Live in Pinellas — A Local Music Guide for June 17-20
Saturday night brings solid acts. Neoclassical metal king Yngwie Malmsteen rocks the Capitol for his World on Fire Tour. Malmsteen is considered one of the best guitarists in the world, so don’t miss out. “In 1997, Malmsteen proved that he was much more than a rock phenomenon. After months of intensive work, he produced his first completely classical work, Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in Eb minor, Op. 1. So get ready to get your mind blown by a veteran trailblazer, composer and musician.
If you are feeling that traditional roots sound, the Ramblegrass Band‘s Bluegrass and Brews will have you stomping your feet. It’s Saturday night at Crooked Thumb Brewery with Better Than Eve’s BBQ food truck, which will be feeding the hungry, and best of all is free.
For the seasoned rabble rouser, Saturday also offers a rocking “posh underground speakeasy” called Subcentral at The Iberian Rooster. “Enjoy an eclectic night of music with the surf-spaghetti western instrumentalists Mondo Diablo, the garage-tinged R&B of Little Sheba & The Shamans and your jangle rock pals Pretty Voices,” says the event’s press. “This will be an early show (9 p.m.), so don’t dilly dally.”
The Blues are calling on Saturday. Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues will dazzle with their “vast repertoire of classic, contemporary and original” bluesy tunes. And the venue? None other than the old-school Pesky Pelican Neighborhood grill and pub, which I hear is getting a Nano brewery of its own soon.
Looking for a place to perform? There’s an Open Mic Music Night on Saturday at independently owned Black Crow Coffee Co. Jam out or just enjoy the delicious sugary treats, or sugar-free — that’s not the point. There’s an in-house piano, guitar and PA system. So, show them what you are made of, and start your music career in one of the best coffeehouses in Pinellas.
If you are staying up late Saturday night, party at The Bends with “South Florida psychedelic beach bop” Peyote Coyote (from Miami). St. Pete super group Johnny Mile and the Kilometers are “true rock n roll grit,” and Timothy Eerie describes himself as “Psych pop with deep grooves and endless ego deaths.”’
Nothing like some chamber music on a Sunday. Richard Dowling will enchant the Marly Room at the MFA St. Petersburg with his “charismatic and elegant style of pianism.” Featuring the works of Chopin, Gershwin, American ragtime and French Impressionism. The New York Times refers to Dowling as an “especially impressive fine young pianist” who’s been soloing all around the globe.
Tuesday the 20th is a big night for jazz. Vocalist and Motown darling Chuck Wansley joins our local 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Manson, in a special concert of swinging big band music, at the Palladium Side Door. Wansley can “easily convey a range of musical styles from Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick, to Fatboy Slim and Maroon 5.”
Last but not least, that same Tuesday, Melody Artisans of the Crooked Thumb are hosting local favorites Will Quinlan and Mountain Holler. “Will Quinlan turns raw emotion into rock poetry with material that is easily on par with the best of the Americana genre. It’s gritty, sorrowful, angry and ultimately triumphant — real life always sounds better with loud guitars.” Mountain Holler’s “ambiguous spiritual lyricism is a window into his love and time spent out in nature ranging from the forests and rivers of Florida to the mountains and canyons of the four corners of the United States.”