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Trans-Siberian Orchestra tops this weekend’s best Tampa Bay concerts

The Disco Biscuits, Don McLean, Daughters and a Sha Na Na holiday reunion are also featured.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will return to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec. 15. [Courtesy of Jason McEachern]
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will return to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec. 15. [Courtesy of Jason McEachern]
Published Dec. 11, 2019


All due respect to Mariah Carey, but the true queens of Christmas are the many members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Every year, they keep drawing larger and larger crowds to their pyro- and laser-laden live shows, playing to young tots, old grannies and genuine metal fans all across America. The ensemble’s latest show is a new production of their debut album Christmas Eve and Other Stories, featuring the modern classic Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 — you know, the “Carol of the Bells” one you see soundtracking all those viral light displays this time of year. $55.75 and up. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500.


Jamtronica, livetronica, trance fusion, call it whatever you like — just know that the Disco Biscuits and Perpetual Groove were among the first to do it. The Biscuits formed 25 years ago as a jam band that wove ambient and electronic elements into their heady noodlings, influencing artists like Griz and Lotus in the process. And their Camp Bisco festival has become a major electro-jam happening; recent headliners have included Bassnectar, Pretty Lights and Odesza. As for P-Groove, they, too, have been doing their spaced-out, looped-up thing for more than 20 years, incorporating more jazz and Southern rock into their many albums. As it turns out, both bands will be in Tampa Bay this weekend, so it’s like a mini festival in our backyards. The Disco Biscuits perform at 6 p.m. Thursday at Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $44 and up. (727) 565-0550. Perpetual Groove performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $18 and up. (813) 248-9500.

Perpetual Groove will perform at the Orpheum in Ybor City on Dec. 14. [Reagan Marketing]


Sixty years ago, the music died. So said Don McLean, whose epic 1971 anthem American Pie memorialized the 1959 death of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. It’s an indisputable American classic, and a big reason why McLean entered the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. But he has other indelible hits, too, including And I Love You So and Vincent. McLean’s influence has lingered in surprising ways — Vincent was a favorite song of Tupac Shakur, and Drake interpolated samples from 1977′s Prime Time for his song Doing It Wrong. McLean’s reputation has taken a dive in recent years, following a 2016 arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. (He later pleaded guilty to lesser misdemeanors and served no jail time, and has maintained he was never violent with his wife.) But his voice lives on, even six decades after the day that inspired American Pie. $42.50 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Don McLean, pictured in December 2016, will perform on Dec. 13 at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. [MARK HUMPHREY | AP]


It’s the holiday season, so maybe it’s about time Sha Na Na kissed and made up. The retro-pop goofballs who played at Woodstock before finding TV fame in the ’70s have employed dozens of singers over the years, and a handful of them will reunite at this weekend’s Bowzer’s Holiday Rock 'n' Roll Party, including Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, Henry Gross and Johnny “Kid” Contardo. (As it turns out, the current touring version of Sha Na Na, featuring other veteran members, is also in the region this weekend, performing in Anna Maria Island on Saturday, so maybe there’s a chance they’ll meet up.) Singing hits and holiday classics alongside them will be Peter Noone’s Herman’s Hermits, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders and more. $41.75 and up. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Henry Gross, who played with Sha Na Na at Woodstock, will perform with former Sha Na Na members at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Dec. 14. [Courtesy of Henry Gross]

RELATED: Woodstock was a myth. Sha Na Na’s Henry Gross wants to bust it.


Halloween’s long over, but Daughters would still make a hellacious soundtrack to your next haunted house. The Rhode Island grindcore band’s first album in eight years, You Won’t Get What You Want, is loaded with nightmarish, industrial noise-rock, although intense tracks like Long Road, No Turns and The Reason They Hate Me are almost too catchy to be called avant-garde. They’ve found excellent tourmates in Health, an L.A. industrial goth-pop act who’ve placed numerous tracks on movie and video game soundtracks. Show Me the Body opens. $22 and up. 7 p.m. Sunday. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-9500.

Daughters will play the Orpheum in Ybor City on Dec. 15. [Courtesy of Reid Haithcock]


When’s the last time you logged into MySpace? You might still be a fan of Select Start. The Tampa group’s electronic-tinged pop-punk built a sizable online following in the mid-2000s, touring nationally and earning a slot on the Vans Warped Tour. They broke up after 2011′s The New Atlantic and pursued other projects (former singer Matt Reisinger is now an electronic producer who goes by Fr33dback). But on Saturday, several members are bringing the MySpace era back to life with a reunion show. Call up everyone who was ever in your top eight and grab a ticket. Wilder Sons and Discord Theory open. $10 and up. 7 p.m. Saturday. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

Select Start, pictured in a 2007 publicity photo, will hold a reunion concert on Dec. 14 at Crowbar in Ybor City. [Courtesy of Select Start]


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