Friday, April 20, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

SoundCheck: Yanni among top live music picks

Music of Pink Floyd

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35-$75. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.

The stately Mahaffey Theater will be filled with the haunting sounds of Comfortably Numb when the Florida Orchestra joins forces with a full rock band to re-create Pink Floyd hits. The concert, part of the orchestra's popular rock series, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon along with signature songs from The Wall and other works. The concert will be conducted by Brent Havens, who has a good track record with this sort of thing. He and singer Randy Jackson did well in previous productions of music of Led Zeppelin and the Doors. Basically, the orchestra backs up Jackson and a rock band, and the lighting and sound are straight out of an arena show.

Times staff

Mindless Behavior

With OMG Girlz

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $57.50-$85. (727) 565-0550.

It's going to cost you a pretty penny to fulfill this teen dream, but it's the holiday season, chock-full of door-buster deals and pages of things worth taking another credit line out for, so why the heck not? It's not like Los Angeles boy band Mindless Behavior hasn't earned it anyway. The same folks who brought you Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Toni Braxton have groomed the boys, plus they've paid their dues touring with the Biebs, Backsteet Boys and Jason Derulo. Auto-Tuned hits like Mrs. Right and My Girl, with all their Snapchat and emoticon references, are catchy enough, too.

Yanni

Details: Wednesday and Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$175. (727) 791-7400.

Through three decades and 15 LPs (not to mention almost 20 live albums), Yanni has somehow maintained that beautiful mane of black hair enough to give him street cred 'round these parts. The 59-year-old does transcend any joke we can throw at him, however, and his two-night stand at Ruth Eckerd Hall is proof of that. His appeal is cloaked in intricate, ornate orchestral arrangements, but the real magic of Yanni is melody. Heartbreaking, make-you-feel-like-you-could-climb-Mount-Everest-despite-your-bronchitis melodies are at the core, and an open ear at this show will prove it.

Microgroove 2-Year Anniversary

With Atlantic Oceans, Matt Hires

Details: Sunday 11 a.m. Microgroove, 4906 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 667-7089.

Who would've known? That little record store with a surprising sense of humor (find the store's pristine copy of Rick Astley's 1987 debut, Whenever You Need Somebody, and see what we mean) has become an anchor of Seminole Heights' current resurgence as a cultural hub of Tampa Bay. At this early show, where they'll open at 11 a.m. and close "when we feel like it," Microgroove welcomes a two-fer of Tampa talent to help celebrate a couple of years on the block. Atlantic Oceans, which features members of defunct, eternally beloved local outfit Sleepy Vikings, will be on hand, and up-and-coming pop songsmith Matt Hires will help provide more musical punch. Free beer and markdowns will appease the imbibers and deal seekers at this celebration of the record store as an institution and integral part of any music-loving community.

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

 
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