This week in Tampa: OneRepublic, Icona Pop, Wolfgang Gartner, Victoria Justice and more
It's another big weekend of music at Tropicana Field, with OneRepublic (above) and Victoria Justice taking the stage for postgame concerts for the Rays. But it also marks the return of the reopened and renovated Ritz Ybor, starting with Icona Pop on Sunday. Other acts in town this week: Mobb Deep, Wolfgang Gartner, Fuel, Alien Ant Farm, Hoobastank, Joe Popp, K.Flay, Sirah, Hank & Cupcakes, the Pussycat Dolls' Kaya Jones and more. Here to walk you through it all is Suburban Apologist's Ray Roa...
With K.Flay, Sirah.
SUNDAY 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $19.50. (813) 247-2555.
Following in the footsteps of Swedish pop acts like ABBA, Ace of Base, Robyn and Avicii, Icona Pop have been riding high on the hedonistic vibes of their hit single I Love It (“I crashed my car into the bridge! I watched, I let it burn!”). Since its release in early 2012, the song has spread like wildfire in clubs around the world, and has been covered by artists ranging from Robin Thicke to Florence Welch to Titus Andronicus to Cookie Monster (seriously). The duo will make a push to avoid one-hit-wonderdom with their album This Is ... Icona Pop, due in September. Don't sleep on the openers -- Rapper/DJ K.Flay is everything you wish Kreayshawn would be, and Sirah is best known for her collaborations with Skrillex, including the gigantic hit Bangarang. — Jay Cridlin
SATURDAY Following Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays (first pitch at 7:10 p.m.), Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. Toll free 1-888-326-7297.
OneRepublic’s rise to fame was definitely pushed along by super-producer Timbaland, who turned the lucid original version of Apologize into a beefed-up Top 40 gem. The assist is excusable (Timabland is pretty much Justin Timberlake’s secret weapon, too), but the band did take those lessons with them as they moved forward, guardian-less, into the pop radio wilderness. Subsequent singles like 2012’s Feel Again are bombastic, über-catchy affairs with choruses that epitomize the meaning of a “hook,” and the Colorado outfit’s 2013 offering, If I Lose Myself, even caught the attention of Swedish EDM wonderboy Alesso, who turned the already bouncy cut into a certified fist-pumper. They come to Tropicana Field to help add bounce to a Rays team in the midst of a tiring, drawn-out pennant race.
FRIDAY 8 p.m., Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 565-0550.
It seems like we’re writing about a ’90s-era rap reunion every other week, and this booking is just another page in that wonderfully nostalgic storyline. Queens MCs Havoc and Prodigy, collectively known as Mobb Deep, lay claim to being two of the genre’s most influential individuals, and they’re on the second leg of a reunion tour that came together after Prodigy’s short stint in jail and an interpersonal Twitter spat that temporarily made their BFF status null and void. They’ve put out over a dozen releases over their storied career, but expect this show to lean heavily on a classic debut LP, Juvenille Hell, which hit the streets exactly 20 years ago.
With Winta, Nerd Rage, Mr. Saturn
FRIDAY 9 p.m., Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$20. (813) 873-8368.
Wolfgang Gartner’s introduction to dance music involved being 13 years old and getting rides from his mom so he could stand at the back of a room and soak up the music that would eventually become his way of life. So it’s fitting that he’s headlining this installment of Amphitheatre’s “# Friday” where young, fresh faces (it’s an 18-and-up party) dominate the sea of strobe-light-illuminated revelers. The 31-year-old Californian (real name Joey Youngman) has released music under several different monikers (Bosco & Terrell, Mario Fabriani and Spyro Pappadopoulos, to name a few) to satisfy his need to create different strains of EDM, but this set will feature the Gartner brand of populist house music that’s made him a required booking at festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo.
Hank & Cupcakes
SATURDAY 10 p.m., Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$25. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com.
The Orpheum’s Retro Red Square Recall party has been a staple of Ybor City nightlife for over a decade now, and while the weekly could surely float just fine on its own, Orpheum isn’t afraid to add a little extra buoyancy by throwing quirky dance acts into the mix. On Saturday they welcome husband-and-wife duo Hank & Cupcakes, who come to town from Brooklyn (by way of Tel Aviv and Havana, mind you) with a new EP of kinetic indie-pop in tow. The effort’s title track, Ain’t No Love, is a propulsive blend of disco synth and ’70s funk that should take flight when the pair (known for jumping offstage and dancing amongst the audience) present it live and in the flesh.
SUNDAY Following Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays (first pitch at 7:10 p.m.), Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. Toll free 1-888-326-7297.
“Do I really need to spell it out,” sings Victoria Justice on her hit single Gold, “my heart skips when you’re around.” That’s about as innocent as a lyric can get, and it’s a great representation of the output from the Nickelodeon star turned pop starlet. The Hollywood, Fla.-born Justice is only 20 years old, but the message of songs like Shake and the hilarious Faster Than Boyz (sample lyric: “I like Hall & Oates, you like Spaghetti-O’s”) are the kind of perfectly positive things confused tweens need to hear as they make their way through life in the 21st century. Wholesome and cute vibrations should be abundant for this show, as a pack of cute dogs and their owners are also set to take over the tbt* party deck as part of the Rays’ Bark In The Park promotion.
98 Rock Presents: Big Night Out
With Fuel, Hoobastank, Alien Ant Farm, Local H
SUNDAY 11 a.m., Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive N.E., St. Petersburg. $0.98-$29.50. (727) 893-7441.
Historic St. Pete, a group dedicated to saving the historic YMCA on the corner of First Avenue S and Fifth Street S in the ’Burg, is getting a little help with the bills when 98 Rock brings a handful of soon-to-be-classic-rock acts to that sunny patch of grass we call Vinoy Park. “Big Night Out” is a fundraiser where attendees pay 98 cents (VIP reserved seating is available for just under $30) to see Fuel get their Shimmer on while Hoobastank look for The Reason and Alien Ant Farm give 'em some Attitude and throw down their epic Michael Jackson cover, Smooth Criminal. Local H (Bound for the Floor) is a late replacement for Lit, but still, you’d have to be the crustiest of curmudgeons to have a bad time at this ridiculously low-priced concert for a cause.
New World Brewery Acoustic BBQ
With Joe Popp
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m., New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 248-4969.
Joe Popp now calls Harlem, N.Y. home, but Tampa should forgive their native son for jumping ship as he’s done pretty well for himself since skipping town. He’ll be fresh off a trip composing music using the Eiffel Tower as instrument (you have to Google it to believe it) when he arrives back in the 813 for a solo acoustic show, and while he will be alone for the gig, don’t expect him to forsake the past. As the leader of bands like Dogs On Ice, the Hornrims and Plasma In The Ukraine, Popp’s musical endeavors have landed him spots opening for Green Day, Social Distortion and even Joan Jett. He’s known for attacking the acoustic guitar when he plays, so don’t come looking for coffeeshop fare if you make your way out to this one.
Kaya Jones (of the Pussycat Dolls) Fri. With DJ Kcao. 9 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. Free. (813) 627-7757.
Sumilan Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Human Factors Lab Fri. With Ten Cent Toys, Inviolate, DJ Operatic. 7 p.m. Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 972-8152.
Shaun Hopper Sat. With Joe Smothers. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Aaron Parker Sat. With Matt Burke. 8 p.m. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $12-$18. (813) 269-1310.
Trae Pierce & T-Stone Sat. With Ashley Locheed Quartet. 9:30 p.m. The Fox, 5401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $10. (813) 639-0400.
From This Fire Sat. With Virginia Rose Band, Situation Mine, Hail Dale, The Hanging Chads. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Look Mexico Sat With Jonah Vin, Alexander & The Grapes, Macrame Owls. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6-$9. (813) 248-4969.
Snakehealers Sat. With Lauris Vidal, Booker & Norton. 10 p.m. The Hub, 519 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.
The Mud Flappers Sun. With 6 Volt Rodeo. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Rd., Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Shark Destroyer Band Sun. With Nervous Turkey. 10 p.m. The Hub, 519 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.
A Great Big Pile Of Leaves Mon. With Sainthood Reps, Forever Falling, and more. 7 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $10 (813) 382-3477.
Darling Parade Tue. With What Happened In Vegas, Lakeview Drive, Varience, The Pals, Enter Intruder. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
The Tontons Tue. With Sonic Graffiti, Caleb Hyers Band. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.
Ascend The Hill Thu. With Least Of These, The Walking Tree. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com.
Kill Paris Thu. With Alexandre, Subpirate, Seanfee, Kean, Firesheets, DTM. 9 p.m., Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$20. (813) 246-4663.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*