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Tampa Bay's weekend music scene
By JULIE GARISTO
Published May 31, 2007
Taste of Pinellas
Featuring Peter Frampton, Ziggy Marley, the Neville Brothers, .38 Special, Strange Puppet Release, Back Track Blues Band, T.J. Kelly & Kerosene, The Corder-Roys, Motel Funk and Julliet
FRIDAY-SUNDAY Vinoy Park, downtown St. Petersburg. Free, but fee for tastings. (727) 767-2308.
Blasts from the past who all have more talent and staying power than your typical festival throwbacks. Plus, it's all for a good cause: The event is put on to benefit All Children's Hospital. It is the biggest fundraising weekend of the year for the hospital. There will be a fireworks show after Saturday night's performance by Ziggy Marley - Yah, mon! - and will feature more than 40 local restaurants and a kid's area. Times are Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday noon-10 p.m. and Sunday noon-7 p.m. www.tasteofpinellas.com .
Giddy-Up, Helicopter! CD Release Party
With Red Room Cinema, Violence or Violins, Life of Pi and Crate Brothers
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St. 18 and older admitted; $7. (813) 241-8600.
Giddy-up, Helicopter! performs lush, hypnotic rock so authoritatively, you can't help but think its new CD title, I Am Secretary, is a bit ironic. Red Room Cinema, another blockbuster of a mood-rock band, plays stuff more on the instrumental side with bigger dips and valleys. Violence or Violins includes former members of Dead Horse Detective Agency, and Life of Pi plays a crowd-pleasing blend of Beatle-esque pop and dynamic indie rock. DJs Crate Brothers take you across the music spectrum - vintage soul, new indie rock, hip-hop - between sets.
With Jon McLaughlin
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $26.50 advance, $30 door.
Blues rock guitar prodigy Jon Lang has lived a fuller life than most since his birth a quarter century ago in Fargo, N.D. His first album on A&M, Lie to Me, was released on the eve of his 16th birthday. Since then, his videos have been featured on MTV and VH-1 and he's toured with and played alongside big-name artists, even getting validation from his majesty, B.B. King. Lang's touring in support of his fifth album, Turn Around, which chronicles his struggles with substance abuse recovery. Heartland singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin warms up the audience with a style influenced by Billy Joel, Elton John and Ben Folds.
Casper and the Cookies
With M. Coast, the Beauvilles and the Ums
SATURDAY 10 p.m. $6. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.
Fun and quirky are two key words for tonight's entertainment. If you've gotten a ring in your ear and frown on your face from all the gloomy noise of today's trendy bands, get to this show for more cheerful escape. Casper and Coast are both from Athens, Ga., and perform with sugar-sticky fingers acquired from the area's Elephant Six sweet psychedelic pop associations. Casper promises to be a lively, interactive experience, and M. Coast (not to be confused with folk-pop genius M. Ward) performs a slightly more rocking sound. The Ums, from Tallahassee, plays a likewise upbeat, '60s-inspired pop with some folk touches. Tampa's Beauvilles, the odd man out on this bill, plays a much louder set of Americana, pop and garage rock.
With Hangar 18, Yal Ballz and Slow Suicide Stimulus
SUNDAY 9 p.m., Orpheum, 1902 N Republica De Cuba, Ybor City. $18 advance, $20 door. (813) 248-9500.
A night of beats, rhymes and sounds that out-dope the dopest tunes on commercial radio. Headliner El-P melds the traditions of old-school hip-hop with modern experimentation. His '07 CD, I'll Sleep When You're Dead, includes the assistance of Mars Volta, Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails and Cat Power.
With Pirate Prude
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Kelly's Pub, 206 N Morgan St., Tampa. Free (813)-228-0870.
New Lands covers a wide landscape. Tampa native and musician Neal McCamis and Vera Violets cohorts Jonathan Beadle and Allison Roberts explore "the realms of diverse genres - from intimate confessionals to all-out psychedelic gospel sing-alongs, " says filmmaker Roberto Rosaly, whose short films will be featured along with Pyramid Photography's stuff. Also providing audio to the visuals will be Pirate Prude, a Tampa Bay band that melds '80s-alt moodiness with the lo-fi indie rock of today.
Mojo Gurus Fri. With Experimental Pilot and Buddy Moody. 9:30 p.m. Ringside Cafe, 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 894-8465.
Crash Mitchell Quartet Fri. With Skull and Bone Band and Harry Hayward. 9 p.m. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $4. (727) 898-6054.
Red Elvises Sat. With Dive Bar Stalkers. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12, $15. (813) 971-0666.
Mountain Tues. With Four Star Riot. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15, $18. (813) 971-0666.
Music Conference After Party Wed. 11 p.m. Featuring Aych and G-dubb. Full Moon Saloon, 1613 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5.
Static Lullaby Wed. With A Thorn for Every Heart, Four Letter Lie and the Panic Division. 7 p.m., Orpheum, 1902 N Republica De Cuba, Ybor City. $10 advance, $12 day of show. (813) 248-9500.
Tampa Music Conference
Featuring Mr Smith, Geno and Skunk Boogie, Black Reign (pictured), Evenin' Rhidaz, Rated R and Urban Soul
WEDNESDAY 5-10 p.m. The Event Factory, 7565 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $30. (813) 385-0357.
This is a great opportunity to acquaint yourself with some of the best talent in Tampa Bay's R&B and hip-hop scene - and learn about the music industry. Not only are there performances, but you can participate in an industry panel discussion. DJ Sandman of Tampahiphop.com , A&R reps, a BET executive and other media bigwigs will be there. Host Mingle Mix keeps folks entertained while moderator Deacon (of Tastemakers) keeps things from getting out of hand.