This week’s best concerts: Beyonce, Jay-Z, Jeff Beck and more

Published August 22 2018
Updated August 22 2018

ON THE RUN TO ORLANDO: Beyoncé and Jay-Z

So you’ve still got FOMO from missing out on Beychella. Cure it by heading to Orlando on Aug. 29 for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On the Run II Tour. The icons’ extravagant tour has earned rave reviews, and is filled with hits from their respective catalogs: 99 Problems and Ring the Alarm, Big Pimpin’ and Run the World (Girls), The Story of O.J. and Formation. And they’re playing songs from this summer’s excellent dual album as the Carters, Everything Is Love, including the incendiary Apes---. After their twin masterpieces Lemonade and 4:44, this tour caps an era in hip-hop history you have to experience to appreciate. DJ Khaled and Chloe x Halle open at 7:30 p.m. Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place. $49.50 and up. (407) 440-7900. campingworldstadium.

A TRIO OF LEGENDS: Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers, Ann Wilson

Morning Dew. That’s the song Ann Wilson would like to perform live with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers, if they all got up on stage to collaborate. It hasn’t happened yet on their summer tour, which hits Tampa at 7 p.m. Sunday, but there’s always a chance, since all three classic rockers know their way around a great cover. "It’s a really nice combination of music," the Heart singer said recently. "It’s not a big technological production, a flashy show. It’s really about the music, and about singing and great guitar playing. It’s fantastic." Between Beck’s guitar-god talent and Wilson’s and Rodgers’ all-time voices, it’ll be a memorable night, even if they don’t share the stage. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 740-2446.

HEAR ’YE: Cyhi the Prynce

If you think Kanye West is a genius, you probably dig Cyhi the Prynce, too. The G.O.O.D. music rapper co-wrote chunks of West’s albums Yeezus and The Life of Pablo, including New Slaves, Bound 2, Famous and Ultralight Beam. He’s also worked with West on other projects, in addition to his own catalog. So he’s a good choice to headline the Obknoxious Weekend, a series of hip-hop and turntable events hosted by local DJ King Knoxygen. For $25, you can see Cyhi at 7 p.m. Friday at Crowbar, 1817 N 17th St., Ybor City. But for $5 more you get into multiple weekend events, including a DJ battle Sunday night at Franklin Manor.


It’s been about a decade since Lupe Fiasco was supposed to be rap’s next big thing, appearing on Kanye West’s Touch the Sky and making waves in skateboard culture with his debut single Kick, Push. In recent years his business endeavors and increasingly outspoken politics — he has called Barack Obama a "terrorist" and was once kicked out of an inaugural event for criticizing Obama’s Middle East stances. When he plays the Ritz Ybor at 8 p.m. Thursday, the focus should be back on the music, which might remind everyone of the promise he once showed. 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $24.50 and up. (813) 390-0397.

PRIME COUNTRY: Lonestar, Kentucky Headhunters

Craving some classic ’90s country this weekend? You’ve got a couple of options, starting with chart-topping Texans Lonestar, who scored a few country hits (Tequila Talkin’, No News, Come Cryin’ to Me) before blasting out with the all-time ballad Amazed in 1999. They’ll play at 7 p.m. Friday at Stockyard Live, 1916 U.S. 19 N, Holiday. $20 and up. (727) 939-9494.

Even older-school are country-rock firebrands the Kentucky Headhunters, most of whom have been playing in different incarnations for 50 years — although you probably know them best for early-’90s singles Dumas Walker and Oh Lonesome Me. Cottondale Swamp opens at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $29.50 and up. (727) 587-6793.


Surfer Blood’s had some up-and-down moments the last few years, particularly guitarist Thomas Feteke’s death from cancer in 2015. But they’ve stayed resilient, releasing a new LP, Snowdonia, in 2017. And when all is said and done, 2010’s Astro Coast will go down as one of the great Florida indie rock albums this decade. Songs like Swim and Floating Vibes will resonate when they play with Plastic Pinks and the Blonde Tongues at 9 p.m. Saturday. Crowbar, 1817 N 17th St., Ybor City. $13 and up. (813) 241-8600.