Saturday, July 12, 2014

Live music weekend: Zvuloon Dub System, Illumi-Nation Super Jam Love Fest & more

Concerts, Sat., July 12-Sun., July 13.

Posted By and on Sat, Jul 12, 2014 at 6:00 AM

It's a weekend chock full of diverse concert happenings. Here's a breakdown of the most intriguing ones.

SATURDAY, JULY 12
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Iska Dhaaf with Empire Cinema, Adjy A hard-buzzing duo out of Seattle, Iska Dhaaf (a Somali phrase that translates roughly to “let it go”) is made up of singer-guitarist Nathan Quiroga (Buffalo Madonna) with multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Verdoes (Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band), who can play keys and drums simultaneously, and well. The duo — on tour supporting full-length debut Even the Sun Will Burn — crafts a particularly compelling blend of psychedelia, vintage rock and post-punk, with dark, moody moments broken up by splashes of charming melody and dreaminess and heavy Sufi-inspired lyric-writing that doesn’t weigh down the music because of the duo’s infectious delivery, youthful and filled with poignant vulnerability. 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City. —Leilani Polk

Model 7, Four Star Riot, The Porch Sessions Three local rock bands unite for this Saturday night Crowbar bill as led by alternative outfit Model 7, which promises a setlist of super old fare along with some new songs they’ve been working on. Also on the bill is catchy grooving power-pop outfit Four Star Riot and The Porch Sessions, a post-rock outfit with a violin player adding intriguingly exotic dimension to the foursome’s instrumental music. 8 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City. —LP


The Illumi-Nation Super Jam Love Fest with Cope, Come Back Alice, Green Sunshine, Holey Miss Moley, The Greenes, Legacy, Ajeva, Dylan Savii Hilton A large and diverse bill of jammy bands perform from 4 to 11 p.m. during this local mini-fest. Proceeds support a research trip for the Illumi-Nation Project; the goal of founder Haliza Bailstein is to develop a replicable model for a network of Sustainable Therapeutic Eco-Villages that would provide a permanent home, family and therapeutic environment for troubled, at-risk youth. Live painting, food truck eats and a silent auction round out the festivities. 1-11 p.m., Blueberry Patch, Gulfport. —LP

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Corin’s Going Away Party with Zulu Wave, DieAlps, RCKLSS, Mountain Holler, Corin & Alastair The local alt-rock dudes of Zulu Wave (Ariel Cortes, Mi-chael Barrow, Brian Schanck and Danny Piechocki) send off close friend Corin Aitchison on a high note, presenting an evening of indie garage rock galore as headed up by the group’s own sonically lush yet driving sound. They’ll be accompanied by the ever-charming DieAlps!, which layers unconventional vocals over baroque pop instrumentals. You can also expect to hear from RCKLSS and Mountain Holler, and enjoy a special acoustic performance and final hoorah by Corin and Alastair. (Local 662, St. Petersburg) —JB

Trapt with The Veer Union, Righteous Vendetta, Arcane Saints, Crow, Dark Savvant On “The Self Titled Tour,” Cali alt-metal rockers Trapt play their self-titled 2002 album — the one that includes their best-known 2003 hard grunge hit “Headstrong” — live, in its entirety, as well as other songs from the Trapt catalog and select cuts off upcoming full-length, DNA. 7 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg. —LP

Attic Records presents Michael Tolcher with Kristopher James There aren’t many musicians who can claim their careers had humble beginnings at the Olympics, but Michael Tolcher can. (OK, he was a street performer, but still, it counts.) The urban all-American singer-songwriter mingles elements of pop and blues, and has warmed the stage for names like Maroon 5, Everclear, Hanson and Dave Matthews Band. On a side note, his track “Sooner or Later” served as the theme song for the ABC Family series Life As We Know It in 2004. Opening the evening is singer-songwriter Kristopher James, who is a kindred musical spirit to artists like Gavin DeGraw and Amos Lee. 6 p.m. doors, showtime 8 p.m., Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg. —Jackie Braje

Tim McGraw with Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope Country megastar Tim McGraw has 26 No. 1 charters, beginning with 1994’s “Don’t Take the Girl” and spanning all the way to 2010’s “Felt Good on My Lips.” While the two singles off his forthcoming Sundown Heaven Town haven’t done as well, McGraw has plenty of time to hype them and other select tracks on his 13th studio album — due out Sept. 16 on Big Machine Records — during his nearly 50-date U.S. tour. 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, Tampa. —LP

SUNDAY, JULY 13
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Zvuloon Dub System The cultures of Jamaica, Ethiopia, and Israel collide in the music of Zvuloon Dub Sustem, an 11-piece touting themselves as a “Jewish Ethiopian reggae band” and drawing on the sounds of the Caribbean in their grooving brassy blend of roots and dub music. The Tel Aviv-based ensemble adds extra dimension and authentic Ethiopian flavor with krar and bass krar (a bowl-shaped lyre from the Ethiopian region). 5 p.m., Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa.—LP

Dub-O & Tezo A pair of indie hip-hop artists from Cleveland co-headline this “#G4GTour” — Dub-O, whose production is infused with his dub island flavor, as is his inflection when he’s spitting rhymes on tracks like “Dope;” and Tezo, who has a slower, drawling delivery. Both have collabed with Machine Gun Kelly, and both appear with MGK on Ray Jr.’s “Like Woah” track. 7 p.m. doors, Orpheum, Ybor City.—LP

For a complete breakdown of shows for the weekend and a look at what's coming up, click here.

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