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This week in Tampa: Selena Gomez, Wiz Khalifa, John Fogerty, Alice Cooper, French Montana and more



Two of the the biggest concerts of the year take place tonight and tomorrow in Tampa Bay -- Luke Bryan with Florida Georgia Line at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. But there's a lot more coming this Halloween week, including Selena Gomez, Wiz Khalifa, Alice Cooper, French Montana, John Fogerty, Barenaked Ladies, Morgan Page, Saliva and many more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...

Wiz Khalifa
With DJ Enferno
FRIDAY 8 p.m., The Meadows at the University Of South Florida 4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa. Free. (813) 974-1011.
Take a look at the stands at any home USF football game, and you won't find a lot of happy faces.  That hasn't stopped the university and student government from trying to brighten up the Bulls faithful during homecoming week.  This booking finds Mr. Black and Yellow playing a free show to the green and gold faithful, but you don't necessarily have to be a student to party with Wiz Khalifa.  The outdoor concerts at The Meadows tend to be open to the public, so walking up to see Wiz work through cuts like On My Level and Medicated should be pretty easy.

34th Annual Freakers Ball: Grave Matters
With Uncle John's Band
FRIDAY 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Rd., Tampa. $10. (813) 971-0666.
Seeing Uncle John's Band cover the Grateful Dead at Skipper's Smokehouse is a rite of passage for any Bay area live music fan regardless of genre preference, and on the last Friday before Halloween, Mullets (Skipper's jargon for their faithful employees) go all out transforming the three-decades old institution into a physical manifestation of the theme for their annual costume contest and party, Freakers Ball.  Revelers parade their homemade get-ups for judges (store-bought costumes are not allowed to compete), and the band spins its way through tunes like Casey Jones, Truckin', and Sugar Magnolia while you twirl under the twinkling lights of the oak canopy affectionately called the "Skipperdome."  Everyone should do it at least once, and this occasion is the perfect excuse.

St. Pete Shuffle Presents World Tournament Afterparty
With DieAlps!, 6 Volt Rodeo
FRIDAY 7 p.m., St. Pete Shuffle, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 822-2083.
Every now and then a venue and occasion combine with a lineup to make for a pretty special show.  That's exactly the case on Friday when the International Shuffleboard Association comes home (it was founded almost 35 years ago in The ‘Burg), bringing the Shuffleboard Singles World Championship with it.  If you think you're too cool to shuffle, then consider St. Pete Shuffleboard Club's swelling membership, plus the fact that Cycle Brewing (whose Tang & Biscuits brew was inspired by the game) and two handfuls of local artists will be on hand.  Dancing tunes will be provided by western swing enthusiasts 6 Volt Rodeo as well as indie-waltz specialists DieAlps!, and the weather should be swell, making for a great night to swing, sway, and shuffle under fall Florida night skies.

98 Rock Halloweenie Roast
With Alice Cooper, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, Pop Evil, Black Veil Brides, Heaven's Basement
SATURDAY 3 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 US Hwy. 301 N., Tampa. $29.98-$160. (813) 740-2446.
With the advent of the Internet and Miley Cyrus, shock rock doesn't really hold the same candle it did when Alice Cooper was the king of it, and while surprising people gets harder and harder to do everyday, the 65-year-old Cooper (who is also set to visit a hologram of himself at the Dali museum in St. Pete) continues to endure thanks to the authenticity and earnest with which he blends metal, vaudeville, horror flicks, and stage theatrics. Almost 30 LPs make up his 44-year-old discography, but the roar of hits like Feed My Frankenstein, I'm Eighteen, and School's Out is as forceful as it ever was.  The bill for 98 Rock's second annual Halloweenie Roast includes a more updated, contemporary lineup, but even Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, Pop Evil, and the rest of the roster can't deny the influence that Cooper has had on their careers.

French Montana
SATURDAY 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $35-$55. (727) 565-0550.
In case you were wondering, French Montana is not the latest calorie-laden roast beef sandwich from Arby's.  The moniker actually belongs to Karim Kharbouch, a 28-year-old South Bronx-based, Morrocco-born MC who is pals with an eclectic cast of characters that include the Coke Boys (not be confused with the Koch Brothers), Rick Ross, 2Chainz, and even Miley Cyrus, who recently contributed a verse to Mr. Montana's remix of Ain't Worried About Nuthin'. His debut album, Excuse My French, saw release this summer and its single, Pop That, has dominated the radio ever since.  Montana's last appearance in the area found him packing The Ritz in Ybor City, so it'll be interesting to see if his fans can fill Jannus this time around.

With Scale The Summit, Anciients, Akeldama, Notions
SATURDAY 5:30 p.m., Orpheum, 1915 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $6-$14. (813) 248-9500 or
Metalheads get unfairly pigeonholed as head-banging doofuses sometimes, but you'd be surprised at how much is actually going on inside of those neck-breaking craniums.  The genre happens to be one of the more cerebral, mathematical forms of music, and UK-based Tesseract is a prime example.  The band utilizes dropped-tuning, extremely precise riffs, and the influence of metal forbearers like Meshuggah to craft epics like Concealing Fate, a six-part suite from their 2011 LP One where former singer Elliot Coleman guides the band through a emotional, jagged, and complex nearly half-hour prog-rock opus.

Selena Gomez

With Emblem3, Christina Grimmie

WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa. $26 and up.

Selena Gomez has long since put away her mouse ears, thanks to the R-rated Spring Breakers, filmed in and around St. Pete Beach with loads of nudity, drug taking and blazing guns. Her confident mantra-single Come & Get It is further proof of a desire to grow up -- but she remains beloved to a host of tween girls and more than a few jealous Beliebers. -- tbt* staff

John Fogerty
SUNDAY 8 p.m., Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $55-$99. (813) 229-7827.
John Fogerty's last Sunshine State appearance came just about a month ago when he saved the day at Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen Of The Road Festival in St. Augustine (fun. dropped out last minute and the 68-year-old Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman swooped in and actually played with the Mumford boys as backup).  Fogerty is poised to rekindle a bit of that magic at this Straz Center appearance where he'll mix classic CCR cuts like Fortunate Son, Bad Moon Rising and Down On The Corner with material from any one of his eight solo LPs.  Live recordings of recent sets have been available online, so if you decide to shout something from the audience, then make sure it's something Mary would be proud of.

Morgan Page
With Audien, Maur Levi, Doco
Amphitheatre Event Facility, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $16-$26. (813) 873-8368.
Michael Jackson was poised to use groundbreaking three-dimensional technology on his "This Is It" Tour, and while the King Of Pop unfortunately passed before he could utilize it, the innovation isn't going to gather dust thanks in part to Grammy-nominated producer Morgan Page.  The 32-year-old house music extraordinaire is employing the visuals to create immersive environments on his current jaunt, and Morgan - a champion of bringing unheralded contemporaries to the attention of anyone who'll listen -- is also bringing along a host of talent to turn this into a Halloween night show for the ages.

Also Playing

Blast Fridays, Fri. With Poco. Cleveland Street, Downtown Clearwater. Free ($30 for VIP). (727) 791-7400.

Saliva, Fri. With Jack Mantra, Frostfang, Kheiron, C.R.O.W. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.

Malaya CD Release Show, Fri. With Airsickness, A Gentlemen Army, Lions After Dark, Not Tonight Josephine. 7:30 a.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8-$10.

Black Jack Billy, Fri. 7 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $. (813) 987-2855.

Skalloween, Fri. With The New Rulers, The Duppies, The Apes. 9 p.m. Copperhead's Tap House, 670 Main St., Safety Harbor. Free. (727) 400-4721.

Lost In Society, Fri. With The Virgo Effect, Little Jerks, Mute Speak, Slade & The Wasters. 8:30 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.

OTEP, Sat. With Stolen Babies, New Years Day, Lydia Can't Breathe, Red Calling, Under Fallen Order, Bastards Of Doom. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.

Young Scooter, Sat. 10 p.m. Club Underground, 802 E. Whiting St., Tampa. $10 and up. (813) 221-3582.

Jahman Brahman, Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

The Deer Tracks, Sat. With DC9V, Mojave Wild. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Cajmere, Sat. With Three, Brian Busto. 10 p.m. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. $5-$10. (813) 254-2233.

2 Cellos, Sun. With A Great Big World. 7 p.m. Ferguson Hall at David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $32.50-$42.50. (813) 229-7827.

Reverend Horton Heat, Sun. With Wayne, Gotohells. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$23. (727) 895-3045.

Kenny K Tribute Show, Sun. With The Villanz, Rahim Samad, Funkahost. 6 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.

Melissa Ferrick, 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Club Jaeb at David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Week Of Wonders, Mon. With Just Satellites, The Patients, Tidal Wave. 8 p.m. The Fuzz Factory, 2732 Sixth Ave. S., Saint Petersburg. $5. (727) 519-5327.

Barenaked Ladies, Mon. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N. McMullen-Booth Rd., Clearwater. $35-$100. (727) 791-7400.

Story Of The Year, Thurs. With Like Moth To Flames, Hawthorne Heights, Set It Off, I Am King. 5:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $12-$50. (813) 248-9500 or

Ponderosa, Thurs. With Saskatchewan, Sons Of Hippies. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City. $10 and up. (813) 241-8600.

-- Ray Roa, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 9:42pm]


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