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This week in Tampa: Wild Splash, Gasparilla Music Festival, Strawberry Festival and more



Every year, there's at least one weekend where music festivals dominate both sides of the bay. This weekend is that weekend.

In Clearwater, you have 94.1 Wild Splash, featuring Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B., Kid Ink (above), Sage the Gemini, Rich Homie Quan and more. Click here for our preview of that show.

In Tampa, you have the third annual Gasparilla Music Festival, with the Flaming Lips, Trombone Shorty, Jason Isbell, Anders Osborne, Los Amigos Invisibles and more. Click here and here for our preview.

And in Plant City, you have the final weekend of the Florida Strawberry Festival, featuring the Band Perry, Boyz II Men, Jerrod Niemann and more. Click here for our preview.

After all that, what's left? Oh, plenty: Michael Bolton, Daddy Yankee, Steve Miller Band, Dash Berlin, 2 Live Crew, Don McLean, Hopsin, Walter Parks, Gino Vannelli, Iration, You Blew It!, Marquise Knox and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...

2 Live Crew
With T-Quest World Famous, Infinite Skillz
FRIDAY 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $30.
The ’90s weren’t ready for 2 Live Crew to be as nasty as they wanted to be. The hip-hop group’s 1989 LP gave birth to the “Parental Advisory” sticker as we know it, and with song titles like We Want Some P----, Face Down A-- Up and F--- Shop, who could blame parents for wanting a warning label? The boys soldiered on, however, and survived lineup changes and lawsuits (remember the New 2 Live Crew?) to produce four more albums. There’s even a new song on the radio (Take It Off). While the only original members performing at this show will be Fresh Kid Ice and Brother Marquis, it shouldn’t stop them from revisiting all the drama-causing, blush-inducing glory of their past.

Don McLean
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45-$85. (727) 791-7400.

At 68, Don McLean is an aging folk legend whose career has been defined by two tragic tribute songs he released in one fateful year, 1971. One, Vincent, paid homage to Van Gogh, who had been deceased almost a century; the other, American Pie, is an epic, seven-minute opus recounting the days after a 1959 plane crash that claimed the lives of ’50s icons Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. McLean wrings everything he can out of those songs in his live set, but other classics like Castles In The Air and Crying get their fair share of attention during the show. McClean’s sturdy picking and inimitable, crystal-clear voice remind fans why he deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as other folk icons like Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger.

With Rival, Prince Golden, BC
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$35. (813) 248-9500.
Hopsin doesn’t need his infamous white contacts and menacing grin to be intimidating, but by the time fans see his signature look and hear his aggressive rhymes, they have no choice but to surrender to the charisma and intensity of the 28-year-old Los Angeles rapper. His live show is notoriously high energy, and his catalog possesses the electricity of early Eminem while acting as a canvas to plaster his heart-on-the-sleeve, volatile lyrics all over. A February Twitter rant found him airing out confusion and sadness caused by his growing fame (I’m officially burned out...I Know people who got a lot less than I do who are a lot happier), but recent social media dispatches have found him in a better disposition and focused on his hardcore fans, so expect a renewed spirit from him at this show.

You Blew It!
With Dikembe, Prawn, Special Explosion, Ten Aces, Adjy
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Mojo Books & Music, 2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 971-9717.
You Blew It! have been called leaders of the emo revival. Pitchfork even heaped massive praise on the punk outfit’s latest LP, Keep Doing What You’re Doing. One of the most impressive things about the Orlando group, however, is the way they’ve handled their new popularity and remained accessible to fans despite the addition of European tour dates and MTV airplay (their Tampa date finds them playing in a bookstore). The title of Keep Doing’s lead single, Award Of The Year Award , playfully predicts and pokes fun at the band’s increased visibility, which is only going to grow thanks to its angsty, sonically rich, and incredibly complex rock. The band owes a lot to emo forefathers like the Get Up Kids and American Football, but takes no prisoners as it inevitably wiggles its way out of punk obscurity and into the consciousnesses of music lovers globally.

Dash Berlin
With Tony Puccio, Knex, Gemini
SUNDAY Noon. Hogan’s Beach, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Highway., Tampa. $30. (813) 281-8900.
The allure of Hogan’s Beach isn’t its food or even its decor (sorry Hulk, please don’t leg-drop us), but its location — pleasantly plagued by white sand, warm water and epic sunsets — and a commitment to the idea of partying with some of the top names in dance music. On Saturday, they continue that tradition by welcoming the Netherlands’ Dash Berlin, who has utilized an almost unrivaled mastery of trance to become DJ Mag’s No. 10 DJ in the world (ahead of Skrillex, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, Zedd and more). The 34-year-old Dash arrives in Florida just in time for spring break, and a few weeks ahead of the International Dance Music Awards in Miami, where he is nominated for Best Trance Track (Steal You Away) and Best Trance DJ. His post-Tampa itinerary finds him jetting off to the Great White North for a few Canadian dates, so expect Berlin to soak up and savor every ounce of spring break sunshine he encounters down here.

Michael Bolton
MONDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $72-$92. (727) 791-7400.

Sometimes, When A Man Loves A Woman he decides to break off the engagement and get left homeless in the streets. And, sometimes, if that man is named Michael Bolton (who got booted from both of his houses when he split with ex-fiancee Nicollette Sheridan in 2008), it all works out in the end, thanks to a 2010 Saturday Night Live skit gone viral. To be fair, his Grammys and nearly 60 million records sold probably make for a good nest egg, but we like to think that Bolton, 61, is sitting pretty thanks to his infamous SNL collaboration with the Lonely Island (seriously, Google Jack Sparrow). Toss in Bolton’s recent random appearances in Honda commercials, and you’ve got an untouchable ’80s soft-rock king turned bona fide 2014 Internet superstar. We’re not sure which side of Bolton we’ll see at the Clearwater gig, but you can bet the house will be packed and he won’t be getting kicked off the stage.

Marquise Knox
THURSDAY 9 p.m. Ringside Café, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 894-8465.

Marquise Knox is no stranger to the Bay area and is certainly no stranger to the blues. He’s played both the Tampa Bay Blues Festival and Clearwater’s Sea-Blues Festival in the last year alone, and on Thursday night he gets his own headlining gig at Ringside Cafe’s new downtown digs. Knox, 23, possesses a firm grip on the blues that defies that his youth, but it should come as no surprise. He was born in Grenada County on the Mississippi Blues Trail, and after his grandma taught him the guitar, he took all the influence of Jimmy Reed and Pinetop Perkins, plus the knowledge from mentors like the legendary Henry James Townsend, to craft his debut album (Man Child) at the ripe old age of 16. The effort earned him a Blues Music Award nomination, and this intimate gig is a rare opportunity to travel back in time and see what greats like B.B. King, Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf might’ve sounded like in their own youths.

Bands, Brew & BBQ
With Daddy Yankee (Saturday), Steve MIller Band (Sunday)
SATURDAY-SUNDAY 5 p.m. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Free with park admission. (813) 987-5600.
Blackfish who? Artists confirmed for Busch Gardens’ Bands Brew & BBQ music series began cancelling appearances after SeaWorld (Busch Gardens’ sister park) fell victim to negative press generated by a controversial documentary about killer whales in captivity, but it looks like the park’s musical lineup has resurfaced in a big way. They’ve hosted ZZ Top, Bret Michaels and Lifehouse over the last two weeks, and Saturday finds them welcoming reggaeton star Daddy Yankee (Limbo, Lovumba) while Sunday brings ’70s classic rock heroes Steve Miller Band to serve up some pickin’, grinnin’, lovin’ and sinnin’ alongside the craft brews and fall-off-the-bone BBQ. The concerts are free with park admission and it’s the series’ last weekend, so get your licks in while you can.

Also playing

ESB Brewery Grand Opening Fri. With Y Los Dos Pistoles, Radarmen, Join Hands, The Porch Sessions. 8 p.m. ESB Brewery, 333 Falkenburg Road N, Tampa. Free. (813) 990-0700.

Iration Fri. With Natural Vibrations, The Movement, Micha Brown. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 565-0550.

Touche Amore Fri. With Seahaven, Caravels. 7 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $15. (813) 382-3477.

Simon Morley Fri. Noon. University Of Tampa Sykes Chapel, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 253-3333.

City Rock Fest Fri. With Consumed By Fire, Seventh Day Slumber, At The Wayside. 6:30 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $4. (727) 822-3590.

Funny Bunny CD release Fri. With Channing and Quinn, Empire Theory. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.

Room Full Of Strangers Sat. With Danny Feedback, Little Jerks, Monach. 8 p.m. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10.

Gino Vannelli Fri.-Sat.. With Bernie Williams. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $55-$115. (727) 791-7400.

Rittz Sat. With Jelly Roll. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 895-3045.

Walter Parks Sat. With Sam Pacetti. 6 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $15. (727) 644-7895.

Trinity 7 Sat. With Jaghuar. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.

The Vogues Sun. 2:30 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$35. (727) 822-3590.

Les Racquet Sun. 6 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Tom Paxon Sun. 5 and 7:30 p.m.. Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $40. (727) 323-2787.

Amy Speace Mon. 7:30 p.m. Straz  Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28.50. (813) 229-7827.

Shroud Eater Mon. With Orbweaver, Landbridge, Cosm, Ulcer. 8 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 424-1809.

The Paramedic Thurs. With Break This Curse, 21 Days Remain, The Anti-Thropics. 6 p.m. Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. $8-$10. (813) 972-8152.

Boney James Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$65. (727) 791-7400.

-- Ray Roa, tbt*


[Last modified: Friday, March 7, 2014 10:06am]


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