Saturday, June 23, 2018
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9 concerts to take mom to this weekend: The Weeknd, John Legend, Bell Biv DeVoe

Great news for moms who love music: One of the busiest concert weekends of 2017 falls around Mother's Day. Celebrate at one of these killer shows.

GET HER DANCE ON

Why give the mom in your life a night out on the town when you can give her a full weekend?

Kick things off Friday with the Weeknd, the sizzling Canadian crooner who made getting high sound sexy on smash singles Can't Feel My Face and The Hills. While last year's Starboy is an exercise in excess, we defy you not to move to I Feel It Coming and the title track. Opening are Black Beatles hitmakers Rae Sremmurd along with Belly and 6lack. 7:30 p.m. Friday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $35.75 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

On Saturday, crank up the reggaeton with Puerto Rican superstars Daddy Yankee (Gasolina) and Gente de Zona (Bailando), who headline this year's 92.5 Fiesta Máxima at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. 7:30 p.m. $27.75 and up. sundomearena.com.

Finally, take mom back to the old school at 7 p.m. Sunday with Bell Biv DeVoe, below, En Vogue and SWV at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. That's a host of late-'80s/early-'90s smashes in one night — Poison, Do Me!, My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) and Weak, among others. $35 and up. (727) 893-7832. themahaffey.com.

SERENADE HER

You really want to make her swoon? Take her to see John Legend at Coachman Park, and tell her she's the hottest mom there — including supermodel Chrissy Teigen, who's joining her husband on tour. While the digital world will wait to see what avid tweeter @chrissyteigen thinks of Clearwater, thousands of fans will be content with the Grammy- and Oscar-winning piano man's soulful, sophisticated love songs. Put a bow on a copy of his new Darkness and Light, pair it with tickets ($53 and up), and watch her heart melt. Steamy up-and-comer Gallant opens the show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 301 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

SHOW HER WHAT THE KIDS THESE DAYS ARE INTO

Did your mom miss December's 97X Next Big Thing because she was stuck prepping a holiday potluck? Fear not, because three acts from that alt-rock fest hit St. Petersburg this week.

First up is Coin, the Nashville indie pop band whose slick hit Talk Too Much is a shining example of the Phoenix/Walk the Moon potential on their 2016 LP How Will You Know If You Never Try. 7 p.m. Friday at the State Theatre. $20.25. statetheatreconcerts.com.

On Tuesday, it's Seattle Americana troupe the Head and the Heart, a highly harmonic outfit whose shimmering hit All We Ever Knew hit No. 1 on Billboard's alternative chart last fall. Susto opens at 7:30 p.m. at Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $28 and up. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com.

Then it's rising singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs, an effervescent alt-pop chanteuse who's been on more "Artists to Watch in 2017" lists than you can count, thanks in part to opening stadium gigs for Coldplay. SHAED and Manatee Commune open at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the State Theatre. $18 and up.

If your mom's never heard of any of these guys, don't worry, Briggs can relate. Anytime she plays a festival, "I always send my top (artists) to my sister for her to organize my schedule so that we can go and see them, and then she sends me the ones that she wants to go to, which are of course these obscure bands that I end up falling in love with."

For more with Briggs, see tampabay.com/music.

LET HER RAGE

Moms have it tough, and sometimes they just need to scream. Luckily, two iconic punk bands are marking their 40th anniversaries with back-to-back shows at the State Theatre.

At 7 p.m. Saturday it's British goth-punk pioneers the Damned, peers of the Clash and Sex Pistols now led by founding singer Dave Vanian and bassist Captain Sensible. $24. Then at 7 p.m. Sunday it's X, the twang- and New Wave-tinged L.A. group led by bassist John Doe and singer (and St. Petersburg expat) Exene Cervenka, still touring with their original lineup after 40 years. $30 and up.

In an interview, Cervenka said the band now sees multiple generations at shows, so watch out for moms and daughters.

"I hope they realize that the Damned and X on the same weekend is pretty amazing," Cervenka said. "I would just camp out at the State Theatre after the Damned show and don't get breakfast, just stay there."

For more with Cervenka, see tampabay.com/music.

 
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