This weekend's best bets in Bay area music: Her Name Is Victory, Jonny Lang, Between the Trees, Benjy Davis Project, Blind Buddy Moody, Cute Is What We Aim For, and more


[image-1] w/Lex da Funk NYC-based DJ/life of the party Roger Sanchez is the lead spinner at this record label-themed Stealth Live dance party event. Expect house music with big build-ups and drop-outs, dramatic synths, and clips and remixes of songs you know, like “2gether,” Sanchez’s new single that samples rapper/musician K’NAAN and the B-52’s, and claimed the No. 1 spot on the U.K. DMC Buzz Chart. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., The Venue, Clearwater, $10 general men/$10 VIP women/$25 VIP men.


MIGGS w/Plain Jane Automobile/Mogul Street Reserve/Amy Lennard LA-by-way-of-Tampa easy rock trio Miggs arrives on the heels of the release of their fifth album, Wide Awake, recorded in Tampa last winter with multi-platinum producer/engineer Ken Lewis (Fall Out Boy, Kanye West). 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $13.


Randy Houser There’s a video floating around on YouTube of a toddler rocking-out to the boisterous country of Randy Houser’s “Boots On,” the little country buddy mimicking slide-guitar on his own toy six-string and lip-synching the “I’m going out with my boots on” refrain to adorable effect. The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Country charts likely thanks to Drake; the video has more than 1 million views and was featured on CNN, CMT add even The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 7 p.m., Dallas Bull, Tampa, $15.


SATURDAY, MAY 22


Save the Radio This Tampa band has dubbed their style “electro acoustica” for their pairing of acoustic instruments with preamp and laptop effects. The result rocks easy on the ears and is brightened-up with psychedelic guitar flourishes and rough-hewn vocal melodies. 9 p.m., The Local 662, St. Petersburg, free admission.


[image-2] [pictured] CD Release Show St. Pete’s Blind Buddy Moody plays acoustic guitar and rack harmonica, sings in a deep, Southern crispy drawl, and purveys a blend of rockabilly, country swing and down home country-blues. This show celebrates the release of a self-titled studio album that features various guest musicians, like Sarasota Slim, who provides mean slide guitar on the hilarious “Don’t Right Off the Older Gal.” “Hit the Road, Evil” (with the Mojo Gurus’ Kevin Steele on vocals as The Right Reverend) and “Yellowjacket Song” are similarly upbeat and humorous numbers, both about pests — the insect kind and the kind that wants to steal your soul. 9:30 p.m., Dave's Aqua Lounge, St. Petersburg, $6.


Givers w/Poetry n' Lotion/Ryan Wendall Bauer The Louisiana quintet purveys a particularly sunny and spirited blend of Afro-beat, synth pop, folk rock and prog-jamtronica. Click here to read my full-length feature on the band. 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City, $8.


Gucci Mane A Dirty South rapper with a slowed-down flow, Atlanta-based Gucci Mane is the real deal with legal issues to prove it, ones so fresh that he was incarcerated up until a few weeks ago. (The rapper actually missed the release of his major-label debut, 2009’s hit-making The State vs. Radric, because he was behind bars.) But while he hasn’t been in the spotlight, his music sure has; The State appeared all over Billboard (it hit No. 10 on the Hot 200 and No. 1 on the Rap Albums charts), and spawned such hip-hop absurd singles as “Lemonade” and “Wasted.” And he’s already back in the game; shortly after his discharge, he announced the launch of a new label in affiliation with Asylum/Warner Bros., 1017 Brick Squad Records. He also revealed that he’s working with a new production team and gearing up to release The Appeal later this summer. This stop is a warm up of sorts for his nationwide tour in July. 8 p.m., Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, $38.50 in advance/$43.50 dos.


Soul Food 24 Hours of Music with Soul Clap + DJs Muggles, Oonaslim, Brian Busto, Soft Rock Renegades, Scewface and Random Soul Clap is headed up by Boston-based DJ/producers Elyte and Cnyce, who share their dedication for mixing, programming and electronic performance by pairing up with local communities around the nation and hosting 12-hour dance parties like this one in South St. Pete. To find out more about the event, click here. 3 p.m.-3 a.m., The Chelsea Nightclub, 1502 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, $5 before 9 p.m., $8 after 9 p.m.


[image-3] [pictured, photo by Katie Webster] w/Legendary JCs Asheville sextet Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band Tight produces horn-soaked fusebox funk with wah-wah rockadelic guitar and bumpin’ rhythms that’ll make you want to shake your groove thang. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $7 in advance/$10 dos.


SUNDAY, MAY 23


Chris Duarte Group w/Sarasota Slim Texas axeman Chris Duarte fronts a power trio that produces a blazing brand of modern blues rock flavored with dirty wailing guitar solos and loose, funk-and-jazz grooves. He released two albums in 2009: 396, a collaborative effort with Bluestone Company, the biggest blues band in Japan; and Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, All Things Blue, his first “best of” collection. 5 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $12 in advance/$15 dos.


Cute Is What We Aim For w/The Friday Night Boys/The Bigger Lights/Down With Webster Power-pop outfit CIWWAF burst onto the scene in 2006 while the members were still teenagers, enjoyed some marginal success when one of their songs was aired on MTV’s The Hills, and had unraveled at the seams by 2009. Frontman Shaant Hacikyan hit rehab, treated his alcohol addiction and made a clean return to music this year, reviving CIWWAF with a new lineup (he’s now the only original member) and new material set to be released sometime later this year. 7 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $13 in advance/$15 dos (all ages).


$37-$53.

The following is a quick breakdown of this weekend’s worthiest live music offerings from Friday through Sunday. For a more comprehensive schedule, check out our Upcoming Concerts page

FRIDAY, MAY 21

Her Name Is Victory [pictured] w/Life of Pi/The Future Now/Solia Tera A bill featuring some top-notch local alt rock acts, from the straightforward, keyboard-laced melodies of Tampa power trio Her Name Is Victory, to Gainesville’s The Future Now, which is celebrating the release of Hazy Orange Sunday, a new album of driving, grunge and psyche garage rock marked by thick and crunchy guitars, ominous vocal harmonies and brawny rhythms. 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City, $7.

Jannus Live Marmalade Music Series: The Black Honkeys w/Someday Souvenir/The Semis/Old North East/Shawty/Tampa Bay Dream Team DJs Lee Money and Spindiana Jone/DJ Craig Adams Jannus Live presents a new live music series celebrating the local music scene. The inaugural event kicks off with the funk, soul and R&B of six piece ensemble The Black Honkeys, the rip-raging surf rock of The Semis, the pretty all-femme pop rock of Someday Souvenir, the piano-driven melodic folk pop of Old North East, and the Southern crunkified hip-hop of Sherrick “Shawty” Cuffie. DJs Craig, Lee Money and Spindiana (the latter two from the Tampa Bay Dream Team) round out the evening with live spins before and after each set. 6 p.m. doors, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, $10 under 21/free admission ages 21 and up.

Benjy Davis Project Originally an acoustic folk duo featuring husky-toned singer/songwriter Benjy Davis and drummer Mic Capdevielle, the project eventually expanded into a sextet and recorded three albums of easy driving Southern rock, then scaled back to the founding configuration by album four, March’s Lost Souls Like Us. They filled in the missing blanks with seasoned session musicians like Lynryd Skynyrd guitarist Mark “Sparky” Matejka and producer/keyboardist Bobby Capps (.38 Special), and produced tracks like the pretty, mandolin and guitar-propelled “Stay With Me.” Davis and Capdevielle are currently touring as a five-piece. 6-11 p.m., Plush Ultra Lounge, St. Petersburg, $call 727-871-7874.

[pictured] w/The Higher/The Fold/Goodnight Caulfield/Southside Serenade The popular Orlando rock act makes a spin through town in support of their second album, Spain, released in 2009 via Bonded Records. 7 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $12.

The Original Wailers w/Bootleg/The Ambassy There are two incarnations of the roots reggae band that birthed Bob Marley. This one includes keyboardist Earl “Wya” Lindo (who joined the Wailers with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer in ’73), guitarist Al Anderson (who became a Wailer in ’74), and singer/guitarist Junior Marvin (who played with the Wailers during the Exodus and Kaya studio sessions and now handles lead vocal duties). 7 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $20.

Jonny Lang His 1997 major label debut, Lie to Me, was released the day before his 16th birthday and showed the world not all teenage musicians need a polished, bubble-gum sensibility to craft multi-platinum records. Lang’s weathered vocals add a soulful, ripened depth to music you’d think was coming from the whiskey-soaked throat of an old Americana bluesman. His most recent studio album, 2006’s Turn Around, ventures further into soul, jazz and gospel territories than any previous releases and actually nabbed Lang a Grammy in 2007. Right now, he’s on tour in support of 2009’s Live at the Ryman. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, $37-$53. —Andrew Silverstein

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