Curren$y works harder than almost every rapper out there. Sure, his lyrics describe the typical day out for a hip-hop star: copious amounts of weed and alcohol, fine women, and stacks on stacks on stacks of cash. Despite the partying, Curren$y dropped several music videos and this new mixtape The Drive In Theatre all over the span of five months; homie’s got work ethic. The NOLA-based rapper’s latest tour hits Tampa in light of yet another new track titled “A Lil’ Sumthin’ (Come Up Big On ‘Em). Teaser for a new album? We wouldn’t be surprised.
Normally musicians who disappear for years lose all steam and rely on royalties from old endorsements and paltry ticket sales for gimmicky comeback tours. Not Maxwell, who’s 2009 album BLACKsummers’night debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart even after he took a 8-year break from singing. He went on hiatus shortly after and returns in 2014 with a brand new tour (but no album…yet). His characteristic countertenor voice soothes soul and body alike; couples may have to leave the show early after he hits his baby-making falsetto.
Mixing blues and metal may sound as unappealing as combining orange juice and toothpaste (okay, maybe not THAT horrific) but Royal Thunder’s southern-coated riffs and love-stricken wailing (provided by songstress Mlny Parsonz) make a strong case for the genre cocktail. Fellow Southern quintet O’Brother guarantees to get your head bangin’ with their fuzzy bass lines and breakneck drumming. The vocals walk a fine line between post-hardcore screaming and 90’s-inspired grunge belting but O’Brother never crosses too far into either territory.
The Studio@620 presents the third annual Members Only Art Show, featuring artwork submitted by Studio@620 member artists. This year's collection is exceptionally varied and includes all types artistic styles from abstract to impressionist, with media ranging from photography to ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, and painting. Opening reception is Fri., Aug. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. Artists include Caroline Karp Babis, Coralette Damme, Andrea Pawlisz, Jeff Wilcox and several others. Free admission.
British dubstep producer Zomboy returns to Tampa shortly after a headlining appearance at this year’s Sunset Music Festival. Once known for his throbbing bass wobbles and cheeky vocal samples, the latest single off his latest album The Outbreak steers his music in a noticeably lighter direction. Equipped with airy vocals from Rykka, “Delerium” ditches dubstep for a mesh of progressive and big room house (the latest craze in EDM). Dubstep’s expiration date came and went but Zomboy still spins his hardest tracks, now just mixed among more accessible fare.
Inspired by the A-B-C books of our childhood, graphic designer/illustrator Joshua Pearson created, for each letter of the alphabet, animals hybridized with everyday, urban ephemera —like shopping carts and gasoline nozzles — which he published in his 2011 Best of the Bay-winning artbook Alphabhetto and sold as individual pieces. Pearson is back this summer with Beast Mode, another menagerie of critters that will display be displayed in Pearson’s first solo show at the Central Tampa gallery Workspace. The collection will be on view during the next two installments of First Friday’s Seminole Heights monthly art hop. Expect Pearson to test our perceptual limits once again with clever juxtapositions of the animal and material worlds. —Julie Garistohttp://tampaworkspace.com
Art Around the World is the only inclusionary camp in the Tampa Bay area, combining children of all abilities in a fun, educational, stimulating and safe environment. This summer, campers will study the countries of France, Turkey, Cuba and New Zealand, and will create art in a variety of mediums. As a part of this camp, one piece of each child's artwork will be exhibited at the Mahaffey Theater Gallery for a week-long exhibit. A few spots are still available for kids 6-12 in all weeks, except weeks one and two. $150 per weekhttp://www.creativeclay.org/program/summer-youth-camp
This Dale Wasserman stage version of Ken Kesey's novel features James Oliver and Roxanne Fay (Creative Loafing’s Best Actress – Best of the Bay 2013) and is directed by Eric Davis. Watch the confrontations in this psychiatric ward unfold as you sit on various styles of hospital furniture placed directly in the action. Running for only 22 performances, this is the final production in freeFall's Season of Outcasts.http://freefalltheatre.com
Who needs San Diego Comic Con, when Tampa's version is getting its nerd on, right in our own back yard? Tampa Bay Comic Con, Florida's premier family-friendly comics, movies, and anime convention takes over the entirety of the Tampa Convention Center this weekend. The impressive line-up of media guests include Game of Thrones stars Richard Madden (Rob Stark, Saturday only, pictured), Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), as well as Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones alum John Rhys-Davies. An array of events and panels will cover topics including the “Myth of the Fake Geek Girl”, a zombie costume contest, and a panel that looks at how Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film will affect the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To put it simply, Tampa Bay Comic Con is the place to be for a good nergasm. Oh, and after parties in Ybor at the Castle and the Social.—Brian Frederick $20 for one day, $45 for three days. Free for visitors 12 and under.http://tampabaycomiccon.com/
The “Florida Girls and Boys and Their Toys” exhibit is on loan from the Museum of Florida History’s Traveling Exhibit (TREX) program on the history of toys. The exhibit contains thirty sepia-toned photographs of Florida pioneer children and their toys that date from 1881-1971. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the exhibit through hands-on interaction that includes an area for children and adults to try reproductions of various toys such as a puppet theatre, LEGO bricks, and Lincoln Logs. $4 donationhttp://safetyharborculture.com/
The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery will debut its new themed exhibition “Art in Motion” August 1. The exhibit will remain on display throughout the month of August. On display will be works from Gallery professional artists featuring works in all media, each inspired by the topic of motion in all of its many forms. Included in the exhibition are original paintings, mixed media, photography and prints, as well as sculpture and 3-D art that moves – including a miniature train. This show is sure to appeal to those who appreciate innovative art.
Spend an evening with your fam while chowing on various food trucks' signature offerings and relaxing by the pool. There will be games and a DJ spinning danceable tunes. $3 residents, $4 nonresidents, $6 guests
2014 may go down in history as the year every band pulled complete 180’s on their fans. In the latest case of genre switcheroo, ska outfit the Dirty Heads emerge from their hazy upbringings to make their fittingly-titled LP Sound of Change accessible to a new audience. Hawaiian 3 piece Pepper brings balance with their upbeat guitar licks. Front man Kaleo Wassman’s smooth delivery raises the bar from typical white-boy dub to commendable alternative reggae. We will pass on the moshing, though.
Roberto Vengoechea will be visiting Tampa and will display his 2014 Jewelry Collection at Singing Stone Gallery. With over 40 years experience, Roberto utilizes gold, sterling silver, and precious stones to express his artistic visions. His works have been described as "Dr. Suess meets Salvador Dali." Roberto's unique designs are collected all over the world. A native of Colombia, Roberto is a member of various Fine Craft guilds including The Southern Highland Craft Guild, Carolina Designer Craftsmen and Handmade in America. He resides in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Special Weekend Viewing. Freehttp://singingstoneonline.com/