Lonely Thanksgiving: A good live show is what you need
Editor's note: Thanksgiving. A time for the entire family to gather around the table, smiling and laughing over a golden turkey as if life is just one big Publix commercial. Fortunately, some people actually get that experience. But many others don't. Maybe you and your family live in totally different states. Maybe you just don't have a family. Maybe you have chosen a family of friends. Or maybe you just don't want to talk to your family at all. We got you covered. All week, we're bringing you our Guide to Lonely Thanksgiving. Our critics and writers have offered their best advice for going the holiday alone, from TV to reading to eating out. It doesn't have to be a pity party. If you do it right, you can be thankful for your solitude, too.
Think going to a concert alone is lame? Not a chance. Sometimes when you're feeling all alone, a good live show is exactly what you need. There are plenty of great concert options this weekend, but we've got a few more suggestions specifically designed to lift you from that heartbreaky headspace. Here are five shows to hit if you need to...
...have a tear in your (craft) beer: Nothing better than a little classic country and western swing in a solid beer bar, and the Sara Rose Band do it better than just about anyone in Tampa Bay. They're playing Saturday at Copperheads Taphouse (670 Main Street, Safety Harbor), a bar with 30 taps' worth of options for drowning your sorrows. There's no cover, and they play from 8 p.m. to midnight.
...dance the night away: The right song from the right DJ can change anyone's downer mood. French DJ Cedric Gervais has a lot of those songs, including his Grammy-winning mix of Lana Del Rey's Summertime Sadness, which transformed that elegant bummer into a worldwide party smash. He spins at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Amphitheatre (1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City). $15-$25 at amptampa.com.
...have hope for the future: Clearwater's young and preternaturally talented Ries Brothers have a deep appreciation for classic rock, having toured with the likes of Chicago, but they give it a modernist spin that sounds amazingly beyond their years. Check them out at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall's Murray Theater, which they've sold out twice in the past and was the setting for their new live concert DVD. $15-$20 at rutheckerdhall.com.
...get out of town: There's no better reason to flee to Orlando this weekend than a free concert at Universal Orlando by Carly Rae Jepsen, the Call Me Maybe singer whose new album Emotion is one of the best pure pop records of the year. She hasn't played many live shows in support of Emotion, so this rare Florida show - part of the park's 25th anniversary concert series - is kind of a holiday miracle. The show is free with park admission at 8 p.m. Friday. universalorlando.com.
... kick it old school: Didn't holidays feel much more festive back in the day, when you were just a lil' hopper tearing things up old school? Relive your glory years on Friday at Ferg's Sports Bar (1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg), which on Friday brings in Tone Loc (Funky Cold Medina) and Digital Underground (The Humpty Dance) for a post-Turkey Day party. $14.95-$20 at ticketfly.com.