This week in Tampa: Lil Wayne, Dave Matthews Band, Carly Rae Jepsen, the Beach Boys and more
It's Weezy Week here on Soundcheck, and of course we're looking forward to Lil Wayne's concert on Saturday at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. But it's far from the only big show this week -- there's also Dave Matthews Band, Carly Rae Jepsen, the Beach Boys, KC and the Sunshine Band, LMFAO's Sky Blu, Authority Zero, Tone Loc, Rob Base, Lemuria, Anberlin, Matt Pond, Micah Schnabel, the Appleseed Cast and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...
With T.I., Tyga, G-Eazy, Hit-Boy, more
SATURDAY 7 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25-$89.75. (813) 740-2446.
Lil Wayne’s big-venue tours are typically star-studded affairs, and this one is no exception, with ATL hitmaker T.I. (What You Know), up-and-comer Tyga (Rack City) and producer-turned-rapper Hit-Boy, who won a Grammy for producing Jay-Z and Kanye West’s N----s in Paris. But as always, the star of the show is Weezy himself. Though he’s had an up-and-down 2013 — he was reportedly near death following a series of seizures this spring — he can still command an audience on hits like A Milli, Lollipop and 6 Foot 7 Foot. And who knows? Maybe he’ll pop into the Skatepark of Tampa after the show for a little late-night skate. He’s been there about a half-dozen times in the last few years. — Jay Cridlin
Dave Matthews Band
With Blind Pilot
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $52.85-$89.70. (813) 740-2446.
The summer concert season is in full swing, and the recently renamed MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre (we’re still hanging on to “The Gary,” guys and girls) definitely has its feet under itself. The shed recently played host to Bob Dylan’s Americanarama, Pitbull and Ke$ha, and next week welcomes one of this generation’s most successful touring acts, Dave Matthews Band, back to the Florida State Fairgrounds. It has been about half a decade since DMB lost beloved saxophonist LeRoi Moore in an ATV accident, but the band has been able to honor his legacy (2009’s Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King was a fitting sonic tribute) and even come back with one of their best albums, last year’s Away From The World.
The Beach Boys
THURSDAY 8:30 p.m. Hard Rock Café, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $69 and up. (813) 627-7757.
Last May, all of the surviving Beach Boys reunited and converged on the Straz Center in Tampa for a Brian Wilson-led show sprinkled with moments that our own Sean Daly described as “nothing less than magic.” The Boys will indeed be back in town for this gig, but the cast of characters won’t look exactly the same, since Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks will be notably absent. Fans will be graced with the presence of Bruce Johnston and Mike Love, however, and (depending on who you ask), this is still a legitimate Beach Boys show. Wilson may have been the pained mad scientist behind gems like Pet Sounds, Sloop John B and Don’t Worry Baby, but Love’s name is also permanently etched into more than a few great hits — and he’s probably going to prove why at this show.
With Ballyhoo!, Versus The World
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m, Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 565-0550.
Frontman Jason DeVore is the only Authority Zero member left from the Arizona band’s genesis. And while the rest of the lineup that will show up at Jannus on Friday has fewer than five years of collective experience in the nearly 20-year-old outfit, fans will still come out in droves. Blame it on Authority Zero’s commitment to making tour stops in Florida (an oft-ignored region of the U.S.), a ridiculously low ticket price (can you even buy CDs for less than $10 these days?), and a brand new LP, Tipping Point, that finds DeVore and company updating the band’s synthesis of punk and ska in a rather refreshing way.
Eighth annual Pitch For Pink Postgame Concert
With Tone Loc, Rob Base
FRIDAY Following Clearwater Threshers vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs (first pitch at 6:30 p.m.), Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Free with game ticket. (727) 467-4457.
The Clearwater Threshers have booked a lineup that the Rays should be jealous of. The shindig will benefit breast cancer research, but the eighth annual Pitch For Pink fundraiser’s main draw is a bill that finds one-hit wonder Rob Base (sorry, but you probably can’t name another song besides It Takes Two) joining another late ’80s hip-hop icon, Tone Loc, who will help all in attendance go way back with scratchy-throated performances of his hits Funky Cold Medina and Wild Thing. It might be the minors, but this is a big-league nostalgia trip for sure.
With Feral Babies, Diealps!
SATURDAY 7 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $8-$11. (813) 241-8600.
Lemuria are a Buffalo, N.Y. band named after a mythical lost continent in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, but they’ve got a deep connection to the Sunshine State, too. They’re regulars at Gainesville’s storied punk-rock bacchanal Fest, and the cover art for their latest LP, The Distance Is So Big, features a photograph taken by Tampa’s Nicole Kibert. That affinity for our state won’t be the reason Crowbar is full of warm bodies, though, as Lemuria’s take on pop-punk has only gotten better since a knockout debut LP, 2009’s Get Better. Maybe it’s frontlady Sheena Ozzella’s heart-aching vocals on Gravity and Dog or the bounce delivered by the rest of the band on a track like Chihuly, but there’s something inherently irresistible about this sound.
With Booker & Norton
SATURDAY 8:30 p.m. Yeoman’s Road Pub, 236 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. $5. (813) 251-2748.
His bass player (Shane Sweeney) recently passed through The Hub to deliver a solo performance of downtrodden, booze-soaked country, and Two Cow Garage frontman Michah Schnabel is set to bring a similarly sorrowful set of tunes to another one of Tampa’s storied watering holes, Yeoman’s Road Pub on Davis Islands. Expect a few more upbeat tunes (the über-literate My Great Gatsby, or maybe the sing-along worthy Skinny Legged Girl), and more than a few tearjerkers (Sadie Mae and The Wall Against Our Backs come to mind), but keep your fingers crossed for previews of Two Cow Garage’s new LP, The Death Of The Self-Preservation Society, which is due in September.
KC and the Sunshine Band
SATURDAY Following Rays vs. Houston Astros (first pitch at 4:10 p.m.), Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. 1-888-326-7297.
The Tampa Bay Rays have been delivering some handy losses to the Astros as of late (this year’s Houston squad stands to be one of the worst teams Major League Baseball has ever seen), but the recent trouncings won’t be the only reason fans have their Boogie Shoes on at The Trop. Miami disco-funk export KC and the Sunshine Band are taking it the outfield for a party where they’ll Turn the Music Up and Give It Up while imploring Somebody, Somewhere to Get Down Tonight. Expect a whole lot of booty shake-shake-shaking, and hope for a Rays win, because that’s the way (uh huh, uh huh) we like it, right?
Carly Rae Jepsen
SUNDAY Following Rays vs. Houston Astros (first pitch at 1:40 p.m.), Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. 1-888-326-7297.
Is it possible for a postgame concert to trump the actual baseball game itself? That idea will be explored when Canada’s favorite daughter, 27-year-old Carly Rae Jepsen, brings the inescapable Call Me Maybe (the Tampa Police Department even covered the tune in a YouTube clip gone viral) into the heart of The ’Burg for a Sunday matinee. Even without all the hype surrounding the 2011 hit, Jepsen still boasts quite the pop resume. She’s the Grammy-nominated double-X chromosome on Owl City’s upbeat single Good Time, a multiple Juno award winner, and The True North’s more danceable (This Kiss) and arguably stronger (Tonight, I’m Getting Over You) answer to Taylor Swift.
The Lacs Fri. With Moonshine Bandits. 9 p.m. The Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 855-1464.
Matt Pond Fri. With Matrimony, The Pauses. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-4969.
Teach Me Equals Fri. With Oliver & Company, Radarmen, Hussar, Archaic Interest. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $6. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Pete Gallagher Fri. 8 p.m. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. $10-$14. (727) 942-5605.
Hope In Autumn Fri. With Local Honey, Photo Bomb, ONO. 9 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.
Anberlin (acoustic set) Sat. With Aaron Marsh. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19-$21. (727) 895-3045.
La Lucha Sat. 8 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $13-$15. (727) 822-3590.
Camille Dupree & Broken Fetters CD release Sat. With Brian Sutherland Trio, Caleb Hyers Band. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5-$8. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com.
The Soap Sun. With Tarred & Feathered, Hay Fever, Ink & Sweat, Kid Aids, Blast & The Detergents, Ava Maria. 7 p.m. The Fuzz Factory, 2732 Sixth Ave. S, Saint Petersburg. $5. (727) 519-5327.
Sky Blu Sun. With Big Bad University, Jaimie Feirrera, DJ Nova, DJ Ray more. 5 p.m. Shepard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $10. (727) 441-6875.
Golden Gates Sun. With Iveria. 7 p.m. St. Petersburg Nights, 6800 Sunset Way, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 363-3832.
BJ Barham Mon. 7 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 248-4969.
The Appleseed Cast Tue. With The Life And Times, Muscle Worship. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.
The People’s Blues Of Richmond Tue. 7 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7. (813) 971-0666.
Escapist farewell show Thu. With Permanent Makeup, They Eat Their Own God, Beyond Pink, Landbridge. 7 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $5. (813) 382-3477.