97x Backyard BBQ
Featuring the Used, Civil Twilight, Foxy Shazam, Imagine Dragons, Khora, Sunshine and Bullets, Middle Class Rut and Falling In Reverse.
Details: Saturday noon. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free but ticket required: 97xonline.com for locations.
Alternative rock station 97x offers a solid bill and bevy of barbecue for this year's edition of the Backyard BBQ. Ohio's Foxy Shazam draws from the book of Queen and Meat Loaf to construct the kind of monster piano rock that powers sports montages. Watch for operatic wailer, shrieker and acrobat Eric Nally, the starry-eyed singer behind it all (not that you'd miss him). Headliner the Used has tracks to debut off of Vulnerable, but it's South Africa's Civil Twilight that's the must-see here. On Letters from the Sky, a piano-powered lament for a lost love, singer Steven McKellar pleads, "I was meant to taste your kiss." Before long the band is crescendo-ing its way to a blissful reunion, and straight into your heart. If you like Keane, Snow Patrol or have two X chromosomes, you're bound to like it.
Shephard's Memorial Day Weekend Bash
Details: Saturday, featuring Breathe Carolina, DJ Skribble (pictured), more. Sunday, featuring Havana Brown, Wallpaper, Hyper Crush. Monday, featuring Joe Maz. Shephard's, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 441-6875 or shephards.com for set times.
Shephard's has been scrambling to renovate its waterfront stage for this Memorial Day weekend bash, an annual doozy of booze, beats and bathing suits. Electro pop-rock act Breathe Carolina, whose single Blackout is an ode to stupid, sloppy nights, is perfectly matched for the headlining spot. Former MTV VJ and sultan of spring break, DJ Skribble, will also perform.
Maps and Atlases
With the Big Sleep, more
Details: Saturday 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.
Maps and Atlases singer Dave Davison, with his hermit-length facial hair and strange Dumbledore resemblance, might not be the typical face of an arty Chicago pop-rock act, but he plays the role with ease. New disc Beware and Be Grateful, which melds afro-pop, folk and experimental rock, whizzes with kinetic energy, so perhaps it's fitting that the group teamed with the Chicago coffee baron Intellegentsia for a band-approved coffee blend.
Details: Friday 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street S, St. Petersburg. $37 and up. (727) 892-5767.
Nearly 40 years after quitting his job as a postman, John Prine is still delivering the kind of humble folk songs that make us believe modesty is the best policy. It's been said that every guy with a guitar and a gift for social commentary was pegged a "new Dylan" in the '70s. And while that list included Prine, the Illinois native never quite cracked mainstream. Today, the 65-year-old continues to craft earthy tunes about the overlooked nooks and crannies of everyday life for his adoring fans. Prine, who has a home in Gulfport, battled throat cancer in 1998.
, Timothy B. Schmit
Details: Tonight at 7:30. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. $45. (727) 791-7400.
Known for his work as a member of the Eagles and Poco, Timothy B. Schmit goes on a solo tour stint. He and a full band will perform songs by those bands, as well as tracks from his Lost Highway solo effort Expando. Written and produced by Schmit, Expando presents a diverse mix of Americana, folk, country, rock and blues, and features guests the Blind Boys of Alabama, Garth Hudson, Kid Rock, Graham Nash, Van Dyke Parks, Benmont Tench and Dwight Yoakam.
Edgar Winter Band
Details: Friday 5:30 p.m. Cleveland Street Stage, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Free. (727) 791-7400.
Come on and take a free ride (apologies, we just couldn't resist) with Edgar Winter as the "Blast Friday" concert series continues in downtown Clearwater. The Frankenstein and Free Ride rocker (and recent star of an AT&T commercial) will command the keys. Later this year, he'll team up with Johnny Winter at Ruth Eckerd Hall's annual Hippiefest.
With Soul Rebels Brass Band
Details: Friday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$23. (727) 895-3045.
Across a half-dozen albums, Lucero's leathery growler Ben Nichols has contemplated girls, guitars, work and hard-drinking in the tradition of Born to Run-era Bruce Springsteen. The band's down-on-your luck alt-country tunes have evolved some with the addition of horn-and-organ-infused Memphis soul on the perkier 1372 Overton Park and latest Women and Work. But make no mistake, the whiskey's still flowing and the losers are still worth rooting for. The band will hold an in-store concert at Daddy Kool Records at 4 p.m. on the day of the show.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]