This week's best Tampa Bay concerts: Blink-182 and Lil Wayne, Lionel Richie

Blink-182 and Lil Wayne will stop by Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday. [Courtesy of Randall Slavin]
Blink-182 and Lil Wayne will stop by Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday. [Courtesy of Randall Slavin]
Published July 24, 2019

SAY IT AIN'T SO: Blink-182 and Lil Wayne

It's a marriage that, on paper, maybe shouldn't work. And it turns out it almost hasn't. A few shows into his unlikely tour with Blink-182, Lil Wayne left a recent gig in Virginia after just four songs, saying he wasn't feeling the crowd and it might be his last show of the summer. It wasn't long before he took to Twitter to convince fans he was sticking around, but at least some damage has been done, right? It's weird, because Weezy and Blink probably have a lot more in common than their respective fan bases think: skateboards, tattoos, a fountain-of-youth approach to their music. Blink drummer Travis Barker has recorded and toured with Weezy. And in an age when nobody would blink an eye at Uproar cutting to All the Small Things on a Spotify playlist, why shouldn't pop-punk fans and hip-hop fans come together and commingle on one great, hot, sweaty summer night? Neck Deep opens. $37.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Friday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 740-2446.


If you find your soul in need of replenishing, your spirit in need of a million-candlepower glowup, there's a man coming to Tampa this weekend who can give you what you need: Lionel Richie. A few days before his fellow American Idol judge Luke Bryan comes to town, Richie will bless the masses with his infectious joy and Hall of Fame soft-pop catalog. Just TRY not to smile when he sings Easy or Penny Lover. ATTEMPT not to boogie when he busts out All Night Long or Dancing on the Ceiling. DARE your heart not to burst during We Are the World. This tour comes in support of a forthcoming live album documenting his Las Vegas residencies, so expect a well-polished night. Not that you'd expect anything less from Mr. Richie. $55.75 and up. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500.

TEN YEARS STRONG: August Burns Red

Ten years ago last week, August Burns Red released an album called Constellations. It wasn't their highest-charting album, but it is one of their most beloved among fans. So because everything these days eventually gets some sort of anniversary celebration, the Pennsylvania metalcore act is taking Constellations on the road. Any excuse to catch them live is a good one; at Tampa's Vans Warped Tour last summer, they roared and bellowed more than a few younger bands off the stage. $25.50 and up. With Silverstein, Silent Planet. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 390-0397.

RAMBLE ON: Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary Concert

Is anyone keeping track of all this year's 50th anniversary celebrations? Woodstock, Sesame Street, the moon landing. It all really happened a half century ago, huh? This year also marks the golden anniversary of Led Zeppelin's self-titled debut album, which ushered in a new era of hard rock through singles like Communication Breakdown, Dazed and Confused and Good Times Bad Times. To mark the occasion, community radio station WMNF-FM 88.5 is throwing a Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary Concert, featuring nearly 30 local musicians teaming up for seven hours of live Led Zep. Greg Billings tops the bill with a set slated to include Ramble On and The Ocean, but there will also be performances by Boxcar Hollow, Stonegrey, Gary Schutt and many more. It'll all close out with an all-star Stairway to Heaven jam-out at the end. $15 and up. 5 p.m. Saturday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.