HOMETOWN HERO: Chick Corea
Chick Corea may be as prolific as ever, with a handful of albums in the works, a forthcoming documentary about his life and a two-month residency at New York's Blue Note Jazz Club that begins later this month. But there's one thing he has no plans to attempt: a memoir.
"I've talked about myself enough in interviews that, who cares?" said the legendary jazz fusion pianist in a recent phone interview. "My music is what I want to last for people."
Corea, who lives in Clearwater when he's not touring, produces a lot from his studio on Fort Harrison Avenue, right around the corner from the Capitol Theatre.
Somehow, Wednesday will be Corea's first headlining performance at the Cap — he's played Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, and guested with Béla Fleck and Diana Krall, but this is his first time at the top of the bill. The Chick Corea Elektric Band performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday at 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $65 and up. (727) 794-7100. atthecap.com.
Read more with Corea at tampabay.com/music.
NOT TAMPA, BUT CLOSE: Garth Brooks
So close, yet so far away. That's how we feel about Garth Brooks' four shows at Orlando's Amway Center this weekend. It's the country king's third trip to Florida since returning to touring in 2014 — although as Tampa fans know, it should be his fourth. Brooks had to cancel three shows at Tampa's Amalie Arena in June 2015 after the Tampa Bay Lightning made a surprise run to the Stanley Cup finals. It remains uncertain if and when he'll make good on those dates, but given the proximity of Orlando, it probably won't happen anytime soon. So you'd best gas up and pony up for a $74.98 ticket to one of this weekend's four shows: 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Amway Center, 400 W Church St., Orlando. Note these showtimes have been affected by Hurricane Matthew. Brooks' wife Trisha Yearwood joins him on stage. Toll-free 1-800-745-3000. amwaycenter.com.
OFF AND RUNNING: Set It Off
North Pinellas rock outfit Set It Off has always been a little difficult to categorize. They started playing straight pop-punk, then evolved into something slightly darker and more dramatic. But their new album Upside Down is pretty close to pure pop — ebullient horns, a sleek and poppy dance groove, giant Fall Out Boy-style hand claps. The best example might be Something New, a shimmering anthem of soulful, '80s-style power pop, a la Paramore's Ain't It Fun. The group will launch Upside Down with a hometown show with Patent Pending and Up From Here at 7 p.m. Thursday at the State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045. statetheatreconcerts.com.
LONG TIME COMING: Bad Religion, Against Me!
Three years ago, SoCal punk legends Bad Religion and Gainesville rabble-rousers Against Me!, below, were booked at the Ritz Ybor. Great show, right? Unfortunately, it didn't happen. Against Me! dropped off the bill. Now both acts are back for a gig in St. Petersburg, and in the case of Against Me!, they're as healthy as ever. The group just released Shape Shift With Me, its second identity-probing album since frontwoman Laura Jane Grace publicly came out as transgender. Don't mistake introspection for a lack of bite — just listen to Haunting, Haunted, Haunts or Rebecca, or check 'em out live at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N. Dave Hause opens. $25.50 and up. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com.
MUSIC 101: 2 Chainz, Needtobreathe
School is officially back in session at the USF Sun Dome.
Thursday is the University of South Florida's big Homecoming concert featuring rappers 2 Chainz (No Lie) and Dreezy (Body), and students can get in free by registering (with the option of one guest ticket for $10). $15 and up for faculty, staff and alumni; $25 and up for the general public. The show is at 8 p.m. at the Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. usf.edu/homecoming.
Then at 7 p.m. Wednesday, it's anthemic Christian/Americana rockers Needtobreathe, who bring their "Tour de Compadres" to the Sun Dome alongside Mat Kearney, Parachute and Welshly Arms in a veritable smorgasbord of adult-alternative action. $30.50 and up. (813) 974-3004. sundomearena.com.