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This week in Tampa: Winter Jam, Queensryche, Katharine McPhee and more



We're still getting back to the swing of things here in 2014, and the music calendar is a little light before we get into some of the biggest shows of the year in the next few weeks. For now, though, get the skinny on some of the top shows of the week ahead, including Winter Jam, Katharine McPhee, Steel Magnolia, Queensryche, the Wailers, Speedy Ortiz, Leo Kottke and more, courtesy of Ray Roa...

Katharine McPhee
With Tom Wilkins
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $50-$100. (727) 791-7400.
Sorry Carrie, but while Katharine McPhee may be only the second-sweetest, most adorable American Idol star that Fox has ever produced, she’s definitely the most versatile. The 29-year-old’s voice thrust her into the limelight nearly a decade ago, but it was a short-lived, way-better-than-good combination of singing and acting on NBC’s Smash that’s earned her the right to some staying power. She’s since dabbled in film and gone on to record a pair of records with another on the way. She’ll dip into those LPs (and presumably some Smash material) at this show, where Tim Wilkins will open by inducing some laughter with his super-clean brand of comedy.

Speedy Ortiz
With Grass Is Green, Y Los Dos Pistoles, Sweet Divorce
FRIDAY 8:30 p.m. Mojo Books & Music, 2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $8. (813) 971-9717.

Speedy Ortiz’s moniker is a nod to a desperately lovelorn character from cult 1980s alt-comic Love and Rockets. The subject matter of the band’s jangly, lush noise-pop is just as anguished, and listening to the melancholy melodies spilling out of frontwoman Sadie Dupuis’ mouth is uncontrollably cathartic. Maybe it’s the little hints of Archers Of Loaf or the attitudinal homage to Pavement, but everything on Speedy Ortiz’s stellar 2013 debut LP Major Arcana oozes with a quiet confidence, assurance and ornate accessibility, making them one of the most exciting bands from last year’s already bountiful harvest.

Steel Magnolia
With Randy McNeely
FRIDAY 9 p.m. The Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 855-1464.
Fans of CMT’s Can You Duet watched engaged couple John Scott Jones and Meghan Linsey molt straight out of their roles as the competition’s timid twosome and into the winner’s circle.  The pair were subsequently awarded a spot on Big Machine Records’ roster (Taylor Swift is the label’s crown jewel), and while their romance eventually fell apart thanks in part to Jones’ recent rehab stint, they’ve been able to overcome and continuing performing ooey-gooey love songs like Just Be Being You and Edge Of Goodbye, earning several Country Music Awards nominations along the way.  Linsey and Jones are currently persuing solo careers, so it’ll be a rare sight to them on stage together on this club tour.

The Wailers
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $35-$50. (727) 822-3590.

Once upon a time, a legend named Bob Marley fronted an equally revered backing band called the Wailers. But when Marley left to chase solo ambitions in 1974, things got very confusing, with at least two lineups claiming to be the Wailers. This particular lineup is led by bassist Aston “Family Man” Barret, who played with Marley and company between 1970 and 1981, and while Barret has famously feuded with the Marley estate in the years after the reggae icon passed away, this show will still be a fitting 30th-anniversary celebration of Legend, arguably the most important reggae album of all time. We’ll never really know who the “real” Wailers are, but the impact of the LP is undeniable.

Winter Jam
With NewSong, Newsboys, LeCrae, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Plumb, Colton Dixon, Love & The Outcome, Derek Minor, Everfound.
SATURDAY 6 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $10. (813) 301-2500.
We’ve written about an ark’s full of Christian concerts coming through town in the last few months, and this annual jaunt hosted by NewSong is the mother of them all. The Valdosta, Ga. worship band aren’t selling actual tickets (they’re taking cash or checks at the door) and they lead a bill that also includes multiple Grammy-nominated Australian outfit Newsboys, former American Idol hopeful Colton Dixon, MCs Derek Minor and Lecrae, God-pop siren Plumb and more. General admission is just $10, but anyone who pays extra to join the “Jam Nation” in advance of the show will be allowed in a little early to cherry-pick their seat. Get more information at

Ska Goes Solo
With Chris DeMakes, Ryan Eldred,
TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
There’s always some brass at a ska show, but you won’t see any horns on this two-week tour. Featuring Chris DeMakes (frontman for ska hall of fame-worthy Gainesville outfit Less Than Jake), Catch 22 saxophonist/singer Ryan Eldred, and Jay Tea of the Arrogant Sons of Bitches, the shows find these punks going at it alone, but also jumping in to help the stripped-solo down performances feel even more special. A tour-only 7-inch split will be available as well.

THURSDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $59-$79. (727) 791-7400.
There were a lot of hurt feeling when ’80s metal outfit Queensryche gave founding member Geoff Tate the boot a couple of years ago. The odd result of the schism was two different versions of the outfit, and this particular stop finds Tate, 54, joined by bandmates from an even older project, Myth. Tate has referred to members of this lineup as his “true friends,” and they’ll arrive at the Cap to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Queensryche’s epic prog rock opera Operation: Mindcrime, which is still considered one of the best concept albums of all time. More cuts from the band’s prolific output — as well as material from Tate’s olo career — will surely get played too, so make it out there if you’re on Team Geoff.

Matt Woods
With Pete Stein
THURSDAY 8:30 p.m. The Ale and The Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-2533.
 The lyrics on Matt Woods’ blue-collar poet’s take on outlaw country have drawn comparisons to Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, and things are starting to look up for the troubadour after spending years traveling solo in his truck to play a show nearly every day. It’s all thanks to his new album Deadman’s Blues, which is being hailed by critics and fellow musicians as one of the best Americana albums of 2013.

Also playing

March Fourth Marching Band Fri.  8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.

Gasparilla Music Fridays Fri. With The Wholetones, The Applebutter Express. 5:30 p.m. Grand Central at Kennedy Courtyard, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 226-8735.

Mike Dillon Band Fri.  9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.

The Snails Fri.  9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.

Corbitt Brothers 9 p.m.  9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.

The Sinderella Ball Fri. With Psykotribe, Dementia, Worlds Collide, more. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8.

Oliver Deutschmann Fri.  10 p.m. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. $10 (free for ladies). (813) 254-2233.

Bare Hands Family Band Sat.  9 p.m. The Hub, 519 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.

The David Mayfield Parade Sat. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 248-4969.

Old Gray Sat.  7 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $8. (813) 382-3477.

Too Slim & The Tail Draggers Sat. 9 p.m. Ringside Café, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 894-8465.

Birthday Candles Sat.  9:30 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.

Leo Kottke Sun. 7 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$45. (727) 791-7400.

Circus Mutt Sun. 6:30 p.m. The Independent, 5020 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 341-4883.

Paul Geremia Tues.  7 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.

Permanent Makeup Tues.  7 p.m. Planet Retro, 2414 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 218-7434.

Andra Taylor & Nate Dodge Thurs.  7:30 p.m. Tre Amici at the Bunker, 1907 N 19th St., Ybor City. Free.

The Machine Thurs. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$22. (727) 895-3045.

-- Ray Roa, tbt*

[Last modified: Monday, January 6, 2014 6:03pm]


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