This week in Tampa: Fleetwood Mac, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, Dwight Yoakam, Say Anything and more
We've got another massive concert week coming up in Tampa Bay, and it's got a pretty strong country influence, as Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, The Band Perry and Dwight Yoakam all have shows in town this week. But there's plenty of rock on the docket, too, including shows by Fleetwood Mac, Say Anything, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Neighbourhood, Iceage, Night Beds, Obituary, Jake Shimabukuro and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $36.75-$146.75. (813) 301-2500.
It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 35 years since Fleetwood Mac’s landmark album Rumours — especially since the band has been as active in 2013 as they have in more than a decade. Rumours got a sprawling, comprehensive reissue earlier this year, with demos, B-sides and live tracks; and the band has also released an EP, Extended Play, featuring its first new songs since 2003. Makes sense, as the band’s legacy and influence continue to grow thanks to sunny, California-inspired artists like Best Coast and Dawes. As usual, long-retired Christine McVie isn’t part of this tour, but Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham and their catalog of massive hits — Don’t Stop, Go Your Own Way, Big Love — will be.
With Eisley, HRVRD, Northern Faces
TUESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17-$20. (727) 895-3045.
Say Anything singer Max Bemis is a cultlike figure in the pop-punk-emo world thanks to his boundless creativity, many side projects (including a new comic book, Polarity) and personal history. In 2005, he was hospitalized and diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a series of public mental breakdowns. He’s stabilized in recent years thanks to his new life as a family man, which will be a big part of this tour. Wife Sherri DuPree-Bemis and her band Eisley joins Say Anything on this tour, along with their three-month-old daughter Lucy. Say Anything’s “Rarities and More” tour will feature many songs from its recent release All My Friends are Enemies, a collection of early EPs and demos. But you can also expect favorites from emo-pop-punk classics ...Is a Real Boy and In Defense of the Genre.
With The Band Perry, Cassadee Pope
FRIDAY 6 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $31.50 and up. (813) 740-2446.
LeVox, DeMarcus and Rooney. Their last names seem destined to adorn law firm billboards, but instead, Gary, Jay, and Joe Don used their powers to form one of the most popular country music trios of the Billboard era: Rascal Flatts. Fans made sure the trio’s first seven LPs (including one greatest hits album) all went platinum, and the boys already have a dozen No. 1 country singles under their belt. Whether loyalists are swaying to a ballad like Bless the Broken Road or line dancing to barnburners like Banjo, Flatts enthusiasts are loud, proud and sure to be belting out each and every word at this show.
SATURDAY Following Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles (first pitch at 4:10 p.m.). Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. (888) 326-7297.
Over the course of her 21-year career, Martina McBride has seen the faces (and sounds) of popular country music change more than a few times, but the Kansas-born songstress has endured all the transformations and gone on to sell more than 14 million albums in the U.S. alone. She comes to the Trop to provide soothing sounds (Valentine, Straight To The Bone) as well as upbeat pop (Independence Day, Being Myself) while hopefully dropping suggestive hints to the visiting Baltimore Orioles (one of her biggest hits was a 2007 single titled A Broken Wing).
TUESDAY 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $45 and up. (727) 565-0550.
Despite his rock-solid foundation in country music (13 LPs, more than 25 million albums sold), Dwight Yoakam remains a man that wears more than 10 gallon hats. He has acted in movies like Sling Blade and Panic Room and his hungriest fans can take a trip to any Walmart or Walgreens to buy his brand of frozen food (Yoakam’s Bakersfield Biscuits are proud providers of spicy chicken rings, pizza fries and macaroni mouth poppers among other things). The 56-year-old kind of fell off the radar after 2005’s Blame the Vain (he released a great album of Buck Owens covers in 2007), but he got back on the good foot with last year’s 3 Pears, where he yearns and moans in true Yoak fashion on album highlight A Heart Like Mine.
With The 1975
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12-$14. (727) 895-3045.
“It’s too cold for you here,” sings Jesse Rutherford on Sweater Weather, “so let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater.” Low temperatures won’t be an issue during The Neighbourhood’s summertime stop in The ’Burg. In fact, this show was moved from the small-ish Local 662 to much larger digs (State Theatre) to accommodate busy advance ticket sales. New fans will come for the catchy single, but will surely be converted to lifers when they get slapped in the face with the Neighbourhood’s brand of brooding pop music, which is marked by splashes of programmed drums, ethereal vocal passages and eerie sonic textures.
Church Of Nintendo One-Year Anniversary
With Mega Jam, Figments
FRIDAY 9 p.m., Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.
Christianity, Buddhism, Scientology. There’s a church for everything, and on St. Pete’s First Friday, Fubar will play tribute to worshipers of one of the ’80s greatest gifts to mankind: the Nintendo Entertainment System. There will be gaming consoles (NES, Super Nintendo, and Nintendo 64) and music from Tampa purveyors of lo-fi rock & roll Figments, as well as an 8-bit cover band Mega Jam. If your nirvana is playing Mega Man 4 while some dudes perform the music from the “Skull Man” level live, then this is your temple.
With Lower, Escapist, Egos
SATURDAY 7 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $8-$11. (813) 241-8600.
Once upon a time, Danish Vikings spent a couple of centuries pillaging and ransacking Europe. These days there’s another group of Danes doing some plundering of their own. These conquerors come in the form of Iceage, a quartet whose stateside buzz is eclipsed only by their own brand of howling, dark and dizzying punk rock, which was already good on their 2011 debut New Brigade and got even better the band’s new LP, this year’s You’re Nothing. If beautiful and brutal can exist in the same sonic space, then Iceage meant to make that happen.
The Airborne Toxic Event
SUNDAY 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.
The Airborne Toxic event come to Tampa Bay all the way from Los Angeles, but the band and the Sunshine State shared a special connective moment at the 2011 DeLuna Fest in Pensacola Beach, when, mid-song, frontman Mikel Jollet jumped offstage and into the Gulf of Mexico along with about 30 fans. Expect him to bring that kind of energy — as well as songs from a new LP of orchestral indie rock — when the band returns to Florida alongside Nashville outfit Leagues, who piece together 10 slices of incredibly blissful, bombastic pop on their own 2013 full-length, You Belong Here.
With Jenny O.
THURSDAY 8 p.m., New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7-$10. (813) 248-4969.
While hombres like Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon or Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold (deservingly) hogged the neofolk spotlight, Winston Yellen — who performs under the Night Beds moniker — released one of the best records of the last half-decade. Country Sleep clocks in at just over an hour, but it’s packed with enough emotion to get someone through a decade’s worth of breakups, missteps, and happy times. Whether Yellen is cooing his way through songs like Even If We Try, flexing his falsetto on the rollicking Ramona, or painfully preaching the gospel of lost and lonely on TENN, you get the feeling that the boy has a true gift for song that isn’t going anywhere for a long, long time.
Cheap Girls Fri. With Make And Do Mend, Diamond Youth. 7 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $10. (813) 382-3477.
For The Fallen Dreams Fri. With Hundreth, Upon This Dawning, Wolves At The Gate, Sworn In. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13-$15. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com.
Dave Koz Summer Horns Tour Fri. With Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Rd., Clearwater. $35-$65. (727) 791-7400.
Kurt Elling Fri. With Whitney James. 8 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $40 and up. (727) 822-3590.
Set And Setting album release Fri. With Inter Arma, Order Of The Owl, Recreant, Bog Prophet. 8 p.m. Octave, 661 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 826-0820.
Highway To Hell (AC/DC tribute) Fri. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0550.
Nikolai Massenokov Fri. With Andrei Cheine. 7 p.m. St. Petersburg Nights, 6800 Sunset Way, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 363-3832.
Suncoast Blues Society Anniversary Party Sat. With John Németh, RJ Hownson. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Obituary Sat. With Druid Lord, SinGod. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com.
Variance Sat. With The August Name, Malaya, A Gentlemen Army, Civil Action, The Hanging Chads. 7 p.m. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. facebook.com/thelocal662.
The Resignators Sun. With Victims Of Circumstance, Stop The Presses. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $7. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Jake Shimabukuro Mon. 7:30 p.m. The Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $40-$50. (727) 822-3590.
Thor Stevens Benefit Show Tue. With Johnny G Lyon Band, The Lint Rollers, Sharn Brown. 7 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10 Suggested Donation. (813) 971-0666.
New World Brewery Acoustic BBQ Wed. With Matt Woods, Michael Dean Damron. 7 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 248-4969.
Guttermouth Thu. With Pinhold Down, Mosquito Teeth. 7 p.m. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Heavygrinder Thu. With Subpirate, Pope John, Traphouse Tracey. 10 p.m. Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10 and up. (813) 246-4663.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*