This week in Tampa: Coastline Festival, Josh Groban, Ribfest, Cyndi Lauper and more
It's another wild week of music in Tampa Bay, headlined by a pair of major festivals, the Coastline Festival (with Passion Pit, Two Door Cinema Club and Matt & Kim, above) and Ribfest (with REO Speedwagon, Sister Hazel and Gin Blossoms). But there's also Josh Groban, Cyndi Lauper, Method Man and Redman, John Vanderslice, Juicy J, Atilla and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $46.75-$96.75. (813) 301-2500.
When you have a voice like Josh Groban’s — thunderous, elastic, peerless — you’re confident duetting with pretty much anyone, from Celine Dion to Placido Domingo to Charlotte Church. In fact, for a hidden treasure, head to YouTube and check out the poperatic singer’s pairing with Sarah McLachlan on her hit Angel at the 2005 Live 8 extravaganza. Personally, after repeatedly watching Groban “sing” the madhouse tweets of Kanye West on Jimmel Kimmel Live, one of the funniest late-night skits ever, I want him to duet with the volatile rapper. Who knows? Could happen! After all, there’s no bad blood. Groban, who plays Tampa on Friday, told me that “Kanye retweeted and said he liked (the Kimmel skit when it originally happened.” Then, when the talk-show host had Kanye on his show a couple weeks ago, they aired the bit again — and the loopy rapper laughed. “Thank goodness for that,” Groban says. — Sean Daly
With Passion Pit, Two Door Cinema Club, Matt & Kim, The Joy Formidable, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Neighbourhood, Surfer Blood, the Mowgli's, Blondfire, St. Lucia, Zulu Wave, Polyenso
SATURDAY Noon. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $30-$99. coastlinefestival.com.
When 97X moved its Next Big Thing from Tampa’s shed to Vinoy Park last year, it took 15,000 young rock fans with it. Enter the inaugural Coastline Festival, which Live Nation hopes will bring a good chunk of them back across the bay. Squiggly indie-popsters Passion Pit and bouncy Irish rock outfit Two Door Cinema Club, but every act is worth catching, from thundering welsh trio The Joy Formidable to synth-pop newcomers St. Lucia. Throw in a food truck rally, craft beer garden and artists’ haven and you’ve got a rock festival that looks more like the Gasparilla Music Festival than Next Big Thing.
With REO Speedwagon, Gin Blossoms, Sister Hazel, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Josh Thompson, Randy Houser, Justin Moore, Edgar Winter Band, more
FRIDAY-SUNDAY 11 a.m., Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $15-$20. (727) 893-7441.
Over the last few years, Ribfest has been tweaking its traditionally classic rock-centric recipe by spicing it up with some country, blues and even indie rock (remember Jet and Morningwood in 2012?). The experiment, which has been wildly successful, continues in the festival’s 25th year as they welcome a trio of country hunks (Josh Thompson, Justin Moore, Randy Houser) to perform on Sunday and go back to the roots by bringing in classic rock balladeers REO Speedwagon (and a surprise rock band) on Friday. Pork-rib-sandwiched in between it all are Saturday’s festivities, which find ’90s alt-rock wonderboys Gin Blossoms opening a bill that also includes Sister Hazel and headliners John Kay and Steppenwolf who will provide some Sookie Sookie to go along with all that BBQ sauce.
Method Man and Redman
FRIDAY 7 p.m., Cuban Club, 2010 Avenida Republica De Cuba, Ybor City. $25-$60. (813) 248-2954.
Method Man and Redman were in the headlines early this month thanks to an Instagram photo of the rappers apparently toking a marijuana cigarette wrapped in 24-karat gold. The hilarious absurdity should come as no surprise to fans of the Wu-Tang and Def Squad alumni (have you seen Redman’s MTV Cribs episode?), and the boys are bringing the act to a storied Ybor venue. There are rumors of a new LP, Blackout! 3, but outside of Meth’s recent work with über-producers Doctor P and Adam, the boys don’t have much new material to tour behind. No worries, though, since a list of material from their past collaborations and solo projects could cover more than a whole pack of blunt wraps.
Andy Frasco and the U.N.
FRIDAY 9 p.m., Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
The only thing certain at a set from Andy Frasco seems to be the appearance of his mad-professor afro. The rest of his persona and sound is marked by an unpredictability paralleled only by the boundless energy that he and his backing band put forth as they work through ska-licked cuts Give Me Love and It’s Been A Struggle, the deep funk of You’re Not Another Sarah On A Saturday Night, or the piano-driven foot-stomper Everybody Needs Somebody. The rest of the output on the band’s latest album, Just A Good Ole’ Time, is drenched in tent revival blues that are splattered with more horns, screams and shouts that any one man should be able to deliver.
With Hunter Valentine
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$100. (727) 791-7400.
Cyndi Lauper might have frowned on Miley Cyrus’ True Colors with her recent criticism of that now infamous Video Music Awards performance, but that hasn’t stopped the 60-year-old Grammy and Tony award winner from preaching the gospel of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun to just about everyone else. Fans are in for a treat when Lauper celebrates the 30th anniversary of her debut LP, She’s So Unusual, by performing it in full. Tracks like Money Changes Everything and When You Were Mine from the effort have aged well, so you’ll want to be a Witness and party All Through The Night at this one.
Big Daddy Weave
SATURDAY 7 p.m., St. Anne of Grace Episcopal Church, 6650 113th St. N, Seminole. Free (sold out). (727) 392-4483.
Despite being nominated for Best New Artist in ’02 and Song Of The Year in 2013, Big Daddy Weave have been virtually shut out at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards (kind of like the Christian music Grammys). That still hasn’t stopped the quartet with Florida roots (frontman Mike Weaver was a church worship leader in Pensacola before starting the band) from amassing hordes of devout fans of hits like Love Come To Life, Audience Of One and one the 2013’s most popular praise and worship songs, Redeemed. This free show hit capacity quickly, so you’ll probably need to have some prayers answered to even get in the door.
Black Uhuru with Duckie Simpson
With Andrew Bees, Queen Kay, UNRB, Trenchfoot Shindig
SATURDAY 8 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
It’s been more than a decade since Kingston, Jamaica’s Black Uhuru came stateside, and despite the outfit’s fractious past, there’s a lot for reggae fans to be excited for on this current tour. The band, who took home the first Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 1985, have a new album in the works and will have original member Duckie Simpson at the helm when they stop at State Theatre. Simpson famously feuded with a host of Uhuru singers, basically driving them away as the band crafted almost two dozen LPs over the last 30 years, and there’s no telling how long the group’s Solidarity will last, so you might as well get your Sponji Reggae on while you can.
With Shankh Lahiri, Abhik Mukherjee, Jay Gandhi, more
SUNDAY 7 p.m., Indian Cultural Center Hall, 511 Lynn Road, Tampa. $20. (813) 264-4638.
Rising above the treeline near the intersection of Anderson Road and Linebaugh Avenue is a rather peculiar sight: the Indian Cultural Center’s gigantic, ornate Hindu temple, complete with carvings of Vishnu, Lakshimi, Sarasvati and Shiva. So while you might not think of Carrollwood as a world music hotspot, that’s going to change on Sunday when composer Shankh Lahiri leads more than 30 musicians, including bansuri (Indian flute) master Jay Gandhi, through a performance that also includes a vocal choir and tabla ensemble group. Get there early to take a peek at the temple, but be ready for your ears to take quite the trip, too.
With Alexander and the Grapes
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m., New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 248-4969.
John Vanderslice has a reputation for possibly being the nicest guy in indie rock, but that dubious distinction isn’t the reason New World Brewery will be packed for this mid-week treat. The 46-year-old, Gainesville-born singer-songwriter’s debut LP, Mass Suicide Occult Figurines, is a sonically sound masterpiece and one of the most perfect albums of the last 15 years. Vanderslice never slowed down, either, releasing nine other gems since then, with the latest, this year’s Dagger Beach, accompanied by a covers album that finds him taking on David Bowie’s Orwellian-inspired Diamond Dogs track for trippy track. One of the Bay area’s most gifted songwriters, Alexander Charos, leads his band through an opening set to kick it all off.
Early Forms Fri. 10 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska, Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 234-1000.
Lauren Mitchell Band Fri. 8 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $14-$16. (727) 822-3590.
The Appleseed Collective Fri. With Damion Suomi, 6 Volt Rodeo. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.
South Florida Producers Showcase Fri. With Mike Mass, T. Scott, Smoove G, Tony Handz. 10 p.m. The Social, 1909 N 15th St., Ybor City. $10. (813) 242-2717.
Sauce Boss Fri. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Forrest Hoffar Fri. 8 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. (727) 644-7895.
Terrorizer Fri. With Sadistic, Death Requisite, Drastic Fall, Defending The Prophet. 8 p.m. Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Rd., Tampa. $8-$10. (813) 972-8152.
Atilla Fri. With Upon A Burning Body, The Plot In You, Fit For A King, Iwrestledabearonce. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13 and up. (813) 248-9500.
Badfish: A Tribute To Sublime Fri. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 565-0550.
JP Soars and the Red Hots Fri. With Sandy Atkins. 6 p.m. Ale and The Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-2533.
Victor Wainright Sat. With Joey Gilmore, Biscuit Miller. 7 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Gwan Massive Presents: Rootstock Sat. With Tribal Style, Poetry N’ Lotion, Breakdown, The Rukus, Jinx, No Need, Badda Skat, Don Vagabond. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
The Dig Sat. With Article 47, Macrame Owls, Yogurt Smoothness. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 424-1809.
Juicy J Sat. With Lunden, Rolls Royce Rizzy. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $20 and up. (727) 565-0550.
Paint Fumes Tue. With Kid Aids. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.
The Royal Vynes Thurs. With Jct 27. 7:30 p.m. Tre Amici at the Bunker, 1907 N 19th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 247-6964.
The New Kingston Thurs. With Roots Of All, Leilani Wolfgramm. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8 and up. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*