This weekend in Tampa Bay area live music: Bucs Kickoff Party with Paper Tongues & Mix Master Mike, El Ten Eleven, Dubconscious, Christabel and the Jons, John Mayer, and more

Lots of great music happening all over town this weekend, and you’re wondering, "What should I choose?" Look no further. Everything you need to know is right here. Wanna take a look beyond this weekend? Check out our Upcoming Concerts page.


Tampa Bay Bucs Kickoff Party w/Paper Tongues [pictured right]/Mix Master Mike Possessing a certain amount of chutzpah can be just as important as being talented when you’re in a struggling rock band, especially when a potentially awkward but still undeniable opportunity appears in your path. Charlotte, N.C. funk-and-rhyme rock septet Paper Tongues got their big break in one such instance, when lead vocalist Aswan North approached Randy Jackson while he was having lunch in LA, sat down at his table, gave him a demo, and insisted the Grammy-winning producer (and American Idol judge) would like what he heard. According to a recent interview, Jackson surprised even himself by listening to it later and, in his own words, “I was like ‘Oh my god, this is unbelievable.’” The magnetic, beat-driven music blends elements of hip hop, alt rock, soul and funk, North’s rusty powerful yell-rap style of lyrical delivery accompanied by melodic sing-song choruses. Jackson is now managing the band and their eponymous debut was released in March via A&M/Octone Records. Paper Tongues headlines this free Bucs party, with the Beastie Boys’ Mix Master Mike kicking things off with some of his trademark turntable action. The event has now become part of a larger block party... should be a grand old time. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, free admission.

Buffalo Strange w/Burnin' Smyrnans An evening of heady horn-drenched jams featuring local funk-jazz-reggae-rock ensemble Buffalo Strange, which is led by singer-songwriter Rob Pieniak; Florida East Coast world beat ensemble Burnin’ Smyrnans provide support. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $10.

Beyond Ariose / Dirty Black Halo / Full Flight / Shallow Mindz Two Tampa rock bands with recently-released LPs head up this Friday night bill. Beyond Ariose’s self-titled debut is forceful, blistering prog-metal with a double guitar assault of shreds and riffs, abrupt tempo changes, melodic high-reaching wails with the occasional gut-deep growls, and laptoptronics for added electro and synthphonic drama. Dirty Black Halo just released Burning at the Edge of Dawn, an album of hard, dark and ballsy alt rock with a metal edge and a lead singer whose shrill howl is reminiscent of early Ozzy. 8 p.m., Gasoline Alley, Largo, $5.

[pictured left] w/Baths/Vellocets/Ettison The experimental instrumental post-rock duo from LA is known for heavy looping and effects pedal techniques, with Kristian Dunn layering an array of sounds produced on a guitar/bass doubleneck and fretless bass (which he sometimes plays simultaneously in a live setting), and sets against a framework of tempo-changing rhythms by drummer Tim Fogarty. El Ten Eleven has revealed a catchier, danceable side to their sound beginning with 2008’s These Promises Are Being Videotaped, and will likely further explore this avenue with their next release, It's Still Like A Secret, which they just finished recording. CL Music contributor Deborah Ramos has put their high-octane live show on her “don’t miss” list. 8 p.m. doors, Orpheum, Ybor City, $12.50 (all ages).

John Mayer w/Owl City Small town boy from Fairfield, Conn.-turned-this generation’s guitar-slinging superstar, John Mayer infuses elements of classic blues and jazz into a pop-savvy sound marked by energetic Clapton-esque riffs and rhythms. The misunderstood tabloid tramp has proved his musical worth by earning seven Grammies and constantly selling-out arenas across the country, and despite being a supposed womanizer, Mayer’s poetic lyrics still make the ladies swoon. He’s currently promoting his 2009 album, Battle Studies, which he recorded in his private home in California, and will perform selections from that as well as favorites from previous albums. Electro-pop sensation Owl City opens. 7 p.m., ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa, $48.50-) –Mary Small

Honkabilly Blues A four-piece made up of old hand Tampa Bay area musicians, Honkabilly Blues purveys a blend of honky-tonk, rockabilly and blues, mixing old standards like “Red House” (most famously recorded by Jimi Hendrix), Johnny Cash’s “Folsom County Blues” and Elvis Presley’s “Little Sister,” among others, with their own catalog of originals. 8 p.m., Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg,$10.

The Swellers w/Fireworks/Man Overboard/Transit Michigan foursome The Swellers have earned a heap of praise for their fourth and latest release, 2009’s Ups and Downsizing, which called “an album that might just be the most perfect balance of melodic & pop punk since [Green Day’s] Dookie.” Like acts provide support. 7:30 p.m., Transitions Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa, $6.

[pictured right] w/The Groves/Shaun Hopper/Dubtheorist Over the past few years, Athens, Ga. ensemble Dubconscious has expanded upon their uplifting, socially-aware dub reggae jam rock sound, infusing more electronic elements and delivering the dub effects in the mist of a down-tempo dance music aesthetic. The result is marked by lounging and swaying drum and bass grooves, strains of melodica and funky organ, world percussive textures (castanets, tablas, congas, bongos, steel drum), and heady synthesizers that provide the atmospheric vibes or stealthy fizzed-out flourishes. The band released their fifth studio album, NonViolent, in early 2009, but have been posting new music as it’s produced at The Tampa show also features local openers – folk jam outfit The Groves, acoustic guitar wiz Shaun Hopper, and DJ DubTheorist – as well as live painting throughout the night by artists Brian Barnard and Bean Spence. 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $20.


The Legendary JC's w/3rd Stone Band You can always expect to shake your money maker and break a rug-burning sweat when the Orlando-bred octet is in town, their fiery, engaging, soul and funk revue the sort that’d make James Brown proud. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $7 in advance/$10 dos.

Bleeding Through w/After the Burial/For Today/The Word Alive/Stray from the Path Orange County pummelers Bleeding Through are currently on tour in support of their self-titled sixth album and first release on Rise Records. 6 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $15.

[pictured left] Orlando’s lo-fi Gothic blues and Americana septet writes morbid songs with titles like “Graverobber Blues” and “Her Blood,” the later about getting herpes from sucking blood and delivered by gruff-drawling singer/washboard scratcher Cragmire with throaty vocal harmonics provided by Stormy Jean. Other instruments include dobro and lapsteel guitars, washtub bass, mouth harp, and a “bloody” jug. 9 p.m., Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa, $5.

WMNF Give Peace a Chance Tribute Show Ronny Elliot/Rebekah Pulley/Mindy Simmons/Mark Carufel with Joe Rena/Parson Brown Band This charity concert benefits WMNF and is held in conjunction with a special day of programming on the station to commemorate 9/11. According to concert organizer and performer, Edward Lehmann, “I see the concert as a musical prayer for peace. My band will have a new song written for the occasion, and all the musicians will do songs promoting peace throughout the evening. Understanding never comes at the end of a gun — we hope to balance out revenge mentality with an appeal for understanding.” 6:30 p.m., Gram's Place, Tampa, $10 general/$5 students.


Saxes Gone Wild with Mike MacArthur & Friends This saxophone extravaganza hosted by tenor saxman Mike MacArthur spotlights some of the area's most fine-tuned players – Jarred Armstrong, Gene Cannon, Alan Darcy, Tim Eddy, Mike Gibilisco, Valerie Gillespie, Jerry Kenney, Jeremy Powell, Butch Thomas and Austin Vickrey – and all get their chance to shine with support from a full four-piece band led by MacArthur. Bass saxophonist Jeremy Carter and local high school group Saxophobia Sax Quartet are also scheduled to perform. 6 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $10.

[pictured right] w/A Gentlemen Army/Housebroken/Hell-Bent/Bombshell Lust Blitzkid hails from West Virginia and has been purveying their cheeky-dark horror punk for the past 13 years. The band recently brought on new drummer Rick-O and grew from a trio to a quartet with the addition of rhythm guitarist/keyboardist Nathan Bane. All four holed up in the studio this summer to record a new album, Apparitional, that will be released at some undisclosed date in the future by new label People Like You Records. Expect new songs along with the old. 7 p.m. doors, Orpheum, Ybor City, $10 in advance/$12 dos.

Christabel & the Jons Hailing from the Appalachian hills of Knoxville, Tenn., Christabel and the Jons bring a rootsy Americana feel to their mix of vintage swing, blues and folk music. Singer/acoustic guitarist Christa DeCicco has a voice like a rich and velvety caress, multi-instrumentalist Seth Hopper (violin, mandolin, trumpet, accordion), drummer Jon Whitlock and upright bassist Taylor Hiner providing backing vocals and three-part barber shop-style harmonies along with skilled instrumental support. All four members complete the speakeasy ambiance with classy vintagewear. 4 p.m., Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa, free admission.


Friday, Sept. 10 Dunedin Starlight Concert Series: Rubix Cubed (Highlander Park, Dunedin)

Friday, Sept. 10 Tribal Style w/Badda Skat/DJ Blenda (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

Friday, Sept. 10 Sean Chambers (Ringside Cafe, St. Petersburg)

Friday, Sept. 10 The Quality Time Soul Review (The Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Saturday, Sept. 11 Standback (Ringside Cafe, St. Petersburg)

Saturday, Sept. 11 The August Name / Drastic Fall (Gasoline Alley, Largo)

Saturday, Sept. 11 The Angst w/Heriondod/The Boozers/Smashism Kills (Transitions Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa)

Saturday, Sept. 11 Christabel & the Jons (David Brown House Concert, St. Petersburg)

Saturday, Sept. 11 Earth Bombs Mars (The Local 662, St. Petersburg)