For New Year's
Here are a few upcoming concerts so you can make plans for New Year's Eve:
The Black Honkeys
Details: 9 p.m. Dec. 31. The Chic a Boom Room, 319 Main St., Dunedin. $25. (727) 736-0206.
Come all ye faithful Honkey lovers. The big, sassy party band, whose shake-somethin' attitude transcends race and time, returns to rock Chic a Boom Room. (Noise complaints have kept the band from playing the venue on a regular basis.) This show, sure to include funk junkie originals like Let Me Into Your Party and a fan-favorite cover of Everyday People, marks the Black Honkeys' 10th anniversary and will be themed "2010 Space Odyssey."
The WMNF Tribute to 1979
Details: 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $25-$35. (813) 971-0666.
Tonight we're gonna party like it's . . . 1979? Following its hugely popular Woodstock and Beatles tribute shows, listener-supported station WMNF will close out the year with one last tribute concert. In a toast to a somewhat random, albeit respectable, year in music, top Florida bands will moonlight as stars Blondie, above (played by Sons of Hippies), AC/DC (Captain Obvious and the Duh! Patrol), Tom Petty (Ted Lukas and the Misled), the Cars (Talk To Mark) and many more.
Treasure Island New Year's Eve party
Featuring the Commodores, Jon Secada, Stormbringer
Details: 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Treasure Island Yacht and Tennis Club, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. $50-$150. (727) 367-4511.
Funk-soul jam Brick House has long been an anthem for lido-deck dance lines and wedding receptions. Now it's good for New Year's, thanks to a Commodores stop in Treasure Island. You'll recognize Latin pop artist Jon Secada's Just Another Day and If You Go, though Secada has also penned well-known tracks for Gloria Estefan and Jennifer Lopez.
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m Christie Lenee
With Middle Rhythm Session, Shaun Hopper
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Over masterful, lost-in-the-stars plucking and strumming, Tampa native Christie Lenee proposes a peaceful, love-filled existence. Her fusion of nu-jazz, folk, flamenco, classical, bluegrass, jam and funk has a wassail-like warming quality, one that's gaining traction in her new home of Philadelphia. There Lenee recently recorded with Bela Fleck's Jeff Coffin and performed live with fellow fingerboard futurist Tim Reynolds.
With Oceana, My Captain, My King, Stella, Von Wolfe
Details: 6 p.m. Saturday. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
Silas fans aren't going to the band's last-ever concert to reflect on good times had. It's for one final eardrum assault. For four years, the St. Pete hard-core act and its combo of boisterous guitars and unremitting drums landed a Warped Tour slot, as well as gigs with Haste the Day and Sky Eats Airplane. In a farewell blog post, the band wrote, "We had a good run, and played with our favorite bands in our genre, so we can't really complain." The members will go on to individual projects.
New World Brewery annual Christmas show
Featuring Pohgoh, the Tenant, Red Room Cinema
Details: 9 p.m. Friday. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Tradition has it that after the gifts are opened and the eating's done, local music fans hit New World Brewery to escape the holiday hubbub. Coinciding with this year's event, Tampa's venerable New Granada Records celebrates its 15th anniversary with a performance by one of its first-ever bands, local rock act Pohgoh (1994). "We're looking at this show as less of a reunion and more of a timestamp of where it all started," said Pohgoh drummer and New Granada founder Keith Ulrey.