This week in Tampa: Barenaked Ladies, Ted Nugent, Earth, Wind and Fire and more

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Ruth Eckerd Hall is the star of the show for this week's concert scene. Not only is the Clearwater hall hosting shows by Ted Nugent and Earth, Wind and Fire, the folks at REH are also in charge of booking the free postgame concerts at Tropicana Field. This weekend, there are two: Tantric on Friday and Barenaked Ladies, above, on Saturday.

Here to preview all this, plus Marsha Ambrosius, Spam Allstars, the Grecian Urns and Bjorn Again, is Carole Liparoto ...

Earth, Wind and Fire
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $53-$101. (727) 791-7400. 
From the “Yes I can!” swagger of Shining Star to the cloud-clearing positivity of September, Earth, Wind and Fire has enough upbeat funk-disco-soul stuff to lead its own parade. Rolling Stone credits the Chicago group with “changing the sound of black pop” via a dynamic style of play. But it’s those enormously encouraging anthems that have helped them become one of the best-selling groups of all time. Longtime member Philip Bailey (the ballad man with the famous falsetto) now fronts the band.

Barenaked Ladies
SATURDAY following Rays vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. First pitch is 4:05 p.m. (888) 326-7297.
Behind a curtain of silly, self-deprecating stage banter, Kraft dinner-loving declarations, and white-guy raps, Canadian group the Barenaked Ladies have always been a pretty excellent, harmony-driven alternative rock band. (Paul McCartney once cited BNL as his favorite modern group, saying that the band could “outsing us any day of the week.”) Megahit One Week and latest You Run Away, which premiered on The Bachelorette last week, are sure bets, though longtime fans will be hoping for If I Had $1,000,000, The Old Apartment and Brian Wilson. Unfortunately, with the departure of Steven Page (the bespectacled big man with the voice), we’re unconvinced it will be the same BNL in centerfield.

Spam Allstars
With The Hip Abduction, Green Sunshine
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Hailing from Miami’s Little Havana district, this nine-piece Latin fusion ensemble is greater than the sum of its parts. Frontman DJ Le Spam and his fellow road warriors on sax, trombone, guitar, flute, percussion and guitar insist that worries be left at the door and that hips embark on journey of gyration. It’s not-technically-dance dance music at its best. Feliz Viernes! 

Marsha Ambrosius
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $27-$65. (813) 247-2555.
Former Floetry singer-songwriter Marsha Ambrosius injects just enough silk and sass into her work to make you forget how sad some of the content really is (Feel Some Type of Way). Singles sick of relationship game-playing will relate. The players may actually have a change of heart, too. With a resume that already includes collaborations with Wale, Nas, Jamie Foxx, The Roots, Common and Alicia Keys, this neo-soulstress can’t stay under the radar for much longer.

Ted Nugent
With Pat Travers Band
WEDNEDSAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $27-$57. (727) 791-7400.
Second Amendment protector, hunter and guitar hero Ted Nugent has managed to stay relevant long after the ’70s success of Cat Scratch Fever with regular appearances on reality television and political talk shows. But we’ll always identify the outspoken Detroit rocker as the guy who brought us more expertly-wrung guitar feedback than anyone in a cowboy hat and tacky sleeveless can or ever will.

Grecian Urns CD release party
With Alexander and the Grapes, Only Thieves
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.
If you own a pair of ears, this is a good group to be around. The highly likeable Pinellas family band spreads wholesome, sunlit vibes with a by-the-sea blend of folk, pop and rock. The young group also has an excellent cover of The Band’s The Weight. If The Partridge Family was actually hip and instrumentally savvy, this is what it may have sounded like. 

Monsters of Sludge Rockfest
Featuring The Greg Billings Band, Pitbull Toddler, Sonic Erotica, Orange Hour
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10 minimum donation. (727) 565-0551.
Local rock bands are raising funds for wildlife assistance and beach cleanup initiatives related to the Gulf oil spill.  They’re also hoping to raise a little hell in the process.  (To be clear, the sludge in the title refers only to the soupy stuff invading the Gulf, not the sluggish, abrasive sub-genre “sludge metal”.  The lineup consists of local classic rock favorites The Greg Billings Band and Pitbull Toddler, led by Cowhead and Galvin from 102.5 The Bone.  Proceeds go to The Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.  

Bjorn Again
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35. (813) 229-7827. bjornagain.com.
You’ll be a Dancing Queen to classic ABBA hits with Bjorn Again, but it’s not exactly a tribute show to the ’70s Swedish pop band. Launched in 1988 in Australia, Bjorn Again does more of a light-hearted parody, complete with faux-Swedish accents, smears of blue eye shadow and stage names that play off the originals: Agnetha Falstart, Benny Anderwear, Frida Longstokin and Bjorn Volvo-us. They must be doing something right because original ABBA vocalist Agnetha Faltskog gives them her stamp of approval.

Also playing

Framing Hanley Fri. With The Veer Union, Transmit Now, Against the Wall, Not Tonight Josephine. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.

Lucid Druid Fri. 7 p.m. Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway St., Dunedin. Free. (727) 216-6318.

Standback CD release Fri. 9:30 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 576-1091.

What Laura Says Fri. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $8.50. (813) 248-9500.

Paint the Town Red Sat. With Stalling Dawn, Fall On Purpose, more. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $6-$8. (727) 532-0265. 

Baker Bruce Band Sat. 7 p.m. The Blue Parrot, 85 Corey Circle, St. Pete Beach. Free. (727) 368-9619

Jagged Edge Sun. With Avant. 8 p.m. Lakeland Center Youkey Theatre, 701 West Lime St., Lakeland. $34-$69. (863) 834-8111.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Fundraiser Sun. featuring John Hancock, IPD, The Show, Sons of Hippies, Someday Souvenir, Pitbull Toddler. 4 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10 suggested donation. (813) 971-0666.  

Dave Hardin Sun. 7:30 p.m. The Painted Fish Gallery, 350 Main St., Dunedin. $10. (727) 734-5060. 

Senior Fun Fest and Jamboree Wed. featuring Denise Looney, Fritzy, Eddy Rivers. 9 a.m. Strawberry Festival Grounds, Plant City. Free. (813) 653-1988.

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.

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