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This week’s Tampa Bay concerts: Bob Weir, Gladys Knight, John Tesh

The Steep Canyon Rangers, Lucero and Jade Jackson round out our picks.
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on March 1. [Courtesy of Todd Michalek]
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on March 1. [Courtesy of Todd Michalek]


Though they’ve lost lyricists Robert Hunter and John Perry Barlow in recent years, the Grateful Dead — or rather, reborn supergroup Dead and Company — have kept on trucking since the band’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2015. They just haven’t trucked on in to Tampa Bay. But local Deadheads were lucky enough to get a show by guitarist Bob Weir and his side band Wolf Bros, a.k.a. bassist-superproducer Don Was and Ratdog drummer Jay Lane. It’s never going to be the Dead without Jerry, but Weir, 72, has been mixing Dead favorites like Scarlett Begonias, Ripple and Jack Straw into his Wolf Bros setlists. You might even get a Truckin’ or Touch of Grey. Until Dead and Company come to town, catching Weir in this sort of intimate setting will do nicely. $69.50 and up. 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.


Have you ever wondered what was going on in John Tesh’s massive cranium whenever he’d pop up raising millions for PBS at Red Rocks, spilling celebrity gossip on Entertainment Tonight or pounding out the infectious “NBA on NBC” theme Roundball Rock on his synthesizers? This is your lucky week. On Tuesday, Tesh released a new memoir, Relentless: Unleashing a Life of Purpose, Grit and Faith, in which he talks about his days as a homeless 20-year-old, his rise as an Emmy-winning TV and radio personality and his recovery from prostate cancer. And on Friday, he’ll take the stage for an evening of songs and stories at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. You’ll hear it all straight from Tesh himself, seated behind a grand piano. You’ll know exactly what’s going on inside his head. And you’ll probably feel a lot better when you leave. $39 and up. 7:30 p.m. Friday. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

John Tesh will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Feb. 28. [Roslan and Campion Public Relations]


It’s been a long time since you could reliably call Lucero alt-country. But they’re definitely all Memphis. The Tennessee rockers have been spinning Southern gold from Ben Nichols’ novelistic poetry and his bandmates’ smoky, Southern rock for more than 20 years, all of it wrapped in layers of tattoo ink, flannel and rust. Jade Jackson will open their latest return to Tampa Bay, and a more fitting opener there could not be — she’s been compared to Lucinda Williams, but is a protege of Social Distortion’s Mike Ness. It’s more alt than alt-country, just like Lucero. $20 and up. 7 p.m. Friday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

Lucero will play Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Feb. 28. [Courtesy of Dan Ball]


With a name like the Steep Canyon Rangers, you’d think they hail from out west. Not so. The bluegrass collective, famed for their Grammy-winning work with Steve Martin, are a North Carolina outfit through and through, from their early days at the University of North Carolina to their forthcoming album Be Still Moses, recorded with their hometown Asheville Symphony. Last year they even released a North Carolina songbook, featuring covers of Tar Heel State legends like James Taylor and Thelonious Monk. Floridians love a good mountain retreat, so watch out for a few snowbirds at their show this weekend in Clearwater. $25 and up. 7 p.m. Sunday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

The Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on March 1. [Courtesy of David J. Simchock]


Remember when Californians Maroon 5 got a bit of flak for playing halftime of the Super Bowl in Atlanta, a city with its own rich musical heritage? You heard no such complaints about the national anthem. That’s because it was performed by Gladys Knight, a Midnight Train to Georgia legend through and through. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soul queen remains revered by even the diva-est of divas — she sang at Aretha Franklin’s funeral — yet there have long been rumors her retirement could be imminent. She’s a cancer survivor who has already played one farewell tour in Europe (although like a lot of “farewell” tours, it turned out not to be her last). So at 75, let’s stand and salute her while we can. $53.25 and up. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Gladys Knight arrives at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles in 2018. [Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]


The Clearwater Jazz Holiday may be bigger, but purists still bemoan its drift toward popular music and away from traditional jazz. For them, may we recommend the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival? The fest continues all weekend with the Conglomerate (Thursday), Leon Foster Thomas with Tal Cohen (Friday), Alexis Cole with the Helios Jazz Orchestra (Saturday) and Jason Charos with the Booker Little Project (Sunday). 7:30 nightly. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25 and up per concert, weekend packages available.