Friday, June 22, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

SoundCheck: Luke Bryan, Wiz Khalifa among top live music picks

Luke Bryan

With Florida Georgia Line, Thompson Square

Details: Tonight and Friday at 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Sold out.

What happens when a little county singer named Thomas Luther Bryan outgrows smaller venues like the Dallas Bull in the wake of hits like That's My Kind Of Night and Crash My Party? He books two consecutive nights at Tampa's premier concert shed — and then sells out both nights. That's about 38,000 tickets. Is the 37-year-old Georgia boy the next in line for country royalty? Discuss.

Wiz Khalifa

With DJ Enferno

Details: Friday 8 p.m., the Meadows at the University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 974-1011.

During homecoming week, Mr. Black and Yellow will play a free show to the green and gold faithful, but you don't necessarily have to be a student to party with Wiz Khalifa. The outdoor concerts at the Meadows tend to be open to the public, so walking up to see Wiz work through cuts like On My Level and Medicated should be pretty easy.

John Fogerty

Details: Sunday 8 p.m. Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $55-$99. (813) 229-7827.

John Fogerty's last Sunshine State appearance came just about a month ago when he saved the day at Mumford & Son's Gentlemen of the Road Festival in St. Augustine (Fun. dropped out last minute). The 68-year-old Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman is poised to rekindle a bit of that magic at this appearance, where he'll mix classic CCR cuts like Fortunate Son, Bad Moon Rising and Down on the Corner with material from any one of his eight solo LPs.

34th annual Freakers Ball: Grave Matters

With Uncle John's Band

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10. (813) 971-0666.

Seeing Uncle John's Band cover the Grateful Dead at Skipper's Smokehouse is a rite of passage, and on the last Friday before Halloween, Mullets (Skipper's jargon for their faithful employees) go all out transforming the 3-decades-old institution for its annual costume contest and party, Freakers Ball. Revelers parade their homemade getups for judges (store bought costumes are not allowed to compete), and the band spins its way through tunes like Casey Jones, Truckin' and Sugar Magnolia while you twirl under the twinkling lights of the oak canopy affectionately called the "Skipperdome."

St. Pete Shuffle Presents World Tournament Afterparty

With DieAlps!, 6 Volt Rodeo

Details: Friday 7 p.m. St. Pete Shuffle, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 822-2083.

Every now and then a venue and occasion combine with a lineup to make for a pretty special show. That's exactly the case Friday when the International Shuffleboard Association comes home (it was founded almost 35 years ago in the 'Burg), bringing the Shuffleboard Singles World Championship with it. If you think you're too cool to shuffle, then consider St. Pete Shuffleboard Club's swelling membership, plus Cycle Brewing (whose Tang & Biscuits brew was inspired by the game) and two handfuls of local artists will be on hand. Dancing tunes will be provided by western swing enthusiasts 6 Volt Rodeo as well as indie-waltz specialists DieAlps!, and the weather should be swell.

98 Rock Halloweenie Roast

With Alice Cooper, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, Pop Evil, Black Veil Brides, Heaven's Basement

Details: Saturday 3 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.98-$160. (813) 740-2446.

With the Internet and Miley Cyrus, shock rock isn't the same since Alice Cooper was king. While surprising people gets harder everyday, the 65-year-old Cooper continues to endure thanks to the way he blends metal, vaudeville, horror flicks and stage theatrics. Almost 30 LPs make up his 44-year-old discography, but the roar of hits like Feed My Frankenstein, I'm Eighteen and School's Out is as forceful as it ever was.

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

 
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