With the Casualties, Infernaeon, Mobile Deathcamp
Details: Friday 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $19-$24. (813) 247-2555.
There will be blood. Nontoxic, biodegradable blood that is. On Friday, elaborately costumed interplanetary warriors and cult favorites GWAR return to spew faux fluids and gross out the general population like Ozzy Osbourne doing Gallagher. Oh, and they play music, too. The perverse mock rockers (who grew up on Spinal Tap and the Sex Pistols, no doubt) have turned what began as a twisted little marketing experiment into a 25-year-plus touring group that has been banned in multiple cities and arrested on obscenity charges. Grab a white T-shirt and get in the splash zone.
Details: Friday 8 p.m. (After the Running of the Bulls Night Parade) USF, the Meadows lawn, 50th Street and Holly Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 974-5202.
The last few times Pitbull played in Tampa Bay, he glided and pivoted around the stage like a Swivel Sweeper while his backing band pounded live drums, percussion and keys hungrily yet meticulously. We were pretty impressed considering "Mr. 305" is a guy best known for lines like, "forget about your boyfriend and meet me at the hotel room." Since his unleashing in 2002, the catcalling Cuban-American has specialized in a bilingual blend of loud, sticky reggaeton and hip-hop, complete with synthesized saxophone samples, steamy cadences and three-piece suits.
Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon Birthday Party and Tribute
Featuring (in order of appearance) Steve Arvey, Bride of Chaotica, Deeper Shade of Soul, Scone Train, Soul Purpose, the Sundries, Gentlemen Please, Sound Parlor, Friends of Giants, the Grecian Urns, Cold Joon, Joemarkus, Skull & Bone Band, the Human Condition, Paul Wilborn and Blue Roses, Dirty Spoons and Trash Revue, The Tampa Bay Women's Chorus, Big Wiggler, Rebekah Pulley, Old North East, Robert Wegman, Blue Cypress, the Sun Society, Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, Charming Devils, Four Star Riot, Talk To Mark
Details: Saturday 1 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$17. (813) 971-0666.
John Lennon, that dangerously smart, sarcastic and socially conscious Beatle, would have turned 70 on Saturday. As performer, writer or co-writer, Lennon was responsible for 27 No. 1 singles in a career cut short. In his honor, nearly 30 bands will re-create his beloved catalog of songs, from the uplifting to the avant-garde. One of the highlights might be young local band the Grecian Urns' interpretation of classic album Imagine.
Ninebullets.net Fourth Anniversary Party
Featuring Have Gun, Will Travel, Nessie, Will Quinlan and the Diviners, the Only Sons, Chase 56, Matt Woods, more
Details: Saturday 4 p.m. Café Bohemia, 937 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8-$10. (727) 895-4495.
For people who dig alt-country, Americana, roots-punk, whiskey and free MP3s, ninebullets.net is comparable to a techie's Mashable. The blog based out of St. Petersburg boasts free downloads and has a national following thanks to posts on the Drive-By Truckers, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Legendary Shack Shakerse. During four years, founder Bryan Childs said the best thing to come from the site's 1,400-plus posts are the relationships with fans, artists and labels. "9B started as a full-on fan site and now we see it thanked in CD liners and whatnot," he said. "It reminds me that we're fighting the good fight."
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.