Thursday, February 22, 2018
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SoundCheck: Billy Idol among top music picks

Heart

With Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience

Details: Tuesday 7:30 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $20-$69. (813) 740-2446.

It's ambitious to think that two voices could fill the expansive spaces of the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre (can we please just keep calling it the Gary?), but Nancy and Ann Wilson are riding high lately, so why not? The sisters are 2013 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, songs like Barracuda and Crazy On You are forever classics in the karaoke circuit, and the girls' influence on classic rock is immeasurable. Plus, Led Zeppelin offspring Jason Bonham brings his tribute to Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and father John Bonham to Tampa's outdoor shed for what is sure to be a great summertime show. Look for both acts to play sets of their own, then a collaborative Zeppelin tribute at the end.

Jason Smith Benefit Concert

With Luxury Mane, Pretty Voices, the Gita, Zulu Wave, Flyingsnakes, John McNicholas, the Semis, Memphis Train Union, the Mother Machine, more

Details: Saturday 5 p.m., State Theatre and the Local 662, 600 block of Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.

Like the familiar face that greets you at a favorite restaurant or convenience store, sound engineer Jason Smith was always around when I went to the State Theatre. His mug has been a part of my life from the time I was a teenager begging my dad for a ride across the bridge to see a show in St. Pete to these most recent days when I walk into the venue with my wife's hand in my own. His hands have mixed countless memorable concerts for even more countless sets of ears. This show is a simple way for the community to give back to Smith, who nearly lost his life when a drunken driver hit his bicycle in April. A whole lot of St. Pete's best musicians will be there to lend a hand.

Broncho

With Feral Babies, Sonic Graffiti

Details: Friday 9 p.m., New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.

The "ch" is soft, but that's about all that's cuddly about this Oklahoma garage-pop four-piece. A tangible recklessness marks their debut LP, 2011's Can't Get Past the Lips, where songs like Record Store, I Don't Really Want To Be Social and Psychiatrist mix the worlds of punk rock with the pop sensibilities of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson if he didn't care about the sunny seaside and impressing the ladies (sample lyrics: "Your girlfriend's lame"). A dichotomous support bill featuring punk vets Feral Babies and impressive blues-rock rookies Sonic Graffiti rounds out this loud and lovable lineup.

Elvis Christ

With Kid Aids, Gino & the Goons, Dead Pedestrian

Details: Friday 8 p.m., the Fuzz Factory, 2732 Sixth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 519-5327.

His moniker is a head-scratching marriage between two of the most famous figures in modern popular culture, and that's alright for Oakland-based singer-songwriter Elvis Christ. He is signed to Burger Records, one of the country's most revered tape cassette labels (yes, those things that came after 8-tracks), and cuts from And So It Shall Be are the kind of country- and blues-inflicted rock 'n' roll you'd expect to be coming out of the bedroom of a half-drunk jam session featuring a Nashville Skyline-era Bob Dylan and young Iggy Pop. The Fuzz Factory is a new venue writing its own chapter in Burger's ever-evolving music scene, so expect high spirits and equally good times at this one.

Billy Idol

Details: Tuesday 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $51-$81. (727) 791-7400.

It's not like he really needed one, but Billy Idol is experiencing something of a resurgence. The 57-year-old Brit (born William Michael Albert Broad) has been tapped to play a coveted late-night set at this year's installment of uber-festival Bonnaroo, and he can still rightfully lay claim to being an original purveyor of that '80s British invasion. He'll have longtime guitarist Steve Stevens in tow, so Idol won't exactly be dancing with himself, but the rest of the crowd will probably give their best Rebel Yell too.

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

 
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