Details: Friday 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $52.50 and up. (813) 301-2500.
Dubbed the "new edition" of the Jackson 5, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown fused R&B and hip-hop to jump-start the New Jack Swing movement in the '80s. But most importantly, New Edition paved the way for boy-band mania and your accompanying New Kids on the Block lunch box and/or slap bracelet. The fully reunited cast (yes, even crazy Bobby B.) celebrates the 30th anniversary of Candy Girl. In addition to New Edition jams, you're likely to hear Brown's My Prerogative.
Details: Saturday 9 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.50-$69.50. (727) 791-7400.
After Creed's own fans sued the band for $2 million in a class-action lawsuit over a dreadful Chicago show in 2002, we were certain Creed and its albums were destined for the bargain bin. Ten years later, the Florida act is back on its game performing blockbuster album Human Clay (With Arms Wide Open, Higher) in its entirety, along with hits from My Own Prison, Weathered and Full Circle. The tour reviews have been pretty positive thus far.
Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50 and up. (727) 791-7400.
Working the strings like crazed puppeteers, Gipsy Kings bring flamenco pop-rock to life Tuesday in Clearwater. While plenty of artists have toasted the proverbial nomad, it's the Reyes and Bailiardos families, descendants from Spanish gypsies who fled to France during the Spanish Civil War, doing the wanderer way proud well into the 21st century. Since releasing Bamboleo in '87, a three-and-a-half minute version of a popular Venezuelan folk song, the rock band has enjoyed international crossover superstardom. A flamenco rendition of Hotel California is in the arsenal, too.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
With Whole Wheat Bread, Victims of Circumstance, Rise of Saturn
Details: Friday 9 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $23 and up. (813) 247-2555.
When we think about 2-Tone ska revivalists the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, we can't help picture the band's performance of Where'd You Go? in coming-of-age classic Clueless. Behind throaty snarler Dicky Barrett, the well-dressed men of Boston continue their sassy, brassy ways.
Mayer Hawthorne and the County
With the Stepkids
Details: Monday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.
"Most of the best music ever made came out of Detroit," says singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Mayer Hawthorne, who counts Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson and Barry White among his influences. Mayer Hawthorne grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., just outside of Detroit, and looks back fondly on father-son drives with the region's rich soul and jazz playing on the radio. The Walk, for one, shows Hawthorne as a fine modern interpreter of classic soul sounds.
Safety Harbor Art and Music Center Ground-breaking Celebration
Featuring Rebekah Pulley, Shaun Hopper, TG Weger, Tony Wylie, Imani Woomera, Aimee, Shannon Whitworth, Gareth Asher, more
Details: Sunday 2:30 p.m. 8th Street Pub, 103 Eighth Ave., Safety Harbor. Free (donations accepted). (727) 725-4018 or safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com.
A new art and music center in Safety Harbor gets one step closer to lift-off. The Safety Harbor Art and Music Center (also known as SHAMc) is being developed by long-time Safety Harbor residents Todd and Kiaralinda Ramquist. The couple plans to turn a small historic home in downtown Safety Harbor into a center with a stage for intimate concerts as well as a gallery to showcase art. The project received an additional $50,000 from a Pepsi Refresh Project grant. To celebrate the ground-breaking, honey-voiced troubadour Rebekah Pulley and a half a dozen top-notch locals perform.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]