As the summer months encroach on us with hardcore heat, fewer options for live music events seem to approach on the horizon. But amidstæthe muggy hazeæthere are still severalægreat shows you could go to locally:
For the teeny boppers and eternal spring breakers at heart, the viral sensationæAustin Mahoneæis coming to theæState Theaterætomorrow,æJun 1. If you are feeling something a lot less mainstream,æAnyan Dí©veryæ(pronounced äóìany and everyäó) short for anything, everything, anyone, and everyone will dazzle theæStudio@620ætomorrowæwith their radical jazz fusion, which dramatically ranges from funk to rock. Plus I hear thereäó»s going to be some storytelling involved and a live recording.
Alsoætomorrow,æRed Label TVæis throwing down atæCaddyäó»s on Centralæfor a night of bluesy rock withæChris Walker Bandæwith special guest Gloria West. The concert will stream live, which I thought was pretty cool.
On Friday June 2, theæSt. Petersburg Operaæpremieres The Tales of Hoffmanæatæthe Palladium. Offenbachäó»s final opera tells four stories full of romance and passionate love affairs thatæend in disaster, told from the perspective of a melancholy poet. Read last month’s interview with Maestro Sforziniæfirst.
But if opera is not your thing and you just want to rock out, firstæFridayæatæJannus Liveæis free withæShevonne and the Force!æShevonne returns with some funky covers and originals, and a powerful band indeed. Or you can just chill out atæThe Bendsæon Friday;æno cover äóî just äóìcheap music and loud drinks.äóæLoose talk and Deaf Companyæare going to break down the house.
That same night, if you vibe better with Alt-Reggae, Tampa’sæNoNeed and all-out-jam-band Row Jomah are going to fillæDunedin Breweryæwith positive vibrations.
On SaturdayæI canäó»t help but mention that trap music is going to invade the sadly, soon-to-be-closingæLocal 662æwithæLil Pumpæand Death Squad plus special guests swerving and getting lit.
If you are one of the lucky ones with a ticket foræJoe Jackson’s sold-out concert at the Capitol, gear for a breathtaking retrospective of theæNew Wave iconoclast, his singularævoice and the chance to sing yourself out of desperation to hits likeæIsæShe Really Going Out With Him?,æIt’s Different For Girls, Steppin’ Outæand One More Time.
Or if you like it loud,æWet Nurse, Permanent MakeUp , Mr.Clit & The Pink Cigarettes and Boner Cityæare going to infect the stage at The Bends. Orlando’sæWet Nurseæbring a unique blend of garage pop and punk. LocalsæPermanent Makeupædeliver riveting hooks and rhythms that invade your mind with punk-flavored improvisation.æMr.Clit & The Pink Cigarettes æare a hard-touring-sweaty-garage-punk-band from Indianapolis, andæBoner Cityæcall 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.