Saturday, April 21, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

The Eagles among top live music picks

The Eagles

With JD and the Straight Shot

Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $49-$177. (813) 301-2500.

We're willing to bet there isn't a single jukebox in America without an album from the Eagles inside it. And why would there be? Despite their rocky history, the boys — Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy Schmit — are SoCal soft-rock royalty who ruled the radio (and sales charts) during an incredible six-album run in the 1970s. The guys will dig into the whole of their catalog, peppered with cuts that have never been performed live. Tampa fans should be ready for a set that goes for three hours and includes intimate acoustic performances as well as full-on Walsh-fueled barn burners. This probably isn't the end of the Eagles' flight, but this might be the best trip going for now.

. Joe Bonamassa

Details: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $85-$131. (727) 791-7400.

Can Joe Bonamassa actually see anything behind those dark sunglasses he usually wears onstage? Does it really matter? Those questions will be answered when the 36-year-old guitarist (who opened for B.B. King when he was just 8) descends on Ruth Eckerd Hall for two nights of six-string mastery, featuring everything from complex acoustic arrangements (find video from his recent performance at the Vienna Opera House) to electrified, slow-blues ballads like Stop!

The Chariot

With Glass Cloud, Birds in Row, To the Wind, Rebuker

Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $12-$14. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com.

To call the Chariot a mathcore band is completely unfair. Founded by singer Josh Scogin shortly after he left beloved hard-core outfit Norma Jean in 2003, the Chariot has released five LPs of crushing, breakneck metal accented with Christian lyrical undertones that transcend any kind of religious affiliation thanks to the way the message is delivered. Scogin, 32, is a fearless (and hilariously sarcastic) frontman who routinely immerses himself within the swirling mosh pits and flying bodies that manifest themselves at chaotic live shows. This is the penultimate stop on the band's farewell tour, so expect the air to be thick with the energy of fans ready to give every ounce of themselves back to the band before they call it quits.

. TobyMac

With Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Jamie Grace, Colton Dixon, Chris August, Capital Kings

Details: 7 p.m. Friday. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $25-$75. (813) 974-3004.

TobyMac is in the last year of his 40s. But as the man born Kevin Michael McKeehan approaches the midcentury mark, his career is as alive as it was when his original band (dc Talk) disbanded and he released his debut solo LP, Momentum, in 2001. With a handful of AMA, Billboard and Grammy awards in his trophy case (not to mention a dozen or so Dove Awards), T-Mac's religious rap has made him a global superstar who routinely fills venues with devotees addicted to both his uplifting, wholesome message (which teeters on the edge of preachy without leaping into evangelizing) and unabashed pop sensibilities. He's bringing along a support bill heavy with other Christian music up-and-comers, so expect this one to deliver from start to finish.

Instruments of Change: Play It Forward Benefit Concert

With Caroline Kole, Daniel B. Marshall, Shane Anderson, Emily Grace, Eternity, Ken Apperson

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25-$95. (813) 229-7827.

She's now a seasoned professional at the ripe old age of 16, but Tampa Bay has watched Caroline Kole grow up before its eyes. Kole's early days as "Suite Caroline" found her enchanting us with her alarmingly professional demeanor and an out-of-the-ordinary vocal ability, but things haven't been the same since Nashville took notice. She signed to Starstruck Records, has a publishing deal with Sony/ATV, and shared stages with Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Charlie Daniels. Her latest single, Money to Me, debuted at No. 1 on CMT's fan-voted Pure Countdown, and she's set to use her star power at this benefit show, which doubles as a music mentoring camp for at-risk youth.

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

 
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