1. Arts & Entertainment

SoundCheck: Lady Antebellum, Chris Cornell, Wilco, Catie Curtis, Washed Out

Published May 9, 2012

, Lady Antebellum

With Darius Rucker, Thompson Square

Details: Friday 7:30 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.25-$54. (813) 740-2446.

Not since the days of Faith and Shania has a country act crossed so seamlessly into the pop-o-sphere as Lady Antebellum did with their gargantuan Need You Now, a big, bawly booty-call for a drunken hookup at a quarter after 1. Lady A has only grown in stature since then, with latest disc Own the Night winning their second consecutive Grammy for Best Country Album. Playing their first local show since the 2011 Florida Strawberry Festival — and their first headlining concert since a sold-out Ruth Eckerd Hall gig in 2010 — singers Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott will no doubt bring the house down on weepy ballad Just a Kiss. Bonus: After the show, trade in your ticket stub for a free drink at the Dallas Bull (3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa), where openers Thompson Square (Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not) will hold a meet-and-greet with fans.

Chris Cornell m

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. Sold out. (813) 274-8982.

When Eddie Vedder postponed his Ruth Eckerd Hall shows from this week until December due to a broken hand, grunge fans were crushed — it meant there was absolutely no chance of a Temple of the Dog reunion show between the Pearl Jam frontman and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell. But no matter — everything else about this rescheduled concert promises a brilliant night of music. Cornell, whose jet-engine wail gave life to hits like Black Hole Sun, Spoonman and Burden in My Hand, has been reaching deep into the Soundgarden catalog for his solo acoustic shows. In the majestic Tampa Theatre, we expect full-body chills (and then some) during Fell on Black Days.

m Wilco

With Purling Hiss

Details: Monday 7:30 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $45.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Okay, okay, the "American Radiohead" comparisons have died down a bit since 2002's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Jeff Tweedy and company are still among the best alternative songsmiths America has to offer, stitching a unique sonic quilt from varied cuts of the classic-rock canon. On new album The Whole Love, the band indulges a taste for organs on moddish tracks like I Might, Whole Love and Standing O. We're not expecting a three-hour marathon like their last local show (Ruth Eckerd Hall, 2010), but we do expect them to spin a few tracks from their long, varied and influential career.

Catie Curtis

Details: Saturday 6 and 8:30 p.m. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20 donation. (727) 323-2787. And Monday 7:30 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Consider this a chance to double your enjoyment of an artist while helping her pay the bills, too. On Monday, folk-pop singer-songwriter Catie Curtis, a Lilith Fair veteran in the vein of Dar Williams and Patty Griffin, will perform at the Straz Center's intimate Jaeb Theater. But first, on Sunday, she'll play two shows at an even more intimate venue: Craftsman House Gallery in St. Petersburg. Admission there is a $20 donation, which only seems fair — even a "folk rock goddess," as the New Yorker once called her, has to fuel up the tour van somehow.

Washed Out

With Airbird, Dog Bite

Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.

There is Skrillex. There is Calvin Harris. There is David Guetta. And then way, way, waaaaaaay at the other end of the spectrum, there is Ernest Greene. The man behind bedroom-pop project Washed Out trades rave anthems and Top 40 party jams for dreamy, lo-fi indie grooves that have made him a favorite of music bloggers and too-cool-for-school types everywhere. So synonymous is Washed Out's music with the retro patina of hipsterdom that his song Feel It All Around was hand-picked by Fred Armisen to be the theme song to IFC's Portlandia.

Times staff writer Jay Cridlin can be reached at


This site no longer supports your current browser. Please use a modern and up-to-date browser version for the best experience.

Chrome Firefox Safari Edge