This weekend's best bets in Bay area music: Kiss Kiss, The English Beat, Noel Paul Stookey, Tegan and Sara, Paleface, Dumpstafunk, Rock & Roll Swap Meet, and more



Brandi Carlile w/Amy Ray The Seattle-based singer-songwriter (who was featured in last week’s issue) tours in support of her new Rick Rubin-produced album, Give Up The Ghost. Click here to check out Jeff's Q&A with Carlile. 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, downtown Clearwater, $31.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19


[image-1] [pictured right] Boston raised singer-songwriter Edie Carey has soothing tone in the vein of Shawn Colvin and Lisa Loeb. She studied English and medicine in college, but she learned to play guitar while spending a year abroad in Italy and pursued her passion for music when she returned to the States. Her most recent album, 2006’s Another Kind of Fire, is understated yet melodically rich folk-pop. 7:30 p.m., Craftsman House, St. Petersburg, $20. –Matthew Spencer


Neal McCoy Texas-based country singer Neal McCoy has 10 albums and seven Top 10 Hot Country hits, including “Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On” from his last album, 2005’s self-released That’s Life. 8 p.m., Dallas Bull, Tampa, $9.95 in advance/$15 dos.


Mindi Abair LA-by-way-of-St. Petersburg jazz saxophonist, vocalist and composer Mindi Abair has played with Top 40 artists ranging from Backstreet Boys to Duran Duran, and brings her own blend of contemporary pop jazz to town for a solo stint with her full backing band. 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, Clearwater, $43.50 and $58.50.


Ellis Paul Got this one in last minute from a reader (thank you!). According to said friendly reader, Paul "is a very well-known musician in folk circles -- he was on the Me, Myself and Irene soundtrack as well. He's a Woody Guthrie disciple and is well-acquainted with Woody's family, having been asked personally by them to do some writing to finish one of Woody's unfinished songs." 8 p.m., Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg, $25.



Whole Wheat Bread w/Skif Dank/Hero of Our Time/Spirits Down Jacksonville’s Whole Wheat Bread brings a hip-hop feel to their hard driving alt rock, the lyrics delivered in spoken-word rhymes, or sung in yearning moans or growling wails. 7 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $10 (all ages).


Noel Paul Stookey Throughout a career that has spanned nearly five decades, Noel Paul Stookey has recorded more than 45 records both as a solo artist and as the ‘Paul’ in beloved ‘60s folk group Peter, Paul and Mary. (The trio performed one of the most memorable songs of the Civil Rights Movement, Pete Seeger's “If I Had a Hammer,” but “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Blowing in the Wind” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane” were their only AC charting-topping hits.) Among Paul’s solo catalog is “The Wedding Song,” a wedding reception standard since its release in 1971. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg, $35-$47.50. –Matthew Spencer


[image-2] [pictured left] w/Sons of Hippies Experimental electro pop ensemble Blind Man's Colour presents their new EP, Wooden Blankets, at this CD release show. Click here to read our review of the six-song recording. 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City, $7 (ages 21 and up).


Akron/Family w/Warpaint/Queen of Spain The New England psychedelic folk and progressive rock trio produced one of the best albums of 2009, Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free. Click here to read this week's feature about the band. 8 p.m., Back Booth, Orlando, $10 in advance/$12 dos.


Knology Clearwater Sea Blues Fest 2010 feat. Tab Benoit/Mike Zito/Shaun Murphy/Robert Cray Band/Walter Trout/John Mayall/many others The free seafood and blues fest is spread over three days; Friday’s headliner is Baton Rouge, La. blues guitarist and deep-timbre singer Tab Benoit. On Saturday, the main draw is classic blues rock and rollers, Robert Cray Band, which is fronted by axeman and soulful Grammy-winning vocalist Cray. Elder statesman of British blues, singer and multi-instrumentalist John Mayall, closes things out on Sunday. For a complete schedule of artists and performance times, visit clearwaterseablues.com. The music starts at 4:30 p.m. Fri., 12:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Feb. 19-21, Coachman Park, Clearwater; single day passes are $15 Friday, $20 Saturday and Sunday.


The Florida Orchestra Tribute to Ray Charles TFO teams up with multi-instrumentalist vocalist Ellis Hall for a musical homage to the soulfully legendary artist. The program pulls from Charles’ broad repertoire and includes such classics as “Georgia on My Mind,” “Hit the Road Jack,” “What’d I Say,” and many others. TFO presents the program on three consecutive nights at different venues. 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 19, Straz Performing Arts Center, Tampa; 8 p.m. Sat., Feb. 20, Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 21, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20


Pink It Up!: Ska Bands Against Breast Cancer Concert w/The Long Johns/Johnny Cakes And The Four Of The Apocalypso/Parcel Thirty Three/SuckerFish/Shady People Proceeds of this multi-band benefit featuring local and regional ska acts goes toward the education, screening and treatment of breast cancer. 7 p.m., Market on 7th, Ybor City, $7.


[image-3] [pictured] w/Holly Miranda/Steel Train Fronted by identical twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin, Canadian poptronic rock fivesome Tegan and Sara has been wooing American audiences since their 2007 Billboard charting album, The Con. The sisters sing in complementing cute-high tones, play keys and guitar, and trade off on songwriting duties. Their sixth album, 2009’s punchy driving Sainthood, earned across-the-board acclaim (it scored a whopping 80 out of 100 on Metacritic’s review aggregator) and debuted at No. 21 on the Billboard 200. 8 p.m., Tampa Theatre, Tampa, $38.50.


Seventh Annual Rockabilly Ruckus w/Big Sandy and His Flyrite Boys/Blair Carman and the Belleview Boys/The Headers/Slip and Spinouts/HoDaddys/Knock Down Drag Out/Midnight Bowlers League/Big Jef Special/Cadillac Bombers/Sarge and the Aeromen WMNF presents a day of rousing retro rock n’ roll featuring the Western swing and hillbilly boogie of Big Sandy, and the slick-haired, piano-bangin’ honkey tonk of Blair Carman, both performers with their bands at last year’s Tropical Heatwave. 2 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $20 in advance/$25 dos.


Paleface w/Lauris Vidal/Damion Suomi/Adam Randall The simplicity of Paleface’s style – pleasantly gruff singing tone, warm acoustic guitar-driven melodies – is what makes him so good. He’s credited with founding NYC’s anti-folk movement and has released 14 studio albums, most recently The Show Is On The Road via Ramsuer Records in 2009. 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City, $7.


Koncert 4 Kiddz IV The fourth annual concert to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation is staged by Tedd Webb and the Famunda All-Stars, a band made-up of local celebrities and media personalities; this installment includes, among others, Oakland Raiders retiree Henry “Killer” Lawrence, Blues Image founder and former Stephen Stills collaborator Joe Lala, radio Q105’s Marvelous Marvin, local gospel jazz singer Belinda Womack, news anchor Brendan McLaughlin, St. Pete Times film critic Steve Persall, and local politician Brian Blair. 6 p.m. doors, The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City, $25.


Against Me! w/Tim Barry/Ninja Gun/Watson The popular Gainesville roots-punk rock quartet can be funny and introspective like in “Anna Is a Stool Pigeon,” about a down-on-his-luck activist who falls for an FBI informant, “Shared his dreams of revolution / Now he's sitting in solitary confinement / Be careful what you think, be careful what you say / Might be used against you in court one day…”; or or raucous and wild protesters like in the fast-paced rolling and stomping of “Cliché Guevara.” This show has definite sell-out potential. Click here to check out Scott's Q&A with Ninja Gun. 7 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $13 *SOLD OUT*.


[image-4]SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21


Ivan Neville's DumpstaPhunk w/The Jim Morey Band/Nervous Turkey Carrying on his family’s New Orleans musical traditions is keyboardist and singer Ivan Neville (son of Aaron), who started this funk rock project in 2003 with guitarist cousin Ian (son of Art). Rounding out the ensemble is a smoking hot rhythm section marked by the dual funked-out bass assault of Nick Daniels and Tony Hall, and the steady-paced beats of drummer Raymond Webber. 5 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $17 in advance/$20 dos.


Huey Lewis & the News The next performer of Busch Gardens’ Sunday afternoon “Bands Brew & BBQ” concert series is rusty-singing Lewis & the News, purveyors of such unforgettable ’80s hits as “Do You Believe in Love,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” “I Want a New Drug,” and “The Power of Love.” 4 p.m., Busch Gardens, Tampa, free with single-day admission or to season pass holders.


7th Annual Rock & Roll Swap Meet w/Have Gun Will Travel/Mistaken I.D./Pretty Voices/Standback/Tailgunner Joe & The Earl of Slanders/Uncle Pervy/ Will Quinlan & The Diviners A few dozen vendors hawk all manner of wares – t-shirts, vinyl, original art and more – while a bill of local bands purvey a soundtrack of music ranging from Old West-flavored Americana to noisy punk rock. 2-6 p.m., Shackleton's Folly, St. Petersburg, free admission.

A quick breakdown of this weekend’s most worthy concerts beginning with Thursday, ’cause that’s when the weekend really starts, right? For a more comprehensive schedule, check out our Upcoming Concerts page.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Kiss Kiss [pictured left] w/The Venetia Fair For such fronting such a young band, Kiss Kiss singer, keyboardist and visionary leader Josh Benash has endured more issues than your average tortured rock star, from a polyp and nodule on his vocal cords that left him mute for several months, to 17 or so lineup changes, and the over-extended recording process that resulted from both. His NYC-based band’s sophomore album and 2009 release, The Meek Shall Inherit What’s Left, brings a blacker shade of dark to the orchestral rock, with dramatic string arrangements and symphonic crescendos, affected vocals yearning to new heights, and electro avant garde freak outs. 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $7 (ages 18 and up).

Rebelution w/Soja/Zion I Hailing from California’s hotbed of reggae rock is Rebelution, a foursome that brings a mellow funkiness to their sound. The band’s 2009 album, Bright Side of Life, is their first release under their own recently-founded label, 87 Music. Like acts SOJA and Zion-I support them on their current tour. 7 p.m. doors, The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City, $18 (all ages).

The English Beat w/Fishbone In 1978, a declining manufacturing industry left Birmingham with one of the highest unemployment rates in England. The local populace found solace in the grooves of 2-tone ska pioneers The Beat (“English” was added to the name later to avoid confusion with Paul Collins’ The Beat). After disbanding in 1983, guitarist Andy Cox and bassist David Steele went on to form Fine Young Cannibals while frontman Dave Wakeling and vocalist Ranking Roger started General Public. Wakeling has toured as The English Beat with a new roster of musicians since 2004. For this tour, English Beat pairs up with LA’s popular ska punk acts, Fishbone, which is also celebrating three decades of music-making and released their first official DVD, Fishbone Live, last year. 7 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $20. –Matthew Spencer

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