This week’s concert picks: Marshall Tucker Band, Cracker and more

The Southern rockers head to the Capitol Theatre, and David Lowery, the singer and songwriter behind Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, will play with both bands.
Published January 2

CAN’T YOU SEE: Marshall Tucker Band

Fun fact: There is no Marshall Tucker. Well, there is — he was an old piano tuner in South Carolina — but he was never in the Marshall Tucker Band, the Palmetto State’s contribution to the annals of Southern rock. Like a lot of their peers, their lineup has winnowed over the years; singer-guitarist Doug Gray is the only remaining original member. But Can’t You See, Heard It in a Love Song and Fire on the Mountain remain radio staples, and any band with a living, breathing connection to prime ‘70s Capricorn Records is still worth a salute. 8 p.m. Friday. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45 and up. (727) 791-7400.

DOUBLE DUTY: Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven

Don’t accuse David Lowery of slouching off this weekend. The singer and songwriter behind Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven will play with both bands at 8 p.m. Friday at Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. That means fans of late ‘80s alternative will get to hear Camper Van Beethoven favorites like Take the Skinheads Bowling and Pictures of Matchstick Men, and fans of mid-’90s alternative will get to hear Cracker hits like Low and Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now). After a workout like that, buy Lowery a Gatorade if you see him after the show. $22 and up. (813) 971-0666.

HAPPY 85TH: John Lamb’s All-Star Jazz Birthday

St. Petersburg lost a jazz hero with the death in 2016 of trombonist Buster Cooper. But bassist John Lamb, Cooper’s old Duke Ellington bandmate, is still at it. And his fellow St. Petersburg jazz scenesters want to make sure he’s appreciated. So guitarist Nate Najar is curating an all-star 85th birthday celebration for Lamb, featuring artists like La Lucha, Jeremy Carter and an array of top local bassists. 3 p.m. Sunday. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $26 and up. (727) 822-3590.


Guitar-slinging songwriter Michelle Malone has recorded and shared stages with the likes of Gregg Allman, ZZ Top, John Mayer and the Indigo Girls. She has won a cult fan base for her fiery voice and politically savvy songs. And before she sets sail on the Southern Rock Cruise out of Tampa, the Atlanta singer will play with her band at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $20 and up. (813) 241-0110.