THURSDAY, MAY 24
Timothy B. Schmit Vocalist, songwriter and bassist Timothy B. Schmit played in post-Buffalo Springfield outfit Poco, and also served time with The Eagles after their Hotel California tour, co-writing and singing lead on "I Can't Tell You Why" off 1979’s The Long Run, and returning to the fold on their 1994 reunion album and tour. He's done all manner of session work and sit-ins since then for artists ranging from Ringo Starr to Crosby, Stills and Nash, though he's always written and released solo records on the side. He draws on Americana, folk, country, rock and blues influences, his repertoire encompassing originals and re-imagined covers by artists like Blind Boys of Alabama, Kid Rock, and Dwight Yoakam. He performs tracks from his fifth and latest solo album, 2009’s Expando, in addition to select Eagles and Poco cuts on his current round of live dates. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater)—Leilani Polk
FRIDAY, MAY 25
Escape Tonight / After The Fact / Wolf Face / Holiday A four-band Florida music showcase headed up by propulsive punk-edged Clearwater alt rock three-piece Escape Tonight, made up of powerful shouter-singer/guitarist Russell Fama, bassist Rick Herbert and drummer Paul James, who issued a 10-song name-your-price LP online last year. After the Fact, from Ft. Myers, doles out up-tempo ska-punk pop with high-toned vocal harmonies and distorted guitars; St. Pete's Wolf Face delivers fast and hard rock; and Holiday rounds it out with his one man aggro-retro-eletro show. (Fubar, downtown St. Petersburg)—LP
Casanova's Blast Friday w/Edgar Winter Band Not to be confused with his older electric and Texas blues-leaning brother Johnny – who played Capitol Theatre last February – Edgar Winter is the more boogie-soul inclined, and is responsible for such classic hard rock hits as "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride." And where Johnny is a consummate axeman, Edgar is a multi-instrumentalist known for his talent on all types of keys as well as sax, marimba, timbales and guitar. (Cleveland Street, downtown Clearwater)—LP
Antiwarpt III Announcement Party w/Toy Bombs/The Happiness Machine/Lauris Vidal/Lonly Monster Brokenmold and No Clubs reveal the master lineup of the fast-approaching third annual Antiwarpt, the local and indie music alternative to the corporate Vans-sponsored Warped. The musical festivities are led by the jangly guitar and lightly vintage flavor of LA's experimental-psychedelic two-piece, Toy Bombs. Live, songwriters/producers Cole Barnson (vox, guitar, bass, percs, harmonica) and Brandon McBride (guitar, keys, vox, bass, percs, drums, harmonica, effects) switch and trade-off instruments and vocals, and are backed by masked players "Sasha the Cat" on bass and drummer "Rocko the Bear." A solid bill of local indie acts support. (St. Pete Shuffleboard Club, St. Petersburg) —LP
Steve Kimock & Friends w/funkUs I've jokingly referred to Steve Kimock as the "great stone face of guitar" because he’s one of few axemen I've seen who can wail on fiery solos with little or no expression, like he totally doesn't feel the universal vibrations he's channeling through his very own fingertips. (I bet the dude is a great poker player.) Kimock started his career playing in various Grateful Dead-related gigs -- Keith and Donna Godchaux's Heart of Gold Band, then Phil Lesh and Friends and The Other Ones -- as well as the lesser-known Zero, and he's been leading various solo projects for the past dozen or so years. In addition to electric guitar, Kimock is also well-versed on lap steel and mandolin, though I'm not sure how many different string tones he'll be trotting out with his current solo project and first large-scale tour in a few years. Kimock is joined by an esteemed lineup of players – keys wizard Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic, Talking Heads), drummer Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow), and bassists Andy Hess (Gov't Mule, Black Crowes) and Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green). Orlando jazz-groove staple funkUs supports. (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City)—LP
Kip Moore Up-and-coming MCA Nashville country artist Kip Moore is the perpetrator of such recent hit singles as "Mary Was the Marrying Kind" and "Somethin' 'bout a Truck" off his April 2012 debut, Up All Night; the latter peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Country Songs charts. (Dallas Bull, Tampa)—LP
Lucero w/The Soul Rebels Rusty-voiced Lucero frontman Ben Nichols has a knack for writing straightforward blue-collar rock songs as evidenced on the Memphis band's seventh studio record, Women & Work. Both topics are treated to his booze-soaked observations, whether he's waxing barroom poetic ("Come on down for just one drink / when you're around, I'm more the man I should be / come on baby, can’t you see that you're good for me?"), or offering wry metaphors ("Now it's one shot of women, one shot of work / One shot's sweeter but both can hurt"). The soulful, honky tonk feel they introduced into their crusty cowpunk sound on 2009's 1372 Overton Park is still intact, as is the heartland-flavored brass; Nichols has called it "one part barrelhouse rock n' roll and one part lonesome nights." (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)—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.