Sunday, May 20, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

SoundCheck: Crystal Waters and CeCe Peniston among top music picks

Sake Bomb Two Year Anniversary

With Jensen Serf Company, Kid Aids, Just Satellites, and DJ Fader

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Sake Bomb, 548 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 542-8893.

The 600 block's great venues and shops get a lot of shine for reviving what was once a desolated stretch of Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete, but any night owl will tell you that there is a plethora of watering holes that deserve equal credit for pumping hot blood back into the 'Burg's entertainment backbone. One of those places is Sake Bomb, which will celebrate 730 days on the scene with a free show featuring one of central Florida's most revered and imaginative DJs as well as a trio of bands playing three strains of infectious punk rock: garage-surf outfit Jensen Serf Company, kraut-gaze noisemakers Just Satellites, and Kid Aids, whose acoustic, catchy recorded material stands in contrast to their riotous onstage thrashing. There'll probably be sake there too.

Crystal Waters . and CeCe Peniston

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0550.

Mood rings, inline skates, Parasuco jeans, Hypercolor shirts, and the Arsenio Hall fist pump. The '90s were a fantastically embarrassing time in everyone's lives, and this weekend Jannus Live ups the First Friday ante with a free concert featuring two of that decade's most distinguished female dance music voices. Former beauty queen CeCe Peniston will warm up the crowd and attempt to turn the outdoor venue into a House Party before finally relinquishing the reins to Gypsy Woman Crystal Waters, who delivered hits like Say … If You Feel Alright and made an everlasting mark on Generation X by giving them 100% Pure Love.

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Zakir Hussain

Details: Friday 7:30 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $22.50-55.50. (813) 229-7827.

If you thought Dueling Banjos was cool, then get a load of this world music blast from the past, delivered by two of the genre's most skilled and passionate composers. Early versions of the santoor date all the way back to about 1500 BC, but Indian-born pluckers Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Zakir Hussain have the complexity and history of the ancient string instrument well under control. Sharma, 75, was the first person to play Indian classical music on the santoor and Hussain, 62, went on his first tour as a musician when he was only 12 years old. The icing on the cake for this show — which will benefit from the ambience of Straz's intimate, 1,042-seat Ferguson Hall — is that the two sages will share the stage and play at the same time.

m Paper Tongues

With Tallhart

Details: Saturday 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free, but tickets required. See 97Xonline.com for details.

Reactions were mixed when 97X decided to move to a completely user-generated format that lets listeners vote for the songs they want to hear on the radio, but the station hasn't looked back. In fact, they've taken the change and run with it for this weekend's Freebie Weebie concert, where concertgoers will be able to help select a setlist for alternative rock darlings Paper Tongues. The bill even has a significant local flavor as Tampa's own Tallhart, who signed with Equal Vision Records in 2012, is set to open the show.

Fiesta Maxima

With Ivy Queen, La India, Leslie Grace.

Details: Saturday 5 p.m. Live Nation Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $9.25-$92.50. (813) 740-2446.

Things are going to look a bit different at this year's Fiesta Maxima. That not-so-little amphitheater on the Florida State Fairgrounds no longer boasts the name "Gary," and where testosterone (Prince Royce, Tito El Bambito) dominated the 2012 lineup, an equally regal set of women will rule the roost for the 2013 installment of 92.5-Maxima's mini music festival. Ivy Queen is, well, royalty in most reggaeton circles. Linda Caballero, a.k.a. La India, is commonly referred to as the "Princess of Salsa." And thanks to her hit song Will U Still Love Me Tomorrow, 18-year-old Leslie Grace is the youngest woman to top the Latin radio charts.

Smokey Robinson

Details: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $49.50-$79.50. (727) 892-5767.

Face it. At 73 years old, William Robinson Jr. (you call him "Smokey") still has it going on. He's one of the last living pieces from Motown Records' golden years, and his time fronting the Miracles spawned R&B classics like The Tracks Of My Tears, I Second That Emotion and sock hop favorite You've Really Got A Hold Of Me. He carries the torch for an era of soul that didn't overly emphasize sex and will bring a bit of that innocence and nostalgia to St. Petersburg for one night.

This week's SoundCheck is by Ray Roa, who can be reached at suburbanapologist.com.

 
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