What to look for
The summer tour season has passed, but that doesn't stop the flow of great national acts from stopping in for Tampa Bay to get its groove on. These are just some of the bands playing this week. To see them all, visit entertainment.tampabay.com.
Black Diamond Heavies: Known for their southern style of punk rock mixed in with a blues feel, the Heavies pump out dirty, ragged jams with just an organ and drums. Their sound is stripped down and cranked up to 11. 9 p.m. Tue. Dave's Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg.
Bob Weir and RatDog: He secured his space in rock history as co-vocalist for the Grateful Dead. Weir is also known as quite the humanitarian and environmental activist for his work with Seva Foundation (which fights blindness in Asia and South America) and Greenpeace. He comes to the Bay Area and performs with his band RatDog. 7:30 p.m. Tue. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $37. rutheckerdhall.com.
Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcom: The grandson of legend R.L. Burnside and son of drumming great Calvin Jackson teams up with Lightnin' Malcolm to pour swampy soul into the otherwise antiseptic reservoir of contemporary blues. 8 p.m. Tue. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $8. skipperssmokehouse.com.
Conor Oberst: With collaborator Mike Mogis out of the picture, Conor Oberst shut the lids on Bright Eyes. His new project is less confessional but much more accessible. 8 p.m. Wed. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $23. jannuslandingconcerts.com.
Toadies: Most people only know the Toadies for their huge '90s hit Possum Kingdom, but the Toadies have continued on and still produce unique alt-rock songs with a deep blues influence. 7 p.m. Thur. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16 advance, $17 day of show. statetheatreconcerts.com.
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