This week in Tampa: Slipknot, Flo Rida, Nicky Jam, Culture Club, Vans Warped Tour and more
As we enter a three-day weekend, we find ourselves overloaded with music options.
Every night brings multiple solid options for concerts. Saturday alone brings Flo Rida (above), Slipknot, Marilyn Manson and Vanilla Ice. And Sunday brings Sublime With Rome, Dirty Heads, Wolfgang Gartner, Marshmello, Modern Baseball and Ybor City's famed Hot Dog Show. And all those shows barely scratch the surface of the weekend's musical slate.
Here to walk you through everything -- including shows by Nicky Jam, In This Moment, Culture Club, Of Mice and Men, Zion y Lennox, Pinegrove, Nothing, Joyce Manor, Hellyeah and the Vans Warped Tour, featuring New Found Glory, Less Than Jake, Sum 41 and more -- are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...
Slipknot and Marilyn Manson
With Of Mice and Men
SATURDAY MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $23 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.
It’s a macabre pop nightmare come to life: Slipknot and Marilyn Manson, barnstorming across America in their spooky-ooky finest. This ain’t 1999, though; it’s 2016 — and over the years, the Iowa power-metal outfit and Antichrist Superstar have lost quite a bit of their ability to shock and disturb. Manson’s been a living cartoon for ages (he just signed on as a face of Marc Jacobs’ fall 2016 fashion campaign, alongside Kendall Jenner and Courtney Love); while Slipknot’s Corey Taylor recently tweeted that per doctor’s orders, he’s not allowed to headbang on this tour. Still, both acts remain intriguing and occasionally spectacular live acts, particularly the percussive, pyro-powered Slipknot. Look past the house-of-horror costumes, and you’ll be astonished by the ’Knot’s killer chops, and Taylor’s impeccable vocals.
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $69.50 and up. (727) 893-7832, themahaffey.com.
Let us now reassess the cultural influence of Culture Club, particularly their flamboyantly androgynous singer Boy George. “Would we have Lady Gaga without Culture Club? Would these things be around without us sort of paving the way?” guitarist Roy Hay wondered in a recent phone interview. “George always steals my quote, which is, I believe if you grew up with a Culture Club poster on your wall, you might be a bit more well-rounded human being.” Entirely possible. And it might make you a smarter music fan. Culture Club’s music — shameless, sun-kissed and tropical in spirit — sounds surprisingly fresh today, as anyone who caught the band’s rain-truncated show last summer in Madeira Beach can attest. The band’s original lineup — Boy George, Hay, bassist Mikey Craig and drummer Jon Moss — are hungry to prove they’re no mere nostalgia act, pumping new life into hits like Karma Chameleon, I’ll Tumble 4 Ya and Do You Really Want to Hurt Me with the assistance of a huge backing band of vocalists and percussionists. They’ll make up for that soggy night in Madeira Beach with what’ll surely be a colorful show.
With Joyce Manor, Thin Lips
SUNDAY 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20 and up. (813) 248-9500, theorpheum.com.
It’s a glorious time to be a fan of the aching, melodic alt-rock genre known (sometimes derisively) as emo, as numerous bands are winning over critics with albums that harken back to bands like Jimmy Eat World, Sunny Day Real Estate and the Promise Ring. Foremost among them: Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball, whose dual-singer-songwriter approach yielded huge, sing-along hooks amid clashing, crashing guitars on new album Holy Ghost.
With Sports, Half Waif
TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600, ticketfly.com.
Elsewhere on the emo spectrum you’ll find New Jersey’s Pinegrove, whose acclaimed new album Cardinal blends lo-fi indie rock (the heartfelt Cadmium) with hints of alternative country (oh, those banjos on Old Friends). The blog Consequence of Sound recently called Cardinal the seventh-best album of the first half of 2016, right between Radiohead and James Blake, writing that it sounded like “the unveiling of a band out to make a career.”
SUNDAY Noon. Beach Bar, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $28. (813) 281-0566 beachtampa.com.
At May’s Sunset Music Festival in Tampa, it seemed like no DJ had a harder, hungrier fan base than Marshmello, the mysterious party-starter in the Stay-Puft getup. Dozens of people brought their own homemade Marshmello costumes and totems as he spun everything from Fetty Wap and Kendrick Lamar to Avicii and Zedd to Coldplay and Adele — and somehow all of it crushed. When he’s not busy coyly beefing with Deadmau5 on Twitter, he’s one of the fastest-rising club presences in America, which means his Sunday show at Beach Bar should be packed. Doors open at noon.
Vans Warped Tour
With New Found Glory, Less Than Jake, Sum 41, Reel Big Fish, Sleeping With Sirens, Four Year Strong, Falling In Reverse, Set It Off, We the Kings, Yellowcard, the Maine, more.
FRIDAY 11 a.m. Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg. $37.50 and up via Ticketmaster. vanswarpedtour.com.
In honor of its 21st birthday, the Vans Warped Tour is going all out. “You’ll see a lot of bands that some people in their 20s, maybe their 30s, go, 'Oh my god, there are six bands I love on that lineup!’” said Warped founder Kevin Lyman. “But there’s a lot of connection in the music between a lot of old pop-punk bands and the young pop-punk bands now.” In other words: Fun for all ages! That’s always the case with Warped, which returns to St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park on Friday. Among the many bands on this year’s lineup are dozens of returning favorites, among a few newer names. Warped is a rite of passage for many teens, and as such there’s an entire culture built around it — not just music but workshops, meet-and-greets, charity drives even free admission for parents of ticketholders under 18. And there are after parties, too — this year’s will be hosted by Sleeping With Sirens at the Local 662 (tickets are $5 and up), with a band meet-and-greet beforehand at Daddy Kool Records ($50).
In This Moment
with Hellyeah, Shaman’s Harvest, Sunflower Dead
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $27 & up. (727) 565-0550.
In January, metal supergroup Hellyeah dropped into St. Petersburg on something of a philanthropic trip. The band — made up of members of Mudvayne, Nothingface, Damageplan and Pantera — had just wrapped up a blood drive with the American Red Cross and were promoting a domestic-abuse prevention campaign, which was born out of frontman Chad Gray’s experience with family violence. Hellyeah are back, on the undercard this time, and supporting new album Unden!able, and while there’s no do-gooder angle on this show, it’ll be interesting to see how they get along with headliners In This Moment. The Los Angeles metalcore outfit led by Maria Brink has an odd take on tackling empowerment as evidenced by a 2013 single, Whore, where Brink deployed the term to “take power back from the word.”
with Zion & Lennox, De La Ghetto, Valentino
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $49-$149. (813) 301-2500.
Hold tight, Amalie Arena, Mr. El Perdón is coming. Nicky Jam — the man behind that 2015 reggaeton smash — invades Tampa alongside an all-Boricua bill of genre stars that includes Zion & Lennox, De La Ghetto and Valentino. Jam, whose real name is Nick Caminero, is on a hot streak after picking up Song of the Year at this month’s SESAC Latina Music Awards. The 35-year-old is also at the helm of a brand new remix of Sia’s hit single Cheap Thrills. Expect the Spanglish to be in full effect tonight, and don’t plan on sitting down for any of it since Zion & Lennox are in the midst of a chart resurgence on the heels of singles from a forthcoming album Motivan2. Valentino opens. Arrive early.
SATURDAY Immediately following Jacksonville Armada FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies. Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. $10 & up. (727) 222-2000.
It’s not exactly his house, but the Rowdies made a good choice tapping Carol City rapper Tramar Dillard to play a postgame concert kicking off the team’s fall campaign. Dillard, the 36-year-old better known as Flo Rida, broke through to the mainstream in 2008 on the heels of his worldwide hit Low and hasn’t looked back. He’s collaborated with the gamut of global pop stars (David Guetta, T-Pain and Lady Gaga have all worked alongside Mr. Rida) since then and can even say that he’s dabbled in professional wrestling thanks to an appearance at WrestleMania XXVIII, where he staged an altercation with WWE star Heath Slater. The concert starts after the game and is included in admission.
with Cheat Codes, Joe Maz, Ayesick, Kidd Leow, DJ Ray.
SUNDAY 1 p.m. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $10 (Limited free tickets available with email registration). (727) 441-6875.
He’s a Northern California boy, but Joey Youngman apparently wants to spend his Independence Day in Tampa Bay. The 34-year-old producer better known as Wolfgang Gartner is coming to Clearwater to shut it down for sand-covered partygoers. It’s a special show because Youngman has a new album, 10 Ways to Steal Home Plate, and is ready to share with fans. The appearance also has significance because it comes after a nearly yearlong absence from touring — since 2003, Youngman had never taken more than eight weeks off — that was necessitated by what he described as 12 years of pent-up travel and anxiety. “I just crashed,” is what Youngman recently told Billboard magazine. The new LP moves away from the producer’s deep house roots, so expect him to tap into his well of funk, disco and electro at what is sure to be a celebratory show.
Hot Dog Party 10
with Roadkill Ghost Choir, Samurai Shotgun, Wolf-Face, Poetry 'N Lotion, RGSM, DJ Lesage, DJ Fader, DJ Casper.
SUNDAY 5 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $7-$10. (813) 241-8600.
For organizers of Crowbar’s annual pre-Fourth of July, hot dog-themed soiree, this year’s installment means a lot. The ten-year anniversary marks a “Decade of Delicatessen,” and what’s resulted is an extra-muscular musical lineup that includes Orlando Bonnaroo alums Roadkill Ghost Choir joined by St. Pete furballs Wolf-Face, Tampa instrumental powerhouse Poetry 'N Lotion, plus rising fusion duo RGSM. The show also is something of a homecoming for rap-rock collective Samurai Shotgun, which recently relocated to Atlanta in pursuit of bigger opportunities. The debauchery starts early, features Hot Dog Party’s infamous frankfurter chow-down contest and spills into the venue’s world-famous Ol’ Dirty Sundays block party, which is set to take the patriotic partying deep into the night. Local chef Jason Rodriguez also brings his new “Tampa Dog” — a Cuban sandwich-inspired concoction featuring slow-cooked pork and swiss cheese sauce on top of a hot dog — to feed wurst-worshipers with an appetite.
SUNDAY 6:30 p.m. The Independent, 5020 N Florida Avenue, Tampa, Free. (813) 341-4883.
This Seminole Heights watering hole hosts its weekly Sunday School for Sinners party, and its star-spangled edition features one of Tampa Bay’s most respected songwriters. Bulgarian-born Geri Micheva has been singing her siren song to local fans for the better part of a decade now, but the 27-year-old’s haunting voice and unique sense of melody has only grown more enchanting over the years. There’s no cover charge, so that means more money to spend on Belgian wits and dry ciders.
with Veiny Hands, Deadborns, FayRoy
TUESDAY 10 p.m. The Bends, 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 202-8931.
L.A. Witch spent the beginning of summer opening for The Kills on a 15-date run that hit cities like D.C., Boston, Brooklyn, Vancouver and Chicago before finally wrapping up with a June 4 show at San Francisco’s Fox Theater. There’s no doubt there was a lot to pick up by watching Kills frontwoman Alison Mosshart slay on stage night in and night out, so expect the lessons learned to spill all over the place at this midweek show where L.A. Witch will attempt to cram as many fans as possible into First Avenue’s finest dive. The Witches’ sound is all kinds of scuzzed-out, 1960s-era surf rock that sounds like Willie Nelson baked some mushrooms into his brownies, so be ready for a special kind of psychedelia.
with Todd Slant, Bellows
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $12. (813) 241-8600.
The cover art for The Hotelier’s latest for Tiny Engines Records features eight advanced-in-age nudists standing in a Massachusetts field, proudly displaying what the good Lord gave them. In a lot of ways, The Hotelier puts it all out there, too. On Goodness, released in May, the Worcester-based outfit upped the ante on their already aggressively inventive brand of punk, resulting in an album that many fans are calling the band’s best. With Transitions Art Gallery shows having to find another venue because of tenant changes at the property, this show will provide fans of the long-running DIY venue an opportunity to get a taste of what life is like without the beloved space and maybe inspire them to start work on finding a place to call their own again.
Florida Folk Scene Showcase No. 60, Fri. With Memorycode, Shae Krispinsky, Key. 8 p.m. Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 Baum Avenue N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 800-9836.
Stu Hamm Rock Experience, Fri. With Drastic Fall, The Skarz, New Tattoo. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.
The Applebutter Express, Fri. With Row Jomah, The Good Bad Kids. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
J.T. Brown, Fri. With Kristopher James. 8 p.m. Paper Crane, 910 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 742-0582.
Gwan Takeover, Fri. With Dubb Tenn, NoNeed, Jinx, Breakdown, The Rukus, Rude 100, Wally Clark, O.P. Supa. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Broccoli Samurai, Fri. With Funk You. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Drezo, Fri. With Christian Alexander, Winta, $mgglr. 10 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free with registration. (813) 247-2555.
Nothing, Sat. With Wrong, Culture Abuse, Set & Setting. 6:30 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. $14. (727) 258-4829.
The Elements Showcase, Sat. With SB, YBless, Laz, Gat & Chris, B Worthy, Fene Da Mayor, more. 8 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.
Part (Record Release), Sat. With Trisma, Somatic, MingusKingus, Vallam, Derridada, more. 8 p.m. The Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S., St. Petersburg. $5 Donation. (901) 619-1519.
Vanilla Ice Sat. 9 p.m. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. (727) 442-5107. $12-$525.
Levi Foe, Sun. With Cameron Dorsey, Joshua Berkoff. 6 p.m. The Chattaway, 358 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 823-1594.
The Prosecution, Sun. With Channel Drive, Paper City, Mollusk. 6:30 p.m. The Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. $5-$8. (813) 972-8152.
Sublime with Rome, Sun. With Tribal Seeds, Dirty Heads. 6:35 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. $30-$52.50. (813) 740-2446.
UNR3, Thurs. 8:30 p.m. The Ale and The Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free (727) 821-2533.
Rock The Park, Thurs. With Savi Fernandez Band, Trigger City Trio, Shae Krispinsky. 6:30 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. (813)274-8677.
-- Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa