This weekend in Tampa Bay area live music: Poetry n' Lotion and Have Gun Will Travel SXSW-bound shows, Yes, Say Hi and Yellow Ostrich, SPoT Pro Party with Yelawolf + more!

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Yes In the wake of more than four decades worth of experience and success, Yes doesn’t really need to play small venues. But sometimes, an intimate setting is as exciting and rewarding for the band as it is for their fans. That was the thinking behind the current mini-tour by the British prog rock trailblazers, which allows fans to get up close and personal while enjoying select cuts from the band’s long-spanning catalog – the epic drive of 1971’s “Roundabout,” the upbeat crunch of 1983 hit single, "Owner of a Lonely Heart" and countless others. The band’s current lineup features guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, and drummer Alan White along with Oliver Wakeman (son of Rick) on keys and Benoit David on lead vox. 8 p.m. doors, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, $40 (all ages).


[image-1] [pictured right] w/Sons of Hippies Hailing from Provo, Utah, high-energy avant rock foursome Eyes Lips Eyes (the band formerly known as Elizabethan Report) mix elements of heavy disco punk with funk-prog-alt rock tendencies and jangly New Wave flair. This year, in lieu of releasing an LP, Eyes Lips Eyes have been putting out a few singles each month along with music videos and select B-sides to keep the hype machine going all year long. Live shows are allegedly energetic affairs that according to the band, “take showgoers to a happy place of high fives and sweaty dance offs, while mixing in machine-gun claps and continuous trashcan bashing.” 9 p.m. doors, New World Brewery, Ybor City, $8.


Saturday, March 12


Tim Reynolds & TR3 w/Shaun Hopper The career of German-born guitarist Tim Reynolds has spanned over 35 years, his innovative improvisational style drawing on elements of jazz, blues, and reggae. Reynolds founded the electric-funk outfit Tim Reynolds Trio (TR3) while touring throughout the 1980s and '90s, befriending fellow musician Dave Matthews along the way and becoming an informal member of DMB for a number of years. He’s been described as "technically brilliant, yet emotionally honest" and boasts an extensive discography; 2010’s two-disc acoustic release, The Limbic System, is his most recent. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $15 in advance/$20 dos. --Valerie Quintana


[image-2] w/MillionYoung Another hot new dance music phenom, Class Actress produces 1980s-inspired synth-pop as led by confident, sexy cooing songstress Elizabeth Harper [pictured left]. Last year, the trio dropped their debut EP, Journal of Ardency, on the new label run by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, Terrible Records; toured with Little Boots and Matthew Dear, among others; and was named a “Rising" artist by Pitchfork.com, which gave their EP a monstrous 7.0 rating. Miami’s young chillwave artist, MillionYoung, supports. 6:30 p.m. doors, Orpheum, Ybor City, $10 (all ages).


Andrea Beaton and Friends Nova Scotian fiddler Andrea Beaton – who won “Instrumental Recording of the Year” at the 2010 East Coast Music Awards for her 2010 album, Branches – is joined by pianist Kimberley Fraser for an evening of tradition-conscious Celtic music and storytelling; more special guests TBA. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg, $20-$25.


G. Love & Special Sauce Philly native blues-funk trio G.Love & Special Sauce got their start in ‘93 with their laid-back Beastie Boys-reminiscent “slacker-rap.” The band’s unique breakthrough style mixes alt hip-hop with R&B and a raw and unplugged blend of acoustic rock. Their most recent full-length, Superhero Brother, was recorded at the band's own Philadelphonic Studios. 8 p.m. doors, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, $25. --Valerie Quintana


[image-3] w/Yelawolf [pictured right]/Bad Shit Recent signee of Eminem’s Shady Records, Yelawolf is the Alabama native rapper who got the buzz going with his 2010 mixtape, Trunk Muzik 0-60. His quick rhyme slinging and nasally tone recall his Shady mentor, but his lyrics celebrate his rural upbringing in songs like “Pop the Trunk,” a backwoods gangsta narrative about how shit can get serious when you fuck with shotgun-toting folk: “Looks like daddy caught the motherfucker that tried to sneak in and steal his ammo / They don't know that old man don't hold hands or throw hands, naw, he's rough like a bril-o.” Also on the Skatepark of Tampa Pro Party ticket is San Fransisco skate punk outfit Bad Shit. 8 p.m. doors, Czar, Ybor City, $10 in advance/$12 dos (all ages).


Officer David Crawford Benefit Concert w/Burning Tree/Shakemode/Green Sunshine/The Hobies/The Standback Band/Arm Chair Expedition/Cowboy Mafia/Scilter/The Radio Killers/Trigger City Trio/Poundsalt/Jay D. Clark The community unites to mourn another fallen officer and celebrate the life he had while supporting the family he left behind with this charity concert that features live music by a packed roster of local talent, from the reggae rock of Burning Tree to the punk pop covers of The Radio Killers. Door proceeds benefit the PBA/Sun Coast Law Enforcement Charities. 6 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $10.


Sunday, March 13


Dum Dum Girls w/Tennis It’s been a busy year for Dum Dum Girls. The indie fuzz pop four-piece released their debut LP, I Will Be, last March, spent untold hours on the road opening for the likes of Vampire Weekend, Beach House and MGMT, and are now enjoying a post-Bruise Cruise headlining tour with a brand new EP in tow, He Gets Me High, which includes a cover of the Smiths’ classic “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out.” Retro pop makers Tennis support; click here to read Ray Roa's story on the band and his complete Q&A with co-founder Patrick Riley. 6 p.m., Orpheum, Ybor City, $12 in advance/$15 dos (all ages).


WMNF Third Annual Caribbean Showcase and Gregory Isaacs Tribute w/Jafari/Johokumas Posse/Impulse/Nuveau Saka/Reality Band/Kommercial Band/Xixon/many others A day-long showcase of locally-brewed Caribbean-inspired jams – much of it heady roots reggae as that purveyed by The Reality Band and Jahfari – and a tribute to late reggae singer Gregory Isaacs. 4 p.m., Skipper Smokehouse, Tampa, $10 in advance/$13 dos.


[image-4] w/Yellow Ostrich/Blair/Alexander And The Grapes/Davy And The Gods Say Hi is the indie rock recording project of singer-songwriter Eric Elbogen [pictured left], who’s released seven LPs under the moniker – nearly an album a year since he started in 2002. In his newest and second release via Barsuk Records, Um, Uh Oh, his warm husky vocals deliver a collection of mature, upbeat songs with brooding lyrics like “There’s a trigger somewhere, let’s pull it” and “You can’t hide the fact that she’s a diamond, shiny diamond / And you, sir, are merely just a man.” In a live setting, he’s backed by a full band of musician friends. Also on the bill is Yellow Ostrich, the percussion-infused indie electro pop project of singer-songwriter Alex Schaaf. 7 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $8 in advance/$10 dos (all ages).


Lady Antebellum Closing out the 2011 Strawberry Fest is country pop trio Lady Antebellum, which took home five Grammys at this year’s 53rd annual event, including the much-coveted Song of the Year and Record of the Year awards. 7:30 p.m., Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds, Plant City, $40.


ALSO THIS WEEKEND


Friday, March 11 Ray Price / Josh Thompson / Justin Moore (Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds, Plant City)


Friday, March 11 Will Erickson & Local Roots (Yeoman's Road Pub, Tampa)


Friday, March 11 Lightning Concert Series: Ace Frehley (St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa)


Friday, March 11 Matt MacKelcan Band w/Crowfield (Crowbar, Ybor City)


Friday, March 11 The Empowered Voice: Divine Divas w/Sharon E. Scott/Jayne Trinette/Stephanie Roberts/Tia Jemison/Venus Jones ([email protected], St. Petersburg)


Friday, March 11 For the Fallen Dreams w/We Are Defiance/Miasma/Surviving the Skyway/Sundays Finest/Atlas Rising (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)


Friday, March 11 Chris McCartey w/The Groves (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)


Friday, March 11 Matt MacKelcan Band w/Crowfield (Crowbar, Ybor City)


Friday, March 11 The Glamour Kills Tour w/The Downtown Fiction/We Are The In Crowd/You Me and Everyone We Know/Set it Off/Skyline Summer (Orpheum, Ybor City)


Friday, March 11-Saturday, March 12 The Vodkanauts (Ringside Cafe, St. Petersburg)


Saturday, March 12 Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour w/Cradle Of Filth/Nachtmystium/Turisas/Daniel Lioneye (Club Firestone, Orlando)


Saturday, March 12 Drastic Fall (Gasoline Alley, Largo)


Saturday, March 12 The Loving Thorns (Yeoman's Road Pub, Tampa)


Saturday, March 12 Billy Ray Cyrus / All Star Weekend / Jennette McCurdy (Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds, Plant City)


Saturday, March 12 Matt White/Brendan James w/10th Concession (Crowbar, Ybor City)


Saturday, March 12 Jay D. Clark / Burning Tree / Shakemode / Resinated (Pegasus Lounge, Tampa)


Saturday, March 12 Funky Seeds / Ramblegrass (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)


Saturday, March 12 Strawberry Fields Beatles Tribute (PHCC Performing Arts Center, New Port Richey)


Saturday, March 12 Tribal Style (Dunedin House of Beer, Dunedin)


Sunday, March 13 An Evening of Duke Ellington w/Ted Howe Trio (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)


Sunday, March 13 Papos / Mike Donahue (Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, Tampa)


Sunday, March 13 Richard Smith & Julie Adams (UU Dome, Tampa)

A breakdown of live music taking place in the Tampa Bay area this Thursday through Sunday, 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.

Thursday, March 10

[pictured right, photo by Greg Whitaker] w/Fake Problems/Buried Beds Singer/guitarist Adam Turla retreated to the woods of rural Tennessee to write the 11 songs that became Murder by Death’s 2010 fifth album, Good Morning, Magpie, which veers away from their usual conceptual mode into a set of stand-alone narratives. The Indiana four-piece weaves old-timey gothic Americana swing into their upbeat roots-folk rock amble; “You Don’t Miss Twice (When You’re Shaving with a Knife)” deals with death against a Vaudevillian-flavored rickety-tumbling shuffle, Irish-flavored barroom stomper “Whiskey in the World” is made for singing along with empty bourbon-stained glasses raised, and the title track (inspired by the Welsh legend of the magpie as Satan's messenger) brings Old West drama that winds into an epic refrain. All of the songs are marked by Turla’ deep resonant vocals and Sarah Balliet’s heavy cello notes, sometimes adding pretty melodic accompaniment or sinister discordant accoutrement. 7 p.m. doors, Orpheum, Ybor City, $15.50 (all ages).

Doobie Brothers / George Jones Last year, the Doobie Brothers – which made their biggest mark in the 1970s with hits like “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes” – released their first new album in 10 years, World Gone Crazy. The LP finds the band reconvening with the producer responsible for their breakthrough ‘70s hits, Ted Templeman, and according to Allmusic.com, the musicians are in fine form, “writing solid songs and giving relaxed, lived-in performances all adding up to a surprising strong album.” Country music vet George Jones plays in the afternoon, with the Doobies taking the stage later that evening. George Jones at 3:30 p.m. ($15 & $20), Doobie Brothers at 7:30 p.m. ($25 & $30), Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds, Plant City.

[pictured left] w/Florida Night Heat Post-jazz prog rock instrumental quartet Poetry n’ Lotion is getting ready to hit the road to Austin to play an official SXSW showcase, but holds one last fundraising concert to drum up cash for their self-funded trip. If you can’t make it out to see them off, support their efforts by donating at poetrynlotion.tumblr.com. 10 p.m., Stoney’s, Tampa, free admission.

Friday, March 11

Have Gun, Will Travel Tour Launch Party w/The Semis Another band headed out to SXSW, high-energy Americana-roots rock purveyors Have Gun Will Travel, is planning a small U.S. tour on the way back from their own SXSW showcase with stops in Colorado, Tennessee and various other lucky locales. Wish them good luck, contribute to their tour coffers and enjoy a set of surf-tasty hard rock riffage by Best of the Bay "Album of the Year" award-winners The Semis. 8 p.m., The Local 662, St. Petersburg, $8.

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