LETTING THE SUNSHINE IN: Dashboard Confessional
One of the great ironies of the early 2000s emo boom was that its dreamiest poster boy, Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba, hailed from sunny Boca Raton.
"I really found out who I was supposed to be when I got there," the Connecticut native said in a phone interview with the Times' Kathryn Varn. And he still looks forward to each gig in Florida — such as Thursday's concert at the Ritz Ybor.
Dashboard Confessional returns to F-L-A with a new EP of acoustic covers, including the 1975's Sex and Justin Bieber's Love Yourself. But it's heart-on-his-sleeve favorites like Hands Down and Screaming Infidelities that will have the millennials in the house howling right along.
"Playing to such large amounts of people … leaves me awe-stricken from the moment I step out to the moment I'm off stage because there are all these people there kind of feeling one thing," Carrabba said. "But when you're in a club, that sensation is really very palpable to me. I feel like the audience guides the show from that."
Vinyl Theatre and Wild Life open the show at 8 p.m. at the Ritz, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. It's sold out, though limited tickets might be available at Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg. ritzybor.com.
For more with Chris Carrabba, head to tampabay.com/soundcheck.
GET JUGGY WITH IT: Juggalo Weekend
Yes, we know, Valentine's Day is over. But it's never too late to surprise your honey with a tub of grease paint, bottle of Faygo and tickets to the Juggalo Weekend, a two-night celebration of all things Insane Clown Posse. The horrorcore clowns will play vaguely Valentine-ish shows on Friday and Saturday, performing their album Tunnel of Love on Night 1 and The Amazing Jeckel Brothers on Night 2. Joining them Friday are Lyte, Sewerside and Blahzay Roze; on Saturday it's Big Hoodoo, DJ Clay, Stitches and ABK. If that's not enough of an aphrodisiac, look for Juggalo Championship Wrestling on both nights. Gates open at 4 p.m. both days at Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $30 Friday, $40 Saturday via ticketfly.com. (727) 565-0550.
FRESH CATCHES: Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
Fresh seafood and sizzling riffs come together this weekend at the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, two days of tunes and gulf treats in Clearwater's Coachman Park. It's a hidden gem among Florida's crowded spring festival circuit, and this year's rangy lineup proves why: shaggy rockers JJ Grey and Mofro, the Record Company, the Sheepdogs, the Congress and more on Saturday; more traditional bluesmen Walter Trout, above, Sonny Landreth, Mike Zito, Selwyn Birchwood and more on Sunday. It's free at 1 p.m. both days, though you can purchase reserved and VIP seating for $25 and up at clearwaterseablues.com.
SHORE LEAVE: Cayamo cruisers
Good on you if you snagged a cabin to this year's sold-out Cayamo cruise, a stellar collection of country and Americana talent (Emmylou Harris, Kacey Musgraves, Steve Earle, Richard Thompson, Maren Morris and many others) departing from Tampa this weekend. But if not, good news: Plenty of Cayamo singer-songwriters booked concerts in town before they leave. There's WMNF-88.5 favorite Paul Thorn, who brings his band to the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. in Clearwater, at 8 p.m. Saturday; $26 and up at atthecap.com. There's rootsy Parker Millsap, who has two shows at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center, 706 Second Ave. N; both are sold out but could see tickets available closer to the show at safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com. And at the Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave. in Ybor City, you have Tennessee firebrand Will Hoge, right, performing at 7 p.m. Saturday; $20 and up via ticketfly.com. It's not a cruise across the Caribbean, but at these shows, at least the music will sound like paradise.
STILL HARD AT WORK: Colin Hay
Men at Work are long gone, but frontman Colin Hay is still at it in 2017, touring regularly as one of the most engaging singer-songwriters to escape the '80s. On March 3, he'll drop his 13th solo album, Fierce Mercy, which blooms with range, life and color while retaining the confessional intimacy of his recent one-man tours. He's become a frequent visitor in Tampa Bay, often playing small venues like the Capitol Theatre, which is where he'll be at 8 p.m. Sunday. $29.50 and up. (727) 794-7100. atthecap.com.