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This week in Tampa: Heart, Grizzly Bear, Billy Idol, Porter Robinson and more



Tampa indie rock fans have been waiting for next week for a while, as it marks the first local performance by indie rock superstars Grizzly Bear. At this point, there aren't too many indie icons who have yet to visit the area (though plenty of Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons and Sufjan Stevens fans would beg to differ).

Here, Ray Roa walks you through this week's concert picks, including Grizzly Bear, Heart, Billy Idol, Earth Wind and Fire, Porter Robinson, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, the Happy Together Tour, Elvis Christ, Broncho, Imagination Movers, Donavon Frankenreiter, Samantha Crain and more...

Billy Idol
TUESDAY 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $51-$81. (727) 791-7400.

It’s not like he really needed one, but Billy Idol is experiencing something of a resurgence. The 57-year-old Brit (born William Michael Albert Broad) has been tapped to play a coveted late night set at this year’s installment of über-festival Bonnaroo, and he can still rightfully lay claim to being an original purveyor of that ’80s British invasion. He’ll have longtime guitarist Steve Stevens in tow, so Idol won’t exactly be dancing with himself, but the rest of the crowd will probably give their best Rebel Yell too.

With Jason Bonham’s Led Zepplin Experience
TUESDAY 7:30 p.m, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $20-$69. (813) 740-2446.
It’s ambitious to think that two voices could fill the expansive spaces of the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre (can we please just keep calling it The Gary?), but Nancy and Ann Wilson are riding high lately, so why not? The sisters are 2013 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, songs like Barracuda and Crazy On You are forever classics in the karaoke circuit, and the girls’ influence on classic rock is immeasurable. Plus, Led Zeppelin offspring Jason Bonham brings his tribute to Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and father John Bonham to Tampa’s outdoor shed for what is sure to be a great summertime show. Look for both acts to play sets of their own, then a collaborative Zeppelin tribute at the end.

Grizzly Bear
With Majical Cloudz
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $28.50 and up. (813) 247-2555.
They’re finally coming to Florida! The Brooklynites have booked just two Sunshine State dates (they say “bienvendios” to Miami a day before their Ybor stop), and you shouldn’t be surprised to arrive on site to see hordes of Gen X and Y fans chomping at the bit to see this band, which hasn’t played a headlining show in Florida since they formed almost a decade ago. The vibe will go from pin-drop quiet (the subdued outro of Deep Sea Diver) to all out fanboy and -girl pandemonium (their hit single Two Weeks is inescapable). It’s indie-rock Christmas and these bears might as well be Kris Kringle.

Earth, Wind, and Fire
THURSDAY 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $60-$126. (727) 791-7400.

Forty-four years. That’s how long Earth, Wind and Fire have been at it. The Windy City pioneers of all things funky (Let’s Groove), danceable (Boogie Wonderland), and sometimes epically soulful (Love’s Holiday) have had more members than this country has had presidents, but the sanctity of those aforementioned R&B classics (plus at least two handfuls of other cuts) is unimaginable when it comes to the band’s baby boomer fanbase, who presumably have the disposable income to put their fannies into a seat at the intimate Ruth Eckerd show. Don’t expect those bottoms to stay put though — there’ll be plenty of rump-shaking and sweating at this one.

With Feral Babies, Sonic Graffiti
FRIDAY 9 p.m., New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
The “ch” is soft, but that’s about all that’s cuddly about this Oklahoma garage-pop four-piece.  A tangible recklessness marks their debut LP, 2011’s Can’t Get Past The Lips, where songs like Record Store, I Don’t Really Want To Be Social and Psychiatrist mix the worlds of punk rock with the pop sensibilities of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson if he didn’t care about the sunny seaside and impressing the ladies (sample lyrics: “Your girlfriend’s lame”). A dichotomous support bill featuring punk vets Feral Babies and impressive blues-rock rookies Sonic Graffiti round out this loud and pretty damn lovable lineup.

Elvis Christ
With Kid Aids, Gino & The Goons, Dead Pedestrian
FRIDAY 8 p.m., The Fuzz Factory, 2732 Sixth Ave. S., Saint Petersburg. $5. (727) 519-5327.
His moniker is a head-scratching marriage between two of the most famous figures in modern popular culture, and that’s alright for Oakland-based singer-songwriter Elvis Christ. He’s singed to Burger Records — one of the country’s most revered tape cassette labels (yes, those things that came after 8-tracks) — and cuts from And So It Shall Be are the kind of country- and blues-inflicted rock 'n’ roll you’d expect to be coming out of the bedroom of a half-drunk jam session featuring a Nashville Skyline-era Bob Dylan and young Iggy Pop. The Fuzz Factory is a new venue writing its own chapter in The ’Burg’s ever-evolving music scene, so expect high sprits and equally good times at this one.

Jason Smith Benefit Concert
With Luxury Mane, Pretty Voices, The Gita, Zulu Wave, Flyingsnakes, John McNicholas, the Semis, Memphis Train Union, the Mother Machine, more.
SAURDAY 5 p.m., State Theatre and The Local 662, 600 Block on Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Like the familiar face that greets you at a favorite restaurant or convenience store, sound engineer Jason Smith was always around when I went to the State Theatre. His mug has been a part of my life from the time I was still in college bumming rides across the bridge to see a show in St. Pete to these most recent days when I walk into the venue with my wife’s hand in my own. His hands have mixed countless memorable concerts for even more countless sets of ears. This show is a simple way for the community to give back to Smith, who nearly lost his life when a drunk driver hit his bicycle in April. A whole lot of St. Pete’s best musicians will be there to lend a hand.

Porter Robinson

With Docco
SATURDAY 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20 and up. (813) 873-8368.
When it comes to seals of approval in popular EDM, there isn’t really an endorsement bigger than the one a producer gets from Skrillex. Porter Robinson has that nod (he’s signed to Skrilly’s OWSLA imprint), and while the 20-year-old Robinson isn’t even old enough to drink at the clubs where he performs, he still packs those rooms (and most recently Miami’s Bayfront Park for a mainstage set at Ultra 2013) thanks to the sort of genuinely appreciative energy that can only come from a wide-eyed youngster still amazed by the global recognition he’s receiving (the good looks help, too). He’s a child among men in the dance music world, but his shadow looms bigger than almost anyone else’s.

Also Playing

Happy Together Tour Fri. With The Turtles, Chuck Negron, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Mark Lindsay (formerly of Paul Revere and the Raiders) Gary Lewis and the Playboys. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $40-$65. (727) 791-7400.

Sunshine Jones Fri. With Brian Busto. 10 p.m. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. $10 (free for ladies). (813) 254-2233.

Donavon Frankenreiter Fri. With the Crazy Carls. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22-$25. (727) 895-3045.

Former Champions Fri. With Gravity A. 8 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Sons Of Hippies album release Fri. With Redfeather, the Mother Machine. 9 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3.

Holiday album release Fri. 9 p.m. The Bends, 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 202-8931.

Americana Rock Mix Five Year Anniversary Sat. 7 p.m. With Branden Barnett, Matt Woods, Big Kettle Drum, Adult Boys Thunderband. 7 p.m. Crum’s Bar and Grill, 2925 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 827-2831.

Tigers Jaw Farewell Tour Sat. With Pianos Become Teeth, Dad Punchers. 8:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13 and up. (813) 248-9500.

Imagination Movers Sun. Following Rays vs. Kansas City Royals. First pitch at 1:40 p.m. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket.

Coke Bust Mon. With Traitor Crucifix, Direct Effect. 8 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $5. (813) 382-3477.

Samantha Crain Tue. With Y Los Dos Pistoles, DieAlps!. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 248-4969.

Kid Ink Tue. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$25. (813) 248-9500.

Capital Cities Tue. 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free with ticket; visit for ticket info. (727) 895-3045.

Papadosio Thu. With Stokeswood. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-20. (727) 895-3045.

Snow White’s Poison Bite Thur. With Farewell My Love, Chomp Chomp Attack!, People In The Sea, and more. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-12. (813) 248-9500 or

O Som Do Jazz: A Kiss For Rio Thu. 7:30 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 822-3590.

-- Ray Roa

[Last modified: Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:30pm]


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