This weekend in Tampa Bay area live music: Pato Banton, Super Sidekick Records showcase, J Roddy Walston & the Business, The Radiators Farewell Tour, Easy Star Allstars, and more!

[image-1] presents Escape Tonight [pictured left, photo by Lisa Tighe]/ No Inside / From this Fire / FLF / Adam Randall Comic books and rock are the themes of the evening when Tarpon Springs-based label Super Sidekick Records throws a showcase party where Attendees can snag copies of the first and second issues of its exclusive comic series, The Adventures of Super Russ, and catch live music by two bands that are currently repped by the label – headliners Escape Tonight, a trio that purveys an upbeat radio-ready pop-punk sound and are getting ready to record their first EP; and alt-emo outfit No Inside, their nasally-vocals and sound vaguely reminiscent of Senses Fail. Other highlights include grungy faith-infused rockers From this Fire and indie folk artist Adam Randall. Show starts at 8 p.m.; the first 100 attendees get a free bottle of Super Sidekick IPA. 8 p.m., The Local 662, St. Petersburg, $10. --Valerie Quintana

Saturday, April 9

[image-2] [pictured right] Local folks who caught The Black Keys in Orlando last year have been buzzing about the wildly energetic opening band – J Roddy Walston and The Business – ever since. The foursome’s muscular brand of hip-swinging blues-fused rock n’ roll left a definite mark, their sound driven by the keyboard melodies and hoarse, strident vocals of namesake frontman Walston. For fans of Led Zeppelin and My Morning Jacket. 9:30 p.m., Dave's Aqua Lounge, St. Petersburg, $8.

Kevin K w/The Spears The old school DIY street punk musician was born and raised in upstate New York, and tooled around NYC with the likes of Johnny Thunders and Cheetah Chrome until he eventually re-located to Florida having never claimed a modicum of fame for his foul-mouthed music. He’s recorded upwards of 25 albums over his three-decade career and in 2010, issued a two-DVD set, The Restless Spirit of Kevin K, along with an autobiography, How to Become a Successful Loser. 9 p.m., Emerald Bar, St. Petersburg, $5.

[image-3] [pictured left] w/Will Erickson & Local Roots Multi-talented comedian Steve Martin exposed the Steep Canyon Rangers to national audiences when he played with the N.C. bluegrass quintet on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion in 2009, then invited the musicians to back him on a few dates in support of his Grammy-winning LP, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo. You may have seen the Martin-fronted lineup in 2010 when they hit Jazzfest or Bonnaroo, but more likely your first introduction was when Martin appeared with the band on The Colbert Report a few weeks back to tout the 2011 album he recently recorded and released with them, Rare Bird Alert. Of course, the “Rare Bird Tour” with Martin doesn’t actually start until a few dates after SCR’s stop in Tampa, but at least you can see what all the fuss is about and use your imagination to picture Martin there with them; I’m sure he’d approve. 8 p.m., Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa, $12 in advance/$15 dos.

Sunday, April 10

The Radiators Farewell Tour w/The Roy Jay Band/No Money Down *FREE* After 33 years of spreading their slow-burning R&B-flavored swamp rock around the country and beyond, beloved New Orleans quintet The Radiators announced they’d be calling it quits. This date is part of a “Farewell Tour” that ends mid-June and Jannus offers free admission to everyone who shows up to say goodbye. 6 p.m., Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, free admission.

Acoustic Africa This intimate unplugged showcase features a trio of African singer-songwriters – Habib Koite, Afel Bocoum and Oliver Mtukudzi – who deliver a program of folk songs from Senegal, bluesy ballads from Mali and more. 7 p.m., Ferguson Hall-Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, $29.50.

[image-4] w/Cas Haley/The Green Last April, reggae collective Easy Star Allstars packed Crowbar to its max capacity and delivered a set of groove-shaking, dub-and-ska-fused covers from their three tribute albums: Radiodread (in tribute to Radiohead’s OK Computer with a few bonuses), Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band (The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper) and Dub Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon). The show at State Theatre this Sunday promises to be just as sweaty, but with more space to get your dance on. 8 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $16 in advance/$18 dos.

Mount Kimbie w/Young Egypt The electro-experimental duo from London has been lumped into the dubstep genre, and while Mount Kimbie definitely makes late night music, their minimalist tendencies and use of samples, loops and ambient textures and melodies never actually makes it into dubstep territory. 9 p.m. doors, Honey Pot, Ybor City, $10 in advance/$13 dos.

Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks w/Grant Peeples WMNF welcomes back a cult favorite – eccentric, wryly humorous snappy-dressing roots music singer-songwriter Dan Hicks, who throws elements of folk, jazz, bluegrass and country swing into his laid-back sound. 6 p.m., Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa, $15 in advance/$20 dos.


Friday, April 08 Sam Pacetti (Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg)

Friday, April 08 Friday Extra Concert Series: Poetry n' Lotion (Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa)

Friday, April 08 Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

Friday, April 08 Seven Nations (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)

Friday, April 08 Poundsalt / Arm Chair Expedition (Pegasus Lounge, Tampa)

Friday, April 08 Miasma / Ovid's Withering / Big Red Robot / Sidereal Pulse (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Friday, April 08 Tahoe Fox (Dunedin Smokehouse, Dunedin)

Friday, April 08 Sisemore w/Her Name is Victory (Dave's Aqua Lounge, St. Petersburg)

Friday, April 08 Ricky Martin (Amway Center, Orlando)

Friday, April 08 Acme Jazz Garage (Blue Parrot, St. Pete Beach)

Friday, April 08 Sound Spektrum (Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa)

Friday, April 08-Saturday, April 09 Damon Fowler Group (Ringside Cafe, St Petersburg)

Friday, April 08-Sunday, April 10 Tampa Bay Blues Festival w/The Robert Cray Band/Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers/Janiva Magness/Michael Burks/Mike Zito (Friday); Jonny Lang/James Hunter/Tommy Castro/Curtis Salgado/The Lee Boys (Saturday); and Tab Benoit & The Voice Of The Wetlands Allstars feat. Cyril Neville, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux/Irma Thomas/Trombone Shorty And Orleans Avenue/Jon Cleary/Eric Lindell (Sunday) (Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg)

Friday, April 08-Saturday, April 09 Tampa Bay Blues Fest After Show w/Janiva Magness / Mike Zito / Michael Burks (Friday) and Curtis Salgado / Tommy Castro / The Lee Boys (Saturday) (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)

Saturday, April 09 The Wholetones w/Altavilla/The Reverie (Pegasus Lounge, Tampa)

Saturday, April 09 Rise of Athera / I and I / LO / 13 BELOW (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Saturday, April 09 A Few Days Wasted w/Sundays Finest/My Only Hero/Sins Against (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Saturday, April 09 Lauran Irion (Murray Studio Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

Saturday, April 09 Dick Fox’s Golden Boys w/Frankie Avalon/Fabian/Bobby Rydell (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

Saturday, April 09 Burning Tree w/Anchor Atlantic/Resinated /The Sheffield Crew (The Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Saturday, April 09 Tribal Style (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)

Saturday, April 09 Bird St. Players w/Pete Bones (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

Saturday, April 09 Moors & McCumber (Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg)

Sunday, April 10 Cadillac Bombers (Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa)

Sunday, April 10 JOl' Dirty Sundays w/Joan Redd /Through You (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Sunday, April 10 Funky Pandas (The Hub, downtown Tampa)

Sunday, April 10 The Marys / Gale Trippsmith (Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, Tampa)

There's lots of live music going on this weekend above and beyond the Tampa Bay Blues Festival (click the hyperlink to find out more about the fest). See a complete breakdown of live music happs from tonight through Sunday below, with featured highlights at the top and the rest of the week’s schedule at the bottom. For a complete list of concerts, click here to visit our Upcoming Concerts page.

Friday, April 8

w/Rasta Rafiki Pato Banton is a UK reggae singer and toaster who took a seven-year hiatus from music and returned in 2008 newly invigorated and with a 16th album in tow, Destination Paradise. Banton is a natural showman who brims with infectious exuberance and encourages his fans to sing along all throughout his sets. He’s also known for his tradition of inviting the most enthusiastic ones up to the stage to perform with him. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $15.

Jackyl The piercing wail of vocalist Jesse James Dupree is backed by multi-voiced rah-rah choruses in the AC/DC-influenced Southern boogie and heavy metal of Jackyl, the band responsible for such 1990’s hard rock odes as “Push Comes to Shove” (which reached No. 7 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts in 1994) and the anthemic “I Stand Alone,” its video featuring real life footage of Jackyl playing an impromptu concert in a K-Mart parking lot after the store refused to sell their music because of its explicit content (and in particular, a song titled “She Loves My Cock”). Jackyl released a sixth album, When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide, in 2010. 7 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $15.

Harry Connick, Jr. The swinging, suave-crooning pop jazz vocalist returns to woo his Florida fans and move more copies of his new DVD/CD release, In Concert On Broadway, which spotlights select performances from Harry Connick Jr.’s 15-day sold-out run on Broadway and has been hanging around the top of the Billboard Jazz charts since its release in March. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, $50-$115.


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