This week in Tampa: Flogging Molly; Young the Giant; Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings; Earth, Wind and Fire and more
Friday is Valentine's Day, and if you love music, it's your lucky week. A slew of huge concerts are set for Tampa Bay this weekend and beyond.
If you missed our preview of Whigfest, taking over the Jannus Live block of St. Petersburg on Saturday and Sunday, click here.
For all of this weekend's other shows -- including Young the Giant, Flogging Molly, Trisha Yearwood, Earth, Wind and Fire, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Uncle Kracker, MattyB, Shovels & Rope, Mason Jennings, Edwin McCain, Alan Parsons Live Project, Pavlo, Melissa Manchester, Caveman and the Lee Boys -- here's Ray Roa...
Young the Giant
TUESDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25 and up. (727) 565-0550.
Young The Giant teased new material at their March 2012 stop in Ybor City, but with the success of their self-titled debut album already under their belt, frontman Sameer Gadhia and company arrive at the larger Jannus Live with higher ambitions and their sophomore LP, Mind Over Matter, in hand. Hannah Elliott of our sister publication tb-two* cites Gadhia’s “sauve flamboyance and powerful vocals” as reasons to pay attention to the band. She’s right. He stalked the stage cooly during that show at the Ritz, and songs like Anagram and Crystallized from the new album are expansive, high-energy indie pop offerings made for the live setting. Cayucas, a quirky pop outfit from southern California, open the show.
Bands, Brew & BBQ
With Earth, Wind and Fire (Saturday); Sugar Ray and Gin Blossoms (Sunday)
SATURDAY-SUNDAY 5 p.m. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Free with park admission. (813) 987-5600. buschgardens.com
The kickoff to Busch Gardens’ annual Bands, Brew & BBQ series has gotten off to a rocky start. Several artists canceled appearances there due to sister park SeaWorld’s negative portrayal in the controversy documentary Blackfish, and last weekend’s opening concert by R&B singer Jason Derulo was marred by chilly, gray weather. But the park is doubling down in Week 2, lining up legendary funk masters Earth, Wind and Fire (September, Shining Star, Let’s Groove) for Saturday and ’90s radio-rock throwbacks Sugar Ray (Fly) and Gin Blossoms (Hey Jealousy) for Sunday. Throw in a craft beer festival featuring more than 100 brews — including local brewers Florida Avenue, 3 Daughters, Big Storm and Tampa Bay Brewing Company — and this might be the weekend Bands, Brew & BBQ escapes all the controversy and gets back to, well, bands, brews and barbecue. — Jay Cridlin
With The Drowning Men
SUNDAY 6:30 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $29.50 and up. (813) 247-2555.
Eight years ago, Flogging Molly shut down what was The Masquerade in Ybor City with what is still one of the craziest sets to ever go down at 1503 Seventh Ave. They’ve returned to the building (now back to operating as The Ritz) several times since, and on Sunday the tradition continues when frontman Dave King takes the Flogging Molly faithful (this show will likely sell out) on a drunken, raucous sonic journey through the Celtic isles. Yes, there will be bagpipes, accordion and mandolin, but it’s all be powered by the punk rock engine that has been propelling King and company throughout their solid 14-year run. Oceanside, Calif.’s Drowning Men — whose anthemic hit song Rita is a rousing homage to post-mortem existence — open the show.
FRIDAY 7 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $19.99-$99.99. (727) 822-3590.
MattyB’s YouTube videos get more than 1 million views per day. He has more than half a million Twitter followers and has also been featured on Billboard’s “21 under 21” list alongside One Direction, Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande. His fan base grows larger and more rabid by the day, and, oh, and he’s only 11 years old. Based in Atlanta, the mop-topped Matthew Morris has been at it for half a decade, posting triple-G-rated original raps alongside covers of Naughty By Nature, Flo Rida, OneRepublic and even Outkast. It’s all painfully innocent, and Morris makes his Bay area debut on Valentine’s Day as a part of a show complete with $100 VIP meet and greet options. The screeching isn’t quite at Bieber levels yet, and that’s a good thing. MattyB’s father also manages his career (homework comes first, he goes on hiatus for Little League), so we can only hope this Internet sensation stays out of trouble.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
With Valerie June
THURSDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $26.50-$30. (727) 895-3045.
Give The People What They Want, the new LP from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, saw release last year, but the Brooklyn soul outfit never got to tour behind it after Jones, 57, was diagnosed with bile duct cancer. Well, her last chemotherapy treatment was on New Year’s Eve, and she kicked off an extensive tour last week, ready to give fans more of the warm brass, sassy soul and vintage guitar licks they’ve been getting since a stellar 2002 debut album. This tour is definitely something of a victory lap after her illness, but it’s more of a restart for the resilient Jones (she was a corrections officer at Rikers Island before committing to music full-time), whose indelible spirit and incredible vocals will fill the venue from the second she steps on stage.
Shovels & Rope
With Shakey Graves
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $15-$18. (813) 241-8600.
With just two guitars, a kick drum, tambourine and a few harmonicas at their disposal, Shovels & Rope have turned the roots music world on its head. The husband and wife duo took home the hardware for Song of the Year (Birmingham) at September’s Americana Music Awards. And while Birmingham, from the couple’s 2013 LP O’ Be Joyful is a solid tune, the rest of their output is just as noteworthy thanks to a potent blend of bluegrass, country, jazz, and rock 'n’ roll that’s as soulful as it is barn-burning. Look for a video of them performing Gasoline as part of an upcoming rock doc, The Ballad Of Shovels & Rope, and try to keep the hairs on the back of your neck from standing on end.
MONDAY 7 p.m. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa. Free with fair admission. (813) 621-7821 or floridastatefair.com.
The Florida State Fair has been at it since Feb. 6, and in addition to all the deep-fried heart stoppers, midway games and cute livestock, the fair’s handlers also booked a solid lineup of free shows that included Sister Hazel and America. Michigan-born pop country crooner Uncle Kracker closes out the live music schedule with a show that will be anchored by his 2001 smash hit Follow Me. The show is free with admission and the fair has some great family fun packs that make spending the end of President’s Day weekend at the fairgrounds a no-brainer.
With Rebecca Pidgeon
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$23. (813) 248-9500.
Despite all the allusions to deceased luminaries like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sen. Paul Wellstone, literary masterpieces like Ulysses or geographic gems like Big Sur, the heart of Mason Jennings’ 14-piece discography is based around love. It’s a theme set to be explored at this date, where Jennings, 38, will flex a unique gift for melody and an ability to turn the the most intellectual of topics (song titles include United States Global Empire and Jesus Are You Real) into catchy, heart-piercing folk. A mostly unsung gift to American songwriting, Jennings has shared stages with Jack Johnson, but prefers to operate in a more subdued setting, stalking smaller clubs, where all the poetic nuance and intricacy of his art (plus his slick humor) can be experienced up close and personal.
St. Pete Tweed Ride After Party
With Buster Cooper Trio
SATURDAY 5 p.m. St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. $10-$15. (727) 822-2083 and stpetetweedride.com.
It’s been difficult trying to catch Buster Cooper ever since the closing of St. Pete’s church of jazz, The Garden, but the after party for this year’s St. Pete Tweed Ride — a group bike ride with riders dressed in their best throwback tweed — offers a chance to see the 85-year-old jazz trombone legend in the most nostalgic of settings. Despite having played for the Queen of England and alongside juggernauts like Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington (The Duke even named the tune Trombone Buster after the Gibbs High alum), Cooper has remained ever humble, committed to playing hard while emphasizing other musicians who are eager to learn from one of jazz’s best.
Chimaira Fri. With Iwrestledabearonce, Oceano, Fit For An Autopsy, Under Fallen Order, For Those Like Us. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17. (727) 895-3045.
Lauris Vidal Fri. With Devon Stuart. 10 p.m. The Hub, 519 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.
Pavlo Fri. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29.50-$59.50. (727) 791-7400.
That 1 Guy 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
The Broadcast Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Bujie and the Highrise Sat. With Don Walrus, Won’t Be Arsed, Ugly Spud. 8 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $7. (813) 382-3477.
Michael Ray Sat. 7 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $5-$10. (813) 987-2855.
Melissa Manchester Sat. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45-$55. (727) 791-7400.
Tinsley Ellis Sat. With Honey Spine. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Alan Parsons Live Project Sat. With Jon Anderson of Yes. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N MacMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $45-$125. (727) 791-7400.
Mike Mass Sat. With Hagan Lee and FXML MXWF, Eyezenpowa, Ol’ Madness, Sir Pap, J Ferel, YCF The Boss, Alec Burnright, Danny Boy. 8 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5-$7. (813) 248-2356.
Seth Glier Sat. 7 p.m. Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20 donation. (727) 323-2787.
Bobby Vinton Sun. 2 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N MacMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $30-$100. (727) 791-7400.
Hymn Festival Sun. With Dr. Adam Ward. 4 p.m. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1200 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 896-9641.
Gibson Brothers Tues. 7 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Jon Batiste and Stay Human Tues. 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35 and up. (813) 229-7827.
Caveman Thurs. With Roadkill Ghost Choir, Zulu Wave, Lions After Dark, Rising Down, Carlisle. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $8-$14. (813) 248-9500.
Edwin McCain Thurs. With Emily Kopp. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$49. (727) 791-7400.
The Expendables Thurs. With Stick Figure, Seedless. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15 and up. (727) 565-0550.
The Lee Boys Thurs. With Ted Lukas and The Misled. 9 p.m. Ringside Café, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 894-8465.
Trisha Yearwood Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$89.50. (727) 791-7400.
Joe Milligan Project Thurs. With Tre Fitzgerald. 7:30 p.m. Tre Amici at the Bunker, 1907 N 19th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 247-6964.
Sky Captains of Industry Thurs. With Broken Things, Kevin K Band. 7 p.m. Planet Retro Gallery, 2414 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5 suggested donation. (727) 218-7434.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*