This week in Tampa: Hall and Oates, Say Anything, AlunaGeorge and more
With Memorial Day right around the corner, we're officially entering summer concert season.
In the meantime, here with the best concerts of the week -- Daryl Hall and John Oates, Say Anything, Screaming Females, AlunaGeorge, the Monkees, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, mewithoutYou, Chuck Ragan, the Afters, Modern English, C.J. Ramone, Tim Barry, Half Moon Run, Pink Talking Fish, Good Old War, Magic Man, the Griswolds, Buckethead, !!!, Millencolin, the Orange Blossom Jamboree and more -- are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...
Daryl Hall and John Oates
With Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
SATURDAY 7 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4202 U.S. 301 N, St. Tampa. $18 and up. (813) 740-2446.
Talk about one heck of a package tour. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall and John Oates are teaming up with a pair of dynamic live performers steeped in the sounds of classic soul, jazz and rock — Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings for a tour to kick off one of the busiest summers Tampa’s 12-year-old shed has ever seen. When Hall and Oates played the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival in March, it proved they still have a lot of gas in the tank to win over younger audiences. And if they could bring out Shorty and Jones for an all-star jam session on I Can’t Go For That or Rich Girl, all the better. And if you buy by Friday, you can still take advantage of Live Nation’s “$20 Passport to Summer” deal, which gets you into the show, no fees, for just $20. Now that, we can go for.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $52.50 and up. (727) 791-7400
The Monkees are no longer everywhere. For a long time it felt that way, from the eponymous NBC sitcom that made them stars to the decades of syndicated reruns that followed — not to mention all those sunny, golden hits like Last Train to Clarksville and Daydream Believer. But in 2016, is it even possible for young fans to discover the Monkees as the funny young men the world once knew? “I don’t know,” said Peter Tork. “There are episodes that are available on YouTube, whole episodes. I haven’t watched one from beginning to end on YouTube. I haven’t watched a whole episode in years and years.” They’re worth seeking out, especially as the band’s 50th anniversary tour hits Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday. While only half of the band’s classic lineup will be there — Tork and Micky Dolenz will be without Davy Jones, who died in 2012, and Michael Nesmith, who rarely tours — it’ll still be a fine reintroduction to a group beloved by many younger artists. This month, they’ll drop their first album in 20 years, Good Times, which features songs penned by Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, among others.
SUNDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $17 and up. (813) 248-9500.
AlunaGeorge has worked with a who’s who of electronic producers over the past two years — Disclsoure, Jack U, DJ Snake, Baauer — which leads you to wonder: What does the duo have to offer on its own? Maybe we’ll find out when the British EDM-pop duo comes to Crowbar on Sunday. So far in 2016, singer Aluna Francis and producer George Reid have released a trio of intriguing singles from their forthcoming sophomore album — the dancehall-tinged I’m in Control (featuring Popcaan) and the glitchy, downbeat I Remember (featuring Flume) and My Blood (featuring Zhu). The album doesn’t have a title or a release date, but maybe they’re just waiting to hit us all with a killer Song of Summer contender, like last year’s DJ Snake remix of You Know You Like It.
With Aye Nako, Piss Ghost
FRIDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
The best way to prep for Friday’s Screaming Females concert at New World Brewery would be to spin through their 2014 live album Live at the Hideout, produced by Steve Albini. You’ll hear the shreddy echoes of many of the New Jersey trio’s influences — Black Sabbath, Fugazi, Dinosaur Jr. — but you’ll hear them live, which is the best possible setting for all Screaming Females music. Their studio work rocks, too — 2015’s Rose Mountain is an eclectic mix of grungy alt-rock and riot-grrl punk, and their collaborative cover with Garbage of Patti Smith’s classic Because the Night is an utterly electric ride. But only after seeing and hearing singer-guitarist Marissa Paternoster rip it up live will you become the sort of fan who tosses Screaming Females into any discussion of the greatest guitar bands alive. Cover for the 8 p.m. show starts at a ridiculously low $8; you officially have no excuse not to check ’em out.
Orange Blossom Jamboree
THROUGH SUNDAY Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. Passes start at $77 for three days, $87 for four, with limited two-day and single-day options. Kids 13 and younger free. orangeblossomjamboree.com.
The Orange Blossom Jamboree will never be Bonnaroo, but you can bet there are more than a few fans who’d like to see Bonnaroo become more like OBJ — tons of regional jam bands and songwriters camped out in the middle of nowhere, communing over a campfire and playing at all hours of the day for free spirits in need of a break from the rat race. The seventh OBJ, which runs today through Sunday at Sertoma Youth Ranch near Brooksville, once again brings more than 60 Florida bands to four stages, from Tampa Bay favorites like Come Back Alice, Uncle John’s Band and the Applebutter Express to statewide acts who feel as familiar as locals, including Suenalo Kaleigh Baker, Bobby Lee Rodgers and Beebs and her Money Makers. The real fun, though, comes when the sun goes down, and acoustic campsite jam sessions can stretch long into the night.
FRIDAY Following Palm Beach Cardinals vs. Clearwater Threshers (First Pitch at 6:15 p.m.) Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. $6-$10. (727) 467-4457.
It’s sort of a big week for Christian music in Pinellas County. Big Daddy Weave is playing an intimate show in Largo on Saturday, but it’s sold out. Those without a ticket can find a little redemption at the ballpark on Friday, however, thanks to the Clearwater Threshers who are hosting a post-game concert with The Afters (so apropos). The Texas-based faith-flingers independently released their debut 15 years ago and hopped a ride on the major-label wave soon after, releasing four LPs of melodic, soft rock along the way. A single released last year, Live On Forever, finds the band adding a radio-ready indie-rock wrinkle to their sound, so expect them to throw that curveball out there at this one, which is included with price of the ballgame.
With Faraday, The Other Ryan Willis, Poultry
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. The Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg $7. (901) 619-1519.
There’s an underlying truth in the music industry that says most bands who get in the van tend to learn a whole lot about themselves much quicker than the ones who never leave home, and while there is still a lot of luck involved in “making it,” there is no denying that hitting the road has done wonders for the artistic growth of Austin Miller. The Orlando songwriter is a mere 26 years old, but he’s a bona fide highway rat unafraid to cross oceans in search of a show. His travels have taken him across the country and back, to isolated pubs in Alaska, and on multiple weeks-long European tours. He’s been spending the last month on the sunny beaches of Florida writing letters to fans who ordered copies of his third full-length, Engine, in which road journals and growing-up thoughts come together on his best record yet. There’s so much more coming from Miller, and these hometown shows are a chance to catch up before he’s behind the wheel or flying across the Atlantic again.
With Tim Barry, Brother Cephus
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $15-$18. (813) 241-8600.
There is a recent profile of Tim Barry that beautifully describes how the Richmond, Va., songwriter is “growing older, and poorer, with grace.” The 43-year-old former frontman for punk rock heroes Avail is hopelessly DIY, a real working man’s musician with the grease on his hands to prove it, and he probably wouldn’t have it any other way. Heartbreaking songs like Solid Gone play like poetry, and will set the stage for headliner Chuck Ragan. The 41-year-old has enjoyed a slightly different trajectory than Barry (things are good when you’re selling “Chuck Ragan Beard Oil”), but fans won’t be worried about that when Ragan arrives to work through material from over a dozen studio LPs, splits, soundtracks and hopefully a lot of what he recorded with beloved Gainesville punks Hot Water Music. Opening the show are Brother Cephus, a Tampa outfit led by siblings Gabe and Seth Davis, who are beginning to blossom into what seems like a very promising creative period of their own.
With Millionyoung, Rogerthomas, DJ Fuego
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10 (813) 248-4969.
Wondering what sun-tanned Russian new-wave and pop actually looks like? Head to Ybor City watering stop New World Brewery on Saturday before Pompeya takes the stage to find out. The Moscow-based trio played Sarasota’s Harvey Milk Festival last weekend and have been entrenched in a Miami residency over the last week. They arrive in Cigar City supporting a 2015 LP, Real, but the actual treat comes in the form of a suitcase full of remixes that find other artists re-imagining tracks from the whole of their discography. Expect those to get worked into Pompeya’s sweaty, dance party, live set, and get there early to see Miami wunderkind Mike Diaz — a.k.a. Millionyoung — who plays support alongside St. Pete’s own classical guitar-wielding producer-songwriter Rogerthomas.
Grand Wizard Theodore
With Rok-One, DJ Casper, DJ Lesage
SUNDAY 10 p.m. Ol’ Dirty Sundays at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.
Hip hop remains special in the eyes of music lovers, not just for its vibe and culture, but also for the way it curates influences in a genre that’s rooted in tried and true sounds while also constantly molting. The genre remains one of the few whose pioneers can still be experienced up close. Enter Ol’ Dirty Sundays (ODS) and Theodore Livingston. ODS is a 5-year-old party writing its own unique page in Tampa’s rich hip hop history, and Livingston, better known as Grand Wizard Theodore, is the Bronx-born, 53-year-old DJ credited with transcending bambata, building upon Grandmaster Flash’s turntable techniques, and inventing the vinyl “scratch” sound that is so familiar today. He will showcase that talent on Sunday, but don’t expect some kind of legacy victory lap. Livingston remains one of hip hop’s most skilled turntablists and won’t be holding anything back.
With Mewithoutyou, Teen Suicide, Museum Mouth
WEDNESDAY 6 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $18-$21.75. (813) 247-2555.
In February, three months before Beyoncé did it with Lemonade, Say Anything released a surprise album of their own, I Don’t Think It Is, with less than a day’s notice for fans. There’s no doubting the magnitude of Bey’s star power, but don’t discount Say Anything frontman Max Bemis’ allure either. Over a decade after their breakout sophomore LP, …Is a Real Boy, Bemis, 32, is still one of the most entertaining bandleaders in the pop-punk space. He brings the band — which now includes hometown guy Reed Murray on drums — to the Ritz in support of the 42-minute effort. Philadelphia post-rock quintet Mewithoutyou lead a righteous support bill that includes Maryland emo-pop outfit Teen Suicide and North Carolina DIY dudes Museum Mouth.
With Entertainment, Sleeping Pills
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. American Legion Hall Seminole Post 111, 6928 Florida Ave., Tampa. $12. (813) 236-2281.
Stop the world. Another WTF show has landed at Seminole Heights’ American Legion Hall Post 111. This one comes at the hands of Vivid Circle Productions (helmed in part by Patrick Brady, who plays bass for Tampa indie rock outfit Merchandise), and it finds UK post-punk pack leaders Modern English taking over the neighborhood spot to perform their iconic debut, Mesh & Lace, in full. The 15-song, 72-minute classic saw release 35 years ago on 4AD (the same British imprint label putting out Merchandises’ music these days), and while it doesn’t include everyone’s favorite prom song (I Melt With You), Mesh & Lace does stand as an angry, sonically brave moment in ’80s Goth rock history. There’s no doubt that scores of today’s brightest rock outfits would not exist without Mesh & Lace, and it’ll be a treat to see frontman Robbie Grey back alongside founding members Gary McDowell, Mick Conroy and Stephen Walker at this head-scratcher of a hump day show.
With Broken Gold, Boney Fiend
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 258-4829.
On a week that finds Dunedin Brewery spending Saturday tasking almost a dozen bands to help them rip through their 12th Annual Ramones Tribute show, St. Petersburg’s Local 662 is giving fans of the NYC punk originators a chance to see some semblance of the real thing. Anything Ramones related obviously won’t come close to significant (RIP Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee), but Christopher Ward’s stop in the ’Burg is better than nothing. Better known as C.J. Ramone, Ward grew up idolizing the band before getting to play in a late ’80s lineup of the Ramones. He even appears on a trio of albums including 1992’s Mondo Bizarro, the group’s first without founding bassist Dee Dee Ramone. He’s been hard at work on his own solo material, so expect to hear a lot of that, as well as a healthy slice of Ramones material, when he stops by Central Avenue on Wednesday.
Lunch At Lykes, Fri. With Chant The Trees. 12 p.m. Lykes Gaslight Square, 410 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. tampagov.net.
Half Moon Run, Fri. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
Mallory Moyer, Fri. 8 p.m. Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 Baum Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 800-9836.
Wiwek, Fri. With Christian Alexander, Winta, $mglr. 10 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 247-2555.
Tampa Bay Indian Music & Dance Festival, Sat. 11 a.m. With Nayan Ghosh, Sangeeta Lahiri, Madhuri Gulda, more. Indian Cultural Center Hall, 511 Lynn Road, Tampa. $25-$39. (813) 264-4638.
Tatanka, Sat. With Oceanstone, SowFlo, Seranation, DJ Dani. 2 p.m. Beach Bar, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $8. (813) 281-8900.
Primal Fear, Sat. With Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, Alpha Decay, Arakara, The Offering. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$75. (813) 248-9500.
Big Daddy Weave, Sat. With Plumb, Jordan Feliz. 7 p.m. First Baptist Church Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Sold out. (727) 595-3421.
Insanity In Motion 2, Sat. With The Omni Project, Lilith, Jeremy Gloff, Auditory Sins, Nemesis, more. 7 p.m. LiveArt Laboratories, 1900 Adamo Drive, Ybor City. $12 & up. (813) 767-8458.
Pink Talking Fish, Sat. 7:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $21. (727) 895-3045.
Good Old War, Sat. With Joshua Hyslop. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16 & up. (727) 258-4829.
12th Annual Ramones Tribute, Sat. With Boney Fiend, Double D Combo, Doll Parts, Lazaras, Pig Pen, Pretty Voices, Saganaki Bomb Squad, The Jayson Engelke Orchestra, The Jordones. 8 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
The Empty Pockets, Sun. With The Dirty Soul Revue. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Millencolin, Sun. With Success. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$23. (727) 895-3045.
Magic Man, Tues. With The Griswolds. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 895-3045.
Old Salt Union, Tues. 7:30 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 248-4969.
!!!, Tues. With. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15.50-$18. (813) 248-9500.
Buckethead, Thurs. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $21-$25. (727) 895-3045.
-- Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa