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This week in Tampa: Deadmau5, Chris Isaak, Rockapella and more



It's the holiday season, and Tampa EDM fans have a big ol' gift waiting next week, as mega-star DJ Deadmau5 takes the stage at Raymond James Stadium. It's the biggest national show in a week that also features Chris Isaak, Rockapella, Chiodos and a slew of local festivals and top-notch headlining shows.

Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...

Chris Isaak
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39.50-$69.50. (727) 892-5767.

Two decades after its release, Chris Issak’s Wicked Game still reigns supreme as a rockabilly siren of seduction, but the 57-year-old California boy moved on from that ages ago, and he’ll be focused on a different era— specifically 1950s and 60s Memphis country gold — on this current tour. Don’t worry, though, because while Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Elvis will all get diligently saluted at this stop, Issak probably won’t disappoint fans longing for hits like Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing and Let Me Down Easy. Seriously, you don’t actually think he’d leave somebody crying, would you?

With Adventure Club, Nervo, GTA, Nom De Strip
THURSDAY 5:30 p.m. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $50-$120. (813) 350-6500.
Who says you can’t get an amazing gift the day after Christmas? Raymond James Stadium has already played host to some of EDM’s biggest names this year (Steve Aoki and David Guetta have both made appearances in the last six months), and it looks like Santa is dropping off another really nice package for fans of the genre in the form of a set by Canadian, house-music über-producer Joel Zimmerman, a.k.a. Deadmau5. This is being billed as an “unhooked” performance (which basically means Zimmerman won’t be bringing along his famous Mau5cube stage setup) but what he’ll lack in visuals will be made up with the energy of hits like Ghosts 'n’ Stuff and Some Chords plus a support bill loaded with talent that could hold their own in a headlining slot.

Rockapella Holiday
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $30-$45. (727) 791-7400.

’Tis the season for angels singing and heralds getting harked, but Rockapella has a little something more if you still can’t satisfy all of your yuletide yearnings. The vocal quintet has shuffled through more than a few lineup changes since its inception in 1986, but it hasn’t stopped them from filling venues with fans drawn to their stripped-down, extremely upbeat, R&B-leaning updates on classics spawning almost every genre. This particular stop will find Rockapella pulling from their almost half-dozen holiday albums, where they’ve turned a staple like Little Drummer Boy into a boisterously bellow driven romp and even made Ukaranian Christmas Carol sound like there’s a ripping guitar solo in there.

Trés Bien
With Wolf-Face; Zulu Wave; Levels; Hey There, Battleship
FRIDAY 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5-$10.
Everyone comes home for the holidays, but unlike Thanksgiving, where every single person you never wanted to see again seems to be out and about, this “End Of The World” show has a soundtrack. And a damn good one at that. What started out as something of a reunion show last December looks to be morphing into a tradition where every piece of Trés Bien — a Pinellas-based quartet that almost made it big thanks to Fox’s defunct The Next Great American Band — is back in town and ready to rehash every shred of the vintage hybrid of grungy rock 'n’ soul that nearly launched them into the national spotlight. Frontman Mikey Rollingchild is a salacious spectacle impossible to look away from, and the rest of this bill is stacked with local talent, making it the best thing happening in The ’Burg on a Friday night.

Mieux Magazine Second Annual Awards Show
With Yung Sammie, Alex Black, RS, Ameen Spade & Mari So Dope, Bluzone & Gatsby
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 248-9500.
In a world where a new online magazine pops up every hour and awards shows as prestigious as the Grammys have lost their luster, Mieux Magazine bravely presses on, and the local scene is better for it. For their second annual awards show, the web mag — which delves into fashion and art, but really flexes on their coverage of local hip hop — takes over this Seventh Avenue anchor to give a little reader-voted recognition to some unheralded players in the Bay area rap scene (the 17 categories include “Best Flow,” “Best Mixtape,” and “Best Stage Presence”) while welcoming a few of them to actually take the mic. 

Big Finish 2013
With Joystick, Don Walrus, Chilled Monkey Brains, Madison Turner, Station Cases, Denouement, 69 Fingers?, Can’t Do It, Crowd Bites Wolf, more
SATURDAY 6 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $8. (813) 382-3477.
Last year, the Big Finish show was officially designated as the last concert that beloved DIY community space Transitions Art Gallery would ever hold. The same exact room has spent 2013 operating under a different moniker, Epic Problem, Big Finish is back again to bookend the last 12 months by welcoming nearly a dozen of the venue’s favorite bands for a marathon show than skews heavily towards ska, punk, and hardcore.  Gainesville-based punks Don Walrus, Tallahassee’s D´nouement, and St. Pete ska specialists Can’t Do It all play particularly potent strains of their sonic specialties, but the pizza-fueled, acoustic-driven attacks on cynicism, confusion, and isolation that Madison Turner strums out are a major highlight of this already enjoyable lineup.

Hallucination Before Christmas
With Tommie Sunshine, Elias Theroux, David Christophere, Proper Villans, Reid Speed, Monk, Ms. Mada, Nick James, Brian Busto, Jaybee, more
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Czar at the Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$25. (813) 247-2555.
We’re not going to lie and say that we don’t still long to dance, sweat and drink in the bowels and dark corners of the old Czar, but the storied nightclub’s handlers have done a great job of mixing some of the old haunt’s creature comforts into their new digs at The Ritz Ybor. The handmade illuminated ceiling is kind of like a neu-Cigar City Capella Sistina, and nearly all of the same happy, beautiful faces still descend upon the corner of 15th Street and Seventh Avenue every Friday night. For this hybrid of Halloween and Christmas (it’s a canned food drive, too), Hallucination Media Group brings in a couple handfuls of producers like Rabbit In The Moon alumni Monk and David Christophe to drop electro, breakbeat and drum and bass into rooms overrun by lasers, props and all kinds of other visual stimuli, making the whole thing a manically magical sensory experience.

Pelican Pop Fest 4
With Human Parts, Awkward Age, Early Forms, Broken Things, Greymarket, Macrame Owls, Luxury Mane, more.
SATURDAY 6 p.m. The 600 Block, Downtown St. Petersburg. $10.
Andrew Seward had a nice 10-year run as the bassist for adored Florida punks Against Me!, but there was a question mark around his exact direction after amicably leaving the band in May. Turns out he had some more music up his sleeve, which led him to team up with his wife plus Kim Helm (of alt-country outfit Whiskey & Co.) and her husband to form Human Parts, a folk-punk outfit that sings about parenthood and family life in a way that even single, booze-loving music fans can still bang around to. The band headlines the fourth Pelican Pop Fest, a 600 Block-centric (Sake Bomb, at 548 Central Ave., gets in on the action, too) mini-fest that celebrates local music by bringing in almost 40 bands covering a multitude of genres.

Also playing

Applebutter Express Fri. With Legacy, Simply Abigail. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.

Chiodos Fri. With Our Last Night, Set It Off, Variance. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 895-3045.

Alexander and the Grapes Fri. With Matt Hires. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.

Future Vintage Fri. 10 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska, Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 234-1000.

Ben Prestage Fri. With Dean Johanesen. 5 p.m. Ale and The Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-2533.

Mountain Holler Fri. With Giancarlo Capone, Poor Simon, Ophelia. 8 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.

Sumilan Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Christie Lenee CD release Fri. 7 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $10. (727) 644-7895.

Local Lockdown Xmas Sat. With Dementia, Rockstarr, Bentley, Stonegrey, Re-Birth, Stereotype. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 895-3045.

Carlton Manor Toy Drive Sat. With Halcyon, Ella Jet. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12. (813) 971-0666.

Brokenmold Seventh Annual Christmas Party Sat. With SWIMM, Deaf Poets, Good Graef, more. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.

Tampa Bay Metalfest Sat. With Riptorn, Maverick Hunter, From The Embrace, Atlas, Aergia, City Of Stages, Exotype, The Absence, more. 1 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$18. (813) 248-9500 or

Metal Meowlisha 4 Sat. With Exhumed, Terrorizer, Promethean Horde, Ulcer, more. 5 p.m. Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 972-8152.

Enview Sat. With Avacyn, Open Box Policy, more. 8:30 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.

Mercy McCoy Sun. 7:30 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Shaun Hopper Sun. With Joe Smothers. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.

New Granada Christmas Spectacular Wed. With Set and Setting, Feral Babies, Blast and the Detergents. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.

-- Ray Roa, tbt*

[Last modified: Friday, December 13, 2013 6:04pm]


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