Sunday, September 23, 2018
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Music Planner: Festivals take over Vinoy Park, plus Kesha, Foals, Diplo and more

SHE IS WHO SHE IS: Kesha

It's been a hellish couple of years for Kesha, who has been embroiled in an ugly sexual assault lawsuit with her producer, Dr. Luke. She's locked in legal limbo with her label, which has halted the insane run of party-pop hits — Tik Tok, Die Young, Your Love Is My Drug, Blow — that kick-started her career. She says she has written dozens of new songs, but has no idea who will produce them, and how (or even if) they'll get released. In the meantime, she has hit the road with a new band, the Creepies, that infuses those old chart-toppers with a little raw, country-punk verve. It's a rebirth of sorts for the 29-year-old singer, who still could find her way back to arenas and amphitheaters someday. Until then, relish a chance to catch her at a venue as intimate at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $25 and up. (813) 247-2518. theritzybor.com. For more on Kesha's struggle and comeback, see Sunday's Latitudes section or tampabay.com/music.

THE BRITISH ARE COMING: Foals

Great Britain is long on rock bands used to headlining arenas and festivals at home, but smaller clubs here in the States. For every Radiohead, there's a Kasabian; for every Muse, a Kaiser Chiefs. The latest flock of mop-tops attempting to win over the Yanks these days is Oxford five-piece Foals, and they've done a bang-up job so far. They've already toured arenas with American acts like Cage the Elephant and Silversun Pickups, and played the main stages of Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. Driving, crunching songs like Inhaler, Mountain at My Gates and What Went Down — also the title of their latest record — have earned them a fervent Anglophile fan base. And if there's one thing singer Yannis Philippakis loves more than his Instagrammable cat, Pigeon, it's stage-diving like a madman. Is it enough to turn Foals into the next Arctic Monkeys? Find out at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ritz Ybor. Bear Hands and Kiev open. $25 and up.

BIG WEEKEND: Beats By the Bay, Festival Orgullo Latino

Wash your blankets and Windex your lawn chairs for a jam-packed weekend of music in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park. Although considering the artists involved, you might not spend much time sitting down.

On Saturday, 95.7 the Beat brings its Beats by the Bay festival back for the second year in a row, mixing hip-hop hits and grown 'n' sexy jams for an all-ages crowd in the thousands. Soul-funk heroes Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, right, will headline, joined by Ginuwine, Monica, Fat Joe, August Alsina and Joe. $55 and up via Ticketmaster. 957thebeat.com.

And on Sunday, another iHeartMedia station, 106.5 Rumba, takes over with Festival Orgullo Latino. Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Plan B headlines the event, alongside Bachata Heightz, Luis Enrique, Rolf Sanchez, Limi-T 21, Aramis y Sol Caribe and more. $20 and up via Ticketmaster. rumba1065.com.

BIG DIPPER: Diplo

Miami-bred DJ and producer Diplo has manned the decks for some of the past decade's biggest pop hits — M.I.A.'s Paper Planes, Justin Bieber's Where Are U Now, his band Major Lazer's Lean On — and his roster of clients includes Madonna, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Drake. Just five months after co-headlining the Sunset Music Festival, Diplo is returning for a solo gig Sunday at Beach Bar, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. It's shaping up to be one of the city's biggest EDM events of the year, and perhaps the venue's wildest party since his Jack U cohort Skrillex stopped by in 2014. Doors open at 2 p.m. $45 and up at beachpartytampa.com. (813) 281-8900.

THRASH COURSE: Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor

Next week marks the return of Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor, the local precursor to Gainesville's enormous punk gathering known as Fest. Some 80 punk, metal and indie bands will hit four venues in Ybor City over two days, including Less Than Jake and the Flatliners on Wednesday and Propagandhi, Strike Anywhere, Masked Intruder and Mustard Plug next Thursday. Joining them will be local favorites like Wolf-Face, Alexander and the Grapes and Awkward Age. Venues include the Orpheum, Crowbar, New World Brewery and Tequila's. Two-day Pre-Fest passes are $70 through Monday, $80 afterward and at the gate. Single-venue tickets are limited and vary by day and venue, but run from $8 to $30. thefestfl.com/prefest.

 
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