This week in Tampa: Goo Goo Dolls, Lil Boosie, Rebelution, 'The Voice' and more
Soundcheck decided to go longform on the world of reggae rock this week, and with good reason: Rebelution has a rare two-night stand at Jannus Live next week.
But there is a ton of great music all over Tampa Bay in the coming days, including the Goo Goo Dolls (above), Daughtry, Plain White T's, Lil Boosie, Yo Gotti, August Alsina, the O'Jays, Tonic, Conrad Oberg, Agalloch, Andy Grammer, Blackbird Blackbird, Eyehategod and The Voice Tour, featuring some of the top winners and fan favorites from the NBC reality competition.
Here to walk you through those shows and others is Ray Roa...
With Iration, The Green, Stick Figure
WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY 5:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $27.50-$30. (727) 565-0550.
No band has attempted a two-night stand at Jannus Live since Sublime With Rome in 2010. But just like those reggae-rock forefathers, Rebelution might just sell out both nights. It’s a testament not only to the enduring appeal of the loose and languid genre among St. Pete’s beach-loving homies, but to the appeal of Rebelution, who represent some of its brightest stars. Their new album Count Me In takes a wide array of eccentric turns, blending mighty horns dreamy guitars, ’80s funk and soul and even some synthesizers. But it doesn’t dismiss the world of reggae entirely — there’s even a song called Roots Reggae Music, featuring guest vocals from one of singer Eric Rachmany’s idols, reggae great Don Carlos. As if to stack the deck, opening the show is Hawaii-formed, Cali-based Iration, a group that has sold out Jannus Live in its own right. — Jay Cridlin
Goo Goo Dolls
With Daughty, Plain White T’s
FRIDAY 6:45 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25-$69. (813) 740-2446.
You know what’s fun? Going to a big summer concert without breaking the bank. That’s exactly what’s happening when the Goo Goo Dolls come to that shed we still want to call “Gary.” Johnny Rzeznik and company are no strangers to the Bay area, having played Mix 100.7’s Acoustic Christmas in December, and while the band mostly appeals to ’90s children and fans of Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage in City of Angels, the bill aims to please a wide demographic. Former American Idol rock crooner Chris Daughtry, who is still touring behind his 2013 LP Baptized, is set to open the show alongside Chicago, Illinois pop-punks Plain White T’s, who can’t seem to outrun the sugary sweet success of their hit Hey There Delilah, despite having released three solid albums since that song broke the band eight years ago.
With Yo Gotti, August Alsina
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $35-$200. (813) 301-2500.
Scammers have recently been using Lil Boosie’s name to pull one over on would-be concert bookers, but we here at Soundcheck have called the Forum, and this show is definitely on. The 31-year-old Baton Rouge, La. rapper born Torrence Hatch just wrapped up a five-year drug stint at Louisiana State Penitentiary, and he’s wasted no time hitting the road to perform songs from a discography that goes back almost 15-years. Boosie recently sold out an April show at Nashville’s 10,000-seat Municipal Auditorium, and while songs like Show Da World, Betrayed and Better Believe It are definitely bangers, it’ll still be a tough task filling this massive venue to even half-capacity. NoLa Def Jam Records signee August Alsina (Make It Home) and Memphis’ Yo Gotti (Act Right) should help pack ’em in, though.
SATURDAY Following Rays vs. Houston Astros (first pitch at 4:10 p.m.). Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. (888) 326-7297.
At this point there’s just not a lot to be happy about at Tropicana Field, but if Rays fans have already started flocking away, then this postgame concert from the O’Jays might be enough reason to come back for at least one afternoon. The Philly soul trio’s history is rich, thanks to a 50-plus-year career that has produced handfuls of hit singles (Use Ta Be My Girl, For The Love of Money, I Love Music) rife with big string arrangements, saccharine ballads and a whole lot of funk. They’ve inspired countless artists who came after them, and who knows, maybe our boys will join in on The O’Jays’ Love Train, turn the season around and make all those fair-weather Back Stabbers come clamoring back for another epic comeback season.
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $10. (727) 441-6875.
Tonic may have been excluded from last weekend’s big Summerland '90s alt-rock nostalgia fest at Vinoy Park, but the Grammy-nominated trio might’ve landed an even better gig, as Shephard’s has booked them for a Saturday night party during a summer season that hasn’t really been sweltering hot. If we could only see the future, we’d predict perfect weather, but tickets are about as affordable as they can get, so what more could you want, anyway? Slap on some sandals, head to the show and then prepare for the morning when you have to tell your running partner to take you as you are, despite the hangover you’ll have come sunrise.
SUNDAY 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Let’s all admit that Woodstock’s 40th anniversary concert in 2009 was a horrendous idea. A highlight of that concert, however, was when a then-15-year-old Conrad Oberg took the stage for a solo performance of the Star-Spangled Banner, just like his idol Jimi Hendrix did 40 years earlier. The Jacksonville bluesman’s story becomes extra special when you consider that he taught himself to play the piano as a toddler, eventually recording with Jerry Lee Lewis’ backing band on his debut full length, Decade, all before turning 11. Even better, he did it all without a sense of sight. Born blind, the phenom, now 19, is better than many players without disabilities, and his prowess has earned him spots performing alongside the likes of Robert Randolph, Jefferson Starship and The Meters. His screaming solos — sometimes reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughn — have the ability to blow the leaves off the Skipperdome.
With Vex, Faethom
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$18. (813) 248-9500.
Agalloch’s only Florida date stops in the unofficial death metal capital of America, and that’s fitting. The Portland, Ore. quartet’s Marrow of the Spirit (2010) is an hour-long album that plays more like an epic, thrashing, demonish book on tape. Their latest effort, this year’s The Serpent & the Sphere, solidified their place in bringing metal further towards the mainstream by debuting a week early on NPR, giving life to the idea that an open-minded, everyday listener could appreciate the brilliance of slow-building songs and ear-splitting riffs that almost come off as orchestral. Spin didn’t call Agalloch one of the “best bands in modern metal” for no reason, and anyone who finds themselves at the Orpheum for this show is going to see and hear exactly why.
The Voice Tour
With Jake Worthington, Christina Grimmie, Josh Kaufman, Jake Barker, Kristen Merlin, Tessanne Chin, Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin, Dia Frampton, Francesa Giogianni
WEDNESDAY 7:30. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $42-$153. (813) 229-7827.
For six seasons, NBC’s The Voice has given music-loving reality television fans a chance to sit on their couches and tell Facebook how their favorite contestant got robbed or deserved to move on to the next round. Well, it’s time for those fans to get off their bums and see their boob-tube heroes live in the flesh when a tour featuring some of the show’s contestants stops in downtown Tampa. Usher, Blake, Shakira, and Adam won’t be around, but Season 6 champ Josh Kaufman, Season 5 champ Tessanne Chin and fan favorites Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin, Dia Frampton and more will be there.Tampa’s local Voice starlet Juliet Simms (who finished runner-up in Season 2) sadly isn’t on the bill, and we aren’t allowed to pull any steals, so you’ll have to make do with this lineup.
With Beat Culture, Rude 100
WEDNESDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $9-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Mikey Maramag is the mind behind this Northern California electro psych-pop project, and while his production — all anchored in blood-pumping bass, shimmering keyboard and carefully spliced samples — establishes him as a master sound manipulator, it’s his gift for melody and an uncanny ability to create complex emotions from synthesized noise that has allowed him to outgrow that tired “chillwave” label. A new LP, Tangerine Sky, is a welcome follow up to 2012’s Boracay Planet, an all too-short collection of joyous, sometimes ’80s-loving synth-pop, and the company Maramag has on this tour is top-notch. Beat Culture’s Sunki Kim is a rising producer who doubles as a Yale University undergrad, and Rude 100 is one of Tampa’s hidden hip-hop treasures.
Andy Grammer Fri. 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$30. (727) 791-7400.
JT Money Fri. With Strizzo, Dutch Dirty, T-Quest World Famous, Skin The Hustle. 9 p.m. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$25. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Glow Low Fri. 9 p.m. Community Cafe, 2444 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 222-6979.
The Mix-Up Fri. With Tripp Alderman and Dessasore, Hometown Hero, Lord Kass, Prince Golden, ?nowledge, Shawn Boland, Val, Jonte Devon, DJ Wally Clark. 9 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5-$7. (813) 248-2356.
Rec Center Fri. With Mountain Holler. 10 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska, Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 234-1000.
Showtek Fri. With Nerd Rage, Winta, Mr. Saturn, Tommy Rize. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30. (813) 873-8368.
The Danny Piechocki Birthday Experience 2.1 Sat. With Ahleuchatistas, Jitters, Zulu Wave, Wolf-Face, Samurai Shotgun, La Lucha, Early Forms, Bees And Enormous Tigers, Lions After Dark, more. 4 p.m. Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg $10 donation. (901) 619-1519.
Camp Kidneys Sat. With Can’t Do It, Mushmind, Won’t Be Arsed, Lipshitz. 7 p.m. Planet Retro Gallery, 2414 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 218-7434.
WMNF 70th Birthday Tribute to Ray Davies Sat. With Doll Parts, Rich Whiteley Band, Ronny Elliot, Scone Train, more. 7 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Radarmen Sat. With Raguckas, Meatwound, 100 Car Pileup. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
Seth Walker Sun. 4 p.m. Ringside Café, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 894-8465.
Eyehategod Sun. With Ringworm, Enabler, Must...Not...Kill, Servants of the Mist, Ad Nauseum. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$20. (813) 248-9500.
David Dondero Wed. With Kyle Chanson. 8 p.m. Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 Baum Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 800-9836.
Mythological Horses Wed. With Butterqueen, Selectric. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.
John Clark Thurs. With Jordan Esker, Juanjamon. 7:30 p.m. Tre Amici at the Bunker, 1907 N 19th St., Ybor City. (813) 247-6964.
Gravel Kings Thurs. With Fistful, Alexander Charos. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*