This week in Tampa Bay area live music, featuring RiFF RaFF, Groovefest 2013, Jamaican Queens and more …

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Andi Hedrick
Jamaican Queens

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29
MC Chris w/Jesse Dangerously/Dr. Awkward/Tribe One Maybe you remember his nasally juvenile-high intones and sing-song rhyming style from Adult Swim programs like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, where he voiced reincarnated diaper-wearing rapper MC Pee Pants. Or perhaps you know his viral hit “Hoodie Ninja” off 2008’s MC Chris Is Dead, also tapped in a Honda commercial a few years back. Writer, rapper, animator, producer and all-around brainy humor slinger Christopher Brendan Ward aka MC Chris (who hits town on his “Revenge of the Nerd Tour 2”) self-releases all his material, and though he hasn’t issued a proper full-length since 2011’s Race Wars, he’s released the odd chuckling odes, like “Clue,” dedicated to the game-inspired film, as well as finally completing an eighth album, MC Chris Foreverrr, that’s due out this Halloween. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Truth or Consequence w/Stages And Stereos/Paper States/Camille Dupree and Broken Fetters Tallahassee musicians Jeremy Lenzo and Brooks Betts veer far away from the punk-pop-emo of Mayday Parade in Truth or Consequence, their blues-tinged folk-rock side project with vocalist/songstress Alexandra Kees, who adds feminine appeal to the dusty rambling odes. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

Flagship w/The Dog Apollo/Friends of Giants An emerging five-piece from Charlotte, Flagship purveys shadow-speckled indie rock imbued with the sort of urgent anthemic drive you find in bands like Muse and U2, replete with sprawling ribbons of echoing guitar solos and rhythmic delay effects. This tour hypes their forthcoming eponymous debut due out Oct. 8 via Bright Antenna Records. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
Big Country w/WD-Han The New Wave Scottish rock band didn’t gain traction in the U.S. after delivering their sole Mainstream Rock charter, “In a Big Country,” which stood out from other ’80s-era hits for distinctive guitar soloing mimicking the sound of bagpipes and full-bodied percussive-bright rhythms. They enjoyed a successful reign overseas, however, and released eight albums before dissolving in 2000. In the dozen years since, frontman Stuart Adamson committed suicide, the remaining members reconvened in 2007 for a 25-year reunion show, and made a more permanent go of it in 2010. Original drummer Mark Brzezicki and guitarist Bruce Watson are joined by Watson’s son Jamie on guitars, vocalist Mike Peters of The Alarm, and more recently, bassist Derek Forbes (Simple Minds). (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Travi$ Scott After the Big Country crowd clears out, State Theatre ushers in another group of fans to enjoy a performance by Travi$ Scott. The rising hip-hop star juggles double-duty talents, signed to both Kanye West’s Very G.O.O.D. Beats as a producer (he had a few production credits on Yeezus), and to T.I.’s Grand Hustle/Epic imprint as a rapper. His first mixtape, Owl Pharaoh, dropped a few months ago and includes cuts like the bombastic “Upper Echelon” (with guest spots by T.I. and 2 Chainz) and the indietronic “Chaz Interlude,” featuring Toro y Moi. Doors at 11 p.m. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Feed Me #Fridays at the Amp has been driving bodies to the dancefloor by consistently flying in international talent to spin with its strong group of resident DJs (Nerd Rage, Mr. Saturn, WiNTA). This edition features another bright name in EDM: London-bred producer/DJ Jon Gooch aka Feed Me, who synthesizes the pulsing sounds of electro house, dubstep and drum and bass. (Amphitheatre Event Facility, Ybor City)

Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk Nobody hits harder with the New Orleans R&B-steamed funkiness than Dumpstaphunk, led by B3 and clav-jamming namesake Ivan Neville, spawn of NOLA’s royal funk family (his dad is the infamous Aaron, his uncle Art), and joined by a groove-chugging band that brings a pounding low-end assault from dual bassists Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, greasy guitar licks from cousin Ian on guitar, and brawny beats held down by newest member, femme drummer and singer Nikki Glaspie. Second studio LP Dirty Word dropped in July. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Mike Dillon Band Tough night for the jam scene kids. On one side of the Bay, you’ve got the funk. On the other, experimental jazz-fusion as led by an incredible drummer, percussionist and vibraphonist capable of playing both vibes and beats at once in a non-novelty way (i.e., he’s got real fucking chops), and infusing his original avant songwriting with a healthy dose of punk cheekiness and absurdist humor. You might’ve seen him playing in any number of projects — Les Claypool’s Fancy Band, Garage A Trois, the Dead Kenny G’s with Skerik. In this assemblage, Dillon is joined by Carly Meyers on trombone, drummer Adam Gertner and bass player Patrick McDevitt. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Beres Hammond Sway to authentic Jamaican tender-lovin’ reggae tunes when soulful singing and toasting old hand Beres Hammond, aka the “Otis Redding of Reggae,” hits Jannus behind a 2012 double album, One Love, One Life. Among the elder crooner’s fans are hip-hop stars Rihanna and Drake; the former quoted a verse by Hammond while vacationing in Hawaii, the latter posted his wish to have Hammond sing at his wedding. (Hammond agreed to try and pencil it in when that future date was set.) (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

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