m Maroon 5
With Train, Matt Nathanson
Details: Wednesday 7 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $32-$102.05. (813) 740-2446.
If you were beginning to think Maroon 5's frisky soul-pop flame had fizzled — the group hadn't charted a top 10 single since 2007's Makes Me Wonder — it's time to re-evaluate this lady-killing crew. Suggestive (often shirtless) singer Adam Levine, a recent coach on The Voice, and his band of excitable players have the No. 1 digital download in the country, the disco-tickled Moves Like Jagger. In that famous falsetto (one that some might argue needs a Breathe Right strip), Levine bows to the Rolling Stones frontman and his hip-swiveling swagger. Endearing opener Train has upped the tempo lately after its origins in sentimental mall balladry (Drops of Jupiter, Calling All Angels). On latest album Save Me San Francisco, the group playfully ponders lipstick stains (Hey, Soul Sister) and hair metal band Winger (If It's Love) over bubbly grooves.
The Bricks 2 for 2 Show
Featuring Urbane Cowboys, Tahoe Fox
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. The Bricks, 1327 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 247-1785.
Here's a cool concept from the Bricks, the Ybor bar-restaurant-coffeehouse started by the crew at Skatepark of Tampa. Each month, the Bricks will hold a free "two for two show" featuring two bay area artists and two bands. On tap this week are the Urbane Cowboys, the little bit country, little bit rock 'n' roll act from Tampa known for its hayseed punk tunes, and Tahoe Fox, a group whose genre-crossing nimbleness might only be matched by its good looks. And did we mention the Bricks offers a peanut butter bar? We'd call that a three for three. (The artists are Lauren Rasch and Adam Graham.)
Amy Winehouse Tribute
Featuring the D'Visitors, Dynasty, Monica Delgado, Gwanmassive Crew
Details: Tonight at 9. The Hub, 719 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.
Local artists are planning a show chock full of brass and beehives to honor the late retro-soul singer Amy Winehouse, who put her own spin on soul music. And it's likely these acts will offer their own takes, too. Among the performers are multicultural standouts D'Visitors, known to play everything from reggae and Afrobeat to jazz and Latin, and lightning-quick lyricist Dynasty.
Featuring Dave Mason, Mark Farner, Rick Derringer, Felix Cavaliere's Rascals, Gary Wright
Details: Saturday 5 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39-$75. (727) 791-7400.
The annual Hippiefest brings a few flower-powered newcomers to Ruth Eckerd Hall, including Gary Wright (Dream Weaver) and Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad. Also performing are Dave Mason, the former Traffic singer-guitarist and pop-jazz-rock fusionist whose repertoire includes Feelin' Alright, We Just Disagree and Hole in My Shoe, and blue-eyed soul group Felix Cavaliere's Rascals. Finally, if the album All American Boy conjures up an old beanbag chair and a boss pair of headphones, then catch Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo singer and ax manipulator Rick Derringer.
With Jeremy Gloff
Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $35. (813) 247-2555.
Just as Aretha Franklin's rendition of Respect and "sock it to me's" were momentous for the feminist movement, Erasure's A Little Respect was a landmark for the LGBT community. On the synth-driven tune from the album The Innocents, frontman Andy Bell, one of the first openly gay performers in pop, demands an ample helping of respect to quiet his calling soul. The album also featured the group's first American hit Chains of Love. Bell has toured with former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke since 1985. Before the release of 2005's Nightbird, Bell revealed he was HIV positive.
Summer Jam 7
Featuring Holiday Shores, Rich Aucoin, the Groves, Geri X, Infinite Groove Orchestra, Michael Parallax, the Rukus, Creepers, Free Lunch Boyz, Preson Phillips, Saskatchewan, Cats in the Basement, Rebels and Rogues, Cassolette, Prince Golden, Soft Rock Renegades, Blenda, Colonic, more
Details: Saturday 5 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969. And Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600. $13-$16.
Just as in years past, the seventh installment of Summer Jam offers an eclectic crop of national and local acts, including rappers, rockers, poets, DJs and psychedelic time-travelers. In fact, for under $20, we doubt you'll find this kind of musical diversity (and a preshow cycling race) anywhere else this weekend. And here's a cool tidbit about one Summer Jam performer. Apparently, there's a Bulgarian edition of Rolling Stone. And in a recent issue, the mag devoted a decent amount of space to profile St. Petersburg's own Bulgarian-born Geri X. Our Bulgarian is a little rusty, but it has something to do with them labeling her "Best of Indie."