Details: Wednesday 7 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $35-$55. (813) 740-2446.
For a dude who oozes mellow, Jack Johnson has bay area fans particularly worked up over the To the Sea tour. After all, this is J.J.'s inaugural Tampa visit. The 35-year-old pro surfer turned soft rock star is the reigning king of good vibrations and living proof that nice guys don't always finish last. His breezy acoustic playing (you should hear You and Your Heart, Bubble Toes and Taylor) conjures up sunsets, fruity drinks and seaside splendor. Offstage, however, it's not all banana pancakes and Teva sandals. Johnson means business when it comes to Mother Earth. He's an environmental activist, sustainable food devotee and philanthropist. Most recently, he donated a cool $70,000 to gulf oil relief efforts.
Details: Tuesday 7 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30. (813) 247-2555.
Deftones is one of those rare acts that can balance the brutality of metal with beautiful atmospherics. Heavy yet hypnotic, deafening yet dreamy, the SoCal crew has specialized in this bipolar blend for nearly 20 years. Frontman Chino Moreno, above, was one of the first to combine screamed vocals and intense inhalations with more ethereal, hushed singing, leaving little doubt that he's one of the most influential metal singers to ever sport crew socks. On this tour, fans should expect material from latest Diamond Eyes, as well as oldies Change (In the House of Flies) and My Own Summer (Shove It). Part of show proceeds go to help longtime bassist Chi Cheng, who remains in a semiconscious state after a 2008 car accident.
J.C. Schaffer memorial show
Featuring New Violation, Wine to Water, Hey Rube, Mogul Street Reserve, Johnny Cakes, High 5 Go
Details: Saturday 7 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Donations accepted. (813) 248-2356.
Jancarlos "J.C." Schaffer, 22, was an active local music promoter and ska lover who booked shows at Market on 7th in Ybor City, managed a few bay area acts and ran Rossco Studios. In June, Schaffer was killed in a car accident. On Saturday, many of the bands Schaffer helped promote and support will perform together in his honor.
Art After Dark Island Party
Featuring Tribal Style, DJ Mike Blenda, Ras Kana, Jamm Balaya
Details: Friday 8 p.m. Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $10, free for museum members. (813) 274-8130.
Each month, the museum and area organizations, volunteers, artists and musicians put on themed music and arts events. This month, the museum is going Caribbean with reggae favorites Tribal Style. The band's rootsy renditions of Steel Pulse and Toots and the Maytals are as good as it gets locally.
Hana-li CD release show
With Oceana, the Grecian Urns, the Sun Society
Details: Saturday 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $5-$8. (813) 241-8600.
Clearwater's Hana-li has traveled the globe as a backup singer for artists Isaac Hayes, Doug E. Fresh, Edgar Winter and Chick Corea. Saturday, the 22-year-old singer-songwriter-pianist will take center stage to reveal her first all-original EP From the Dark, a mixed bag of alternative rock, pop, soul and classical. Always the optimist, she hopes her music can help people to "believe in themselves and their ability to make a difference in the world, in their friends, their families and in themselves."
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]