This weekend in Tampa Bay area live music: John Digweed, Tinsley Ellis, Guiltmaker, The Strange Boys, Boombox, Xavier Rudd, Naughty by Nature, Uproar Fest with Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold, and more

Friday, September 3

Toby Keith w/Trace Adkins Country music singer-songwriter Toby Keith has charted 48 Top 40 singles, released 13 studio LPs with a 14th due in October, two Christmas albums, and four compilations. But I’ll always remember him for his silly post-9/11 boot-in-the-ass number, “Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American),” and even sillier public feud with Dixie Chicks. On his current “America Ride Tour,” he’s joined by country comrade-at-arms Trace Adkins. 7 p.m., ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa, $39.25-$83.75.

[image-1] [pictured left] w/Jake Mackey Band The veteran Atlanta blues rock singer-guitarist has a dozen albums behind him – the most recent 2009’s Speak No Evil – and makes his way down to Florida on a rather regular basis. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $10 in advance/$13 dos.

Al Torchia & The Tattered Saints CD Release Show CL first met local musician Al Torchia at a Homemade Music Symposium Demo Listening Party several months back as he was putting the finishing touches on his first recording and seeking feedback on what he had so far. He earned across-the-board comparisons to Bruce Springsteen for both his style and rusted vocal delivery. American Glory is now pressed, packaged and ready for sale at this CD release show, the heavy treading homeland rock marked by sexy smooth sax and forward-driving rhythms and riffs. 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $5.

DJ Fedde le Grand Dutch electro house DJ/producer Fedde le Grand has been to the top of the UK Dance charts three times, most famously with his hit, “Put Your Hands Up for Detroit” in 2006. He’s also known for his remixes of Madonna (“Give It 2 Me”) and Robbie Williams (“King of Bongo”). Le Grand released his first full-length studio album, Output, last year. 9 p.m.-3 a.m., The Venue, Clearwater, $call (ages 18 and up).

Guiltmaker w/Slow Claw/Liquid Limbs Tampa-based foursome Guiltmaker is fresh off finishing a new five-song EP, Emerald Coast, which was recorded and mixed in Ft. Walton Beach with producer/engineerJeremy S.H. Griffith (Sunbears!, City of Ships). The album finds the band at their post-hardcore best, the keening guitar solos fighting for control against powerfully pained vocals. 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City, $7.

Significant Records End Of Summer Blowout!, Day 1: Strengthen What Remains / Actions Speak Louder / Of Heroes / With Increase / Axis, Dis'engage / Brainbust Day 2: Hello Alaska / Johnny Unite Us! / Nightlights / No Inside / Mutt This two-day party kicks off on Friday and features a diverse lineup of local rock – from the punk pop spring of Hello Alaska, to the hardcore crush of Strengthen What Remains – that’s presented by Clearwater-based Significant Records. Fri.-Sat., Sept. 3-4, 6 p.m., Transitions Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa, $7 per day/$10 two-day pass (all ages).

Saturday, September 4

Young Egypt / Diamond Man / Dark Sea Of Awareness / Ant Parade / attachedhands This free in-store concert spotlights locally-produced experimental electronica of varying levels of bizarre, from accessible to just plain out-there. 7 p.m., Mojo Books and Music, Tampa, free admission.

[image-2] [pictured right] w/Gentleman Jesse and His Men/The Semis Lo fi bluesy rambles, country punkin’ stompers, big beat rock n’ rollers with drunken harmonica and moaning saxophone, all of it flailing about as if its about to tip over at any moment, the crispy shrill yowls of lead singer/guitarist/harp player Ryan Sambol just adding to the avant charm. The Strange Boys hail from Austin (where else?), just released their second album, Be Brave, and had the honor of touring with Spoon earlier this year. 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City, $8.

Boombox w/Infinite Groove Orchestra Elements of funky disco, electro house, and psyche rock coalesce into the heady jamtronic mixes of Alabama two-piece Boombox, the groovy riffs and wah wah-drenched solos of singer-guitarist-keyboardist Zion Godchaux (offspring of former Grateful Dead members Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux) set against electro house beats and layers of robo-sonics created via synths, turntables, sequencers and other sonic gadgetry of producer/engineer/DJ/drummer Russ Randolph. Live shows are bonafide rave parties with lights, fog and plenty of unz-unz-unz moments. The duo’s just-released second LP, Downriverelectric, is available as a digi-download at 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $10 in advance/$13 dos.

Sunday, September 5

The White Party w/Tribal Style Look at this Dunedin shebang as a sort of last-chance-to-wear-white-before-Labor-Day event featuring funky reggae jams by Tribal Style. That is, of course, if you actually follow standard fashion trends. If you’re like the rest of us Floridians and follow whatever effing trend you want because it’s too effing hot not to, think of it as another chance to look clean, bright and fresh in public. 7 p.m., Blur Night Club/Kelly’s Chica Boom Room, Dunedin, free admission.

[image-3] [pictured left] w/Good Old War Aussie singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd has a high and gorgeously fluid tone, crooning love songs or delivering wordless calls that soar over his globally-influenced sound. He plays electric, acoustic and lap steel guitars, harmonica, percussion, and the odd exotic stringed instruments, like a West Indian Chaturangui (a 22-stringed guitar “like a sitar with a slide”), and most prominently, the didgeridoo, its distinctive sound bringing additional ethereal texture to his mix of folk, blues, reggae, and funk. This year, he released his sixth album, Koonyum Sun, as Xavier Rudd & Inzintaba, leaving behind his one-man gig for some time as a trio with bassist Tio Moloantoa and percussionist Andile Nqubezelo, both natives of South Africa. The two have added their own flavors to Rudd's mix and infused his sound with sunny African rhythms, supple basslines, bright vocal melodies and chants in several different languages. Rudd called making the album “the most inspirational musical experience of my life.” 9 p.m., State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $20.

Old Skool Party w/Naughty by Nature/Young MC/Barrey Carew For its third annual Labor Day weekend celebration, Shephard’s Beach Resort presents “Old Skool 3,” a throwback party headlined by two legendary artists of old school hip hop. Grammy-winning trio Naughty by Nature originally formed in '89, made it big with their first hit, “O.P.P.” (and created a pop culture axiom that’s still used today) in '91, then hit it big again with "Hip Hop Hooray" in '93. This December, the trio will debut Anthem Inc., their seventh release and first album of new material in eight years. They are joined by clever rhyming (not so) Young MC, who collabed with Tone-Loc on “Wild Thing” and the follow-up hit, “Funky Cold Medina,” but is best known for his 1989 dilemmas-of-dating single, "Bust a Move.” 9 p.m., The Tiki Deck at Shephard's Beach Resort, Clearwater Beach, free admission.

[image-4] w/Disturbed [pictured right]/Avenged Sevenfold/Stone Sour/Halestorm/Hellyeah/many others This latest in the seeming endless crop of multi-band, multi-stage, multi-city tours has a metal focus. Main stage talent is co-headlined by two multi-platinum heavy metal makers – Chicago’s Disturbed, which just released a fifth studio album, Asylum, last week; and Huntington Beach, Calif.’s Avenged Sevenfold, also pimping album number five, Nightmare, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Hellyeah – the heavy metal “supergroup” that includes Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett, former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell, and Damageplan bassist Bob Zilla – are the featured performers on the Jägermeister Second Stage. 3 p.m., ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa, $34-$89.70.

Survivor The retro rock band best known for its Rocky hit, “Eye of the Tiger” and cheesy ‘80s balladry (“High on You”) plays this Labor Day Weekend show at Busch Gardens; single-day admission or an annual pass gets you in to see the concert in Gwazi Park. 4 p.m., Busch Gardens, Tampa, $price of admission.

Pete & Wayne Show The acoustic guitar-wielding comedy duo from Key West sings parodies and injects humor into pretty much all of their music, and when they aren’t bringing songs like “Floppycock,” “The Rectum of Ella Fitzgerald,” and “There’s a Dead Guy on My Windshield,” they have an ongoing residency at Sloppy Joe's on Duval Street. 7 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $7 in advance/$10 dos.


Friday, Sept. 03 Rodrigo Y Gabriela w/Xavier Rudd (House of Blues, Orlando)

Friday, Sept. 03 Mojo Gurus w/The Taints (Beach Bar, Clearwater)

Friday, Sept. 03 Dunedin Starlight Concert Series: The Shaguars (Highlander Park, Dunedin)

Friday, Sept. 03 Crisis in Hollywood / Nick Sharpe / Victims of Circumstance / Fresh Young Kids / Limit 57 (Gasoline Alley, Largo)

Friday, Sept. 03 First Friday Fall-Out w/Will Erickson & Local Roots/10th Concession/No Ordinary Cats (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

Saturday, Sept. 04 COPE (The Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Saturday, Sept. 04 The On Fires (Orbital Lounge, Holiday)

Saturday, Sept. 04 Talk to Mark (Ringside Cafe, St. Petersburg)

Saturday, Sept. 04 Bandwagon Roadshow w/Snoop Dogg/Sublime with Rome/Unwritten Law/Reverend Horton Heat/Mix Master Mike/The Royal Crown Revue/many others (The Citrus Bowl, Orlando)

Saturday, Sept. 04 Thomas Wynn & the Believers w/Honey Island Swamp Band (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

Sunday, Sept. 05 The Black Honkeys Tommy Thompson Memorial Show (Cuso's Club & Cantina, Indian Rocks Beach)

Sunday, Sept. 05 Kirk Adams (Ringside Cafe, St. Petersburg)

Sunday, Sept. 05 Paramore w/Tegan and Sara/New Found Glory/Kadawatha (UCF Arena, Orlando)

It's a holiday weekend, lots of music going on all over town, and you're wondering what to do. Look no further. Everything you need to know is right here beginning with Thursday. Wanna take a look beyond this weekend? Check out our Upcoming Concerts page.

Thursday, September 2

John Digweed [pictured right] w/Three/John Busto Hallucination Limited welcomes British progressive house DJ and record producer John Digweed. He just debuted a new audio-visual mix package, Structures, that includes a two-CD set of more than 30 of his favorite tracks (some previously unreleased) and a DVD featuring Eye of the Storm, a surreal doc by filmmaker Pablo Casacuberta taken during Digweed’s tour across South America, and John Digweed Live at the Vegabond, from the Bedrock/Creations Party in Miami earlier this year. Also on the bill is NYC DJ/producer Three. 9 p.m., The Kennedy, Tampa, $20 ages 21 and up/$25 ages 18 & up; dress to impress.

Rock the Park w/The Hip Abduction/Mogul Street Reserve The free monthly outdoor concert series that features local talent on downtown Tampa's scenic waterfront continues with the world jam beats of The Hip Abduction and the dynamic prog pop of Mogul Street Reserve. 6:30-9 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, downtown Tampa, free admission (all ages).

Sons Of Hippies Album Release Party w/Have Gun Will Travel/Big Blu House Sarasota’s Sons of Hippies are celebrating the release of A-Morph, their second LP. (Click here to read my review of the album.) The hard-driving modern alt rock trio is supported by two other 941 artists – Americana rockers Have Gun, Will Travel, and funky hip-hoppers Big Blu House. 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City, $8.

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