LAST MAN STANDING: WILLIE NELSON
It pains us to admit it, but Willie Nelson, as green a partier as country music’s ever known, is not a renewable resource. He is almost 87, and the years are catching up to him. Last fall, he canceled tour dates due to what he called a “breathing problem.” Shortly thereafter, he announced he’d quit smoking pot for health reasons. (To be clear: He hasn’t given up weed altogether. He’s only given up smoking it.) There will never be another artist like Nelson, a stubbornly independent outsider who wrote and sang some of the biggest country hits ever (Crazy, On the Road Again, Funny How Time Slips Away). If anyone can keep going into his 90s, it’s Willie. But those 90s are getting closer every day, and Nelson knows it; his last few albums have all dealt, on some level, with aging and death. Let’s just hope his magic stays sparked a little longer. Hunter Phelps opens. Sold out. 8 p.m. Friday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
LANGUAGE OF LOVE: ANDREA BOCELLI
If Willie Nelson isn’t your cup of cannabis this Valentine’s Day, how about a man whose very name is synonymous with amore, Andrea Bocelli? The great Italian tenor is a familiar face in Florida around Valentine’s Day, and in fact he played Tampa on Feb. 14, 2018. “My music choices are strongly linked to love — actually, I could say that I have set all of my life to honor, through songs, this feeling,” Bocelli told the Times in 2016. Watch out for flying woo as thousands of date-nighters descend upon downtown Tampa to let Bocelli give them the vapors. He’ll be joined by the Opera Tampa Festival Chorus. 8:30 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.
STAMOS ALERT: BEACH BOYS
Saturday’s Beach Boys concert in Clearwater is sold out. But we’re reminding you about it here as a public service, just so you can know to be on the lookout for John Stamos. The actor has been playing with the Boys since the ’80s, and has popped down to Florida to sit in on at least three of their Clearwater gigs since 2015. At this point, he’s not expected to appear, but that can change last minute. And if there’s even a HINT of an Uncle Jesse sighting in town this weekend, we know you’ll want to be on it. No need to thank us, we’re just doing our job. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
SPACE MEN: EARTHGANG
A spacey, musically adventurous duo from Atlanta that found hip-hop superstardom? Hey, it worked for Outkast. It’s working so far for EarthGang, signees to J. Cole’s Dreamville label who keep building up buzz. Since touring with Cole in 2017, they’ve recorded with the likes of Young Thug, Vince Staples and Kehlani, and were splashed all over Dreamville’s 2019 mixtape Revenge of the Dreamers III (including the single Bad Day and delightfully batty Wells Fargo). They’re now out on their own, touring in support of their soulfully strange album Mirrorland, hoping to capitalize on all that momentum and goodwill. Mick Jenkins opens. $24 and up. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-9500. theorpheum.com.
WHIG SNATCHERS: INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS
In late January, organizers abruptly canceled this year’s Whigfest Music Festival, scheduled for this weekend at the Ritz Ybor. Instead, most of the acts will take the stage at the Attic just up the road, including local artists on Friday and Saturday and Grammy-winning bluegrass greats the Infamous Stringdusters on Sunday. Your Whigfest ticket gets you in all three days, if you have one. And if you just want to see the Stringdusters, jam-fan faves who’ve played with everyone from Phil Lesh to Del McCoury, those tickets are $25 and up. 8 p.m. Sunday. The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 241-0110.
HOTEL SERVICE: DON FELDER
As the Eagles take flight across America on their 2020 Hotel California Tour, playing that 1976 album in full, you know who won’t be there? Onetime Gainesville boy Don Felder, who initially wrote Hotel California’s music. Sure, credit for the track turned into a whole thing, as do all things involving Don Henley and the late Glenn Frey. There remains no love lost between Felder and his former bandmates. But he’s done alright for himself playing solo, scoring the hit Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride) and riffing through Eagles songs throughout the land. $59 and up. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.
SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS: DIEALPS!
It’s only been three years since Tampa’s DieAlps! released Our City, one of the best indie-rock albums of 2017, but it feels like a lifetime. Wife-and-husband duo Connie and Frank Calcaterra have since rebuilt the band around them, shaping their songs about compassion and confessions into their followup, More Important Things. It’s just as good as Our City, if not better, with the Calcaterras’ guitars ripping and roaring, twinkling and echoing with infectious urgency. If Our City left any doubt they’re one of Florida’s best bands, More Important Things should erase it. Celebrate the album with a release party featuring openers Expert Timing and Fast Talkers. $5-$10 suggested donation. 8 p.m. Saturday. American Legion Seminole Post 111, 6918 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 237-1271.
A WHOLE NEW WORLD: NEW WORLD BREWERY RETURNS
Two and a half long years after closing in Ybor City, beloved concert venue New World Brewery is finally back. After opening for business on Wednesday, the new club — off the beaten path, but featuring a ton more space and parking and an expanded food menu — is ready to host live music in its new outdoor courtyard. Continuing a Valentine’s Day tradition, the Love Doctors will host a party that’s part concert, party comedy, part friends-and-family show-and-tell. “It’s the mother of all talent shows,” said New World manager Dean Rosenberger. Free. 8 p.m. Friday. 810 E Skagway Ave., Tampa. facebook.com/newworldbrewery.