This week’s top concerts: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Old Crow Medicine Show and Marian Hill

Published May 2 2018
Updated May 2 2018

GONE WITH THE WIND: Lynyrd Skynyrd

Think of how out of place Lynyrd Skynyrd sounds in today’s music landscape. "Could you imagine a new artist doing Free Bird for nine minutes?" said founding guitarist Gary Rossington. "And the music that would have to go at the end and all? Nobody would play that, even if it was Jay-Z or Beyoncé." Sure enough, you can scream "Free Bird!" at every concert you like, but there’s only one band equipped to play it the way it was meant to be heard, and that’s Skynyrd. After more than 50 turbulent years, the Jacksonville rock icons plan to hang it up after a farewell tour that kicks off this week in their home state. If you’ve ever wanted to howl along to Sweet Home Alabama, Saturday Night Special or, of course, Free Bird, this could be your last chance. Jimmie Vaughan, Blackfoot and Bobby Lee Rodgers open. 6 p.m. Saturday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $28.50 and up. (813) 740-2446.

Click here for more on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s farewell.

RARE BIRDS: Old Crow Medicine Show

Bummed you missed out on Saturday’s sold-out show by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats in St. Petersburg? Fear not: You can still get your throwback on at 7 p.m. Sunday with Old Crow Medicine Show at Jannus Live. Twenty years after their debut album, the Americana outfit is still going strong, putting their signature string-band twist on a diverse array of songs, from their hit Dylan cover Wagon Wheel to last fall’s CMT Crossroads concert with Kesha. "We wouldn’t have made it this far, or made it where we are, or have had our career end up the way it did, if we were just playing old-time fiddle music," said multi-instrumentalist Critter Fuqua. "And that’s not knocking old-time fiddle music at all; that’s just the way it is." So swing your partner ’round Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, for a hootin’, hollerin’ good time. $37.50 and up. (727) 565-0550.

Click here for more with Old Crow Medicine Show’s Critter Fuqua.

POSTPONED: Halftime Music Festival

Not every day do you see two hip-hop legends like Snoop Dogg and T.I. on the same stage, dropping it like it’s hot and giving you whatever you like. Throw in Karol G, Baby Rasta y Gringo and Brandon Gomes to round out the bill. This event was set for 4:20 p.m. Saturday. North Lot of Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. It has now been postponed $40 and up. (813) 847-7458.

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GIVE UP THE FUNK: George Clinton

Speaking of Snoop Dogg, the same day he’ll be in Tampa, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will land their mothership in Clearwater’s Coachman Park. Snoop sampled liberally from the funk legend’s 1982 synth-funk jam Atomic Dog for his debut single Who Am I? (What’s My Name?). Matter of fact, Clinton has inspired all kinds of rappers, up to and including Kendrick Lamar, who featured him on Wesley’s Theory, the throbbing opening track to his opus To Pimp a Butterfly. Clinton last week announced he would retire from the road in 1999, but for now, the funk shall be within you at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, $20 and up.

DOWN DUO: Marian Hill

You’ve heard Marian Hill, even if you have no idea who they are. In 2017 their song Down appeared in an ad for Apple’s iPhone 7 and AirPods, and the "Who’s that?" impact was immediate — they quickly became the most Shazam’ed group in America, topping Billboard’s year-end chart for music in commercials (which is a real thing). Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol are no mere jingle writers, though; their minimalist blend of piano pop and alternative R&B has earned them slots at some of the world’s biggest music festivals, most recently Coachella. Michl opens. 8 p.m. Friday. The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $31.50 and up. (813) 248-9500.

FOLKS IN NEED: Crackerstock

Frank Thomas is an icon in the state’s folk community, a member of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame and namesake of Bushnell’s Frank Thomas Florida Music and Heritage Festival. So when his Lake Wales home burned down April 22, destroying most of his possessions, musicians were swift to react. A series of fundraisers dubbed Crackerstock are planned around the state to help Thomas and his wife Lisa get back on their feet, including a concert from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Old Key West Bar and Grill, 2451 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s John McEuen will headline, along with singer-songwriters from around the state. It’s free, with all proceeds going to the Thomases.