Saturday, April 21, 2018
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SoundCheck: Winger, Great White, Go Go's among top live music picks

Hairapalooza

With Winger, Great White, Slaughter, Stephen Pearcy, Sobriety X, Stone Gray Band

Details: Saturday noon. England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free with ticket. (727) 541-0895.

Let's hope that Hairapalooza organizers learned a thing or two from the mostly disappointing Summerland Tour at Vinoy Park a few weeks ago. While we can't predict the weather, we can advise you to bring sunscreen for this daylong free show that'll turn back the clock to a time when songs like Seventeen, Once Bitten Twice Shy and Fly to the Angels were the soundtrack to backyard barbecues across the nation. Yeah, that's right: Winger, Great White and Slaughter are all descending upon Pinellas Park, and if the price tag (free!) wasn't enough to make you break out the AquaNet, then the addition of Ratt's Stephen Percy is probably an arrow straight to your '80s-loving heart that'll get you to commit to a day in the park. Coolers are not welcome, but blankets and lawn chairs are, and there is a $30 VIP ticket option that'll get you seats at the front of the stage.

Replay America

With the Go Go's, Patty Smyth, Martha Davis and the Motels, Naked Eyes

Details: Saturday 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $52.75-$128.75. (727) 791-7400.

If you prefer your nostalgia trips air-conditioned, then Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Replay America Tour have a fantastic (albeit more expensive) alternative to Hairapalooza. The '80s music mini-fest is curated by Sirius XM and is headlined by the Go Go's, who still have the beat despite almost 40 years of performing tunes like Vacation and Head Over Heels. Belinda Carlisle and company's influence is all over modern-day femme rockers. The schmaltz gets turned up on this bill by a trio of legacy acts including Martha Davis and the Motels, Naked Eyes and former Scandal frontwoman Patty Smyth, who will probably work through solo hits like Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough while surely belting out Scandal hits like Beat of a Heart and The Warrior.

Moe.

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $22-$25. (727) 565-0550.

Moe. plays a free show in North Carolina on the Fourth of July. The St. Petersburg appearance at Jannus Live the next day doesn't have the same price tag, but we're willing to bet that fans at Jannus will still get treated to the same, sweaty, celebratory vibe and camaraderie. The band has shed a few members over its 25-history, but the lineup changes have only served to add nuance and character to an 11-piece discography permeated by moe.'s playful spirit and heavy on a love of Americana, classic-rock, prog grooves and — of course — wandering, extended solos. The band is touring behind a new LP, this year's No Guts, No Glory.

Bridgit Mendler

Details: Saturday 8:30 p.m. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Free with park admission ($95 adult; less online at buschgardens.com). 1-888-800-5447.

Disney Channel aficionados need no introduction to Bridgit Mendler. The rest of you might not immediately recognize the 21-year-old famous for her roles in Good Luck Charlie and Wizards of Waverly Place, since she hasn't quite infiltrated the mainstream like Disney alums Demi, Miley and Selena. That probably won't stop fans from flocking to Busch Gardens, though. Last week the theme park tapped Hot Chelle Rae and ZZ Ward to kick off its summer concert series in grand fashion, and while the park has also booked Grammy-winning 16-piece salsa outfit El Gran Combo to play next week, it's dedicating Saturday's festivities to pure, unabashed radio-ready pop that mocks ex-lovers (Forgot to Laugh), reinforces stereotypes (Blonde) and even pays homage to the Sunshine State: "We could have a palace next to Oprah," she sings on hit song Ready or Not. "Thirty-seven cars and a yacht down in Boca."

Gold Panda

With Kodak to Graph, Spies on Bikes

Details: Wednesday 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.

Gold Panda is one of indie label Ghostly International's prized puzzle pieces for good reason. Born Derwin Schleckler, Panda spent his downtime dabbling in the art of splicing samples before eventually blossoming into something of a full-fledged beat Beethoven. His 2010 debut arrived with great fanfare (the Guardian gave it the coveted First Album Award), and everything he's done since is pregnant with an ability to take the sounds of the world we live in, run them through computers and controllers, and come out with something so warm and moving that there's no way it could possibly be synthesized.

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

     
 
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