This weekend’s best Tampa Bay concerts: Big and Rich, Patti LaBelle, Dream Theater

Plus, a mini-Animal Collective reunion, Rosanne Cash and a Temptations-Four Tops tag team.
Published April 24

CHIP OF THE OLD BLOCK: Rosanne Cash

Johnny Cash had five kids, a couple of whom have made names for themselves following in their daddy’s showbiz footsteps. None have had more success than daughter Rosanne Cash. The roots and folk singer-songwriter became a star in the ‘80s, winning her first Grammy for the No. 1 single I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me, but her artistry has only deepened since. In addition to writing books and crafting multimedia experiences, she racked up three more Grammys for her stunning 2014 album The River and the Thread, produced by her husband/guitarist John Leventhal. Her father’s never far from her mind — this summer, she’ll team with Ry Cooder for a series of performances of his music — but for now, she’ll play her own music. $36 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.

WAKE UP: Dream Theater

For a prog-metal band in its fourth decade, Dream Theater is having itself a nice little moment. Released in February, the operatic shredders’ 14th album Distance Over Time is being hailed as their best work in years, with critics praising its uncharacteristic tightness and relative digestibility. Look it up on Metacritic, and you’ll see it’s rating higher than new releases by Billie Eilish and Anderson Paak, among others. If the attention draws wider awareness to the fact that John Petrucci can still send spiraling solos up into the stratosphere, it’s a good thing. $39.50 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5767. themahaffey.com.

BET BIG: Big and Rich

Long before Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus teamed up on Old Town Road, there was Big and Rich, the odd-couple country duo whose glammed-up, glitzed-out, Muzik Mafia style put a fresh slap of zing in Nashville’s zang-zang. They had their own in-house rapper in Cowboy Troy, and recorded with the likes of John Legend, Wyclef Jean and Lil Jon. Fifteen years after their breakthrough album Horse of a Different Color, they remain difficult to categorize — can anyone fully explain the still-fruitful friendship between colorful freaknik “Big Kenny” Alphin and ultra-conservative John Rich? — but are still a heckuva fun fit for casinos. They’ll perform an outdoor show to celebrate the opening of a new parking area at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Soul Circus Cowboys open. $55 and up. 8:15 p.m. Thursday. 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. (813) 627-7625. seminolehardrocktampa.com.

COLLECTIVE PERFORMANCE: Avey Tare

What’s this? An Animal Collective reunion happening below the radar in Ybor City? Not exactly, but it’s not far off, either. When the experimental indie pop outfit’s singer-guitarist David Portner, a.k.a. Avey Tare, comes to Crowbar at in support of his new solo album Cows on Hourglass Pond, he’ll have a special guest opening the show. That would be Brian “Geologist” Weitz, his longtime Animal Collective bandmate. Avey doesn’t do a whole lot of Animal Collective covers in his solo sets, but we can dream of a mini-collab of My Girls or Summertime Clothes, can’t we? If nothing else, seeing half of Animal Collective in a small club is a bargain at twice the price. $12. 7 p.m. Thursday. 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

OLDIES BUT GOODIES: Patti LaBelle, Temptations, Four Tops

Ruth Eckerd Hall is throwing it back to the old school this weekend with a disco diva and a pair of classic soul combos. First up is Patti LaBelle, the New Attitude singer and Walmart sweet potato pie magnate who will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday. Then at 8 p.m. Saturday it’s the Temptations, who are in the midst of a cultural moment thanks to the Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud, and I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) singers the Four Tops. Tickets start at $53.50 for LaBelle, $45 for the Temptations and Four Tops, which means you can see all three acts for under $100. Not bad for a couple of nights full of history. 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

STILL PRETTY: Psychedelic Furs

The brothers Butler just keep going. Thirty-three years after John Hughes borrowed the Psychedelic Furs song Pretty In Pink for his film of the same name, Richard and Tim Butler are still at it on the road, and coming back to Tampa Bay yet again for one of their yearly shows. If the promise of another performance of Love My Way doesn’t do it for you, get there early for an opening set by Royston Langdon, singer of In the Meantime glam-rockers Spacehog. $35 and up. 8 p.m. Saturday. Capitol Theatre.

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