Featuring Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, Trivium, Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Unearth, Kingdom of Sorrow, Red Fang, Straight Line Stitch
Details: 2:15 p.m. Sat., 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $32-$73.25. (813) 740-2446.
For the thrash metal fans who like their Marshall stacks piled high and their drumming jackhammer-ish, Mayhem Festival (like the Warped Tour for metal heads) offers a number of bright spots this year. Reunited Megadeth founding members the dueling Daves — lead singer Dave Mustaine, who started Megadeth after his dismissal from Metallica in 1983, and bassist Dave Ellefson — will perform. So will Orlando's brutally persistent thrash up-and-comers Trivium. Newer metal fans might look to Godsmack for howling alt-metal tones that honor Alice in Chains, or to Disturbed for doomy melody and that infamous battle cry, "OOH-WAH-AH-AH-AH!" And if you're feeling especially daring (beyond playing air guitar in your seat), the "wall of death," a pit-like ritual that sends attendees running full speed into one another, has become a staple at Mayhem.
Details: 9 p.m. Wed., the Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, St. Petersburg. $10 and up. (727) 571-2222.
Ladies, you won't need candles or cake to celebrate a special occasion Wednesday. You'll just need a little Jeremih. The 24-year-old R&B crooner behind candid b-day love number Birthday Sex (as well as hits Down on Me and Imma Star) plays an intimate gig at the Venue. Like The-Dream or Trey Songz, Jeremih is a smooth talker with crossover hip-hop charisma and a knack for collecting undergarments. Could he be Maxwell for the next generation? Plus, he's got a great cover of Adele's Rumour Has It. The budding singer-pianist-drummer-writer-producer was signed to Def Jam after a few particularly steamy performances.
With Lorna Bracewell
Details: 8 p.m. Fri., the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $37-$67. (727) 791-7400.
As if a female folkie cracking the Billboard Top 10 wasn't rare enough, Shawn Colvin's breakout came via a song about a cleansing fire. With the lines, "Get the kids and bring a sweater/ Dry is good and wind is better/ Count the years, you always knew it/ strike a match, go on and do it," Colvin's chilling Sunny Came Home earned two Grammys and the adoration of women scorned everywhere. On tour, Colvin is known for highly personal and often witty stories. "Her words and voice gleam with strength," says Paste magazine. One can only hope she'll throw in a tune by her Simpsons Christian songbird character, Rachel Jordan, too.
Zoso (the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience)
Details: 8 p.m. Fri., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $22-$27. (727) 587-6793.
When I wrote back in November that Jason Bonham, son of late great quintessential hard rock drummer John Bonham, would be the closest thing you'd get to a Led Zeppelin experience in the modern age, angry Zoso fans wrote to me in protest. Well today, Zoso lovers, it's your day. The Los Angeles Times hails Zoso (the name comes from Jimmy Page's personal symbol on the Led Zeppelin IV album) as "head and shoulders above all other Zeppelin tributes." And we must concur that the band both looks and sounds eerily like Zep. Logging some 200 tour dates a year can't hurt that.
Anarbor and Valencia
With Conditions, Set It Off
Details: 7 p.m. Sat., Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
If you've ever noticed Allmusic.com's categorization of artists by mood, you might like this. On the site, pop-punk band Anarbor carries the tags, "freewheeling, passionate, romantic, brash, dramatic, exuberant, party/celebratory, summery and yearning." And Valencia has "earnest, energetic, lively, rambunctious, reflective, sweet, angst-ridden, rowdy, summery, fun, playful, rebellious, yearning and cathartic." If you're in any of those moods Saturday, and you happen to like bands resembling the Maine, Taking Back Sunday or Saves the Day, this show's for you.