The week is half over already, and there's three rather noteworthy shows happening this Wed., Jan. 15, all three in Ybor City. Breakdown below.
Marco Benevento with Displace If you dug last weekend’s toy piano festival, an artist who incorporates the whimsical instrument into his arsenal lands at Crowbar on this Hump Day: Marco Benevento. The choppy keysman bolsters his organ and electric piano compositions with sounds wrung from traditional and atypical sonic devices (glockenspiel, drum machine, a modified Speak and Spell), using circuit bending techniques, guitar pick-ups, pedals and a sampling keyboard to achieve lush full-bodied textures. He’s jettisoned far from his jazz-rooted past into experimental dance rock territories, and “Dropkick” – the first single off forthcoming sixth LP, The Story Of Fred Short – proves a funky, jangly little groove with definite Ween influence (Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz plays in his band, after all), though the sci-fi sonic flotsam is pure Marco gold. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
BBQ Wednesdays Acoustic Series: Paul Sanchez with Golden Novak Duo For this very special BBQ Wednesday event, New World welcomes ant-folk singer-songwriter Paul Sanchez, who helped found New Orleans rock group Cowboy Mouth and fronted it for 16 years before dropping out to focus on his solo career (he dropped his 12th full-length, Everything That Ends Begins Again, in 2014) amid penning songs for John Boutte, Darius Rucker, Galactic, Glen Irma Thomas and the Eli Young Band, among many others. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Mickey Avalon with Dirt Nasty He’s a Hollywood rapper with cheeky out-of-the-gutter style and a white trashy background touching on drug addiction and prostitution, but somehow, Mickey Avalon has managed to make a name for himself. His resume includes three solo LPs as well as a brief stint as one third of Dyslexic Speedreaders. That rap group disbanded over a money dispute, though Avalon and Speedreader brethren Dirt Nasty (aka Simon Rex) squashed their beef and recorded a five-song EP, Married to the Game, that dropped in November and prompts their current tour. (Orpheum, Ybor City)