n Vince Gill and Amy Grant
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $59.50-$111. (727) 791-7400.
Nothing says classic country Christmas like a trip to sunny F-L-A. This month, the Family Gill is bringing their fifth holiday tour, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," to a handful of cities in the Southeast, including Clearwater, Sarasota, Melbourne and Fort Myers. Unfortunately — or perhaps fortunately, depending on your level of tolerance for Jingle Bells — you won't get to hear most of their hits, as the couple's Christmas shows tend to feature, y'know, Christmas music. And Grant and Gill have a lot of it — they've released a dozen holiday albums between them.
m Allstar Weekend
With Stephen Jerzak, the Scene Aesthetic and Action Item
Details: 6 p.m. Friday, Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $15-$39. (727) 791-7400.
Some might say it's a little premature to call young San Diego rock group Allstar Weekend a "sensation." But their dreamy haircuts beg to differ. And they have a built-in Disneyfied audience, finishing second in Radio Disney's NBT: Next Big Thing contest in 2009. Their sound may not excite anyone who's had enough of the dancey synths 'n' guitars proffered by most pop-rock bands on the Warped Tour, but oh, sigh . . . those haircuts. Squeal!
Crowbar Fourth Anniversary Party
With Spam Allstars, Solillaquists of Sound, ArtOfficial, Soft Rock Renegades
Details: 9 p.m. Saturday, Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $15. (813) 241-8600.
Has it been four years already? Since opening, Crowbar has been a haven for indie-leaning Yborites, bringing in indie (and some mainstream) rock groups like OK Go, Apples In Stereo, A-Trak, Junior Boys, Josh Kelley and the late Jay Reatard. Local artists are always welcome, and the venue still holds regular metal shows and a weekly hip-hop open mike. This party is sure to be hopping, with the Latin-fusion jams of venue regulars Spam Allstars, who come from Miami's Little Havana, and the jazzy hip-hop beats of Solillaquists of Sound, ArtOfficial and Soft Rock Renegades.
The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Is the Rev. Peyton a real man of the cloth? Well, in spiritual terms, he probably falls somewhere between the Rev. Run (a real reverend) and the Rev. Horton Heat (a real psychobilly). This much we know: He's married to his bandmate and washboardist Breezy Peyton, and together — with drummer Aaron Persinger — the Indiana group produces country-blues that's rusty, nasty and soulful enough to earn the band gigs both on the Warped Tour and at WMNF's Tropical Heatwave. The band ain't so damn big, you see, but their sound sure is. And no matter your spiritual affiliation, you might just feel born again after being baptized in the sounds of the South, courtesy of the good right reverend. Hallelujah!
Zoso and Satisfaction
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0551.
Let's be honest: It's looking increasingly unlikely that Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones will tour small venues anytime soon. Thankfully, we have this free show, featuring two of the top Led Zep and Ro Sto (okay, that one didn't quite work) cover bands in the land. The Los Angeles Times called Zoso "head and shoulders above all other Zeppelin tributes." Wonder what Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience thinks of that?
Jay Cridlin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.