Thursday, January 18, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

This week's best Tampa Bay concerts: Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Deftones and more

DEF JAMS: Deftones, Rise Against

After nearly 30 years as a band — man, has it really been that long? — Deftones, above, are getting "more efficient with our time," said keyboardist and DJ Frank Delgado. "We'll go out for a month, month and a half tops, and then come home for a month. There's a really good balance right now with being able to be normal, especially with everyone having kids and families." But when the Sacramento, Calif., alt-metal veterans hit the road and light it up, watch out. The group, which returns to Tampa Thursday, is out for blood in support of last year's Gore, a pummeling album that shows co-founders Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter and Abe Cunningham aren't slowing down in middle age. This is the 20th anniversary of the band's breakthrough album Around the Fur, featuring the hit single My Own Summer (Shove It) — and while the band never really considered building an anniversary tour around it, that might be harder in 2020, when the band's Grammy-winning masterwork White Pony turns 20. "It hasn't come up, honestly, but I'm sure it will," Delgado said. "Especially since White Pony is such a seminal work for us. It sounds fun, and it makes sense. I think right now, it's all about just being efficient with our time, and also not overkilling ourselves." Easing the burden on the band this summer are their partners on this co-headlining tour, Rise Against. The show, featuring openers Thrice and Three Trapped Tigers, stops at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $17.50 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.

For more with Deftones' Frank Delgado, click here.

BAILAMOS: Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias

Florida officials may have ditched Pitbull as the state's official tourism ambassador, but it'll take more than that to diminish Mr. Worldwide's love for his home state. Next week he'll headline Tampa's Amalie Arena for the third time in less than a year, a feat hard to imagine any artist matching. This time around he'll be joined by fellow Miami hip-wiggler Enrique Iglesias, who's long overdue for a full local concert (he, like Pitbull, has popped into a few Jingle Balls over the years), and who's worth the price of admission all by himself. If Enrique's Escape and Thursday (I'm Lovin' You) don't get you moving, then Pitbull's Give Me Everything and I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) surely will. And if you're somehow still in your seat when they inevitably team up for I Like It, well, no tourism campaign can help you. You might as well leave Florida and never come back. CNCO opens. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $29.95 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

DIAMOND SPARKLE: Sabrina Carpenter

With only two summer shows this season, the Tampa Bay Rays have drastically scaled back their postgame concert series. But they have a good one to kick it off in 18-year-old pop singer and Disney actor Sabrina Carpenter. After selling out the State Theatre and inducing deafening squeals at the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball in December, the Girl Meets World star and social media superstar — 12.2 million Instagram followers and counting — will draw a lot of tweens to the Trop for the game against the Baltimore Orioles at 1:10 pm. Sunday. This won't hurt, either: Free Rays fidget spinners for fans 14 and under. The concert is free with your ticket, but in a change from previous years, the team isn't issuing field wristbands; the stage will instead be set up along the right field line near the Papa John's Bullpen Box, with general admission seating in the stands. raysbaseball.com.

THE GET DOWN: The Basement Sessions

You want to get freaky, you head down to the basement. The Basement Sessions, that is. The fringe hip-hop and electronic gathering returns at 7 p.m. Saturday to Lot 1901 in Ybor City, with a headlining set from psychedelic electro-rap collective Telekinetic Walrus, plus engrossing sounds from QueenofEx, Fr33dback, Leisure Chief, DJ Qeys, Wally Clark and more. The party will stretch late into the night with beats, food and visual art, so if folks ask why you're late to church on Sunday, tell 'em you were busy getting weird. $12 and up. 1901 E Second Ave. facebook.com/BasementSessionsTampa.

GUNS OUT: L.A. Guns

Okay, so it's not Axl and Slash reuniting to headline stadiums around the world. Still, there are probably more than a few L.A. Guns fanatics excited to see guitarist Tracii Guns and singer Phil Lewis make nice and hit the road together for the first time in 15 years. They're sort of hair-metal Zeligs, these guys, having played with members of Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Cheap Trick and, yes, Guns N' Roses. But it's their own singles, including The Ballad of Jayne and It's Over Now, that fans will want to hear at 7 p.m. Saturday at the State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22 and up. (727) 895-3045. statetheatreconcerts.com.

SHARP-DRESSED MAN: Alejandro Escovedo

He's a punk survivor, alt-country poet, Mexican-American trailblazer and — let's not discount this one bit — a pretty snazzy dresser. And he's got a soft spot for Tampa Bay, too. Alejandro Escovedo has played several editions of WMNF's dearly departed Tropical Heatwave festival over the years, and he's doing the station another solid by swinging through Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa for another WMNF-branded standalone show. Even nearing 70, the veteran Texan still puts on a lickety-split show, and his many fans in Tampa will be out to dance alongside him at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Pat Puckett opens. $20 and up. 910 Skipper Road. (813) 971-0666. skipperssmokehouse.com.

   
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