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New Year’s Eve weekend concerts: Snoop Dogg, Anthony Hamilton

Hot Tuna, the Hip Abduction, Donna the Buffalo and a slate of DJs at the Ritz Ybor count us down to 2020.

LIKE IT’S HOT: SNOOP DOGG

Call him DJ Snoopadelic, call him Snoop Lion, or simply call him Mr. Broadus. To us, he’ll always be S-N-double-O-P D-O-double-G, you see. Snoop Dogg has had an up-and-down decade; his biggest hits were features on Katy Perry’s California Gurls and Jason Derulo’s Wiggle. He also hosted a cooking show with Martha Stewart. Still, he’s come into his own as a lovable elder statesman of West Coast hip-hop, one who’s still likely to turn up on albums by Kendrick Lamar, Young Thug or Anderson Paak. He can do what he pleases, basically. And from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, he pleases to DJ an afternoon pool party at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $40 and up. (813) 627-7625. seminolehardrocktampa.com.

SOUL REVIVAL: ANTHONY HAMILTON

Can you really call it a “New Year’s Eve Weekend Jam” if it takes place on Dec. 27? As long as Anthony Hamilton is behind the mic, he can call it whatever he wants. The Grammy-winning soul singer headlines this first-ever festival between Christmas and New Year’s, along with R&B singer and reality TV star K. Michelle, Stutter singer Joe and Put It On Me bark-rapper Ja Rule, who, in an apparent effort to capitalize on a hot two-year-old viral moment, just dropped a new single called Fyre. Don’t expect a Fyre Festival fake-out here, though; as long as Hamilton is in charge of the show, you’ll get your money’s worth. Avant, Chris Knite and Tiyanavanae also perform. $59 and up. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-3004. yuenglingcenter.com.

Anthony Hamilton will perform at the Yuengling Center in Tampa on Dec. 27.
Anthony Hamilton will perform at the Yuengling Center in Tampa on Dec. 27. [ Courtesy of Ted Wimbush ]

CAN IT: HOT TUNA

Can we squeeze one more 50th anniversary look back at Woodstock before the end of 2019? Sure, why not? Hot Tuna is the blues-folk side project of Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers who performed at Max Yasgur’s farm in 1969. As it turns out, this is also the 50th anniversary of Hot Tuna, who have performed in various iterations over the years, but will return to Clearwater this weekend in their two-man acoustic format. John McEuen opens. 8 p.m. Saturday. $39.50. Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.

Hot Tuna's Jack Casady, left, and Jorma Kaukonen play the Hawaii Theater in Honolulu, Hawaii, in July.
Hot Tuna's Jack Casady, left, and Jorma Kaukonen play the Hawaii Theater in Honolulu, Hawaii, in July. [ ERIK KABIK PHOTOGRAPHY | MediaPunch ]

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: THE HIP ABDUCTION

It’s becoming a St. Petersburg tradition: Hometown heroes the Hip Abduction returning to headline Jannus Live on New Year’s Eve. This year, the show will have a little extra zing to it, as it’s the genre-melding fusion band’s first St. Pete show since dropping their fourth album, To the Ends of the Earth, in August. It’s been a wild run for the guys lately, playing major festivals and touring with acts like the Dirty Heads and Twiddle. But they’re always down to kick off a new calendar at home. Artikal Sound System opens. $25 and up. 8 p.m. Dec. 31. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com.

The Hip Abduction will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Dec. 31.
The Hip Abduction will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Dec. 31. [ Courtesy of Ryan Noaker ]

LET THE BALL DROP: DJS AT THE RITZ

New Year’s Eve on a Tuesday? You know what that means, right? Five-day weekend! Yeah, seriously, the Ritz Ybor is throwing a five-night rager to usher in 2020. It begins Friday with star trap DJ Carnage headlining the club’s weekly bass night ($25 and up). Then it’s a pair of Canadian duos, Adventure Club on Saturday ($20 and up) and Zeds Dead on Sunday ($40 and up). Monday brings the club’s annual service industry night, Mischief Mondays, so hop on it if you got stuck with a New Year’s Eve shift on Dec. 31. If you didn’t, you can check out deep house DJ Nora En Pure dropping the needle as the clock ticks to midnight ($35 and up). 10 p.m. each night. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 390-0397. ritzybor.com.

HERD THAT: DONNA THE BUFFALO

For years, you could set your watch to Donna the Buffalo booking at least one New Year’s Eve show at Skipper’s Smokehouse. Not this year. This year, the New York jam veterans are turning back the clock to 1994, when they were a baby band just a few years old playing WMNF 88.5-FM’s Tropical Heatwave. Twenty-five years later, they’ll return to the Cuban Club courtyard for a night of crunchy, tasty goodness under the stars. Have Gun, Will Travel and Someday Honey will open. $35 and up. 8 p.m. Dec. 31. 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. (813) 238-8001. wmnf.org.

Donna the Buffalo will play the Cuban Club in Ybor City on Dec. 31.
Donna the Buffalo will play the Cuban Club in Ybor City on Dec. 31. [ Courtesy of Chris Mortenson ]

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