This week in Tampa: Smokey Robinson, Chicago, Fiesta Maxima, Paper Tongues and more
This week Suburban Apologist's Ray Roa returns with your weekly concert picks, and you have plenty of stuff to choose from: Smokey Robinson, Paper Tongues (above), Chicago, Paper Tongues, Fiesta Maxima, Crystal Waters, CeCe Peniston, El Ten Eleven, Mindless Self Indulgence, Senses Fail, Tift Merritt, Kill the Noise, Taproot, Framing Hanley, Schematic and more...
Sake Bomb Two Year Anniversary
With Jensen Serf Company, Kid Aids, Just Satellites, and DJ Fader
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Sake Bomb, 548 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 542-8893.
The 600 Block’s great venues and shops get a lot of shine for reviving what was once a desolated, lonely stretch of Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete., but any night owl will tell you that there is a plethora of watering holes that deserve equal credit for pumping hot blood back into The ’Burg’s entertainment backbone. One of those places is Sake Bomb, which will celebrate 730 days on the scene with a free show featuring one of central Florida’s most revered and imaginative DJs as well as a trio of bands playing three strains of infectious punk rock: garage-surf outfit Jensen Serf Company, kraut-gaze noisemakers Just Satellites, and Kid Aids, whose acoustic, catchy recorded material stands in contrast to their riotous onstage thrashing. There’ll probably be sake there too.
Crystal Waters and CeCe Peniston
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0550.
Mood rings, roller blades, Parasuco jeans, Hypercolor shirts, and the Arsenio Hall fist pump. The ’90s were a fantastically embarrassing time in everyone’s lives, and this weekend Jannus Live ups the First Friday ante with a free concert featuring two of that decade’s most distinguished female dance music voices. Former beauty queen CeCe Peniston will warm up the crowd and attempt to turn the outdoor venue into a House Party before Finally relinquishing the reins to Gypsy Woman Crystal Waters, who delivered hits like Say…If You Feel Alright and made an everlasting mark on Generation X by giving them 100% Pure Love.
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Zakir Hussain
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $22.50-55.50. (813) 229-7827.
If you thought Dueling Banjos was cool, then get a load of this world music blast from the past, delivered by two of the genre’s most skilled and passionate composers. Early versions of the santoor date all the way back to about 1500 BC, but Indian-born pluckers Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Zakir Hussain have the complexity and history of the ancient string instrument well under control. Sharma, 75, was the first person to play Indian classical music on the santoor and Hussain, 62, went on his first tour as a musician when he was only 12 years old. The icing on the cake for this show — which will benefit from the ambience of Straz’s intimate, 1,042-seat Ferguson Hall — is that the two sages will share the stage and play at the same time.
SATURDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free, but tickets required. See 97Xonline.com for details.
Reactions were mixed when 97X decided to move to a completely user-generated format that lets listeners vote for the songs they want to hear on the radio, but the station hasn’t looked back. In fact, they’ve taken the change and run with it for this weekend’s Freebie Weebie concert, where concertgoers will be able to help select a setlist for alternative rock darlings Paper Tongues. The bill even has a significant local flavor as Tampa’s own Tallhart, who signed to Equal Vision Records in 2012, are set to open the show.
With Ivy Queen, La India, Leslie Grace.
SATURDAY 5 p.m. Live Nation Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $9.25-$92.50. (813) 740-2446.
Things are going to look a bit different at this year’s Fiesta Maxima. That not-so-little amphitheater on the Florida State Fairgrounds no longer boasts the name “Gary,” and where testosterone (Prince Royce, Tito El Bambito) dominated the 2012 lineup, an equally regal set of women will rule the roost for the 2013 installment of 92.5-Maxima’s mini music festival. Ivy Queen is, well, royalty in most reggaeton circles. Linda Caballero, a.k.a. La India, is commonly referred to as the “Princess Of Salsa.” And thanks to her hit song Will U Still Love Me Tomorrow, 18-year-old Leslie Grace is the youngest woman to top the Latin radio charts.
El Ten Eleven
With Slow Magic, Nude Pop
TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10-13. (813) 241-8600.
Silver Lake, Calif. instrumental duo El Ten Eleven almost didn’t come to Tampa on this spring campaign. Actually, the band should’ve had to cancel the entire tour due to a late March burglary that left them missing virtually all of their essential gear. However, in a testament to the complexity, power and appeal of their epic compositions, fans helped restock the coffers by flocking to the alternative music distribution website Bandcamp and donating a minimum of $10 in exchange for a download of a yet-to-be-released remix album. Overwhelmed by the massive support, the band should arrive at Crowbar with a renewed spirit and especially majestic show.
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Rd., Clearwater. $62-$92. (727) 791-7400.
Chicago’s 20-something albums of original material (yeah, we’re counting those Christmas LPs) almost makes their exhaustive list of former members make sense. But you can’t argue the Windy City outfit’s staying power and adaptability to any curveballs thrown their way. Arriving on the scene in the late ’60s with politically charged, almost abrasive, rock, Chicago Transit Authority (as they were originally dubbed) gained even more popularity by moving in the direction of soft rock and crafting irrepressibly catchy hits like 25 Or 6 To 4, Saturday In The Park and You’re The Inspiration. They shed their bassist and signature voice Peter Cetera in the mid-’80s but have been able to string together a successful run of tours, the latest of which stops at Ruth Eckerd Hall for a special humpday treat.
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $49.50-$79.50. (727) 892-5767.
Face it. At 73 years old, William Robinson Jr. (you call him “Smokey”) still has it going on. He’s one of the last living pieces from Motown Records’ golden years, and his time fronting The Miracles spawned R&B classics like The Tracks Of My Tears, I Second That Emotion, and sock hop favorite You’ve Really Got A Hold Of Me. He carries the torch for an era of soul that didn’t overly emphasize sex and will bring a bit of that innocence and nostalgia to St. Pete for a special one-night only engagement.
Friday Extra Concert Series Fri. With Acho Brothers, NJ Ladyfingers. 7 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Dr., Tampa. Free. (813)274-8677.
Crawfish & Zydeco Festival Fri.-Sun. With John Wilson & The Zydeco House Rockers, Curley Taylor, more. Cajun Café On The Bayou, 8101 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. $10-$20. (727) 546-6732, cajuncafeonthebayou.com.
Kill The Noise Fri. With Style Of Eye, Brillz. 9 p.m. Amphitheatre Event Facility, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$20. (813) 873-8368.
Mindless Self Indulgence Fri. With Peter Pepper. 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $22.50-$25. (813) 247-2555.
Saskatchewan Fri. With Young Rapids, Day Joy. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
The Hanging Chads Fri. 8 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 248-2356.
New Granada Records Night Fri. With Red Room Cinema, Rec Center, MRENC. 7 p.m. St. Pete Shuffle, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 822-2083.
Taproot Fri. With Sounds Of Chaos, Dementia, G2P. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Happiness Machine CD release Sat. With Have Spirit. 8 p.m. Everything Dolce, 937 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-4495.
Ron Rhode Sat. 2 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin Street, Tampa. $12-14. (813) 274-8981.
DeSoto Seafood Festival Sat. With Uncle Kracker, Gladezmen, Big Daddy, more. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Downtown Bradenton, 10th and 12th street W., Bradenton. $2. (941) 747-1998.
Tift Merritt & Simone Dinnerstein Sat. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28.50. (813) 229-7827.
Framing Hanley Sat. With Variance, Airsickness, Civil Action, Crow. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Schematic Sun. With The Music Box, Lights At Night. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8-10. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Lodato Sun. With Jaime Ferreria. 1 p.m. Shepard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $4. (727) 441-6875.
Selwhyn Birchwood Band Sun. With The Cedric Burnside Project. 6 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-13. (813) 971-0666.
Kim Tortuga Mon. 8 p.m. Ringside Café, 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 894-8465.
Alexander & The Grapes Tue. With Paperhaus, Cassolette. 8 p.m. The Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S., St. Petersburg. $5. facebook.com/theventurecompound.
Senses Fail Tue. With Such Gold, Real Friends, Major League. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $14. (727) 895-3045.
Trioscapes Wed. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Black Honkeys Thu. 6 p.m. The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel, Free. (813) 994 2242.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*