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This week in Tampa: Jingle Ball, Andrea Bocelli, Goo Goo Dolls, Michael McDonald and more



It's almost time for the Mileypocalypse.

Miley Cyrus will headline next week's 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, alongside Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias, Paramore, Flo Rida and more. But if that's not your thing, there's plenty more music in the area next week, including Andrea Bocelli, Michael McDonald, Pusha T, MercyMe, Trace Adkins, Slow Magic, Dev, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath and Smash Mouth's Steve Harwell, Joe Michols, John McCutcheon and the Mix 100.7 Acoustic Christmas, featuring the Goo Goo Dolls (above), the Fray, Colbie Caillat, Michael Franti and ZZ Ward. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...

93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball
With Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias, Flo Rida, Paramore, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, Travie McCoy, Tegan and Sara
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. (free pre-show at 3 p.m.). Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $46-$181. (813) 301-2500.
Miley Cyrus will almost certainly close the show; the biggest star in pop music right now should have the right. But Robin Thicke, whose Blurred Lines was the song of the summer, had a monster year, too — most notably when he was the recipient of some life-altering Cyrus twerking on the MTV Video Music Awards, relishing in the madness but backing away from the brouhaha by saying he was merely a bystander — nay, an innocent! — in the whole thing. From the look on his face, a really happy bystander, too. If you can’t swing a ticket to this year’s Jingle Ball, there’ll be a free pre-concert outside the Forum from 3 to 5:30 p.m. with Tegan and Sara, Travie McCoy, Austin Mahone and Fifth Harmony. — Sean Daly

Mix 100.7’s Acoustic Christmas
With Goo Goo Dolls, The Fray, Colbie Caillat, ZZ Ward, Michael Franti
FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $41.50-$141.50. (727) 892-5767.
On the weekend before 93.3-FLZ’s Jingle Ball brings in the likes of Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and Enrique Iglesias to sex up the Tampa Bay Times Forum, a more subdued, albeit equally star-packed affair happens at the Mahaffey in St. Pete. Grammy winner Colbie Caillat, the Goo Goo Dolls, ZZ Ward and The Fray will all unplug to deliver their hits along with time-tested holiday tunes. But expect things to get really jolly when Michael Franti — who just played Jannus Live in October — goes into storytelling mode while delivering his uplifiting hybrid of world music and soft rock.

Oliver & Company CD release
With Preson Philips, Halibut
FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 100 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 280-3920.
Oliver & Company like to call themselves an “indie jam band,” but they shouldn’t let that label put them in a cage when it comes to the attention of close-minded music fans. Frontman Phillip Oliver is the face and voice of the group, but he’s just one cog in the mechanics of this nine-piece collective, who weave sweeping guitar parts in with joyously thunderous percussion and incredibly optimistic lyrical matter. The band is a bright spot in the already shimmery St. Pete scene, and they’ll be joined by a pair of similarly uplifting outfits for this celebration of new EP War & Peace. 

Pusha T
SATURDAY 6 p.m. Amphitheatre Event Facility, 1609 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 873-8368.

The world at large got its first taste of Pusha T’s signature drawl in 2002, when his former group Clipse teamed up with Pharell Williams’ N.E.R.D. for Grindin’. And while the man better known as Terrence Thornton doesn’t really revisit that era when he performs these days, his solo output has been good enough to keep the attention of hip-hop heads around the world. Kanye West himself signed Throton to his own G.O.O.D. Music label in 201,0 and everything Pusha T has released since — especially this year’s My Name Is My Name — has been a monstrous display of creativity, marked by big, aggressive beats and cool samples all set to the words of lyrical maestro at the top of his game.

With Ol’ Madness, D5, Prince Golden, Foul Mowf & Hagan Lee, Acoupstix
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 424-1809.
James Franco continued his life of luxury and acting after Spring Breakers wrapped up production, but St. Pete-based rapper Dangeruss (Franco’s inspiration for Spring Breakers’ “Alien” character) never actually left all the trials and tribulations that come with trying to get by in some of roughest parts of The ’Burg’s southside. A recent marijuana-related arrest might’ve slowed him down, but it hasn’t stopped ’Russ (real name: Russell Allen Curry) from spreading a brand of dizzying, codeine-coated, bass-heavy Southern rap all over the Internet as he offers the rest of the world a glimpse into his world of gunplay (I’m Poppin) and drug dealing (My Fork) complete with at least one awesome Barry Sanders reference (Pots N Pans).

Andrea Bocelli
With Heather Headley, Eugene Kohn, Svetla Vassileva
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $75-$350. (813) 301-2500.
If you’ve ever tried to sing along to Andrea Bocelli tunes during your morning shower, than you know what an insurmountable task it is to try and keep pace with one of the world’s most famous Italian tenors. Two lucky ladies, Bulgarian tenor Svetla Vassileva and Trinidad-born American vocalist Heather Headley, will be tasked with that special duty on the second-to-last stop of Bocelli’s current U.S. tour supporting his latest album Passione. They’ll get an assist from conductor Eugene Kohn, who has lived a life devoted to opera. You know those concerts where people are annoyingly singing along, off-key to every song? This show isn’t that. In fact, expect the Forum to have its breath actually taken away.

SUNDAY Following Buccaneers vs. San Francisco 49ers. Kickoff at 1 p.m. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $30-$149.50. (813) 350-6500.

For the final home game of their underwhelming 2013 campaign, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ending the season by encouraging something all of their fans have already been doing the last four months — praying. Sunday’s contest against the 49ers is the Bucs’ “Faith and Football” game, and Christian rock superstars MercyMe will perform the national anthem and then take the field for a postgame concert, where they’ll send hits like You Are I Am and I Can Only Imagine into the stands, where the Buccaneer faithful will hopefully ask the big guy or girl upstairs to correct the course of their favorite team’s meandering vessel. The concert is free with a game ticket.

Slow Magic
With Young Egypt
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $7-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Everyone knows someone who celebrates half-birthdays, and the folks at the helm of All Good Tuesdays (a weekly celebration of good tunes held in one of Ybor City’s most understated biergartens) are guilty as charged. For their half-decade-plus half-year party, All Good is bringing tribal-masked, tight-lipped beatsmith Slow Magic to play tunes from Triangle, his 2012 debut overrun with sparkling piano samples, waves of dusty synthesizer, and deeply meditative drum programming. “I wanted to challenge the way music could be presented,” he recently said of his mask, “so people focus on the music before they focus on a location or story.” With a record like Triangle, we’re okay with that.

Michael McDonald
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $82-$98. (727) 791-7400.

The city of Clearwater has a $7.5-million reason for you to come back downtown, and if the moolah they spent revamping the historic Capitol Theatre isn’t enough, then consider the upcoming entertainment that the venue has in store for the next few months. It all kicks off mid-week when Michael McDonald brings that soulful, white-haired baritone he honed during stints with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers to a stage where hits like What A Fool Believes and I Keep Forgetting will carry into a crowd anxious to see what the next phase of the nearly century-year-old building feels like.

Also playing

Set and Setting Fri. With Wolf-Face, Jensen Serf Company, Cosm. 8 p.m. Octave, 661 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 826-0820.

The Beauvilles Fri. With Good Graeff, Sun Signs. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10 (Free CD with admission). (813) 248-4969.

Gasparilla Music Fridays Fri. With Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Damion Suomi.  5:30 p.m. Grand Central at Kennedy Courtyard, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 226-8735.

Arab Idol Stars Sat. With Mohannad Assaf, Ziad Khoury, Farah Youssef. 7 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $56 and up. (813) 740-2446.

Venture Compound 2-Year Anniversary Sat. With Mark Castle, Pornojumpstart, Sammy Static, Blk/Mas, Otolathe, Hovering Humanoids, more. 9 p.m. Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg $10 (901) 619-1519.

Jon Olivia’s Pain Sat. With Herman/Nebula, Damond Juniya. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$23. (727) 895-3045.

Dev Sat. With Darnaa, Kid Sister. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$40. (727) 565-0550. 

Hard Rock Calendar Girls Unveiling Party Sat. With Mark McGrath, Steve Harwell. 8 p.m. Hard Rock Café, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $40. (813) 627-7757.

Joe Nichols Sat. 7 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 987-2855.

Nate Najar’s Jazz Holiday Sat. With Harry Allen, Lisa Casalino, John Lamb, Stephen Buckholtz. 8 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $26-$35. (727) 822-3590.

Rec Center Sun. 6:30 p.m. The Independent, 5020 N Florida Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 341-4883.

Ol’ Dirty Sundays Sun. With DJ Scratch, Crazy DJ Bazaro, DJ Casper, DJ Lesage. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.

John McCutcheon Mon. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28.50. (813) 229-7827.

Trace Adkins Christmas Show Wed. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $47.50-$225. (727) 791-7400.

Freelow Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Ale and The Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-2533.

Thy Art Is Murder Thurs. With I Declare War, Fit For An Autopsy, Last Seconds Of Life, Kublai Khan. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500 or

-- Ray Roa, tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:39pm]


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