I understand that the majority of Tampa dwellers refuse to come to St. Petersburg for almost anything. Unless the Yankees or the Red Socks are in town, y'all prefer to hang out in your overly congested urban sprawl and joke about how St. Pete is where your grandparents live. In most cases, I'm fine with that. Keep your car and club culture over there and we'll ride our bikes to live shows over here. This weekend was a great one for the St. Pete live music scene. For me, the fun kicked off Saturday night when Gainesville's Against Me! brought one of my musical idols, Tim Barry, to town. I suspect no shortage of Tampanians bitched about having to cross the Howard Frankland. [Photos by James Zambon.]
A Tim Barry show is as much a motivational speaking engagement as it is a concert where the message is working as little and living as much as possible, instead of making as much money as possible (as seen in lyrics like "that's all right / that ain't my life / work a 60 hour week / see 1 hour daylight"). Even as an opener and with a reduced set, Tim managed to get that message across. The show was sold out and the crowd definitely wasn't late arriving, so I was really expecting a lot of chatter from a largely indifferent crowd. Apparently, I underestimated the overall taste of an Against Me! crowd 'cause the bulk of the crowd was not only attentive but they also managed to sing along to every Barry chorus. Tim performed a set evenly weighted with classic songs and numbers from his new album, 28th & Stonewall, living up to every expectation I had.