This weekend's best bets in Tampa Bay area music and beyond: Candy Bars, Lovedrug, Daddy Yankee and Shaggy at the Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival, Skafest 2010 Tour, Surfer Blood, Nas and Damian Marley, and more

[image-1]SATURDAY, JUNE 12

Less Than Jake [pictured right] Beloved Gainesville power pop-ska punk foursome Less Than Jake left Warner Bros. behind in 2007, started their own label a year later, and released 2008’s GNV FLA, an album loosely centered on (and dedicated to) their Florida hometown. 8 p.m., Bourbon Street Nightclub, New Port Richey, $15.

Suncoast Blues Society 13th Anniversary Party w/Forrest McDonald Band/Backwater Blues Band The career of Virginia-based blues guitarist Forrest McDonald spans more than four decades and includes studio session stints with the renowned Muscle Shoals “Swampers” (McDonald plays the solo in Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll”). He and vocalist wife Kaylon perform in his current six-piece, which dives in and out of Chicago, country swing and boogie woogie blues styles. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $12 in advance/$15 dos.

Gilberto Santa Rosa and Willy Chirino Grammy Award-winning salsa singers Willy Chirino (Cuban native and known as the master of Miami salsa) and Gilberto Santa Rosa (aka “The Gentleman of Salsa,” a Puerto Rican bandleader, and bolero and salsa singer known for his unique style of improvisation) team up for a night of music dubbed “Lo Maximo De La Salsa: Juntos Por Primera Vez” (“The Best of Salsa: Together for the First Time”). 8 p.m., Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, $45-$85.

The Skafest 2010 Tour w/Angry Banana/The Taj Motel Trio/Paranoia Dance Party!/Victims of Circumstance/One Way!/The Sweet Kings/Chilled Monkey Brains/Diversity is an Old Wooden Ship/50:50 Shot/The Strikeouts! Tampa-based Skacore Records has been organizing the all-ages Ska Fest since 2005 to showcase the best bands of the area’s lively underground ska scene and beyond. This year’s sixth edition – which includes Angry Banana of New Orleans and Cornelia, Ga.’s Taj Motel Trio – is the first that expands to both North and South Florida, with the Tampa date sandwiched in between. 2 p.m. doors, Orpheum, Ybor City, $10 in advance/$12 doss (all ages welcome).

[image-2] w/Daddy Yankee [pictured left]/Shaggy/Alison Hinds/Carimi/many others For its 18th annual edition, carnival organizers have pulled out all the stops with a musical lineup of acclaimed Caribbean recording artists. On Saturday night, the headliner is Puerto Rican reggaetonero and overall Latin urban music leader Daddy Yankee, who just released his ninth studio album, Daddy Yankee Mundial, described by the artist as a mix of “reggaeton, merengue, perico ripiao, bachata, soca and dancehall.” Jamaican-American pop-reggae artist Shaggy, who’s known for his nasal-voiced delivery and upbeat but laid-back style in singles like “Boombastic” and “It Wasn’t Me,” closes things out on Sunday night. June 12-13, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, $20 per day general/$55 combo (includes admission to the Saturday night after party at the West Tampa Center for the Arts).

Homemade Music Symposium + New Granada Records Live Music Showcase w/ Candy Bars / Zillionaire / King of Spain / Rec Center Everyone, get excited: our favorite popadelic chamber rock outfit, Candy Bars [pictured right], has emerged from their creative cocoon to play Homemade and they’ve been working on a new album, which means new songs, people. Can’t wait to see more dates by this band. Rounding out the sounds is the nicely-textured melodic alt rock ofZillionaire, laptop experimental rock of King of Spain, and pretty pop-sensible folk rock of Rec Center. 8 p.m.-1 a.m., New World Brewery, $8.

Homemade Music Symposium + Brokenmold Entertainment Live Music Showcase: November Foxtrot Whiskey / Jim Morey Band / Florida Night Heat / Cosmic Gospel Hour our bands repped by BrokenMold offer up a range of styles: acoustic duo-ness by Cosmic Gospel Hour, driving funk rock by Florida Night Heat, rollicking NOLA-flavored jazz fusion by Jim Morey Band, and conga and vibraphone-tasty garage rawk by November Foxtrot Whiskey. 8 p.m.-1 a.m., CL Space @ Creative Loafing Tampa, $5.

[image-3] [pictured right, photo by Lisa Foster Photography] "School's Out Rock Out! 2010" w/Fall of Envy/Her Name Is Victory/Perfect Flaw Dynamic, flaxen-haired siren Erinmarie Christian fronts Bay area modern rock foursome Mr. Bella, her powerful wail soaring over a sound that blends elements of metal, post-hardcore, and melodic hard rock. 7 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $8 (all ages welcome).


The Sophomore Effort w/Copper Bones/Nights on Fire An early evening rock show featuring melodic alt rock outfit The Sophmore Effort, Winter Park punkish foursome Copper Bones, and Asheville post-punk trio Nights on Fire. 6 p.m. doors (early show!), New World Brewery, Ybor City, $7.

Lovedrug w/All and Day/Holiday/Friends of Giants/Alexander and the Grapes While Ohio’s pop-sensible alt rock foursome Lovedrug hasn’t released a full-length studio LP since 2008’s The Sucker Punch Show, they’ve kept busy with much touring and recording songs that have been released as part of a special edition EP series. The first, EP-PART I, dropped in May, and the second, EP PART-2, was issued June 8. Both are marked by pretty keyboard melodies and compelling vocals carried on propulsive guitar and forward-grinding drums. 7 p.m. doors, Orpheum, Ybor City, $10.50 in advance/$11.50 dos (all ages).

Homemade Music Syumposium: Music and Meat Tasty barbecue eats paired with a Homemade Sunday afternoon singer-songwriters’ showcase with Blake Masters & David Kirby (noon), Emily Roff (12:30 p.m.), Rebekah Pulley (pictured left, 1 p.m.), Acho Brother (1:30 p.m.), Papos Frasica (2 p.m.), Aleshea Harris (2:30 p.m.), John Clark (3 p.m.), Ronny Elliott (3:30 p.m.), and Bunko Squad (4 p.m.). Noon-5 p.m., Ybor Square Courtyard, free.

[image-4] and Nas w/Nneka Jamaican reggae toaster and youngest son of Bob, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, collaborated with NYC rap artist Nas on 2010’s Distant Relatives. The album traces the connections between roots reggae, dancehall and hip hop, and delivers lyrical themes of ancestry, poverty and the plight of Africa, like in “Land of Promise,” a slow and dub-tasty number that samples Dennis Brown’s timeless hit, “Promised Land,” and “Tribes At War” featuring Somali rapper K’Naan. Up-and-coming Nigerian-German hip hop/soul singer-songwriter Nneka provides support and will likely perform tracks from her 2010 third album (and first U.S. release), Concrete Jungle. 7 p.m., House Of Blues, Orlando, $32.50 in advance/$35 dos (all ages)

Battle for Bella & Alex w/Koko Ray and the Soul Providers/Shane Meade and The Sound/Shaun Hopper/The Groves Held in honor of two courageous children – Bella, who’s fighting stage 4 neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer, and Alex, who has just been declared cancer-free after two years of treatment for Ewing Sarcoma – this charity rock concert featuring several Bay area bands raises funds to help defray their respective medical costs and help out their desperately indebted families. 5 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $10 suggested donation.

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) from Friday through Sunday. For a more comprehensive schedule of this weekend’s offerings and a listing of shows taking place over the next several months around the Bay area, check out our Upcoming Concerts page.


Sugar Hill Gang [pictured right] / Shannon For its second installment of Old Skool concerts, Jannus Live welcomes Sugarhill Gang (purveyors of 1979’s “Rapper’s Delight,” one of the most famous jams in all of hip hop), and Shannon, the singer best known for her 1983 freestyle mega-hit (and for some of us, a skating rink anthem), “Let the Music Play.” 8 p.m., Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, $15.

The Supervillains w/Tribal Style/Unmotivated A night of island-tasty grooves headlines by Orlando's Supervillains, who purvey a fun and upbeat brand of ska punk. Tampa's own Tribal Style brings toots, dub, ska, funk and an overall spirited vibe. 8 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $10.

Brooks & Dunn w/Jason Aldean Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are the most successful duo in country music history. They charted 50 singles on the Billboard country charts, including 26 No. 1 hits — line-dancing favorite “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” and a cover of B.W. Stevenson’s ballad, “My Maria” among them — and eight of their 10 studio albums were certified multi-platinum. Brooks & Dunn have announced they are parting ways to stretch their respective solo legs, and stop in Tampa as part of their “Last Rodeo” farewell tour. 7:30 p.m., Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa, $29.25-$69.25.

[photo by Nicole Kibert] w/Auto?Automatic??/Easybreezy Richmond, Va.’s City of Ships fuses the deliberate and drawn out moments of post-rock with the heavy intensity of post-hardcore, and is celebrating the release of their debut full-length, 2009’s Look What God Did to Us. Tampa’s own groove-tasty post-rock trio Auto?Automatic?? and lo-fi rock threesome Easybreezy provide support. 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City, $7.

Buffalo Strange w/Christie Leneé Project Longtime Bay area jam rock outfit Buffalo Strange mixes elements of psyche rock, jazz, funk, folk, reggae and world beat into their heady sound, and add covers by artists ranging from Jack Johnson to the Grateful Dead for fun. Former local singer-songwriter and mistress of guitar Christie Leneé opens the show with her current Philly-based rock band. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $10.

Surfer Blood w/The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Florida’s own Surfer Blood emerged ferociously from the woodwork last year and got a “Best New Music” nod from for their debut LP, Astro Coast. With a lively mix of warm guitar fuzz, Pet Sounds-style reverb, and lead singer J.P Pitts’ pragmatic teen angst (“Why is everything a chore / I’m too young to be defeated”), Astro Coast could easily serve as the staple soundtrack to a kegged-out beach party. And the entire album was recorded in their UF dorm room during their freshman year of college. Barely breaking your 20s and already enjoying the seeds of success? Not bad, Surfer Blood. Not bad at all. 7 p.m. doors, Club at Firestone, Orlando, $15. —Andrew Silverstein

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