This week in Tampa Bay area live music: Emilie Autumn, Yonder Mountain String Band, Natalie Merchant & more 

Concerts, Jan. 17-23.

Side Door Jazz: Nicki Parrott, Rossano Sportiello & Eddie Metz
Australian jazz singer, double bass maestra, and much called-upon sidewoman Nicki Parrott is likely best known for her 10-year tenure playing with Les Paul. This Florida tour finds her joined by frequent collaborator, pianist Rossano Sportiello, and drummer Eddie Metz Jr., in support of a new album the three-piece recorded and issued last year, Live at the Jazz Corner. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)

Adam Beyer w/Victor Calderone in partnership with Serious Soul welcome Swedish techno DJ/producer and Drumcode Records founder Adam Beyer for a night of hard, throbbing, percussive-driven dance music. NYC house music producer, DJ and remixer Victor Calderone warms up the floor. (The Kennedy, Tampa)

Ellie Goulding w/St. Lucia After her 2012 reign with smash hit single “Lights,” British indie-pop princess Ellie Goulding takes her sophomore album Halcyon on tour in the U.S. The singer-songwriter hypnotizes audiences, her breathy syrupy vocals about loneliness and heartache set to upbeat, ethereal electropop. Halcyon features a range of producers and guests, like Brit rapper Tinie Tempah (“Hanging On”) and Scottish DJ Calvin Harris (“I Need Your Love”). Goulding is joined by her own four-piece band when she brings her dance party to Orlando this week. (Hard Rock Live, Orlando) —Shannon Kelly

The Heavy Pets w/Wyllys/The Heavy Hustle South Florida’s jam rock sons The Heavy Pets kick-off a three-night run with nu-disco house DJ/producer Wyllys in Ybor. Wyllys gets the bodies moving, his opening DJ set segueing into a “disco improv interlude” featuring The Heavy Hustle (members of the Pets with Wyllys), and culminating in a Heavy Pets live set. Put your Saturday Night Fever face on and prepare for nonstop funking, bumping and grooving — no setbreaks and collabs all around. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Natalie Merchant
The last time rock songstress Natalie Merchant hit town, the 10,000 Maniacs former enchanted and entertained with an intriguing, instrumentally lush concert. “And while you might fear that the 19th and 20th-century children's poems she unearthed for her new release, Leave Your Sleep, would threaten severe twee overload,” CL Editor David Warner commented in his review, “the music they've inspired her to write is surprisingly rich and varied. Accompanied last night by an expert eight-member band playing everything from cello to piano to banjo to accordion, she made it seem as if the poems had been waiting for her music all along.” Children's book illustrator Barbara McClintock created a 48-page, full-color picture book based upon Leave Your Sleep that was released last year, and likely it will be offered amid the merch offered on Merchant's current tour. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

The Music of Michael Jackson The Florida Orchestra pays tribute to the late King of Pop with vocalist James Delisco (winner of E! reality TV series The Entertainer and fresh from finishing his one-year contract at the Las Vegas Hilton), a full-scale band, and guest conductor Brent Havens in a program of MJ hits spanning four decades — “ABC,” “Beat It,” “Rock With You” and “The Way You Make Me Feel” among them. (Mahaffey Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Marty Stuart A prolific traditionalist with an eclectic style sensibility that dives in and out of honky tonk, rockabilly, country-rock, old-fashioned country, and bluegrass. Stuart played with Johnny Cash for six years in the 1980s, starred in the Grand Ole Opry numerous times, has won four Grammys (the last in the “Best Country Instrumental” category for his tribute to guitar great Clarence White), and just put out his 17 studio album, Nashville Vol. 1: Tear the Woodpile Down, on Sugar Hill Records. (Largo Cultural Center, Largo)

Tab Benoit w/Damon Fowler Group Louisiana’s electric bluesman with soulful Delta roots returns to the Bay area following a hallmark year, which found the smoky-voiced guitar-slinger issuing a best-of compilation spanning his 25-year career, and revealing his relevance on another comp that came out last year, Black On Blues - A Tribute To The Black Keys, his offering a lick-seared serving of “Gold on the Sealing.” (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

Not Broken Yet CD Release Show St. Pete-based folk rock foursome Not Broken Yet — guitarists/singers Paul Cataldo and L.A. Moore, bassist/singer John Stone, and drummer/percussionist John Stone — celebrate the completion of their self-titled first album, recorded at Hideaway with producer John Kelly and officially unveiled during this CD release show at the studio’s intimate listening room-style performance space. (Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)

Galactic feat. Corey Glover w/Bobby Lee Rodgers/Art Official Not so fresh off the Jam Cruise boat, New Orleans funk and jazz purveyors Galactic hit the ‘burg for a few sets of ass-shaking grooves and cuts off 2012’s Carnivale Electricos, a party record drawing inspiration from and evoking the electric vibrations of Mardi Gras traditions and Brazilian Carnaval celebrations. Corey Glover (In Living Colour) adds his throaty soulful croons and howls to the band’s live mix. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Purity Ring w/Young Magic
Remember those old nautical folk tales of beautiful sirens luring sailors to meet their sweet below the waves with melodic and mesmerizing serenades? Montreal’s electronic-indie duo Purity Ring has similar tendencies, pulling you into their depths and then devouring you whole. The vocals of Megan James are so sweet and delicate, but with lyrics like “let it seep through your sockets and ears, into your precious ruptured skull,” it’s clear there’s something dark lingering beneath her lacy loops. Word on the street is that other half, instrumentalist Corin Roddick, employs a custom tree-shaped command center that controls both sound and light. Purity Ring’s post-dub and gothic samples have earned their album Belispeak its own genre-name “Witch House,” appropriate considering the twosome’s tunes are captivating and potentially dangerous. (Orpheum, Ybor City) —Arielle Stevenson

Mavis Staples Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy produced and wrote a few songs on You Are Not Alone, building a warm organic sonicsphere on the 12th release from gospel-R&B-soul-blues artist Mavis Staples, which CL writer Gabe Echazabal called “an instant classic.” The seemingly odd pairing resulted in universally-acclaimed magic, and You Are Not Alone earned Staples a Grammy for Best Americana Album at the 53rd annual awards. (Mahaffey Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Murder-Suicide Pact w/The Spears/Panspermia/God Harvest/Nazi Dust/Hollow Skull/RattenKrieg A crushing evening of hardcore punk, experimental noise, grindcore and powerviolence from mostly local acts as headed up by Murder-Suicide Pact, which stages this last show before calling it quits — and on the eve of releasing a new 15-song LP, Die Screaming, on Give Praise Records. Also of note: old school punk rockers The Spears (featuring members of Down By Law, Pink Lincolns, Hated Youth and D.R.I). Show starts at 7:30 p.m. (Mojo Books & Music, Tampa)

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers w/Ellie Lee With raspy-voiced commentary on capitalism and governmental gluttony delivered against gospel-soul flecked backing vocals and a blues rocking groove, “Greedy” introduces Tommy Castro & The Painkillers. The current outfit fronted by the guitar-wailing California purveyor of soulful R&B, Chicago blues and Southern rock features longtime bassist Randy McDonald along with drummer Byron Cage and keyboardist James Pace. The track was issued in November on a vinyl 45, Greedy/That’s All I Got, as an appetizer of sorts to a full-length album that’s set for release sometime this year via Alligator Records. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

Kansas “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry On Wayward Son” are the staple Kansas hits you know and love best and ideal for performing on karaoke night after one-too many Jager shots, because that’s the only time you can really dredge up the depth of cheesy emotion required for the former, and lose your inhibitions to try to hit all those soaring notes in the latter. The progressive rock outfit celebrates four decades together this year and is joined by a full symphony orchestra for this date. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

Florida Night Heat / The Send Offs / Thee Wilt Chamberlin If I have to tell you why these three Tampa Bay rock bands are great, then you obviously haven't been paying attention. Go. See them. Drink beer and be merry and rock out with your ... well. Get down. But don't take off your clothes, please. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

Yonder Mountain String Band Colorado’s much loved jamgrass outfit always brings a lot of warm bodies to Jannus, many of them crunchy and carefree as they get down to Younder Mountain String Band’s fun-loving originals, like the dirt road spring-bop of “Rambler's Anthem” and cheeky reggae-tinged “2 Hits and The Joint Turned Brown,” along with genre and era-hopping covers of songs that include John Hartford’s “Steam Powered Aereoplane,” the Beatles’ “Dear Prudence,” and “Girlfriend Is Better” by Talking Heads among other delights. They sing in tuneful four-part harmony and use traditional instrumentation (banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass), but leave plenty of room for improvisation. Fiddler Jason Carter of The Del McCoury Band joins Yonder for their annual St. Pete stop. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

Auto! Automatic!! w/Samurai Shotgun/The Black Roses/Julia Set Instrumental math/prog rock trio Auto!Automatic!! — which celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2012 — has been mostly inactive over the past several months while loop and harmonics guitar genius Brian Larson worked on material and revived his solo project, The Aloha Model, and drummer Alex Fedele joined Poetry n’ Lotion, adding trombone and percs to their sound on stage and in the studio. Bassist Adam Kuhn completes the ensemble when A!AA!! hits Crowbar for their first performance of 2013. Alt hip hop group Samurai Shotgun backs their rhymes with live instrumentals, guitar-and-drums duo The Black Roses riff and rage through punchy garage-punk odes, and Julia Set rounds out the Saturday night bill with a sound that jumps between forceful metal pummel, shreddy technicality ala King Crimson, and placid post rock interludes. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Sunshine Blues Festival w/Tedeschi Trucks Band/Sonny Landreth/Joe Louis Walker/Jaimoe's Jasssz Band/The Wood Brothers/Dr. John/Big Sam’s Funky Nation/Sean Chambers Band/Bobby Lee Rodgers
Florida is the setting for the first-ever Sunshine Blues Festival, a traveling fest in miniature spread over two stages and with a mere three stops that end right here in the scenic waterside setting of Vinoy Park. Heading up the festivities is Tedeschi Trucks Band. Helmed by soulful songstress Susan Tedeschi and musician husband, subtle slide-wailing guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks, the 11-piece brews up a textured, melodic, jazz and gospel-hued union of roots rock, blues and R&B. Other fest highlights: grizzly New Orleans ivories-banging singer-songwriter Dr. John, whose funky fresh 2012 album, Locked Down, was produced with a heavy hand by Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys); electric blues axeman Joe Louis Walker, fresh off issuing his own new album, Hellfire; and The Wood Brothers, the folk, blues and back porch grooves project of guitarist/singer-songwriter Oliver Wood and upright bass-wielding younger sibling Chris (Medeski Martin & Wood), currently joined by Jano Rix (drums, shuitar, melodic). Read more about the brothers here. (Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg)

Missy Raines and the New Hip w/Have Gun Will Travel I bet there’s a good reason Nashville upright bassist, singer and songwriter Missy Raines won the Bluegrass Music Association’s Bass Player of the Year Award seven times (talent). But Raines doesn’t want to be pigeonholed to strictly grassy sonicspheres, and her material with The New Hip finds her experimenting with a more progressive style and incorporating jazz, pop, and rock lite textures. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

Big Freedia Of all the artists to explode chanting, calling-out and shouting from New Orleans’ vibrant urban bounce music scene, Big Freedia (aka Freddie Ross) is by far the most distinctive, renowned for his overtly gender-bending tendencies and “Queen Diva” flamboyance. Freedia played a big role in the post-Katrina entertainment relief efforts; he was one of the first artists to return and performed upwards of 10 shows a week until the city got back on its feet. He brings his sky-high energy to town for a Sunday night call-and-response dance party. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

Natalie Cole The nine-time Grammy-winning prodigal daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole returns to town with her AC soul grooving style and classy R&B sways. Keep your fingers crossed for a little Latin spice as Natalie is gearing up to release a record with all Spanish lyrics sometime this spring. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg)

Richard Thompson w/Kris Delmhorst
A little less than a year ago, Fender Strat-slinging British rock heavyweight Richard Thompson set Tampa Theatre on fire with his axe wizardry and contemplative moments of acoustic beauty or jazzy finger-picking style as part. According to sometime CL Writer Eric Snider, the “folk-rock power trio” was dryly described by the musician as “as kind of a cross between the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Peter, Paul & Mary,” though Snider felt it tilted heavily to the Hendrixian. Thompson’s 2012 effort, Cabaret of Souls, grew from a project he was commissioned to produce honoring the skills of friend and frequent collaborator, Danny Thompson, at the 2009 convention of the International Society of Bassists. Limited to release on the artist’s site, the narration-studded thematically-linked collection follows a "talent contest" in the afterlife between the souls of recently deceased people. (Ferguson Hall at Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa)

Young Jeezy w/DJ Baby Yu He’s charted gold and platinum-selling singles as both a featured guest (like in “Love in This Club" with Usher and Rihanna’s "Hard") and solo artist, but I bet when Young Jeezy is balancing his books, the Atlanta-based rapper isn’t really sweating about where his millions are coming from — and the track that put him on the map, “Soul Survivor” featuring Akon, was his own distinctive hard-hitting hip hop. Young Jeezy makes a special one-off nightclub stop in Tampa accompanied by his current DJ, Baby Yu. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)

David Rovics Portland activist/folk troubadour David Rovics keeps his songwriting socially relevant and his warm and pleasant intones offer straightforward reflections on politically-charged moments in history, issues that interest or concern him, and the odd sentimental topics, from ecoterrorism, anti-globalization, oil spills and political prisoners, to the loneliness of a Travelodge hotel room and his musical response to the rightwing evangelical types he encountered at a Houston supermarket (“Who Would Jesus Bomb?”). Rovics just released his 15th studio album, Meanwhile In Afghanistan, a folk punk manifesto that features lead guitar by Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. Meanwhile is available for download-by-donation at St. Pete’s own activist songstress Jun welcomes Rovics for her Monday night live music series and opens the evening with some original music. (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg)

Kris Allen w/Jillette Johnson
Arkansas native and American Idol alumni Kris Allen issued a self-titled album in 2009 following his win on the reality singing show; his second album and major label debut hit No. 11 on the Billboard charts. In his 2012 follow-up, Thank You Camellia, Allen was more hands-on with the writing, producing and recording process, his hooky pop rock melodies and earnest lyrics in first single "The Vision of Love" about opening your heart to those in need and inspired by his charity work in Rwanda. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Emilie Autumn
Enchantress of the deep climbing vocals, compositions on violin and keys a fusion of glam rock, classical, and Victoriandustrial music, glamorously gothic burlesque wear, feathered head-pieces and crayon bright locks completing the confident character she embraces on stage as Emilie Autumn. Live, she prances, struts, dominates and ring-leads a dark and gothic cabaret with her all-woman band, The Bloody Crumpets. This tour should make for some particularly entertaining and provocative sets as she supports 2012 studio LP, Fight Like a Girl, a concept album based on her memoir about her real life experiences in a mental ward, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

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