This week in Tampa: Steely Dan, Dashboard Confessional, Rebelution and more
While there will be plenty of music happening in conjunction with St. Pete Pride -- including performances by Deborah Cox, Elliott Yamin and Blake Lewis -- there are also concerts everywhere else in Tampa Bay this week.
Here to walk you through them all -- including Steely Dan, Steve Winwood, Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, Rebelution, Saosin, Nahko and Medicine for the People, B.o.B., Jesus Culture, Anthony Raneri, Adventure Club, Borgeous, Buckcherry, Adelitas Way, David Brighton, the Early November and more -- are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...
With the Green, Stick Figure, J Boog, Through the Roots
SATURDAY 4 p.m. Vinoy Park, St. Petresburg. $30 and up via Ticketmaster.
This month, Rebelution released their fifth studio album, Falling Into Place. But it’s another release that has keyboardist Rory Carey excited: Rebelution IPA. The beer, brewed in conjunction with Tampa’s Rock Brothers Brewing and Cigar City Brewing, is a West Coast IPA created in part with input from Carey, a craft beer fiend and former homebrewer. It’ll debut during a festival this weekend at St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park, and be available on local taps shortly thereafter. “It’s really good,” he said in a recent phone interview. “It’s gonna clock in around 7.5 percent, so that’s a little higher than the average session beer. But it’ll still be fine. Drink some water in between, you’ll be good.” It made sense for the California band (which is wildly popular in Tampa Bay) to create a craft beer (which is also wildly popular in Tampa Bay). Carey, drummer Wesley Finley and other members of the band and crew are big beer geeks, trading bottles on the road, requesting cool local brews backstage and visiting as many breweries as possible. Carey’s a fan of St. Pete’s Cycle Brewing, so keep an eye out for him there before the show.
Taste of Chaos Tour
With Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, Saosin, the Early November
SATURDAY 6:30 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $18 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.
Grab some eyeliner, skinny jeans and a black hoodie, and sweep your bangs across your head with a great, painful sigh, because we’ve got ourselves a full-on emo revival. As newer bands like White Lung, Modern Baseball and Pity Sex win critical raves across America, veterans Dashboard Confessional and Taking Back Sunday are gearing up for a co-headlining rebirth of the Taste of Chaos Tour, which hits Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Saturday. Ink-sleeved Sunshine Stater Chris Carrabba and Dashboard mewled their way into our hearts and diaries with Screaming Infidelities, Vindicated and Hands Down; while Long Islanders Taking Back Sunday might rip open a 30-something mosh pit with Cute Without the E (Cut From the Team). Joining them are Saosin (newly reunited with singer Anthony Green) and the Early November, which makes this bill feel like a Hot Topic T-shirt wall come to life.
Nahko and Medicine For the People
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 565-0550, jannuslive.com.
Nahko Bear occupies rare territory in the world of music. Part Native American, part Filipino, part Puerto Rican, the Oregon-born singer-songwriter can claim to be a true global citizen, and has always tried to make band Nahko and Medicine For the People an instrument for progressive change. His new album Hoka is at turns universal (“Always give what you can, even if your allies draw lines in the sand,” he sings on Love Letters to God) and intensely personal (intensely personal (San Quentin is the story of a trip to prison to visit the man who murdered his father). It’s a little more political than your typical concert for Reggae Rise Up, the summer Sunday series at Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. But the music — an worldly melange of folk, global rock and jam-pop, not unlike Rusted Root or Dave Matthews Band — will still get people moving.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29-$50. (727) 791-7400, atthecap.com.
While we all wait patiently for Lady Gaga to relent and embark on a full-scale David Bowie tribute tour, here’s the next best thing: David Brighton. He’s been called the world’s best impersonator of a creative spirit nearly impossible to capture in full, pulling audiences on an odyssey from Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust days to his reign as the Thin White Duke and beyond. Daunting task, which may be why Bowie impersonators are much less common than those of, say, Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones. Yes, the Bowie tributes have been flying fast and furious over the last five months; it’s often hard to keep track of who’s memorializing him and when. But for anyone in search of a truly electric Bowie experience, this is one not to miss.
With Steve Winwood
THURSDAY 7 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $39 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.
Yeah, Steely Dan is still great. Do It Again, Reelin’ In the Years, Rikki Don’t Lose That Number and all that. But can we talk about their ability to book an opener? For their gig last year at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, they brought Elvis Costello and the Imposters, an act who should be headlining major venues in their own right. This time aroud, it’s Steve Winwood, the legendary songwriter and voice from the Spencer Davis Group (Gimme Some Lovin’), Traffic (Dear Mr. Fantasy), Blind Faith (Can’t Find My Way Home) and his own robust solo career (Higher Love, Back In the High Life Again, Roll With It). Winwood is long, long overdue for a headlining concert here — the closest he’s come in the past decade-plus are truncated sets opening for Tom Petty and Santana. Still: Any chance to see the 68-year-old Winwood is one you shouldn’t pass up, even if you’re not a Dan fan.
with Scotty ATL, London Jae
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$23. (727) 895-3045.
Bobby Ray Simmons Jr. opened his 2016 by unleashing a flurry of Twitter messages insisting that the Earth is actually flat. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tried to tweet some sense back into the 27-year-old rapper better known as B.o.B., but couldn’t break through to the Flat-Earther , closing his argument: “Being five centuries regressed in your reasoning doesn’t mean we all can’t still like your music.” And it’s true. Six years after a breakthrough single Airplanes brought Simmons to the mainstream, he is still rapping and staying relevant as evidenced by a new song, Roll Up, where he teams up with Los Angeles singer Marko Penn to drop a feel-good, ukulele-riffed, three-minute ode to getting high with his buddies. Fellow A-town emcees Scotty ATL and London Jae open the show.
With Nick Thomas
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $13-$15. (813) 248-4969.
This time last year, Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri was leading an all-star punk-pop bill at Crowbar. The 33-year-old is taking the show down the road this time around and occupying the patio at New World Brewery as he kicks off a short, five-stop solo acoustic tour of Florida and Alabama. The jaunt is still centered around Raneri’s 2015 solo album, Sorry State of Mind, and while his most diehard fans have probably already memorized all the lyrics from that LP and his 2012 EP New Cathedrals, everyone at the show will likely have their fingers crossed for a sneak peeks of Bayside’s forthcoming album, Vacancy (due Aug. 19). The band that made Raneri famous is coming back to the Sunshine State for a pair of shows, but those Bayside shows totally skip Tampa Bay, so you might want to make it out to Cigar City if you want to see new material live.
Rumours ATL: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $5 (Free for 21 and older). (727) 565-0550.
Next year, one of the best, most cocaine-fueled albums to come out of Sausalito, Calif., turns 40. Rumours, the 11th album from Fleetwood Mac, was a huge success that performed well commercially and critically. It is 39 minutes of near-perfect soft-rock that inadvertently chronicled the drama swirling around the romantic entanglements and infidelities of the band members. The plot lines on songs like Second Hand News and Oh Daddy were thick, but so was the musicianship and studio prowess on classics like Never Going Back and The Chain. All that said, there is no way any band besides the one holed up in the Record Plant could reproduce this album, but an Atlanta tribute act is going to give it a stab, which is better than praying for another reunion tour.
Displace Album Release Party
with Holey Miss Moley, K Slat
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. 9-$12. (813) 241-8600.
There are no shortages of funk and fusion jam bands in America, but Tampa Bay is lucky to have the boys of Displace representing us as they traverse the Land of the Free. This week the guys — Chris Sgammato, Sam Dobkin, Tucker Sody and Vinny Svoboda — embark on an 18-date tour of the South and Colorado, and they’ll celebrate a new album, Undertow, with a release show on Saturday. The album’s lead single, Friction, updates the already sophisticated sound from the 2015 debut Eureka! and finds Displace continuing to refine the horn arrangements, worldly rhythms and soulful vocals that have earned them opening slots with bands like Dumpstaphunk, Earphunk and TAUK. Local DJ K Slat handles emcee duties and Clermont eight-piece Holey Miss Moley opens the show.
MONDAY 7 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $26.50-$49.50. (813) 974-3004.
Jesus Culture’s ninth album, Let It Echo, was already all kinds of emotional thanks to the big choruses and majestic major-chord arrangements, but the California ministry group decided to update the effort by releasing an unplugged collection of acoustic recordings from Echo’s January album release party. The collective is bringing that energy to the Sun Dome on Monday and hoping concert-goers get hit smack dab in the face with the power of the Holy Spirit as they work through Echo cuts like God With Us, Set Me Ablaze and Never Gonna Stop Singing. Jesus Culture regularly appears on Billboard’s Christian Albums charts and even cracked the Top 20 on the Billboard 200, so expect nothing less than a packed house for this praise-and-worship session.
with Mike Mass, Dawns
MONDAY 7 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 234-1000.
Music at Seminole Heights staple Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café usually happens on Saturdays or Sundays with a custom cocktail or BBQ-ribbed Bloody Mary on the side, so this Monday night show is a bit out of leftfield. The joint isn’t open for business and Tampa rock outfit Sun Signs is taking over, then welcoming one of the area’s brightest rappers, Mike Mass, and a newish rock-noir trio, Dawns, to play a show. Mic Deluxx is set to showcase his unique take on traditional tacos while Tampa coffee brewers Commune + Co. pour out their unique pressure-brewed, nitro-tapped iced coffee. The most notable addition to the bill is Late Start Brewery, a side project of Cigar City and Coppertail employees who don’t yet have a brick-and-mortar location from which to serve their head-turning beers. Just $10 gets you in the door, and the brews are included.
Blake Lewis and Elliott Yamin
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Flamingo Resort, 4601 34th St. S, St. Petersburg.cq $15-$25. (727) 321-5000.
Last fall Blake Lewis and Elliot Yamin went on a week--long tour to see if they’d be a good match on the road. Fast- forward almost a year and the partnership between two of the most likeable “American Idol” contestants is going swimmingly. The boys are in our neck of the woods this weekend for a post- St. Pete Pride party where a portion of the proceeds benefit the festival. There will definitely will be two separate sets, but expect the beat-boxing Lewis, 34, to join forces with Yamin, 37, for a few duets and vice versa. The show at one of St. Pete’s most well- known gay resorts comes just two weeks the after a gunman killed dozens in an attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando attack, but St. Pete officials have promised to ramp up security surrounding Pride Week events saying there will be more uniformed and undercover officers, mobile observation towers and coordination with the FBI, Homeland Security and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Buckcherry, Fri. with Adelitas Way. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$28. (727) 565-0550.
The Murder Junkies Farewell Show, Fri. with The Scurvy, F, Taped Fist, Bleeding Money, The Antidont’s, more. 8 p.m . Fubar (658 Central Ave.) & The Local 662 (662 Central Ave.), St. Petersburg. $10 (No cover at Fubar stage). (727) 424-1809.
Shana Banana’s Pajama Party, Fri. 8 p. m. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $7-$8. (813) 269-1310.
Electrosonic Atmosphere, Fri. 8 p.m. Studio@620, First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-6620.
Falling Axe Fest 5, Sat. with Kadaver Dolls, Unbrokken, Coldclock Knockout, (De)Absolve, more. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. $17.50 -$20. (727) 895-3045.
Empire Cinema Sat. With Spirit and the Cosmic Heart. 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Carl Verheyen Band, Sat. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $19.50-$24.50. (727) 587-6793.
Benefit For Pulse, Sat. with Lilith, Derridada, BaySir, Young Egypt, more. 8 p.m. The Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Donations A ccepted. (901) 619-1519.
Thomas Wynn and the Believers, Sat. with Savants of Soul. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Adventure Club, Sun. with Martire & Khaos. 12 p.m. Beach Bar, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $20-$35. (813) 281-8900.
Borgeous, Sun. with Kid U Not, Ayesik, Kidd Leow, DJ Ray. 1 p.m. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach. $12 and up. (727) 44 1-6875.
Letlive, Sun. with Seahaven, Night Verses. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $16-$30. (813) 248-9500.