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This week in Tampa: Bryan Adams, DNCE, Vince Gill, Experience Hendrix Tour and more

Luis Santana



Get ready for a jam-packed week of music.

This coming week is overloaded with concert goodness in every corner of Tampa Bay. In St. Petersburg, you have DNCE (above), Loretta Lynn, Mutemath, Nathan Sykes, Marty Friedman, Robert DeLong, Travis Tritt, Nothing But Thieves and Gilby Clarke. In Tampa, you have Patti LaBelle, Markus Schulz, Protomartyr, Alison Wonderland, Dave and Phil Alvin, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Voivod. And in Clearwater you have Bryan Adams, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Rosanne Cash, Shemekia Copeland, James Hunter, the Experience Hendrix Tour and the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Beth Hart, Nikki Hill and more.

Here to walk you through it all are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa... Mutemath
With Nothing But Thieves
SATURDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $23.50 and up. (727) 895-8305
Listen closely to Kanye West’s new album The Life of Pablo, and you’ll hear Mutemath drummer Darren King. “They used something I did for the song Real Friends,” King said by phone from a tour rehearsal in Nashville. “They used some piano work that I did for the outro for that song. They told me the day it came out that they had used it. They called me up and said, 'Hey, guess what? You’re on this song.’ 'What for real? Yes! Thank you!’” Is it surprising to learn West leaned on King, who co-founded the New Orleans alt-rock group in 2002? Not if you’ve ever seen him drum.  Mutemath, who hit the State Theatre on Friday in support of their fourth album Vitals, are one of the best live rock acts going. And a lot of that is due to King, a dynamic and inventive drummer who’s always on the lookout for new ways to interact with his audience — marching through the crowd, performing in moshpits or atop laders, etc. When he called, he was trying to perfect a “next-level new thing” he’s calling “the world’s first high-five drum solo.” “I’ve got these gloves, and the gloves have drum triggers in them,” he said. “So for a few people in the front row, they put the gloves on, and then I’ve got these really nasty songs, real mean, aggressive drum sounds that I do a little solo with.”

Experience Hendrix Tour
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50 and up. (727) 791-7400,
How many guitarists does it take to fill the shoes of the legendary Jimi Hendrix? On this year’s Experience Hendrix Tour, the answer is eight — and they happen to be eight of the best guitarists working today. That’s the fun of Experience Hendrix, which returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall Thursday. This year’s axmen include Buddy Guy, Johnny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Johnson, Keb’ Mo’ and Indigenous’s Mato Nanji, all swapping solos from Hendrix’s biggest hits — Purple Haze, Hey Joe, All Along the Watchtower, The Wind Cries Mary and Voodoo Chile (Slight Return). Backing them are a roster that includes Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Billy Cox, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton, and singers Noah Hunt and Henri Brown. Will there be guitar faces? Oh, yes, there will most definitely be guitar faces. And in the crowd, there’ll be plenty of smiles.

Loretta Lynn
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35.50 and up. (727) 892-5767.

Nashville has lost its share of icons in the past decade, from George Jones to Ray Price to Slim Whitman. And yet a few old timers still walk among us. Willie Nelson, 82, hits Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 4; Merle Haggard, 78, will play the Strawberry Festival on March 12. But first, 83-year-old Loretta Lynn returns to the Mahaffey Theater for her third Tampa Bay concert in four years. And we’re betting she’s got a few more tours left in her. When she played the Strawberry Festival last March, she was as spunky and sparkling as ever, twanging through classics like Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man; The Pill; and One’s On The Way. When a fan hollered a request for inevitable closer Coal Miner’s Daughter, she hollered back: “I’ll get to that. I ain’t through yet. I just got here!” Hopefully she’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

With Spray Paint, Permanent Makeup
SUNDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-4969.
Talk about Detroit engineering at its finest. Michiganders Protomartyr pulled from an array of different sounds and influences – punk, post-punk, grunge, garage, shoegaze – to craft 2015’s The Agent Intellect, a nervy, noisy swirl of insistent guitars that brought them a new world of fans. Publications from Spin to the A.V. Club proclaimed The Agent Intellect one of 2015’s best LPs, which means their Sunday concert at New World Brewery might be your last chance to catch them in close quarters for a while. Between the rise of Protomartyr and a new Iggy Pop album, can we start calling Detroit Rock City once again?

With Nathan Sykes
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free (first come, first served).
Joe Jonas and DNCE did a killer job rocking through Born to Hand Jive during Fox’s recent musical experiment Grease Live. But would anyone have opposed them performing their own big hit, Cake By the Ocean, instead? The ex-JoBro’s exuberant ode to living dangerously (well, that is, if you’re either diabetic or aquaphobic) has been inching toward the top 10 ever since its release last fall, with DNCE’s goofy, go-for-broke performances charming the pants off any crowd that’ll have them. On Saturday, that could include you – that is, if you’re tenacious and willing to brave a crowd. DNCE is headlining the second “Ninety Free Free” concert at Jannus Live. The show is totally free, but it’s first come, first served, so expect a crazy line line (this IS a Jonas Brother we’re talking about, after all). To make this deal even sweeter than seaside devil’s food, co-presenters 93.3-FLZ and Visit St. Pete Clearwater are throwing in an opening set by Nathan Sykes, formerly of British boy band the Wanted, who’s venturing into solo waters with Over and Over Again, his soulful new single with Ariana Grande. The show is at 7 p.m., but we’d recommend getting there way, way earlier to ensure a spot inside.

Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
With Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Beth Hart, Nikki Hill, more
SATURDAY and SUNDAY Noon. Coachman Park, downtown Clearwater. $25 and up per day ($40 and up for the weekend). (727) 562-4700
Clearwater’s Coachman Park is home to some big concerts — the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Fun ’n Sun, Wild Splash. But don’t sleep on the free Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, which returns to the downtown park Saturday and Sunday with one of its coolest lineups to date. Electric retro-soul stylists Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and St. Paul and the Broken Bones will headline Saturday’s affair, while smoky-voiced Beth Hart and blues-rock firebrand Nikki Hill take the stage on Sunday.  In all, it’s a younger-skewing lineup for the city-backed fest, which in years past has drawn more than 20,000 folks downtown for a mix of fresh local seafood and blues, folk, zydeco and world music. The music begins at noon both days, with the Dap-Kings headlining at 8:45 p.m. Saturday and Hart at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Bryan Adams
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Coachman Park, downtown Clearwater. $20 and up. (727) 791-7400.

It seems impossible that Adams has been at this 40 years. He’s only 56, his face still as rugged and appealing as his fraying, stonewashed howl. He started out a teenage glam rocker in suburban Vancouver — his first concert was David Bowie, the Diamond Dogs tour — which didn’t exactly presage all the FM-friendly hits that would make him famous, songs that perfectly melded heartland passion and perfect power balladry. His third album, 1982’s Cuts Like a Knife, made him famous. His fourth, Reckless — Summer of ’69, Run to You, Somebody, Heaven — made him a superstar. It’s been 13 years since he’s played a full-band show in Tampa Bay, but it’s not for lack of interest. Ruth Eckerd Hall, which booked the Coachman Park show, has been trying to book Adams for a postgame concert for the Tampa Bay Rays for years, to no avail. That’ll change when he plays a huge, career-spanning set at Coachman Park on Friday.

Marty Friedman
With Holy Grail, War of Thrones, Drastic Fall
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.
Life is strange when you’ve got the “ex” tag ushering you into every room you enter. Just ask Marty Friedman. The 53-year-old axe man is most famous for his decade long tenure as lead guitarist in legendary thrash outfit Megadeth, and he still can’t outrun his past even a decade and a half after he left the band. He’s been living in Japan since the split, enjoying a healthy living as a studio and live session man, but he pops in for a part of his stateside run on Friday ready to show off how much his style has evolved since the days he spent most of his time firing off epic scales for one of America’s greatest heavy metal outfits.

Fine Southern Gentlemen Tour
With Matt Woods, Ryan Sheley
FRIDAY 10 p.m. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 898-6054.
Matt Woods is typically a guy you’ll find playing the patio at New World Brewery in Ybor City or even the one at Ella’s in Seminole Heights, but the steely-eyed, Knoxville, Tenn., songwriter is taking the show across the bridge this go around for a stop at Central’s old gal of a dive bar. His brand of genre-saving country possesses an authenticity that’s earned him the loyalty of fans plus comparisons to a range of gifted wordsmiths that run the range from Jason Isbell to Charles Bukowski. Woods is dragging another troubadour away from the eastern hills of the Rocky Top state for this “Southern Gentlemen” tour, so get there early to see what Ryan Sheley’s take on deep-fried twang looks and sounds like.

Sun Seeker
With Buffy, Veiny Hands, Deadborns
FRIDAY 10 p.m. The Bends, 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 202-8931.
The Jack White seal of approval is a heavy one, and Nashville’s Sun Seeker aren’t taking it for granted. The Music City chamber pop quartet are signed to the Pale One’s infamous Third Man label, and rightfully so. Sun Seeker are anchored in the tenets of the Southern songwriting tradition, but they’re also inking a nice chapter in their hometown’s rich musical history by bringing the sound of pedal steel and 1950s easy-going harmony to songs like Georgia Dust, a warm and weathered tune that sounds like it could be on the soundtrack to a space cowboy movie shot by Quentin Tarantino. A rowdy, Orlando-by-way-of-Miami garage-pop outfit, Buffy, opens yet another shouldn’t-be-free show at The Bends alongside a pair of boundary-pushing locals Veiny Hands and Deadborns.

Alison Wonderland
With Attlas
SUNDAY 10 p.m. Amphitheatre Event Facility, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 873-8368.
Alison Wonderland turned up the weird and creepy way on her 2015 video for U Don’t Know, in which she gets taped up in the back of an old station wagon. The oddities and quirks don’t end there when it comes to the 29-year-old Australian producer born Alex Scholler. She played cello in the Sydney Youth Orchestra and slapped the bass in bands before turning toward production. The move has paid off for Scholler and landed her gigs at Coachella plus spots in the Rolodexes of electronic music heavyweights like Diplo. She’s been lauded for blowing the door open on bro-heavy EDM culture thanks to her style of dance music that adds a bit more nuance and pop structure to the thumps and warbles that currently dominate the landscape. Jeff Hartford — a multi-instrumentalist who inadvertently had the world thinking he was Deadmau5 releasing music under a new name — brings his Attlas project to open the show with a cinematic, dark and glitchy take on house that he once used to turn Rihanna’s Bitch Better Have My Money into an acoustic guitar driven, synth-laced meditation instead of the club banger we are used to.

With The Frights, Ask For Tiger
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12.

The 600 Block is having one heck of a Wednesday night this week. Production whiz and charismatic live performer Robert DeLong is playing State Theatre, but Local 662 is turning up the pop-punk across the street. It’s thanks to Oakland’s SWMRS who are enjoying a fast rise on the heels of a 2015 single and an excellent, punchy 2016 LP, Drive North, produced by Fidlar frontman Zac Carper. The 12-track effort is pure bliss thanks to acoustic vignettes (Turn Up), shout-along anthems (Silver Bullet) and radio-ready hits (Miss Yer Kiss). It probably doesn’t hurt that drummer Joey Armstrong is the seed of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, but SWMRS don’t have to lean on Joey’s pedigree to make themselves heard.

Robert DeLong
With Colours
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.
It’s been less than three years since Robert DeLong first landed in the ’Burg with a little set at Push Ultra Lounge, and the 29-year-old has come a very long way since then. The area last saw him in the summer when he played an unforgettable set at the now-defunct Big Guava festival, and there’s no way a room like Push could contain DeLong now that he enjoys regular spins on the radio. It’s all thanks to a 2015 LP, In the Cards, but the real magic happens when the Washington-based producer ignites his one-man show by drumming, programming, and looping sounds across a set that sprays color all over venues and gets growing crowds sweatier than they planned to be. DeLong is now a festival-seasoned vet, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can sell out State Theatre for this one.

Rosanne Cash
With John Leventhal
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$75. (727) 791-7400.
She’s the daughter of the Man In Black, and that goes a long way, but Rosanne Cash has done just fine carving out a little place of her own during the course of a 38-year-career. The 60-year-old has collected four Grammys along the way, including three just a year ago for her 2014 LP, The River & the Thread. She brings along husband John Leventhal (easily one of the most underrated producers and studio guys around) for this stop at the intimate Capitol Theatre where he’ll help her bring that album, and many more, to life. The 63-year-old guitarist and producer has had a hand in records from the likes of Jackson Browne, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Loudon Wainwright, and has even been nominated for over a dozen golden gramophones himself, so head out on Thursday expecting nothing less than polished excellence.

Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48.75-$125. (727) 791-7400.
Vince Gill veered away from country on his latest album, Down To My Last Bad Habit, instead choosing to go all in on a more romantic approach to his appreciation of jazz, rock, pop and the blues. Lyle Lovett is also going for some change on this tour, which finds the 58-year-old hitting the road without his usual “Large Band.” Fans of the songwriting heavyweights are in for a treat from the duo who’ll be in action together on hump day for a set that wants to bring songs in the round vibe to Clearwater’s favorite concert hall. Gill, also 58, has already admitted to not having anything pre-planned for these appearances. “It’ll be like playing ping-pong,” is how Gill explained it in a statement, “I know Lyle won’t have a plan. What he plays will inspire me and probably vice versa.” Lovett agrees. “There will be lots of ad-libbing,” he’s promised. “It will be like little snapshots from our experiences.”

Also playing

Mandy Barnett, Fri. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $29.50-$49.50. (727) 587-6793.

Ladies of the Mic, Fri. With Trapfone, Kaysmoov, Tiff LaQueen, A. Butherfly, Demi Nova, Lisa Rainey, Alanna Oreste. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.

Voivod, Sat. With Vektor, Eight Bells. 5:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13-$20. (813) 248-9500.

Five Eight, Sat. With Fistful. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-4969.

Blackfire, Sat. With Cities In Flight, Shae Krispinsky. 9 p.m. The Hub, 519 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.

The New Rulers, Sat. With Badda Skat, I-Vibes. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Markus Schulz, Sat. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre Event Facility, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 873-8368.

Steep Canyon Ragers, Sun. With Grandpa’s Cough Medicine. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$18. (813) 971-0666.

Tiger Fawn, Sun. With Soapbox Soliloquy, Voice Hoist, Godsnack . 7 p.m. Frolic Exchange, 4634 N Florida Ave., Tampa. $5. (813) 237-2305.

Patti LaBelle, Sun. 7:30 p.m. Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $45-$95. (813) 229-7827.

Ivadell, Tues. With Henrietta, Blacksmith, Eliot Mayo. 8 p.m. Mojo Books & Music, 2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $3-$5 Suggested Donation. (813) 971-9717.

Travis Tritt, Wed. 7:30 p.m. The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35.50-$55.50. (727) 892-5767.

Dave & Phil Avin and the Guilty Ones, Wed. With Lauren Mitchell Band. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.

Gilby Clarke, Thu. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 895-3045.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 18, 2016 2:35pm]


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