Joe Popp comes home to Tampa

August 15, 2013 

If you followed the new music or the theater scene in the Tampa Bay area in the 1990s, you were a fan of Joe Popp. He was the frontman and songwriter for a couple of the era's best bands (dogs on ice, and the eponymous Joe Popp) and he wrote the music for a massively popular version of "Macbeth" for the American Stage in the Park Festival and wrote and performed in a slew of rock musicals.

He's based in New York City now, but he makes frequent trips back to Tampa. Usually it's for some kind of show associated with Jobsite Theatre (e.g., an adaptation of "Pericles" a few years back) and now he's coming to do an a couple of sets at New World Brewery in Ybor City on Wednesday, Aug., 21. It's his first Tampa show in three years, which is a long time for him to have been away.

His concerts are usually rockin', high-energy power-punk affairs, but this time he's playing acoustic. (He's apparently touring the country on a motorcycle, which would of course preclude hauling a lot of gear). You can still count on great songs and a really fun time with one of the area's all-time best rock 'n' roll showmen.

And here's a huge bonus: The show's free.

Details: 7-9 p.m. Aug. 21, New World Brewery, 1313 E 8th Ave Tampa. Tickets: Free. Information: 813-248-4969,

--Marty Clear

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