G. LOVE AND SPECIAL SAUCE
With Kristy Lee
Details: Friday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $26. (727) 565-0551.
Not just the soundtrack to Frisbee golf outings or double keggers any longer, G. Love's light, feel-good mix of funk, blues and hip-hop has come a long way. Love, or Garrett Dutton, a former street performer and slacker bluesman with a gangsta bent, has risen to the ranks of respected guitarist, harmonica player and songwriter. On latest Fixin' to Die, a disc produced by back-roads music masters Seth and Scott Avett of the Avett Brothers, Dutton unveils his flair for dusty, down-home blues.
With Jeff the Brotherhood, Hunters
Details: Monday 7 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $21-$23. (813) 247-2555.
Alison Mosshart, a Vero Beach native and former member of Florida punk band Discount, and Jamie Hince, a British jack of musical trades, linked up after exchanging tapes through the mail. Today, their primitive tunes with 'tude bring comparisons to that other well-known boy/girl minimalist duo The White Stripes. Don't miss the sexually charged U.R.A. Fever, a track that finds Mosshart and Hince trading verses over snarling, feedback-ridden riffs like they're playing a pick-up game in a seedy lounge.
With Testament, Death Angel
Details: Wednesday 6:30 p.m. The Hawaiian Village at Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $19.50-$25. (813) 868-7600.
If music truly is the universal language, metal is certainly one of the more well-traveled subgenres. Considered one of the "Big 4" in thrash metal (Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, Metallica), original guitarist (and frequent VH1 commentator) Scott Ian and company play this sole Florida date Wednesday in Tampa.
The Temptations and the Four Tops
Details: Friday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49-$85. (727) 791-7400.
The Temptations and the Four Tops embody the best of Motown. Collectively they've given us myriad essays on soul, style and careful shimmying. An Otis Williams-led Temptations will perform greatest hits like My Girl and Get Ready, and the Tops will give us those '60s golden oldies, I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) and Reach Out I'll Be There. The Tops' Abdul "Duke" Fakir is the only surviving member of the original group.
With Boney James
Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39-$128. (727) 791-7400.
In 1974, Patti LaBelle's girl group (simply called LaBelle) became the first black act to appear at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, and the landmark performance introduced the Allen Toussaint-produced Lady Marmalade to the masses. Labelle solidified her diva status right then and there, and "itchy gitchi yaya dada" (we think) became perfectly acceptable diva speak. Boney James, the R&B and adult contemporary chart-topper, lends his sax skills to the evening.
Details: Sunday 7 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. $15 and up. (727) 791-7400.
Unlike most reality singing competition contestants, The Voice runnerup and Blake Shelton mentee Dia Frampton had a successful musical past long before her audition. She and sister Meg played the Warped Tour circuit, toured with Say Anything and Anberlin and released four full-length albums and several EPs as "Meg and Dia" since 2004. Last year, Inventing Shadows, a song Dia performed during the last episode of The Voice, became the Frampton family's biggest breakthrough, peaking at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at email@example.com.