It's kind of a laid-back week in Tampa Bay, with more club and local shows than usual this week. After tonight's Janet Jackson concert at Amalie Arena (click here for details), you can downsize for a few days and check out concerts by Jose Gonzalez, Dr. Dog (above), Collective Soul, Three Days Grace, the Wailers, Andrew Rayel, Joyce Manor, Delbert McClinton, Stokeswood, Pop Will Eat Itself, Stephen Kellogg, Skipper's Smokehouse's 35th anniversary and the Plan B Block Party, featuring RJD2 and a slew of amazing local acts. Here to walk you through it all are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...
TUESDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22-$25. statetheatreconcerts.com.
Back in the blog-rock heyday of the mid-2000s, there was no surer way for an indie artist to attract attention than with a cool cover of a cool song. Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez did just that with a hushed, heartfelt take on The Knife's electro-fuzzy Heartbeats on his 2003 debut Veneer, and it resonated around the world. Heartbeats, along with his similarly sparse cover of Massive Attack's Teardrop, are among the many Gonzalez songs that have popped up in films, commercials and TV shows over the past decade-plus. For longtime fans, this show is long overdue — Gonzalez came through Tampa with his band Junip in 2011, but this will be fans' first chance to hear him in all his stark, solo glory.
MONDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22-$25. statetheatreconcerts.com.
Philadelphia's Dr. Dog, who play at 8 p.m. Monday, were already somewhat successful by the time they covered Architecture in Helsinki's Heart It Races in 2007, having toured with My Morning Jacket. But their light, funky rendition — along with that year's acclaimed LP We All Belong — became a calling card for the band, and a staple of their set as their fame went national. In 2013 they played Heart It Races from the main stage at the Gasparilla Music Festival, and last year it was the lead single and video from this year's Live at a Flamingo Hotel. So they've definitely made it their own.
Plan B Block Party
With RJD2, Hank & Cupcakes, Set and Setting, Have Gun Will Travel, Saskatchewan, Florida Night Heat, Ketchy Shuby, the Sh-Booms, Samurai Shotgun, the Woolly Bushmen, the Plastic Pinks, Pleasures, Empire Cinema, Brother Cephus, DieAlps!, more
SATURDAY 4 p.m. Venues around Ybor City: Crowbar, New World Brewery, Market on 7th, Cigar City Cider and Mead, Tequilas. $20-$25. facebook.com/brokenmold.
This year's Plan B Block Party brings the Ybor City festival's biggest headliner yet: DJ/producer RJD2, best known for composing the theme song to Mad Men. But don't mistake the booking as some sort of Hail Mary to save the fest, now in its third year. "It's been successful since the beginning," said Phil Benito of organizers Brokenmold Entertainment. "I feel like the staff has worked together more, we've worked with the venues more, the relationships are more entrenched, and things tend to move smoother." When Plan B split, contentiously, from St. Petersburg's late, lamented Antiwarpt Festival in 2013, it wasn't clear if it would last. (Fans familiar with that divorce may get a kick out of this: St. Pete is tweaking back at Plan B with "Plan C," a free concert at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Amsterdam, 1049 Central Ave., featuring Luxury Mane, Funny Bunny and more.) But Plan B has evolved into one of the Bay's best showcases of local music. This year's lineup features nearly 50 artists and comedians on six stages around Ybor City. On the main stage at Crowbar (1812 N 17th St.) are RJD2, Brooklyn dance-rock duo Hank & Cupcakes and St. Pete's own nationally signed prog-metal outfit Set and Setting, among others. There are two stages at a new venue, Cigar City Cider and Mead (1812 N 15th St.), with artists including Bradenton Americana outfit Have Gun, Will Travel outside and local comics like Matt Fernandez and Rodney Smith inside. At other venues you'll find punk, folk, indie rock and more.
With Cheap Girls, Tracks
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$17. (813) 248-9500.
Last year, Rolling Stone dubbed Joyce Manor a "New Artist You Need to Know," citing the SoCal punks' affinity for high-energy pop designed to please the Jets to Brazil set. The boys' offerings on a newish LP (2014's Never Hungover Again) will also turn ears if you're a fan of the Smiths and while frontman Barry Johnson & co. are still waiting for that big break, they aren't wasting any time. This show finds them joined by tongue-way-out-of-cheek duo Cheap Girls (sample lyric: "I love her and cigarettes so much.") as well as punk folkie Jason Anderson, who is bringing a brand new project, Tracks, to open the show with songs like Moonlight, a three-and-a-half minute bouncy number that is something of a departure from Anderson's mostly laid-back offerings.
Skipper's Smokehouse 35th Anniversary
With Dropin' Pickup, Dukes of Juke with Freight Train Annie and the Late Night Brass Horns, TC Carr and the Bolts of Blue featuring Josh Nelms, the Cheaters, Quivering Rhythm Hounds, Sara Rose Band, Impulse, Shaun Hopper, more.
SATURDAY Noon. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Free. (813) 971-0666.
Partying at Skipper's is a rite of passage for the many University of South Florida students who spend at least one night of undergrad dancing barefoot under the oaks of the Skipperdome. It was also a coming-of-age event for the equally free-spirited hippies who came before them, and on Saturday, they'll all come together for a full-day celebration of the North Tampa venue's three-and-a-half decades of operation. Some Skipper's regulars (reggae outfit Impulse, Grateful Dead tribute Uncle John's Band) will be on hand, but so will a nice selection of talented Tampa Bay fingerpickers (Shaun Hooper), boogie specialists (Dukes of Juke, who played their first show ever at Skipper's 30 years ago), and guitar slingers like Josh Nelms. Best part? It's all free.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $50-$60. (727) 791-7400.
If ever there were a place for a teen to come of age in a bar, it has to be Fort Worth, Texas. It's where Delbert McClinton cut his teeth as a young man, and his time with the house band at Jack's Place is clearly the reason he went on to become a revered, harmonica-slingin' Lone Star State roots music legend. He's shared stages with a who's who of rock and blues names, and an urban legend says McClinton was the guy who taught John Lennon how to play harmonica. McClinton, 74, never did reach mainstream stardom (although Tell Me About It, his 1992 duet with Tanya Tucker, got him close), but he did sell out Clearwater's Capitol Theatre last March, so expect a packed house when he returns this weekend.
Hyperbolic Chamber Music 5: Music for Tuba and Electronics
With Brett Copeland
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $5-$10 Donation. (901) 619-1519.
If you've ever been at a recital or classical music concert and thought "boy this could use some electro," then you might want to head out to St. Petersburg's warehouse district on Saturday when USF grad student Brett Copeland plays in the fifth installment of the Venture Compound's long-running assault on the traditions of classical composition and performance. Copeland, who is pursuing degrees in both Tuba performance and electro-acoustic composition, will perform works by Francis Schwartz, William Kraft, Nathan Corder and himself. The stage setup includes a foot-controlled pedal board to handle MIDIs and effects, as well as the expected tuba, which will be sending out low-pitched frequencies to compliment whatever electro-modified lines of music Copeland has translated into digitized bits of sound.
With Basomatik, Shanta!, Nasty Nat3
SATURDAY 10 p.m. Amphitheatre Event Facility, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$20. (813) 873-8368.
These days, big name DJ's come from all over the world. Amsterdam, France, Scotland, and even 'Merica have given birth to some of EDM's brightest stars, so why not Moldova, too? The small European country (population 2.9 million) is where Andrei Ra hails from, and while stateside audiences know him by a much easier to pronounce name — Andrew Rayel — they know his big hits even better. Mimesis (with Alexander Popov) or his brand new single Chased are current trance set staples and find the rising young producer weaving infectious melodies in with bright textures, simple yet epic chord arrangements, and big drops to create gems that probably make his current label figurehead Armin Van Buuren very happy.
With Shankhachur Lahiri
SUNDAY 4:30 p.m. Saint Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $5-$15 Donation. (727) 341-4772.
The Venture Compound's tuba meets electronic production and composition exhibition on Saturday might not be worldly or string-based enough for you, but worry not because another one of the Burg's thinking institutions is also offering something nice and dense for the intellectual music lover. The sarod is perhaps the most popular instrument in Hindustani classical music (second only, perhaps, to the sitar) and it's weirdly meditative tone lends itself to weighty melodic passages that can make you weep (listen to Deep River from Anupam Shobhakar's 2014 LP with guitarist Joel Harrison) and also get you lost in a sea of string plinks and strums when the Grammy-nominated composer is paired up with masterful tablas players like Shankhachur Lahiri.
Oktobeerfest Kick Off
With Serotonic, Row Jomah
THURSDAY 7:30 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
There is no shortage of local beer festivals looking toward Munich's gigantic shindig for inspiration, and while the new Hofbräuhaus in St. Pete surely will soak up a lot of the Oktoberfest shine this year, there are many more places to get your fix around Tampa Bay. A Pinellas county stronghold of craft creations, the Dunedin Brewery, continues its long tradition and kicks off their Oktobeerfest celebrations with a pair of jam-leaning locals (Row Jomah and Serotonic) warming things up for Florida favorites the Heavy Pets who arrive in the not-so-sleepy coastal downtown the next day to play a stop on their highly-anticipated 10th Anniversary tour. Music is free, but the booze isn't, so bring some drinking money.
With People's Blues of Richmond, Oxford Noland
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.
On New Year's Day 2012, Stokeswood was just some unknown band from Atlanta who happened to be in town playing Ybor City's New World Brewery the day before the Georgia Bulldogs narrowly lost to Michigan State at the Outback Bowl. Three years later, the group is no stranger to the area, having played what feels like at least a dozen shows at various clubs. They've even taken promo shots at downtown Tampa's Kiley Garden. On Thursday, Stokeswood returns with a new LP, 2075, that finds their already dance-floor ready pop upgraded to Top 40-aiming electro that can still please fans who only know them by their amazing cover of Hall & Oates' Maneater. A rising local outfit, Oxford Noland, opens and one of the country's hardest working, delightfully psychedelic young rock 'n' roll bands, People's Blues of Richmond, are along for the ride, too.
Stephen Kellogg, Friday 6 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$30. (727) 644-7895.
Pop Will Eat Itself Tour, Friday With Severed Heads, End of an Era. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25 and up. (813) 248-9500.
India Clarke Memorial Show, Saturday With Eliot Mayo, Blithe Augury, Drug, Dead Meat, Boyfriend Material, Gouge Away. 7 p.m. The Goat House, 2144 Corporate Center Drive, Odessa. $10. (727) 871-2922.
Flyingsnakes (Reunion Show), Saturday With Shroudeater, God Harvest, Meatwound, Weltesser. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Lychee Camp EP Release, Friday With Zach Abati, The Incorporated, Vie., Samurai Shotgun. 8 p.m. The Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. $5-$8. (813) 972-8152.
MarchFourth!, Friday With UNRB, Sepiatonic. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17-$20. (727) 895-3045.
Brendan Nolan, Friday 8 p.m. Side Door at The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $12-$25. (727) 822-3590.
Children of Orion, Friday With Slade and the Wasters, Mirkwood. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 424-1809.
Fowler's Bluff, Friday 10 p.m. Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 234-1000.
Steve1der, Sunday With DJ Casper, DJ Lesage. 10 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.
Nothingmore, Wednesday With The Color Morale, Turbowolf, Separations. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 895-3045.
Collective Soul, Wednesday 8 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35.50-$47.50. (727) 791-7400.
Rock the Park, Thursday With Dropin Pickup, Synergy In A Cup, Branden Barnett. 6:30 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. (813)274-8677.
Victor Wooten, Thursday 7:30 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $24.50-$44.50. (727) 587-6793.
Three Days Grace, Thursday With We Are Harlot. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $31. (727) 565-0550.
The Wailers, Thursday 8 p.m The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $28.50-$35. (727) 791-7400.