This week in Tampa: Tim McGraw, Kenny Loggins, Tropical Heatwave and more
This weekend brings one of the biggest events on the Tampa music scene's annual calendar, WMNF's Tropical Heatwave, featuring some 60 bands on 10 venues in and around the Cuban Club in Ybor City. If you missed our preview of Tropical Heatwave 2013, click here.
As for the rest of this week's concert listings, Ray Roa's got you covered. After the jump, get the details on shows by Tim McGraw, Kenny Loggins, Gary Sinise, Blind Willie James, Fear Factory, Aaron Carter, Nappy Roots, State Poison, Borgore, Twin Tigers, Jonn Hart, Justin Moore, Collie Buddz, John Michael Montgomery, Crown the Empire and more...
With Brantley Gilbert, Love and Theft
SATURDAY 7 p.m., Live Nation Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $40.75-$84.70. (813) 740-2446.
Tim McGraw’s 20-year run of success in popular country music can really only be rivaled by Garth Brooks, but not even Brooks can claim that he had a tour sponsored by a motor oil company. And while the marriage of McGraw and Penzoil is strange to say the least, what can’t be disputed is the way staples like Just To See You Smile, I Like It I Love It, and Indian Outlaw have dominated charts over the years. Fans will surely be treated to the gamut of McGraw charm, but they’ll be in for a treat when young gun — and fellow Big Machine Records signee — Brantley Gilbert makes a case for his own spot in court of country royalty with songs like Kick It In The Sticks and the anthemic Country Must Be Country Wide.
Blind Willie James
FRIDAY 8 p.m., Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $19-$25. (813) 269-1310.
Considering he was born blind and orphaned in 1933, William James has done pretty well for himself over the course of his 79 years. The Lake City native ended up being raised by sharecroppers and can say that he’s a successful product of the St. Augustine School For The Deaf and Blind, where he shared a classroom and affection for tickling the ivory with Ray Charles. That passion for piano led to his mining of the depths of gospel and blues, which earned him a Florida Folk Heritage Award in 1999 and landed him a gig with The Blind Boys of Alabama. He’s since parted ways with the famed vocal troupe, but James (who eventually put roots down in Palmetto and St. Pete) and his age-old tales about heartbreak and deceit are bona fide Sunshine State treasures.
With Von Dagger, Month Mind
SATURDAY 8 p.m., Mojo Books & Music, 2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 971-9717.
Wine, pastries, cheese, fashion, even fries. Some things just seem superior when they’re French. Such is the case with State Poison, who deliver pounding punk and hardcore en français. The trio hails from Saint Etienne (about 300 miles southeast of Paris) and are ending their 16-date U.S. tour with a stop at a little USF-area bookstore . Riffs on songs like Afrique Genocide, Tache Difficile, and Marecage Du Mort are predictably dispensed at breakneck speed, but the breadth of the band’s discography is also marked by a love of blistering lead and lyrics delivered with so much passion that they don’t need to be translated to be understood.
SATURDAY Following Rays vs. San Diego Padres; first pitch at 6:10 p.m., Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. (888) 326-7297.
Their own top guns have finally begun to heat up on the mound, and while it’s still too early to tell whether the Rays will end up in a postseason Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins is arriving at One Tropicana Drive to kick off the team’s summer concert series (which also includes future shows by Carly Rae Jepsen and OneRepublic) with an evening of 1980s soft-rock classics. The postgame concert is free with a ticket (wristbands for on-field access cost extra) and fans can expect the 65-year-old to keep things Footloose and maybe even go Double Or Nothing on Loggins and Messina hits like Good Friend, Angry Eyes, and Your Mama Don’t Dance.
With Kobra and the Lotus, Guverra, Burning Fair Verona, Hate Eternal
SUNDAY 7 p.m., Brass Mug, 14811 N Florida Ave., Tampa. $18-$25. (813) 972-8152.
Growing up metal certainly has its benefits. Just ask Los Angeles quartet Fear Factory, who have made a two-decade career out of exploring nearly every facet of the genre. Whether it’s thrash, death or groove, the band has always had a legion of fans. They’ve undergone a handful of lineup changes and two hiatuses, but the recent return of original guitarist Dino Cazares seems to have breathed a renewed spirit into the band, as evidenced by a new album, The Industrialist, and a desire to put even more fresh material to tape directly after their current 45-date world tour.
With Chrystian, Macy Kate
THURSDAY 7 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 247-2555.
He never quite got to enjoy the massive amounts of fame that big brother Nick experienced with the Backstreet Boys, but one thing that Aaron Carter has going for him is a little staying power. The 25-year-old hometown boy (he was born at Tampa General) broke through in 2000 with an album featuring high-pitched hip-hop songs about house parties and playing basketball with Shaq, and he’s since endured puberty and a little legal trouble to continue his career as a pop songsmith by issuing a collaboration with Flo Rida (Dance With Me), blue-eyed R&B (Perfect Storm), and club-ready cuts like 2011’s Hear Me and Deeper.
With J-Killz, Pat Ferg, Luke
THURSDAY 7 p.m., The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Awnaw, hellnaw. Nappy Roots are back. The Kentucky-based ambassadors of upbeat, feel-good hip hop last brought their Southern charm and eternally positive vibe to the Bay area with a July 2012 stop at State Theatre. This time they’ll pack a refreshing brand of horn- and organ-driven rap into even more intimate quarters, the Local 662. They’ve shown a penchant for exploring different facets of production since they released their breakout LP (Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz) in 2002, and they’ve hooked up a pair of talented local MCs — J-Killz and Pat Ferg — for this Thursday night special.
Jayceeoh Fri. With DJ Ku. 10 p.m. Blue Martini, 2223 N Westshore Blvd., Tampa. $5-$10 (Free before midnight). (813) 873-2583.
Borgore Fri. 9 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15 and up. (813) 873-8368.
Crown The Empire Fri. With Capture The Crown, Palisades, Heartlist, Famous Last Words. 6:30 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12-$14. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Goatwhore Fri. With 3 Inches Of Blood, Withered, Abiotic, Generichrist, Promethean Horde. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 248-9500.
Suenalo Fri. 8 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S., St. Petersburg. $10 and up. (727) 871-7874.
Twin Tigers Fri. With Andy D, Pop Glow. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Friday Extra Concert Series Fri. With Liz Hollister, Karmic Tattoo. 7 p.m. Lowry Park Bandshell, 7525 North Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 274-7723.
Blair Crimmins & The Hookers Fri. With 6 Volt Rodeo. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Butane Fri. With Brian Busto, Todd Darrell. 10 p.m. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. (813) 254-2233.
Jonn Hart Sat. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. Free-$10. (727) 565-0550.
Justin Moore Sat. With Dustin Lynch. 9 p.m. Rock Crusher Canyon Amphitheatre, 272 South Rock Crusher Road, Crystal River. $25 and up. (352) 746-4000.
The Stoic Sat. With I Kept Silent, Front Runner, Rival Within, Stealing Spines, Agerasia. 6 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Collie Buddz Sun. With Cris Cab, New Kingston. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17.50-$20. (727) 895-3045.
Joe Maz Sun. Shepard’s Beach Resort, 619 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. (727) 441-6875.
Kylesa Mon. With Blood Ceremony, White Hills, Lazer/Wulf, Wellwisher. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 248-9500.
J. Alvarez Tue. 10 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.
John Michael Montgomery Thu. With Blake Wise. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30-$75. (813) 248-9500.
Moors & McCumber Thu. 8 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*