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Ryan Montbleau Band w/Sarah Borges The second WMNF-hosted Skipperdome show in a row showcases the warm moseying Americana, bluesy R&B sway and funky striding grooves of Ryan Montbleau Band, all tied together by the satiny soulful purrs and resounding howls its Boston native namesake. Montbleau’s 2012 studio LP, For Higher, was recorded in New Orleans and is imbued with Crescent City flavor via strong support by a session ensemble featuring some fine NOLA players — Ivan Neville, George Porter, Jr., Simon Lott and Anders Osborne. His usual crew joins him on his support tour. Sarah Borges opens with her ‘90s alternative-tinged roots rock. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13
Mike Dillon Band w/Nervous Turkey/Skull n’ Bone Band Mike Dillon showed off his ridiculous musical prowess and shared his infectious energy when I saw him perform with Dead Kenny G's at Crowbar last year. He delivered gruff vocals, played on drums and vibraphone simultaneously with seeming ease, and added texture on tablas and percs to the avant punk-jazz cocktail of mostly instrumental tunes. The New Orleans musician has served as session man for Ani DiFranco, and plays with Les Claypool's Fancy Band, Garage A Trois and several other fully or half-formed solo and collaborative projects. Currently, he’s helming his Mike Dillon Band with help from Adam Gertner (drums), Cliff Hines (guitar, bass and keyboards) and Carly Meyers (trombone, vocals). Doors at 7 p.m., with Ol’ Dirty Sundays kicking off in the Beer Garden afterwards. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
Ol’ Dirty Sundays w/DJ Shortkut/DJ Illo A legend in some circles and an active staple of the DJ/turntablist circuit for more than 25 years, decks expert Shortkut has scratched, spun and mixed up jamz as a member of three innovative, well-respected turntable-toting hip-hop crews: The World Famous Beat Junkies, spear-headed by “Funky President” J Rocc (Stones Throw Records); Invisibl Skratch Piklz with DJ Q-Bert and Mixmaster Mike; and the Triple Threat DJs alongside world DJ champions Apollo and Vinroc. The San Francisco native combines a love of old soul, funk and R&B records with his diverse taste in modern music and turntablist roots, a mix of hardcore skills and dancefloor thrills sometimes visually augmented by Shortkut’s latest hobby: video mixing. Bonus trap and hip hop spins by Canadian DJ Illo (Eh! Team DJs). (Crowbar, Ybor City)
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers w/Roadkill Ghost Choir Nicki Bluhm’s vocals have a warm husky-soulful timbre that can be tender or demanding against a sound that ranges from the warm ‘70s sway and groove appeal of Tapestry-era Carole King to a more dynamic and forceful style of twangy roots rock. Bluhm and The Gramblers (which includes musical counterpart/husband Tim Bluhm) became viral YouTube sensations with their "Van Sessions" videos, which found the foursome playing covers while driving their tour van; a cover of the Hall & Oates song "I Can't Go For That" drew more than 1 million views the week it was released. This latest set of dates with The Gramblers falls after a re-release of 2011 album, Driftwood, last summer. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)
The Return Of Bootleg w/Kayavibe/Bumpin Uglies/Gary Dread & Jahmen/Trigger City Trio Sarasota’s roots reggae rock foursome Bootleg has been taking breaks and re-assembling for the past few years as band members have focused on other projects, solo pursuits and familial obligations. The last “last” show was in March, and 2013 heralds a Bootleg return — at least for this night of jams, anyway. Filling out the schedule are bands of similarly island-hued sonics, including upbeat pop-melodic South Florida quartet Kayavibe. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)
MONDAY, JANUARY 14
Tina and Her Pony w/Jun In Tina and Her Pony, the deep, rich, sorrow-tinged croons of Tina Collins (tenor banjo, tenor ukulele, guitar) are balanced by the lighter silky intones of bandmate Quetzal Jordan, who grew up in the Tampa Bay area and is classically-trained on cello, though she has improvisational chops, and also plays mandolin, bass, and guitar. The duo's poignant and pretty harmonies rise over a warm backdrop of finely-textured instrumentals in their 2012 eponymous full-length debut, original songwriting imbued with Appalachia and folk musical traditions, and breezy odes from one woman to another or about another influenced by the vibrant modern artist colony spirit of their Taos, New Mexico homebase. (Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg)
Black Veil Brides w/William Control Hot on the heels of releasing a conceptual third LP, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, Hollywood's Black Veil Brides hit town on their “The Church of the Wild Ones” tour, treating locals to their prog-technical prowess and glam hard rock style — caked-on pale faces, heavy black eyeliner dripping tears or geometric flourishes, jagged jet black hair, blasé hip wardrobe, etc. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16
Hot Water Music w/La Dispute/The Menzingers Amid a packed schedule of recording solo material, heading his acoustic revival tours and collaborating with artists like Austin Lucas and Gaslight Anthem'S Brian Fallon, Chuck Ragan fronts seminal Gainesville punk/post hardcore outfit Hot Water Music. Last year saw the release of Exister, the quartet's eighth full-length and first album of new material since 2004's The New What Next. This much buzzed-about tour supports. (Orpheum, Ybor City)
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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.