SOUL REVIVAL: JILL SCOTT
When Jill Scott wraps her North American tour this week in Florida, she expects to shed a few tears.
"We're going to leave it all on stage," the neo-soul singer said in an interview. "My musicians are everything that I'd hoped for. They're getting better. They are. A band is something that takes almost a lifetime to create, I believe. … This is my favorite band. So that last show, wow, I'm not even looking forward to it."
But you might be, especially if you saw Scott's dynamite performance at the Mahaffey Theater last August. She'll return there Thursday, ready to rock 2,000 bodies with every ounce of sweat in her soul, all in support of last year's sultry, seductive Woman. Scott returns to St. Pete a happy woman, newly married and fully content, even as she says goodbye to her beloved band.
"I'm so excessively, abundantly, bountifully blessed that if I did not have a life partner, then I'd be fine," she said. "I'd be completely happy because I've been more than satisfied in so many areas of my life."
Georgia Me opens the show at 7:30 p.m. 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $70.50 and up. (727) 892-5767. themahffey.com.
Read more with Jill Scott — or dig up a review of her 2015 concert at the Mahaffey Theater — at tampabay.com/soundcheck.
POWERFUL PALETTE: BARONESS
Red Album, Blue Album, Yellow & Green, Purple. Acclaimed Georgia metalheads Baroness definitely take an artistically evocative approach to their album titles. No surprise there, considering singer and guitarist John Baizley is an accomplished painter who has created album covers and T-shirts for Metallica, Flight of the Conchords and Gillian Welch. The band's art and music converge Sept. 6 on the 600 block of St. Pete's Central Avenue. From 4:30 to 6 p.m. Daddy Kool Records will host a pop-up shop for Baizley's artwork. Then at 7 p.m., doors open at the State Theatre for a concert by Baroness and Pallbearer. For Baroness, any chance to celebrate art is not to be missed — in 2012, the band nearly perished in a serious van accident in England. The incident inspired parts of 2015's Purple, their first new album since the accident, and probably some of Baizley's artwork, too. Get to St. Pete early to check it out. The pop-up shop is free; concert tickets are $25 and up. (727) 822-5665.
GET 'HIGHER': SCOTT STAPP
After a couple of trying years in his personal life, Scott Stapp launched his North American comeback tour in St. Petersburg in January, eager to prove he hadn't lost the roar that made Creed one of the bestselling bands ever to come out of Florida. Now that he's got a few months of warmups under his belt, we'll see how he has progressed when he plays Tampa's District 3 at 7 p.m. Monday. The downtown club only recently started booking rock shows, and booking a star of Stapp's stature is a feather in its cap, no matter how you feel about sludgy anthems like Higher and With Arms Wide Open. $19.95 and up in advance on Ticketmaster, $25 day of at 802 E Whiting St., Tampa. (813) 304-2411. district3.us.
'SUPERMAN' RETURNS: DONOVAN
Fifty years after leaving a flower-power imprint on the folk scene of the United Kingdom, Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan is once again drifting across America, celebrating a half-century in the industry. Specifically, he's marking the 50th anniversary of his landmark album Sunshine Superman, famed for its evocative, experimental instrumentation and psychedelic title track. Donovan's been a Zelig-like presence in folk and pop music these last five decades, hobnobbing and performing with everyone from Jimmy Page to Bob Dylan to John Lennon. He'll celebrate Sunshine Superman and other hits (Mellow Yellow, Hurdy Gurdy Man) at 8 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35 and up. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.
GO 'CELEBRITY' HUNTING: BRAD PAISLEY
It's a holiday weekend, so why not head to Orlando for a free concert by Brad Paisley? Yeah, he was just in Tampa a few weeks ago, but c'mon, FREE! It takes place Sunday outside Orlando City Hall, 400 S Orange Ave., as a precursor to Monday's Ole Miss-Florida State game at Camping World Stadium. It doubles as the kickoff to Paisley's popular Country Nation College Tour, which hits college towns this fall. Organizers are still tinkering with the details of the Paisley show (start time, opening acts, etc.), but you can check floridacitrussports.com or call (407) 423-2476 for up-to-the-minute details.