Sunday, December 17, 2017
Tampa Bay Music & Shows

SoundCheck: Jimmy Buffett among top live music picks

Jimmy Buffett

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $36-$136. (813) 740-2446.

Rising temps mean more outdoor concerts, and the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre (anyone else still call it "The Gary" these days?) is warming up with a show featuring the ultimate beach bum, Jimmy Buffett. It has been at least two years since Tampa Bay got a visit from the president of Margaritaville, but that doesn't mean that local Parrotheads have lost their love for a Cheeseburger in Paradise. Buffett, 67, has a new-ish album out (last year's Songs From St. Somewhere) and he kicks off this leg of his 21-date U.S. tour in Tampa.

Future

With DJ Izza, Cool Runnings, Sity Boy, Bigga Rankin

Details: Friday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $30-$75. (727) 565-0550.

Right now Nayvadius Cash (a.k.a. Future) is getting a lot of attention for I Won, his monogamy-championing collaborative track with Kanye West. And while the 30-year-old Atlanta emcee is simultaneously getting slack from tabloids for fathering four children with four different women, it won't be the details of his personal life that bring fans to Jannus. Future's sophomore LP, Honest, is due the week after his St. Pete date, and while his debut (2012's Pluto) was built on the kind of trunk-rattling street anthems that turn heads, Future has promised that his new album will be a link between his old self and a new sonic persona that continues to blur the lines between hip-hop and R&B, while also ditching tracks about pushing drugs for a more positive message ("I want kids to know that no matter what situation they come up in, they're not exempt from success," he recently told Billboard).

Air Supply

Details: Saturday 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $59-$89. (727) 791-7400.

Have you ever caught yourself lying alone with your head on the phone thinking of someone 'til it hurts? Then you probably want to make it out to the Cap for a show from Australian soft-rock kings Air Supply. The group known for big '80s hooks has gone through enough past members (including the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb) to field a track team, but Air Supply's heart and soul — guitarist Graham Russell and singer Russell Hitchcock — will be in Clearwater to deliver generation-defining hits like The One That You Love and Makin Love Out of Nothing at All complete with all the soaring harmonies to make you feel like you're back in the driver's seat of your mom's Toyota Cressida blasting All Out of Love as loud as humanly possible.

Passafire

With Lullwater

Details: Saturday 7:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 565-0550.

Passafire was still wondering if they could pack the Local 662 when they stopped in nearly three years ago in support of 2011's Start From Scratch LP. The Savannah, Ga.-based quartet will face an even bigger task this time around when they graduate to another St. Pete venue that's much bigger. The $10 cover charge will help pack fans in, but so will the band's new album (last year's Vines), on which they take their love for college rock-flavored reggae and marry it with radio-ready pop (Earthquake), Sublime-esque punk (All In Our Minds) and the kind of guitar shredding usually reserved for eleventh hour double encores at Skipper's (Man of Wishes).

Cloud Nothings

With Ryley Walker, Zulu Wave

Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.

Cloud Nothings, a trio born from the bedroom project of 22-year-old nice guy Dylan Baldi, has managed to release an EP and two LPs in 14 months while simultaneously maturing and morphing into the band that released this year's Here and Nowhere Else, a record that will stand as one of 2014's best. It's all thanks to Baldi, who manages to bottle up all that 20-something angst and confusion about the existential and nonessential into totally accessible and unwaveringly energetic garage rock.

Todd Snider

Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.

There are no openers for Todd Snider's weeknight show at Skipper's because it'll be all the 47-year-old Americana icon can do to squeeze the multimedia agenda into one evening. Snider, who has been at it for the better part of 20 years, is set to open the show by screening 30 minutes of a biopic turned "stoner digest movie" before stepping up to a self-built podium to read from his upcoming book I Never Met A Story I Didn't Like. Then he'll pass a pair of microphones to attendees who will either ask questions or request songs ("not both") before Snider closes with a poem composed that day and cranks up Hard Working Americans — his brand new covers LP where Frankie Miller, Bottle Rockets and Randy Newman all get reworked to great effect. If we're lucky, songs from 2012's masterful Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables will get worked into the mix.

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

 
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