With Slightly Stoopid, the Aggrolites
Details: Friday 6:30 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $24-$68. (813) 740-2446.
Just like palmetto bugs and afternoon showers, 311 has become a staple of Tampa Bay summers. The cross-pollinating reggae-rock act returns to the Gary, this time with like-minded cloud-music-makers Slightly Stoopid and vintage reggae-soul act the Aggrolites. 311 has exponentially strengthened its reputation as a live act year after year, trotting out full-band drum lines, slap-bass solos and the kind of cool-it-down anthems that manage to overcome the aforementioned heat and bug barriers. It's like a peaceable oceanside party that just happens to be adjacent to I-4. Slightly Stoopid has been moving forward with new album Top of the World. Slated for release next month, the disc includes guests Black Uhuru, G. Love, Fishbone and ex-Jurassic Five emcee Chali 2na.
Details: Friday 9 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$35. (813) 247-2555.
Before dance music maestros such as Paul Oakenfold hit the decks, DJs were never international superstars. By the mid '90s, the British electronica ambassador was proving an individual with a pulsating 4/4 beat could draw big all over the world. Oakenfold went on to Grammy nominations, Coke commercials and action-film scores. Better still, Oakenfold has helped to usher in a 2012 where electronic dance makes up the sound of American pop and its close cousin "hip-pop."
Details: Friday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 565-0551.
Toubab Krewe of Asheville, N.C., gracefully fuses rock with West African music, thanks to extended study in Mali, Guinea and Ivory Coast. African instruments like the kora (a harp-lute made from an African gourd) and soku (Malian horsehair fiddle), along with intricate percussion and psychedelic elements, play integral roles in the show. The Skipper's Smokehouse regulars graduate to the large stage at Jannus on Friday.
Details: Saturday, after the Rays game against the Seattle Mariners at Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Free with ticket for game, which starts at 7:10 p.m. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.
DeGraw describes One Tree Hill-theme and mega-hit I Don't Want to Be as "the song that changed my life and paid for all my college loans." The laid-back pop-soul singer followed up with other sensitive earworms Chariot and In Love With a Girl before going grittier on last year's Sweeter. DeGraw also competed on last season's Dancing With the Stars. One note about his Rays Trop stop: DeGraw is the type that likes to eat all his veggies before dessert. In other words, you may need to stick it out until the end of the set for the Top 40 treats.
The Dukes of September
Featuring Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs
Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $50-$90. (727) 791-7400.
Over the years, the distinct voices of Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Mr. Takin' It to the Streets Michael McDonald and Lido Shuffle- r Boz Scaggs have soothed and comforted like few others. They've also helped to make hold music more hummable. Collectively as "The Dukes of September," these Grammy-winning singer-songwriters promise an evening of smooth, soft rock and soul geared to the boomer set, and although indie kids might get down on McDonald after his Grizzly Bear collaboration, While You Wait for the Others is a must-hear for both fan bases. For an interview with McDonald, go to tampabay.com/features.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]