A plethora of Pinellas music styles for a hot weekend
As the summer months encroach on us with hardcore heat, fewer options for live music events seem to approach on the horizon. But amidst the muggy haze there are still several great shows you could go to locally:
For the teeny boppers and eternal spring breakers at heart, the viral sensation Austin Mahone is coming to the State Theater tomorrow, Jun 1. If you are feeling something a lot less mainstream, Anyan Dévery (pronounced “any and every”) short for anything, everything, anyone, and everyone will dazzle the Studio@620 tomorrow with their radical jazz fusion, which dramatically ranges from funk to rock. Plus I hear there’s going to be some storytelling involved and a live recording.
Also tomorrow, Red Label TV is throwing down at Caddy’s on Central for a night of bluesy rock with Chris Walker Band with special guest Gloria West. The concert will stream live, which I thought was pretty cool.
On Friday June 2, the St. Petersburg Opera premieres The Tales of Hoffman at the Palladium. Offenbach’s final opera tells four stories full of romance and passionate love affairs that end in disaster, told from the perspective of a melancholy poet. Read last month’s interview with Maestro Sforzini first.
But if opera is not your thing and you just want to rock out, first Friday at Jannus Live is free with Shevonne and the Force! Shevonne returns with some funky covers and originals, and a powerful band indeed. Or you can just chill out at The Bends on Friday; no cover — just “cheap music and loud drinks.” Loose talk and Deaf Company are going to break down the house.
If you are one of the lucky ones with a ticket for Joe Jackson’s sold-out concert at the Capitol, gear for a breathtaking retrospective of the New Wave iconoclast, his singular voice and the chance to sing yourself out of desperation to hits like Is She Really Going Out With Him?, It’s Different For Girls, Steppin’ Out and One More Time.
Or if you like it loud, Wet Nurse, Permanent MakeUp , Mr.Clit & The Pink Cigarettes and Boner City are going to infect the stage at The Bends. Orlando’s Wet Nurse bring a unique blend of garage pop and punk. Locals Permanent Makeup deliver riveting hooks and rhythms that invade your mind with punk-flavored improvisation. Mr.Clit & The Pink Cigarettes are a hard-touring-sweaty-garage-punk-band from Indianapolis, and Boner City call themselves queer surf rock and roll.
So, get over the summertime blues. Music shows are at night and they are tight, and the music scene’s keeping the temperature turned up.