FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
Backstreet Boys w/Jesse McCartney/DJ Pauly D Amid the profusion of all-male vocal pop groups that came spewing forth from the 1990s, Orlando-bred Backstreet Boys rose as superstars with a string of R&B-fused Top 10 charters that began with “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),” and enough MTV saturation to sustain them through the more recent leaner chart years. This date falls during BB’s 20th anniversary tour backing a brand new eighth LP, In a World Like This, and first with all five original members — Brian Littrel, A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough and Nick Carter now re-joined by Kevin Richardson — since 2005’s Never Gone. Actor/singer-songwriter/boy-band refugee Jesse McCartney warms up the stage with his original solo fare, and Jersey Shore’s DJ Pauly D kicks off the party with a club-banging set of spins. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, Tampa)
Nervous Turkey w/Florida Night Heat Two staple favorites of the local music scene unite under one Friday night New World billing. Nervous Turkey serves up the usual — greasy-fried harmonica-shredded organ-fueled funky punk blues as bellowed and barked by crusty tatted frontman Ernie Locke — while Florida Night Heat takes a more calculated approach, introducing pounding guitar-layered post rock and Morricone-flavored psychedelia that builds to faster-paced instrumental assaults with funktronic appeal. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Steve Arvey: From Mississippi to Chicago Bradenton’s esteemed axe-slinging bluesman and cigar box guitar extraordinaire, Steve Arvey, is joined by his band (guitarist Josh Nelms, bassist Otis T. Sugarbear, drummers Aaron Fowler and Steve Camilleri, and harmonica player Tony Smith) for a program that takes a musical journey through the history of blues, from its Delta and pre-war Chicago origins through the R&B and soul-saturated sounds of 1960s and ’70s-era Windy City. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)
SupaSkunk The regularly scheduled Friday evening live music throwdown at Ella’s features the funkified New Oreleans-vibing jazz of SupaSkunk, led by sax master Jeremy Powell and rounded out by double bass ace Jon Shea (his bandmate in Infinite Groove Orchestra) and beat-tastic drummer/percussionist Matt Salvador (Brand New Opiates). Special guest sit-ins TBA. (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa)
Adventure Club Christian Srigley and Leighton James bring EDM direct from Montreal as Adventure Club, their own electronic stewage made up of dramatic house music build-ups and whirring swirling sonic washes that segue into fuzzed-out dubstep breakdowns and vomiting wompadelics, sometimes featuring vocal splices or samples that range from Icona Pop’s “Girlfriend” to dialogue from The Boondock Saints as with their tribute to the film, “Spiritus Sancti.” (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)
Musicology w/Queenofex/Native Wellz/PaperBoy/SuCoo/F Minor/ Mighty Jai/many more Royal Xtreme and Tek-nique Entertainment host this party billed as a night of music, live art, spoken word, break-dance and spirituality. Among the musical performers are soulful North Carolina native and current Tampa-based hip-hop artist Queenofex, whose smart poetry and tuneful yet assertive vocals are backed by vintage groove-saturated production; and soulful St. Pete rapper/producer/DJ Mighty Jai, who seems to draw from a comparable vinyl archive but cuts and splices his sonic backdrop so it better fits his own deliberate cadence and conscious narratives. (Market on 7th, Ybor City)
Chick Corea and Béla Fleck A make-up date for March’s postponed concert featuring two music icons who won a Latin Grammy for their 2007 collaborative album, The Enchantment. Together, they’ll perform a program of piano and banjo duets that include selections from their respective repertoires, cuts off The Enchantment, and a mix of jazz, bluegrass, rock, flamenco, pop and gospel standards. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)
Local Flavor Fest 2: Stick Martin Show/Shoeless Soul/Orange Hour/Dropin Pickup An eclectic four-pack of local music that touches on cheeky hip hop-fused acoustic rock (Stick Martin), reggae-and-soul imbued jam rock (Shoeless Soul), heavy blues-and-grunge-tinged alt-rock (Orange Hour) and fiddle-fused roots rock with tribal percussive appeal (Dropin Pickup). (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
Chico Mann w/Saskatchewan Chico Mann is the nom de plume of Marcos Garcia, a New York-New Jersey native songwriter versed on keys and guitar whose sound draws on elements of ’70s Afrobeat, ’80s freestyle R&B and boogie, Afro-Cubano music and modern electro pop. The result is electric indie dance rock that gets a boost of zippy Casio synthesizers and bouncing basslines in tracks like “Same Old Clown” with vocalist Kendra Morris, or a layer of urgent percussive drive, waka-waka guitar riffs, weirdo keywork and Spanish lyrics ala “El Paragua.” This tour supports 2013 album Magical Thinking, released in April via Soundway Records. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
Domino Effect A jammy rock outfit from Savannah, Ga., that injects their sound with bursts of reggae, funk, roots, dance music and psychedelia, all displayed on 2012 debut full-length, Music For My Soul. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)
The Meditations Reggae music elder statesmen Ansel Cridland, Danny Clarke and Winston Watson, collectively known as The Meditations, are a vocal harmony trio from Jamaica formed in late 1974, currently based in the U.S. and dishing out uplifting Rasta-minded roots reggae. Their hazy resume spans three decades of respected artists, from their back-up work on three Bob Marley tracks (“Blackman Redemption,” “Rastaman Live Up” and “Punky Reggae Party”) and studio work for the likes of Gregory Isaacs and Jimmy Cliff, to more recent appearances on Easy Star All Star’s Dub Side of the Moon and Radiodread; their original repertoire includes hit single “Woman is Like a Shadow.” In a live setting, the men are backed by a four-piece instrumental ensemble. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)
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).