Monday, August 13, 2018
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Music Planner: David Crosby tells all, For King and Country ring in the holidays

DEJA VU: David Crosby

Don't hold your breath waiting for another Crosby, Stills and Nash reunion.

"There's no joy of music there," David Crosby said in a phone interview. "I was born a musician, I've lived my whole life as a musician, and it's really what drives me and what I care about. And that doesn't coincide with the big bands that I've been in. They're stultified and kind of stuck."

Crosby, on the other hand, is moving full steam ahead. His new album Lighthouse, produced by Snarky Puppy's Michael League, has sent him on a tour that stops at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Crosby, League and singers Becca Stevens and Michelle Willis will bring heavenly harmony to songs from Lighthouse and the rest of Crosby's two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career, from his solo albums to his hits with the Byrds and CSN.

"It's the four of us acoustic, and it's all about the songs," Crosby said. "The songs speak better for me than I do."

$52.50 and up. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.

For more with David Crosby, click here.

HOLIDAY ROADSHOWS: For King and Country

Grammy-winning Christian rockers For King and Country will kick off their first arena Christmas tour at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $25 and up. sundomearena.com. Also Tuesday: Dave Koz with Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore and Valerie Simpson at 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $35 and up. rutheckerdhall.com.

This seems like a good occasion for a rundown of a few more of this year's top holiday tours, where pop and rock artists mix songs of the season along with their biggest hits. Here are six on our nice list:

Dec. 1: Melissa Etheridge, Mahaffey Theater. $49.50 and up. themahaffey.com.

Dec. 3: Donny and Marie Osmond, Ruth Eckerd Hall. $72.75 and up. rutheckerdhall.com.

Dec. 13: Beach Boys, Ruth Eckerd Hall. $40 and up. rutheckerdhall.com.

Dec. 18: Two shows by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Amalie Arena. $32 and up. amaliearena.com.

Dec. 20: Jackie Evancho, Ruth Eckerd Hall. $39.50 and up. rutheckerdhall.com.

Dec. 27: A Drag Queen Christmas, featuring contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race, Straz Center. $24.90 and up. strazcenter.org.

PARTY OVER WHERE? Stevie B

This week in unlikely concert bookings we have Stevie B, the king of '80s freestyle, playing a country nightclub, the Round Up in Tampa. How the Round Up wrangled the man behind Because I Love You (The Postman Song), we may never know, but we're not going to question it. We're just going to suggest snapping up your tickets and dragging any relatives who might be visiting for Thanksgiving, so you can (line) dance those calories right off. 9 p.m. Friday, 10051 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 855-1229. theroundup.com.

ARTHOUSE MOVEMENT: SHAMCgiving

Your Thanksgiving spread has nothing on the one that Kiaralinda and Todd Ramquist are setting out in Safety Harbor. After years of planning and piecemeal labor, the artists' colorful passion project, the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center, will hold its grand opening Friday through Sunday with "SHAMcGivinG," a communal potluck and festival featuring parades, art projects, writers, poets and music, including Ryan Montbleau, Callaghan, Gareth Asher and Bing Futch. It's a lot of celebration, which suits the one-of-a-kind building's hand-painted decor. The free party starts at 4 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday at the center, 706 Second St. N, Safety Harbor. safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com.

STILL IN THE GROOVE: Microgroove's Fifth Anniversary

If you're planning to hit up this year's Black Friday edition of Record Store Day, save a few bucks for Sunday, when Microgroove (4906 N Florida Ave., Tampa) will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a free day of music starting around 12:30 p.m. The lineup includes a little rock, a little punk and a little metal, with bands like Disevered, Piss Ghost, MrENC, Vic Alvarez and more. There will be PBR, kombucha and coffee from Commune + Co., plus hot dogs and a storewide sale. (813) 667-7089. facebook.com/microgroovetampa.

   
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