Details: Monday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$19. (727) 895-3045.
Love is in the air. Just not here. If track titles Misery Loves Company or Organ Grinder didn't tip you off, an Emilie Autumn show isn't typical Valentine's Day fare. The goth singer and world-class violinist offers lush orchestrations cloaked in dark, brooding lyrics. Autumn, who has recorded and toured with Courtney Love and Billy Corgan, puts on a live show with wildly theatrical elements, such as burlesque dancing, pyrotechnics, stilt-walkers, Hula Hoopers and tea and crumpet-hurling, all in a setting meant to emulate a harpsichord-heavy romp through a Victorian asylum. This is what goth music on Broadway might sound like.
The Local Revolt Music Series
Featuring the August Name, Santino, Khora, 10th Concession, Consinity, the Jeremy Thomas Band, the Rock 'N' Chair Band, UNRB, the Surfin Raccoons, Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso
Details: Saturday noon. England Brothers Bandshell, 5121 80th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $20-$25. www.TheLocalRevolt.net.
Top-drawing local acts unite to play a small bandshell in Pinellas Park. This buffet of bay area talent includes piping-hot All American Rejects descendants the August Name; Khora, an Incubus-honoring act that stuffs reggae, rock, funk and soul neatly under a fedora; and Santino, a hip-hop and R&B crooner who has opened for Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa at Wild Splash. Partial proceeds support Suncoast Hospice.
Details: Friday 7 p.m. Loews Don CeSar Hotel, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-1881. And Saturday 7 p.m. With Eliza Gilkyson, Audrey Auld. The Musicale, 809 Horatio St., Tampa. $25.
Folkies know Ellis Paul as the master storyteller behind tracks like The World Ain't Slowin' Down and Sweet Mistakes. Most know about the Woody Guthrie tattoo he sports proudly on his arm, too. In This Land Is Your Land fashion, latest album The Hero in You celebrates those who quest for freedom and social change. Paul will kick off the 2012 "Live from Loews" series at the Pink Palace on Friday. He'll play a second show in Tampa on Saturday.
Details: Sunday 5 p.m. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Included with park admission. Toll-free 1-888-800-5447. www.buschgardens.com.
Simple men, gather around. Beer, BBQ and Skynyrd is on tap at Busch Gardens Sunday as the park kicks off its annual music and meat series. Despite the loss of longtime members Ean Evans and Billy Powell in 2009, Johnny Van Zant (original frontman Ronnie's younger brother) continues the legacy begun some 35 years ago in Jacksonville, one seemingly irresistible to all but Neil Young. But how many songs until "that guy" shouts for Free Bird?
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $32.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
When you think Kansas, do you picture Will Ferrell at Blue's funeral or do you relish in the goodness of Carry On Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind? If your answer was the latter, catch the classic rock radio champions and stars of Topeka at the Straz on Saturday.
With Kaleigh Baker, Geri X
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Garage-pop act Gringo Star employs a musical chairs approach at shows, rapidly switching and swapping instruments throughout the set. It's dusty, flannel-shirted stuff with "la la la" backing vocals, just right for fans of the Black Lips or Smith Westerns.
With the Constellations
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13.50-$15.50. www.theorpheum.com.
Bermuda-born Mishka, an internationally renowned pop-reggae artist and the face of surf-culture clothing giant O'Neill's new eco-friendly apparel line ECO'Neill, makes the kind of inoffensive tunes perfect for beach or brunch outings. His latest were co-produced by Butch Walker and actor Matthew McConaughey.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]