Tampa Bay’s top concert picks: Dave Matthews Band, Dierks Bentley, Anuel AA

Also catch Fitz and the Tantrums and Young the Giant at the Yuengling Center, plus Howard Jones and Men Without Hats at Ferg’s.
Published July 17

MAKE YOUR HANDS CLAP: Fitz and the Tantrums, Young the Giant

When Feist released 1234, she performed a version of it on Sesame Street. So Fitz and the Tantrums ought to go ahead and work up a Muppet-friendly version of their latest single 123456, right? “I think it’d be a no-brainer,” said singer Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick. “I’m waiting for the Cookie Monster to give me a call.” That’s all it would take. Fitz and the Tantrums are renowned workhorses, touring almost constantly in support of hits like MoneyGrabber, The Walker, Out of My League and HandClap. It’s kind of a rare work ethic for a band whose sound has veered from retro-soul to unabashed synth-pop. But Fitz wouldn’t have it any other way. “We want the audience to be part of a show,” he said. “The more energy we can give to the audience when we ask them to participate, the more they go crazy, which makes us go more crazy, which makes this infinity loop of energy.” Their co-headlining tour with Young the Giant, featuring openers Coin, arrives at 7 p.m. Thursday to the Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $40 and up. (813) 974-3004. yuenglingcenter.com.

NASHVILLE KNIGHT: Dierks Bentley

All country tailgates should start in the afternoon. Especially at a Dierks Bentley show, where getting there early means you’ll have a chance to catch the Hot Country Knights, Bentley’s ersatz ’90s country cover band. The Knights feature Bentley and his band (and occasionally special guests) in costume, slinging country gold by Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn and Sawyer Brown. It’s a fun way for Bentley, a man who knows his way around a good time, to start his concerts. Any concert that kicks off with Chattahoochee and ends with Drunk on a Plane isn’t a bad Saturday night at all. Jon Pardi and Tenille Townes open. $35.25 and up. 7 p.m. Saturday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.

A CENTER FOR ANTS: Dave Matthews Band

The Dave Matthews Band archive site Ants Marching (antsmarching.org) is a fascinating database. Did you know, for example, that in the 21 documented Tampa shows by Dave and company since 1994, they’ve played Ants Marching 11 times, more than any other song? Or that they’ve played Cry Freedom 178 times since 1991 — but never once in Tampa? Yeah, fans can go down a real Dave-hole on that site. If nothing else, it’s worth visiting just to reminisce about all the shows Dave has played at Tampa’s amphitheater over the years. He comes here almost every July, scatting and shuffling to a sold-out house waiting to see what setlist rarity he’ll play next. If you miss it, you now know exactly where you can catch up afterward. $45.50 and up. 8 p.m. July 24. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

NO SECRETO: Anuel AA

Need proof of Anuel AA’s ginormous global popularity? Released in January, his video for Secreto, featuring Colombian singer (and real-life fiancee) Karol G, has more than 730 million views — more than the three most popular Old Town Road videos combined. The Puerto Rican trap star has become a bona fide sensation over the past two years, collaborating with a who’s who of stars both Latin (Bad Bunny, Romeo Santos, J Balvin, Daddy Yankee) and American (Future, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj). While he has yet to produce a J Balvin-sized crossover hit just yet — Bebe, with 6ix9ine, has come closest — it seems like it’s only a matter of time. Which is why he’s already playing big summer stages like Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $59 and up. 8 p.m. Sunday. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

EVERYBODY’S TAKING THE CHANCE: Howard Jones, Men Without Hats

You can dance if you want to — or even if you don’t — when Ferg’s Sports Bar rewinds things to the ’80s this weekend. At the top of the bill is Howard Jones, the New Wave singer-songwriter behind enduring songs Things Can Only Get Better, Everlasting Love and No One Is to Blame. But if you’re more of a one-hit-wonder-chaser, you’ll be more excited by the rare chance to see the reformed Men Without Hats, the Canadian synth-pop group behind The Safety Dance. If you go, just don’t leave your friends behind. All Hail the Silence, a project featuring DJ and producer BT and singer-songwriter Christian Burns, opens. $24.50 and up. 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Ferg’s Sports Bar, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-4562. fergssportsbar.com.

THE LIVING’S EASY: Long Beach Dub Allstars

The Long Beach Dub Allstars’ summer trip to St. Petersburg was originally supposed to offer fans their first look at the new State Theatre in more than a year. But that venue’s long-running, still-ongoing renovations aren’t done yet. So the SoCal group, originally formed as an offshoot of Sublime — they still play Sublime songs live — moved their show to Jannus Live, which might be even better, since reggae-rock shows do so well there. A low $5 cover won’t hurt. The Aggrolites and Mike Pinto open. 7 p.m. Thursday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com.

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