Local Music scene

USF St. Pete students have a variety of musical entertainment very close to campus with Janus Landing on 1st Ave. North and State Theatre on Central Ave. Here are a few upcoming shows that students may be interested in attending:
Less Than Jake is a band out of Gainsville, FL that will be playing Janus Landing on March 10 at 6 p.m. with special guests The Expendables. Less than Jake includes guitars, base, saxophones, drums, and trombones. Their sound is reminsicient of the ska punk genre, especially the song “Does the Lion City Still Roar,” which reminds me a lot of Fishbone. Tickets are $20 day of show.
The Kottonmouth Kings are playing Janus Landing March 27 at 6:30 p.m. with an array of opening acts including Big B & Dirtball and Blaze Ya Dead Homie. The Kottonmouth Kings, from California, provide a blend of hip hop and rap rock. Their songs are lyrically very fluid and the beats are easy to feel, but the songs center mostly around marijuana and crude bodily functions. Tickets are $24 day of show.
Tricky will be playing State Theatre on March 7 at 8 p.m. Tricky is a performer that falls mostly into the genre of trip hop with dark and layered lyrics and sounds. Tricky has collaborated with artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bjork, Tool and Alanis Morissette. Tickets are $22.
The North Mississippi Allstars, one of my personal favorites, will be playing State Theatre March 28 at 7:30. This band is from Hernando, Mississippi, which is just a stone’s throw away from my hometown in Tennessee. A culturally diverse band, they combine blues, country and rock. Some of the members have played with The Black Crowes and the band often tours with blues musician John Haitt. The North Mississippi Allstars have been nominated for multiple Grammys. Tickets are $21.
You can visit all of these bands on the web and sample their music.

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