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This week in Tampa: Mavis Staples, 50 Cent, Circa Survive, the Front Bottoms and more



Kind of a quiet weekend as we head into Thanksgiving -- but it won't feel like that if you're at one of this weekend's big concerts around town.

Here to walk you through it all -- including Mavis Staples (above), Joan Osborne, George Winston, Circa Survive, the Front Bottoms, 50 Cent, Audien Katharine McPhee, Dumpstaphunk, 12th Planet, Alesana, Figure, Falling In Reverse, Atilla, Metro Station, the Sword and more -- are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...

FRIDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $17-$20.

You can’t talk about N’awlins music without talking about N’awlins funk, and you can’t talk about N’awlins funk without talking about Dumpstaphunk. Led by Hammond B3 wizard Ivan (son of Aaron) Neville and his cousin Ian on guitar, Dumpstaphunk is either a funk band for jam fans or a jam band for funk fans, take your pick. That elasticity has made Ivan Neville a frequent sit-in guest at New Orleans’ Jazz Fest, including gigs with the Meters, Robert Randolph and, of course, the Neville Brothers.

George Winston
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave., N, St. Petersburg. $22.50 and up. (727) 893-7832.

Grammy-winning pianist George Winston grew up all over the map — born in Montana, he attended high school in Miami and at Stetson University in DeLand — but in a way, his heart has always been in New Orleans. You might not always know it from his gentle piano compositions, which led him to be dubbed the Father of New Age Music, but he was profoundly influenced by Gulf Coast pianists like Professor Longhair, Dr. John and the late Allen Toussaint. “He was New Orleans, but he was beyond,” Winston said during a phone interview, two days after his friend Toussaint died in Spain. “He was just music itself.” As kind of a historian of the American folk musical canon — he considers his melodic piano suites more folk than new age, and he has recorded two albums inspired by and benefiting the Gulf Coast — Winston’s shows feature not only his own introspective works, but also songs by his idols, including Peanuts pianist Vince Guaraldi. Keeping their songs alive has become a big reason he does what he does.

Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39.50 and up.

Speaking of Toussaint: He arranged the horn charts for the Band’s legendary concert film The Last Waltz, which also featured Mavis Staples and her family band, the Staple Singers, joining the Band on their biggest hit, The Weight. Hopefully, the legendary soul singer will share that one Sunday in Clearwater. Or maybe she’ll grace us with Sly and the Family Stone’s Everyday People, which she sang on the first episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Of course, a legend like Staples can sing whatever she wants. Joining her Sunday at the Cap is Joan Osborne, a singer with far more grit and soul than folks only familiar with her 1995 hit One of Us might realize. She, too, has a great Toussaint cover, Shoorah! Shoorah!, from 2012’s Bring It On Home. Actually, here’s what we’re really hoping for: a chance to hear Staples and Osborne sing something, anything, together.

Katharine McPhee
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $50.50-$75.50. (727) 791-7400.

It’s been almost two years since her last bay area appearance (a sold out show at Capitol Theatre), but on Saturday Katharine McPhee comes back to Clearwater to see if we’ve all still got a McPheever. The 31-year-old winner of American Idol Season 5 is on a new television show these days (CBS’ Scorpion) and has a brand new album (Hysteria, released in September) to play for fans. The LP finds her in good company thanks to co-writers like Sia, One Republic’s Ryan Tedder, and Florence + the Machine’s Isabella Summers, but expect McPhee to pull from her entire four-piece, eight-year-old discography at this show.

With Jabrjaw, B.C., Jon Ditty
FRIDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-4969.
Jacques Bruna has been at the rap thing for a good decade and a half. Better known by the moniker Bleubird, Bruna — who grew up in 1980s South Florida under the influences of skateboarding, fighting and punk rock — has a new album, Lauderdale, being released on vinyl in February. The title is an homage to both Florida and another Bleubird alias (Young Lauderdale) that found Bruna rapping in the aggressive, trap-style fashion that is so popular today. The LP itself (out now on CD and digital) splits the difference between that sound and Bleubird’s normally playful, hyper-intelligent flow. It’ll be interesting to see the marriage of the two at this show where revered Tampa emcee B.C. makes an appearance as well.

Damon Fowler Group (CD Release)
FRIDAY 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15-$30. (727) 822-3590.

He’s one of those guys that plays at a handful of local shows every month, and you can see him anywhere from back yards to bars and even theaters, but it’s hard to get sick of watching Damon Fowler do his thing. Easily one of the best bluesmen in the region (and maybe the country), the 31-year-old recently tapped a member of blues music’s royal family — Tab Benoit — to produce and record a new album, Sounds of Home, which critics say is the hometown boy’s best to date. Show up at the Palladium on Friday to spend the night in one of Pinellas’ most intimate listening rooms — the 175-seat Side Door Cabaret — for what should be a special set filled with jaw-dropping sacred steel plus plenty of fiery licks and solos.

12th Planet
With Grandtheft, Christian Alexander, Winta
FRIDAY 10 p.m. Amphitheatre Event Facility, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 873-8368.

In a 2013 review of the New York City installment of Electric Daisy Carnival, Rolling Stone called John Adzie Los Angeles’ “dubstep god,” and while it’s not always ideal to get pigeonholed into one EDM subgenre (especially one as tired as dubstep), the producer better known as 12th Planet makes do just fine thanks to his ability to work other elements into his aggressive drum and bass output. He’s clearly the thoroughbred in the stable of his own imprint — SMOG Records — and would be accurate in proclaiming himself one of the players who had a hand in the now fever-pitch obsession the U.S. has with dance music (a 2006 hit with Skrillex, Right On Time, went a long way to that end). Toronto producer Grandtheft (a club staple thanks to a Keys N Krates collaboration, Keep It 100) brings a new release, this year’s Quit This City, for his co-headlining set.

The Wizards of Winter
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $34.50 to $49.50. (727) 791-7400.

Part rock band, part Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the Wizards of Winter burst onto the holiday scene Friday with a big-time stage show. Musicians boast diverse backgrounds, from metal to Broadway musicals, and have packaged it all into a Christmas program. Audiences range from children to seniors, and the band tries to reward them with every last costume detail, special effect and those crowd-pleasing holiday tunes, reshaped by their own unique brand. -- Andrew Meacham

50 Cent
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Drynk, 302 S Howard Ave., Tampa. $15 and up at

Ever wanted to sit around and watch 50 Cent drink? The rapper-turned-impresario is swinging by the Drynk in South Tampa on Friday for a quick appearance promoting his preferred vodka brand, Effen. At the moment, he’s not planning to perform, but we’ve all had nights where a round of shots emboldens us to grab the karaoke mic and give Candy Shop a spin. The night kicks off with an Effen open bar from 9 to 10 p.m.; Fiddy is slated to pop in sometime before 3 a.m.

Circa Survive
With RX Bandits
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $21.50. (813) 247-2555.
Anthony Green has been spending a lot of time on the road with his solo show over the last few years, but the 33-year-old screamer is spending his autumn onstage with his bandmates in Circa Survive, who spent most of 2005 enjoying rapidly rising popularity at the hands of their debut LP, Juturna. The album got a nice revamp on a special tenth anniversary edition (think b-sides, demos, etc.), but expect Green & co. to stick to the meat and potatoes of it at this one. RX Bandits open the show, and while seeing Green hook up with Bandits frontman Matt Embree for a reprieve of their prog-emo outfit The Sound of Animals Fighting isn’t guaranteed, our fingers are crossed for it.

Allan Holdsworth
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $25.50-$44.50. (727) 587-6793.

Guitar nerds, unite. To the untrained ear, Allan Holdsworth’s output could come off as pretty cheesy. A whole lot of flashy noodling (Blues For Tony), skin-flick ready solos (Devil Take the Hindmost), and made-for-the-elevator chord arrangements (The Sixteen Men of Tain). The 69-year-old is quite the legend, though, and largely considered to be one of the finest ax men in the world of jazz fusion. He left big marks on prog rock outfits Tempest, Gong and Soft Machine and has released several handfuls of solo LPs that have seen him continue to push the envelope of what the guitar can do. The best part about it all? Holdsworth didn’t even learn to play the guitar until he was 17.

Ari Roar
With Soapbox Soliloquy, Poster
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Mojo Books & Music, 2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $3. (813) 971-9717.

By the time you read this, Ari Roar will be at the tail end of an almost month-long tour that’s taken the Miami-by-way-of-Texas songwriter out of his bedroom and into towns like Athens, Chapel Hill, Baltimore, Manhattan and Savannah. Sunday night’s show is the last of the run and will send waves of dreamy, textured, ethereal pop weaving in and out of the bookshelves at this USF-area haven. If you’re a fan of Elliott Smith but loved the late songwriter when he was at his sunniest, then you owe yourself a listen to Ari Roar’s 2015 EP and a trip to the bookstore on Sunday.

The Front Bottoms
With the Smith Street Band, Elvis Depressedly
MONDAY 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $16.50. (813) 248-9500.
It’s been a good year for the Front Bottoms. The New Jersey punks were picked up by long-revered label Fueled By Ramen, who were probably very attracted to the outfit’s knack for crafting catchy indie-pop that at its best feels like a shouted confessional (Twin Size Mattress). The band’s Ramen debut — this year’s Back On Top — finds principals Brian Sella and Matt Uychich adding synths and horns to the repertoire (along with new bandmates Ciaran O’Donnell and Tom Warren), and while the 11-song offering has some fans longing for the sound of older work like last year’s Rose or 2013’s Talon of the Hawk, the Front Bottoms don’t seem interested in looking back. Get there early to see a not-as-sad-as-his-name-suggests songwriter (Elvis Depressedly) and a lively group of Aussies, Smith Street Band.

Also Playing

Mercy McCoy, Fri. 6 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 644-7895.

Have Mercy, Fri. With Transit SoMoS, Microwave. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$15. (813) 248-9500.

The Sword, Fri. With Royal Thunder. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17-$20. (727) 895-3045.

DEA & Saint, Fri. With Mountain Holler, Austin Miller, Infinite Third, Jun, Rogerthomas. 8 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 424-1809.

Fictional Friends, Fri. With Laundromat, Swept, Victor Alvarez. 8 p.m. Tre Amici at the Bunker, 1907 N 19th St., Ybor City. $3. (813) 247-6964.

Shadcore (EP Release), Sat. With D Wyte. 2 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $8-$10 (727) 822-3590.

Alesana, Sat. With iwrestledabearonce, Entheos, Artifex Pereo, Runaway Cabaret, Outside Atlas, Camrose. 6 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $15. (813) 382-3477.

Joe McMahon, Sat. With Jonathan Coody, Broken Things. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.

Mobile Deathcamp, Sat. With Carnivora, Must…Not…Kill, Toten Krieg, SINGOD. 9 p.m. The Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 972-8152.

Cash Cash, Sat. With Tritonal, Yogi, Basomatik, Nasty Nat3. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre Event Facility, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 873-8368.

Audien, Sat. 10 p.m. Drynk, 302 S Howard Ave, Tampa. Free. (813) 347-9141.

Falling In Reverse, Sun. With Atilla, Metro Station, Assuming We Survive. 6 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $28.75. (727) 565-0550.

J-Storm, Sun. With DJ Casper, DJ Lesage. 10 p.m. Ol’ Dirty Sundays at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.

Hate Eternal, Tues. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13-$15. (727) 895-3045.

Figure, Wed. With Midnight Tyrannosaurus, Christian Alexander, Shanta, Nasty Nat3. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre Event Facility, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 873-8368.

-- Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 6:54pm]


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