SkyBlu of LMFAO (DJ Set)
With DJ Gemini, VJ Kidd Leow
Details: 9 p.m. Friday, the Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $10-$25. (727) 571-2222.
One half of LMFAO is in Clearwater, trick! SkyBlu — otherwise known as the dude who doesn't wear those wacky-looking glasses (he's also the grandson of Motown label founder Berry Gordy) — will offer up an indulgent dance-pop-hip-hop set at the Venue on Friday. There's been some debate lately about which song is THE summer anthem of 2011. Some say it's Katy Perry's Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.). Others say it's Pitbull's Give Me Everything. But we've been hearing LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem everywhere for the past two months. The track, which has been the No.1 iTunes single for weeks now, is insanely catchy, insanely popular and insanely dumb, all important qualifications for any official jam of summer.
Rob Base and Yellowman
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 868-7600.
If toasting is the reggae version of rapping, then Yellowman is the Jamaican Slick Rick. The Albino rhymer became a sex symbol and a dancehall superstar in the early '80s, as unlikely as that would have seemed. And while his sexually explicit lyrics received criticism from Jamaicans (including Peter Tosh), his toasts had major influence on artists both at home and away. Hits Nobody Move and Zungguzungguguzungguzeng (spell-check is now angry) have been sampled by Sublime, 2Pac and KRS One. Later, after struggling with cancer, Yellowman shifted his focus to more spiritually and socially conscious tunes. Rob Base, purveyor of '88 club classic It Takes Two, also performs. Now, you do the "woo" and the "yeah" to make the thing go right.
With Collin Rocker
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
It's rare for a "side project" act to outlast the group that spawned it (thanks for playing, Temple of the Dog, Foxboro Hot Tubs and Team Sleep), but that's the case here with Hot Tuna. Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady formed the blues-rock-folk group in the early '70s and have been performing together ever since. Out to please harmony-loving folk fans, hard-driving blues enthusiasts and perhaps hungry felines, Hot Tuna celebrates the release of Steady As She Goes, its first new album in 20 years.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $15-$20. (727) 895-6620.
During a St. Petersburg gig in 2009, Rod Picott said wisely that, "playing songs beats the s--- out of hanging drywall." The Americana artist, who looks like House's Hugh Laurie and plays like Slaid Cleaves, used to be a construction worker and sheetrock hanger in a small mill town in Maine before hitting the road with weary-kind Americana and country. Picott's blue-collar commentary on lost love, lost jobs and even creaky rocking chairs pays homage to artists like Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen and Woody Guthrie.