Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

Best concerts this week: Reggae Rise Up, Tiffany, Mike and the Mechanics, Foreigner, O-Town

ALL THAT MRAZ: Jason Mraz

It’s no shocker that Jason Mraz’s concert at the Mahaffey Theater sold out long ago. Sixteen years after his debut Waiting for My Rocket to Come, Mraz might still be The Remedy (see what we did there?) to the noisy world around us, a gentle, barefoot soul who can bless our savaged eardrums with sweetly plucked ditties like I’m Yours and I Won’t Give Up. He’s fresh off a role in Waitress on Broadway, so a theater like the Mahaffey should feel like home — although since this one is solo and acoustic, it might feel more like the coffee houses he came up playing. MILCK opens. 8 p.m. Saturday. 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5767. themahaffey.com.

MOVING ON UP: Reggae Rise Up

Reggae Rise Up keeps rising up, and up, and up. Four years after launching as a drizzly one-day affair in Tampa, the celebration of all forms of reggae is expanding to a huge three-day weekend in St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park, with more than 30 bands lined up and thousands of fans expected each day. Friday brings California reggae-rockers Rebelution along with Tribal Seeds, Ozomatli, Easy Star All-Stars and more. Saturday features Jamaican legend Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Matisyahu, J Boog, Jesse Royal and more. And Sunday wraps up with roots fusionists SOJA, above, and Nahko and Medicine for the People, along with Collie Buddz, the Expendables, RDGLDGRN and more. Passes are $55 and up per day, $110 and up for the weekend. There’s a free pre-party tonight at Jannus Live, and after-parties Friday through Sunday at the State Theatre ($10 and up). reggaeriseupflorida.com.

Click here to read more about the festival’s growth.

NO LONGER ALONE: Tiffany

No one would mistake the Straz Center’s intimate Jaeb Theater for a food court. So what’s onetime mall-pop princess Tiffany doing there this weekend? "Back then, I always loved what I was doing, but I was so worried about being perfect with the vocals and letting everybody know that I could really sing that I didn’t talk a lot," she told the Tampa Bay Times’ Ellen E. Clarke in a recent interview. "Now I can really engage the audience, which I love." She has grown a lot since I Think We’re Alone Now; her souped-up takes on old songs fit "into my life now without taking away from the fun and the retro aspect of it." 7:30 p.m. Sunday. 1010 N MacInnes Place. $34.50 and up. (813) 229–7827. strazcenter.org.

Click here to read more with Tiffany.

MIRACLE WORKERS: Mike and the Mechanics

We’re still waiting on Tampa Bay’s first-ever show by Peter Gabriel, and it’d be nice to see Phil Collins bring his comeback tour here, too. Until then, at least we have their old Genesis bandmate Mike Rutherford and Mike and the Mechanics. Their first Tampa Bay concert in 30 years will see the band playing hits like Silent Running, The Living Years and All I Need Is a Miracle, alongside a few Genesis tunes. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $49.50 and up. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.

PUT ON YOUR O FACE: O-Town

Imagine spending St. Patrick’s Day weekend with O-Town. We’re taking brunch with the band! Barbecue with the band! Karaoke with the band! Wouldn’t you love all that? Yeah, well, sorry, but you can’t have it. The boy band’s "O’Patrick’s Total Package VIP Weekend" experience in Ybor City is sold out. But at least you can check out their concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $30 and up. (813) 241–0110. facebook.com/theatticyborcity. And if you really feel like splurging, the band is still selling a slimmer VIP package, including karaoke and a meet-and-greet, for $277 at otownofficial.com.

FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME: Foreigner

Last year was a big one for Foreigner. It was their 40th anniversary, and it marked the first time in ages that guitarist Mick Jones and singer Lou Gramm performed together. Where do you go from there? Simple: Add an orchestra. Foreigner’s show Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall will see the band deliver fist-pumping radio smashes like Juke Box Hero, Cold as Ice and Head Games backed by a live orchestra. Sold out. 7:30 p.m. 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

ALL THAT MRAZ: Jason Mraz

It’s no shocker that Jason Mraz’s concert at the Mahaffey Theater sold out long ago. Sixteen years after his debut Waiting for My Rocket to Come, Mraz might still be The Remedy (see what we did there?) to the noisy world around us, a gentle, barefoot soul who can bless our savaged eardrums with sweetly plucked ditties like I’m Yours and I Won’t Give Up. He’s fresh off a role in Waitress on Broadway, so a theater like the Mahaffey should feel like home — although since this one is solo and acoustic, it might feel more like the coffee houses he came up playing. MILCK opens. 8 p.m. Saturday. 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5767. themahaffey.com.

MEN FROM MARS: Celebrating David Bowie

Most tribute acts are a dime a dozen. Few post the pedigree of authenticity of Celebrating David Bowie. The show, which stops at the Capitol Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, features several longtime Bowie collaborators and tourmates, including keyboardist Mike Garson, guitarists Earl Slick and Gerry Leonard and bassist Carmine Rojas. Handling Bowie’s incomparable vocals are Mr. Hudson (Jay-Z’s Young Forever), Joe Sumner (son of Sting!) and Bernard Fowler (who has toured with the Rolling Stones for decades). Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $42.50 and up. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.

   
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