DJ Pauly D
Details: Wednesday 10 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, St. Petersburg. $10-$25. (727) 571-2222.
We gasped when the Situation came to the Venue in St. Petersburg. We gasped when Vinny came to AJA Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. But nothing could have prepared us for the insane crowd of ladies that awaited when DJ Pauly D hit the Venue for a spring break party in March. The club was as packed as it's ever been, but unofficially, Pauly D may be the biggest Jersey Shore draw in Tampa Bay (at least until Snooki comes to town).
With Cookie Monsta, Baker, Mr. Saturn, Kingkrow, Thee Joker, more
Details: Friday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$40. (813) 247-2555.
At the recent Identity Festival in Tampa, dubstep DJs ruled the day, with artists like Kaskade, Rusko and Datsik drawing some of the biggest crowds. Those same neon-clad club kids will no doubt be out in force for the down 'n' dirty duo of Excision and Cookie Monsta. Excision has been a collaborator and tourmate with big names like Deadmau5 and the aforementioned Datsik, with whom he has produced a couple of thunderous, bone-rattling EPs. Check out their single Swagga for an education in dubstep, an ominous blend of techno and hip-hop.
Details: Wednesday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19. (727) 895-3045.
In the late '80s, the Sunset Strip was the last place you'd go in search of the good word. But then along came Christian glam band Stryper, tossing Bibles to the crowd while delivering mullet-banging tracks like To Hell With the Devil and In God We Trust. It worked well enough that the band sold more than 10 million albums, and toured with Bon Jovi and Ratt. Nearly 30 years after founding, Stryper is still hanging around. If you go, feel free to rock out to Honestly — just keep your devil's horns in your pockets.
, Return to Forever IV
With Zappa Plays Zappa
Details: Sunday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $52.75-$103. (727) 791-7400.
Pianist Chick Corea became a jazz legend by performing with Miles Davis in the '60s. But in the '70s, two things happened: (1) Corea converted to Scientology, later moving to Clearwater as a result, and (2) he formed his own pioneering jazz-fusion supergroup, Return to Forever, which has toured only occasionally since 1972, most recently in 2008. This incarnation, dubbed Return to Forever IV, features Stanley Clarke on bass, Lenny White on drums, guitarist Frank Gambale and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Equally mind-bending is the opening act, Zappa Plays Zappa, the Frank Zappa tribute act led by son Dweezil, left. Even some of the most hard-core Zappaphiles have given the kid's act the seal of approval.
Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room
With John Gold, Dave Hause
Details: Sunday 7 p.m. 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.
When he's not busy with his day job as a bassist and vocalist for pop-punk legends Alkaline Trio, Dan Andriano leads this one-man folk-rock project, whose emotive ups and downs call to mind the Wallflowers, or latter-day Colin Hay. In August, he released the largely acoustic Hurricane Season, his first album under this name. It's a long way from the Warped Tour, but we all gotta grow up sometime. Andriano appears to be doing so with plaintive grace.
Times staff writer Jay Cridlin can be reached at [email protected]