It's a pretty jammed day and evening of live music on this Sun., Nov. 29. Take a look at the breakdown below.
Billy Gibbons with Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Without a doubt you recognize his deep gravel-crusted growl, if not the signature axe riffs in any number of ZZ Top hits. Billy Gibbons did, after all, set electric guitar playing standards with his fretwork and diverse pool of influences that drew on elements of pop, boogie, R&B, country, gospel and western music while remaining firmly rooted in rock n’ blues. This year, at age 65, he released his first solo outing, Perfectamundo, that he’s infused with surprising Afro-Cuban flavor as inspired by a performance at the 2014 Havana Jazz Festival. On this tour he’s supported a group of musicians dubbed the BFG's – drummer Greg Morrow, vocalist/bassist Alex Garza, New York-by-way-of-Cuba singer/bandleader Chino Pons, and Argentina-born, Puerto-Rico raised keys player Martin Guigi. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg)
Lots happening this Sat., Nov. 28. I've put it all together in one place for your planning convenience below.
Brother Cephus Album Release Party We’ve been fans of Brother Cephus for a while now; we even gave the siblings-led indie rock outfit a Best of the Bay award this year, lauding Gabe and Seth Davis’ high quality style and non-traditional means of releasing music. The five-track Noise EP is the next recording to be unleashed, its title track full of warped twangy guitars and urgent vocals lashing outs against the distractions that keeps us anesthetized (“stop all that damn noise”). The release party features support from New Granada Records-repped acts Alexander & the Grapes, MrEnc and Fistful, the latter project piloted by Cephus-kin Joel Davis. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Check out the breakdown of concerts happening this Fri., Nov. 27.
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox with Casey Abrams In composer/musician Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, chart-topping hits like Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” is transformed into a yearning, lightly forlorn ’50s doo-wop shuffle and Radiohead’s “Creep” gets a sultry vintage jazz makeover, the velvet-husky torch-style vocals of Haley Reinhart soaring over doleful horn passages and Bradlee’s tinkling and pounding piano arrangements. His mode of adding old fashioned dust and tarnish to 21st century pop hits earned him viral YouTube fame, with his many-piece ensemble’s catalog touching on tunes by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Daft Punk, Lorde, The White Stripes, Postal Serivice and Britney Spears, among many others. (Ferguson Hall at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa)
All jazz musicians think about it, many talk about it, some even plan it — but very few actually leave the nest and head to New York to make their bones.
Trumpeter Jonathan and saxophonist Jeremy Powell — brothers who grew up in St. Petersburg — are among those who did. And stayed. They return for a gig at the Palladium Theater, a homecoming CD release party for Jonathan’s newest album with his group nu Sangha, Beacons of Light, which was recorded at The Bunker studio in Brooklyn, where the brothers currently reside.
Against all odds and amid a dubious music retail climate, Microgroove has managed to triumph as a boutique record shop with a finely-curated selection of vinyl encompassing popular, obscure and local titles, along with offering personalized service and hosting the odd in-store performances within its quaint Seminole Heights confines.
Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means you have the day off, which means it's time to PARTY! Here's some music-related happening taking place on this Wed., Nov. 25, plus a peek at the giant holiday weekend in live music ahead.
Figure aka Josh Gard
Figure Joshua Gard is the EDM DJ/producer behind FIGURE, which he uses to pushing sinister bass music that’s heavy on dubstep and drumstep womp and synth fizz, much of his material monster movie oriented and even featured in a series of digital releases (the latest is Monster 6.66), this in addition to the full-length Gravity LP he dropped in July. This date finds him delivering his video show with support from Hudson-spawned Midnight Tyrannosaurus. More info and tickets here. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)
More than 40 local and Florida regional acts are represented at the third annual edition of Don’t Stop St. Petersburg, its date shifted from mid-October to the last weekend in November and site repositioned further up Central Avenue, from the hustle and bustle of the 600 Block to the vibrant eclectic Grand Central District, both steps taken so the day-long fest coincides with Small Business Saturday. ‘Course, it’s also a holiday weekend, when lots of youthful area folks are home for the holidays, and the cooler conditions likely don’t hurt either, especially with the focus on public spaces via the four indoor and outdoor stages located on and around the 21st Street North block that will be closed down for the occasion and lined with local vendors hawking wares.
There’s no lack of great music to check out, with genres touching on psych, garage, hip hop, punk, folk rock and piano pop among others, and no fewer than 10 Best of the Bay winners are featured in the lineup. Some are givens; Luxury Mane, Samurai Shotgun, RedFeather, Sonic Graffiti. Others you might need reminding about or help navigating to, and what about the few newbs in here, too? Here’s our stage-by-stage highlights paired with the complete schedule for each stage for your planning convenience.
(L) Merchandise's Carson Cox , and Dum Dum Girls' Dee
It was already intriguing watching Merchandise frontman Carson Cox wriggle and writhe around onstage, but the Tampa-based songwriter’s new collaboration with Los Angeles’ Dum Dum Girls is just straight up sexy.
CL's seventh annual Holiday Auction to the benefit The Children’s Home — which provides children that are victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment with a safe, permanent home — is currently underway. We've already raised more than 100k in previous auctions and are hoping to substantially add to that number in 2015.
While biddable music-related items are light in the first few weeks, things really picking up steam in mid-December. Here's a complete breakdown that includes auction dates and links where applicable.
Amid manning the boards for an impressive roster of bands at his St. Petersburg-based MANA Recording Studio, singer/guitarist/producer Erik Rutan also leads one of the best death metal acts practicing heavy crushing technicality today: Hate Eternal. He and fellow core member/bassist J. J. Hrubovcak along with young yet choppy drummer Chason Westmoreland released the epic, drama-stoking Infernus in August, their sixth LP overall and debut on Season of Mist. The month-long tour behind it nears its conclusion with this hometown date featuring support from labelmates Misery Index and Beyond Creation and Rivers Of Nihil. Tue., Nov. 24, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $15.
Check out a few cuts off Infernus below, and peep a pretty cool behind-the-scenes video featuring Rutan at his Mana Studios, too.