This week in Tampa: Vince Gill, George Thorogood, Action Bronson, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and more
Most of Tampa Bay is buzzing about Miley Cyrus at the Tampa Bay Times Forum tonight, but there's a host of good music coming down the pike. Here to walk you through this week's concert picks -- including Vince Gill (above), Amy Grant, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Action Bronson, Waka Flocka Flame, the Moody Blues, Riff Raff, Marc Cohn, Dave Hause, VNV Nation and the Whiskey Gentry -- is Ray Roa...
With Riff Raff, B.I.C.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free, but sold out. (813) 248-9500.
Food; Queens, N.Y.; or hard-nosed rap — we’re not sure which one of those things Action Bronson loves the most. But a recent video of the 30-year-old emcee taking a break between New Zealand tour stops to find an Auckland deli that serves NYC-style street food hilariously marries all three of those passions. He’ll meet an equally devoted demographic at this Ybor City concert that celebrates two decades of the Skatepark Of Tampa’s globally-revered professional skateboarding contest, Tampa Pro. Every ticket to the free show was scooped up less than hour after being released, but it’ll be worth it to try and get in. Bronson’s rotund, red-bearded persona only adds to the allure of his raucous live show, and he’ll meet his match at the Orpheum, which will be sardine-packed with inebriated, sweaty skaters, ready to let loose after a long day of competition.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $29.50-$$125. (727) 791-7400.
If you have an affection for feeling Bad To The Bone and downing One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer every time you belly up to the bar, you won’t be singing the blues when Thorogood and the Destroyers take the stage. This Ruth Eckerd Hall show celebrates 40 years of American-made, unabashed blues riffs and boogie-woogie, and while the 64-year-old hasn’t exactly tried to expand his sonic palette over the course of his career, songs like Nobody But Me, Get A Haircut, and Who Do You Love? still ring as intoxicating as ever for fans who flock to his shows.
With Emily Kopp
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. $45-$59. (727) 791-7400.
The new year has not been kind to Marc Cohn, thanks to a tabloid fiasco in which he allegedly cheated on his wife, ABC news anchor Elizabeth Vargas, while she was in rehab. At least Cohn still has 1991. That was the year the 54-year-old Midwest soft rocker scored a Best New Artist Grammy thanks in part to his piano-driven, bound-for-karaoke-glory hit Walking In Memphis. Things didn’t quite take off after that, and Cohn even went on an almost 10-year hiatus in the late ’90s, but he did breathe a little new life into his career with a 2010 covers record, Listening Booth. Expect him to tread on the breadth of his catalog and, yes, take you on a sonic walk down Beale Street and Union Avenue all the way down to Graceland at this intimate gig.
The Heights Unites Benefit Bonanza
With Florida Night Heat, Matt Hires, GreyMarket, Empire Cinema, Genghis Flan, more.
SATURDAY 4 p.m. Florida Avenue Ales, 4101 N Florida Ave., Tampa. $15. (813) 347-2101.
Domani’s Bistro was an important piston in the engine that propelled Tampa’s Seminole Heights into rejuvenation, so residents were naturally devastated when the eatery recently went up in flames. Local musicians — along with a community collective and Seminole Heights brewery Florida Avenue Ales — have responded in a big way, though, and on Saturday they’re throwing a mini festival complete with food trucks, local beer, bake sales, yoga and more to help benefit employees of the affected businesses. Area favorites like instrumental-rock trio Florida Night Heat, post-rockers Empire Cinema and singer-songwriter Matt Hires (who recently left Atlantic Records to go the indie route) are just some of the acts on hand. But the real treat is knowing that all this music and craft beer will actually benefit people in need, too.
With Uncle Luke
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $22.50-$25. (727) 565-0550.
Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, and Flesh-n Bone. The individual names of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s lineup read kind of like a macabre, spelling-impaired version of the Seven Dwarves, but as a hip-hop collective, the Cleveland outfit is virtually untouchable. Pretty much adopted by late West Coast rap icon Eazy-E, Bone Thugs released their debut LP in 1993, but hit it big after their sophomore full-length, 1995’s E. 1999 Eternal, and hit single Tha Crossroads, which paid tribute to Eazy-E with a soulful, hypnotically melodic, hyperspeed style of rapping that still hasn’t been successfully replicated. Creative differences between members have resulted in some lineup shifting (Bizzy won’t be there), but this show should still deliver nostalgia in a big way.
With Northcore, Jeff Brawer, Tom’s Ragdoll
SATURDAY 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Combine Dave Hause’s time in beloved bands like Step Ahead, Paint It Black and especially The Loved Ones with an affiliation to storied imprints like Jade Tree Records and Fat Wreck Chords, and what you get is a solid piece of bona fide punk rock royalty. The 36-year-old Philly native’s solo output is a result of an insatiable desire to document his often bleak, but always spot-on assessment of the perils of this American life. While cuts from his second solo LP, Devour, use upbeat arrangements to cloak depressing lyrics (Autism Vaccine Blues), Hause’s style of folk-punk does lend itself to some brighter, more hopeful moments, as evidenced by the album’s closing track, Benediction, where he turns a forlorn ballad into a sing-along chorus, declaring “It’s love my friend in the end that can us tonight ... so are you in?”
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $21-$23. (813) 248-9500.
Industrial electro isn’t usually thought of as upbeat or positive, but a few moments with VNV Nation could change all that. The duo have been at it since 1995, and while a lot of early material, like Frika, was somewhat danceable, Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson began to abandon that sound on their 1999 breakout album, Empires, where they adopted a sound that was more futuristic (Rubicon), abrasive (Fragments) and ominous (Arclight) than anything they had done before. Newer material — like Generator, from a 2013 LP, Trans National — combines the sounds VNV Nation have explored all along while maintaining a lyrically positive outlook.
With Amy Grant
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45-$125. (727) 791-7400.
Firebrand guitar-slinging and one of the most expansive discographies in country music never get old. Vince Gill — who has sold out all nine of his previous Ruth Eckerd Hall appearances — will return to Clearwater yet again, and if you think fans might pass on seeing him a 10th time, think again. Gill, 56, is touring behind a brand new album (Bakersfield) and will be joined on the road by his wife Amy Grant, who will perform alongside the hubby at this show (fans usually have to wait for the couple’s Christmas tour to see them onstage together). Grant, 53, recently released her own double disc of country gospel, so expect this show to go the distance. Just don’t expect any tickets to be left by the time you read this.
Eric Lindell Fri. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Beach Day Fri. With Glow Low, Other Ocean, DJ Fuego. 9 p,m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Ophelia CD release Fri. With Mountain Holler, Kersey Williams, Have Spirit. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.
Bloody Mary Fri. With Brian Busto. 10 p.m. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W. Platt St., Tampa. $10. (813) 254-2233.
Reggae Revival 3 Fri. With Glory!, Jahguar, Gia Sky, The Growers. 8 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-2356.
Neck Deep Fri. With Knuckle Puck, Light Years. 8 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E. Columbus Dr., Tampa. $10. (813) 382-3477.
Bluegrass Festival Sat. With Skyway Bluegrass, The Cotton Eyed Does, Mountain Memories, Gator Grass. 2:30 p.m. Kolb Park, 16th Avenue and Bay Palm Boulevard, Indian Rocks Beach. Free (Donations Accepted). (727) 595-2517.
Al Stewart Sat. 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29-$37. (727) 791-7400.
Waka Flocka Flame Sat. 6 p.m. Amphitheatre Event Facility, 1609 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25 & up. (813) 873-8368.
Florida Ska Festival Sat. With Rude Squad, The Apes, The Duppies, Victims Of Circumstance, Rocksteady@8, Control This, more. 5 p.m. Amphitheatre Event Facility, 1609 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 873-8368.
The Whiskey Gentry Sat. With Will Quinlan & The Holy Slow Train, Tommy Simms. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 248-4969.
Brass Knuckles Sun. With DJ Nova. 7 p.m. Shepard’s Beach Resort, 619 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $15-$20. (727) 441-6875.
Head North Tues. With So This Is Suffering, Goliath, Cannons With Cannons, Taking On Main Street. 6 p.m. Goat House, 2144 Corporate Center Dr., Odessa. $5. (727) 871-2922.
Moody Blues Tues. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N. McMullen-Booth Rd., Clearwater. $65-$200. (727) 791-7400.
Lydia Tues. With HRVRD, Golden Sun. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City. $12-$14. (813) 241-8600.
Protest The Hero Wed. With Battlecross, Safety Fire, Intervals, Night Verses. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17-$18. (727) 895-3045.
Sofia Talvik Thurs. 6 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. Free. (727) 644-7895.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*