Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Labor Day weekend concerts: Green Day, Lil Wayne, Maxwell and more

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARIES: Green Day

It's been eight years since Green Day's last Tampa concert, which is way too long, considering they used to play local clubs like Jannus Landing and the Brass Mug left and right back in the day. Now that they're Grammy-winning, Broadway musical-inspiring Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, it's easier to get away with being homebodies and family men. At least they haven't run out of political axes to grind. Their 2016 album Revolution Radio takes on gun violence (Bang Bang), mass protestation (Revolution Radio) and cultural disorientation (Forever Now). The melodies and progressions still sound as sticky-sweet as old hits like Basket Case, American Idiot and Boulevard of Broken Dreams. A good reason to get there early: Electrified Welsh rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen open at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $31.50 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.

BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY: Manchester Orchestra

Can you believe there was a time when Manchester Orchestra was supposed to become the next Coldplay? Not that their sweeping, cinematic sound couldn't have filled an arena or two, but it's probably better it didn't happen. Freed from the pressures of pop stardom, the Georgia alt-rockers meandered in the fringes, crafting smart, emotive and powerful rock for a devoted fan base. Their first local headlining show in three years comes in support of A Black Mile to the Surface, their moody, melodic and eminently re-listenable fifth LP. As good as it sounds engulfing your mind through your headphones, it should feel even better filling the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Tigers Jaw and Foxing open at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $20 and up. (813) 390-0397. ritzybor.com.

BACK AGAIN: Maxwell

For all the time Maxwell takes between albums, he sure makes up for it on the road. His concert at 8 p.m. Friday at the Mahaffey Theater is his sixth local show since 2009. That's essentially the length of time between his stellar albums BLACKsummers'night and blackSUMMERS'night, two collections of grown-up neo-soul that represent the first two-thirds of what will go down as a career-defining trilogy. No matter how often he comes here, any chance you get to see Maxwell uncork heart-withering songs like This Woman's Work, Pretty Wings and Lake by the Ocean in his signature falsetto is well worth it. 8 p.m. 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35 and up. (727) 892-5767. themahaffey.com.

NOT-SO-FREE WEEZY: Lil Wayne

You don't have to drop A Milli to see a legend like Lil Wayne in a venue as intimate as Jannus Live, but it's close — tickets to see him Friday start at $75 a pop. That's a lot of cash money to see the Cash Money superstar, who comes through this market pretty often. But it seems Weezy is trying out every career option during a protracted legal squabble with his label and its owner, Birdman, over unpaid millions. He claims to be sitting on Tha Carter V, the next in his blockbuster album series, and until then seems content to pop up on mixtapes and singles (like DJ Khaled's No. 1 summer single I'm the One) and playing unlikely venues like this. 7:30 p.m. Friday. 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550. t icketweb.com.

NO WORK, ALL PLAY: Labor Day festivals

Make the most of this three-day weekend with festivals from Tampa to the beaches:

Summer of Rum Festival: Caribbean-flavored pop with Shaggy, left, and the Baha Men, plus plenty of rum drinks available for sampling. $15 and up. Noon Saturday at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. summerofrumfest.com.

Labor Day Live: Three-day EDM weekend includes headliners 3LAU, SNBRN and Jersey Shore's Pauly D on Saturday; and Borgeous and Grandtheft on Sunday. Shephard's Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $25 and up. eventbrite.com.

Labor Day Weekend Festival: Funk, gospel and R&B with Frankie Beverly and Maze, Tank, Kelly Price and Nephew Tommy. 7 p.m. Saturday. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $29.50 and up. (813) 974-3111. sundomearena.com.

     
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