This week in Tampa: Dawes, Matt Nathanson, India.Arie, Clearwater Jazz Holiday and more
This week was starting to look like a bus. The 95.7 The Beat Birthday Bash, with Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz was canceled, as was Emeli Sande at the Ritz Ybor. And then Stephen "Ragga" Marley postponed his show at Jannus Live into 2014.
But instead of focusing on what's NOT here, let's look at the shows that ARE here, including Dawes (above), Kellie Pickler, Matt Nathanson, Kris Kristofferson, India.Arie, Holly Hunt, Candlebox, Hinder, Doctor P, Ambrosia, The Toasters, Johnny Craig, The English Beat and the opening night of the 2013 Clearwater Jazz Holiday, including Chicago.
Here to walk you through what's left is Ray Roa...
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m, Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $45-$65. (727) 822-3590.
India.Arie ruffled a few feathers with her recent criticism of Zoe Saldana being cast as Nina Simone in a new biopic, and while her rant teetered the line between bitterly judgmental and thoughtfully opinionated, it shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise. Arie, 38, has never been one to hold her tongue, and in the course of her decade-long career, she has used her largely successful acoustic-driven soul to deliver messages about womanhood, race, politics and relationships in a striking, honest fashion. After a four-year break between LPs, she arrives at the Palladium with a refreshed attitude and a new album, Songversation, that finds her exploring expanded instrumentation and co-writing with ace songwriter (and new bandmate) David Ryan Harris on highlights Life I Know and Break The Shell.
NineBullets.net Seven-Year Anniversary
With Truckstop Coffee, Booker & Norton, Devon Stuart & Big Shoals, Matt Woods, Will Quinlan, Urbane Cowboys.
SATURDAY 7 p.m, New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 248-4969.
NineBullets.net founder Bryan Childs spends his Saturday afternoons occupying local airwaves (WMNF-88.5 FM from 2 to 4 p.m., to be exact) with a top-notch Americana playlist and cuttingly honest commentary that can go from head-scratching to heartbreaking at the drop of a hat (tune into the “Sad Bastards Song Club” portion of the program and try to keep those eyes dry). On Saturday, Childs brings his radio program to life by asking seven acts to help celebrate NineBullets’ seventh anniversary. Gainesville’s Big Shoals will back up Knoxville, Tenn.’s Matt Woods, and Tampa-based duo Booker & Norton present their own brand of vintage blues-rock, but the real treat is a reunion set from Truckstop Coffee, who transform common-man subjects like whiskey, women and the open highway into hard-nosed, foot-stomping rock 'n’ roll.
With Egos, Primate Research, Cosm
MONDAY 8 p.m., Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $7. (813) 382-3477.
Miami isn’t famous for its heavy metal, but Holly Hunt’s debut LP, Year One, might change all that. Its opening track, Lunar Module, is 5 1/2 minutes of droning, half-time, low-frequency riffage that plays not like a tune bent on bleeding your eardrums, but more like a wordless, complex, multi-layered statement on what it means to really listen to a song. The rest of the 10-track effort seamlessly continues that theme, and whether you’re trudging through Molasses, contemplating another kind of Manchurian Candidate, or forcefully proclaiming that Disco Is Dead, you will not listen to heavy music the same way again.
With Caitlin Rose
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $23. (727) 895-3045.
There’s not a lot we can say about Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith that his voice can’t express on its own self. A surface examination of the Los Angeles outfit might unearth “just another folk band”; a bit more mining reveals so much more. Just ask the thousands of people who gathered to see Goldsmith utilize a frank and earnest croon to lead Dawes through a twilight set at this year’s Gasparilla Music Festival. Whether he’s pining over his death (When My Time Comes), getting drunk so he can tell his best lady friend the truth (Someone Will), or playing poet whilst harmonizing with his band CSNY-tyle (Million Dollar Bill), Goldsmith is forever evoking emotion and assuring his place as one of the Millennial generation’s most affecting songwriters.
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m., Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $45-$65. (727) 822-3590.
Kris Kristofferson can lay claim to writing what could possibly be the best hangover song ever (Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down), and while that tune — along with a slew of other Kristofferson-penned cuts like Me And Bobby McGee — may have been made famous by others (Johnny Cash and Janis Joplin covered his stuff with great success), the 77-year-old original country outlaw has not one hangup about it. And who would with the life he’s had? He’s an Oxford-educated former Army captain who ditched a job at West Point to become a janitor, helicopter pilot and bartender while chasing the dream of making it in music. The goal was obviously achieved (he was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in ’04), and all those stories are sure to make their way to your ears during this very special set.
Clearwater Jazz Holiday opening night
With Chicago, The Ries Brothers & Vini Lopez, Lisa Casalino
THURSDAY 4 p.m, Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $10 and up (Free admission for kids under 12). Continues through Oct. 20. (727) 562-4800, clearwaterjazz.com.
The four fall evenings that make up this year’s Clearwater Jazz Holiday will include performances from Amos Lee, Brandi Carlile, and Tower Of Power amongst others, but the whole things kicks off on Thursday with a lineup anchored by the most famous act to name their band after their hometown: Chicago. They just played Ruth Eckerd Hall in April, but moving the almost 10-piece lineup out of the auditorium and into the waterfront confines of Coachman Park should make for a largely different experience. Hits like If You Leave Me Now and Saturday In The Park will surely be in order, but don’t be surprised if Chicago manifests their prog-rock and fusion tendencies at this one. It’s still a jazz fest, after all.
Kellie Pickler Fri. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $29-$75. (727) 791-7400.
A Loss For Words Fri. With Handguns, Major League, The Sheds, We Still Dream. 6 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $12 and up. (813) 382-3477.
The English Beat Fri. With Johnny Cakes and The Four Horsemen of the Apocolypso. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.
The Toasters Fri. With Voodoo Glow Skulls, Left Alone, UNRB, Jay Tea. 7 p.m. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
The Living Deads Fri. 9 p.m. Orbit 19 Lounge, 1542 U.S. 19 N, Holiday. Free. (727) 937-8330.
Doctor P Fri. With Nerd Rage, Mr. Saturn, Winta. 9 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$15. (813) 873-8368.
The Vibrators Fri. With Rat Cafeteria, No Loves, The Scurvy, Pig Pen. 8 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. (727) 424-1809.
Brandon Santini and His Band Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
The Browning Sat. With This Or The Apocalypse, Honour Crest, Tear Out The Heart, From The Embrace, The Reset. With Support, Support. 5:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 248-9500, theorpheum.com.
Netherfriends Sun. With ?nowledge, Godsnack, Candy Coins, Abstract Machine. 8 p.m. The Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $7. (901) 619-1519.
Johnny Craig Sun. With Kyle Lucas, Hearts & Hands, Secrets, Beach Blonde. 7 p.m. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Ambrosia Sun. 7 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $29.50-$44.50. (727) 587-6793.
Jeneen Terrana Sun. 4 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 822-3590.
Hinder Wed. With Candlebox. 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $23 and up. (813) 247-2555.
Matt Nathanson Thurs. With Joshua Radin. 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $21 and up. (813) 247-2555.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*