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Ward & Wilder Cali-born, Florida-based fiddler Christian Ward has been performing professionally since age 12, and has a resume full of sit-ins with artists like Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs and Bela Fleck. Fast flat-picking Florida native guitarist and Bluegrass Parlor Band former Austin Wilder tempers his string-play with a pleasant tenor. Together, the roots-favoring musicians harmonize and draw on a repertoire of folk, bluegrass, and country tunes. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
Camille Dupree & Broken Fetters CD Release Party w/Brian Sutherland Trio/Caleb Hyers Band Direct from the unlikely backwaters of the Riverview/Valrico area comes sweet young songbird Camille Dupree, who plays fiddle and sings in a clear soprano that soars over the Broken Fetters’ arrangements of plucked and strummed banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and keys. The result is a spiritually-uplifting, drama-building mix of folk rock, bluegrass and Americana. Last year they issued a seven-song Bohemians EP. The fresh follow-up, Demand to Glow, is unveiled by Dupree and bandmates Jesse Palm, Will Swartz and Wes Lehman at this CD release party. (Orpheum, Ybor City)
MONDAY, JULY 15
B.J. Barham Being the frontman of such a prolific and hard-touring outfit as Raleigh, N.C.’s American Aquarium seems like it’d leave little time for B.J. Barham to flex his solo muscles. But the gritty-drawling artist has taken time between dates with AA to embark on a short (10-day) acoustic tour of the Southeast, which finds him playing new material off a forthcoming AA record along with cuts spanning the band’s seven-album catalog of rocking whiskey-hued alt country, including 2012 Muscle Shoals-inspired latest, Burn.Flicker.Die. The show starts at 7 p.m. sharp; admission is free but donations help B.J. with gas for the road. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
TUESDAY, JULY 16
The Appleseed Cast w/The Life And Times/Muscle Worship Since its release in May, I keep returning to The Appleseed Cast’s Illumination Ritual as my go-to background music. There’s certainly nothing that strikes me as groundbreaking from the Kansas foursome’s first full-length since 2009, though it’s a comfortable mix of their more recent post-rock instrumentals and early emo-tinged lyrics. My main complaint is that albums like Low Level Owl were so great because of their ambition, and Illumination Ritual feels somewhat … settled. Still, the complex and intricate interplay between guitar and drums is ever present; according to Appleseed Cast’s website, each member of the band was given time to riff in the studio, then the spontaneous contributions were captured and cut together. I’m not sure how this will translate to their live set but it’s definitely worth checking out. A few fellow Kansas-based compatriots — spacey alt-rockers The Life and Times and wild post-punk combo Muscle Worship — support. (Crowbar, Ybor City) —Deborah Ramos
The People’s Blues of Richmond The abbreviation is “PBR,” so that should tell you something about this indie rock quartet from Virginia, which has opened for artists as diverse as Galactic, Flogging Molly, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Ghostland Observatory. Their sound is a seething fusion of blues, funk and psychedelia marked by heavy low-end swagger, springy rhythms, meaty keys, crunchy fuzzy guitar riffs interspersed with pedal-warped licks and cleaner piercing solos, and raspy soulful vocals howled over top of it all. This tour backs a new Kickstarter-funded LP, Good Time Suicide. For fans of The White Stripes. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17
Dave Matthews Band Whether or not you’re a fan, you have to give Dave Matthews Band credit: the septet has staying power and continues to reel in new generations of youthful fans on a regular basis; in fact, DMB fans recently made headlines when 81 of them were charged with underage drinking after a recent concert in upstate New York. The megalithic pop, roots and jazz-jammy rock band led by mouth-full-of-marbles singer-songwriter Matthews makes their annual summertime stop at the amphitheater, backing 2012 Steve Lillywhite-produced eighth album Away from the World, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making it DMB’s sixth consecutive chart-topping LP. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa)
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Excellent review, sorry I missed the concert.
I was fortunate to see Bonnie Raitt. Her stage presence was heart warming and her…
loved it! Well worth the $$.