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Catch one or all of these concerts Saturday: Miranda Lambert, J. Cole, Blink-182, Peter Bjorn and John

There are four seriously cool concerts in Tampa Bay on Saturday, one of those nights when everyone seems to be rocking our fair shores. (Would have been five, but Blondie bailed from a Ruth Eckerd Hall gig, totally shattering our hearts of glass.) You can't go wrong at any of the shows. But we here at Weekend say why choose one when you could GO TO ALL FOUR! Crazy? Maybe. But here are a few helpful tips to help you attack the four-pack anyway.


Where: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg

What to hear: Let's start at the Trop, where Ms. Gunpowder & Lead will play the postgame show after the Rays-Blue Jays game. Her new song Baggage Claim is a great kiss-off thumper.

When to leave: Blake Shelton's wild-child wife has been known to hurl her guitars every which way, some near-death rock 'n' roll antics from the country kid. Might want to find shelter after the incendiary Kerosene — or at least borrow a batting helmet from Evan Longoria.

More info: The game starts at 7:10 p.m. Tickets start at $17. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.


Where: Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg

What to hear: This is a killer contemporary get for downtown St. Pete's sparkly open-air venue: a white-hot hip-hopper about to go big with his bumpy Paula Abdul-sampling jam Work Out.

When to leave: It's going to be hot; it's going to be crowded. We say leave when the sweat starts dripping down into your Ralph Lauren boxer-briefs. Sorry, but someone had to say it.

More info: 8 p.m. $15. (727) 565-0551.


Where: 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa

What to hear: What becomes of grownup punks? Hit the bridge to Tampa to find out at comeback sets from Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance, acts that lost luster — but gained wisdom? — since their heyday. Will the same energy still be there? Will someone drop their pants? Not sure. But rest assured, Blink's hyper All the Small Things is a life-affirming anthem no matter what decade you're in.

When to leave: Blink drummer Travis Barker will most certainly bust out an epic solo. You can leave during that — and then come back 16 hours later and catch the tail end of it.

More info: 7 p.m. $32-$83.50. (813) 740-2446.


Where: Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Tampa

What to hear: We say you end your night with this Swedish indie rock band. The three dudes excel at syncopated cool — and whistling! — especially on the spare, frenetic Young Folks.

When to leave: This being your fourth show in just a few hours, you're probably going to pass out. Try not to do it in the middle of the club. Go home. Get sleep. You done good, party star.

More info: 8 p.m. $20. (813) 247-2664.

Sean Daly can be reached at or (727) 893-8467. His Pop Life blog is at

Catch one or all of these concerts Saturday: Miranda Lambert, J. Cole, Blink-182, Peter Bjorn and John 09/21/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:30am]
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