Sublime with Rome
Details: Sunday and Monday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $35 and up. (727) 565-0551.
Success for Long Beach, Calif., reggae-rock band Sublime has been bittersweet. Just a few months before releasing its eponymous breakthrough disc in 1996, singer and guitarist Brad Nowell died of a heroin overdose. Nowell never realized his dream, and bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh never got to carry the legacy out in a live setting. That is until now. After meeting baby-faced Rome Ramirez, a 22-year-old northern California native who has Nowell-style soul and some great guitar chops, the group is going out on the road to woo dry-mouthed diehards, beach kids and just about anyone who went to a house party in Florida in the late '90s to the early '00s. They'll play the classics about smelly vans and vapor exhalation, as well as a newly penned single, Panic. Out of respect for their fallen frontman (and due to the legal stipulations of Nowell's heirs), the group is now calling itself Sublime with Rome.
With Tom G., Lil Kee, Strizzo, more
Details: Saturday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $49 and up. (727) 565-0551.
Hotlanta rapper Young Jeezy is a self-proclaimed "Donald Trump in a white tee," rhyming in a husky groan at a dial-up Internet pace. Jeezy moved hundreds of thousands of copies of gloom-and-doom disc The Recession ("gas higher than me"), so there's got to be promise for Thug Motivation 103 (due out in December), on which Jeezy drinks Dom Pérignon rose like a tank, then loses his mind to one madly infectious beat (Lose My Mind). To hold you over until then, the Snowman with the sandpaper drawl just released mix tape The Last Laugh. Local artist Lil Kee, whose Buss It Wide Open is getting good airplay, opens the show.
Details: Saturday 10 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, St. Petersburg. Cost unavailable. (727) 571-2222.
If 2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell is the CEO of booty music, DJ Laz deserves an upper management position. The South Florida DJ's hits Esa Morena, which suggests a Mariachi band on amphetamines, and the techno-leaning Red Alert were ridiculously popular at clubs in Florida. The genre may have fizzled, but the desire to jiggle continues. DJ Laz, who resurfaced recently on speaker-clattering collaborations with Flo Rida and Pitbull, will appear at a reunion party Saturday.
Stanton Moore Trio
With Anders Osborne, Cope
Details: Saturday 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $15. (813) 241-8600.
A clinic drummer and bandleader with an insatiable desire to put fans' feet in motion, Stanton Moore is best known as the pulse of New Orleans-style jazz-funk-rock gumbo band Galactic, though he has collaborated with everyone from Irma Thomas to Corrosion of Conformity. Grinning and thumping like every day is Mardi Gras, this super-funky white guy (in fact, we think the Wild Cherry song may have been written just for him) lays down triplets, tricky grooves and signature press rolls that make musicians drool. On a scale of Peter Criss ("nobody wants to be Peter Criss, Lois, not even Peter Criss") to Buddy Rich, he's, well . . . Stanton Moore, and that means way up there.
Lauris Vidal CD Release
Details: Friday 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7-$15. (813) 248-4969.
Since he was young, Lauris Vidal of DeLand has treated the necks of his guitars like skate parks, he says. The proud Floridian plucks, taps and slides to produce a bluesy, poppy brand of kitchen-sink folk. He signed to Atlanta-based indie label P is for Panda a few months back and has a new seven-song EP, Better Part, which holds more idiosyncratic surprises.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]