This week’s best concerts: Chicago, Gogol Bordello, Clint Black and more

Plus: Switchfoot, Markus King Band, North Mississippi Allstars, Cicada Rhythm and more.
Published March 20
Updated March 20

THE INSPIRATIONS: Chicago

Even at a stately and occasionally staid venue like Ruth Eckerd Hall, you can bet a band like Chicago will get fans on their feet for a good chunk of the show. Maybe not always on ballads like If You Leave Me Now or You’re the Inspiration, but definitely horn-rippin’ favorites like Street Player, 25 or 6 to 4 and Saturday in the Park. Key veterans Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane and James Pankow are still holding it down live, even if longtime vocalists Peter Cetera and Jason Scheff are no longer in the mix. 8 p.m. Friday. 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $64.25 and up. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

EASTERN PROMISE: Gogol Bordello

Russian-American relations are in a tense state these days. One thing all sides can still agree on, though: Gogol Bordello totally shreds. The gyspy punk ensemble led by Eugene Hutz — Ukrainian-born but one-half Russian — is marking 20 years of boot-stomping, ’stache-twirling, Balkan-inspired sing-alongs, heavy on the accordions and shout-sung lyrics. Along with essentially defining the gypsy punk subgenre, they tend to put on one of the wildest live shows in the world. So start wearing purple and get ready to scream and dance. Nu Folk Rebel Alliance open. 8 p.m. Monday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25 and up. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com.

THIS IS THEIR LIFE: Switchfoot

There was about a two-year period in the mid-2000s where, if you needed an aching alt-rock song that could still get a few fists pumping in the air, your first and last call would be to Switchfoot. The band led by Jon and Tim Foreman hit the mainstream on the soundtrack to the Mandy Moore romance A Walk to Remember, which featured four of their songs, including the smash Dare You to Move. More hits followed, including Meant to Live, This Is Your Life, Stars and a host of singles that ably bridged the divide between alternative and Christian rock radio. Treat your middle-school self and pick up a ticket to see them at 7 p.m. Friday at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. Colony House and Tyson Motsenbocker open. $35 and up. (813) 390-0397. ritzybor.com.

BLUES BROTHER: Marcus King Band, North Mississippi Allstars

Good news: The Marcus King Band is touring with Chris Stapleton this fall. Bad news: King won’t be on the lineup when Stapleton performs in Tampa in October. But more good news: King has his own show tonight in St. Petersburg, a co-headliner with North Mississippi Allstars at Jannus Live. The young South Carolinian, a burgeoning blues-rock guitar hero, in October released Carolina Confessions, a sizzling collection produced by country ace Dave Cobb, featuring a song (How Long) co-written by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. Bobby Lee Rodgers opens. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Jannus Live. $23.50 and up.

STILL A MAVERICK: Clint Black

To paraphrase one of his biggest hits, Clint Black has had a good run of good luck. The ’90s country hunk is celebrating his full career on tour this spring, with hits like When My Ship Comes In and Good Run of Bad Luck. And 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of his blockbuster debut album, Killin’ Time, which spawned four No. 1 hits, including the title track. It made him one of country’s most bankable faces, leading to cameos in projects like Maverick and The Larry Sanders Show. He’ll celebrate 30 years of Killin’ Time at 8 p.m. Friday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. $29.50 and up. (727) 893-7832. themahaffey.com.

BUGGY RIDE: Cicada Rhythm

Cicada Rhythm’s 2018 album Everywhere I Go isn’t entirely country, and it isn’t entirely indie. But it is entirely American. Andrea DeMarcus and Dave Kirslis wove backcountry blues and chamber-pop instrumentation into an evocative folk tapestry that feels like a high-class front-porch pick-along. Their gig at 7:30 p.m. Monday should feel that way, especially in the Straz Center’s intimate Jaeb Theater. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $30.50 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

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