THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Brain Cancer Benefit w/Perpetual Groove/Black Taxi/McAlister Drive Last October, local mom Suzanne Ciani went for a medical exam to find out the source of consistent headaches that left her disoriented and troubled her family. An MRI turned up alarming news: Suzanne had an aggressive form of brain cancer. She underwent emergency surgery to remove several tumors, endured rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, and recently returned to the hospital for neurosurgery in response to the discovery of additional growths. The Suzanne Ciani Brain Cancer Foundation was founded this year, its goal to send her for treatment at the Gerson Center in Mexico and help others who’ve had their lives impacted by brain cancer. Son Johnny has booked top-notch acts for the second concert he’s organized to benefit the foundation. NYC’s eclectic rock foursome Black Taxi and New England Americana-pop purveyors McAlister Drive warm up the stage for headliners Perpetual Groove, an Athens quartet that blends Southern rock, funk, jazzy improvisation and jamtronica, and laces it with plenty of synth loops and liquid melodic guitar solos. Rock out for a great cause this holiday season and treasure those closest to your heart. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) —Brian Frederick & Julie Garisto
Erick Morillo w/Pedro M. Nano Remember 1993 dancehall-infused house music anthem “I Like to Move It,” with Trinidad and Tobago rapper The Mad Stuntman spouting ragga style verses over big block-busting beats as created by Columbian-American producer/DJ Erick Morillo? (Will.I.Am covered it for the Madagascar films.) Back then, Morillo was one-half of Reel to Real, and has assumed a number of pseudonyms since. These days, he’s embraced his born identity and spreads his dance music jams to audiences far and wide. (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30
Blast Friday w/Little River Band This month’s edition of Blast Friday — the downtown Clearwater street fair and party — features a concert by easy going Aussie rockers Little River Band. The fivesome formed in the mid-1970s and is considered rather integral to the musical landscape of their home country, though their highest charting hit in the U.S. was 1977’s “Reminiscing,” identified by BMI as one of the most frequently played songs in the history of American radio, with more than four million plays. (Cleveland Street, downtown Clearwater)
Zach Deputy w/Kevin Miso Deputy is not only a one-man band, but a one-man party machine, layering and looping dance-inducing instrumentals on guitar, drum pads and a mess of sonic gear scattered around him, singing over his fusion of hip-hop, rock, funk, gospel, Caribbean music and electronica in a soulful howl that hits falsetto highs — and he beat-boxes, too. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
DrFameus w/Sir Charles Allen Aucoin landed the gig as drummer of Disco Biscuits in 2005, but the jamtronica band’s relentless touring schedule has only recently let up enough that Aucoin can pursue his solo sonic interests as DrFameus. He’s the only member — beat-keeper and producer, mixing live drums with pads, samples and laptop jams to arrive at his mix of heady electronica, dubstep, breakbeats, drum ‘n’ bass and house/techno music. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)
Resinated CD Release Party w/SowFlo/Khora/Mighty Mongo/Danfield Gulfster.com and Jannus present this EP release party and tour kick-off for Resinated, a fresh (barely two-year-old) St. Pete funk and groove-flecked reggae rock four-piece made up of singer/guitarist Kenny Mullins, bassist Justin Runfola, drummer Joshua Hasak and Cameron Willinger on trumpet, melodica and backing vocals. Their repertoire is of the swaying, brass-blazed, party vibing sort, and touches on topics like getting high (like first single “Roll Me Up”), peacefulness and unity, and being yourself. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)
The Winter Sounds CD Release Show w/Sunbears! The most recent band to be brought into the New Granada Records fold is The Winter Sounds, currently based in New Orleans and on the road in support of their just-released debut on the Tampa label, Runner. Produced by Scott Solter (Spoon, St. Vincent), the album is a triumphant high-octane blend of New Wave synths and affected vocals, post-punk rhythms and catchy electro pop hooks. According to frontman/lead wailer/lyricist Patrick Keenan, “Each song represents a lost belief or some failed ambition. But, within each one there are personal realizations and revelations.” Similarly anthemic psych pop twosome Sunbears!, from Jacksonville, round out the night’s uplifting musical festivities. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
Punks for Pups Rescue Benefit w/DRS/Quitled Fish/Sibyls/Dead Cat Lounge/Free Market Anarchists/Hellbent/Car Bomb Dave/Cash for Soul Get your animal aid on and (maybe) take home a new friend at Punks for Pups rescue benefit. A pre-show catered meet-and-greet with adoptable doggies kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with tunes by DJ Brad Brains and acoustic sets by Cash For Soul and Car Bomb Dave (of Car Bomb Driver). Beer for patrons and pups (yes, you read right) until 8 p.m., at which point the noisy punk rock starts and all the doggies have to go home. The $5 admission and any other donations collected throughout the night go directly to Hoodratz Animal Rescue and Pit Bull Happenings Rescue. (Fubar, St. Petersburg)
Thanks for "audioing" this and "fighting the power" wise words :)
Thanks for giving the Fest a shout-out, Leilani!! Hope to see you there!
Excellent review! Will be downloading it tonite.