, Bonerama, Tab Benoit, the Toasters and the Chillin' Music Fest with O.A.R., Stick Figure and Ballhoo! -- here are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...
With Dillon Francis, Alex Metric
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $32.75 and up. sundomearena.com.
Stunning. Crazy. Epic. Bonkers. Reviewers are running out of words to describe the otherworldly visuals of DJ and producer Zedd’s new True Colors Tour, which hits the USF Sun Dome on Saturday. The spectacle had better be bonkers, because otherwise, EDM arena shows are no sure thing, lacking both the sweaty intimacy of a club gig and the euphoria of a massive festival. Musically, the Russian-German 26-year-old born Anton Zaslavski has all the chops in the world to pull off a show like this, having composed many of the biggest pop-EDM singles of the past four years (Stay the Night with Hayley Williams, Clarity with Foxes, Break Free with Ariana Grande, I Want You to Know with Selena Gomez). But he strives to be a visual boundary-breaker, too, more so than ever on this tour. “I wanted people to have a destination to see something unique something they will never see at a festival,” he told MTV before a recent sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden. “I want to give back to my fans and give them a night they will never forget.”
With The Movement, The Green, Hours Eastly
FRIDAY-SATURDAY 6:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $19. Jannuslive.com.
Two-night stands are no joke. It’s a doubleheader few bands can pull off, and when it happens in Tampa Bay, it’s almost always a reggae-rock band at Jannus Live (Subline With Rome, Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution). Can sunny-vibed Iration — which opened for Rebelution during a two-night stand in 2014 — follow suit?
Chillin’ Music Fest
With O.A.R., Stick Figure, Ballyhoo!, the Supervillains, Makua Rothman, Resinated, UNRB, more
SATURDAY 1 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $30-$100 advance, $50-$150 at the gate. Chillinmusicfest.com.
Across the bay from Iration on Saturday is the second Chillin’ Music Fest, which brings jam-pop headliners O.A.R., right, to Curtis Hixon Park, along with surf-tinged rock, ska and pop acts like Stick Figure, Ballyhoo!, the Supervillains and Jack Johnson-esque singer-surfer Makua Rothman. “The second year is always 10 times better than the first year,” said organizer Scott Bush. “Everyone’s been a whole lot more receptive, from the booking agents to the sponsors to the bands themselves.” Impressively, Chillin’ has managed to add bands while lowering ticket prices for 2015; Bush expects a 30 to 40 percent boost in attendance as a result. A slew of notable locals and regionals, including Resinated and UNRB, round out the three-stage show, which will also include a beer pong tent and huge screens to watch college football.
Festival of Praise Tour
With Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, Israel Houghton, Hezekia Walker, Jessica Reedy, Zacardi Cortez, more.
FRIDAY 7 p.m. The Lakeland Center, 710 W. Lime St., Lakeland. $30-$65. (863) 834-8100.
It might not be Sunday morning, but blessings are just one short road trip away thanks to the Festival of Praise’s Friday night stop at the Lakeland Center. Fred Hammond is the maestro at this super concert and will liven the praise party up with super hits like I Will Trust and We’re Blessed after Grammy-award winning preacher Donnie McClurkin warms up the crowd and sets the spirituality to simmer with ballads like We Fall Down and Great Is Your Mercy. Acoustic guitar-wielding singer-songwriter Israel Houghton has been in the worship game since 1989 and rounds out a bill that also includes Kim Burrell, Hezekia Walker, Jessica Reedy, Zacardi Cortez, and more.
With RedFeather, J.T. Brown
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Since the release of their stellar 2013 album One Big Particular Loop, fans both local and national have been hungry for new music from St. Pete indie rockers Polyenso. They’ve gotten high-profile attention from big-time sites like Consequence of Sound and the Huffington Post, which named them one of “25 artists you need to start listening to in 2015.” The group has spent two years writing and recording the follow-up to One Big Particular Loop (titled Pure In the Plastic, it should be out early next year), but has teased fans with dreamy new songs 17 New Years, Osaka Son and Moona Festival. All are part of a four-track collection dubbed EP1 that Polyenso will release with a hometown show on Friday at the State Theatre. Consider it a taste of what’ll no doubt be a huge 2016 for one of Tampa Bay’s brightest young bands.
With Miam Tracy, Ol’ Madness
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13.50 and up. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
When Cannibal Ox arrived for a much-anticipated Ybor City show two years ago, fans were still hanging on to hope for a sophomore LP from the underground hip hop heroes. Fast forward to 2015 and the pair -- Vast Aire and Vordul Mega -- are back with that LP (The Blade Of Ronin, released in March). Their signature East Coast, hard style is still completely intact on the 19-track effort, and while a roost’s worth of emcees devoted to the same left-of-normal rhyme schemes and subject matter have emerged since Cannibal Ox’s groundbreaking 2001 debut (The Cold Vein), Blade is another example of why it’s important to embrace rappers who are fully capable of jamming their songs with thousands upon thousands of carefully crafted syllables and storylines instead of the warbly, auto-tuned, phrases that dominate the radio today.
The Atom Age
With Mushmind, Agents of Dimension X, DRUG
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Lucky You Tattoo, 9633 Bay Pines Blvd, Seminole. $5 Donation. (727) 623-9928.
There’s a pretty sweet ska show happening in Ybor this week (The Toasters in Ybor City), but it’s hard to not acknowledge the allure of spending a Saturday night seeing Oakland punks The Atom Age at a tattoo shop that also doubles as a little space where fans of all ages can come hear some music. The band’s new LP, Hot Shame, was produced by Paul Cafaro (aka Blag Dahlia from self-proclaimed garage rock legends The Dwarves), and sees the band hardened from almost a half decade of touring, and putting together in a high-energy, 10-song collection that features a whole lot of demonic organ sounds, eardrum-blowing saxophone, and enough mid 1960’s garage and R&B influence to make it one of the weirdest and most fun albums of the year.
With Field Report
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City. $15-$17. (813) 241-8600.
Fans of FX’s “Sons Of Anarchy” probably don’t realize it, but they’ve got a relationship with Noah Gundersen, who soundtracked the waning moments of the show’s season six finale with slow-burning tear-jerker Day Is Gone. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter from the Pacific Northwest easily posses one of the most captivating, cleanest voices of his generation, and while his old band, The Courage, are no more, its spirit lives on thanks to songs like 2011’s Family or last year’s Cigarettes, where Gunderson stitches haunting, melancholy melodies onto stripped down, slowly-strummed acoustic guitar. The young man turned to the apocalyptic vibe of Neil Young’s Tonight’s the Night for inspiration on a brand new LP (Carry The Ghost, released in August), and it’ll be nice to see him explore the collection after Wisconsin new-folkies Field Report open the show.
With Laura Stevenson, Completions
SUNDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $13. (813) 248-4969.
If his brand new album The State Of Gold is your initial invitation to the Matt Pond party, then you might be a little surprised by some of the sounds the Philadelphia songwriter has been getting down to since he started his career way back in '98. Most of Pond’s 11 full-length, 10 short-player output switches between uptempo and downtempo acoustic-based fare, but he and his band unleashed the synthesizer as well as born-in-the-80’s backbeats for Gold, and the results are addicting. Get there early for a set from ridiculously witty opener Laura Stevenson who’s turned up the rock and her signature stinging delivery on a 2015 single, Claustrophobe, which is lives on brand new album (Cocksure, due October 30) that she’ll definitely preview at the storied Eighth Avenue watering hole.
With Such Gold
MONDAY 7 p.m. The Goat House, 2144 Corporate Center Dr., Odessa. $10. (727) 871-2922.
They played east Tampa (Epic Problem) in 2013, tore up Ybor City’s Orpheum last May, so it only makes sense that once Pompano Beach-based hardcore outfit Shai Hulud come back to Florida to play in...Odessa? Yep, the now Poughkeepsie-based shredders and screamers are playing DIY venue The Goat House so expect to thrash around to a ton of double-bass pedal brutality, breakneck riffs and heart-thumping breakdowns on songs like Misanthropy Pure and Reach Beyond The Sun for this show where Rochester-based quartet Such Gold will open with an equally energetic, but a bit more melodic sound.
Keys N Krates
With G Jones, Big Makk, Dvnk Sinatrv
THURSDAY 10 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$30. (813) 247-2555.
It’s safe to say that Keys N Krates will never, ever forget Tampa. Their last appearance here -- a January show at downtown’s District 3 -- found then 23-year old Christina Platt stripping her clothes off in the crowd, hopping on stage, and then jumping onto and then off the back of the turntablist. She eluded security for a few extra moments before being corralled. Social media posts from backstage indicate the dress she was wearing is still on a hanger (we think they’re holding it for you, Ms. Platt). Don’t expect it to happen again when the Toronto-based livetronic trio come back to town (this time it’s the Ritz in Ybor City), but to expect them to play from their 2014 Every Nite EP and give a lot of love to a town that’s seen them play a bigger room on every swing through (their earliest shows were to unknowing Blue Martini crowds).
Gareth Asher, Sat. 6 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $10-$15. (727) 644-7895.
Crucified Resurrection Tour, Fri. With Insanity, Kadaver Dolls, Nervo Chaos, Impurity, Mad Splatter. 8 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 424-1809.
STS Fest, Fri. With Infinite Skillz, CLP Nation, HeadNOKKA Fam, Ladi G, NICE, Rival, Ryanito, Waystid Talent. 9 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Cassette Store Day, Sat. With Zulu Wave, Luxury Mane, Part Time Models, Shroud Eater, Forest Of Tygers, Soapbox Soliloquy, Set & Setting. 10 a.m.. Daddy Kool Records, 666 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 822-5665.
The Amity Affliction, Sat. With Chelsea Grin, Secrets, Cruel Hand, The Plot In You. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E. 7th Ave., Ybor City. $13-$19. (813) 248-9500.
Black Knights Rising, Sat. With Geri X, Sunshine & Bullets. 7 p.m. The Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Rd., Tampa. Free. (813) 972-8152.
MyLifeAsEva, Sat. With Meredith Foster, Alisha Marie, Mia Stammer, Andie Case. 7:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-3045.
Michael Kroos, Sat. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $19.50-$24.50. (727) 587-6793.
Mirkwood, Sat. With Shifted Grimm, Direwood, LILITH. 8 p.m. The Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S., St. Petersburg $5. (901) 619-1519.
Sarasota Slim, Sat. 8:30 p.m. The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd. Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-2533.
Tab Benoit, Sat 8 p.m. with Ari & The Alibis, Sun 5 p.m. with The Congress. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Rd., Tampa. $20-$25 ($35 for two-show pass). (813) 971-0666.
The Algorithm, Sun. With Angel Vivaldi, Save Us From The Archon, From The Embrace, Wirethrone. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E. 7th Ave., Ybor City. $8-$15. (813) 248-9500.
Classic Albums Live: AC/DC - Back In Black, Sun. 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$50. (727) 791-7400.
Fiona Boyes, Wed. 8 p.m. Ace’s Lounge, 4343 Palma Solo Blvd., Bradenton. $5-$8. (941) 795-3886.
Bonerama, Thurs. 8 p.m. The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd. Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $10-$15. (727) 821-2533.
Brandon Santini & His Band, Thurs. 8 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
The Toasters, Thurs. With UNRB. 8 p.m.Crowbar, 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City. $12-$14. (813) 241-8600.
-- Ray Roa and Jay Cridlin