Details: 8 p.m. Friday, St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $55 and up. (813) 301-2500.
Most of the world knows Josh Groban as the grand (or depending on your state of mind, goopy) tenor adored by Oprah and Aunt Kathys everywhere. But for all of Groban's classical-crossover gallantry, he's got a great funny bone. This month, Groban played Andy Bernard's younger, more successful brother on The Office. Before that, he sang Kanye West tweets ("fur pillows are hard to actually sleep on") in a hilarious sketch for Jimmy Kimmel. On this tour, dubbed "Straight to You," Groban will offer spontaneity and interactivity with his fans, calling for their opinions on the set-list and on life in general.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Details: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Free. (727) 791-7400.
The muscly electric blues of hits Tuff Enuff and Wrap It Up helped bring the Fabulous Thunderbirds and the Texas blues scene to the forefront. It also earned the barnburnin' band opening gigs for the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker, to name a few. Co-founder and harmonica whiz Kim Wilson remains the only original member, as the Thunderbirds' guitarist Jimmie Vaughan (brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan) went on to pursue a solo career years back.
Bogus Pomp's Zappaween
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 565-0551.
If your idea of a good Halloween get-down involves ultra-complicated hybrid jazz and abstract humor, this one's for you. As you might be aware, fans have been turning out year after year for Zappaween, the annual event put on by Bogus Pomp, St. Pete's pre-eminent (and possibly only) diehard Zappa tribute act. You might also be aware that Zappa events bring out cult-like obsessives, so anticipate a wild evening.
Fitz and the Tantrums
With Walk the Moon
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.
A lanky Californian with frosted hair is an unlikely soul man, but soul man he is. Fitz and the Tantrums singer Michael Fitzpatrick leads well-dressed brass boys and gals the Tantrums on a Motown-influenced soul expedition with an indie edge (MoneyGrabber). Ohio act Walk the Moon, one of our favorite surprise acts at Bonnaroo, opens with dance-ready tunes about hourglass bodies and walking on tightropes. Anna Sun, a track apparently named after the lead singer's favorite professor from college, is a must-hear.
With Andy Grammer
Details: 7:30 p.m. tonight, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $30-$40. (727) 791-7400.
Cool, casual and incapable of offending, Colbie Caillat's songs refresh like a cool breeze on a hot day. She's the antithesis of Gaga, Katy Perry or Ke$ha — a girl-next-door type who bashfully crinkles her nose at the possibility of real love (Bubbly). The 20-something from Malibu, Calif., (quite possibly Jennifer Aniston's mellow, distant cousin) has new disc All of You with all of the by-the-beach-ness you've come to expect from Caillat.
With Charlie Mars
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $27-$31. (727) 895-3045.
A little more than a decade ago, you could find Partridge-esque pop stars the Hanson brothers gracing the cover of Tiger Beat mags, ruling MTV's TRL, and distracting prepubescent girls from language arts homework. Today, though much of the squealing has subsided, the MMMBop boys from Oklahoma (all of whom are now married) continue to play infectious, self-penned soul-pop tunes. Thinking 'Bout Something shows their depth as musicians (yeah, we said it) and unassisted vocalists, a unique feat in today's pop music realm.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.