This week in Tampa: Florence and the Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Blondie, Stevie Nicks and more
It's a fantastic week and weekend for music in Tampa Bay. That's why we chose this week to run our Fall Concert Preview, featuring all the best music coming to Tampa Bay through December. It stars Friday with acts like Florence and the Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Nicks, Blondie, Devo, Ian Anderson, Off!, Del McCoury Band, Adam Ant, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Seether, Sick Puppies, Datsik, Tribal Seeds and an all-star acoustic showcase featuring Switchfoot, Jack's Mannequin's Andrew McMahon, Blue October's Justin Furstenfeld and Paper Tongues' Aswan North.
Me? I'll be in Pensacola Beach for this year's DeLuna Music Festival, with Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Ben Folds Five, Joan Jett, Bob Mould, the Wallflowers and many others. Check back Saturday, Sunday and Monday for daily reviews, and follow @tbtsoundcheck and @jaycridlin for live tweets and photos all weekend.
But I'm happy to run down the musical slate a little closer to home. Get the scoop on this week's best concerts after the jump...
Florence and the Machine
With The Maccabees
TUESDAY 8 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa. $39.50-$49.50. (813) 974-3004.
Can the growing stature of Florence Welch and her mighty Machine be overstated? The English chanteuse with those oh-so-mighty pipes was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy. Time magazine ranked her band No. 51 on its 2011 list of the most influential folks in the world. Heck, word is she even sang at the recent wedding of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. They are, quite frankly, one of the most popular and acclaimed young indie rock bands around, and it’s not hard to see why — chest-pounding tours de force like Dog Days Are Over, Shake It Out and No Light, No Light simply demand listeners’ rapt attention. The last time Florence and the Machine came to Florida, they were photographed enjoying Butterbeers at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. Might we suggest a quick trip to nearby Busch Gardens this time around?
Blondie and Devo
SATURDAY 2:30 p.m. England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $14-$99. fatharry.net
Let’s just say Blondie fans have been waiting patiently for this one. In the past two years, the group has canceled two concerts in Tampa Bay at the last minute — one at Ruth Eckerd Hall and another at Busch Gardens. Then a concert with fellow New Wave pioneers Devo was announced for Tampa’s Hawaiian Village ... but it was canceled just before the venue closed for good. Now the two groups will finally perform at Pinellas Park’s England Brothers Bandshell Park. We’ll believe it when we see it. But if it does go down, fans are in for a full day of iconic ’70s and ’80s hits — Call Me, Heart of Glass, Rapture and Whip It, to name just a few.
MONDAY 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Pete. $65-175. (727) 892-5767.
After a pair of tours with Rod Stewart and the occasional reunion fling with Fleetwood Mac, rock 'n’ roll’s ultimate twirly girl returns for a solo show packed with her biggest hits. If recent setlists are any indication, you could hear Landslide, Edge of Seventeen, Stand Back, Gold Dust Woman, Dreams or any other Fleetwood Mac number. Rumor has it Nicks might be bringing some television cameras to her show in St. Pete, supposedly to capture material for an upcoming project involving Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.
With Ab-Soul, Jay Rock
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $27.50-$30. (813) 247-2555.
Maybe it wasn’t enough that the king of West Coast hip hop, Dr. Dre, made Kendrick Lamar his protegee, thereby endorsing him as America’s Next Great Rapper. Maybe it’ll take someone a little bigger to turn Lamar into a household name. Someone like, oh, say, Lady Gaga. The Gaga was spotted checking out Lamar’s set at this year’s Lollapalloza, and has announced they’ll be collaborating on a new single, Partynauseous. Gaga wrote on Facebook that the song is about “life + his forward-thinking views about love + hip hop.” At this concert, expect to get a taste of Lamar’s upcoming major label debut, good Kid, m.A.A.d City.
SUNDAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $59.50-$89.50. (727) 791-7400.
When you hear Ian Anderson is performing a Jethro Tull album in its entirety, you think: It’s gotta be Aqualung, right? Nope. The singer-flautist is going with 1972’s Thick as a Brick, a 23-minute, single-track concept album that’s partially about the silliness of concept albums in general. Now that’s a great concept. He’ll also perform the album’s sequel, Thick as a Brick 2, released this year.
With Negative Approach, Double Negative
TUESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-19. (727) 895-3045.
Keith Morris’s roots run deep in hardcore punk. He predated Henry Rollins as the original lead singer of Black Flag, then went on to form the influential group the Circle Jerks. These days he’s racking up a new generation of fans with his new punk supergruop Off!, featuring members of Redd Kross, Rocket From the Crypt and other groups. Their new self-titled album packs 16 songs into nearly 16 minutes, from the 41-second I Got News For You to the sprawling one-minute, 36-second King Kong Brigade. It’s short, it’s loud, it’s raucous and it’s bound to get hardcore punk fans moving.
Del McCoury Band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Pete. $46.50-$69.50. (727) 892-5767.
Fans of authentic American music, your week has been made. Over nearly 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. 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.
THURSDAY 9 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $25. (866) 502-7529.
A U.S. tour by Mr. Goody Two Shoes is a very rare thing indeed, especially one that brings the New Wave icon to Florida. The singer, actor, sex symbol and all-around bon vivant is best known for that solo, horn-heavy ’80s-radio hit, but he was already a star in England before that, charting singles like Prince Charming and Stand and Deliver with his band Adam and the Ants. After lengthy bouts with mental illness, this is his first American tour in a decade and a half. Perhaps he’ll preview songs from his forthcoming album — his first since 1995 — Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter.
97X Green Room: One Night Only
With Switchfoot, Andrew McMahon, Justin Furstenfeld, Aswan North, Tallhart
FRIDAY 6 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Free, but ticket required. See 97xonline.com/s/greenroomeight.
A free 97X show at stately Ruth Eckerd Hall? What the what? Indeed, Tampa Bay’s top alt-rock station will go a little calmer for this all-star acoustic showcase featuring Switchfoot; singers Andrew McMahon (of Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate), Justin Furstenfeld (Blue October) and Aswan North (Paper Tongues); and Tampa’s own Tallhart. Bonus: Grab a free ticket, and you’ll get a download code for 97X’s latest Green Room album, featuring acoustic versions of tracks like Fun.’s We Are Young, Two Door Cinema Club’s What You Know and Grouplove’s Tongue Tied.
With Sick Puppies, Kyng, Young Guns
TUESDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $29.50-$35. (727) 565-0551.
Before Civil Twilight and Die Antwoord, hard-rock growlers Seether was the biggest band to hit the United States since Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Singer Shaun Morgan has toured with (and occasionally swapped bandmates with) the likes of Evanescence, Nickelback, Three Days Grace and Sevendust. All The Same YouTube sensations Sick Puppies (Australia), Young Guns (England) and Kyng (California) round out this global grunge bill.
The Adicts Fri. With The Destroid, Car Bomb Driver, The Dead Popes. 7:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
The Rosewoods Fri. With Trigger City Trio. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 895-3045.
Datsik Fri. With Delta Heavy, Bare Noise, AFK. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$30. (813) 873-8368.
Cope Fri. With The Applebutter Express. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Bluesapalooza Sat. With Southern Hospitality, Josh Lamkin and Automatic Heat, Franc Robert and the Boxcar Tourists, more. Noon. Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. $1-$5. (352) 754-4031.
Skipper’s 32nd Anniversary Party Sat. With Conrad Oberg, New Groove City with Gumbi Ortiz, Poetry 'n Lotion, The Groves, Vodkanauts, Halcyon, more. Noon. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Free. (813) 971-0666.
Guttermouth Sat. With Feral Babies, Wolf-Face. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Chrissy Murderbot Sat. With Navigateur, Spies on Bikes, DJ Milli, Subpirate, Sidedraft, more. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600.
State of the Art Sat. With Someday Souvenir, d’Visitors. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17. (727) 895-3045.
Tribal Seeds Sat. With Ballyhoo! 7:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10-$12. (727) 565-0551.
William Elliott Whitmore Sat. With Samantha Crain. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 248-4969.
Killer B3 Sun. With Shawn Brown, Nate Najar, Jeremy Carter. 4 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.
Rachel Goodrich Sun. 6 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $5-$8. (813) 241-8600.
Ernie Evans and the Florida State Bluegrass Band Tue. 7 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Porter Robinson and Zedd Wed. With Nick Thayer. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$30. (813) 873-8368.
ATB Thur. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$15. (813) 873-8368.
Agent Ribbons Thur. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images