This week in Tampa: Sunset Music Festival, 97X Backyard BBQ, Summerland Tour and more
What better way to kick-start your Memorial Day weekend than with three festivals -- one pop, one electronic, and one alternative -- on Saturday? The biggest of the three will no doubt be the Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium, with David Guetta and others, but don't sleep on the 97X Backyard BBQ with Twenty One Pilots and Coheed and Cambria, or 93.3-FLZ's Memorial Day Live with Jason Derulo, Iyaz and others.
Other big shows happening this week: The Summerland Tour with Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge; John McEuen, The Rascals, Shock G, Daddy Yankee, Drowning Pool, Rebecca & Fiona, Yngwie Mamlsteen and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...
With DJ Fuze
FRIDAY 10 p.m., Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $10 and up. (813) 627-7757.
Digital Underground’s list of former members boasts enough names to field a football team, but the one constant player has always been Gregory Jacobs, a.k.a. Shock G. His deep baritone is driving force behind the 1990 hit The Humpty Dance (even your mother-in-law knows the song), and his influence as a producer goes even deeper. In 1991 the late, great Tupac Shakur tapped Jacobs to man the wheel for his debut LP, 2Pacalypse Now, and Shock G has also has producing credits for one of Los Angeles’ most promising underground talents, Murs. He’s an out-and-out hip-hop legend, and he’ll prove why at this extremely affordable show.
Michael J. Wolf Presents: Burgatory
With Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves, The Future Now, Fero Lux, Zulu Wave, Wolf-Face, and more.
FRIDAY 8 p.m., The Local 662 and Fubar, 600 Block of Central Aveenue, St. Petersburg. $10. daddykool.com
As the driving force behind Wolf-Face, Michael J. Wolf provides the fun (and fur) for one of tbt*’s Ultimate Local Bands of 2013. He’s not so bad as a mini-festival curator, either. “Burgatory” is bringing 10 Floridian-flavored acts to two of the 600 Block’s busiest venues, and most of the talent isn’t too far from Wolf-Face’s fast-paced, loud, in-your-face punk rock. Whether it’s SoFla hardcore outfit Fero Lux, Orlando punk-poppers Tally Ho!, Gainesville grunge and sludge makers The Future Now, or upbeat alt-folk from Chris Wollard & Ship Thieves, the lineup is one of the most cohesive and quality representations of Sunshine State rock music we’ve seen in a while.
FRIDAY 8 p.m., The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $20-25. (727) 644-7895.
If the thing has got strings and frets, then John McEuen can probably play the living crap out of it. As the founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and driving force behind one of folk music’s most important tunes (Will The Circle Be Unbroken), the 67-year-old McEuen boasts a resume envied by 100,000 aspiring Americana singer-songwriters. He’s a country-bluegrass demigod with pals who have surnames like Martin, Parton, Krauss, Jennings, Everly, and Nelson, and he’s coming to St. Pete’s premier singer-songwriter café to present one hell of a master’s clinic.
93.3-FLZ’s Memorial Day Live
With Jason Derulo, Iyaz, DJ Skribble, ARock, and more.
SATURDAY and SUNDAY 1 p.m., Shepard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $10-$25. (727) 441-6875.
Clearwater Beach was made for the carefree days of Memorial Day weekend, and Shepard’s Beach Resort has teamed up with Top 40 radio station 93.3-FLZ to make sure that the soundtrack to the holiday is as enjoyable as the white sand, warm gulf waters and salty air. Iyaz will bring the spirit of the Virgin Islands (as well as his smash single Replay), Cash Money Records alumni Jason Derulo will croon his way through electro-pop hits (Watcha Say, It Girl, The Other Side) and DJ Skribble will come through with a whole load of ’90s MTV nostalgia for this multi-day party.
97X Backyard BBQ
With Coheed and Cambria, Twenty One Pilots, New Politics, The Features, The Virginmarys, The Unlikely Candidates
SATURDAY Noon. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free ($50 for VIP), but ticket required. See 97xonline.com for ticket drop locations.
Sometimes sand, surf and cover charges aren’t exactly on the agenda for a holiday weekend. Enter 97X, which hosts its annual Backyard BBQ within the confines of Vinoy Park. Modern prog-rock kings Coheed and Cambria hold top billing, but the rest of the ticket — alt-hip-hop duo Twenty One Pilots, Danish indie rock darlings New Politics and English exports The Virginmarys — are well worth coming out early for. General admission requires a free ticket, but VIPs can fork over $50 for special bathrooms, food and drink. And the show marks one of the last times you’ll be able to take in a concert with the iconic St. Pete Pier (which is slated for demolition at the end of the month) in the background.
Rebecca & Fiona
With Digital Lab, Eran Hersh, Pedro M
SATURDAY 1 p.m., Hogan’s Beach, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Highway, Tampa. $10-20. (813) 281-8900.
The future of Hulk Hogan’s beach bar was uncertain when it opened its doors a few months ago, but Terry Bollea and his bleach-blond golden locks have cultivated quite the party spot on the south side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. On Memorial Day eve, Hogan’s Beach flexes its raison d’être when they host Swedish DJ duo Rebecca & Fiona. The pair, who have gained international notoriety thanks to 2011’s I Love You Man! LP, could easily be mistaken for a kitschy novelty act, but Swedish Grammys, stages shared with Tiësto and Kaskade and hypnotizing cuts like Bullets, If She Was Away and Jane Doe are not to be ignored.
With Everclear, Live, Filter, Sponge
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theatre, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $29-69; $15 with student ID. themahaffey.com.
Last year’s inaugural Summerland Tour — one of the first tours to capitalize on a cresting wave of ’90s nostalgia — starred artists who recorded some of the decade’s biggest radio hits: Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground. This year’s lineup features a more guitar-based approach, with Everclear singer Art Alexakis, Summerland’s co-founder, leading the way. He’s the last member standing from the band’s heyday, which spawned grunge-pop hits Santa Monica, Father of Mine and I Will Buy You a New Life. Likewise, Filter (Hey Man, Nice Shot and Take a Picture) and Sponge (Molly and Plowed) are down to original singers Richard Patrick and Vinnie Dombroski, respectively. As for Live? They’re taking the opposite approach, having replaced iconically chrome-domed singer Ed Kowalczyk with Chris Shinn in 2012. You can still expect to hear the band’s signature spiritual sound on hits Lightning Crashes and I Alone, though — as Alexakis said of Shinn, “He really sounds like Ed, it’s really exciting.” All in all, it’s a must-see for fans of ’90s alt-rock radio. — Jay Cridlin, tbt*
THURSDAY 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $55-$200. (727) 791-7400.
Justin Timberlake, Mayer Hawthorne and even Adele owe a whole lot to The Rascals, who brought the notion of “blue-eyed soul” into the living rooms and radio waves across the globe almost a half-century ago. The group recently reunited at the unrelenting behest of Steven Van Zandt and are bringing this two-hour combination Broadway show and rock concert to Ruth Eckerd Hall, where the original quartet will tell their tales in person and via pre-recorded video segments, while also performing singles like Good Lovin’, A Beautiful Morning and People Got To Be Free. The Rascals’ story is one of the most underappreciated in all of American music history, but it finally gets its due with this production.
Daddy Yankee Fri. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $40-50. (727) 565-0550.
Drowning Pool Fri. With A(k)new, Blinding Darkness, War Of Thrones. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Pancho Sanchez Fri. With Gil Machin. 8 p.m. Friday Morning Musical & Federated Clubs, 809 W Horatio St., Tampa. $35-75. (813) 251-1990.
Willie Heath Neal Fri. 10 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska, Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 234-1000.
Tarpon Fest Sat. With Aello, Alive After Tomorrow, Anger Driven Minds, and more. 7:30 p.m. Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.
The Supervillans Sat. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 565-0550.
Johnny Rawls Sat. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-13. (813) 971-0666.
Grant Peeples Sat. 8 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $5 and up. (727) 644-7895.
Ol’ Dirty Sundays Two Year Anniversary Sun. With Gwan Massive, DJ Casper, DJ LeSage, DJ Blenda, DJ Fader and more. 6 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $5 (21 & up free). (813) 241-8600.
Will Quinlan Sun. With Urbane Cowboys. 7 p.m. The Independent, 5020 N Florida Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 341-4883.
King Lincoln Sun. With The Groves, The Laurel Canyon. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8-10. (813) 248-4969.
Sevendust Sun. With Pop Evil, Monster Truck. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 895-3045.
Yngwie Malmsteen Sun. With Burning Heat. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$28. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com.
Kendra Morris Tues. With Julia Haltigan. 9 p.m. The Bends, 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 202-8931.
Jason Michael Carroll Thu. With Zach Lockwood. 9 p.m. The Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 855-1464.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*