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This weekend's best concerts: Travis Scott, Bob Seger, Reggae Rise Up and more

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band will bring Seger’s farewell tour to Tampa’s Amalie Arena on March 15. (Photo by Ken Settle)
Published Mar. 13

TOTAL SICKO: Travis Scott

Travis Scott may have had a knockout 2018, but that didn't matter to fans in Tampa when he canceled a November show at Amalie Arena just hours before the doors were supposed to open. "I tried everything but I had to give (you) guys the best show," Scott tweeted at the irate masses. "I'm gonna make it one of the illest experiences." So it should be good news that he's finally back on Sunday, right? Well, maybe not, considering he recently got caught up in tabloid hell after rumors he cheated on wife-to-be Kylie Jenner (and, according to TMZ, may have canceled a show in Buffalo, N.Y., while he dealt with the fallout). It really shouldn't have gone this way for La Flame, whose Astroworld and Sicko Mode were among the most talked-about albums and singles, respectively, of last year. This new tour's production values are next-level, but the lineup has changed since November, with only Sheck Wes (Mo Bamba) sticking around as an opener. It could be telling that Sunday's show, unlike the one last fall, is not yet sold out. 8 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $26.20 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

OUT WITH A BULLET: Bob Seger

Bob Seger doesn't give you many chances to say hello, much less goodbye. In his 50-year career, he has averaged only about one Tampa gig per decade, give or take, with the last coming a relatively recent four years ago. But the heartland rock legend is ready to pull the freight train known as the Silver Bullet Band in to park for good, and he's coming back to Florida for one last strut down Mainstreet. Radio staples like Against the Wind, Travelin' Man, Turn the Page, Hollywood Nights and You'll Accomp'ny Me will remind you why he compares favorably to contemporaries like Springsteen and Fogerty. 8 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena. $75 and up.

BEING HERE: Jeff Tweedy

With Wilco in the latter stages of a two-year hiatus, we have but a few more months to celebrate solo Jeff Tweedy in all his forms. That includes three solo albums since 2017 (including Warmer, due in April), the memoir Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) and a bunch of shows with just a guitar and harmonica, no band. The format frees Tweedy up to tell stories and dip into nearly three decades of material, including songs from his Uncle Tupelo days. Should be an exciting night for any follower of Tweedy's influence in the alt-country and alt-rock worlds. James Elkington opens. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. $40 and up. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.com.

RISE AND SHINE: Reggae Rise Up

Yes, the word "reggae" is right there in the title. But if you still think that's all Reggae Rise Up has to offer, look again at the lineup for this year's festival, which returns to St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park this weekend. Thoughtful reggae and dub act Stick Figure, pictured, headlines Friday along with Steel Pulse, Pepper, Common Kings and more. Alt-reggae veterans Slightly Stoopid hit the stage Saturday, along with Ziggy Marley, J. Boog, Method Man and Redman and more. And reggae-rock movement leaders Rebelution headline Sunday along with Tribal Seeds, Trevor Hall, Fortunate Youth, Shwayze and more. With more than 30 acts on deck, it's a lineup that shows why Reggae Rise Up has become one of the biggest fests of its genre in the nation. Gates open at noon daily. $60 and up per day, $120 and up for the weekend. reggaeriseupflorida.com.

CHURCH MAN: Hozier

Irish singer-songwriter Hozier crashed the world with his 2013 single Take Me to Church. And we do mean "crashed," since the bombastic chorus sounds a bit like a giant hurling an upright piano through an orchestra. He returned this month with sophomore LP Wasteland, Baby!, which showcases his sense of poetic, folk-inspired soul. Songs like Almost (Sweet Music) and To Noise Making (Sing) might even make sense on an early summer playlist — something you probably wouldn't say about Take Me to Church, but is a welcome turn nonetheless. Get there early for opener Jade Bird, a British singer-songwriter whose '90s-styled throwback Lottery was an alt-rock hit last summer, and whose self-titled debut LP should draw a lot of attention come April. 8 p.m. March 20. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Sold out. (727) 893-7832. themahaffey.com.

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