THURSDAY, AUGUST 9
Wayne “The Train” Hancock A traditionalist at heart whose sound has remained mostly unchanged since his fine 1995 debut recording, Wayne “The Train” Hancock draws on a range of throwback influences — country, jump blues, hillbilly boogie woogie, honky-tonk, western swing and Texas rockabilly — and his characteristic brassy vocals are burnished with a golden old time twang that wheels over bouncy acoustic bass grooves, watery steel guitar melodies and a straightforward backbeat. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)--Leilani Polk
Possessed by Paul James He comes up frequently on Ninebullets.net playlists and is a favorite of Bryan Childs aka Autopsy IV, who once wrote, “Possessed By Paul James was more an experience than a show … more like watching a person give birth to music than it was watching a person play music.” Jon Konrad Wert is the iconoclastic man behind the moniker, his lightly scuffed gospel-soulful vocals delivering outpourings of raw emotion over a gritty mix of alt country, folk and blues that he builds all by his lonesome on violin (both traditional and pizzicato style), electric and acoustic guitars, dobro, mandolin, banjo, stomp box, and even diddly boe. New album Feed the Family (Hillgrass/Bluebilly Records) dropped earlier this year and his latest support tour hits a St. Pete watering hole that’s fast becoming a hub for underground roots acts. (Crum’s, St. Petersburg)--LP
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
Solillaquists of Sound w/Bukue One/Anonymous/sympL/DJ Coach K If you’ve never heard the music of Orlando hip-hop quartet Solillaquists of Sound, a good launchpoint is the title track off 2006 debut, As If We Existed. As if its title wasn’t trippy enough, the album’s politically charged lyrics mixed with the laid-back yet intricate beats will find a way to get you to hit repeat at least once, maybe out of curiosity more than anything else. If you want to lift off to another planet where freedom and love are overarching themes in everyday life, Crowbar might be your ticket on Friday night, when Solilla celebrates the self-release of a new album, The 4TH Wall (part 1). (Crowbar, Ybor City) —Miles Parks
Introduce: Yourself Fest: Abiotic/Ovid’s Withering/Miles From Alaska/BigRedRobot/Many more Introduce: Yourself Zine is an online resource for concert and album reviews, interviews and videos spotlighting a range of local bands working our town along with national acts that are just passing through. Heading up the ’zine’s first-ever Florida band fest is Miami’s Abiotic, a technically inclined prog/death metal fivesome that recently signed to Metal Blade Records. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)--LP
Dukes of Juke w/Late Night Brass Sometimes, don’t you just want to twist to a jivin’ keyboard solo? Well, Dukes of Juke (established in 1985) promise a good old fashioned rhythm and blues show with covers of rockin’ favorites by Southside Johnny, Al Green and Z.Z. Top, among others. Late Night Brass is a high energy 10-piece delivering their own repertoire of R&B, blues, swing, disco, funk, rock and Latin music. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) —MP
Stokeswood w/The Aloha Model In the Field of the Vibrations, Stokeswood’s 2011 sophomore album, displays the Atlanta band’s indie rock-tronic tendencies with songs built on laser shooting synths, guitar and keyboard atmospherics, and deep bass grooves, upbeat dance pop moments brightening longer stretches of unz-exploration. Brian Larsen opens with a set of loops, beats, and guitar experiments in his axe-driven electro-prog solo project, The Aloha Model. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)--LP
Jason Aldean w/Luke Bryan The 35-year-old country rocker from Georgia has charted seven No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts beginning with 2005’s “Why” and encompassing a diversity of Jason Aldean interests and distractions, from the rural woman appreciation of “She’s Country,” to the cheeky sexual innuendo of “Big Green Tractor” (can you guess what the tractor represents?), to the sweet balladry of “Don’t You Wanna Stay” (a duet with Kelly Clarkson), to the country rap pride of “Dirt Road Anthem.” (1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheater, Tampa)--LP
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
BT: Laptop Symphony Tour The EDM artist otherwise known as Brian Wayne Transeau made a name for himself as an electronic music producer, composer and instrumentalist (laptop, piano, bass, guitar) most frequently dabbling in trance but exploring ambient soundscapes, breakbeats, glitch and orchestral sonic terrains as evidenced in the two LPs he released concurrently in June: If The Stars Are Eternal So Are You And I (his seventh) and Morceau Subrosa (his eighth). (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)--LP
Stick Martin Show w/Green Sunshine Two local acts with sounds rooted in hip hop, funk and rock take the Skipperdome stage to deliver their respective jams amid the venue’s festive atmosphere. Madcap Clearwater-based singer, emcee and songwriter Chris “Stick” Martin leans more acoustic pop alternative with this trio. Green Sunshine’s heady reggae, jazz and soul-imbued sound jives with a female vocalist (Motown Tea), two emcees (Reason and Rhyme), and players on guitar, trumpet, bass and drums. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)--LP
Tyler- I can't believe how talented of a writer you are. This article was beautifully…
Great interview! Give the interviewer a full time job! He's great!
The DJ was actually The Castle's very own DJ Tom Gold :)
Fabulous review Gabe! Too bad I missed it.