This week in Tampa: Keith Urban, Sigur Ros, Sarah Brightman, Afrojack, Cheap Trick and more
For local music fans, the biggest shows of the weekend are both on Saturday. There's the Don't Stop St. Pete festival, with more than 60 bands at multiple venues in downtown St. Petersburg; and th Plan-B Block Party, with more than 50 bands at venues across Ybor City. For our preview of both of those festivals, click here.
Beyond that, there's plenty of big music in store this week: Keith Urban, Sarah Brightman, Sigur Ros, Cheap Trick, the Isley Brothers, Danzig with Doyle, Rusko, Afrojack, King Yellowman, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Fedde Le Grand, Little Big Town, Markus Schulz, KEM, Roni Size, Gary Wright, Dying Fetus, Ill Nino and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...
SUNDAY 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $35-$250. (813) 301-2500, tampabaytimesforum.com.
The superstar soprano was scheduled to play the Forum in March, but postponed her tour until fall — possibly so she could better prepare for a planned 2015 flight abord a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station, where she hopes to become the first professional musician to sing in space. She’d be a good candidate; her new album Dreamchaser has an intergalactic theme, with Brightman wielding her formidable voice like a light saber on sparse, dreamy soundscapes like Breathe Me (a cover of the hit ballad by Sia) and B612. Perhaps the album’s strangest, yet most inviting, highlight is her cover of Sigur Ros’s Glosoli, a song that has no lyrical translation, so she hired Squeeze’s Chris Difford to write new, English lyrics. Hey, when you’ve sold 30 million albums and originated the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, you can do pretty much anything you want. — Jay Cridlin
With Julianna Barwick
MONDAY 8 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $29.50-$49.50. (813) 974-3004, sundomearena.com.
While not as accessible as singer Jonsi’s 2010 solo album Go — much of which Cameron Crowe appropriated for his film We Bought a Zoo — new LP Kveikur may be Sigur Ros’s stormiest album to date, a thundering cloud of bowed guitars, clattering percussion, chilling chimes and Jonsi’s spine-tingling falsetto. It’s a formula that’s helped spur the Icelandic post-rock trio to festival-headlining heights over the past 20 years. The group, whose songs are sung largely in a made-up language they call Vonlenska, or “Hopelandic,” conveys volcanoes of emotion through sheer atmospherics on near-unpronounceable songs like Sæglópur and Hoppípolla. You may not be able to sing along at this show, but you may just leave in tears of joy. — Jay Cridlin
With Little Big Town, Justin Lynch
FRIDAY 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.25-$73.10. (813) 740-2446.
The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre’s whirly, twirly, country music carousel of fun is set to take another spin on Friday, and this time there’s an Aussie at the helm. With eight LPs plus dozens of hit singles under his belt, Keith Urban (who was born in New Zealand) can safely say he’s been around the block, but a new gig as an American Idol judge seems to have breathed a little more life into an already accomplished career. His new album, Fuse, finds him taking his brand of country deeper into pop territory and even teaming up with fellow twang tastemakers Miranda Lambert and Eric Church, who have both already hit the shed formerly known as “Ask Gary” during 2013’s busy concert season.
With Stormbringer, Little Z
FRIDAY 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Rd., Clearwater. $39.50-$275. (727) 791-7400.
It’s only been four months since we saw Cheap Trick during the Funshine Music Festival at the Florida State Fairgrounds, but frontman Robin Zander (who has a home in the bay area) and company obviously still want us to want them. The ’70s supergroup has provided quite the incentive, too. A recent festival gig found them performing The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as well as their own At Budokan in their entirety (no telling what this Ruth Eckerd gig will bring), and other classics like Surrender, The Flame and Voices will surely be on tap.
Tim Reynolds & TR3
With Shaun Hopper
FRIDAY 8 p.m., Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
You’ve got to feel for Tim Reynolds. The 55-year-old is a virtuoso by his own right, but the German-born guitarist won’t ever be ever to get out of the shadow of his very famous friend Dave Matthews. Reynolds is a member of Matthews’ eponymous band (look 'em up), plus he and Matthews teamed up on a college-rock classic double CD (remember those?), 1999’s Live At Luther College. He arrives sans Matthews at Skipper’s, where he and an excellent band, TR3, will utilize the Skipperdome’s beautiful oaks to set the scene for an evening of expertly picked acoustic arrangements (Che, Good Intentions), funked-out jam rock (Do You Wanna, I Must Be Going Insane) and even a bit of southern slack key (South Fork Mud).
Fubar Four-Year Anniversary
With Lonly Monster, Mosquito Teeth, Hussar, Stegosaurus, Alarayne
FRIDAY 9 p.m., Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.
Outside of its bevy of stellar brews, Fubar is a pretty unassuming bar. The dive has been a steady anchor of an almost fully blossomed 600 Block, and on Friday it welcomes some of The ’Burg’s most beloved acts to help celebrate Fubar’s four-years of unabashed, oft-underappreciated work providing a place to come as you are, let loose and make a few friends. Alarayne, Stegosauraus, Hussar, and NSFW punk outfit Mosquito Teeth brighten up the bill, but the highlight will be a set from Dave Wolfkowski’s Lonly Monster project, where the fervent delivery of drunken, folk-punk (song titles include Who The F--- Gives A F---, Rock Bottom In Vegas and Street Lights and City Bars) takes precedent over anything else. The Don’t Stop St. Pete festival takes over Central the very next day, so be ready for quite the hangover if you get too hammered at this one.
The Isley Brothers
With KEM, Nephew Tommy
SATURDAY 8 p.m., USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $30-$80. (813) 974-3002.
Even with all of The Isley Brothers’ tried and true hits like It’s Your Thing and Twist and Shout, one of the more impressive things about founding member Ronald Isley is the way he’s kept his band’s name relevant in this age of Internet sensations and more ephemeral, temporary stars. The 72-year-old’s shining moment in contemporary R&B came with his recurring role as villainous Mr. Biggs, where he starred opposite R. Kelly in a series of music videos (you must grab some popcorn and watch the drama unfold), and he continues his crossover tradition by welcoming another soul singer, KEM, to open the show alongside comic Nephew Tommy.
With Tonn Piper, Roni Size, Dynamite MC
TUESDAY 10 p.m., The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25 and up. (813) 247-2555.
One could argue that Christopher Mercer, a.k.a. Rusko, was one of the first pilgrims to bring the wubs and womps of dubstep to the mass attention of stateside electronic music fans looking for a new sound. The 28-year-old Englishman was reportedly tapped to bring that touch to the music of none other than Britney Spears back in 2010, and while that collaboration never saw the light of day, not a soul can argue with the influence the genre has had on the recent Top 40 sonic revamp. For this early-week late show, Rusko brings his slightly more refined (but familiarly heavy) bass attack to the Ritz, where he’ll be joined by a trio of drum and bass notables — Tonn Piper, Roni Size and MC Dynamite — for a legitimate U.K. takeover.
With Doyle, Butcher Babies, Texas Hippie Coalition, A Pale Horse Named Death
WEDNESDAY 5 p.m., Cuban Club, 2010 Avenida Republica De Cuba, Ybor City. $26.50 and up. (813) 248-2954.
When Soundcheck made the pilgrimage to Bonnaroo in 2012, we left with warm memories of Glenn Danzig playing a super-sized set that included material from three of the 58-year-old’s most famous bands: Samhain, Danzig and, yes, the Misfits. All signs point to that happening again, except you won’t have to buy a plane ticket to experience it, as ol’ Glenn is taking the show (and Misfits guitarist Doyle) straight into the heart of Cigar City with a performance at the Cuban Club. Songs like Scream, Die, Die, Die My Darling and Where Eagles Dare are sure to leave a long and meaningful Last Caress on the hearts of fans looking for some old-school punk-rock nostalgia.
With LeRoy Styles
THURSDAY 9 p.m., Hogan’s Beach, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $27.50-$40. (813) 281-8900.
Even with somewhat cooler weather showing up as of late, there are still more than a few excuses to head out to the beach. Hulk Hogan’s little swath of sand on State Road 60 is doing its best to get EDM fans out of clubs (Fedde Le Grand is playing Ybor City’s Amphitheatre on the same night) with the booking of another Dutch soundsmith, Nick van de Wall, a.k.a. Afrojack. Steve Aoki has called him “the Picasso of producers,” and Afrojack can credit his rapid rise in popularity to an energetic strain of an already lively brand of pop, which takes the sensibilities of house music and colors them with samples of popular artists like Empire Of The Sun and even Bruno Mars.
Gary Wright Fri. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $34.50-$49.50. (727) 587-6793.
Patrizio Buanne Fri. 8 p.m. David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$45. (813) 229-7827.
King Yellowman Fri. With The Sagittarius Band. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15 and up. (727) 895-3045.
Therapeutic Chokehold Fri. With No Loves, Pig Pen, Slade & The Wasters. 9 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.
The Duppies Fri. With DJ Missin Dread. 9 p.m. Orbit 19 Lounge, 1542 U.S. 19 N, Holiday. Free. (727) 937-8330.
Grigorios Zamparas Fri. 7:30 p.m. St. Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $10 (free for SPC students and staff with ID). (727) 341-7984.
The Fritz Fri. With Fusik. 8 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
The Hip Abduction Fri. With Tribal Style. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Markus Schulz Sat. With Docco, Basomatik, Mondo. 9:30 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$20. (813) 873-8368.
Vicious Rumors Sun. With Power Theory, Seven Witches. 8 p.m. The Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Rd., Tampa. $TBD. (813) 972-8152.
Ill Nino Sun. With Seven Sins, At Shovels End. $15. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
Crystal Fighters Mon. With Hunter:Gatherer. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.
Dying Fetus Mon. With Exhumed, Waking The Cadaver, Abiotic, The Hackish. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$19. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Thurs. With Restavrant. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22.50 and up. (727) 895-3045.
Fedde Le Grand Thurs. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$20. (813) 873-8368.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*