Tampa Bay area live music weekend: Curren$y, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Food Will Win the War, Broken Social Scene, Walter Lure, Dark Star Orchestra, and more!

Friday, February 11

[image-1] [pictured right] w/Beardsley/The New Lows NYC’s Food Will Win the War crafts tastefully layered alt folk with a chamber rock slant, combining multi-voice harmonies, instrumental embellishments on fiddle, accordion and glock, and sweetly harmonizing vocals. The music that veers from uplifting danceable odes to dreamy melodic and drifting soundscapes. 9 p.m. doors, New World Brewery, Ybor City, $7.

The Pink Floyd Experience Enjoy the music of Pink Floyd in an intimate theater setting as presented by six musicians who are thoroughly familiar with the material and perform songs like “Wish You Were Here,” “Time” and “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” with full light show, quadraphonic sound and possibly even a flying pig or two. 8 p.m., Progress Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, $34-$54.

Corndogs n’ Country w/Craig Morgan/Joe Nichols/Jake Owen/Sunny Sweeney/Brett Eldredge Attention hungry boot-scooting public! Gobble meat on a stick and enjoy a jam-packed bill of country pop when WQYK hosts “Corndogs n’ Country” at the Florida State Fair this Saturday. Craig Morgan – the army vet-turned-drawling Nashville superstar of such hits as “Redneck Yacht Club” and "That's What I Love About Sunday" – headlines. 5 p.m. doors, 1-800 Ask Gary Amphitheatre, Tampa, $20.

[image-2] The charismatic one-man band loops and layers his guitar instrumentals live to create the effect of a filled-out band. Zach Deputy mixes elements of funk, hip-hop, reggae and acoustic rock, scatting, rhyming, beat-boxing and delivering octave-ranging vocals from an MJ-high register to a deeper shade of soulful over it. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $10 in advance/$12 dos.

LA Guns Two rival lineups of this ‘80s-era rock-metal group exist: the one with band namesake Tracii Guns, and another made up of musicians who formerly played with Guns, assumed the band’s moniker after he made the last of many exits in 2002, then continued using it even after Guns decided to adopt it once again as his own in 2006. The LA Guns led by singer Phil Lewis is the one that stops here. 7 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $12 in advance/$15 dos.

Kill Kurt Reifler CD Release Party While Kill Kurt Reifler is based in the far reaches of the world (Melbourne, Australia), the two-piece garage rock outfit has roots in the U.S.; Florida native musicians Kurt Reifler (vox, guitar) and Tampa’s own Justin Kill Stoddard (drums) came together as musical compatriots in Thailand, settled in Melbourne to record their debut, Sure as the Swing of a Pendulum, and are currently on tour in support of said album, which combines Hendrix-inspired retro funk rock with tube-amped garage blues stomp. (Reifler was has described their sound as “Robert Johnson with a lightning bolt up his ass.”) 9 p.m., Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin, free admission.

[image-3] [pictured right] w/Zeus After enjoying a five-year break from recording while the myriad members of Canadian avant rock collective Broken Social Scene worked on non-BSS projects or did the solo thing, the Canadian indie rock band returned with 2010’s triumphant Forgiveness Rock Record. The album is as eclectic as it is utterly BSS, jumping from the sweeping opening track, “World Sick,” its soaring chorus set against wailing guitar, layered keyboard sonics and crashing cymbals, to the dark and potent fuzzy-synth dance drive of “Chase Scene” with its horn-and-string drama, to the exquisite low-key sexiness of “Sweetest Kill.” The record was produced by Tortoise’s John McIntire, peaked at No. 1 on the Canadian Albums chart, and has earned BSS four Juno nominations, including Group of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year. 8 p.m. doors, The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City, $24.50 (all ages).

Glen Phillips The singer-songwriter best known for his stint as frontman of 1990s alt rock group Toad the Wet Sprocket has adopted a more roots-Americana sound as a solo artist. 8 p.m., Hideaway Cafe, Tampa, $30.

Blair Carman & the Belleview Boys For its monthly night of dancing and live music, Swing Time! welcomes Cincinnati rockabilly outfit Blair Carman & the Belleview Boys, which is led by piano-stomping, oily pompadour-sporting, Jerry Lee Lewish-channeling Carman. The festivities kick off with a swing lesson an hour before the show; 1950's attire is encouraged. 8-9 p.m. dance lesson, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. live music and dancing, Central Asturiano, Ybor City, $12 in advance/$15 dos.

[image-4]Saturday, February 12

Dark Star Orchestra [pictured left, photo by Peter Wochniak] There are cover bands, there are tribute bands, and then there’s Dark Star Orchestra. The Chicago-based collective satisfies both veteran and newbie Grateful Dead fans by recreating setlists song-for-song as culled from thousands of shows performed by the Dead in their three-decade tenure. Aside from Dark Star’s talents at reviving a relentlessly beloved canon, the collective has retained a consistent following for more than 13 years because in addition to adapting the phrasing, vocal arrangements, and specific musical equipment to stay true to the various eras of Dead shows in which they perform, they simultaneously expand upon the songs with their own improvisations, making their shows both familiar and unique all at once. 8 p.m., Ferguson Hall at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Tampa, $29.50.

Mike Pinto w/Buffalo Strange/The Hip Abduction San Diego-by-way-of-Philly singer-songwriter Mike Pinto is most definitely influenced by the softer side of Sublime, his music mixing ska, roots and dub reggae, and surf rock into a pleasant enough brew you can bob your head to when he brings his trio to town on his current “Coming in from the Cold” winter tour. 8 p.m. doors, The Local 662, St. Petersburg, $10.

[image-5] [pictured right] & Charlie Pickett w/Kevin K & the St. Pete All Stars Punk rock guitar legend Walter Lure played with Johnny Thunders in the influential Heartbreakers for a number of years beginning in 1975. Garage-blues-roots rock musician Charlie Pickett is a native Floridian who developed a cult following in the South but never broke through to national audiences while he was active in the 1980s and finally got his comeuppance when Bloodshot Records recognized his talents and released Bar Band Americanus: The Best of Charlie Pickett in 2008. He joins Lure onstage for one of Lure’s rare appearances outside of his NYC home. A must-see. 9:30 p.m., Dave's Aqua Lounge, St. Petersburg, $7.

WFLZ Meet Ball w/Paper Tongues Paper Tongues was up-and-coming group from Charlotte, N.C. when they met world-renowned producer and famed American Idol judge Randy Jackson, who became the band’s manager shortly after hearing their demo. Paper Tongues released a self-titled debut last year, their fusion of rock, funk, rap and soul self-styled music “for dancing, crying, loving and living.” This is a free acoustic show and a singles-only (ages 21 and up) event. Click here to find out more info. 7-10 p.m., The Venue, Clearwater, free admission. --Valerie Quintana

Guiltmaker w/So Pastel/Averkiou/The Dead Sound Last year, Tampa post rock/post-hardcore quartet Guiltmaker self-released a new five-song EP, The Emerald Coast, a haunting, darkly textured effort marked by echoing guitar riffs and mournfully wailing vocals; the album is currently available for free at guiltmaker.bandcamp.com. Also on the bill is two Gainesville acts – the young Averkiou, which slants more lo-fi garage, and So Pastel, described an “angular, noisy, trance inducing band.” 9 p.m. doors, Fubar, St. Petersburg, $5 (ages 18-20), $3 ages 21+.

[image-6] Canada’s Great Big Sea is a trio known for treating the traditional Newfoundland folk songs of their home with a modern pop-roots kick. The band celebrated 17 years of music-making last year with their 10th full length album, Safe Upon The Shore, co-produced by Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin and co-written by various artists, including actor/musician Russell Crowe and Canadian singer-songwriter Randy Bachman. 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, Clearwater, $25 and $35.

Jon Secada If you’re significant other enjoys the sappy-soulful balladry of Grammy award-winning Cuban-American AC Latin pop sensation Jon Secada, then an intimate Valentine’s Day-themed concert might be just what you need to guarantee some Saturday night nookie. 9 p.m., The Club at Treasure Island, Treasure Island, $65 (a portion of proceeds benefits All Childrens Hospital).

Sunday, February 13

An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu You’re either a wildly loyal fan of the Hasidic Jewish musician, who slings rapid-fire rhymes amidst a reggae-rock aesthetic and wears his devotion to Judaism on his sleeve, or you think his schtick is elevated novelty and a general musical snooze-fest. This is only one of three acoustic dates Matisyahu has scheduled following his recent CD/DVD release, Live at Stubb’s, Volume II. 7:30 p.m., Tampa Theatre, Tampa, $34.50.

Benefit Concert for Fallen Officers' Families w/Judy Tampa & Bunko Squad/Sunset Bridge/3 Pint Harmony/Dog Peter Pat/Regina AaMacha/"Big" Jim Allen/many others A huge bill of musicians from the Bay area and beyond pay tribute to the two cops who lost their lives while on duty a few weeks back – Sgt Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Laslowitz – and raise funds for a memorial fund set up in their honor via Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities. Noon-6 p.m., Three Birds Tavern, St. Petersburg, free admission.

[image-7] [pictured right] w/The Jetson Fleet Goofy hip-hop artist Afroman enjoyed his 15 minutes with his pot-smoking Billboard-charting hit, “Because I Got High,” and to a lesser extent, “Crazy Rap” ("Colt 45 and two Zig Zags, baby that's all we need”). He’s released a string of indie albums since then (2009’s Frobama: Head of State was his 12th and latest), and stops in town to make up for a canceled date from October. 9 p.m. doors, Orpheum, Ybor City, $12 in advance/$14 dos.

Flogging Molly w/Moneybrother Since 1997, Flogging Molly have delivered a passionate Celtic punk sound mixed with insightful lyrics, a little pirate attitude, and true dedication. Diverse influences varying from Johnny Cash to The Clash have shaped Flogging Molly’s uniquely charming sound and that paired with mind-blowing live performances has secured endless devotion from their fans. The septet is currently in the studio recording the follow-up to 2008’s Float and the as-yet-untitled album will be released via their own label, Borstal Beat, sometime this year. This stop is part of the band’s seven annual “Green 17” tour, originally initiated in 2004 as a countdown to St. Patrick’s Day. 6 p.m. doors, The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City, $29.50. --Valerie Quintana


Thursday, Feb. 10 Singer/Songwriter Night w/John Clark & The Baker Act/Dan Feinman (Tre Amici @ the Bunker, Ybor City)

Friday, Feb. 11 Malevolent Creation w/The Absence/Full Blown Chaos (Brass Mug, Tampa)

Friday, Feb. 11 Rebekah Pulley & The Reluctant Prophets (The Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg)

Friday, Feb. 11 The Riders of the Easy Posse (Yeoman's Road Pub, Tampa)

Friday, Feb. 11 Colt Ford (The Round Up, Tampa)

Friday, Feb. 11 Palladium Piano Night: 2 Pianos/4 Jazz Pianists (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)

Friday, Feb. 11 Sparta Philharmonic / The Equines / Just Satellites / Callaterra / Terra Sono (Fubar, St. Petersburg)

Friday, Feb. 11 Clay Aiken (Hard Rock Live, Orlando)

Friday, Feb. 11 Thick As Blood w/Boys No Good (Transitions Art Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa, Tampa)

Friday, Feb. 11 Patsy Cline Cabaret (New American Theater, St. Petersburg)

Friday, Feb. 11 Bobaflex (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Saturday, Feb. 12 442 Lounge Valentine Party w/Denise Moore and Then Some (442 Lounge, Tampa)

Saturday, Feb. 12 The Lightning Concert Series: Edwin McCain (St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa)

Saturday, Feb. 12 Highway to Hell w/Absolute Queen (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

Saturday, Feb. 12 Enter the Haggis (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

Saturday, Feb. 12 Variety Workshop (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)

Saturday, Feb. 12 Mean Mary w/CC Carter/Parson Brown Band (Gram’s Place, Tampa)

Saturday, Feb. 12 The Ins and Outs w/Decoder/Dreamer/Cyrenia/Richard Cory (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Saturday, Feb. 12 Undertone / PoundSalt / Scilter / Autumn's Pain (The Market on 7th, Ybor City)

Sunday, Feb. 13 Big Al and the Heavyweights (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

Sunday, Feb. 13 Rocky Mountain Memories: A John Denver Tribute (Largo Cultural Center, Largo)

Sunday, Feb. 13 Sweetwater Live Music Series: The Echotones with JoeMarkus/Rayzilla's PBS (Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, Tampa)

A breakdown of live music occurring in the Bay area this Thursday through Sunday, with featured highlights at the top and the rest of the week’s schedule at the bottom. For a complete list of concerts, click here to visit our Upcoming Concerts page.

Thursday, February 10

[pictured right] Mentored by Master P and Lil Wayne, rapper Curren$y (real name Shante Anthony Franklin) is the latest hot-as-shit hip hop artist to come out of New Orleans – beloved of critics, creeping higher and higher on the Billboard charts, and boasting a boatload of mixtapes under his belt along with several LPs. Curren$y released two back-to-back albums in 2010; his third, Pilot Talk, in July, and his fourth, Pilot Talk II, in November, both produced by Ski Beatz. 7 p.m. doors, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, $15.

Paul Baribeau w/John Gold Midwestern indie folk troubadour Paul Baribeau has an emo-burnished wail, an insistent way of strumming his acoustic guitar, and heart-tugging lyrics like “To say that you are cute / would be like saying a strawberry is sweet / because a strawberry has secret flavors / which are sharp and tart and red and deep.” 8 p.m., Transitions Art Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa, Tampa, $7 (all ages).

Blueprint w/Will Evans Jr./The Heart & Brain Blueprint has worked on various collaborative hip hop projects, including Soul Position with producer musician RJD2, and is now on the road promoting his impending sophomore effort, Adventures in Counter Culture. The Ohio-based rapper and Rhymesayers recording artist offers a taste of what he does in the album’s first single, “Radio-Inactive”: “Man I’m an artist, these other dudes shook / I write my album on my sidekick, no paper, no notebooks / Then rhyme for five minutes straight with no breaks and no hooks / No punch-lines, no similes, so I'm easy to overlook.” His slow and measured rhymes are flavored with a healthy dose of cynicism about society, politics, pop culture and the state of hip hop, and his sample-free beat-driven production incorporates elements of rock and electronic music into an appealingly stripped-down sound. Adventures in Counter Culture drops April 5. 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $8.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band [pictured left] w/The Constellations Robert Randolph is the soulful authority of lap steel guitar who was raised on the traditions of gospel and sacred steel, weaned on Stevie Ray Vaughan and Sly and the Family Stone, and had been playing with his funk-blues-soul Family Band since 2001. Randolph collabed with songwriters like T-Bone Burnett and Peter Case for his band’s third studio album, We Walk This Road, which combines original material with covers of songs by Bob Dylan (“Shot of Love”), Prince (“Walk Don’t Walk”) and John Lennon ("I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier Mama"). Atlanta’s gettotech-meets-psych rock groove makers The Constellations open. 7 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $22.

Indigo Girls w/A Fragile Tomorrow The folk-infused femme-fronted duo founded more than two decades ago by childhood friends Amy Ray and Emily Saliers released a double-disc live album last year, Staring Down a Brilliant Dream, that features live material hand-picked by the Indigo Girls from concerts between 2006 and 2009. “The live show for us is a whole different animal from being in the studio,” Ray said in an interview with CL in September. “Live shows are the essence of who we are. We love that interaction with fans and the audience, and creating a community.” 8 p.m. doors, The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City, $28.

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