. Boyz II Men
With Michael Lynche
Details: Tonight at 7:30. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35.50-$55.50. (727) 892-5767.
Knowing the value of a sound harmony and a good fade, Boyz II Men took R&B to the top of the pop charts in the '90s. Today, they're among a dying breed, outnumbered by the pitch-corrected hip-poppers and DJ machines. It's a good time to catch the buttoned-up boyz Nathan, Shawn and Wanya do End of the Road, I'll Make Love to You, Motownphilly and all of the other silky tunes that powered those awkward adolescent school dances. St. Petersburg native and American Idol finalist Michael Lynche opens the show.
With Dave Mason
Details: Tonight at 8. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$110. (727) 791-7400.
His iconic voice will send you searching for the wormhole back to the late '60s, or for those later bloomers, help you reminisce on the saga of Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper. Anticipate the groundbreaking Beatles rearrangement With a Little Help From My Friends and the timeless You Are So Beautiful. Cocker collaborator and Traffic man Dave Mason opens the show.
m The Wailers
With Tribal Style
Details: Friday 9 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$22. (727) 565-0551.
To be clear, two different versions of the Wailers — Bob Marley's legendary backing band — exist today. The group playing here Friday night is led by original member Aston Barrett, the "Family Man" whose deep dub bass lines helped shape 1977's head-in-the-clouds classic Exodus. Handling the mikes are Elan Atias and Koolant Brown, whose scratchy vocal comforts are remarkably Marley-esque. And if you absolutely had to choose between one of the touring groups, we'd go with these guys.
, Last Damn Show
Featuring Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, 2 Chainz, Machine Gun Kelly, Pleasure P, Rita Ora, Kreayshawn
Details: Saturday 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $15-$110. (813) 301-2500.
Longtime Wild fans might remember that the title of the inaugural "Last Damn Show" in 1999 was meant for Y2K. When the world went on, they just kept the name. Rap pack leader Snoop Dogg, a.k.a. the recently renamed reggae star Snoop Lion, headlines the big event. Also performing are Spend It hit man and rapper 2 Chainz, as well as pint-sized Oakland gal Kreayshawn, who caters to scenesters with take-your-designer-label-and-shove-it anthem Gucci Gucci. Rounding things out are Albanian-born up-and-comer Rita Ora (How We Do) and Machine Gun Kelly, who seems to make us want to smash things upon every visit (although he'll likely be the only one smashing things).
Andrew Bird .
With Here We Go Magic
Details: Tuesday 8:30 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $32.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
Intuitive singer-songwriter, multitasking instrumentalist and top-notch whistler Andrew Bird will take you to an alternate universe — one where rocking a glockenspiel and a violin is indie and "edgy" (well, at least kind of). Think "Beck meets Itzhak Perlman," says USA Today. Bird's nearly 20-year career includes collaborative work with everyone from the Squirrel Nut Zippers (mid-'90s) and Neko Case to My Morning Jacket and the Muppets. He is touring on sixth studio album, Break It Yourself, another fine contemporary baroque pop effort with an old-timey feel.
An Evening With Victor Wooten
Details: Sunday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 895-3045.
The backbone of "newgrass" act Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Victor Wooten is a revered bassist known for his nimble thumping and slapping on jazz-bluegrass-rock-pop-country-soul-mixer-uppers that often involve complex time signatures. If you're a bass player (or just someone with a fondness for a good rhythm section), Wooten is a must-see.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]