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Valentine’s Day weekend concerts: Willie Nelson, Andrea Bocelli, Beach Boys

Don Felder, the Infamous Stringdusters, EarthGang, DieAlps! and the return of New World Brewery offer some more Tampa Bay music.
Willie Nelson performs in 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. [Mark Humphrey/AP]
Willie Nelson performs in 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. [Mark Humphrey/AP]
Published Feb. 12


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.


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.

Andrea Bocelli will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Feb. 14. [Giovanni De Sandre]


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.

The Beach Boys perform with special guest John Stamos at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater in 2015. [LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times]


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.

EarthGang will perform at the Orpheum in Tampa on Feb. 18. [Grizz]


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.

The Infamous Stringdusters will play the Attic in Tampa on Feb. 16. [Aaron Farrington]


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.

Don Felder will perform on Feb. 16 at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. [Michael Helms]


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.

DieAlps! will play the American Legion Seminole Post 111 in Tampa on Feb. 15. [Dave Decker]


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.

The courtyard of New World Brewery's new Tampa location, which will open on Feb. 12. [JAY CRIDLIN | Tampa Bay Times]


  1. In this Sept. 15, 2004 file photo, recording artist Whitney Houston performs at the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas. Houston is about to appear on the concert stage again. Eight years after her death, five years after the show was conceived and a year after production began, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour starting Feb. 25, with U.S. dates expected to follow. The singer's sister-in-law and former manager Pat Houston says it's the right time for a revival, and says it's a show Whitney Houston would've wanted. The concerts will feature a projected Houston performing most of her biggest hits, including “I Will Always Love You," with real backup dancers and a live band. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, file)
  2. Expect to see lots of traditional Mardi Gras masks like this during the annual Mardi Gras parade in downtown Dunedin on Feb. 22.
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    Plant City's Fancy Farms off County Line Road will host its annual U-pick event on Feb. 22.
  4. Joe Bonamassa will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Feb. 24-25.
  5. Little Big Town will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Feb. 26 and 27.
  6. Ozzy Osbourne arrives at the Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 25 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
  7. AJR performs during 97X Next Big Thing at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa in 2018.
  8. Rezz will perform at the 2020 Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
  9. Musician Kerry Courtney, a former "American Idol" contestant, poses for a portrait on Feb. 10 in St. Petersburg.
  10. Country crooner Doug Stone headlines this weekend's Florida Bluegrass Classic at Florida Classic Park in eastern Brooksville. Stone performs at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22. He is known for hits such as "I’d Be Better Off (In a Pine Box)" and "A Jukebox With a Country Song."
  11. The Hernando Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Michele DiLuzio, will present the Spectrum concert this weekend at the Central High School theater. Courtesy of Jeff Turner
  12. Mick Jagger, left, and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform during their concert at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif.