Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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This week’s best concerts: Paul Simon’s farewell, G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert and more

SUMMER SENSATIONS: G-Eazy and Lil Uzi Vert

Tall drinks of water don’t come much cooler than G-Eazy, inset, the Oakland rapper who’s been sliding up the pop charts the last few years thanks to a string of huge hits (Me, Myself & I; No Limit; Him & I) and features (Britney Spears’ Make Me). And the emo rap movement has yet to produce a deeper, catchier single than XO Tour Llif3, the breakthrough hit by Best New Artist Grammy nominee Lil Uzi Vert, above. That makes their tour, which hits Tampa at 6:30 p.m. Friday, the hip-hop package of the summer. And that’s before you throw in openers YBN Nahmir, Murda Beatz, P-Lo and omnipresent R&B vocalist Ty Dolla $ign, who’s on the biggest hit of them all in Post Malone’s Psycho. Any one of these acts would fill a lot of venues around town. Put them together, and it’s one of the most hit-heavy lineups of the (very late) summer. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.50 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com. Want more G-Eazy? He’s scheduled to appear at a free promo event for Stillhouse bourbon from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight at Quaker Steak and Lube, 10400 49th St. N, Clearwater. There will be food, drinks and DJs in the parking lot. (727) 572-9464.

THE SOUND OF SILENCE: Paul Simon

It’s rare that an artist comes to Tampa on the same day he drops a new album. It’s much, much rarer that it happens in the middle of an artist’s farewell tour. But that’ll be the case with Paul Simon, whose final trek across the nation comes to Amalie Arena at 8 p.m. Friday. The legendary singer-songwriter is about to drop his 14th studio album, In the Blue Light, a collection of jazz- and classical-inspired reimaginings of favorite deep cuts dating back to 1973’s There Goes Rhymin’ Simon. Honestly, it’s good — it features Wynton Marsalis, Bill Frisell and the National’s Bryce Dessner; you really should check it out. But it can’t overshadow the fact that this might be the last time we ever see Simon, 76, in Tampa. In his career-spanning farewell set, he’s playing just about every hit a Simon fan would want: America, Graceland, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, You Can Call Me Al, The Sound of Silence and many more. Knowing he’s still capable of putting out music like In the Blue Light makes this farewell hurt even more. Catch him while you can. 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $50 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

DAD ROCK: Zander Family Band

There’s Robin Zander, lead singer of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick. There’s Robin Taylor Zander, his son, who’s led indie bands of his own. And there’s Robin-Sailor Zander, his teenage daughter, herself a burgeoning singer. As Papa Z once told the Times, "My wife just calls us Robin, and we all come running." But it rarely happens on one stage at once. That’s what makes their upcoming show together so special. The Zander clan, who live in Safety Harbor, will team up for a special one-off show as the Zander Family Band at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theatre. Expect an eclectic mix of songs. When they performed together at a local festival in 2016, the Zanders sang Cheap Trick hits like Surrender, The Flame and I Want You to Want Me, and Robin Taylor and Robin-Sailor duetted on Coldplay’s Fix You. 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29 and up. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.

HOLY CANNOLI: DJ Pauly D

With the Jersey Shore cast having reunited in Florida this spring for Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, it’s probably time for DJ Pauly D to come back to Tampa. While he never had the abs of the Situation or the Snookiness of Snooki, he’s parlayed his reality TV fame into a thriving DJ career, touring with Britney Spears and playing to a never-ending cavalcade of spring breakers. A couple of weeks ago at a club in Miami, he took a minute to splatter fans in the pit with — wait for it — cannoli filling. And you thought Jersey Shore was bad for you. 10 p.m. Saturday. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $25 and up. (813) 390-0397. ritzybor.com.

MELODY MAKERS: Melodime

It takes guts to release a song in the summer called Song of the Summer. Like, why not just toss a drink in Drake’s face? But if you’re a country fan, you might really dig what Melodime’s doing. The melodic Virginia quartet is here for the party on Song of the Summer, from their new EP Roll-1. It’s driving yet totally organic, like an indie version of Old Dominion or Lanco, and wouldn’t sound out of place on tour with someone like Dierks Bentley or Miranda Lambert. Labor Day’s over, but Song of the Summer might win you over yet. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $15 and up. (813) 241-0110.

BRAZILIAN THRILLS: Angra

When you think Brazilian thrash metal — as we all so often do — the first band that comes to mind is Sepultura, right? But what if you’re also looking for a band that can deliver a killer cover of Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights? In that case, my friend, the band you seek is Angra. Led by guitarist Rafael Bittencourt and a series of operatic vocalists (currently Fabio Lione), the group has earned huge respect in the global metal community since 1991, sharing stages with the likes of AC/DC and Iron Maiden. So admired was longtime guitarist Kiko Loureiro that in 2015 he was recruited by Dave Mustaine to join Megadeth. The group’s dramatic, theatrical, melodic metal kills at festivals, so it should be a treat to see them in a small club on their first full North American tour. Scarlet Aura, Alpha Decay and Coda Cutlass open. 7 p.m. Sunday. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20 and up. (813) 248-9500. theorpheum.com.

     
     
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