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This week’s best Tampa Bay concerts

The Who, Future, Billy Ray Cyrus, Disturbed, Meek Mill, Megan Thee Stallion, Orville Peck and more.
Roger Daltrey, left, and Pete Townshend of the Who will play Tampa's Amalie Arena on Sunday. [CHRIS URSO | Tampa Bay Times (2015)]
Published Sep. 18

LET’S SEE ACTION: THE WHO

All this talk about farewell tours the last couple of years must have made the Who nostalgic. Remember their first farewell tour in 1982? Were we ever so young? Ironically, now that Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are 74 and 75, retirement’s not at the forefront of their minds. Instead, 50 years after they played Woodstock, the Who are on a symphonic tour, playing hits and selections from Tommy, Quadrophenia and other albums, backed by a full orchestra. It’s debatable how much an orchestra would add to The Seeker or Won’t Get Fooled Again, but it’s bound to sound great on Behind Blue Eyes. Reignwolf opens. $63 and up. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

DOWN AND UP: DISTURBED

Disturbed may be best known for their 2000 single Down With the Sickness (“Oo-WA-AH-AH-AH!”), but there’s a case to be made that they’re doing their best work right now. Their latest single No More just became their seventh straight No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart, something no one else has ever done. One of those songs, a 2015 cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence, is arguably a bigger hit than Down With the Sickness, going triple-platinum and earning a Grammy nomination. Twenty-five years after they formed, maybe it’s time we gave Disturbed their due. In This Moment opens. $45.75 and up. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Amalie Arena.

On Saturday, Disturbed will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa. [TRAVIS SHINN | Warner Records]

HOT BOYS OF SUMMER: FUTURE AND MEEK MILL

The names at the top of the bill are Future and Meek Mill, and with good reason: Future is a multiplatinum machine who pops up on pretty much every hip-hop album and mixtape, and Meek is a respected rapper whose controversial incarceration became a hot sociopolitical cause. Openers YG and DJ Mustard are pretty good, too. But the real highlight of this show might be Megan Thee Stallion, the flame-spitting Houston rapper behind the summer buzzphrase (and later hit single) Hot Girl Summer. Her album Fever is one of this summer’s brashest (and bluest) hip-hop albums. Future and Meek Mill will keep the party going late, but it’s your American duty to get there early to catch Hot Girl Meg dropping Big Ole Freak and Cash S--- live. 7 p.m. Monday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.

Meek Mill performs at Lollapalooza in Chicago last month. [AMY HARRIS | Invision/AP]

LIVING LIKE A ROCK STAR: BUCS BEACH BASH

If someone had told you a year ago that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers booked Billy Ray Cyrus to headline a free fan party on the beach, you might still be laughing. But that was before Cyrus took his Fendi sports bras and Maserati sports cars to the Old Town Road, propelling Lil Nas X on a ride like no one had ever seen before. Their collaborative Song of the Summer became the longest-running No. 1 single in history, ensuring no one could ever again call Mr. Achy Breaky Heart a one-hit wonder. Cyrus headlines the Bucs Beach Bash at 8 p.m. Saturday, with fireworks following at 9:30. But there are activities all day starting at 11 a.m., including a performance by country group Parmalee at 6 p.m. TradeWinds Island Resorts, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. buccaneers.com.

On Saturday, Billy Ray Cyrus will headline the Bucs Beach Bash at St. Pete Beach resort TradeWinds Island Grand. [Courtesy of Lowfield]

MASK ON: ORVILLE PECK

Between the rainbow shimmer of Kacey Musgraves and the allure of Highwomen’s If She Ever Leaves Me, LGBTQ country is having a moment in 2019. Orville Peck is right there at the forefront. The masked, anonymous western crooner is selling out venues coast to coast in support of his album Pony, a camp-tinged yet authentic-sounding collection of cowpoke songs. It sounds like a gimmick until you hear the songs and see him perform, and realize he’s probably a lot more real than a lot of the country artists on the radio. Sold out. 8 p.m. Sept. 25. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

Orville Peck will play Crowbar in Tampa's Ybor City next week. [Courtesy of Carlos Santolalla]

WORLD BEATER: JAI WOLF

Jai Wolf was born in Bangladesh but grew up in New York. That cross-cultural background might help explain the DJ and producer’s expansive palette of influences on his new album The Cure to Loneliness, from synthpop to chillwave to indie rock. It’s expansive, ethereal, beautiful catnip for fans of Odesza, Flume or Illenium who just like to bliss out beneath the stars. $25 and up. 8 p.m. Sept. 25. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com.

On Sept. 25, Jai Wolf will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. [SHERVIN LAINEZ | Big Hassle]

BEATLE IT: IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO TODAY

The Beatles released their self-titled “White Album” in 1968, which makes this tour’s title less than accurate. But It Was 50 Years Ago Today should still be fun, as fans will get to hear cuts from that album performed by a supergroup of rock greats, including Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, the Monkees’ Micky Dolenz, Badfinger’s Joey Molland and former Chicago singer Jason Scheff. In addition to Beatles cuts, they’ll sing all their own hits. Sailing, Last Train to Clarksville, Hello It’s Me and Back in the U.S.S.R. all in one night? That’ll work. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

Todd Rundgren will lead a tribute to the Beatles' "White Album" at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater next week. [Courtesy of Lynn Goldsmith]


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  5. Switchfoot will perform at 97X Next Big Thing on Nov. 22 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.
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    The annual festival offers a family-friendly outing while raising money to feed school children in need.
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  8. Truth Hurts" wasn't originally featured on the 11-track "Cuz I Love You," but her record label added it to the deluxe version of the album, released on May 3. ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times
    The songwriting brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen, who worked on “Healthy,” claim say they deserve writing credit on “Truth Hurts.”
  9. Billy Gibbons, right, and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top play the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 2013. JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT  |  AP
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  10. Gladys Knight performs at sundown at the 36th Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 15, 2015, in Coachman Park. JIM DAMASKE  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES
    The annual event, which returns this weekend, has come a long way. Where will it go from here?
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