Sunday, May 27, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

SoundCheck: Pitbull and Ke$ha among top live music picks

Pitbull and Ke$ha

Details: Friday 7:30 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 740-2446.

Besides sharing a record label (RCA) and basically owning a large portion of the Top 40 kingdom, there are very few things that Pitbull and Ke$ha really have in common. Still, the Miami-born rapper and Los Angeles-based queen-of-all-things-weird have found a way to tour together — and this is their only Florida stop. Expect some odd covers (Ke$ha reportedly took on Bob Dylan's Don't Think Twice It's Alright at a recent Hollywood Bowl show, and Pitbull's band is known to delve into anything from Beastie Boys to Ozzy Osbourne), but also plenty of hits like Tik Tok and I Know You Want Me at this one.

Juanes

Details: Sunday 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $49.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

¡Dios mío! Juanes is coming to the Straz Center. The 40-year-old Colombian is a bona fide megastar in the Latin music world (selling 15 million-plus albums worldwide and being named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world are just a couple of his accomplishments), and while he's capable of a show that could pack estadios on his home turf, he's bringing a Latin Grammy-award winning album (last year's Juanes MTV Unplugged) to the intimate Carol Morsani Hall for one of just two Florida stops. The guy is beautiful, too, but don't overlook the musicianship of his band, one of the most technically sound touring outfits in the world.

Tate Stevens

Details: Friday 7 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 987-2855.

It gets steamy inside the Dallas Bull, and a tour stop from X Factor Season 2 winner Tate Stevens — who is fresh off appearances at the CMA Music Festival and the Grand Ole Opry — will not be an exception to that rule. The 38-year-old is a seasoned entertainer (he spent almost two decades playing in various country music outfits before hitting the reality TV jackpot) who has adjusted well to the big spotlight, as evidenced by hits like Holler If You Hear Me, Power Of A Love Song and Ride, which run the gamut from barn-burnin' Nashville Gold to sugary-sweet, sing-along balladry.

The Felice Brothers

Details: Saturday, following Rays vs. Detroit Tigers (first pitch at 7:15 p.m.). Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

This season's Tampa Bay Rays Summer Concert Series includes a lot of country, pop and Kidz Bop, but the Rays just upped their indie cred with the surprise booking of roots rockers Felice Brothers. The boys recently treated sun-kissed fans to a rollicking set at the 2013 Gasparilla Music Festival, but their brand of boisterous alt-folk should still translate well in the friendly confines of Tropicana Field, where the bros (spoiler: only two members bear the Felice surname) will work through drinking songs (Whiskey In My Whiskey), doom-laden folklore (Fire At The Pageant), and accordion-driven tearjerkers (Wonderful Life).

Hot Dog Party 7: Rise of the Weiner

With Wolf-Face, Early Forms, Dylar, Funny Bunny, Liquid Jesus DJs

Details: Wednesday 6 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Cost to be announced. (813) 241-8600.

Processed meats, beer, rock 'n' roll. All are quintessentially 'Merican, and all will be in full effect at this annual celebration of the frankfurter, which marks lucky year No. 7 with a musical lineup featuring everyone's favorite furry punk rockers (Wolf-Face), a sludge-pop four-piece (Early Forms), new wave-shoegazers (Dylar), and a retro-pop outfit (Funny Bunny). Also on tap is the annual hot dog eating competition (complete with "all beef" and "vegan" brackets) that will put former champs up against each other along with brave rookies up to the challenge. (Full disclosure: This writer is the 2011 champ.)

Mike Pinto

With Natural Vibrations, Three Legged Fox, Resinated

Details: Sunday 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 895-3045.

It's absurdly hot outside these days, and most of you are probably spending your afternoons on one of the hundreds of beautiful beaches within arm's reach. Mike Pinto has your soundtrack covered. Songs from his fifth studio LP, Truthful Lies, are all buoyed by laid-back bass lines, and his fusion of reggae, folk, ska and pop should please fans of Jack Johnson, Sublime and Bob Marley alike. Pinto and his band are joined by the equally irie Hawaii outfit Natural Vibrations and Three Legged Fox, who somehow bucked the urban influence of Philadelphia to create their own unique take on rock-reggae.

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

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