Tonight in live music: Memphis Music Fest with Booker T. Jones, and more

Concerts, Fri., Aug. 8

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Booker T. Jones

Friday Friday Friday! Tonight's live music highlights below...

Memphis Music Fest with Booker T. Jones, The Bar-Kays, William Bell Some of America’s biggest pioneers in gospel, soul and blues launched their careers in Memphis, many backed by the iconic Stax Records, and a few of its alumni hit the stage for Memphis Music Fest. Jazz-soul multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and arranger Booker T. Jones (who’s versed on oboe, saxes, trombone, bass, piano and organ) started out as a staff musician for Stax at 16, and issued his first record as Booker T. & the M.G.'s in 1962 while still in high school. His recent recordings find him collabing with a range of relevant guests; 2013’s Sound the Alarm featured appearances by Estelle, Vintage Trouble and Mayer Hawthorne, among others. The Bar-Kays, the Stax house band in 1966, practiced raw and funkier R&B-fused soul that earned them a few charters – “Soulfinger,” “Son of Shaft” and “Boogie Body Land.” The bill is rounded out by singer-songwriter William Bell, whose 40-year career launched with The Del Rios in the late 1950s. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg)

The Supervillains with The Crazy Carls It’s reggae rock, man. With some alt rock, punk and swampy ska flavor, and the usual party-loving vibes. If I had more to say about it, I would, but Orlando-based Supervillains sure do come through here a lot and Jannus seems to be their home-away-from-home turf. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

Sishi Rosch with Brian Busto, Felp, Just-Steph Guatemala-born, Barcelona-ripened, Miami-based producer/DJ Sishi Rosch builds funky house music that’s raw, shady and influenced by his love of ‘90s West Coast gangsta rap and hip hop. He’s known for his work with DJ Miguel Puente (they co-own Digital Delight record label), along with the successes from his own Sultry Vibes imprint and singles like “This Feeling” and “Serious Compassion,” which put him on the dance music map in 2011. (Hyde Park Café, Tampa)

Wolf-Face / Caffiends Record Release with Early Forms, Sunshine State Two raucous bands celebrate a split 7” vinyl release (aptly titled Split EP) with this (hairy, sweaty) balls-out punk rock show. Orlando’s Caffeinds are loud; really, really loud. That’s about all I can remember from their set at Burgatory, which blasted the stoned right off my face. I can’t imagine this night will be any different, as far as the decibel levels go. Wolf-Face serves their usual X-rated dose of Teen Wolf-inspired grunting, growling and howling punk wit. The 7” [pictured right] drops officially on August 7 via Swamp Cabbage/Anti Authority/Mooster Records, but copies will be available at the show and you can listen to a stream at right now. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) 

Blameshift with Fit For Rivals, Nine Mile Drive, Virginia Rose Band, Stereo-Type 
Blameshift frontwoman Jenny Mann is the model of a Long Island rocker chick, replete with bright blonde highlights, leather and denim over tattered tights and knee socks, pierced lip, beaded and braided headbands, and a honeyed yet lightly frayed vocal that soars over hard guitar-grinding alt rock with light programming that’s good, if somewhat predictable. The DIY quartet play upwards of 200 shows a year; the current tour backs 2013 full-length Secrets, recorded with Erik Ron (Panic! At the Disco, Heartist). (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

4B Beat Battle (Burg 2 Da Bay) Local 662, St. Petersburg

Backtrack Blues Band w/Shawn Brown Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg

Come Back Alice w/The Corbitt Brothers Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa

One Mile Final Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin

Currentz Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg

Emily Kopp & Connor Zwetsch Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg

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