THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
Jel w/Serengeti/Matthew David Alt hip-hop artist Jel (Jeffery James Logan) is an Anticon staple (he co-founded the indie LA label in 1998) who does some light non-traditional rapping — more like undercover rhyme-slinging and broken vocalizing — and uses retro drum tech (an SP-1200 beat-machine) to arrive at his low-bit, bumpin’ and grindin’, cut-and-chopped trip hop atmospherics. Jel is known for being one of the first artists to play his beat-machine live, using little or no sequencing and with pads so he can tap out each snare, bass kick, cymbal and loop with his fingers. He’s currently touring behind recently-released third LP, Late Pass. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Soulfly w/The Defiant/Progressive Chemistry/Hang Em High Soulfly has experienced nearly a dozen lineup shifts over a 16-year tenure, although Sepultura former Max Cavalera — who originally formed the groove/thrash metal group — has remained constant as its leader. His harsh guttural roars rocket over intense riffage and double-bass rhythms currently delivered by son Zyon Cavalera, enlisted as a full time drummer this year and appearing on Savages, the band’s ninth and latest LP. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)
Peelander-Z w/The Casualties/Negative Approach/Feral Babies/Wolf-Face The Japanese action comic punk band makes their annual stop in Tampa, delivering their usual cheeky live antics (playing while hanging from venue rafters, handing off instruments to volunteers and jumping into the crowd to fool around, leading a full-audience limbo dance, etc.) and bag full of tricks (luchadores masks, gaudy-vibrant costumes, silly props, signage). (Orpheum, Ybor City)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
USF Homecoming Week Concert w/Wiz Khalifa and DJ Enferno It’s a celebration of green and gold at USF-Tampa as the college celebrates Homecoming Week leading into the USF Bulls football game against Louisville on Sunday. The events culminate this Friday with the Running of the Bulls Parade and post-parade concert. Upward of 50 floats make their way from the Marshall Center to Fowler Fields, where West Coast ganja-loving emcee Wiz Khalifa performs with DJ Enferno. Wiz is touring behind his fourth studio album and second under Atlantic, O.N.I.F.C., an acronym that stands for “Only Nigga in First Class” or, for more PC audiences, “One Night in First Class.” (Fowler Fields, USF-Tampa)
Hot Havana Night w/Jon Secada This fundraiser in support of the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts transforms the lobby and Atrium of the Mahaffey into a tropical oasis where guests are serenaded by Cuban-born international AC pop star Jon Secada and served scrumptious Cuban food and libations. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg)
Tomcat Blake & Friends Blues-rock guitar slinger and smoky-voiced singer Tomcat Blake hails from St. Louis, Mo., and infuses his sizzling sound with elements of country, rockabilly and soul. On this night, he’s joined by TC Carr, Sarasota Slim and Sandy Atkinson. He and his band also play Ringside Café Oct. 31 and Ale and the Witch Nov. 3. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)
Blast! Friday w/Poco The easy-going country-folk outfit came up in the late 1960s, one of three acts spawned from the late Buffalo Springfield. Originally started by guitarist Jim Messina (who left after two albums to form Loggins and Messina) and pedal steel virtuoso Rusty Young, Poco has issued 19 albums to date (the most recent 2013’s All Fired Up). Only a few tracks ever made it to the Billboard Top 40: the AC ballad “Crazy Love” and more country pop ode, “Call It Love.” (Cleveland Street, downtown Clearwater)
Noisia A Dutch DJ-production trio with a drum n’ bass foundation, from which they lift-off into other beat-driven electro soundscapes full of fuzzy buzzing low-end and sonic experimentalism. Noisia manages three of their own record labels (Vision, Division and Invisible) and self-releases all their recordings, though 2010 debut Split the Atom was picked up by Deadmau5’s mau5trap label and treated to a special edition re-release in 2012. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)
Malaya CD Release Show w/Not Tonight Josephine/others My first introduction to Malaya was earlier this year at Hard Rock Rising, an international battle of the bands competition, and although they didn’t snag the win, their spirited performances did manage to leave a lasting impression. The female-fronted outfit has a sound much akin to Paramore, a mix of alt rock and punk pop aesthetics; lead howler Robin Carbonell is cute yet commanding while the band is hard-grinding and tight. This show celebrates the release of their first full-length, The Pieces That Make Us, funded by fans via Kickstarter.com. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)
Sam Ash Drum Bash Local drums and percs educator Jim Chambers returns for the fifth annual installment of his free, family-friendly beat-keeping extravaganza/recital that shines the spotlight on 20 of Chambers’ best students. Show starts at 6 p.m. (Sam Ash Music, Tampa)
Free Your Rhyme w/Jinx/Dynasty/The Rukus/DJ Lesage/DJ Shafiq “We spit for the love, not the fame, let it thump, let it bang, let it rain, let it sang,” Jinx asserts with Miss Bronx in “Get Down (Rumba),” the first single off his latest LP, The Gem in I. This CD release show also doubles as the inaugural event hosted by Jinx’s fresh production company, Free Your Rhyme. Jinx stages a full album performance of The Gem in I as backed by DJ Lesage and the Gwan Massive band, with guest spots and warm-up by other big names in the local hip hop game. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
I was fortunate to see Bonnie Raitt. Her stage presence was heart warming and her…
loved it! Well worth the $$.
Coastline was also held in West Palm Beach, on the following day (Sun., Nov. 10).