We're coming at you a day early this week with a big lineup of concerts to get you through your post-Thanksgiving weekend. After the jump, get Carole Liparoto's preview of shows by French Montana (above), 2 Chainz, Japandroids, Fuel, Filter, Taylor Dayne, Beenie Man, Erick Morillo, Dave Koz, Javier Colon, Perpetual Groove, Sevendust, Ying Yang Twins and more ...
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25 and up. (813) 247-2555.
The only thing that could possibly take 2 Chainz to a higher level this year is a third chain. (Thanks, Kevin Hart!) Ride around and get it with the busy College Park, Ga. rapper, who's back in the bay for a third time this year to perform Spend It, Birthday Song and more.
With Swearin', Thee Liquid Jesus DJs
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $13-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Canadian garage-punk duo Japandroids do loud, minimalist tunes sustained by Brian King's sweaty guitar histrionics, David Prowse's maniacal drumming and the kind of call-and-response refrains that rarely go beyond "whoas" and" ohs." It's kind of like if noise-punk fans were left to run a steel mill, or better still, if a fuzzed-out Springsteen played the seedy CBGB.
Fuel and Filter
SUNDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.
Nineties nostalgists can look back fondly on ball chains and snug black tees when Fuel and Filter co-headline this Sunday show at State Theatre. Singer Brett Scallions is behind the wheel of Fuel, reclaiming the vocal duties once offered to American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry. We're not ashamed to admit our fondness for Fuel's 1998 hit Shimmer, possibly the only hard rock song in history to contemplate "champagne dreams" and "pink linens." Filter, the metal men (Hey Man Nice Shot) with a soft side (Take a Picture) rock under the bold rasp of Richard Patrick.
With Black Taxi, McAlister Drive
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 565-0551.
The name says it all for Athens, Ga.'s Perpetual Groove. The improv jam-rock act specializes in everlasting groove music — mash-ups of jazz, electronica, progressive rock, you name it — complemented by elaborate lighting. The band is rejoined by original keyboardist Matt McDonald on this "Fend for Your Life" fall tour.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30 and up. (813) 247-2555.
Moroccan-born, NYC-raised rapper French Montana is having a breakout 2012. Kanye West proclaimed Montana one of his favorite rappers; Drake tapped him to open up his Club Paradise Tour; Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey snatched up his in-studio services; Diddy, whose sampling skills already seem to be rubbing off, signed him to Bad Boy Records. Montana's Pop That successfully borrows from I Wanna Rock by 2 Live Crew's Uncle Luke and Shot Caller takes a loop from Lords of the Underground's Funky Child. But what Montana does over those samples is noteworthy, too. "French Montana is a Waka Flocka Flame for New York: dark, blunt, rowdy, a little clumsy and, over time, oddly effective," says the New York Times.
The Story Tour: A Christmas Celebration
Featuring Mark Hall, Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Matthew West, Nichole Nordeman, Selah, Rawsrvnt
MONDAY 7 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $25-$77.50. (813) 974-3002.
"You will go through several packs of tissues," says decorated Christian singer-songwriter Nichole Nordeman about the emotional "Story Tour." The event is billed as a "Musical Journey from Genesis to Revelation" and features biblical songs, as well as traditional Christmas carols. Mark Hall, of the Grammy-winning, arena-filling musical phenomenon Casting Crowns, will play a lead role alongside a full choir and orchestra.
With Pedro M., Nano
THURSDAY 9 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30. (813) 247-2555.
One of the most equitable brand names in house music makes his first-ever Tampa tour stop. Erick Morillo, the man behind the 1994's I Like to Move It, has enjoyed resurgence in a rave new world. To honor one of the town's biggest success stories, New Jersey's Union City dedicated a street to the DJ last month, aptly calling it "Erick Morillo Way."
Dave Koz and Friends
Featuring Dave Koz, David Benoit, Sheila E., Javier Colon, Margo Rey
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48-$85. (727) 791-7400.
Iron the dress slacks! It's time to catch smooth jazz master Dave Koz deck Ruth Eckerd Hall with sax-powered holiday tunes. During this 15th anniversary edition of his Christmas tour, Koz will jam on fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites with pianist-composer David Benoit, winner of The Voice Javier Colon, and drummer-percussionist-vocalist Sheila E. Maybe smooth jazz isn't just for Saab sedan stereos and hotel lobbies after all.
With Singing Melody, Jeff and the Universal, Kahlil, Boasy, Splitta Squad
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $30. (727) 565-0551.
Beenie Man's deliciously-dopey international hit Who Am I had the planet playfully questioning, "Who's got the keys to my beamer." Dig deeper, though, and you'll find a career bounded by controversy. Not unlike Buju Banton, Beenie has been called out for making homophobic slurs in his songs. In a video statement posted on YouTube this year, the dancehall star said he respected all human beings "regardless of sexual preference" and begged people not to attack him for songs he made 20 years ago.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. $45 and up. (888) 695-0888
Looking for some family fun on Friday during the long holiday weekend? Check out Taylor Dayne performing at The Club at Treasure Island. Dayne has huge pop credentials, not only for her solo work, but also for touring with Michael Jackson during the European leg of his Bad tour. Of course, most '80s fans know Taylor best for her hit Tell It to my Heart, a tune that sent her 1988 debut album through the roof. But she didn't stop in the '80s; she's continued to tour and perform and it's paid off with a 2008 hit Beautiful and a 2011 hit Floor on Fire. — Steve Spears
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $55-$75. (727) 791-7400.
Ever since Clay Aiken placed second on American Idol's second season in 2003, his holiday music, and his semi-annual tours to support it, have been a big part of his career. His 2004 album Merry Christmas With Love has sold more than 1.4 million copies, and with each tour, he adds new holiday songs to his repertoire. And while his ever-passionate fan base of "Claymates" has turned out for every one of his projects — solo pop artist, Broadway star (Monty Python's Spamalot), TV gigs ranging from 30 Rock to Celebrity Apprentice — he says the traditional sound and setting of his Christmas tours is "always where I've been the most comfortable." — Jay Cridlin
Whole Wheat Bread Fri. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 895-3045.
Destination Unknown Fri. 8 p.m. Front Porch Grill and Bar, 5924 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 237-5511.
Taylor Dayne Fri. 8 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. $45 and up. (888) 695-0888.
Joel Tatangelo Band Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
This Is The '60s Fri. 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $25 and up. (727) 892-5767.
Sasha Sat. 10 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 259-9669.
Sevendust Sat. 8 p.m. Cuban Club, 2010 Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. $15 and up. (813) 247-3901.
Toys for Tots Benefit Sat. featuring Tommy Mara and the Crests, The Mystics, Johnny Thunder, The Impacs. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $30-$100. (727) 822-3590 or spcollege.edu/palladium.
Ying Yang Twins Tues. 7 p.m. Ybor Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13.25 and up. (813) 873-8368.
Rubber Revolver Sat. featuring The Ditchflowers and friends, Jeremy Thomas, Ricky Wilcox, Dean Johanesen. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $16.50-$21.50. (727) 587-6793.
The Birthday Massacre Sat. With William Control, Team Cybergeist. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Twangsgiving (Metropolitan Ministries Benefit) Sun. featuring Steve Vaclavik and The Woeful Ones, Al Torchia and the Tattered Saints, The Donny Simonds Band, The Crabgrass Cowboys. 5 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10. (813) 971-0666.
Dying Fetus Tues. With Cattle Decapitation, Cerebral Bore, more. 7 p.m. The Brass Mug, 14811 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. $13-$15. (813) 972-8152.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*