This weekend's best bets in Bay area music: Rebecca Zapen, Alias Punch, Huey Lewis & the News, Rev. Horton Heat, Steve Connelly, Jukebox the Ghost, Carole King & James Taylor, and more


A Taste of Pinellas w/Huey Lewis & the News [pictured below right] /America/The Greg Billings Band/Shawn Brown Band (FRIDAY); Martina McBride w/Lonestar/Rebecca Henricks/Suite Caroline/Dive Bar Stalkers/Backyard Bone Band/John Kelly Band (SATURDAY); and Mitchel Musso w/School Gyrls/Gabi/Drew Seeley/Michelle Raitzin/Adam 812/Holes and Hearts (SUNDAY) The musical lineup for the annual free(ish), three-day fundraising fest [image-1]to benefit All Children’s Hospital has always been hit or miss at best, and this year is no exception. Friday kicks off strong with the rusty-voiced MacDaddy of 1980s cool and his badass band, Mr. Huey Lewis & the News; and English-American folk rock “Horse With No Name” hit-makers America. Saturday is geared toward a line-dancing good time with country singer-songwriter Martina McBride (nicknamed the “Céline Dion of country music”) and heel-kickin’ “Tequila Talkin’” country foursome Lonestar. Sunday’s “Family Fun Day” headliners feature Nickelodeon-spawned pop trio School Gyrls, Canadian actor-singer-dancer Drew Seeley (the “singing voice” for Zac Efron’s character in High School Musical), and Hannah Montana actor-turned-pop star Mitchel Musso. June 4-6, 5-10 p.m. Fri., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., noon-7 p.m. Sun., Vinoy Park, downtown St. Petersburg, $5 per day Friday and Saturday, free on Sunday.


Citizen Cope Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Citizen Cope (real name Clarence Greenwood) is on tour in support of The Rainwater LP, the debut release on his own RainWater Recordings label and his first new album in four years. Citizen Cope flavors his breezy melodies with a heady mix of hip-hop, funky groovin’ reggae and acoustic rock, alternately singing and rhyming in his rusted soulful timbre. Click here to read Amber's full-length story on Citizen Cope. 8 p.m. doors, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, $21. 50.


[image-2] [pictured left] w/Transit/Fallen From The Sky/Kid Liberty/Springfield Cubs/No Inside Massachusetts pop punk quintet A Loss For Words followed up their 2009 debut LP, The Kids Can’t Lose, with a second album of covers on Paper + Plastick Records last month. Motown Classics is packed with fun and punchy renditions of Motown hits like the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” (featuring guest vocals by Dan O’Connor and Alan Day of Four Year Strong), Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On,” and Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long,” among others. 6 p.m. doors, Orpheum, Ybor City, $10 (all ages).


The Vodkanauts A band of howling monkeys could be playing at Ringside Café and you’d still probably have an OK time.  Housed in an antiquated two-story house on 4th Street in St. Petersburg, the Ringside hosts a rotating cast of blues and rock oriented bands every night of the week. Come Friday, the mellowed-out, surfy soundwaves of Tampa’s own Vodkanauts will come crashing upon Ringside and the ears of any willing to listen.  They recently covered Pink Floyd’s The Wall at the State Theatre in April and have covered the Beatles’ White Album in years past. Like ‘em or not, at least these dudes have taste. 9 p.m., Ringside Cafe St. Petersburg, $5. --Andrew Silverstein


SATURDAY, JUNE 5


Dynasty w/Aych/Mike Mass/Jinx/DJ Sandman Featuring a lineup of local emerging hip-hop performers, among them, petite “Femcee” Dynasty, and rap artist Aych, who delivers his clever rhymes in a confident, laid-back, easy-flowing swagger. 9 p.m. doors, New World Brewery, Ybor City, $8.



[image-3]Rev. Horton Heat [pictured right, photo by Drew Reynolds] w/Cracker/The Legendary Shack Shakers Swingin’, country-fed punkabilly legend Rev. Horton Heat has brought his “ass-kickin’, mind-blowin’, fit-causin’ throwdown of a live show” on the road in support of his first new record in five years, 2009’s Laughin’ & Crying. The honky tonkin’ record is marked by the Reverend’s drawling humor, like the parental warning in “Please Don’t take the Baby to the Liquor Store,” and the ode to his favorite pastimes, “Drinking and Smoking Cigarettes,” which he’d give up for just the right woman: “I know it ain’t healthy / But it’s quite all right / ‘til I find a woman better than Lucky Strikes … I have not found her yet / ‘til I do it’s a surefire bet / I’ll be drinking and smoking cigarettes.” 7 p.m. doors,  The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City, $22.50 in advance/$25 dos.


Latin Concert Series: Michael Stuart Jannus Live just keeps coming with new and diverse concert offerings. The latest is a new Latin Concert Series that kicks off with exuberant Nuyorican (NYC-Puerto Rican) salsa singer Michael Stuart, who brings a contemporary tropicale feel to his lively music. This concert is now free admission for all. 7 p.m. doors, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, free admission.


[image-4] [pictured left, photo by Shervin Lainez] w/Drink Up Buttercup/The Sun Society Philly-by-way-of-DC indie rock trio Jukebox the Ghost crafts buoyant, pop-sensible piano-driven melodies with quirky lyrics delivered in charming high yelps and cries, like in the willful “Hold It In,” with its somehow catchy stream-of-consciousness refrain: “Life is ‘Oh my God, if I tell him, he’ll tell her, and then she will know I like her!’ / Good grief! I don’t think that I can take this heartbreak any longer / I will not hold it in / Hooo!” Also from Philly is pop quartet Drink Up Buttercup, which is touring to promote the release of their first full-length, Born and Thrown on a Hook, and pair big ‘60s drums and percussion with acoustic and electric guitar textures, keyboard melodies, and surreal harmonizing vocals. (Think Dr. Dog meets Grizzly Bear.) 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $10.


Steve Connelly & the Lesser Gods CD Release Show w/Greymarket/Dear Old Liar/Danny & Alex Among Tampa’s elder statesmen of Americana and roots rock is veteran axman and WMNF-approved Steve Connelly. Although guitar is the singer-songwriter’s main weapon of choice, as a producer in his own Zen Recording Studios, Connelly has served as a session player on instruments ranging from organ to pedal steel for recordings by locals like Ronny Elliott, Rebekah Pulley and The Human Condition. He also performs around town with The Ditchflowers. This show celebrates the release of his own long-awaited studio debut with the Lesser Gods, Every Monster. A solid lineup of other local rock acts provide support. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $10 in advance/$13 dos.


SUNDAY, JUNE 6


Carole King and [image-5]other artists ranging from Dusty Springfield to the Monkees. More than three decades later, Taylor, King and members of their original band “The Section” (guitarist Danny Kortchmar, bassist Leland Sklar and drummer Russell Kunkel) returned to the Troubadour for a three-night, six-show run celebrating the venue’s 50th anniversary. The shows were documented, cut and complied into the 15 songs featured in the newly-released double-disc CD/DVD set, Live at the Troubadour. Much to the delight of solid gold fans, the beloved singer-songwriters have returned to the road to re-create the experience with their 2010 “Troubadour Reunion Tour,” which has been billed as “intimate and in the round.” They’ll be joined by the aforementioned Section as well as a full backup suite of touring musicians. 7:30 p.m., St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, $32.25-$92.25.

The following is a quick breakdown of the weekend's most worthy concerts (i.e., those ones you need to know about in order to get on with your live music life) beginning Thursday, ’cause that's when the weekend really starts... For a more comprehensive schedule of this weekend’s offerings and beyond, check out our Upcoming Concerts page.

THURSDAY, JUNE 3

Rebecca Zapen [pictured right] w/Tim Walker/Film at 11 Zapen is a multi-award winning singer-songwriter with a vocal range that allows her to go from a jazz-sultry croon to a dreamy, honey-sweet cry, and a classically-trained violinist who also plays ukulele and guitar. She infuses her sound with elements of acoustic folk, Americana, and gypsy jazz, and brings a warm swinging feel to her pretty melodies. Zapen lists her own quirky talent as “strong urge to turn T.V. show themes into bossa novas” and plans to release a fourth album, Grandfather’s Song, sometime later this year. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Tre Amici @ The Bunker, Ybor City, free admission.

ROCK THE PARK! w/Bird Street Players/10th Concession/Alex Harris This new and free first-Thursday-of-every-month music showcase spotlights local musicians in downtown Tampa’s re-designed Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Highlights of the inaugural Rock The Park! are 10th Concession, a fresh young radio-friendly pop rock foursome headed up by South Tampa guitarist/vocalist brothers Evan and Ian Koteles, and Bird Street Players, a funk and reggae five-piece that infuses their sound with horns, keys and Afro percussion. 6:30-9 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa, free.

FRIDAY, JUNE 4

Alias Punch w/Yogurt Smoothness & The Interventionists Orlando’s Alias Punch creates noisy garage rock with dissonant, off-kilter guitar riffs and basslines, and nonsensical lyricism delivered via wobbly vocals that sing in wild cries or talk in nasally near-yodels. Yogurt Smoothness, also from Orlando, mixes hard-edged and surf rock riffs with sprinting rhythms, a dash of reverb, and some afterthought sing-shouting. Tampa’s own Interventionists bring punkish rock to the bill. It’s kind of a mess, really, but in a fun, rockin’-out-and-drinking-beer-on-a-Friday-night kind of way. 9 p.m. doors, New World Brewery, Ybor City, $7.

[pictured left] w/An Introduction to Sunshine For their sophomore album, 2010's La La Land, Plants and Animals has expanded upon their pop-psyche rock by turning up the volume, incorporating more electric guitars and fuzz pedals, adding a certain earnest, energetic bounce to songs like the Arcade Fire-inspired “The Mama Papa,” and even inviting AF horn player Colin Stetson to add an over-the-top sax solo to another song, “American Idol.” This is a worth-the-drive show for indie rock lovers. 8 p.m., Back Booth, Orlando, $12.

Sarah Mac Band w/Jayne Kelli The Tallahassee trio is named for singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Mac, whose velvety soulful cry is laid down against blues-and-jazz drenched folk rock that moves at a steady rolling pace. 7:30 p.m., Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg, $15.

Skull & Bone Band CD Release Show w/COPE Genre-jumping is the hallmark of any good jam rock band and Tampa’s Skull & Bone Band does it well in their new album, The Happy Circus. The title track a surprisingly tasty reggae-flavored number with a tilt and bounce rhythm and guitarist/singer Troy Youngblood’s deep, coarse vocals opening and closing each verse with a catchy rumble of rabble-dabble-dee-bomb-dee-dow scatting; “1969” has a swinging, blues rock appeal, as does “Appalacian Swing,” although the latter moves at a a faster-paced, vintage-flavored shuffle; and “Soul Fish” showcases the band’s trademark Southern fried soul rock against a country slow amble. COPE kicks off things off at the release show with a set of their own energetic jam rock grooves. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $7.

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