Saturday, February 24, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

SoundCheck: Crosby, Stills and Nash among top live music picks

Crosby, Stills and Nash

Details: Tuesday 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $62.50-$214.50. Very limited tickets available. (727) 791-7400.

Not many songwriters can say they've been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, but that particular accomplishment has been collecting dust on the shelves of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash for a while now. Songs like Helplessly Hoping, Carry On and Our House are forever etched onto the hearts of any baby boomer with a working set of ears, and that same demographic has helped the trio sell out Ruth Eckerd Hall an impressive eight times in a row. Yeah, the boys will be missing a famous fourth voice (consult Google to find out what the "Y" in "CSNY" stands for, young'un), but expect nothing less than a packed house giving new meaning to nostalgia when CSN returns.

The Joy Formidable

With IO Echo

Details: Sunday 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.

Believe us, the Joy Formidable wants to be back in the Tampa Bay area. The last time the Welsh alt-rock impresarios came through Central Florida, they tweeted that they were rubbing manatee bellies in Homosassa. Fans should want front lady Ritzy Bryan and her band back here, too. Their brand of manic, powerful, jubilant rock is as catchy as it is sweeping, and Bryan's stage presence makes it nearly impossible to look away from her impassioned delivery and sky-blue eyes. Support on the bill includes a similarly buzzworthy act: IO Echo, who fuses elements of Far East auxiliary composition with willowy atmospherics and propulsive electronica.

A Day To Remember

With Of Mice & Men, Issues

Details: Tonight at 7:30, Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $29.50 and up. (727) 565-0550.

Ocala is mostly famous for its abundance of senior citizens, a humongous national forest and top-notch racing thoroughbreds, so it's important to note the way A Day To Remember has put the city on the global map. The band signed to Victory Records in 2006 (Smoking Popes, Taking Back Sunday and Atreyu all once called the Chicago-based imprint home) and have since released a trio of well-received LPs that effortlessly blend hard-core riffs and breakdowns with melodic singalongs.

One More Time: A Daft Punk Tribute

With DJ Kensi, Youth Revolt

Details: Friday 9 p.m., Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 248-9500. theorpheum.com.

The chances of a Daft Punk show happening anywhere near Tampa Bay are just about as good as the chances of seeing the legendary Paris duo perform without their trademark spacesuits. But his tribute act dons those aforementioned cosmic fatigues, uses a full-scale replica of DP's LED-encrusted pyramid and knits together two decades of songs to re-create the vibe from Daft Punk's tour supporting their Grammy-winning album Alive 2007. It's not the real thing (and One More Time's controller and sampling rig probably isn't half as complex as the original), but when you're talking about two dudes in robot suits playing electronic music, this is probably as close as you're going to get.

Soulfound

With Weaksauce, Elevated, the Gita, Pete Berwick

Details: Saturday 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. (727) 895-3045.

Soulfound used a MySpace page to announce its demise three years ago, and while a lot has changed in the world of music consumption since, things look ripe for a reunion. The Clearwater outfit is set to bring its blend of progressive, punk and indie rock back to the stage for a one-off show, and the icing on the cake is that they'll also be joined by a pair of once-revered bay area bands: the Gita (who have already played a handful of reunion shows) and Weaksauce, who were once purveyors of Central Florida's most potent mixture of rowdy ska and reggae.

Ramones Tribute 9

With Between Bluffs, Doll Parts, the Scurvy, El Groundscoro, Boney Fiend, Saginaki Bomb Squad, more.

Details: Saturday 7 p.m., Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

The effect that the Ramones had on the greater scope of rock music is probably immeasurable, but something that anyone can relate to is the way that frontman Joey Ramone brought a counterculture attitude into living rooms across the country. On Saturday, Florida's oldest microbrewery celebrates the legacy of the band by welcoming an eclectic mix of 10 local acts, including riot grrrl outfit Doll Parts, to celebrate punk rock classics like Rockaway Beach, Blitzkrieg Bop and Sheena Is A Punk Rocker with a wallop of a free show.

SoundCheck is by Ray Roa, who can be reached at SuburbanApologist.com.

 
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