Monday, February 19, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

SoundCheck: Andrea Bocelli among top live music picks

Andrea Bocelli

With Heather Headley, Eugene Kohn, Svetla Vassileva

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $75-$350. (813) 301-2500.

If you've ever tried to sing along to Andrea Bocelli tunes during your morning shower, then you know what an insurmountable task it is to try and keep pace with one of the world's most famous Italian tenors. Two lucky ladies, Bulgarian tenor Svetla Vassileva and Trinidad-born American vocalist Heather Headley, will be tasked with that special duty on the second-to-last stop of Bocelli's current U.S. tour supporting his latest album Passione. They'll get an assist from conductor Eugene Kohn, who has lived a life devoted to opera. You know those concerts where people are annoyingly singing along, off-key to every song? This show isn't that. In fact, expect the Times Forum to have its breath actually taken away.

Oliver & Company CD release

With Preson Phillips, Halibut

Details: Friday 6:30 p.m. Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 100 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 280-3920.

Oliver & Company like to call themselves an "indie jam band," but they shouldn't let that label put them in a cage when it comes to the attention of close-minded music fans. Frontman Phillip Oliver is the face and voice of the group, but he's just one cog in the mechanics of this collective, who weave sweeping guitar parts in with joyously thunderous percussion and incredibly optimistic lyrical matter. The band is a bright spot on the already shimmery St. Petersburg scene, and they'll be joined by a pair of similarly uplifting outfits for this celebration of new EP War & Peace.

Pusha T

Details: Saturday 6 p.m. Amphitheatre Event Facility, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 873-8368.

The world at large got its first taste of Pusha T's signature drawl in 2002, when his former group Clipse teamed with Pharrell Williams' N.E.R.D. for Grindin'. And while the man better known as Terrence Thornton doesn't really revisit that era when he performs these days, his solo output has been good enough to keep the attention of hip-hop heads around the world. Kanye West himself signed Thornton to his own G.O.O.D. Music label in 2010 and everything Pusha T has released since — especially this year's My Name Is My Name — has been a monstrous display of creativity.

MercyMe

Details: Sunday, after the Buccaneers vs. San Francisco 49ers game. Kickoff at 1 p.m. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $30-$149.50. (813) 350-6500.

For the final home game of their underwhelming 2013 campaign, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ending the season by encouraging something fans have already been doing for the past four months: praying. Sunday's contest against the 49ers is the Bucs' "Faith and Football" game, and Christian rock superstars MercyMe will perform the national anthem and then take the field for a postgame concert, where they'll send hits like You Are I Am and I Can Only Imagine into the stands. The concert is free with a game ticket.

Slow Magic

With Young Egypt

Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $7-$10. (813) 241-8600.

Everyone knows someone who celebrates half birthdays, and the folks at the helm of All Good Tuesdays (a weekly celebration of good tunes held in one of Ybor City's most understated biergartens) are guilty as charged. For their half-decade-plus half-year party, All Good is bringing tribal-masked, tight-lipped beatsmith Slow Magic to play tunes from Triangle, his 2012 debut overrun with sparkling piano samples, waves of dusty synthesizer and deeply meditative drum programming. "I wanted to challenge the way music could be presented," he recently said of his mask, "so people focus on the music before they focus on a location or story." With a record like Triangle, we're okay with that.

Times correspondent Ray Roa can be reached at suburbanapologist.com.

   
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