Opening for Dar Williams
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Palladium Theatre, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $27.50. (727) 822-3590.
Some of music's most-celebrated songs have come as the result of bad breakups (Alanis Morrisette's You Oughta Know, Bob Dylan's Don't Think Twice, It's All Right, Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Compares 2 U). Aspiring screenwriter Joshua Radin began writing songs after a painful split, and college friend and Scrubs star Zach Braff helped bring them to fruition. Radin's early work is the kind that lands in the pit of your stomach a la Elliot Smith tunes, though his tracks have brightened up considerably. In fact, Ellen DeGeneres, whom Radin says is his biggest fan (aside from Mom), asked him to perform Today at her wedding.
Damon Fowler CD release
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 971-0666.
After local blues-rock fave Damon Fowler was seriously injured in a car accident on I-75, the Tampa Bay blues community proved just how much it valued his lap steel, dobro and electric six-string skills. To ensure he'd get back on path to rockin', fans and fellow artists helped fund his skin graft surgeries and shoulder rehabilitation. Fowler's first national release on Blind Pig Records, Sugar Shack, rings with the sweet sounds of recovery — soulful vocals, slide guitar in the vein of Duane Allman and Johnny Winter, and first-rate covers of Merle Haggard and the Amazing Rhythm Aces.
With Radio Reset, Stalling Dawn
FRIDAY 6 p.m. Williams Park, 299 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 825-0000.
St. Pete's newest concert venue (!), Williams Park, will host its first-ever performance by a national act. SoCal's Hoobastank (The Reason, Running Away) has new tracks to unveil from ForNever, released this week. Prior to the concert, Mayor Rick Baker will ceremoniously flick the switch on tiny lights on 30 trees in the park, thereby preventing Crawling in the Dark! Also part of the pre-game, Ivanka Ska and L Smith Designs Boutique will turn the sidewalk into an outdoor fashion show. For a pair of free tickets, you'll need to buy a Miller Lite at Push, Midtown Sundries, Bishop Tavern, Ferg's, Corrigan's, or Gators on the Pass. 5,000 tickets have been distributed thus far, organizers say.
Pepsi Musica Super Bowl Fiesta
Featuring Enrique Iglesias, Belanova
FRIDAY 6 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $20-$45. (813) 740-2446.
Like famous padre Julio, Enrique Iglesias has achieved superstardom with passionate pop tunes. But while hits like Hero and Escape seem better suited for snuggling and/or grocery shopping, Iglesias has ample material for a pre-Super Bowl shakefest. He's also taken measures to modernize the way any pop star should these days — with a Lil Wayne collaboration (Push). (Incidentally, Weezy himself will be blogging about Super Bowl weekend for ESPN.) Opener Belanova's got an interesting mix of Spanish pop and electro.
Gwan Massive Party
Featuring Tribal Style, D'visitors, DJ Blenda
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.
Hey, Northerners — defrost with the endearing island sounds of local act Tribal Style. The group plays a mix of progressive jams and traditional roots reggae. They've shared the stage with Toots and the Maytals, Third World, Damian Marley, and jammed with Sublime at parties in the early '90s. Multicultural standout D'Visitors wittily describes its ska-jazz-reggae-funk-calypso mix as Fela Kuti and Burt Bacharach arm wrestling.
Light Yourself On Fire
With Magadog, Eyeznpowa, Candy Bars
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
If Tampa ever returns to death-metal capital status, Light Yourself On Fire could certainly act as a strong governing body. The band burns through visceral, aggressive metal as if clothed in Rayon. (Careful if you Google search the name, though, you'll get plenty of instructions on how to light yourself on fire.) Hip-hop artist Eyeznpowa mixes sweet melodies and beats with dark, Hunter Thompson-inspired humor and lyrics. Premier psychedelic pop act Candy Bars and long-time ska favorites Magadog round out this solid local bill.
SUNDAY 9 p.m. Green Iguana/Buddha Lounge, 1200 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. $20. (813) 868-7600.
Generally, the first line of any Samantha Ronson concert blurb tries to resolve whether or not girlfriend Lindsay Lohan will be in tow. But because you're reading the music page, maybe you'd like to know what she spins anyway? Ronson, sister of Mark Ronson and stepdaughter of Mick Jones (Foreigner) has an array of dance, pop, hip-hop and rock remixes (she digs the Ting Tings, Kings of Leon and Jay-Z to name a few) and a handful of originals. This is your best shot to see the celeb DJ perform, as her other event, ESPN the Magazine's Next VIP Gala party, is extra-exclusive. But to answer your question, no, we don't know if LiLo will show.