This week in Tampa: Journey, Weezer, Fantasia, Chris Cornell and more
June is heating up with a pair of big combo shows this week at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre: Journey (above) with the Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason on Friday; and Weezer with Panic! At The Disco and Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness on Wednesday.
For all of this week's other live music picks -- Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia, Chris Cornell, Excision, Brillz, St. Lucia, Lord Huron, Infected Mushroom, Kill the Noise, Sydney Samson, the So So Glos, the Lee Boys, Yung Lean and more -- here are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...
With the Doobie Brothers, Dave Mason
FRIDAY 7 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4202 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 740-2446, livenation.com.
If you’re going to Journey, the Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason on Friday at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, get there early and don’t leave your seat to grab a beer. You never know when you might witness a rare collaboration. “I got John McFee up playing with us the other night,” Mason said of the longtime Doobie Brother. “I know (Journey’s) Ross (Valory) and Neil Schon have asked me to come up and play on All Along the Watchtower, so we’ll see how that develops.” Even if the three bands don’t share a stage, it’ll be a night of wall-to-wall hits, from Mason’s early smashes with Traffic (Feelin’ Alright?, Dear Mr. Fantasy) to the Doobies’ wood-paneled rock ‘n’ soul (Jesus Is Just Alright, China Grove, What a Fool Believes) and Journey’s blue-collar anthems (Wheel in the Sky, Open Arms, Faithfully and, of course, the new national anthem, Don’t Stop Believin’). “It’s not Steve Perry singing,” Mason said. “But they do a great job of doing all those songs. And I don’t know that for a large percentage of the audience, I’m not sure how much it matters that the original members are there.” Very true — especially if all the bands can get a jam session cooking.
Weezer and Panic! At the Disco
With Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $23 and up. (813) 740-2446, livenation.com.
A decade ago, a joint tour between Weezer and Panic! At The Disco would’ve been a much different animal, pairing a pre-nostalgia-driven Weezer with Panic’s original guyliner-streaked lineup. Both bands have evolved a bit since then, for both good and bad. Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo has often seemed bent on recapturing the band’s ’90s glory, embarking on full-album tours for 1994’s “Blue Album” and 1996’s Pinkerton, and reuniting with producer Ric Ocasek for 2014’s backward-looking Everything Will Be Alright In the End. Panic, meanwhile, is down to one original member, full-throated wailer Brendon Urie, who has chased his musical muse into the realms of synth-pop and psychedelic chamber rock. It’s a mixed bag for both, is what we’re trying to say. Thankfully, both bands are riding high on fairly decent new albums, Weezer’s self-titled “White Album” and Panic’s Death of a Bachelor, which take a few sonic risks they might not have tried a decade ago. (Okay, fine, Cuomo probably would’ve attempted the half-rapped Thank God for Girls on 2005’s Make Believe, but there’s no way Urie would’ve dropped the Sinatra-inspired Impossible Year on A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out.)
MONDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 895-3045, statetheatreconcerts.com.
The electro-pop music of St. Lucia isn’t much like what you’d hear on Saint Lucia, the small island nation in the Eastern Caribbean. Okay, fine, maybe a little — several tracks on St. Lucia’s wonderful debut album When The Night possess a certain sun-kissed sensibility that might just make you crave a neon-blue cocktail or three. This year’s Matter, however, trades island life for the fast lane, as St. Lucia — the nom de plume of both singer-songwriter Jean-Philip Grobler and the band that surrounds him — hits full-on glitter mode, particularly on driving, glistening tracks Do You Remember? and Dancing On Glass. It’s still a sound that can sweep you away to paradise, even if your destination is no longer the tropics — and it sounds even better in concert, as St. Lucia are fantastic live performers. Three days after playing the second-biggest stage at Bonnaroo, they’ll perform at the State Theatre.
With Fantastic Negrito
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $54.75 and up. (727) 791-7400 or rutheckerdhall.com.
Not long ago, Jimmy Page came to see Chris Cornell in concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. “I did Thank You,” Cornell said, referencing a Led Zeppelin favorite, “which I do a lot. I almost didn’t do it because he was sitting ther,e and I didn’t want to do anything that would offend him. I got to that part of the set, and just decided to play it anyway, and am glad that I did it. But it was a little intimidating.” Intimidating? Sure, it’s Jimmy Page, but this is Chris Cornell we’re talking about, a man blessed with one of the all-time-great rock wails. As the frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave, and a renowned solo artist in his own right, he’s earned the right to sing just about anything he chooses. For the last few years, he’s been doing exactly that on his engaging solo acoustic tours, which have passed through Tampa Bay several times and will return with a gig at Ruth Eckerd Hall Thursday. He’ll mix in hits from all of those projects, plus Temple of the Dog and any number of covers — like his slow-burning twist on Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, or Nothing Compares 2 U, recently released in tribute to Prince. Cornell’s stylistic diversity and willingness to attempt any cover has made him a premiere free agent for rock bands looking for an A-list singer. So you have to wonder: If Page called him up and said he felt like hitting the road with John Paul Jones, would Cornell entertain the offer? “He never did that,” he said, “but if he did, yeah, I would have to entertain it. Start the petition today!
Anthony Hamilton and Fantasia
THURSDAY 7:30 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-3004, sundomearena.com.
Talk about a fiery way to jolt the USF Sun Dome out of its summer slumber. Grammy winners Anthony Hamilton and Fantasia (nee Barrino) are gearing up for a co-headlining tour that’ll serve up enough soul to last you to Labor Day, and it’ll hit the Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Hamilton’s gospel-flavored new album What I’m Feelin’ is brimming with exciting, impassioned musicality, a hallmark of his since his early-2000s Charlene days. Fantasia, meanwhile, will release her fifth album, The Definition Of... later this summer, and its first two singles — the sleek, poppy No Time For It and noiris, retro-soul slow-burner Sleeping With the One I Love, are pretty fantastic. Tickets are $49.50 and up, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better weeknight date night.
With Lucy Dacus
THURSDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $23.50. (813) 247-2555.
If you see Ben Schneider walking around Ybor City before his show on Thursday, then you might want to shake his hand. The frontman for Lord Huron is on a hot streak and arrives in Cigar City supporting a remarkably solid sophomore LP, Strange Trails. On it, an art school grad’s attention to detail has manifested itself in the form of a 14-track joyride full of lovable characters whose stories unfold over sunny melodies, near-perfect arrangements and a narrative that reads like the lovechild of a comic book and a classic western. Expect the band to tell those stories in gorgeous fashion and hope that they dip into Lord Huron’s beautifully romantic 2012 LP, Lonesome Dreams, too.
With Old Vices, The Tim Version, The Love Doctors
FRIDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10 Suggested Donation. (813) 248-4969.
Often times, a venue’s staff is as important to customers as the acts that appear on the schedule, and on Friday a legendary Ybor spot is saying goodbye to one its most beloved bartenders. Joanne Rivera has been at New World Brewery for the better part of the last 16 years, providing smiles, warmth, and a healthy amount of snark for her regulars. They are the same regulars who’ll fill the place up to send their heroine off to Colorado for new adventures. The eldest of Tampa’s old school punks — Flat Stanley, Old Vices, and The Tim Version — have volunteered to play the bon voyage show, and The Love Doctors — a puppet-wielding comedy duo — will emcee the festivities.
Suncoast Blues Society 19th Anniversary
With John Nemeth & the Blues Dreamers, Big D & the Dirty Deal
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
The blues — the American predecessor to rock ‘n’ roll — is as old as the history of slavery in the country. The Suncoast Blues Society’s foray into bringing it to West Central Florida still isn’t old enough to drink. The organization’s 19 years are nothing to blink at, though, and they are set to celebrate the occasion by welcoming Idaho-born John Németh to the Skipperdome for a set of soulful, horn-drenched, cornbread-fed blues. Cuts like Three Times a Fool, Sooner or Later, and Bad Luck Is My Name from his 2014 album Memphis Grease are the kinds of songs that can make your momma move, so expect nothing less when the 41-year-old joins opener Big D & the Dirty Deal for the party. You’ll pay a reasonable cover if you head out, but know that it’s going towards the society’s push to uphold the tradition of the blues by providing scholarships and outreach programs in the community.
With Inkblot, Surviving the Mile
SATURDAY 5 p.m. Whiskey Joe’s, 7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. Free. (813) 281-0770.
Summer camp season is here, and while the students at Carrollwood music school Jim Chambers Music Box go at it all year long, the gang is congregating on the Courtney Campbell on Saturday afternoon to show friends and parents what they’ve been up to. The public could stand to check it all out, however, as the show is headlined by Extra Celestial, an all-girl alt-pop outfit influenced by everything from Pat Benatar to The Beatles to Twenty One Pilots and everyone in between. Not too shabby for a group of teens still in high school. The band’s new single, Restart, is 4 minutes of innocent, unbridled, riotous fun proving that something good is in the water over at the Music Box.
The Amsterdam’s Final Show
With Jordan Esker & the Hundred Percent, House of I, The Jackettes, more.
SATURDAY 2 p.m. The Amsterdam, 1049 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 623-4950.
The neighbors who’ve lobbed dozens upon dozens of noise complaints on St. Petersburg bars like The Amsterdam have seemingly earned a quiet victory in their battle against noise on Central Avenue, but the music community is going to have one last hurrah for the establishment on Saturday. Owner John Cullen has explained that several other factors (family time, new landlords) also played in the decision of throwing in the towel, but he remains optimistic about his future. “We don’t need a bar to fulfill our passion,” Cullen said. “We can still organize shows by utilizing so many other amazing spaces.” Still, The Amsterdam’s departure means one less place for local artists to work on their craft in a welcoming room. What started as an evening-only farewell show featuring three beloved locals — Jordan Esker, House Of I, and The Jackettes — looks to be unfolding into an all-day affair, so expect lots of hugs and shared memories before the PA goes silent for the last time.
With Weltesser, Ad Nauseum, Dissevered
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 424-1809.
There aren’t many better places to see metal than in dark, cave-like bars. On Saturday, Fubar will do what they’ve been at week in and week out, which is set the stage for a solid bill that mixes locals with touring bands. This one’s special as it finds Boston d-beat punks Lunglust arriving to support a new long-player, Repetition Is Hell, which they released in March. The eight-track effort clocks in at just under half-an-hour, but every second of it is propelled by relentlessly dingy, loud and hardcore-heavy music that burns your ears with feedback and makes you want to get lost in the overwhelming sea of double-time drumming, elephantine riffs and demonic growls. Orlando doom-metal outfit Ad Nauseum will make the drive to play support alongside Tampa’s Dissevered and St. Pete’s own Weltesser.
SUNDAY 12 p.m. Beach Bar, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $22 & up. (813) 281-8900.
The tides are definitely changing in Tampa’s EDM community. April found longtime dance music haven Amphitheater being destroyed by fire, which forced owners to relocate many events to the Ritz just a few blocks away — a move that has already altered the makeup of the venue’s personality. Just a few weeks ago, the widely popular Sunset Music Festival hit a snag when news outlets reported two deaths and 57 hospitalizations among the attendees. Now, the newly rebranded Beach Bar (formerly Hogan’s Beach) is linking up with the team responsible for Electric Daisy Carnival and bringing in Canadian producer Excision to reboot that venue’s maligned concert calendar (which prompted numerous noise complaints in 2015). There’s no telling how these EDM experiments will play out, but you can bet that they’re a barometer for how promoters will invest in the scene moving forward.
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$40. (813) 248-9500.
It’s hard to tell how serious Jonatan Aron Leandoer Håstad is. The 19-year-old is straight out of Stockholm, Sweden, and a bona fide Bieber doppelganger. His music — which he delivers under the Yung Lean moniker — is all kinds of drugged-out melancholy that chronicles battles with loneliness plus the pursuit of sex, drugs and cool clothes. His crew — Sad Boys — help amplify all that malaise, and songs like Kyoto, Ginseng Strip 2002, and Immortal are the type post-millennials play in their cars while they puff on things their parents don’t want them to partake in. Lots of kids love the guy, and they will surely be at Orpheum when he brings to Florida a new LP, Warlord, and all of his quirky lyricism (He compares his genitals to pistachios on Hurt from his 2013 mixtape Unknown Death).
UNRB, Fri. With Shaun Hopper. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Alfred Banks, Fri. With Gatsby, Ari Chi, Iampreme, Tony Handz. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.
Sink Tapes, Fri. With Gov Club, DieAlps!, Poultry. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Infected Mushroom, Fri. With Christian Alexander, Winta, SMGGLR. 10 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 247-2555.
McFeely’s Speedy Delivery, Fri. With Jernigan, Low Season. 10 p.m. The Bends, 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 202-8931.
The So So Glos, Sat. With Honduras. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-9500.
IPA Festival, Sat. With The Lee Boys. 7 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. $15-$50. (727) 736-0606.
Have Gun Will Travel, Sat. With Nathan Allen. 8 p.m. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $14-$20. (813) 269-1310.
Cognitive, Sat. With Contorted, Blistering Defilement, Mutilation Ritual, Enfold Darkness. 8 p.m. The Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. $8-$10. (813) 972-8152.
Pretty Voices, Sat. With Gino and the Goons, Jacqui & Le Dropouts. 10 p.m. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 898-6054.
Kill the Noise, Sat. With Wuki. 10 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 247-2555.
Sidney Samson, Sun. With Kennedy Jones. 12 p.m. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $7. (727) 441-6875.
Secret Stuff, Sun. With Pictures of Vernon, Hello Joyce, Story Mode. 7 p.m Tre Amici at the Bunker, 1907 N 19th St., Ybor City. $3-$5 Donation. (813) 247-6964.
The Wrenchers, Thurs. 8:30 p.m. The Ale and The Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-2533.