, Lucinda Williams
Details: Wednesday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $29 and up. (727) 565-0551.
If you thought a happy marriage could spoil a set full of Lucinda Williams' trademark country kiss-offs and sour, done-me-wrong ditties, you're only half right. Williams, who married in 2009, said she learned how to write about "things besides unrequited love" for latest album Blessed. Still, a Colbie Caillat record this ain't. In her hard-bitten drawl, Mrs. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road might not be insulting exes, but she's tackling other heavy subject matter — war, politics and suicide, for instance. It's raw Lucinda, per usual, just with a few light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel moments.
Details: Friday 8 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $39.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
As a teen, Wanda Jackson shared the stage (and apparently some smooches) with Elvis Presley, and by the late '50s emerged as one of America's first female rockabilly stars. So, why isn't Jackson a household name? Some say she was just too racy and radical for her time. Fortunately for us, this "nice lady with the nasty voice" doesn't have that issue now. She'll barrel through rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, country and gospel in a growl that doesn't suggest, it commands. Jackson, who is credited with being the first woman to ever record a rock 'n' roll song (Let's Have a Party) in 1958, continues the festivities on latest disc The Party Ain't Over, produced by Jack White.
Clearwater Jazz Holiday
Details: Gates are 4:30 p.m. tonight, 4 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Free; charge for select reserved seats. (727) 461-5200, www.clearwaterjazz.com.
The iconic festival packs four days of free, laid-back jazz into waterfront Coachman Park. It opens tonight with the can't-miss Trombone Shorty, left, and Orleans Avenue. Friday includes Brian Culbertson, the Valerie Gillespie Ensemble, Gerald Clayton Trio, and Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade. On Saturday is Maceo Parker, Sammy Figueroa & the Latin Jazz Explosion, LaRue Nickelson Group, Whitney James and Jazz Juvenocracy. Sunday wraps up with Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride and Inside Straight, and the Mike Markaverich Trio.
Details: Friday 11:45 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $15-$10. Toll-free 1-866-502-7529.
Recent Duke graduate and Cooler Than Me chart-topper Mike Posner plays a late-late-night gig at the Hard Rock on Friday. Latest Please Don't Go is an irresistible, electro-R&B whisper tune that conjures up a comedown after a frat blowout. Again, be warned: You'll likely need to wait until 1 a.m. to catch Posner. And if you're up for that, you're cooler than us.
New Found Glory
With Man Overboard, This Time Next Year, the Wonder Years, Set Your Goals
Details: Monday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20 and up. (727) 565-0551.
Lance Armstrong, Napster and the Euro were hot topics in 1999. So was Coral Springs quintet New Found Glory and its emo-groundbreaking debut Nothing Gold Can Stay. But no one would have predicted the latter would be faring better than the others in 2011. NFG's playful, catchy tunes have in fact prevailed, helping to spur a generation of emo-pop-punk acts. The boys, now of parenting age, will play songs from the Blink-like new disc Radiosurgery, as well as oldies My Friends Over You and more.
m Paul Oakenfold
Details: Saturday 9:30 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $15 and up. (727) 571-2222.
Until Paul Oakenfold drew nearly 100,000 people at Glastonbury in 1995, it was hard to put the words "international superstar" and "DJ" in the same sentence. The British trance ambassador changed the game by proving a single DJ and a 4/4 beat could draw big all over the world. Oakenfold has since gone on to Grammy nominations, Coke commercials and action film scores. And as quickly as dance music moves, it's notable that Oakenfold has managed to stay relevant over a 15-year span.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.