THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6
Toubab Krewe w/John Brown’s Body/DJ Blenda A pair of worldly jam acts team up for a co-holiday tour. Frequent callers Toubab Krewe, from Asheville, are a folk and rock quintet deeply influenced by the sounds and culture of Mali, with the bright cascading notes of stringed instruments like kora and kamelngoni entwined with guitar, bass and keys, and the Afrobeat rhythms accompanied by the throb and pulse of congas, djembe and other percussives. New England octet John Brown’s Body — which just released a new album, JBB In Dub on Easy Star Records — purveys super heady electro-and-dub-fused reggae (self-styled “future roots”) marked by the brassy backbone of a three-piece horn section. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)
Papadosio Hitting town as part of the AURA Music & Arts Festival Concert Series is one of the fest’s headliners: Papadosio, a soundscape-building jamtronica five-piece from Ohio currently backing a brand new double LP, T.E.T.I.O.S. (To End the Illusion of Separation), which spans the sonic landscapes of house music, trip hop, psychedelia and funk over the course of 20 tracks. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
Celtic Christmas w/Harry O’Donoghue/Carroll Brown Back by popular demand is Ireland-born, Savannah, Ga.-based Celtic folk music artist O’Donoghue, who has a soothing brogue and laid-back performance style on acoustic guitar and bodhran. This concert program includes a mix of beloved carols, original compositions, and Irish holiday songs. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)
Rock the Park w/Red Room Cinema/Rayzilla’s Dreamboats/November Rush December has arrived without delay and the weather’s just fine for the latest edition of THX Management’s riverside concert series. The last Rock the Park of 2012 is headed up by Red Room Cinema, which hits the outdoor stage with a fresh set of instrumental post rock tunes off latest record, Apsis, issued via New Granada Records in September. (Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa)
Welcome to Tampa AM Party w/Saviours/The Shrine/Bad $hit Skatepark of Tampa kicks off Tampa Am 2012 with Saviours, an Oakland, Calif., foursome that lays dual guitar shredding and riffage on top of tempo-changing rhythms that are fast and propulsive or sludgy slow or both all in one track as with epic burning “Inner Mountain Arthame,” grungy shouted vocals climbing over the mix of stoner and heavy metal crunch. Also of note: The Shrine, an LA-area hard rock trio with noisy punk tendencies championed by ex-Black Flag bassist Chuck Dukowksi, who produced their self-titled debut. (Transitions Art Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa)
Veil of Maya w/Upon A Burning Body/Volumes/Twitching Tongues/Arm the World/Destroy The Fortress The Acacia Strain was forced to drop out of the co-headlining tour after flipping their van while on the road last week, so Chicago foursome Veil of Maya takes the lead assault reins with their mix of deathcore and technical death metal, which takes a more extreme and progressive turn on 2012 fourth album Eclipse. (Orpheum, Ybor City)
Michael Bolton With his hunky romance novel good looks and smoky soulful vocals demanding answers to queries like “Tell me how am I supposed to live without you?” and “How can we be lovers if we can’t be friends?”, Michael Bolton has acquired a drooling mass of loyal fans, not to mention pop icon status. (Who else loved his “Jack Sparrow” bit with The Lonely Island crew?) Likely most of his well-known smooth AC soft rock ballads and No. 1 hits will get play during his St. Pete show. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
Dent May w/Saskatchewan/Florida Night Heat For his sophomore record and second on Paw Tracks, Do Things, Mississippi born singer-songwriter Dent May discarded the instrument he embraced in his debut, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, and instead, laid his dreamy Beach Boys-style vocal harmonies over a mix of synths, guitars and analog drum machines, the resulting album a loose, floating smooth indie pop effort with a sort of island-vibing languidness. Click here to read this week's story on May. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Jonathan Priest and the Incandescent Monsters w/SupaSkunk Percussionist/drummer Jonathan Priest has been living in North Carolina for what seems like ages, but he laid deep musical roots in Tampa (he played in Ghetto Love Sugar, Infinite Groove Orchestra and RockSteady@8 among other outfits), and he always re-visits them with much festive flair when he returns for a holiday. This time around, the wise beat-keeping sage delivers a set of soul-jazz-jam experiments with a collective he’s dubbed “the Incandescent Monsters,” which encompasses current IGO members John Richardson (keys), Jon Shea (bass) and Jeremy Powell (sax). Priest and the Monsters kick things off, and the Powell-led New Orleans jazz-inspired instrumental group SupaSkunk closes out the night. (Yeoman’ Road Pub, Tampa)
Sum 41 w/IAMDYNAMITE Canada’s pop punk/melodic hardcore behemoths haven’t been here in a few years — and even then, it was on Warped Tour — but I’m sure their fans will come out in throngs for Sum 41’s tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of 2002 album, Does This Look Infected?, which spawned such charting singles as “Still Waiting,” “The Hell Song” and “Over My Head (Better Off Dead).” A word of warning ¬— the band plans to play the album in its entirety, but don’t be surprised when they throw in other cuts from their catalog. (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City)
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.