This April, a few good bands choose not to pass on peninsula
By RICK GERSHMAN
Published April 27, 2007
When you live in the Tampa Bay area and you're a music fan, you get used to the notion that some cool acts just aren't going to come here.
Sometimes it's as much a matter of geography as anything. Hey, we live on a giant peninsula. If you're a band touring the Southeast, you're taking up valuable time swinging down here for a few dates.
Which is why, for example, my buddy Dom and I had to drive to Atlanta to catch Neko Case last year. Actually, to clarify: Dom did all the driving. For some reason he won't let me behind the wheel of his truck after that whole "school zone slalom" incident.
Even when bands do make it to Central Florida, they don't always play in the Tampa Bay area.
In the past six weeks, I've driven to Orlando for Lucinda Williams (at Hard Rock Cafe) and for TV on the Radio (at downtown's Club Firestone).
Both acts were awesome and worth the trips, but if I'm going to suffer through the I-4 crawl, I'd rather have time to enjoy the full Orlando experience.
I'd ride roller coasters, shop at outlet malls and maybe steal some wandering kid's walkie-talkie and whisper into it, "Have you checked the children?" (That should shake up mom and dad a bit.) You know, your usual good, clean fun.
But for all my whining, I have to admit, April has been pretty good for acts in the bay area.
Earlier this month, we had an alt-rock dream week, with My Chemical Romance, the Killers and the Flaming Lips all playing the area.
This week's a lot more low-key, but there are some impressive offerings:
First up, Ybor City's Club Skye is bringing one of rap's more acclaimed acts to town Saturday night: the duo Clipse.
Brothers Pusha T and Malice hit it big a few years back with Grindin', but these days they're riding high on the critical and commercial success of Hell Hath No Fury. It's a dark, intense collection of tracks over beats courtesy of producer/mentor Pharrell Williams.
Clipse is joined by smooth R&B artist Mya, taking time out from her growing acting career. She has a new album, Liberation, coming out soon.
(Note: According to Ticketmaster, no tickets will be sold the day of the show, so make sure to order today if you plan to attend.)
If you're more given to hard rock than hip-hop, you'll probably prefer 98 Rock's Rockfest, which will rock Raymond James Stadium on Sunday with rock rock rock rock rock rock rock.
(Sorry, I suddenly ran out of ways to fit "rock" into that sentence.)
Rockfest's more about quantity than quality: There's no huge (or even particularly acclaimed) act in the lineup.
But the festival does present a good cross-section of straightforward rock and modern/alt-rock. (And, yes, the word has begun to lose meaning for me.)
I'll be reviewing the show, and I'm looking forward to a few acts in particular, such as Buckcherry and Saliva. (Come on, people, it's better than "Spit.")
Last but in no way least, one of my favorite bands from the late 1980s and early '90s will be kicking it Monday at St. Petersburg's State Theatre: Fishbone.
The group effortlessly fused funk, rock ska and even metal on the classic albums Truth and Soul (1988) and The Reality of My Surroundings (1991).
I saw the band live just once, around 1992, at Ybor City's Ritz Theatre, which later became Masquerade. It was one of the best shows I've ever seen.
Though I'll be there Monday, I am a little wary of seeing the crew after a 15-year gap. The band basically fell apart in the '90s due to internal turmoil and creative differences and never really got back on track.
Still, it's worth anything for the chance to hear songs like Ghetto Soundwave, Everyday Sunshine, Party at Ground Zero and Sunless Saturday live once again. At the least, it's definitely worth 12 bucks.
Rick Gershman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 226-3431.
. if you go
Seagram's Live Tour with Clipse and Mya
Saturday, 9 p.m. at Club Skye, 1509 Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Tickets $25, available at www.ticketmaster.com.
Sunday, 11 a.m. at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Tickets $39.98 in advance, $50 day of show. Go to 98rock.com.
Monday, 7 p.m. at State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Tickets $12 advance, $15 day of show. Call (727) 895-3045.
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