This week in Tampa: Ke$ha, Pitbull, Juanes, Felice Brothers and more
There's bound to be plenty of snickering at tonight's Americanarama Festival (featuring Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Bob Weir) over the fact that tomorrow's headliners are Pitbull and Ke$ha. But you won't hear us laughing. Pitbull is a dynamic, energetic performer, and Ke$ha has released some of the catchiest pop songs of the past half-decade.
Pitbull and Ke$ha's joint tour tops this week's concert listings, but there's also Juanes, Tate Stevens, the Felice Brothers, Uh Huh Her, Valient Thorr, Ace Hood, the Guess Who, the Village People, the annual Hot Dog Show and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...
Pitbull and Ke$ha
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 740-2446.
Besides sharing a record label (RCA) and basically owning a large portion of the Top 40 kingdom, there are very few things that Pitbull and Ke$ha really have in common. Still, the Miami-born rapper and Los Angeles-based queen-of-all-things-weird have found a way to tour together — and this is their only Florida stop. Expect some odd covers (Ke$ha reportedly took on Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright at a recent Hollywood Bowl show, and Pitbull’s band is known to delve into anything from Beastie Boys to Ozzy Osbourne), but also plenty of hits like Tik Tok and I Know You Want Me at this one.
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 987-2855.
It gets steamy inside of the Dallas Bull, and a tour stop from X Factor Season 2 winner Tate Stevens — who is fresh off appearances at the CMA Music Festival and the Grand Ole Opry — will not be an exception to that rule. The 38-year-old is a seasoned entertainer (he spent almost two decades playing in various country music outfits before hitting the reality TV jackpot) who has adjusted well to the big spotlight, as evidenced by hits like Holler If You Hear Me, Power Of A Love Song and Ride, which run the gamut from barn-burnin’ Nashville Gold to sugary-sweet, sing-along balladry.
Uh Huh Her
With Daphene Willis
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$35. (727) 895-3045.
St. Petersburg’s Pride weekend is a pretty big deal, and this a pretty big concert that serves as a cherry on top. The bill includes 26-year-old up-and-coming pop singer-songwriter Daphene Willis, but the whole thing is anchored by Uh Huh Her, whose lineup includes Leisha Hailey and girlfriend Camila Grey. Hailey, if you’re still unaware, portrayed perhaps the coolest bisexual journalist in the history of TV on The L Word and was once voted “sexiest woman alive” by feminist entertainment website AfterEllen.com. Oh, her band does immaculate, moody and blissed-out electro-pop pretty well, too (listen to Time Stands Still, Not A Love Song and Explode for proof).
The Felice Brothers
SATURDAY Following Rays vs. Detroit Tigers (first pitch at 7:15 p.m.). Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. (888) 326-7297.
This season’s Tampa Bay Rays Summer Concert Series includes a lot for country, pop and Kidz Bop fans to be happy about, but the Rays just upped their indie cred with the surprise booking of roots rockers Felice Brothers. The boys most recently treated sun-kissed fans to a rollicking set at the 2013 Gasparilla Music Festival, but their brand of boisterous alt-folk should still translate well when it moves into the friendly confines of Tropicana Field, where the bros (spoiler: only two members bear the Felice surname) will work through drinking songs (Whiskey In My Whiskey), doom-laden folklore (Fire At The Pageant), and accordion-driven tearjerkers (Wonderful Life).
SUNDAY 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $49.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
¡Dios mío! Juanes is coming to the Straz Center. The 40-year-old Colombian is a bona fide megastar in the Latin music world (15 million-plus albums sold worldwide, and once being named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world, are just a couple of his accomplishments), and while he’s capable of a show that could pack estadios on his home turf, he’s bringing a Latin Grammy-award winning album (last year’s Juanes MTV Unplugged) to the intimate Carol Morsani Hall for one of just two Florida stops. The boy is beautiful, too, but don’t overlook the musicianship of his band, one of the most technically sound touring outfits in the world, on this very special evening.
With Natural Vibrations, Three Legged Fox, Resinated
SUNDAY 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 895-3045.
It’s absurdly hot outside these days, and most of you are probably spending your afternoons on one of the hundreds of beautiful beaches within arm’s reach. Mike Pinto has your soundtrack covered. Songs from his fifth studio LP, Truthful Lies, are all buoyed by laid-back bass lines, and his fusion of reggae, folk, ska and pop should please fans of Jack Johnson, Sublime and Bob Marley alike. Pinto and his band are joined by the equally irie Hawaii outfit Natural Vibrations and Three Legged Fox, who somehow bucked the urban influence of Philadelphia to create their own unique take on rock-reggae.
With Gypsyhawk, Ramming Speed, Riptorn, Abortion Twins
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 248-9500.
They apparently can’t spell to save their own lives, but we’re guessing no one in Valient Thorr ever aimed to be a grammar Nazi. We’d say the whole of the lineup probably put things like “drunk,” “bearded” and “guitar god” under the “Dreams & Aspirations” section of their fourth-grade yearbooks. The North Carolina outfit is one of the country’s premier metal groups, and they are guaranteed to turn the breakneck riffs, deafening double bass breakdowns and surprisingly literate lyrics (a close listen reveals that they’re pretty good at raging against the machine) way up for this pre-Fourth Of July celebration.
Hot Dog Party 7: Rise Of The Weiner
With Wolf-Face, Early Forms, Dylar, Funny Bunny, Liquid Jesus DJs
WEDNESDAY 6 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Cost TBD. (813) 241-8600.
Processed meats, beer, rock 'n’ roll. All are quintessentially 'Merican, and all will be in full effect at this annual celebration of the frankfurter, which marks lucky year No. 7 with a musical lineup featuring everyone’s favorite furry punk rockers (Wolf-Face), a sludge-pop four-piece (Early Forms), new wave-shoegazers (Dylar), and a retro-pop outfit (Funny Bunny, who feature tbt* correspondent Aaron Lepley on bass). Also on tap is the annual hot dog eating competition (complete with “all beef” and “vegan” brackets) that will put former champs up against each other along with brave rookies up to the challenge. (Full disclosure: This writer is the 2011 champ.)
Math The Band Fri. With The Other Ryan Willis, Ugly Spud. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
No Rave 2 Fri. With Twins, Vom Dog, SPQR, CC Slimer. 10 p.m. The Social, 1909 N 15th St., Ybor City. $5. (813) 242-2717.
Blast Fridays Fri. With The Robin Zander Band. 5:30 p.m. Cleveland Street, Downtown Clearwater. Free ($30 for VIP). (727) 791-7400.
Paul Tillman Fri. 6:30 p.m. The Farm, 7829 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Lithia. Free. (813) 967-3046.
Steve Arvey Fri. With Cigar City Blues Band, The Delta Swamp Rats. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Shawn Brown Fri. 7:30 p.m. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $14-$20. (813) 269-1310.
Shoeless Soul CD release Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Pierce Pettis Fri. 8 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $15. (727) 644-7895.
WMNF Americana Fest Sat. With The Deadfields, Applebutter Express, Have Gun, Will Travel, Wholetones, Bloody Jug Band, Sara Rose Band, more. 4 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Y Los Dos Pistoles Sat. With Radarmen, Ragukas. 10 p.m. The Hub, 519 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.
Mark Castle Sat. With Graph Rabbit, Jeremy Gloff, Blue Williams. 8 p.m. The Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg $5. (901) 619-1519.
Unpainted Souls Sun. With Trigger City Trio. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $5. (813) 971-0666.
Phone Calls From Home Sun. With Airsickness, Stix Of Fire, Zakk Morgan. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-9500.
Ace Hood Thu. With T.K. Phresh. 7 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25 and up. (813) 873-8368.
Rock The Park Thu. With The Sh-Booms, Booker & Norton, Vinny Virgo. 4 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. (813)274-8677.
The Guess Who Thu. With The Village People. 5 p.m. Sutton Park, 1050 Sixth St. W, Palmetto. Free. (941) 723-4570.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*