Saturday, June 23, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

SoundCheck: Peter Frampton among top live music picks

Peter Frampton

With Robert Cray

Details: Sunday 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$225. (727) 791-7400.

Let's face the facts and admit that nine out of 10 of you have a copy of Frampton Comes Alive! buried somewhere in your record collection. That shouldn't come as a surprise, as Peter Frampton's 1976 breakthrough live album sold millions upon millions of copies in the United States alone. For this tour stop, the 63-year-old former Humble Pie guitarist brings his talkbox, as well as hits like Baby, I Love Your Way and All I Want to Be (Is By Your Side), to Ruth Eckerd Hall, where he'll be joined by fellow six-string firebreather Robert Cray for what's being dubbed the "Guitar Circus." The 59-year-old Cray utilizes a more blues-based approach to songwriting, but expect equally blistering fretwork from both of these hall of fame talents.

Clearwater's Blast Friday

With the Fixx

Details: Friday 5:30 p.m., Cleveland Street, downtown. Free ($30 for VIP).

Downtown Clearwater's Blast Friday street festival continues its tremendous growth with yet another concert set to take over Cleveland Street. This one features one of the hottest bands of the 1980s, the Fixx. It won't cost you a dime to check out frontman Cy Curnin lead this band through cuts like One Thing Leads to Another, Saved By Zero and Stand or Fall (as well as selections from their 2012 album, Beautiful Friction), but more ambitious concertgoers can opt for $30 VIP tickets that come with two beers, a slice of pizza and reserved front-stage seating.

Indigo Girls

Details: Saturday 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39-$59. (727) 791-7400.

The Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Sailers, met four decades ago and have been performing together for the last 30 years. The girls have gone through several touring band lineups supporting any one of their 13 LPs of quiet, harmony-laden folk, but for this tour they called in composers Sean O'Loughlin and Stephen Barber to create orchestral arrangements that will accompany and breathe new life into familiar fan favorites like Closer to Fine, Galileo and Power of Two.

Slice of the Burg Street Party

With George Clinton

Details: Saturday noon to 11 p.m., downtown St. Petersburg, 116 Fifth St. S (Fifth Street between First and Second avenues S). Pay what you can at asliceoftheburg.com.

The block party from the Save the Historic YMCA Building Committee aims to fill the void left by the canceled Taste of Pinellas with a food and music street party. Headliner George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic play at 8 p.m.; includes Fall on Purpose, Save the Radio, the Black Honkeys and Stereotypes.

Jackie Evancho

Details: Sunday 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $55.50-$99. (727) 892-5767.

In a world where manufactured "Idols" and amazing "Voices" are selected by a panel of celebrity judges, Jackie Evancho is a reality television darling who is hard to hate. The 13-year-old classical vocalist gained notoriety thanks to a second-place finish on the fifth season of NBC's America's Got Talent, and though the man who defeated her (33-year-old Michael Grimm) seems to be most famous for proposing to his girlfriend during an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Evancho has made good on her obvious talent by moving millions of records thanks to her jaw-dropping vocals on classical gems Nessun Dorma and O Mio Babbino Caro. For this engagement, she teams up with members of the Florida Orchestra to present her take on familiar movie tunes like My Heart Will Go On, which appears on last year's LP Songs From the Silver Screen.

Taj Mahal

With Shaun Hopper

Details: Wednesday 7:30 p.m., Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $42-$55. (727) 822-3590.

Henry Saint Clair Fredericks has shared stages with everyone from Mick and Keith (the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus) to Jack Johnson (2010 Kokua Festival), which is a testament to the universal appeal of the 71-year-old singer-songwriter better known as Taj Mahal. He's a self-taught blues legend who has changed and influenced the genre just as much as he has learned from it. Whether he's delivering his take on the American murder ballad Stagger Lee or splashing whirring harmonica on an original like Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes, Taj Mahal's pure love for life and singing shines through. Tampa fingerstyle whiz kid Shaun Hopper (consult the Google oracle to see his cover of Lennon's Come Together) opens this show.

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

 
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