This weekend in live music: Gov't Mule, The LOX, Final Anniversary Party & more

Concerts, Oct. 11-12

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Gov't Mule

This weekend proves a rather varied one, when it comes to live music. A breakdown for Sat., Oct. 11 and Sun., Oct. 12 below...

Gov’t Mule
Among the jam scene’s most respected axmen and lead guitarist in the Allman Brothers Band through the end of this year, Warren Haynes, started Gov’t Mule as a side project of the Allmans and 10 studio albums later, it’s now the primary outlet for his Southern-fried hard blues-grinding rock n’ roll. Last year’s Shout! marked his band’s first release on Blue Note, and was issued as two albums – one featuring Haynes’ rust-coated intones, the other featuring a different guest vocalist on each track, including Ben Harper, Elvis Costello, Jim James, Grace Potter and Toots Hibbert. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

The LOX with Rival The Yonkers, N.Y. hip hop group that demanded “Money, Power and Respect” in 1998 took a sabbatical for a chunk of years while rappers Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss focused on their respective solo careers and contemplated their next move as a group. Their first release of new material in 13 years, the surprise Trinity EP, dropped in December, and a follow-up, The Trinity: 2nd Sermon, is due on Halloween. First single “No Selfies” samples the classic opening break from “Rapper’s Delight” and finds the threesome spitting cheeky-clever verses that mock the narcissistic picture-taking trend (“Stop taking selfies, you bitch nigga!”) over top. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

Project Independent Tour 2014 with Relicseed, Worlds Divide, Ornamental, Kysmet & many more Project Independent is a web-based network designed to promote hard rock, metal, punk and hardcore indie artists that may not have much in the way of exposure opportunities, and is best known for live HD webstreaming of its in-progress concert tours like this latest showcase headed up by Eastern European thrash metal heavyweights Relicseed. (Brass Mug, Tampa)

Island Blast: An Evening of Good Vibes with TreeHouse, Spread The Dub, Resinated Largo Cultural Center kicks off its 2014-15 season with a blast of warm, swaying, fronds-shaded sounds. Myrtle Beach, S.C. trio TreeHouse leads the three-pack of bands, delivering alt reggae rock bounce in songs like the posi-vibing “Blessings” and more urgent driving narrative of “Wildman Rastafari.” A free pre-show party with live steel drum music begins at 5:30pm on the outdoor patio. (Largo Cultural Center, Largo)

Eyes Set to Kill with Scare Don’t Fear, Like Monroe, The Cunningham Wake, Unsung Hero Just because Eyes Set to Kill is led by a few good-looking ladies doesn’t mean they rock any less hard. Alexia Rodriguez roars clean yet ferocious lead vocals and rages distorted guitar riffs and shreds, sister Anissa pounds thick heavy basslines and drummer Caleb Clifton crashes out rhythms and executes samples in their mix of seething, coiling post-hardcore and alt metal. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) Anniversary Party with American Aquarium, Big Shoals, Matt Woods, Have Gun Will Travel, Will Quinlan, The Takers In January, St. Pete music enthusiast Bryan Childs (aka Autopsy IV) relinquished ownership of the nationally-esteemed tastemaking roots music site he’d been running out of Tampa Bay since 2006. Though continues on in his stead, Childs has dubbed the eighth annual anniversary party as its last, and he’s put together a rather impressive bill of 9b-favored acts to celebrate, with BJ Barham-led alt-country rockers American Aquarium heading up the festivities and Childs leading the cavalcade to Fuma for between-set shots of bourbon and whiskey. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

An Evening with Richard Marx Some of us will never forget the Richard Marx of the mid-1980s, with his stylish mullet and repertoire of schmaltzy balladry (“Endless Summer Nights,” “Right Here Waiting,” “Hold on to the Nights” et. al). The 51-year-old Grammy-winning AC soft rock singer-songwriter returns to Clearwater behind his first album of new material in a decade, this year’s Beautiful Goodbye. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater)

Samantha Fish with Tribe A foxy modern 20-something blues mistress who gets dolled up to rock out, Kansas City up-and-comer Samantha Fish has been setting a fiery buzz with her smoky-throaty vocals and Stratocaster-and-cigar box guitar chops, her repertoire made up of original material paired with covers by artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

The Malah with Future Vintage Denver jamtronic trio The Malah builds electro-dance grooves using a combination of live instrumentation (guitar, bass and drums), synthesizers and laptop programming, their pulsing vocals-free odes littered with sci-fi samples and atmospheric washes of backing sound. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Tiempo Libre Miami-by-way-of-Cuba septet Tiempo Libre crafts a particularly vibrant high-octane style of timba, blending the traditional "son" music of their native home with Latin jazz, then lightly infusing it with elements of pop, funk, ska and classical music, and topping it all off with bright horn runs, airy conga-fueled rhythms, and Spanish lyrics belted out in solo serenades or piped amid full-bodied multi-voice choruses. “Like putting together Buena Vista Social Club and Chick Corea,” pianist and musical director Jorge Gómez has said about their sound. (Carol Morsani Hall at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa)

Maxima Hispanic Heritage Concert
Local Latin music station 92.5 Maxima FM and the City of Clearwater team up to present the ninth annual Hispanic Heritage Concert (aka ‘Maxima Concierto de la Herencia Hispana’). Puerto Rican reggaeton sensation Yandel, formerly of Wisin & Yandel headlines; a smorgasbord of Latin musical flavors – from salsa to merengue and pop –are touched upon by Grupo Niche, Alexis y Fido, Grupo Mania, Johnny Sky and Fuego. "The idea was to bring the hottest acts in Latin music and put them on stage for a reasonable price," Program Director Neal Fernandez commented. The event is designed to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month and is intended as a family-friendly affair; children 10 and under enter for free. CLICK HERE for additional info. (Coachman Park, Clearwater) –Andy Warrener

Secret Show! No, we can’t tell you the act that’ll be stopping by Dunedin Brewery to play on this night – we don’t know, either. We can give you the only hint that’s been offered: it’s one that has played the venue-cum-microbrewery at least once in the past. Do your homework and maybe you’ll figure it out. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)

Ol’ Dirty Sundays: Eddie B. Swift, ROIAL1, DJ KU DJs from both coasts land at Crowbar for the next episode of ODS: Bronx-bred Eddie B. Swift, who has his own daily internet TV show, The EBS Mindtrip, on Cypress Hill member B Real’s station; and ROIAL 1, who’s been playing residencies around the LA area for more than a decade and is currently juggling three at once. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers with DieDra Ruff & The Ruff Pro Another blues rocker stopping by the Skipperdome this weekend is Thackery, a vet of the genre who played with The Nighthawks for the first few decades of his career before setting out on his own in 1992. Amazingly, 2014’s Wide Open is his first album to feature all original songs – no covers included. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

BritBeat Beatles Tribute Band
Sat., Oct. 11, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, Tarpon Springs
Heavy Metal Tribute Night: Black Sabbath, Pantera, Iron Maiden Sat., Oct. 11, Local 662, St. Petersburg
Y Los Dos Pistoles/Jeff Brawer/Joyspent Sat., Oct. 11, Florida Ave Brewing Co., Tampa
Jobsite Theater Gala w/The Vodkanauts Sat., Oct. 11, Jaeb Theater at Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa
Michael Miller w/Dean Johanesen/Rebekah Pulley Sat., Oct. 11, Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg
Between Bluffs w/Rebekah Pulley & Rob Pastore Sat., Oct. 11, Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg
Singod/Livin Garden/Hellfrost/Frost Fang Sat., Oct. 11, Brass Mug, Tampa
Classic Albums Live: The Beatles White Album Sun., Oct. 12, Capitol Theatre, Clearwater
Suffocation w/Kataklysm/Internal Bleeding/Jungle Rot/Pyrexia Sun., Oct. 12, Orpheum, Ybor City
High Cotton Band Sun., Oct. 12, Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin

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