This week in Tampa: Kanye West, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mindless Behavior, Yanni and more
It's another eclectic week in Tampa Bay music, with concerts on the books by everyone from Yanni to the Genitorturers (and we guarantee that's the first time those two have been linked in a single sentence). But let's be honest: The week belongs to Kanye West, who will bring his Yeezus tour to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday.
Other acts with local shows this week include Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mindless Behavior, Cannibal Corpse, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Koz, A$ap Ferg and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...
With OMG Girlz
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $57.50-$85. (727) 565-0550.
It’s going to cost you a pretty penny to fulfill this teen dream, but it’s the holiday season, chock full of door-buster deals and pages of things worth taking another credit line out for, so why the heck not? It’s not like Los Angeles boy band Mindless Behavior haven’t earned it anyway. The same folks who brought you Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Toni Braxton have groomed the boys, plus they’ve paid their dues touring with the Beibs, Backsteet Boys and Jason Derulo. Auto-tuned hits like Mrs. Right and My Girl, with all their Snapchat and emoticon references, are catchy enough, too.
SATURDAY 9 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$25. (727) 895-3045.
This Genitorturers show — celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut LP — is 18 and up, and it should be. The cult favorites with Tampa roots are as famous for their kinky stage show (think nipple piercings and spankings) as they are for their five-piece discography of industrial leaning alt-rock. Frontwoman Gen is a legitimate dominatrix who cites Marquis de Sade (a French renaissance man largely responsible for inventing sadism) as a primary influence. This type of show is unreal, completely blurring the lines between rock show, performance art and straight up voyeurism, but curious minds shouldn’t let their reservations get hold of their decisions in this case.
Microgroove 2-Year Anniversary
With Atlantic Oceans, Matt Hires
SUNDAY 11 a.m. Microgroove, 4906 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 667-7089.
Who would’ve known? That little record store with a surprising sense of humor (find the store’s pristine copy of Rick Astley’s 1987 debut, Whenever You Need Somebody, and see what we mean) has become an anchor of Seminole Heights’ current resurgence as a cultural hub of Tampa Bay. At this early show, where they’ll open at 11 a.m. and close “when we feel like it,” Microgroove welcomes a two-fer of Tampa talent to help celebrate a couple years on the block. Atlantic Oceans — which features members of defunct, eternally beloved local outfit Sleepy Vikings — will be on hand, and up-and-coming pop songsmith Matt Hires will help provide more musical punch. Free beer and markdowns will appease the imbibers and deal seekers at this celebration of the record store as an institution and integral part of any music-loving community.
WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$175. (727) 791-7400.
Through three decades and 15 LPs (not to mention almost 20 live albums), Yanni has somehow maintained that beautiful mane of long black hair and enough facial hair to give him street cred ’round these parts. The 59-year-old does transcend any joke we can throw at him, however, and his two-night stand at Ruth Eckerd Hall is proof of that. His appeal is cloaked in intricate, ornate orchestral arrangements, but the real magic of anything Yanni has put out is melody. Heartbreaking, make-you-feel-like-you-could-climb-Mount-Everest-despite-your-bronchitis melodies are at the core, and an open ear at this show will prove it.
Ringside Café re-opening
TUESDAY through DEC. 7, Ringside Café, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 894-8465.
Ringside Café’s veritable master of ceremonies, Mitch Gray, has pretty much grown up alongside his bar’s regulars within the walls of 2742 Fourth St. S. So the institution’s relocation to downtown St. Pete is a big deal. “Ringside has been the scene of many good times, we are however very much looking forward to moving into the new place.” Gray said. “It’s a better setup for live music (and) will get more national acts along with local talent to keep Ringside going.” That’s pretty much the attitude of the musicians’ safe haven, where locals support artists because they’re making music It’ll all be on full display when Ringside spends its first few days in the former Club Detroit, next to Jannus Live, welcoming tried and true favorites to break the building in. The end of an era really only means the beginning of another one, and you can bet that Ringside will endure. Pitbull Toddler, Damon Fowler, Greg Billings, the Black Honkeys and Rob Tyre are among the acts booked for the first week in the new location; check facebook.com/ringside.cafe.stpete for a full schedule.
SUNDAY 3 and 7:30 p.m., Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $30-$68. (813) 301-2500.
Eight years ago, Trans-Siberian Orchestra released the prog-rock equivalent of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon … had it been a Christmas album. On Sunday, band leaders Jon Oliva and Paul O’Neill will guide TSO through what has been advertised as the last performances of The Lost Christmas Eve, an epic album of heavy riffs, symphonic snow flurries and, yes, even jingle bells. It might sound cheesy to you, but Billboard and industry metric-makers Pollstar have dubbed the Trans-Siberian Orchestra one of the top ticket-moving bands of the last decade. Fans will have two chances to catch the bombastic spectacle of it all, and pretty good seats for the show have been recently released, so jump on it if you like your holiday cheer served with a side of spectacle.
With Ulcer, Contorted
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10. (813) 972-8152.
Cannibal Corpse formed in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1988, but their home since 1994 has been Tampa, long known as the cradle of that grimy, splattery, visceral breed of metal called death. They were already well known when they moved here — they’d toured in Florida, released four albums and filmed a cameo in the Jim Carrey film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective — but they quickly found their place alongside Tampa’s other influential death metal bands, including Morbid Angel, Obituary and Deicide. Today, they remain one of the most successful and best-selling death metal bands in the world. This year marks their 25th as a band, and on Saturday, they’ll play an anniversary show — one of only two this fall — at the newest incarnation of Tampa’s iconic metal hotbed, the Brass Mug. Expect gut-pummeling tracks from all 12 of their studio albums. — Jay Cridlin
With Kendrick Lamar
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $36.75- $122.25. (813) 301-2500.
Kanye West is a rapper, not a rocker. And yet, the most polarizing person in pop these days wasn’t entirely delusional when he called himself the “No. 1 rock star” in Time magazine. What he meant, with his typically robust braggadocio, was that the 21-time Grammy winner belongs in elite company with music’s brashest iconoclasts. He’s that rare “rock star” breed, someone who says what he wants, does what he wants, and yet has the talent and unique vision to back it up. He is a punchline for late-night comics; at the same time, he is fodder for gush from critics, almost all of whom adore him, revere him. “Is there anyone like Kanye now?” cultural critic Sasha Frere-Jones asked with awe on The New Yorker’s website. “Has there ever been? No. Yeezus felt like the album of the year months ago; now the year just feels like it belongs to West.” West wouldn’t disagree. “I’m going down as a legend, whether you like me or not,” he matter of factly told the BBC in 2008. And you know what? He’s right. — Sean Daly
A$AP Ferg Fri. With A$AP Mob, Joey Fatts, Aston Matthews. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
James Tristan Redding Fri. With Troy Petty. 10 p.m. The Hub, 519 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.
Koffin Kats Fri. With New Cathedral, Housebroken, The Upshots, Redliners. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com.
Hussar Fri. With Zulu Wave, Mountain Holler, Kyle Chanson and the Swindlin’ Hearts, Madame Albatross. 8 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 424-1809.
Professor Pennygood’s Mighty Flea Circus Fri. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour Sat. With Keiko Matsui, Oleta Adams, Jonathan Butler. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$150. (727) 791-7400.
Steve Tolliver CD release Sat. With The Trop Rock Junkies. 7 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $10. (727) 644-7895.
Big Ass Show Sat. With Ink And Sweat, Recreant, Testokra, Wet Nurse, Permanent Makeup, Cosm, Night Witch, Aspartame, Madison Turner, Cuba Luna. 5 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $10. (813) 382-3477.
Buku Sat. With Mr. Saturn, Redstar, Dropkick. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $8-$11. (813) 241-8600.
Michael Reese Davis Sun. 4 p.m, 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free (call to reserve seat). (352) 683-2600.
Bonnie Raitt Tues. With Paul Brady. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $50-$150. (727) 791-7400.
DJ Charlie Chase Wed. With DJ Casper, DJ Lesage. 10 p.m. The Social, 1909 N 15th St., Ybor City. $5. (813) 242-2717.
hed(pe) Thurs. With Jimmie’s Chicken Shack. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15 and up. (727) 565-0550.
Hotel Oscar Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Ale and The Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-2533.
Zoogma Thurs. With Ghost Owl. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $15-$18. (813) 241-8600.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*