m Regina Spektor
With Only Son
Details: Tonight at 8. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.50-$49.50. (727) 791-7400.
More full-blooded and feisty than, say, Feist (see Fidelity), but less distressed or curt than Fiona Apple (see Us, of (500) Days of Summer fame), Russian-born Regina Spektor brings a flamboyant style jam-packed with emotional ups and downs. Rolling Stone calls her the "generation's Joni Mitchell — a singer-songwriter who nail-guns emotional truths between wisecracks."
. Waka Flocka Flame
Details: Tonight at 7. The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$35. (813) 248-9500. theorpheum.com
Waka Flocka Flame is an admittedly bad rapper (he has said that he'd rather not be known as a "lyricist"). But what the glassy-eyed rap star from Riverdale, Ga., lacks in lyrical skill, he makes up for in silly charisma, the kind attracting the suburban 8-to-5 set to his shows. So get out of the cubicle and shout along with the boisterous rapper as he headbangs, barks about jewelry (he has been known to sport a gold Fozzie Bear necklace), and chants his own name repeatedly.
With Randy Montana
Details: Sunday 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $37.50 and up. (727) 791-7400.
From Kid Rock to Darius Rucker, we've seen our share of rockers "go country." But when Aaron Lewis arrived on the Nashville scene, the misgivings were many. How could the man behind mope-metal act Staind, a guy from Massachusetts, mind you, crossover? It took more than a vintage Chevy and a trucker hat for Lewis to prove himself. But he did just that. His debut single Country Boy featuring Charlie Daniels and George Jones sold more than 20,000 digital singles in its first week. This week, Lewis released The Road, "one of the best and most cohesive country releases of the year," says the Chicago Tribune.
Details: Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $70 and up. (727) 791-7400.
Where were you in '82? (Gen-Y kids, please disregard.) If you weren't exposed to prog-rock supergroup Asia, you were one of the few. Asia's self-titled debut was the biggest-selling album that year and spawned Top 10 singles Heat of The Moment, Only Time Will Tell and Sole Survivor. The original lineup, featuring bassist-vocalist John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer, keyboardist Geoff Downes and guitarist Steve Howe, will play the disc in its entirety Tuesday.
m Donavon Frankenreiter
With Jeremy Thomas, Beebs of Beebs and Her Money Makers
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $23 and up. (727) 565-0551.
That "other" easy-going pro-surfer-turned-slow-groove-rocker hits St. Pete Saturday with soft-rock daydreams and unobtrusive strumming. Much like fellow wave chaser and friend Jack Johnson, Frankenreiter makes patio-chair-type tunes for endless summers. This time around, Frankenreiter is touring in support of Start Livin', which includes the lyric, "I believe the world could be fine if we could all sing the same lullaby." We mentioned easygoing, right?
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $36.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
In 1984, Chip Davis decided to make a Christmas album, something typically considered the last-ditch effort in an aging pop star's career. Today, the Grammy winner's Christmas show is an enterprise all its own, boasting innovative interpretations of Yuletide favorites and dazzling multimedia effects. The group's most faithful fans (and there are many) consider Mannheim Steamroller just as much a holiday tradition as decorating the tree.
America's Youngest Jazz Band appearing at the Suncoast Jazz Classic
Details: Saturday 9:30 a.m. Sheraton Sand Key, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach. For full schedule of performers and set times, visit suncoastjazzclassic.com.
Eighty-six-year-old Sonny LaRosa of Safety Harbor has dedicated most of his life to keeping the art of jazz and big band alive and swingin'. Over the course of 35 years, LaRosa has taught and conducted more than 600 child musicians. Call it a Mr. Holland's Opus-type situation because — let's face it — playing in a jazz band loses out to playing football more often than not. But LaRosa presses on, knowing his alumni (including saxophonist Eric Darius) have found success in jazz, even in today's dance-pop-dominated climate.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]