Thursday, January 18, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

Music Planner: Women rule with Nicks, Raitt, Hynde; a 'Hamilton' star drops by

QUEENS OF ROCK: Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Chrissie Hynde

Three of rock's iconic women. One night. Where do you begin?

Maybe start at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, where Bonnie Raitt, top right, performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The indomitable redhead with the ageless voice returns in support of her fine new album Dig in Deep, which has been getting Album of the Year buzz for next year's Grammys. There are no Something to Talk About- or I Can't Make You Love Me-sized hits on Dig in Deep, but it's still a rich and earthy portrait of her time-tested talent. The California Honeydrops will open the show. It's sold out, but you never know; call (727) 791-7400.

You could also hit Amalie Arena in Tampa, where Stevie Nicks, left, will return sans her Fleetwood Mac bandmates for the first time since 2011. That in and of itself is cause for celebration; her solo shows tend to be a little looser and feature such solo hits as Edge of Seventeen and Stand Back. But this one's extra special, for it features an opening slot by Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders, making their first local stop in a decade. Hynde, bottom right, has experienced a creative resurgence in recent years, penning a well-received memoir and album, Alone. Alone is a rougher, rawer effort than the slickly punkish New Wave singles that made the Pretenders famous — Brass in Pocket, Back on the Chain Gang, Don't Get Me Wrong — but that just serves as a reminder of Hynde's toughness. Nicks and Hynde make for an inspired pairing, one you shouldn't miss, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $45.75 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

JEFFERSON STAR: Clipping

An intimate rock club on the 600 block of St. Petersburg's Central Avenue, the Local 662 is no one's idea of a hangout for musical theater geeks. That'll change next week when the Local hosts a show by hip-hop collective Clipping, featuring rapper Daveed Diggs, who just won a Tony for playing Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette in Hamilton. The group was touring well before Hamilton became a pop-culture phenomenon, and Diggs — whose lickety-split flow has an André 3000 vibe — isn't giving up his dream just yet. You probably won't hear Guns and Ships or Washington on Your Side, but you will hear glitchy, atmospheric tracks from Clipping's new Sub Pop album Splendor & Misery. Technically Clipping is opening for electro-industrial outfit Youth Code, but try telling that to the fans going for Diggs. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13 and up. (727) 822-5665.

NOT SAYING SORRY: Peter Cetera

Chicago fans worldwide had their hearts squished just a little when former lead singer Peter Cetera declined to reunite with his Saturday in the Park bandmates at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Guess there's still too much bad blood between the power balladeer and his old horn-honkin' bros. Or maybe he was just focused on his new fall tour, which hits the Mahaffey Theater at 7 p.m. Sunday. He still sings plenty of Chicago classics, with an emphasis on later soft-rock hits: Hard Habit to Break, Hard to Say I'm Sorry, You're the Inspiration. But this is where you'll also hear his solo hits, like the Karate Kid chart-topper Glory of Love. Chicago's surviving members may never reunite, so this is your best chance to hear some hits sung by Cetera himself. $34.50 and up. 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5767. themahaffey.com.

COME ON, PEOPLE: Mary Chapin Carpenter

Next year marks the 25th anniversary of my all-time favorite country album: Mary Chapin Carpenter's Come On Come On. It was an unstoppably melodic hit parade (Passionate Kisses, He Thinks He'll Keep Her, I Feel Lucky) with a pitch-perfect, top-to-bottom blend of Byrds/Orbison-like Americana and pop country. Those hits have certainly overshadowed the rest of Carpenter's accomplished career, which has gotten more political and experimental yet no less warm and affecting. Her latest release, The Things That We Are Made Of, is stripped, intimate and introspective, and perfectly suited for an intimate venue like the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Rose Cousins opens at 8 p.m. Saturday. $49 and up. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.

     
 
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