G. Love and Special Sauce .
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 565-0551.
Garrett Dutton. There's a name you don't hear every day — probably because he's better known the world over as G. Love, leader of the irrepressible Philadel-funky blues-hop band Special Sauce. In the late '90s, you could count on G. Love to liven up any college-quad hacky sack game thanks to boogie-worthy singles like Rodeo Clowns, Baby's Got Sauce and Cold Beverage, the world's best tribute to ice-cold lemonade, A&W root beer and chocolate egg creams.
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With Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Keri Hilson, Fat Joe, Ace Hood, Gunplay, Mann, Lil Kee, Strizzo, Javon Black, Shawty, Santino
Details: Saturday 1 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $22. wild941.com.
Everyone knows the Doggfather. And we're getting to the point where everyone knows Wiz Khalifa, thanks to his ubiquitous hit Black and Yellow. Even though his Pittsburgh Steelers got smacked in Super Bowl XLV, Khalifa still managed to dominate the Internet with his ode to . . . um . . . what's that song about, again? Never mind. Just know that he'll be performing tracks from his upcoming debut, Rolling Papers, due later this month. Keri Hilson, a 2009 Best New Artist Grammy nominee, is coming to provide eye (and ear) candy. And don't sleep on local rapper/producer Lil Kee, whose infectious Bust It Wide Open is receiving airplay across the country.
Dum Dum Girls
With Tennis, La Sera
Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 N Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 248-9500.
We're in the midst of a lo-fi indie-pop-punk renaissance, with artists like Dum Dum Girls rocking dorm rooms around the country. The leather-clad quartet blends Ronettes harmonies with Go-Go's style and Ramones attitude, especially on the infectious Bhang Bhang, I'm A Burnout. Joining them are two equally buzzed-about bands: Tennis, a husband-and-wife duo specializing in lush, nautical-themed soundscapes; and La Sera, the '60s-sounding side project of Vivian Girl Katy Goodman, recently named an Artist to Watch by Rolling Stone.
With Millionyoung, Luminary Youth
Details: Saturday 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 N Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50. (813) 248-9500.
To quote Velma Kelly: Whatever happened to class? It's alive and well in Elizabeth Harper, the singer-songwriter behind electro-pop trio Class Actress. Mixing chill-wave synths and slinky, sexy bedroom beats, the Brooklyn buzz band's 2010 EP Journal of Ardency could be the soundtrack to an, um, experimental '80s sleepover party. "We're definitely going for Depeche Mode's Some Great Reward, early Madonna, Human League — that kind of sound," Harper told Pitchfork.
With Yellow Ostrich, Blair, Alexander and the Grapes, Davy and the Gods
Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
A band name like Say Hi To Your Mom just screams American Pie 2. So driving force Eric Elbogen dropped the To Your Mom bit. Elbogen's echoey warble adds a noirish touch to his sneakily catchy indie rock. New disc Um, Uh Oh is foreboding yet uplifting, with bouncy, bluesy nods to Nick Cave, Lou Reed, the Shins or the Violent Femmes.
Jay Cridlin can be reached at jcridlin@ tampabay.com.