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This weekend’s best Tampa Bay concerts: Dwight Yoakam, Doobie Brothers

Third Eye Blind, Blue Oyster Cult, Cursive, Girlpool and the 99.5 QYK Guitar Pull perform as well.
Dwight Yoakam will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Nov. 15. [Courtesy of Emily Joyce]
Dwight Yoakam will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Nov. 15. [Courtesy of Emily Joyce]
Published Nov. 13
Updated Nov. 15


One thing Ken Burns’ stellar documentary Country Music brought home was how many regions outside Nashville left their own imprints on the genre. For example: Dwight Yoakam, the pride of Pikeville, Ky., who honed his chops in the L.A. roots-punk scene before embracing the Bakersfield sound pioneered by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. The recent inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has covered artists like Queen, Prince and the Clash, all while scoring hits of his own like Fast As You and Guitars, Cadillacs. It might be no coincidence that some of today’s most interesting country artists — Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers — hail from Yoakam’s home state, too. Tyler Booth opens. $43.25 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.


A Pitchfork review of Third Eye Blind’s new album Screamer described it as “better than a sixth Third Eye Blind album ever needed to be.” Sounds like begrudging praise, but it echoes what I’ve been saying for years: Third Eye Blind is good! Really, legitimately good! While casual fans might think of them only as that Jumper and Semi-Charmed Life band, the rest of us recognize the greatness of deeper cuts from later albums like 2009′s Ursa Major (Bonfire) and 2015′s Dopamine (Everything Is Easy). Screamer, too, has some choice numbers, including Tropic Scorpio, Take a Side and the title track, featuring Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss. It’s better than a lot of bands’ sixth albums, actually. Get in the know and celebrate it with them. Smallpools open. $36.25 and up. 7 p.m. Thursday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

Third Eye Blind will play St. Petersburg's Jannus Live on Nov. 14. [Courtesy of Danny Nolan]


Congratulations are in order for the Doobie Brothers, who just scored their first-ever nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That’s right: Their first, even though they’ve been eligible since 1996. Kind of hard to believe the Rock Hall committee has never even considered the Doobs, purveyors of van-rockin’ ’70s hits like Minute By Minute, Listen to the Music, China Grove and Takin’ It to the Streets. Longtime members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons told Billboard they’d be up for a big ol’ reunion of past members should they be elected. The prospect of Michael McDonald hitting the stage with his former Doobies for What a Fool Believes would make the whole ceremony worth it. In the meantime, get amped about seeing them in a smaller-than-usual local venue. $59.50 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5767.

The Doobie Brothers will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Nov. 15. [Courtesy of Andrew Macpherson]


Top to bottom, it might be the Midwestern indie rock lineup of the season. At the top is Cursive, the Omaha, Neb., post-hardcore act who just dropped their clashing yet melodic ninth album Get Fixed. Joining them are Cleveland garage punks Cloud Nothings, led by singer Dylan Baldi’s raw vocals and drummer Jayson Gerycz’s pummeling percussion. Finally, there’s Lawrence, Kan., post-rock veterans the Appleseed Cast, who just released The Fleeting Light of Impermanence, an album as intricately constructed as the title suggests. It’s all a little emo, all a little atmospheric and altogether rocking. $20 and up. 7 p.m. Friday. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

Cursive will play Crowbar in Ybor City on Nov. 15. [Chromatic PR]


If you’re the type of listener who likes the story of a song just as much as the melody, the 99.5 QYK Guitar Pull is for you. Each year, the country station brings together a handful of singer-songwriters to perform and discuss their hits, and often a few fun covers are thrown in. This year’s lineup features Chase Rice (Eyes On You, Florida Georgia Line’s Cruise), Carly Pearce (Every Little Thing), Morgan Wallen (Whiskey Glasses), Jordan Davis (Singles You Up) and Hardy (Rednecker, Blake Shelton’s God’s Country). Sold out. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg.

Carly Pearce will perform at the 99.5 QYK Guitar Pull on Nov. 17 at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater. [Courtesy of John Shearer]


Blue Oyster Cult will headline the Rock and Rib Fest at Ferg's Sports Bar in St. Petersburg on Nov. 16. [TKO]


Girlpool will perform at Tampa's Hooch and Hive on Nov. 17. [Courtesy of Ilana Kozlov]

You can get lost in the dreamy swirls of music produced by L.A. indie duo Girlpool. Their latest album What Chaos Is Imaginary drifts across a palette of Harmony Tividad’s ethereal vocals and Avery Tucker’s occasionally fuzzy, occasionally jangly guitars. It’s a sweet, shoegazy show for people who want to get lost in the bliss of nostalgia. Broom Closet and Even Less Friends open. $12 and up. 7 p.m. Sunday. Hooch and Hive, 1001 W Cass St., Tampa. (813) 251-1234.

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  2. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will return to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec. 15. [Courtesy of Jason McEachern]
    The Disco Biscuits, Don McLean, Daughters and a Sha Na Na holiday reunion are also featured.
  3. Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, shown here in the 1978 film "Grease," will make an appearance in Tampa on Dec. 14 for a film sing-along and meet and greet with fans. [AP]
    The forever Sandy Olsson and Danny Zuko will reunite for a sing-along screening on Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
  4. Patton Oswalt, shown in his Netflix special "Patton Oswalt: Annihilation," will perform at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on April 11, 2020. [ELIZABETH MORRIS  |  Netflix]
    Catch up on today’s Tampa Bay concert announcements.
  5. Marc Maron, show here during his Netflix special "Marc Maron: Too Real," will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Feb. 15, 2020. [ADAM BETTCHER  |  Netflix]
    The host of the hugely successful ‘WTF With Marc Maron’ podcast is bringing his stand-up tour to town next spring.
  6. John Prine performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Dec. 7, 2019. [JAY CRIDLIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    In a semi-hometown show in Clearwater, the songwriting legend made the whole house feel alive. | Concert review
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  8. From left, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue arrive at the world premiere of their Netflix biopic "The Dirt" on March 18 in Los Angeles. [Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP]
    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will also perform at Camping World Stadium next summer.
  9. Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs during halftime at Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3. [MARK HUMPHREY  |  AP]
    The Super Bowl halftime headliners are heading out on an extensive world tour next year.
  10. John Prine will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Dec. 7. [Courtesy of Danny Clinch]
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