Thursday, May 24, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

SoundCheck: Jason Aldean among top live music picks

Jason Aldean

With Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, DeeJay Silver

Details: Friday 7:30 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25.50-$73.90. (813) 740-2446.

He's only 36, but Jason Aldine Williams has been grooming himself for showbiz for more than two decades. The My Kind Of Party and Dirt Road Anthem singer spent his Homestead summer days practicing guitar while dad was at work (evenings were spent jamming with Pops after he returned home), and his mother allowed him to spend his teens performing in Macon, Ga., VFW halls, which led to a gig in Nashville South's house band at just 15. Aldean (who changed his name for the sake of entertainment) eventually turned a love for George Williams, Alabama and Hank Williams Jr. into a career that has been highlighted by dozens of Grammy, Country Music Television and American Country Music award nominations, with more than a few wins to boot.

Rec Center EP release

With DieAlps!, the Pals

Details: Saturday 9 p.m., New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

It took Tampa quintet Rec Center a whole decade to record and release a debut full-length, 2012's Tin Year. They didn't waste any time on a followup. A new, self-titled 7-inch is actually a collection of tracks that didn't make the LP, but if the painfully sweet lead single Without A Scratch — with its gentle keys, lazy guitar and warm vocal harmonizing between singers Susie Ulrey and Michael Waksman — is any indication, then this show is going to be the celebration of a solid set of songs that all stand tall and proud on their own. Fellow Tampanians DieAlps! are also on the bill alongside the Pals — whose recorded output is like a series of hypnotizingly addictive dream pop haymakers — which makes this bill something like an indie-pop prom.

Rancid

With Tim Timebomb and Friends, the Interrupters

Details: Saturday 6:30 p.m., Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $29.50. (727) 565-0550.

Green Day flies the biggest and most visible punk rock banner in the world of mainstream rock 'n' roll, but another NorCal outfit, Rancid, is right behind them with a big flag of its own. Formed in the early '90s from the ashes of beloved ska-punkers Operation Ivy, Rancid, helmed by Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, has put together an impressive nine-piece discography bursting with energetic songs that find them joyfully dictating the magic of the Motor City (Detroit), being duped by drug addicts (Dope Sick Girl), and waxing poetic on the ups and downs of living in the U.S.A. (Lady Liberty). Opening act Tim Timebomb and Friends is essentially a Rancid side project, so expect to see a band alive with fresh inspiration at this one.

97X Green Room: One Night Only

With Laura Jane Grace, Andy Hull, Jason DeVore

Details: Saturday 7 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Free with ticket (see 97Xonline.com for ticket info). (727) 791-7400.

97X pretty much owns the free concert game lately, and the next installment of their intimate Green Room Live series is no exception. The show will take over the warm and welcoming confines of Ruth Eckerd Hall as Authority Zero frontman Jason DeVore and Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull work through stripped down versions of their respective bands' best cuts. The real draw, however, will be Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, who arrives to represent a beloved Florida band that is both rising and going through some tough personnel changes (bassist Andrew Sewards just called it quits and Grace, who formerly went by the name Tom Gabel, is in the early stages of gender transition).

Diana Ross

Details: Tuesday 7:30 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $69.50-$129.50. (727) 892-5767.

Even as she approaches her 70s, soul-pop-disco-R&B queen Diana Ross still reigns Supreme. The singer-actor gets flack for leaving the group that launched her career, but ditching her bandmates only seemed to boost a career that has seen her dominate the charts, earn two stars on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, and influence countless future generations (Michael Jackson listed her as an inspiration, and millennials will forever recognize I'm Coming Out thanks to a gratuitous rap sample on the Bad Boy Records hit Mo Money Mo Problems).

Joe Satriani

Details: Wednesday 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $41-$300. (727) 791-7400.

Joe Satriani once sued Coldplay because he thought frontman Chris Martin and company stole the melody from his own 2004 cut If I Could Fly. If it seems like you'd need to have a lot of guts to get into it with one of the world's most popular bands, then you obviously aren't familiar with Mr. Satriani. The 57-year-old guitarist's resume includes a stint in Mick Jagger's touring band, a job with U.K. hard rock kings Deep Purple and the distinction of calling fellow six-string sorcerers Steve Vai and Eric Johnson friends. This tour stop (complete with $300 VIP packages) is happening in support of a new album of ultra-riffage and over-the-top soloing (Unstoppable Momentum), so expect guitar nerds to come out in full force.

Zedd

With Oliver, Alex Metric

Details: Saturday 9 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Sold out. (813) 247-2555.

As a DJ, Zedd is in demand from Ibiza to Miami. As a producer and pop hitmaker, he's big enough to command an opening slot on Lady Gaga's tour — and perhaps you saw him as the only EDM act at December's 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball in Tampa. That'll happen when you've produced some of the biggest pop-EDM crossover hits of the past year, including Spectrum with Matthew Koma and Clarity with Foxes. So it's no surprise this show sold out weeks ago. The Russian-born, Germany-based DJ's live shows are normally blitzkriegs of lights and progressive house beats, but it's unclear how this tour will evolve after a tragic opening night in Boston, when one fan died and two more were hospitalized after apparent drug overdoses. Zedd has since hit the road for more sold-out gigs, but as he tweeted the other day, "PLEASE, everyone ... BE RESPONSIBLE!"

Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer

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

   
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