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SoundCheck: Los Lobos, Scream It Like You Mean It Tour, Santana and Steve Winwood, Celebrate Sinatra, Funeral Party

Los Lobos

Details: Friday, after the 7:10 p.m. Rays vs. Yankees game. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

There's a lot more to Los Lobos than a hit cover of Mexican folk song La Bamba. The east Los Angeles quintet (whose name is Spanish for "the wolves") blends rock, Latin music and howlin' blues with a sense of arty playfulness. New disc Tin Can Trust (set for release next week) runs the gamut from Spanish-language ballads to Strat-mastering Grateful Dead interpretations. "This is what happens when five guys create a magical sound, then stick together for 30 years to see how far it can take them," says Rolling Stone. Complete your wolf pack Friday night at the Trop with this choice Chicano act.

Scream It Like You Mean It Tour

Details: Saturday 5 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18.50. (727) 895-3045.

Featuring Silverstein, Emery, Dance Gavin Dance, I Set My Friends on Fire, Sky Eats Airplane, more

If ever there was a genre to befuddle parental figures, screamo was its name-o. Bands like Emery, Dance Gavin Dance and Sky Eats Airplane practice suburban defiance with vociferous playing, and of course, screaming. Essentially, it's a millennial, tight-jeans version of metal (also referred to as "metalcore"). There's a good deal of talent behind all the madness, though, including adept double-bass maneuvering and crafty guitar progressions.

Santana and Steve Winwood

Details: Saturday 7:30 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25.50-$125.50. (813) 740-2446.

Two greats offer a big evening out. Santana's Afro-Latin-rock fusion and sprawling guitar work is the stuff of legends, though it's the modern pop artist pairings that have made him one of the biggest comeback stories of all time. Winwood has worn many hats during his career: Brit blues invader with the Spencer Davis Group, pioneering jam band musician and experimental innovator with Traffic and Blind Faith, and soul man on his own in the '80s. Anticipate a little of each Steve on Saturday.

Celebrate Sinatra

Featuring Tom Tiratto and the Joe Stagi Big Band Orchestra

Details: Saturday 9 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $50 and up. Must pay in advance at

Come fly with Tom Tiratto and the Joe Stagi Big Band Orchestra as they re-create the best of Ol' Blue Eyes. It's all part of Celebrate Sinatra, the tribute event that Tampa resident Ken Walters has held every year since Frank Sinatra's passing in 1998. On Saturday, Walters will once again transform Ybor's Ritz Theater into a '50s-style nightclub where guests may swing to the standards in their finest duds, he says.

Funeral Party

With New Politics

Details: Aug. 5, 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $8.50. (813) 248-9500.

Funeral Party is a shabby-sheik disco-punk act on a perpetual bender. Imagine a grouchy, more severe version of the Rapture and you've got the idea. Check out the erratic cowbell-thumper Carwars and don't overthink it. Just move your feet.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at


Robert Plant

It’s been a long time since Robert Plant has truly rock ’n’ rolled, but that doesn’t mean he’s totally abandoned his Led Zep daze. On a new concert tour with his Band of Joy (a sorta supergroup that features guitarist Buddy Miller and vocalist Patty Griffin), the 61-year-old Brit indulges his longtime love affair with Americana and blues, his raspy voice better suited for low, smoldering moans than the high, holy shrieks of his youth. But recent reviews of Plant’s current trek also show plenty of Zep tunes on the set list (Thank You, Tangerine, Misty Mountain Hop), and that makes sense. For all their tight-panted lasciviousness and Tolkien-inspired mumbo-jumbo, the London quartet was first and foremost a blues revue. And if they did indeed sell their souls to the devil as the legend claims, it was probably not for a taste of fame or riches, but only because they wanted to get closer to Robert Johnson and his Clarksdale, Miss., crossroads. Plant and the Band of Joy perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$99.50. (727) 791-7400. -- Sean Daly, Times pop music critic

>> Anders Osborne Fri. 8 p.m. With the Lee Boys. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.

>>Dementia (Zombie event) Fri. 7:30 p.m. With Azalea, Scar City, more. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $5. (727) 843-0686.

>>Will Erickson and Local Roots Fri. 10 p.m. Fly Bar, 1202 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 275-5000.

>>Jarvik 7 Sat. 9 p.m. With Beardsley, King of Prussia. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

>>Magadog Sat. With the Boozers. Ella's, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 234-1000.

>>Grupo Mania Sat. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 565-0551.

>>Michael Mack Sat. 8:30 p.m. With Lou Angelwolf. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 892-5767.

>>GBH Mon. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.

>> Sander Van Doorn Wed. 10 p.m. With J13. Bishop Tavern, 260 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 822-2027.

SoundCheck: Los Lobos, Scream It Like You Mean It Tour, Santana and Steve Winwood, Celebrate Sinatra, Funeral Party 07/28/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:56am]
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