Tampa Bay area live music weekend: Matt Butcher, Jukebox the Ghost, Mystikal, Joe Satriani, 97X Next Big Thing with My Chemical Romance, and more!

Damon Fowler Group w/Delta Moon Slide guitar and lap steel-driven melodies, blues riffs and howling solos, energetic rhythms and jams that propel you to your feet and get you moving – yep, it’s Damon Fowler Group, the blues rock foursome fronted by beloved local axeman Fowler, who just as easily adopts a Johnny Cash swagger in covers like “Folsom Prison Blues” as he brings the spirit of Van Halen to his popular scorcher, “Riverview Drive.” The group is supported by Georgia rural roots and blues of four-piece Delta Moon, which is known for the dual slide guitar work of musicians Tom Gray and Mark Johnson. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $10 in advance/$13 dos. --Mary Small


[image-1]First Friday Fallout II w/The Beauvilles [picutured left] / Tres Bien The second concert in Jannus Live’s free first Friday series features a few of the Bay area’s most compelling, retro-leaning rock n’ roll bands – power trio The Beauvilles, led by animal magnetism-wielding frontman, Shawn Kyle Beauville, and psyche-garage foursome Tres Bien, ostensibly from Clearwater, though this is only their second show after a very long absence that included some time spent in Pennsylvania. 8 p.m., Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, free admission.


Saturday, December 4


Jobsite Rocks! w/Pale Orchestra (Morphine Tribute)/Famous Monsters of Filmland/The Vodkanauts The seventh annual edition of Jobsite Theater’s rock n’ roll fundraiser/wrap party is headlined by a band that's played every one of these things -- surf lounge rockers The Vodkanauts. Morphine tribute project Pale Orchestra freshens up the bill with a performance of music by the pivotal jazz rock group as led by Poetry n’ Lotion drummer John Nowicki. 8 p.m. doors, New World Brewery, Ybor City, $8.


EMIT Series: The Thirteenth Assembly EMIT presents its latest adventurous music offering in the form of The Thirteenth Assembly, a touring collective that includes four musicians who form four musically distinct ensembles described as “somewhere between the classic R&B/soul revues of the 1960s and a post-modern traveling circus.” Each performs a 30-minute set over the course of an evening. 8 p.m., Beck Architecture, Tampa, $10.


Skapark of Tampa's 18-Year Anniversary Party w/Superchunk/Titus Andronicus/New Bruises While they haven’t exactly been inactive and never officially called it quits after they released 2001’s Here’s to Calling It Quits, beloved pop-sensible indie rockers Superchunk have pretty much flown under the radar for the past nine years, long enough that many critics are calling their 2010 Merge Records LP, Majesty Shredding, a “comeback” of sorts as well as a return to heartwarming form. 8 p.m. doors, Czar, Ybor City, $10 (ages 18 and up).


[image-2] [pictured right] w/Meligrove Band/Dynamite Walls Signed to Yep Roc in June, dropped a sophomore LP, Everything Under the Sun, in September, earned heaps of critical recognition, currently enjoying exposure to a wide swath of audiences as a result … yes, things are looking up for Jukebox the Ghost, a Philly-by-way-of-DC trio responsible for some of this year’s brightest, most upbeat and infectious songwriting, which is marked by quirky vocals, piano driven pop-catchy melodies, danceable synth rock rhythms, and clever lyrics like “You’re a far cry from an empire at peace” and “Every time you open up your mouth to speak, it's self-referenced and that's tragic." 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $10.


Joe Satriani Generally considered one of the world’s most accomplished technical guitarists, instrumental rocker Joe Satriani has adopted an array of tricky playing techniques that have earned him his virtuoso status, including his trademark pitch axis technique, which he uses to construct chord progressions. He’s sold more than 10 million albums worldwide; his current tour is in support of his 14th studio LP and 2010 release, Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, which was produced and recorded by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica). His live band includes longtime drummer Jeff Campitelli along with newer players Mike Keneally (keyboardist, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) and bassist Allen Whitman (Mermen). 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, $39-$69.


[image-3] He has a deep, gruff-edged vocal tone and barks rhymes as if he’s giving you a good scolding or cursing you out. But we haven’t heard much from New Orleans rap artist Mystikal since his Grammy-nominated 2001 album, Tarantula, though he’s best known for two of his nasty club-bumpin’ hits, "Danger (Been So Long)" and “Shake Ya Ass,” from his 2000 double-platinum album, Let’s Get Ready. In fact, he was indicted for sexual battery and extortion, pleaded guilty, went to prison in 2004, and served his full six-year sentence until he was released this January. He’s appeared in various songs since then (like "Set Me Free" with Atlanta-based R&B artist Lloyd), and has been performing the odd live date while working on a new record. 8 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $23.


Lightning Concert Series: John Waite British rock star Waite (The Babys, Bad English) made it to the top of the charts as a solo artist with his soft rockin’ 1984 No. 1 Billboard hit, “Missing You.” He’s also the next artist to play the post-Lightning game concert series; his show follows the hockey team’s bout against the Colorado Avalanche. Post-Lightning game (10 p.m.ish), St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, $price of admission to the game.


Charlie-Palooza Concert feat. Charlie Daniels Band w/Little Texas/Confederate Railroad For more than two decades, country music legend Charlie Daniels has staged an annual fundraising event for The Angelus – a home for severely handicapped (non-ambulatory) persons – and this year’s event is shaping up to be one of the best yet. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Charlie-Palooza, Daniels and friends offer nearly four days of activities, with lots of special guests (like cartoonist Guy Gilchrist as well as Jake Anderson and Mike Fourtner of the popular Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch) and various celebrities putting in appearances throughout the weekend. The event culminates with the “20th Annual Angelus Country Concert” headed up by Daniels and featuring country performers Little Texas and Confederate Railroad. Click here to check out the complete Charlie-Palooza schedule. 6 p.m., Dallas Bull, Tampa, $20. --Jeff O'Kelley


Sunday, December 5


[image-4]97X Next Big Thing w/My Chemical Romance [pictured right] /The Black Keys/Chevelle/Paper Tongues/Neon Trees/Sick Puppies/Against Me!/The Dirty heads/Switchfoot/A Day to Remember/American Bang/Cage the Elephant/Finger Eleven This year, 97X had put together a rather impressive bill for the 10th annual installment of its mega multi-band concert. New Jersey alt rockers My Chemical Romance headline and hit town fresh off the release of their brand new studio LP, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, a concept album about a group of outlaws (the “Fabulous Killjoys”) who fight corruption in 2019 California. Other highlights include The Black Keys, a funk-and-blues rock twosome from Ohio responsible for one of the year’s best albums, Brothers; and the New Wave-inspired dance rock quartet Neon Trees, among the growing number of indie groups that have successfully sold a single to a commercial; or in their case, the same song to multiple sources – the Billboard charting “Animals.” 10 a.m. gates, 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, Tampa, $30-$65.


Andy Hull & Kevin Devine This show features two super busy, beard-sporting musicians who’ve been working together all year. Singer-guitarist Hull is best known as the frontman of Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestra; Devine is an alt folk singer-songwriter from Brooklyn who began working with Hull in Bad Books, a MO side project. The duo is currently on the road playing a string of shows billed as "Andy Hull and Kevin Devine Play the Music of Manchester Orchestra, Bad Books and Kevin Devine.” 6:30 p.m. doors, Orpheum, Ybor City,  $11.50 in advance/$13.50 dos (all ages).


Richard Gilewitz & Tim May An evening of acoustic guitar mastery by two fingerstyle wizards – Richard Gilewitz performs on both six and 12-string guitars and delivers his far-fetched narratives against a surprisingly big sound. Singer and flatpicker Tim May is a Nashville session player who’s worked with artists ranging from Patty Loveless to Charlie Daniels, and is known for fusing elements of Irish, Scottish, Old Time and bluegrass into his songwriting. 5 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $12 in advance/$15 dos.


[image-5] With a haunting well-crafted 2006 release, My Remembrance of You, Nashville-based Americana artist Diana Jones broke out of singer-songwriter obscurity and earned some very minor critical acclaim. She’s been compared to Iris Dement and Gillian Welch for her narrative style, though Jones’ unadorned take on Appalachian music and throaty lilting-twang are all her own. 3 p.m., UU Dome, Tampa, $12 in advance/$15 at the door.


emma’s revolution The press kit for the rootsy acoustic guitar-wielding duo described them as “like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars.” Activist musicians Pat Humphries and Sandy O named their project after a quote by Emma Goldman (“If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution”), and deliver pretty harmonies over acoustic instrumentals in songs like the anthemic world-flavored anti-war number, “Peace, Salaam, Shalom,” and “If I Give Your Name,” which netted emma’s revolution the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. 7 p.m., Craftsman House, St. Petersburg, $20 in advance/$20 dos.


ALSO THIS WEEKEND


Thursday, Dec. 02 Orange Hour (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)


Thursday, Dec. 02 Rock the Park w/D'Visitors/Geri X/Southside Serenade (Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa)


Friday, Dec. 03 Hey There Battleship / Sons of Hippies / Signals from Satellites (Emerald Bar, St. Petersburg)


Friday, Dec. 03 Sean DeLong (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)


Friday, Dec. 03 The Sound Of Armada / Bear Mountain Brigade / A Play On Words / World Stands Aside (Transitions Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa)


Friday, Dec. 03 The Gravesiders w/The Almighty North/Particle Effect/From This Fire (Crowbar, Ybor City)


Friday, Dec. 03 COPE (The Local 662, St. Petersburg)


Friday, Dec. 03 Bobby Lee Rodgers (Orpheum, Ybor City)



Saturday, Dec. 04 Geri X (Fly Bar, downtown Tampa)


Saturday, Dec. 04 Tribal Style (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)


Saturday, Dec. 04 Audrey Auld (Grams Place, Tampa)


Saturday, Dec. 04 Gumbo Boogie Band w/ Porch Dogs (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)


Sunday, Dec. 05 The Gunshow / Relics / Strengthen What Remains / Take Charge / With Increase / Royalties (Transitions Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa)


Sunday, Dec. 05 Jim Mason / The Crabgrass Cowboys (Sweetwater Organic Farm)



Thursday, Dec. 02 Passafire w/Ambassy/Burning Tree Seven-year-old roots reggae-dub-prog rock outfit Passafire hails from Savannah, Ga., and got their start when a member of the band slipped Hawaiian reggae-rockers Pepper a copy of their self-titled debut in 2006. This was shortly after Pepper founded indie label LAW Records, and Passafire was among the first bands they snatched up. Passafire has released two albums so far via LAW – 2007’s Submersible and 2009’s Everyone on Everynight. (The Local 662, St. Petersburg)


Thursday, Dec. 02 Matt Butcher / Scott Harrell Acoustic Lanky Orlando-based singer-songwriter Matt Butcher incorporates twangy slide guitar into his alt country songwriting, his high and gentle vocals carrying wistful longing and a healthy dose of melancholy. Butcher has been working on some new songs for his sophomore follow-up to 2008’s stellar Me and My Friends, and will likely incorporate some new fare into his setlist at this gig with wounded-wailing songwriter Scott Harrell, a CL writer and musician whose longtime area band, Nessie, played their last show a few months back. (The Hub, Tampa)


Thursday, Dec. 02 Orange Hour (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)


Thursday, Dec. 02 Rock the Park w/D'Visitors/Geri X/Southside Serenade (Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa)


Friday, Dec. 03 Perpetual Groove w/COPE I like this Athens, Ga. foursome, I really do. Singer/guitarist Brock Butler is an undisputed talent, his vocals earnest and sweet, his guitar solos undeniably tight and delivered with a graceful fluidity over the band’s energetic, relentlessly melodic electro psychedelic rock. Problem is, I haven’t been surprised by this band in some time. They’ve been touring with keyboardist John Hruby for the past few years, even put out a record with him in 2009, Heal, but seemed to have lost the renewed sense of excitement they had when he first joined, falling back on the same old tension-release jams they were playing when I first started seeing them back in ’05 – solid but predictable. Here’s hoping they bring their A-game to their latest St. Pete show. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)


Friday, Dec. 03 Hey There Battleship / Sons of Hippies / Signals from Satellites (Emerald Bar, St. Petersburg)


Friday, Dec. 03 Sean DeLong (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)


Friday, Dec. 03 The Sound Of Armada / Bear Mountain Brigade / A Play On Words / World Stands Aside (Transitions Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa)


Friday, Dec. 03 The Gravesiders w/The Almighty North/Particle Effect/From This Fire (Crowbar, Ybor City)


Friday, Dec. 03 Damon Fowler Group w/Delta Moon Slide guitar and lap steel-driven melodies, blues riffs and howling solos, energetic rhythms and jams that propel you to your feet and get you moving – yep, it’s Damon Fowler Group, the blues rock foursome fronted by beloved local axeman Fowler, who just as easily adopts a Johnny Cash swagger in covers like “Folsom Prison Blues” as he brings the spirit of Van Halen to his popular scorcher, “Riverview Drive.” The group is supported by Georgia rural roots and blues of four-piece Delta Moon, which is known for the dual slide guitar work of musicians Tom Gray and Mark Johnson. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa) --Mary Small


Friday, Dec. 03 First Friday Fallout II w/The Beauvilles/Tres Bien The second concert in Jannus Live’s free first Friday series features a few of the Bay area’s most compelling, retro-leaning rock n’ roll bands – power trio The Beauvilles, led by animal magnetism-wielding frontman, Shawn Kyle Beauville, and psyche-garage foursome Tres Bien, ostensibly from Clearwater, though this is only their second show after a very long absence that included some time spent in Pennsylvania. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)


Saturday, Dec. 04 Geri X (Fly Bar, downtown Tampa)


Saturday, Dec. 04 Jobsite Rocks! w/Pale Orchestra (Morphine Tribute)/Famous Monsters of Filmland/The Vodkanauts The seventh annual edition of Jobsite Theater’s rock n’ roll fundraiser/wrap party is headlined by Morphine tribute project Pale Orchestra, which plays the music of the pivotal jazz rock group as led by Poetry n’ Lotion drummer John Nowicki. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)


Saturday, Dec. 04 Skapark of Tampa's 18-Year Anniversary Party w/Superchunk/Titus Andronicus/New Bruises While they haven’t exactly been inactive and never officially called it quits after they released 2001’s Here’s to Calling It Quits, beloved pop-sensible indie rockers Superchunk have pretty much flown under the radar for the past nine years, long enough that many critics are calling their 2010 Merge Records LP, Majesty Shredding, a “comeback” of sorts as well as a return to heartwarming form. (Czar, Ybor City)


Saturday, Dec. 04 Tribal Style (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)


Saturday, Dec. 04 Jukebox The Ghost w/Meligrove Band/Dynamite Walls Signed to Yep Roc in June, dropped a sophomore LP, Everything Under the Sun, in September, earned heaps of critical recognition, currently enjoying exposure to a wide swath of audiences as a result … yes, things are looking up for Jukebox the Ghost, a Philly-by-way-of-DC trio responsible for some of this year’s brightest, most upbeat and infectious songwriting, which is marked by quirky vocals, piano driven pop-catchy melodies, danceable synth rock rhythms, and clever lyrics like “You’re a far cry from an empire at peace” and “Every time you open up your mouth to speak, it's self-referenced and that's tragic." (Crowbar, Ybor City)


Saturday, Dec. 04 Joe Satriani Generally considered one of the world’s most accomplished technical guitarists, instrumental rocker Joe Satriani has adopted an array of tricky playing techniques that have earned him his virtuoso status, including his trademark pitch axis technique, which he uses to construct chord progressions. He’s sold more than 10 million albums worldwide; his current tour is in support of his 14th studio LP and 2010 release, Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, which was produced and recorded by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica). His live band includes longtime drummer Jeff Campitelli along with newer players Mike Keneally (keyboardist, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) and bassist Allen Whitman (Mermen). (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)


Saturday, Dec. 04 Mystikal He has a deep, gruff-edged vocal tone and barks rhymes as if he’s giving you a good scolding or cursing you out. But we haven’t heard much from New Orleans rap artist Mystikal since his Grammy-nominated 2001 album, Tarantula, though he’s best known for two of his nasty club-bumpin’ hits, "Danger (Been So Long)" and “Shake Ya Ass,” from his 2000 double-platinum album, Let’s Get Ready. In fact, he was indicted for sexual battery and extortion, pleaded guilty, went to prison in 2004, and served his full six-year sentence until he was released this January. He’s appeared in various songs since then (like "Set Me Free" with Atlanta-based R&B artist Lloyd), and has been performing the odd live date while working on a new record. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)


Saturday, Dec. 04 Lightning Concert Series: John Waite British rock star Waite (The Babys, Bad English) made it to the top of the charts as a solo artist with his soft rockin’ 1984 No. 1 Billboard hit, “Missing You.” He’s also the next artist to play the post-Lightning game concert series; his show follows the hockey team’s bout against the Colorado Avalanche. (St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa)


Saturday, Dec. 04 Audrey Auld (Grams Place, Tampa)


Saturday, Dec. 04 EMIT Series: The Thirteenth Assembly EMIT presents its latest adventurous music offering in the form of The Thirteenth Assembly, a touring collective that includes four musicians who form four musically distinct ensembles described as “somewhere between the classic R&B/soul revues of the 1960s and a post-modern traveling circus.” Each performs a 30-minute set over the course of an evening. (Beck Architecture, Tampa)


Saturday, Dec. 04 Charlie-Palooza Concert feat. Charlie Daniels Band w/Little Texas/Confederate Railroad For more than two decades, country music legend Charlie Daniels has staged an annual fundraising event for The Angelus – a home for severely handicapped (non-ambulatory) persons – and this year’s event is shaping up to be one of the best yet. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Charlie-Palooza, Daniels and friends offer nearly four days of activities, with lots of special guests (like cartoonist Guy Gilchrist as well as Jake Anderson and Mike Fourtner of the popular Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch) and various celebrities putting in appearances throughout the weekend. The event culminates with the “20th Annual Angelus Country Concert” headed up by Daniels and featuring country performers Little Texas and Confederate Railroad. Click here to check out the complete Charlie-Palooza schedule. (Dallas Bull, Tampa) --Jeff O'Kelley


Saturday, Dec. 04 Gumbo Boogie Band w/ Porch Dogs (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)


Sunday, Dec. 05 Andy Hull & Kevin Devine "Play the Music of Manchester Orchestra, Bad Books and Kevin Devine" (Orpheum, Ybor City)


Sunday, Dec. 05 Diana Jones With a haunting well-crafted 2006 release, My Remembrance of You, Nashville-based Americana artist Diana Jones broke out of singer-songwriter obscurity and earned some very minor critical acclaim. She’s been compared to Iris Dement and Gillian Welch for her narrative style, though Jones’ unadorned take on Appalachian music and throaty lilting-twang are all her own. (UU Dome, Tampa)


Sunday, Dec. 05 The Gunshow / Relics / Strengthen What Remains / Take Charge / With Increase / Royalties (Transitions Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa)


Sunday, Dec. 05 97X Next Big Thing w/My Chemical Romance/The Black Keys/Chevelle/Paper Tongues/Neon Trees/Sick Puppies/Against Me!/The Dirty heads/Switchfoot/A Day to Remember/American Bang/Cage the Elephant/Finger Eleven This year, 97X had put together a rather impressive bill for the 10th annual installment of its mega multi-band concert. New Jersey alt rockers My Chemical Romance headline and hit town fresh off the release of their brand new studio LP, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, a concept album about a group of outlaws (the “Fabulous Killjoys”) who fight corruption in 2019 California. Other highlights include The Black Keys, a funk-and-blues rock twosome from Ohio responsible for one of the year’s best albums, Brothers; and the New Wave-inspired dance rock quartet Neon Trees, among the growing number of indie groups that have successfully sold a single to a commercial; or in their case, the same song to multiple sources – the Billboard charting “Animals.” (1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, Tampa)


Sunday, Dec. 05 Jim Mason / The Crabgrass Cowboys (Sweetwater Organic Farm)


Sunday, Dec. 05 Richard Gilewitz & Tim May An evening of acoustic guitar mastery by two fingerstyle wizards – Richard Gilewitz performs on both six and 12-string guitars and delivers his far-fetched narratives against a surprisingly big sound. Singer and flatpicker Tim May is a Nashville session player who’s worked with artists ranging from Patty Loveless to Charlie Daniels, and is known for fusing elements of Irish, Scottish, Old Time and bluegrass into his songwriting. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)


Sunday, Dec. 05 emma’s revolution The press kit for the rootsy acoustic guitar-wielding duo described them as “like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars.” Activist musicians Pat Humphries and Sandy O named their project after a quote by Emma Goldman (“If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution”), and deliver pretty harmonies over acoustic instrumentals in songs like the anthemic world-flavored anti-war number, “Peace, Salaam, Shalom,” and “If I Give Your Name,” which netted emma’s revolution the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. (Craftsman House, St. Petersburg)

Great music is happening all over town over the next four days and you’re wondering, “What should I choose?” Look no further. Everything you need to know is right here beginning with today. Wanna take a look beyond this weekend? Check out our Upcoming Concerts page.

Thursday, December 2

[pictured right] / Scott Harrell Acoustic Lanky Orlando-based singer-songwriter Matt Butcher incorporates twangy slide guitar into his alt country songwriting, his high and gentle vocals carrying wistful longing and a healthy dose of melancholy. Butcher has been working on some new songs for his sophomore follow-up to 2008’s stellar Me and My Friends, and will likely incorporate some new fare into his setlist at this gig with wounded-wailing songwriter Scott Harrell, a CL writer and musician whose longtime area band, Nessie, played their last show a few months back. 9:30 p.m., The Hub, Tampa, free admission.

Passafire w/Ambassy/Burning Tree Seven-year-old roots reggae-dub-prog rock outfit Passafire hails from Savannah, Ga., and got their start when a member of the band slipped Hawaiian reggae-rockers Pepper a copy of their self-titled debut in 2006. This was shortly after Pepper founded indie label LAW Records, and Passafire was among the first bands they snatched up. Passafire has released two albums so far via LAW – 2007’s Submersible and 2009’s Everyone on Everynight. 8 p.m. doors, The Local 662, St. Petersburg, $10 (all ages).

Friday, December 3

Perpetual Groove w/COPE I like this Athens, Ga. foursome, I really do. Singer/guitarist Brock Butler is an undisputed talent, his vocals earnest and sweet, his guitar solos undeniably tight and delivered with a graceful fluidity over the band’s energetic, relentlessly melodic electro psychedelic rock. Problem is, I haven’t been surprised by this band in some time. They’ve been touring with keyboardist John Hruby for the past few years, even put out a record with him in 2009, Heal, but seemed to have lost the renewed sense of excitement they had when he first joined, falling back on the same old tension-release jams they were playing when I first started seeing them back in ’05 – solid but predictable. Here’s hoping they bring their A-game to their latest St. Pete show. 8 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $12 in advance/$15 dos.

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