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This week in Tampa: Barenaked Ladies, LeAnn Rimes, Fishbone, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and more

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February

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This week's guest Soundcheck writer is Joe Belcastro, who has written for a variety of Florida outlets. He's compiled a big list of shows that span a variety of genres, including Barenaked Ladies (above), Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, LeAnn Rimes, Jefferson Starship, Travis Tritt, Johnny Winter, Fishbone, Alan Parsons Live Project, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sister Hazel, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jim Brickman, Ida, Lindsey Stirling, Del McCoury Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dark Star Orchestra, Lotus, Geoff Rickly, Jukebox the Ghost and much more, including Whigfest, a new local music fest in downtown St. Pete. Take it away, Joe...

Whigfest
With Thomas Wynn and the Believers, Tallhart, Have Gun, Will Travel, Woody, Cope, Le Blorr; more.
SUNDAY 11 a.m. Jannus Live, 200 1st Ave N St Petersburg. $15. (727) 565-0551.
Headquartered at Jannus Live, but also occupying nearby venues Mandarin Hide, The Kitchen and Vue 19, this first-time festival ushers in an assortment of local musicians. With more than 20 artists from all over the state — including a decent number from the Bay area — this adds up to roughly 15 hours’ worth of performances. In other words, it’s a live music lover’s delight. Notable acts include the rock 'n’ blues dynamo Thomas Wynn and the Believers; Americana rockers Have Gun, Will Travel; the funky jam band Cope; indie-rock group Polyenso; and the acoustic sounds of Woody. Tampa favorites Tallhart and Roadkill Ghost Choir also fill out the hearty bill. And over at VUE 19, which has a club atmosphere, electronic performances from Thee Joker, TL Jentgens, UANIMALS and Pedro M. will be on display. Genre variety is the spice of life.

Fishbone
With Whole Wheat Bread
FRIDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12. (727) 906-0811.
Rising up around the same time as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, many people labeled Fishbone the African-American version of the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famers. Genre-wise, this energetic band leaves no stone unturned. As they rip through ska, punk, metal, alternative rock and funk, their versatile stage show will engage anyone within earshot.

Alan Parsons Live Project
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49-$69. (727) 791-7400.
Symphonic rock meets laser light spectacle at this show, with the majority of it arranged by one technical/musical mind: Alan Parsons.  (Remember Sirius, the spacey intro music to Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls teams in the ’90s and used in a plethora of television and film projects? That was this guy.) His ’70s classic/hard rock roots are performed by a host of talented musicians that weave in intense, melodic riffs and hooks, as seen and heard on live favorite The Raven. And with classic screen visuals and a laser show working in concert with the beat, this is the very definition of a musical experience.

Jefferson Starship
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $25-$30. (813) 977-6474.
One of the premier arena-rock groups of the ’70s and early ’80s, Jefferson Starship touches down for an intimate “nearly acoustic” outdoor performance. The progressive rock band has changed its sound almost as many times as it has its members,  so expect a setlist that will span their entire catalog, including Jefferson Airplane hits like Somebody to Love and White Rabbit, and a mix of Starship tracks such as their 1979 gem Jane.

Clearwater Sea Blues Festival
With Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sugar Blue, the Lee Boys, Hamilton Loomis and Sandy Atkinson (Saturday); and Coco Montoya, Ruthie Foster, Moreland & Arbuckle, Trampled Under Foot and Selwyn Birchwood (Sunday)
SATURDAY (noon) and SUNDAY 1 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Free; reserved seating starts at $25 advance, $30 day of. (727) 562-4700.
Not since the days of Jimi Hendrix has someone pleasured a Fender Stratocaster to such audible ecstasy as Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The kid, who cut his teeth on the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Muddy Waters, is now a man who lets his lauded guitar-playing skills do the talking. Hear his grimy and piercing blues-rock riffs as he headlines the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival on Saturday. The festival begins with the annual Blues Walk, featuring live music along Cleveland Street from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Barenaked Ladies
SUNDAY 5 p.m. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Free with park admission. (813) 987-5600.
If you watch The Big Bang Theory, you’ve heard these Ladies, who play the hit show’s theme song. The lively alternative bunch out of Ontario, Canada keeps it light and playful when it comes to their music. And their stage performance doubles as a quasi-comedy routine as they engage in witty banter with each other and the crowd. Even though co-founding singer Steven Page is long gone, the rest of the group still embodies the quirky sensibilities that brought them to fame in the mid-to-late ’90s with hits like One Week and Pinch Me.

Johnny Winter
SUNDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39.50-$47.50. (727) 791-7400.
The bluesy six-string maestro ranked No. 63 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitar Players of All Time’s list, and he still cranks out catchy riffs that penetrate the soul. Expect to hear tracks from his candid 1973 album Still Alive and Well to his Grammy-nominated 2004 effort I’m a Bluesman. Go watch an icon do his thing! (Superfans can meet Winter at 5 p.m. Sunday at Daddy Kool Records, 666 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.)

LeAnn Rimes
MONDAY 7:30 p.m. Enteratinment Hall of the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Starting at $25 plus Florida State Fair admission. (813)-621-7821.
Once considered one of America’s musical sweethearts (and now described by tabloids as a homewrecker), the country/pop crossover starlet, who has won just about every award under the sun, strolls into the Florida State Fair to sing her little heart out. A lot of her lyrics articulate the trials and tribulations in the realm of love — but she doesn’t dwell on it, like Taylor Swift — and her sound occasionally blends genres from country to R&B. Either way, the girl’s music tells a story and her pristine voice smoothly projects it on reflective ballads like How Do I Live or the twangy Nothin’ Better to Do.

Travis Tritt
TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $59-$79. (727) 791-7400.
A country music giant of the ’90s, the multiple Grammy Award winner is still soulfully rocking all across the land. He’s tweaked his style in the 21st century, dabbling in bluegrass, soul and straight-up rock 'n’ roll, but don’t worry, he still plays what brought him to the dance, like the 1994 Billboard chart-topper Foolish Pride. The guy doesn’t like to label himself with a genre, and chances are the setlist will include a mix of songs from throughout his versatile career which may include 2000’s It’s a Great Day to Be Alive — a song that has aged well with his fans.

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals
With Futurebirds
FRIDAY 8:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$30. (727) 565-0551.
The rock band out of Vermont has been able to reach a wide range of audiences while opening for top-billing acts ranging from Dave Matthews Band to Kenny Chesney. Backed by a solid lineup, easy-on-the-eyes lead singer Potter entrances audiences with her pyrotechnic vocals. She can lure you in with a tender ballad and/or ignite every molecule in your body as she flies around the stage wielding her six-string acoustic. Half the battle is stage presence, folks. Writing good songs is just an added bonus.

Del McCoury Band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Mahaffey Theatre, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $45.50-$69.50. (727) 892-5767.
This show, rescheduled from last fall, brings together two legends of American music. Over some 50 years of touring, the rotating members of the New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band have made it their mission to, well, preserve the jazz of New Orleans. Some of the French Quarter’s finest working men and women have performed with the band, which is now led by tuba player Ben Jaffe, the son of Preservation hall founders Al and Sandra Jaffe. You may have seen them on this week's Grammy Awards, playing alongside the Black Keys and Dr. John. Meanwhile, Grammy-winning bluegrass legend Del McCoury and his band (including sons Robbie and Ronnie) keep churning out some of the best bluegrass in America, such as their cover of Richard Thompson’s 1952 Vincent Black Lightning. In the past decade, the group has also become a favorite of the jam-band and festival sets. At the Mahaffey Theater, both bands will play separately and together. -- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

Also playing

Carolina Chocolate Drops Fri. With Genuine Negro. 7:30 p.m. Starz Center for Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $24.50. (813) 229-7827.

Acoustic Basement Tour Fri. With Geoff Rickly, Vinnie Caruana, A Loss For Words, Koji, Brian Marquis. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $13. (813) 241-8600.

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds Fri. 7 p.m. The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-9500.

Women of Ireland Sat. 2 and 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29-$39. (727) 791-7400.

Sister Hazel Sat. Doors open at 3 p.m. Hogan’s Beach, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $16.50. hogansbeachtampa.com.

Bogus Pomp Sat. 8 p.m. Blueberry Patch, 4923 20th Ave. S, Gulfport. $10. (727) 637-8358.

Jim Brickman Sat. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $40-$63. (727) 791-7400.

Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis Sat. 8 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $34-$42. (727) 822-3590.

Ida Sun. 7:30 p.m. Watermark Church, 6608 N Central Ave., Tampa. $15. daddykooltickets.com.

Room Full of Strangers Sat. 7 p.m. Local 662, 662 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. $8 ($10 at door). (727) 258-4829.

Led Zeppelin 2 Sat. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.

Alexandra Stan Sun. Noon. Hogan’s Beach, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $5. hogansbeachtampa.com.

Del McCoury Band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band Sun. 7 p.m. Mahaffey Theatre, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $45.50-$69.50. (727) 892-5767.

Jon Snodgrass and Cory Branan Mon. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7-$10. (813) 248-4969.

St. Pete Jazz Festival Tues. With Whitney James, Helios Jazz Orchestra. 7 p.m. NOVA 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 341-4363.

Jukebox The Ghost Tues. With Matt Pond PA. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.

Lindsey Stirling Tues. 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $23.50. (813) 229-7827.

Lotus Weds. 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $18. (813) 247-2555.

In The Mood Thur. 1 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $18-$25. (727) 791-7400.

Hard Rock Rising: Battle of the Bands Thur. 8:30 p.m. Hard Rock Café, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. Free. 1-866-502-7529.

Dark Star Orchestra Thur. 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $29.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

-- Joe Belcastro, tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 1:51pm]

    

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