This weekend in Tampa Bay area live music: Skipper's 30th Anniversary Shows, Drake, Josh Roberts & The Hinges, Los Amigos Invisibles, Bret Michaels, and more

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[image-1] [pictured left] w/Marc Ganancias/Preson Philips/Donna Lu Columbia, S.C.-based songsmith Roberts is lead singer and guitarist of the five-piece Hinges, which produce a blend of hard stomping psychedelia-tinged roots rock, blues, honky-tonk and soul, Roberts' twangy vocals brightened by the dulcet-toned harmonies of guitar and banjo strummer Leslie Branham. 9 p.m. doors, New World Brewery, Ybor City, $7.

Tuff Love Dubstep Smashup with Itchy Robot / Sluggo / CLRH2O / Kano / Screwface / Jaybee / Baker / Bent / Mauldrich Local label Tuff Love Dubs hosts a dubstep dance party with two forces in the scene. Making an exclusive Florida appearance is UK dubstep DJ and producer Itchy Robot (real name Patrick Hughes), known for his big-impact jump-up style and dancefloor burning hit, “Raw." Formerly one-half of dirty dubstep duo Ultrablack, Sluggo (Nick Suddarth) is a producer whose dark, fuzzadelic sound draws on drum n’ bass, hip hop, hardcore and grime. They join a lineup of DJs that’ll be kicking out the jams on both the Crowbar stage and on the outdoor “Liquid DnB Patio.” 10 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $10.

Florida Night Heat w/Signals from Satellites Florida Night Heat – a power trio that just completed recording a new album – headlines this show with their heavy brand of groovadelic rock. Melodic alt rock threesome Signals from Satellites open. 9 p.m., Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa, $5.

Skipper’s 30th Anniversary Week w/Rev. Billy C. Wirtz/Dukes of Juke/Sarasota Slim and the Blues All-Stars/Damon Fowler Group Night four of the anniversary week pays homage to the rhythm and blues with Damon Fowler Group taking the headlining slot followed in close pursuit by veteran Slim. 8 p.m.-midnight, Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, free admission.


Denise Moore CD Release Party Local jazz chanteuse Denise Moore unveils her third album, The History of Jazz, which was recorded live earlier this year at Palladium Theater and includes a selection of well-known jazz standards as arranged by Moore & Co. 8 p.m., 442 Lounge, Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, $10.

[image-2] [pictured right, photo by Fran Beaufrand] w/[email protected] The highly-anticipated three-years-in-the-making sixth album of Los Amigos Invisibles, 2009’s Commercial, not only debuted at No. 1 in their home country but earned the Venezuelan sextet – which bring a Latin flair to their blend of acid jazz and disco funk dance music – a Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $18 in advance/$20 dos (ages 19 and up).

Rays Concert Series: Dierks Bentley / Bret Michaels This season’s post-Rays game concert series concludes with a double-header of country and AC rock. Country music recording artist Dierks Bentley has seen 14 singles on the country charts (seven of those No. 1 hits). His fifth studio album, Up on the Ridge, finds him exploring bluegrass and Americana influences, and collaborating with artists that include The Punch Brothers and Del McCoury (like on a cover of U2’s “Pride (In The Name Of Love)"). The man who seems to have an unlimited supply of bandannas and ripped blue jeans as well as equal shares of good and bad luck, sensitive hair rocker Bret Michaels, joins Bentley on the bill after a string of health scares (an emergency appendectomy, a brain hemorrhage, a stroke that revealed a hole in his heart) he endured in the midst of winning Celebrity Apprentice and putting out a new solo album, Custom Built, which hit stores in July and features a guest spot by (wait for it…) Miley Cyrus. 10 p.m. (or whenever the game ends), Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, $price of admission to the game.

Rascal Flatts w/Kellie Pickler Known for airtight harmonies and not really looking at all like a country band, Rascal Flatts have 10 years, five multiplatinum albums and nearly 20 Top 10 singles behind 'em. (Also, what is it, a Hershey commercial? For, like, s'mores or something? Who builds a fire when their bus breaks down in the middle of the desert heat to melt some marshmallows and chocolate?) Kellie Pickler turned her sixth-place finish on American Idol into a country career that got a bit lost among all the other young blondes crowding CMT in recent years. So, pretty much the archetypal new-millennium pop-C&W bill. 7:30 p.m., 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa, $$51.75-$96.30. —Scott Harrell

[image-3] 30th Anniversary Week w/Poetry 'n' Lotion/Hat Trick Heroes/Ronny Elliott and the Nationals/Gumbo Boogie/Rebekah Pulley [pictured right] and the Reluctant Prophets/Headlights/Will Quinlan and the Diviners/Magadog/Vodkanauts/Legendary JCs A day-long live local(ish) music extravaganza touching on all points of musical interest, from the surf lounge stylings of the Vodkanauts, to the horn-fused ska of Magadog, to the straightforward rock of Hat Trick Heroes, and the funk soul revival of the JC’s. 2 p.m.-midnight, Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, free admission.

The Black Swans w/Cosmic Gospel Hour/Paxico Via Mexico Columbus, Ohio’s Black Swans have earned multiple high ratings from for their fuzzy melancholy psyche rock, singer-songwriter Jerry DeCicca leading on acoustic guitar with a world-weary Lou Reed-esque moan. A swimming accident took the life of founding member Noel Sayre, but he left behind a laptop full of his violin recordings that DeCicca incorporated into the band’s haunted, darkly resonant 2010 release, Words Are Stupid. 9 p.m. doors, New World Brewery, Ybor City, $7.


Skipper’s 30th Anniversary Week w/John Hancock Project/Quivering Rhythm Hounds/Patrick Foy and the Conch Critters/Mod Squad/Blue Dice A week of celebrating culminates with this Sunday bill of rock and blues. 4-9 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, free admission.


Friday, Sept. 24 Demensia / Fire / Azalea / Imperial Conquest (Gasoline Alley, Largo)

Friday, Sept. 24 Jasmine (Dave's Aqua Lounge, St. Petersburg)

Friday, Sept. 24 Dunedin Starlight Concert Series: The Voices of Jazz (Highlander Park, Dunedin)

Friday, Sept. 24 Afton Show Sy & LyRik (Orpheum, Ybor City)

Saturday, Sept. 25 Chris Kahl: A Musical Journey Through Florida (Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, Tarpon Springs)

Saturday, Sept. 25 JOLLIPALOOZA (Huntley Avenue, Dunedin)

Saturday, Sept. 25 Third Annual Tangerine Blues Fest w/Joel Sanders Band/Julie Black/Deacon Blues Band/Damon Fowler Group (Tangerine Greenway, Gulfport)

Saturday, Sept. 25 The Human Condition (Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa)

Saturday, Sept. 25 Rock Solid Pressure Industry Showcase 2010 (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Saturday, Sept. 25 Delta Doctors (Dave's Aqua Lounge, St. Petersburg)

Saturday, Sept. 25 Mark Erelli (Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg)

Saturday, Sept. 25 3 Pint Harmony (Three Birds Tavern, St. Petersburg)

Sunday, Sept. 26 Jim Morey Band (Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa)

Sunday, Sept. 26 Lionheart / Donnybrook / Call To Preserve / Stand United / Actions Speak Louder / Magma (Transitions Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa)

Sunday, Sept. 26 Greenhill w/November Foxtrot Whiskey/Brahm Bones/Corey Jane Holt (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

Great music is happening all over town this weekend, and you’re wondering, “What should I choose?” Look no further. Everything you need to know is right here. Wanna take a look beyond this weekend? Check out our Upcoming Concerts page.

Friday, September 24

[pictured right] Canadian rap artist Drake (nee Aubrey Drake Graham) spent his teenage years acting in Degrassi: The Next Generation before shifting to music and finding a mentor in hip hop superstar Lil Wayne, who signed Drake to his own Young Money Entertainment label last summer. Drake's first full-length studio effort, Thank Me Later, dropped in mid-June, features contributions by Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, and Jay-Z, among many others, and debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200. Drake is also a talented entertainer, his classy Rat Pack-inspired performance at the MTV VMAs one of that awful award show’s few highlights. Featured guest rapper Swizz Beatz and R&B songstress Mary J. Blige were on hand, he trading rhymes with Drake, she adding her soulful howl and sexy harmonies to Drake's hit, “Fancy,” a song that's both a tirade against fancy fake-ass women (“superficial gold digging bitches in here / They get a baller think that they ain’t got to pick a career / Guess they plan on sucking somes dicks until some millions appear”) and a shout-out to the real ones who can stand on their own two feet (“The girls that got diplomas / And enough money to loan us / a little something extra / Should we ever need it”). 8 p.m., USF Sun Dome, Tampa, $63.50-103.95 (incl. fees).

St. Pete Blues All-Stars An evening of jump, Chicago, boogie woogie, and other styles of hot-burning blues as performed by a septet that includes some of St. Pete’s finest musicians working within the genre led by singer/keywoman Liz Pennock and singer/guitarist Dr. Blues. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg, $15.

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