This week in Tampa Bay area live music: Baths, Dynasty, The Lumineers & more

Concerts, Oct. 17-23

| October 17, 2013
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
Kevin Gates/Don Trip A rising rapper from Baton Rouge, La., Kevin Gates was signed to Atlantic in February and dropped his Stranger Than Fiction studio debut — which features guest spots by Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J among others — this summer. He’s got a gruff-groaning, lower-register vocal timbre and lyrical matter informed by a personal history of poverty, pain and prison sentences that have only helped make him more resilient and motivated to succeed. (Take a listen to his bleak realism in “4:30 a.m.”) (Orpheum, Ybor City)


Matt Nathanson w/Joshua Radin His sonic output belongs in AC pop rock realms but eighth studio album Last of the Great Pretenders is more frank and free of sugar coating than anything Matt Nathanson has released so far, likely because the San Francisco singer-songwriter stepped out of his comfort zone and collabed with new people. Standouts include the self-deprecating awareness of “Earthquake Weather,” the upbeat horn-tooted musings of “Modern Love,” and a groove-bumpin’ crush ditty, “Kinks Shirt.” (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City)


Larry Mitchell Band Larry Mitchell soaked up a lot of high-quality creative energy growing up around his dad’s Royal Studios in Memphis, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Al Green and Chuck Berry before picking up a guitar in 1969. Today, he’s a much sought-after producer in his own right at Royal (he’s worked with Green, Anthony Hamilton, Solomon Burke and John Mayer among others), a 15-time New Mexico Music Award holder, and an axe-slinging band leader whose instrumental trio wails on a searing blend of blues rock, jazz and funk. This is the first of a Thursday-Friday night stand. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
An Evening with John McEuen and David Amram Jack Kerouac once said he’d like to be considered “as a jazz poet blowing a long blues in an afternoon jazz session on Sunday.” Though better known for his novels, he was also valued for his free-flowing beat-jazz tendencies and his music-minded side gets some love during a Friday night Palladium program, part of a week’s worth of Kerouac-related events leading up to the 44th anniversary of his death, at St. Anthony’s in St. Pete. (Kerouac was a bonafide ’Burg resident in the 1960s, so his memory gets extra special treatment here.) Two esteemed multi-instrumentalists bring a kitchen sink of instruments to the intimate Side Door stage in honor of the occasion: Americana, country rock and bluegrass extraordinaire, Nitty Gritty Dirty Band’s John McEuen (guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle), and symphonic, jazz and world music master David Amram (piano, French horn, percussion). Each plays a solo set (Amram’s will include the title track off 1959 Beat Generation film Pull My Daisy, which features lyrical contributions from Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg), then they pool their talents for a finale of combined prowess. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)


In the Round w/Instruments of Change It’s easy to get behind a nonprofit that uses music to impact the lives of at-risk and underprivileged youths. Instruments of Change provide musical instruments, materials, education, instruction and performance opportunities via outreach programs and partnerships with Hillsborough County Schools and the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay. On this night, Hideaway hosts an “In the Round” showcase of six local artists — Shane Anderson, Emily Rose & Eternity, Ken Apperson, Sammi Fousek, Clemons Road and Connor Zwetsch. The show will be streamed live online; proceeds from tickets and sales of the online stream benefit Instruments of Change. (Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)


Classical Mystery Tour: The Music of the Beatles Evidently last year’s Classical Mystery Tour program drew a sell-out crowd. This year, The Florida Orchestra kicks off another season of its well-attended wider-serving Rock Concert Series with the aforementioned Beatles presentation. A four-piece band made up of Beatlemania tribute vets not only sings and plays a setlist of 30 hits spanning “Yesterday” to “The Long and Winding Road,” but takes on their mannerisms and executes costume changes all throughout that reflect the most significant creative eras of the Fab Four’s tenure. TFO delivers symphonic backing; guest Martin Herman conducts. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg)


Baths w/Groundislava As Baths, Will Wiesenfeld crafts a mix of ethereal, chillwave-ambient odes and mid-tempo glitch-studded electro compositions informed by his musical background in piano, viola, contrabass and guitar. The second Baths LP came after a debilitating case of E. coli that left the singer, musician and producer bedridden, starving, and feeling completely useless. He used his pent-up frustrations to fuel 2013’s Obsidian, its moody confessional lyrics reflective of Wisenfeld’s mindset at the time (Sample: “Where is God when you hate him most?”) For fans of Radiohead and The Album Leaf. (Crowbar, Ybor City)


The Duhks w/Deadstring Brothers Canadian folk-rock outfit The Duhks play a one-off date at the Skipperdome after their performance at this weekend’s Magnolia Fest in Live Oak; their spirited roots music is imbued with elements of world beat, blues and gospel-soul, and marked by fiddle, banjo, and the strong soaring lead vocals of Jesse Havey, who re-joined the group in 2011. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)


Dynasty Album Release Party “I’m consistent, run it back if you ever miss it / keep it clean but so hard that it feels explicit,” Dynasty declares in “Stay Shinin’,” which finds the femcee dishing out bravado and optimism with guest verses by esteemed rap artist Talib Kweli. The Queens native is one of Tampa Bay’s most exciting hip-hop talents, and she’s finally received her career due with a recording contract through Germany-based Jakarta Records and international release of her latest full-length, A Star in Life’s Clothing. Partner in sounds DJ Sandman joins Dynasty for a party celebrating its release this Friday. (Orpheum, Ybor City)


Aaron Lewis The alt-metal vocalist has made a most unfortunate detour into country music territory, trading in his pained Staind wailing for a tender drawling solo croon. He has one album out so far. I won’t bore you with the details. (Dallas Bull, Tampa)


DAMN Union w/Geri X/The Dags DAMN stands for the “Doña Ana Music Night,” a weekly musicians forum and open jam that takes place in Las Cruces, N.M. DAMN Union is the live touring group spawned by Music Night members, a rotating lineup of multi-instrumentalists, singers and songwriters plying alternative folk-Americana and soulful roots rock that’s textured with mandolin, cello and lap steel guitar. (The Hub, downtown Tampa)

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