Dave Koz and Friends
Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48-$85. (727) 791-7400.
Not just for Saab sedan stereos and hotel lobbies anymore (we kid, we kid), smooth jazz poster boy Dave Koz will deck Ruth Eckerd Hall with sax-powered Christmas songs. For this 13th anniversary edition of his "Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour," the 47-year-old Koz will be joined by Brian Culbertson on keys, South African singer and guitarist Jonathan Butler and Dutch sax star Candy Dulfer. Koz's Hello Tomorrow, the first album of original material in seven years, recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Album chart. Koz also made a musical appearance on Desperate Housewives, only to be cut short by an Eva Longoria/Vanessa Williams catfight.
n Tribute to George Harrison
Featuring the Ditchflowers and friends
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $19-$23. (727) 587-6793.
Yes, we know the Beatles are on iTunes now, but here's a chance to get out there and soak up the sounds of that often overshadowed member, George Harrison. The "quiet Beatle" and lead guitarist contributed classics While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Here Comes the Sun and Something to the Beatles catalog. (Frank Sinatra called the latter "the greatest love song of the last 50 years.") Many of the unused Harrisongs ended up on the excellent All Things Must Pass, which melodic pop-rock specialists and passionate local Beatles fans the Ditchflowers will perform with a little help from friends.
With Word Alive, Oceana, Marksmen
Details: Friday 6:30 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$17. (813) 247-2555.
Nearly 20 years after bands like Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel put the Tampa metal scene on the map, hometown success story Underoath keeps the loud alive — with one small variation. While those acts were satisfied writing about death and destruction, Tampa's Underoath says its larynx-annihilating mission is one from God. "We're up here for Jesus Christ," singer and merciless screamer Spencer Chamberlain announced onstage at Warped Tour '09. Chamberlain heads up this tour and new album for the first time without the band's last original member, Aaron Gillespie (who departed earlier this year). New drummer Daniel Davison, formerly of Norma Jean, will fill the seat.
Featuring Victims of Circumstance, CIO, the Hoverounds, more
Details: Friday 6 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $8. (813) 382-3477.
Year after year, local bar owners tell us that Black Friday doesn't just apply to retail stores. Around the bay, bars and bands draw big the day after Thanksgiving, too. So take a break from the fam, skip that second slice of pumpkin pie and enjoy sweet, sweet ska at Transitions. Victims of Circumstance, a group we'd consider well-seasoned after an overseas tour stint with the Voodoo Glow Skulls, will headline.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at email@example.com.