Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Demens Landing Park, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. $40 advance, $50 at the door. Toll-free 1-800-745-3000 or (727) 892-5189.
Small St. Pete venue Demens Landing will host a big star with a big voice Saturday. While not typically a concert site, the waterfront park presents the bestselling country artist and steadfast vocalist. McBride, a singer who at one time worked the merch booth for Garth Brooks, has devoted much of her music to womanhood. She celebrates being a mom (In My Daughter's Eyes), shouts out to 20-something singles "living on dreams and SpaghettiOs" (This One's for the Girls) and tackles domestic violence (Independence Day, Concrete Angel). So it's not that the guys can't or shouldn't attend, but it seems a McBride concert is especially fitting for a ladies night. Proceeds benefit the Mayor's Mentors & More scholarship program.
With Roots of Creation, Paint the Town Red
Details: Friday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $5-$10. (727) 565-0551.
Fishbone has endured its share of lineup and style changes. The hysterical energy of frontman Angelo Moore (right), however, is unwavering. By that we mean he's still sporting wild wigs and climbing scaffolding while playing a blend of ska, punk, funk and metal at machine-gun tempo. Perhaps most importantly, the all-black act has refused to let race dictate the style of music it has been playing for more than 30 years. You can pick up a ticket for $5 flat at Detroit Liquors.
Saves the Day and Bayside
With I Am the Avalanche, Transit
Details: Wednesday 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.
Architects of emo band Saves the Day are still finding themselves. And that's a good thing for fans of the group's trademark sugar-and-sadness pop-punk. Behind the boyish voice of Chris Conley, there's still plenty of pain and heartache to go around. But we've heard co-headliner Bayside has been stealing these shows? Discuss.
Details: Wednesday 10 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $25. Toll-free 1-866-502-7529.
Is Great White the Bill Buckner of metal? When a single, heartbreaking evening (the true severity in this case is obviously much greater) overshadows anything else you've ever done, there's certainly a similarity. But the '80s act is doing its darnedest to change that. They've toured relentlessly to benefit those killed in the pyrotechnics tragedy in 2003. Wednesday, they're back on the path to redemption and ready to blast Once Bitten Twice Shy.
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $49.75-$65. (727) 791-7400.
Hello, It's Me rocker Todd Rundgren plays with original Utopia members for the first time in more than 35 years. And that's a huge deal, I am told. Frank Rossitano from 30 Rock, for one, is totally psyched. The accomplished musician and producer formed Utopia in 1974 with a more progressive style in mind. And that he got, particularly on efforts like Oops! Wrong Planet, Adventures in Utopia and Oblivion.
, Chris Cornell
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. $29.50. (813) 229-7827.
Riding a wave of moody, monster riffs in ripped jeans, trailblazing Soundgarden was the first of the Seattle grunge bands to sign to a major label (1989). The band's voracious wailer, Chris Cornell, will perform stool-top in Tampa, strumming acoustic versions of Soundgarden classics (Fell On Black Days, Burden In My Hand, Black Hole Sun), as well as tracks from his Audioslave and Temple of the Dog days. And perhaps to the chagrin of Soundgarden purists, he'll likely pull out a track or two from that largely panned Timbaland project and/or a cover of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at carole. firstname.lastname@example.org.