Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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This week's best Tampa Bay concerts: Dierks Bentley, Diana Ross, Paul McCartney tribute

BACK INTO BLACK: Dierks Bentley

The last time Tampa saw Dierks Bentley, he was headlining a high-dollar tailgate party for Alabama and Clemson fans outside this year's College Football Playoff National Championship. Which is totally fitting, since few acts seem to enjoy a good party as much as Bentley. While he discovered and embraced a more subdued side on 2016's Black — the smoldering title track and Elle King duet Different For Girls — the Arizona native still loves swirling a black Solo cup around the air on Drunk on a Plane or Tip It On Back. Last summer's headlining show in Tampa was a wildly entertaining affair, and this year he's got fellow tailgate tippler Cole Swindell (Chillin' It) and California-cool crooner Jon Pardi (Dirt on My Boots) opening, so it should be just as good. 7 p.m. Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N. Remaining tickets start at $45. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.

A DAY AND A LIFE: WMNF's Paul McCartney tribute

So you couldn't scrape together enough Benjamins to snag a ticket to Paul McCartney's July 10 concert at Amalie Arena. We hear you. Thankfully, WMNF-88.5 FM has your back. The listener-supported station is throwing the mother of all pre-parties in Maybe I'm Amazed: The WMNF 75th Birthday Tribute to Paul McCartney. On Saturday, 17 local artists will play more than 60 McCartney songs over six hours, including at least one from every year from 1963 to 1976, which encompasses all of the Beatles and most of Wings. The bands performing will be a mix of rock, blues, folk and indie artists, ensuring a wide variety of takes on hits like Penny Lane, Jet, Drive My Car, Eleanor Rigby and, of course, Hey Jude. Artists include Talk to Mark, Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes, Rosewood Creek, the Sara Rose Band and many others. Doors open at 5 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12 and up. (813) 971-0666. skipperssmokehouse.com.

TIDE'S OUT: Zulu Wave

It isn't every day that a reunion show doubles as a farewell show. But that's the case for Zulu Wave on Saturday. After six years in Tampa Bay, singer-guitarist Michael Barrow is moving to Europe for a change of scenery, but not before getting the popular alt-rock outfit back together for their first performance in more than a year. "Zulu Wave did decently well for a band, better than any band I've ever been in," Barrow said in a recent interview. "I experienced a minor level of success which was amazingly fun, amazingly cool." Zulu Wave changed lineups a few times over the years, yet built a reputation as an electric live act packing a wallop of a sound. They shared stages with acts like the Kills and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and also played big festivals at home and out of state — including New York City's CBGB Festival, where they played in Times Square with the Hold Steady and Superchunk. "People paid attention," Barrow said. "For any musician, that's huge. It definitely pushes you to do more." The group's final show starts at 9 p.m. Friday at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Bees and Enormous Tigers, DieAlps! and Sun Signs open. $5. (813) 248-4969.

SUPREME TALENT: Diana Ross

Fifty years ago, the Supremes ceased to exist. In the summer of 1967, they became, officially and forevermore, “Diana Ross and the Supremes." No one's downplaying the contributions of Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson or any other Supreme, but even then, it was clear Ross was an icon in the making. A half century later, Ross is still earning accolades (she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom last fall) and touring the country more than most 73-year-old icons usually do. Supremely stylish as ever, Ross will bring hits like You Can't Hurry Love, I'm Coming Out and Endless Love back to Florida at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Her daughter Rhonda Ross will open the show. $67.50 and up. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

   
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