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This week in Tampa: Florida Strawberry Festival, ZZ Top, Collective Soul, Paramore and more



One of the Tampa Bay area's biggest musical events kicks off today: The Florida Strawberry Festival, with 11 days and nights of big-name country acts like Rascal Flatts, the Band Perry, Little Big Town, Josh Turner, Lee Brice and more, plus a few notable non-country acts, like Styx, Boyz II Men and Third Day. Click here for our preview of the 2014 Florida Strawberry Festival.

There's a lot more music happening around town this week, including ZZ Top, Paramore, Collective Soul, Lifehouse, the Bright Light Social Hour, Gato Barbieri, Bernie Worrell, Ed Kowalczyk, Tate Stevens, G. Love and Special Sauce, Saliva, Two Cow Garage, Emblem3, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...

Bands, Brew & BBQ
With Lifehouse, ZZ Top
SATURDAY-SUNDAY 5 p.m. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Free with park admission. (813) 987-5600.
For the past few weeks, Busch Gardens has battled hard to preserve its Bands, Brew & BBQ concert series after the park had to deal with some of the same criticisms levied at its sister park SeaWorld over the controversial documentary Blackfish. Well, no longer. Busch Gardens is going out in a blaze of glory these next two weeks, bringing in a pair of heavy-duty rock bands for this penultimate weekend. Pop-rock radio standbys Lifehouse (Hanging By a Moment, You and Me) take the stage Saturday, while bearded Tex-rock icons ZZ Top bring a hot rod full of blues-tinged rock hits (Legs, Cheap Sunglasses, La Grange, Gimme All Your Lovin’) on Sunday. Oh, how we’d pay to see Billy Gibbons’ whiskers blowin’ in the wind on Sheikra. – Jay Cridlin

The Bright Light Social Hour
With Spaceface, SWIMM
FRIDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12. (727) 895-3045. The Bright Light Social Hour might as well be Tampa Bay’s official adopted sons of psychedelic classic rock. The boys’ brand of moustached, hyper-melodic, extraterrestrial, sexed up rock ‘n’ soul made them famous in the the already super-sized Texas music scene, but Bay area fans -- who have followed them from The Hub to New World Brewery, Crowbar and Orpheum -- still come clamoring every time TBLSH roar into the area. The band has parted ways with keyboardist A.J. Vincent since we last saw them on New Year’s Eve 2012 (“tensions were harmful to morale and functionality of the band” they said in a statement), but new songs like Ouroboros and Sea Of The Edge still roar with raw power and far-out trippiness. Expect another spellbound crowd at this one.

Bernie Worrell Orchestra
With Serotonic
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
With a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and nine solid solo LPs under his belt, there shouldn’t be much more left to do for Bernie Worrell. The 69-year-old keyboardist and founding member of Parliament Funkadelic doesn’t appear to be resting on his laurels, though. While songs like Bass On The Line and Woman From Toyko ooze with the ripping guitar, funky bass and ear-tickling keys of his P-Funk days, expect a touch of New Wave, as Worrell did spend enough time touring and playing with the Talking Heads to be included in the Heads’ own Rock Hall induction performance in ‘02. It’s rare that such an important figure in music plays amongst the fermenting tanks and quirky decor of Florida’s oldest microbrewery, so take advantage.

The Villanz
With Mike Mass, Mason Caine, Kenosobi and Trag
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Tampa’s hip-hop history is littered with innumerable stories of success, failure, triumph and hustle. Two of the biggest personalities the scene has ever seen are Divine and Main, collectively known as The Villanz. The pair have long been the 813’s, sharp-tongued, paper-grabbing answer to northeast rappers like Mobb Deep and Nas, but it’s taken them until now to release a proper debut LP, The Neighborhood Heros. A 2012 classic, I Go For Mine, sadly didn’t make the tracklist, but other cuts from the album (Lock Down, Force x Distance) are the kind of pristinely produced, trunk-rattling, jaw-dropping rap that makes you wonder why The Villanz aren’t planning a national tour. The album may have dropped last winter, but it’s being celebrated with a release party on Friday, and it’s definitely a frontrunner for local album of the year.

Andy D and The Golden Street Choir Boys
With Glow Low
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7-$9. (813) 248-4969.

There is no un-seeing a performance by Andy D. Even in the age of YouTube, it’s still a novel experience to witness the Indianapolis trainwreck/genius writher onstage as sweat forms on his hairy, overgrown belly to the sound of ‘80s-inspired electro-funk blaring in the background. Songs like Angels on the Dancefloor, Electric Wilderness and Dirty are delivered as raps, and while his chronicling of nasty thoughts, bodily fluids and unicorns comes off as satire, Andy D’s big smile and positive attitude make it impossible to write him off. Mr. D is being joined by a six-piece rap outfit, the Golden Street Choir Boys, on this tour, so if there were ever a time to experience a show you’ll either love or hate (but never, ever forget), it is now. Glow Low, a folk-ish duo featuring bright singer-songwriter Sandra Lolo and Tampa music elder statesman Jeremy Gloff, open the show.

Gato Barbieri
With Gil Machin
SATURDAY 6 p.m. Friday Morning Musical, 809 W Horatio St., Tampa. $55-$100. (813) 251-1990.
Thanks to an illness, Jazz fans hoping to see Argentinian saxman Gato Barbieri play a sold-out show in September were denied the opportunity and given refunds on the spot. Well, the throat infection that forced the octogenarian to postpone the show is apparently gone, and fans have scrambled to repurchase tickets at this makeup gig. “The Cat” will draw from his latest album (2009’s New York Meeting), but with about 50 albums in his arsenal, expect Barbieri to pull from the breadth of his massive catalog. He’s jammed with Santana (Europa), helped pioneer the 1960s free jazz movement and is responsible for peppering his love of Coltrane and Charlie Parker into the sensuous, emotional Latin jazz we hear today. Please note that tickets to the cancelled show were refunded and new tickets need to purchased for entry to the show.

Collective Soul
With Ed Kowalczyk
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35.50-$65.50. (727) 892-5767.
Soulheads, rejoice! It’s been 20 years since Ed Roland and company began their assault on ‘90s rock radio (yeah, we know the ‘90s are over, but the light is still shining down in the world we know), and the boys are coming to celebrate. All the hits will be in order (you can still sing December in the springtime, you know), but don’t be surprised to hear new material from the band, as they recently announced the summer release of a new album, See What You Started By Continuing. Ed Kowalczyk, the former singer of fellow ‘90s rock dignitaries Live, will be on hand to open the show, so dust off the Tevas, put some butterfly clips in your crimped hair and slap on your overalls, ‘cause we’re going back in time!

With DJ A-Rock
SUNDAY Noon. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $5-$10. (727) 441-6875.
Well, it looks like Florida “winter” has finally gone to rest, so that means beach season is finally open. Shephard’s is ready to celebrate by inviting Chicago producer Trentino to reignite their Sunday beach parties alongside Orlando’s DJ A-Rock. Last spring, Trentino defeated A-Rock to become the U.S. champion of Red Bull Thr3estyle, a competition where DJs are judged on technical skill, originality, musical taste and ability to work a crowd. While Trentino is a house music producer, his Thr3estyle crown means he mixes all kinds of genres to make bodies move. You can bet summer bikinis and boardshorts will get broken out for this one.

THURSDAY 7 p.m. Hard Rock Café, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. Free to contest winners; see

Paramore fans hoping to see the punk-pop outfit at 93.3-FLZ’s Jingle Ball in December got left out in the cold when the band cancelled their appearance in lieu of a last-minute booking to perform on NBC’s The Voice. Frontwoman Hayley Williams promised to make up for it with “special event,” but it looks like you’ll have to be extra special to get in. The only way into this intimate makeup show at Tampa’s Hard Rock Cafe is to win contests by 93.3-FLZ and the Hard Rock. The station will dole out tickets on-air and online (Facebook, or their “Mobile Prize Pig Club”) and the Hard Rock is giving away tickets via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Winners under age 18 have to be accompanied by an adult, so get your ducks in a row if you want to hear songs like Still Into You and Misery Business up close and personal.

Also Playing

Freedom Fest Fri.-Sat. With iDie, Tim Serdynski, Heart Of Gold, Catch Cold, Jabril, Terri Frye Band, Jeremy Vanderloop, Defy The Masses, the Cruz Bros., more. 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday. Noise Box at Christ Community Church, 1310 John Moore Rd., Brandon. $8-$20. (813) 304-5568.

Tate Stevens Fri. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0550.

The Pangea Project No. 46 Fri. With Butterqueen, Derridada, Moonshutters, Bootlicker, Young Egypt. 9 p.m. Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S., St. Petersburg $5. (901) 619-1519.

Blast Friday Fri. With Greg Rolie. 5:30 p.m. Cleveland Street, Downtown Clearwater. Free ($25 for VIP). (727) 791-7400.

Drag The River Fri. With Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves, The Tim Version. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $9-$12. (813) 248-4969.

The Patients Fri. With Round Heels, Kid Aids, Cave Swimmers. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 424-1809.

Ghost Country Revival Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

G. Love and Special Sauce Sat. With Sosos. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 565-0550.

Saliva Sat. With Jack Mantra, 3D Burn, the Hanging Chads. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.

Victor Wainwright and the Wild Roots Sat. 9 p.m. Ace’s Lounge, 4343 Palma Solo Blvd., Bradenton. $8-$12. (941) 795-3886.

BeauSoleil Sun. With Under The Willow. 6 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.

Iron Chic Mon. With Criminal Culture, Ink & Sweat, Blacksmith. 7 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa. $8. (813) 382-3477.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Tues. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $59.50-$150. (727) 791-7400.

Two Cow Garage Wed. With Dean Johanesen, Anson Mitchell. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 248-4969.

Emblem3 Wed. With MKTO, Jackson Gunthy. 7 p.m. Capitol Theater, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$45. (727) 791-7400.

He Is Legend Thurs. With New Cathedral, Dressed To Kill, Goodnight Neverland. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $6-$12. (813) 248-9500.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $38-$60. (727) 791-7400.

Ice Nine Kills Thurs. With Not Tonight Josephine, Us, Ghosts, The Futher, Act Of Mercy. 5:30 p.m. Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 972-8152.

-- Ray Roa, tbt*

[Last modified: Thursday, February 27, 2014 8:37pm]


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