Saturday, May 26, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

SoundCheck: LeAnn Rimes, Alan Parsons Live Project, Travis Tritt

, LeAnn Rimes

Details: Monday 7:30 p.m. Entertainment Hall of the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Starting at $25 plus Florida State Fair admission. (813) 621-7821.

Once considered one of America's musical sweethearts (and now described somewhat differently in the tabloids), the country-pop crossover starlet who has won just about every award under the sun strolls into the Florida State Fair for a concert. A lot of her lyrics articulate the trials and tribulations in the realm of love — but she doesn't dwell on it, like Taylor Swift — and her sound occasionally blends genres from country to R&B. Either way, the girl's music tells a story and her pristine voice smoothly projects it on reflective ballads like How Do I Live or the twangy Nothin' Better to Do.

Whigfest

With Thomas Wynn and the Believers, Tallhart, Have Gun, Will Travel, Woody, Cope, Le Blorr, more.

Details: Sunday 11 a.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 565-0551.

Headquartered at Jannus Live, but also occupying nearby venues Mandarin Hide, the Kitchen and Vue 19, this first-time festival ushers in an assortment of local musicians. With more than 20 artists from all over the state, including a decent number from the bay area, this adds up to roughly 15 hours worth of performances. In other words, it's a live music lover's delight. Notable acts include the rock 'n' blues dynamo Thomas Wynn and the Believers; Americana rockers Have Gun, Will Travel; the funky jam band Cope; indie-rock group Polyenso; and the acoustic sounds of Woody. Tampa favorites Tallhart and Roadkill Ghost Choir also fill out the hearty bill. And over at Vue 19, which has a club atmosphere, electronic performances from Thee Joker, TL Jentgens, UANIMALS and Pedro M. will be on display. Genre variety is the spice of life.

Fishbone .

With Whole Wheat Bread

Details: Friday 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12. (727) 906-0811.

Rising up around the same time as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, many people labeled Fishbone the African-American version of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers. Genre-wise, this energetic band leaves no stone unturned. As they rip through ska, punk, metal, alternative rock and funk, their versatile stage show will engage anyone within earshot.

Alan Parsons Live Project

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49-$69. (727) 791-7400.

Symphonic rock meets laser light spectacle at this show, with the majority of it arranged by one technical/musical mind: Alan Parsons. (Remember Sirius, the spacey intro music to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls teams in the '90s and used in a plethora of television and film projects? That was this guy.) His '70s classic/hard rock roots are performed by a host of talented musicians that weave in intense, melodic riffs and hooks, as seen and heard on live favorite The Raven. And with classic screen visuals and a laser show working in concert with the beat, this is the very definition of a musical experience.

, Barenaked Ladies

Details: Sunday 5 p.m. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Free with park admission. (813) 987-5600.

If you watch The Big Bang Theory, you've heard these Ladies, who play the hit show's theme song. The lively alternative bunch out of Ontario, Canada, keep it light and playful when it comes to their music. And their stage performance doubles as a quasi-comedy routine as they engage in witty banter with each other and the crowd. Even though co-founding singer Steven Page is long gone, the rest of the group still embodies the quirky sensibilities that brought them to fame in the mid to late '90s with hits like One Week and Pinch Me.

Johnny Winter

Details: Sunday 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39.50-$47.50. (727) 791-7400.

The bluesy six-string maestro ranked No. 63 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitar Players of All Time's list, and he still cranks out catchy riffs that penetrate the soul. Expect to hear tracks from his candid 1973 album Still Alive and Well to his Grammy-nominated 2004 effort I'm a Bluesman. Go watch an icon do his thing! (Superfans can meet Winter at 5 p.m. Sunday at Daddy Kool Records, 666 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.)

Travis Tritt

Details: Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $59-$79. (727) 791-7400.

A country music giant of the '90s, the multiple Grammy Award winner is still soulfully rocking all across the land. He's tweaked his style in the 21st century, dabbling in bluegrass, soul and straight-up rock 'n' roll, but don't worry, he still plays what brought him to the dance, like the 1994 Billboard chart-topper Foolish Pride. The guy doesn't like to label himself with a genre, and chances are the setlist will include a mix of songs from throughout his versatile career, which may include 2000's It's a Great Day to Be Alive — a song that has aged well with his fans.

This week's SoundCheck is by Joe Belcastro, special to the Times.

 
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