THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20
Rockapella “Over the years, we’ve been through all the ‘re-discoveries’ of this trail we blazed — from N’Sync to Glee to The Sing-Off,” Rockapella member Scott Leonard told CL in an interview last year before the a cappella group made their annual stop in Tampa. “On one hand, it’s fun to see renewed interest. On the other, enough with the auto-tune.” Rockapella has been delivering tuneful multi-voice harmonies against an instrument-free but rather full-bodied backdrop of vocal percussion and bass for more than 25 years, but first hit national consciousness in the 1990s when they arranged and performed all the music on PBS children's game show Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?. We usually see the group on their seasonal run and this year is no exception. Expect cuts from 2011's A Rockapella Holiday — their fifth holiday-themed album and 17th studio release overall — along with other seasonal fare and select favorites from the Rockapella catalog. (Tampa Theatre, Tampa)
Run DMT w/Helicopter Showdown Not to be confused with the Baltimore-based indie singer-songwriter, this Run DMT is an electronic music maker from Austin who prefers wompin' bass, heavy rhythmic pulses and creeped-out melodies in his productions and remixes, which draw on breakbeats, dark and dirty trap-beats, moombahton, dubstep and drumstep. Debut full-length Union of Opposites dropped this summer and features a few intriguing guest appearances, including Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) and DJ Swamp on the hip-hop fused tension-and-release track, "This or That." (G Bar, Ybor City)
Greenhouse Lounge w/D.V.S./Consider The Source Jacksonville livetronica three-piece Greenhouse Lounge builds thumping, sample-scattered sonicscapes colored with shades of jazz, funk, dubstep, drum n' bass, breakbeats, progressive house and disco. D.V.S. is the alias of Brooklyn guitarist/producer Derek VanScoten, who wields a glitchy, fizzy electro-futuristic sound. And rounding out this Thursday night bill is the hardest rocking act of the bunch, NYC-based trio Consider the Source, their progressive, jazz-fused foundation given a dark psychedelic edge with worldly flavors heavily influenced by Indian music traditions. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21
Santa Rock n’ Roll Angels Party w/Not Tonight Josephine/Paint the Town Red/Lushbudget Operation Coexist is a recently-established grassroots organization that promotes the healing power of music and is dedicated to increasing music therapy services and programs for the young patients at All Children's Hospital. During this holiday occasion, Coexist presents a night of live art and music by three high-quality Bay area acts, heavy-hitting modern alt-rock fivesome Not Tonight Josephine among them, and welcomes various local artisans and crafters to display up-cycled art, jewelry and other one-of-a-kind goodies for your last-minute shopping pleasure. (Octave, St. Petersburg)
Wynonna's Rockin' Christmas Five-time Grammy-winning country siren Wynonna Judd hits town with a concert of traditional Christmas tunes ("White Christmas," "Ave Maria," "Silent Night") along with her own repertoire of holiday songs and Billboard-charting hits backed by her full band, The Big Noise. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg)
R5 A California pop-rock band made up of four siblings plus a good family friend. R5 has two TV talents at the helm — fair-haired singer-guitarist Ross Lynch of Disney Channel sitcom Austin & Ally and his part-time acting bassist-singer brother Riker, a returning face on Glee. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater)
Punk Film Screening & Concert w/Fang/Pagan Faith/No Fraud/Guy Smiley/Slap Of Reality Tampa's early punk scene gets the full lowlight treatment in new indie documentary We Can't Help It If We're From Tampa, which traces the Bay area's underground punk scene from 1982 to 1990 with gritty photos, poster art, rare film footage, interviews with musicians, promoters, club owners and others who were active in the scene back then, and of course, plenty of raucous music. No Clubs Productions and 40 Amp Media host a premiere screening of the flick followed by a punk-rock showcase ring-led by Cali hardcore legends Fang and Tampa punk vets No Fraud, and also featuring reunion sets from locals Pagan Faith, Guy Smiley and Slap of Reality. (Orpheum, Ybor City)
Doomsday Show w/Poetry n' Lotion & Special Guests It's almost the end of the world (or so says the Mayan calendar and all those History Channel shows), and brassy instrumental jazz, metal and progressive rock fusionists Poetry n' Lotion are throwing a rager at their old stomping grounds in the midst of putting the finishing touches on a new full-length. Expect old faves like "Skinsuit" along with trademark covers (Sabbath anyone?) and cuts off their new Octopada EP. (Yeoman’s Road Pub, Tampa)
Late Night Brass Holiday Show A night of rockin' rhythm and blues spiked with seasonal melodies as staged by the crowd-pleasing players of Bay area 11-piece Late Night Brass. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
Awkward Age w/The New Lows/Raguckas Triumphant punk-pop duo Awkward Age (fresh off winning a Best of the Bay award for their 2012 eponymous 7") is joined by wildly rockin' Orlando four-piece The New Lows (which just released a new full-length, I Couldn't Sleep), and Tampa punk quartet Raguckas for this Friday night show. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
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 $$.