This week in Tampa: Fall Out Boy, Brian Wilson, City and Colour and more
This weekend brings two shows overloaded with talent: Fall Out Boy with Panic! At The Disco and Twenty One Pilots at the USF Sun Dome, and Brian Wilson with Jeff Beck and Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and David Marks at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
Here to walk you through these shows and others -- including City and Colour, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Saves the Day, Sick Puppies, Frankie Ballard, Beach Day, Michael Menert, Taproot, John Cafferty, Tyler Farr, Greensky Bluegrass and more -- is Ray Roa...
Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck
With Al Jardine, David Marks
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $69.50-$129.50. (727) 791-7400.
As the “Beach Boys” continue to tour without formative genius Brian Wilson, Wilson is heading out on tour with a genius of his own. Wilson and guitar legend Jeff Beck will bring their joint tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall, and they’ll be joined on stage by former Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks, who are no longer part of the Mike Love/Bruce Johnston Beach Boys. That, in essence, makes this a Beach Boys reunion show. But as great as a Brian Wilson-led Beach Boys concert can be, the most intriguing part of this show might be seeing Beck and Wilson onstage together. Beck contributed to Wilson’s upcoming solo album, so there should be some new creative sparks flying. — Jay Cridlin
Fall Out Boy
With Panic At The Disco, Twenty One Pilots
SUNDAY 7 p.m., USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $27-$37. (813) 974-3002.
Remember when Fall Out Boy said they were taking a break? Yeah, forget about it, because after a nearly four-year hiatus, the Chicago emo-pop darlings with Florida ties (Fueled By Ramen, a label born in Gainesville and once based in Tampa, released FOB’s debut LP, Take This To Your Grave, back in ’03) are back with a new album, Save Rock and Roll, that finds singer Patrick Stump and company picking up where they left off, crafting radio-ready, anthemic cuts (The Phoenix, My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark) by the fistful. Many of Fall Out Boy’s original fans have done a lot of growing up during the band’s absence, but the relatively low ticket price and addition of Panic! At The Disco and Twenty One Pilots ensure that seats will be filled at this ambitious arena date.
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
FRIDAY 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $49.50-$79.50. (727) 892-5767.
Their rise to fame required an assist from the late, great Marvin Gaye — who was so impressed with Frankie Beverly’s band (then called Raw Soul) that he helped them get signed to Capitol Records — but Beverly and Maze have made the most out of their time in the spotlight. A late ’70s debut album spawned soul classics like When I’m Alone and Lady Of Magic, and their complete emulsion into pop culture was affirmed when Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock sampled the title track from Maze’s 1980 LP Joy and Pain to create one of early hip hop’s most recognizable and time-tested tracks.
With Alaskus, Permanent Makeup
FRIDAY 9 p.m., New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Tastemaking Brooklyn-based imprint Kanine Records is the label charged with bringing West Palm Beach indie-rock wonderboys Surfer Blood to the attention of adoring fans nationwide, but Kanine might have something even better on their hands with Beach Day. With gorgeous frontlady Kimmy Drake at the helm, the Hollywood, Fla.-based trio have managed to record Trip Trap Attack, a 33-minute collection of salt-washed, ridiculously catchy, throwback garage-pop that could only be crafted amid the seabreezes and sandy shores of the Sunshine State’s eastern seaboard. It’s hard to believe that the release is only a debut, but it’s even harder to fathom the fact that Beach Day didn’t arrive here via some ’60s doo-wop time warp.
FRIDAY 9 p.m., The Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $TBA. (813) 855-1464.
The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre doesn’t have a big name booked this week, so the time is ripe for the area’s other twangy venues to capitalize on the region’s seemingly insatiable thirst for all things country. The Round Up is teaming with 30-year-old Frankie Ballard to help raise money for the “Joey’s Song” charity, which raises money through albums featuring never-before-released songs from artists like Crash Test Dummies, Neko Case and A.A. Bondy. Ballard’s output is already carefree and easy-going enough (listen to Buncha Girls and Helluva Life, then try to not want a margarita), but paying cover for a cause ensures you’ll leave this show with a smile on your face.
With Redlight King, Charming Liars
WEDNESDAY 6 p.m., The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20 and up. (813) 247-2555.
Australia: purveyors of Fosters lager, Ugg Boots, Kylie Minogue and yes, extremely popular alternative rock. Walking on a path paved by fellow Aussies Silverchair and The Living End, Sick Puppies come to the revamped Ritz (have you seen the illuminated ceiling?) with a particularly angsty brand of melodic punk in tow. Their output reaches to every corner of the rock spectrum so whether it’s mellow acoustic sing-alongs (Maybe) or aggro-rock (You’re Going Down, I Hate You) you’re looking for, Shimon Moore and his band have you covered. Shoot, they might even break out their grunge-tastic cover of Destiny’s Child’s Say My Name at this humpday gig.
With Odesza, Mikey Thunder
WEDNESDAY 9 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $9-$12. (813) 241-8600.
As curator of electro-dance label Pretty Lights Music, Derek Smith is responsible for a roster of super-posi, fearless producers like Eliot Lipp and Gramatik, who aim to bring a more uplifting, communal vibe to EDM culture. It’s no wonder Smith tapped Michael Menert to be his imprint’s first signee. The Colorado composer spent the ’80s in communist Poland, where his free-thinking father filled their household with banned books and a menagerie of western music. Those influences, and a healthy respect for the freedom afforded by life in the U-S-of-A, are evident on the 31-year-old’s output, especially on tracks like Feeling Better, Starfall, and Bloodletting, where Menert coagulates hip hop, soul, jazz and funk into a truly unique — and uplifting — take on modern dance music.
City and Colour
With Paper Kites
THURSDAY 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $30-$35. (727) 565-0550.
Fewer than 50 songs make up the whole of Dallas Green’s recorded output on four solo albums. His tremendous influence, however, will be worn on the faces the scores of fans who will fill Jannus Live as the former Alexisonfire singer works through heart-aching material delivered in a hauntingly earnest croon that shouldn’t be coming from a man with a beard that manly. Whether it’s We Found Each Other In The Dark, Comin’ Home or The Hurry And The Harm, Green’s tales of hopes, dreams, successes and failures upon failures bleed with an honesty that will eventually cement his status as one of this generation’s best storytellers.
Saves The Day
With Into It. Over It., Hostage Calm
THURSDAY 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 895-3045.
This Princeton, N.J. emo-punk outfit has come quite a ways from the long stares and puzzled looks they’d get at early gigs opening for hardcore bands. And if listeners have learned anything during Saves The Day’s almost 20-year, eight-LP run, it’s that frontman Chris Conley’s Technicolored musical mind wears the influence of the Beatles right next to the sensibilities of the post-punk music he was creating before “post-punk” even existed. The special twist on this bill is the addition of Into It. Over It., a project helmed by Evan Weiss, who makes cuttingly stoic solo-acoustic fare at a prolific pace (2007 saw him record and a release a new song every week). Weiss is clearly influenced by Saves The Day, and it’ll be interesting to see him open for an act that shaped the very art he’ll be making onstage.
Tyler Farr Fri. 7 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 987-2855.
Blast Friday with John Cafferty Fri. 5:30 p.m. Cleveland Street, Downtown Clearwater. Free ($30 for VIP). (727) 791-7400.
Legendary JC’s Fri. 7 p.m. Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. Free. (727) 812-4530.
No Rave Fri. With Deejay, Lolito. 10 p.m. The Social, 1909 N 15th St., Ybor City. $5-$7. (813) 242-2717.
The Underachievers Fri. With Caskey, Vinny Virgo, Pat Ferg. 9 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20 and up. (727) 895-3045.
Must...Not...Kill Fri. With Ulcer, Tickle, Shimera, Thrash Attack, Kumora. 9 p.m. The Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Rd., Tampa. $5. (813) 972-8152.
Renee Giaccone Fri. 6 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. (727) 644-7895.
Nervous Turkey Sat. With Booker & Norton, John Kelley Band. 6 p.m. The Ale and The Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-2533.
This Frontier Needs Heroes Sat. With Mountain Holler, J.T. Brown. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Marc Black Sat. 7 p.m. Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15 donation. (727) 323-2787.
False Light Sun. With Julia Set, Recreant, Bad Human. 7 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $6. (813) 382-3477.
Jeremy Gloff CD release Sun. With DJ Tolbeard. 8 p.m. Mermaid Tavern, 6719 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 238-5618.
Michael Ross Quartet Sun. 3 p.m. HCC Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building, 1304 E 11th Ave., Ybor City. $10-$20. (813) 253-7623.
Greensky Bluegrass Tue. With Fruition. 7 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$18. (813) 971-0666.
Taproot Wed. 7 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $13-$15. (727) 843-0686.
Rock The Park Thurs., With Andy Zipf, Zulu Wave. 6:30 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. (813)274-8677.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*