Weekend concert picks: Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Bob Dylan, Rae Sremmurd and more

This week’s best Tampa Bay concerts: Bob Dylan, Toto, Rae Sremmurd, the Breeders, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, with George Thorogood, the Doobie Brothers and more.
Published October 17 2018

HEAVY DUTY: Mike Shinoda

The grieving hasn’t stopped. Not for Linkin Park’s fans, not even 15 months after the death of singer Chester Bennington. And certainly not for his bandmate Mike Shinoda, now touring behind his solo debut Post Traumatic. “The record was written and recorded in the nine months after Chester passed away,” he said. “It’s been yet another half a year since then. So there’s been a lot of movement and a lot of emotional evolution since then. And the way to experience it is really at the show, in real life, in real time.” Shinoda’s solo tour, which hits the Ritz Ybor at 7:30 p.m. Friday, has turned into a place of healing for still-stunned fans as Shinoda mixes Linkin Park songs along his solo and Fort Minor work, accompanied by a stripped-down band. Don Broco opens. 1503 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $30.50 and up. (813) 390-0397. ritzybor.com.

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Tampa Bay has gotten a pretty good look at the latest incarnation of Bob Dylan, who has played two sold-out shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall since 2015. He’s still doing the cowboy-crooner thing, still more inclined to play his modern stuff than his early iconic songs. But the look is really starting to suit him. In recent shows he has even resumed playing old favorites like Like a Rolling Stone and It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry, both from 1965’s Highway 61 Revisited. We’re still a long way from a greatest hits tour, but it might feel like a start if he slips them in at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Sold out. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

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Not for nothing did the Dandy Warhols once write a song called Cool as Kim Deal. Not only did she play bass in one of the most influential alternative bands ever in the Pixies, she co-founded her own popular band the Breeders, alongside her twin sister, Kelley. The Breeders have only released music sporadically since 1993’s breakthrough Last Splash, featuring the MTV hit Cannonball, but it’s usually well-received, including this year’s feisty All Nerve. As a group, the Breeders haven’t played Tampa Bay in ages, if ever (Deal has been here with the Pixies and solo), so their gig at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Eighth Ave. in Ybor City, is a rare treat. Melkbelly opens. $28.50 and up. (813) 390-0397. ritzybor.com.


You don't have to be a Bull to enjoy this year's University of South Florida Homecoming concert — but it’s probably a good idea to leave your “UCF National Champions” T-shirts at home. You don’t want fans giving you the stink-eye when Rae Sremmurd comes to the Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., at 8 p.m. Thursday. The Black Beatles duo just played Tampa with Wiz Khalifa, but this headlining show might allow them to play more songs from their overlong but still pretty good triple album SR3MM. Student tickets are $12; students may purchase one guest ticket for $18. Otherwise, $25 and up. (813) 974-3004. yuenglingcenter.com.

PURPLE PRIDE: Clearwater Jazz Holiday

For one night only, can we agree to rename the Clearwater Jazz Holiday the Minneapolis Funk Holiday? There’s a lot of music to enjoy throughout this year’s 39th annual festival, including George Thorogood and Mindi Abair Thursday; the Doobie Brothers and Fabulous Thunderbirds on Saturday; and JJ Grey and Mofro, the Devil Makes Three and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe on Sunday. But Friday night is bound to be this year’s most jubilant party, with Prince-affiliated acts Morris Day and the Time, above, and Sheila E celebrating this thing called life in Coachman Park. Even if they don’t team up on a Prince tribute, as they did during Super Bowl week in Minneapolis in January, they’ll do their best to conjure up his spirit. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. Friday, 1:45 p.m. Saturday and 1:15 p.m. Sunday. Fireworks at 10:45 p.m. Saturday. $20 and up per day, $35 and up Saturday-Sunday, $70 and up all weekend. After-party, $21 and up, at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., at 10:30 p.m. Friday. clearwaterjazz.com.

PACKING A PUNCH: Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor

This year’s Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor might be scaled down from years past, with fewer bands in only two venues Oct. 24 and three on Oct. 25, but that doesn’t mean the music will be any less intense. The annual precursor to Gainesville’s raucous Fest will bring several dozen punk, metal and indie bands to Crowbar, the Orpheum and the Bricks, including Cursive, RVIVR and Dikembe starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the Menzingers, Piebald and Lemuria starting at 12:30 Oct. 25. Two-day passes are $75 and up through Monday; $85 and up after. Tickets to individual venues (except the Bricks, which is free) are $15 and up. thefestfl.com/prefest.