, Sublime with Rome
With Cypress Hill, Matisyahu, Dirty Heads, Pepper
Details: Saturday 2:30 p.m. England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $27 and up. (727) 541-0700.
Singer Rome Ramirez was only 10 years old when he fell in love with Bradley Nowell and the Sublime boys from Long Beach, Calif. Today the 20-something is fronting the band he once idolized, firing on all cylinders on new originals like Panic. Also performing are sun-loving pacifists the Dirty Heads, who broke out with Lay Me Down, a reggae-rock-hip-hop love story heavy on yearning and Corona. Hasidic hip-hop and reggae star Matisyahu, who's featured on the Dirty Heads' latest Cabin by the Sea — a disc you turn to when you need "a breather in life," says guitarist Dustin "Duddy B" Bushnell — will also perform. High Times poster band and Insane in the Brain bringers Cypress Hill and positive vibe merchants Pepper round out the bill.
Summer Jam 8
Featuring Five Eight, David Dondero, the Applebutter Express, Easter Island, the Owsley Brothers, the Woolly Bushmen, the Rosewoods, Chasing Kings, Bluebird, Jensen Serf Co, Moon Lasso, Mouse Fire, Rec Center, Outmode, Not a Planet
Details: Saturday 5 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $13-$16. (813) 248-4969.
We can't think of a more fitting anthem for Summer Jam, the reliably warm, offbeat Tampa fest now in its eighth season, than David Dondero's tune South of the South. On the track, the folk troubadour sings, "I was just a tender chicken in the Florida rotisserie, my own sweat's basting me, thunderstorms are chasing me." Recognized as one of the "best living songwriters" by NPR's All Songs Considered, Dondero will head up the event alongside Five Eight, a beloved alt-rock act out of Athens, Ga., reminiscent of R.E.M. A dozen or so other sweaty, feisty locals fill out the bill, including throwback trio the Woolly Bushmen, who mix rockabilly with British mod-rock for a feral, danceable sound (like Buddy Holly fronting the Troggs), and Jensen Serf Co., young punks with anarchic energy and affinity for waves (like Bleach-era Nirvana covering Best Coast from inside a cave). It's the perfect event to curb your indie/alternative cravings until next year's Tropical Heatwave or Antiwarpt.
DJ Short-e and Hot4Ever Entertainment Labor Day Weekend Bash
Details: Friday-Sunday. TC Choy's, 301 S Howard Ave., Tampa (free-$5); Crabby Bill's Beach Club, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway (free-$10); Champps Sports Bar, 2223 N West Shore Blvd. ($10-$20. Visit short-e.com for details.
You know "that" guy. The one running around the party trying to get everyone to take another shot. In Tampa this weekend, you might say "that guy" is dance-rallying DJ Short-e. He has arranged a star-studded Labor Day weekend with reality stars, pro athletes, beats, DJ battles and bikini contests. Not that we'd expect anything less. Guests include DJ Casey "Mingle Mixx" Turner, who was a contestant on CBS's Big Brother, and former boxing champ Antonio Tarver, who co-starred in the latest Rocky movie alongside Sylvester Stallone.
With Butcher Babies, One-Eyed Doll
Details: Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Los Angeles metal act Otep has experienced a ton of member turnover. Lucky for us, the constant in the band is female firecracker Otep Shamaya, whose Exene Cervenka-channeling lungs lead the group in its 12th year. The politically charged singer-songwriter-renegade Shamaya describes the band's music as "complete mutiny on the senses." And she's not kidding. On fifth malevolent creation Atavist, Shamaya's demonic roar powers the band's heaviest, most primal metal yet. Shamaya has spoken at the Democratic National Convention (2008) and has appeared on HBO's Def Poetry and TLC's L.A. Ink. Before the show, at 4:30 p.m., Otep will hold a poetry reading and signing at Daddy Kool Records across the street from the State.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]