Weekend concert picks: John Legend, Roy Orbison’s hologram, St. Pete Beach BikeFest and more

EGOT winner John Legend arrives for the season’s first holiday concert, and Roy Orbison comes to life as a hologram. Plus: Petula Clark, Playboi Carti, St. Pete Beach BikeFest and more.
Published November 14 2018


What do you get the guy who has everything? Because John Legend definitely has everything — the fame, the fortune and especially the family, supermodel/Twitter superstar wife Chrissy Teigen and their two kids. And, as of September, Legend also owns at least one of every major showbiz accolade: An Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. Only 15 Hollywood heavyweights have ever hit for such a cycle, and Legend is the first African American man to do so. To celebrate, he’s getting into the holiday spirit early with his first Christmas album and tour, which kicks off at 8 p.m. Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Legend will play selections from his first holiday album, A Legendary Christmas, as well as a few of his big and soulful hits. $97.25 and up.

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GRAMMY TRIBUTE: In Dreams: Roy Orbison

This could be one of the most meaningful concert experiences of the year, or it could simply be the weirdest. Either way, Monday’s In Dreams: Roy Orbison concert will be historic. It’s the first full-on hologram tour to come through Tampa Bay, our first up-close look at the tech that could drive elements of the concert industry for years to come. The Only the Lonely crooner died 30 years ago, but his estate approved this tour with a full band and symphony, which has played across America and abroad and has earned some fairly decent reviews. Who knows? Maybe the tour will be able to piggyback on A Star Is Born’s fictional Grammy tribute to turn this into a full-on Autumn of Orbison. And it might stoke interest for Frank Zappa and Ronnie James Dio hologram tours down the line. 8 p.m. Monday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $43.25 and up. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

OUT OF TIME: Iron and Wine

It has taken years, but Iron and Wine is finally playing at Tampa Theatre. Feels like this should have happened long ago, right? Sam Beam’s hushed indie compositions, threaded with filaments of folk and jazz, deserve a pristine and timeless stage at the ornate, historic movie house. Despite spending some of his formative years in Florida, Beam doesn’t play Tampa Bay all that much; the last time, in 2014, was a solo show. This one brings Iron and Wine to life as a full band. All the more reason to celebrate the lushness of the venue. Ohmme opens. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. $34.50 and up. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.

BACK SO SOON: Petula Clark

Forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and head to downtown Clearwater on Sunday, where 85-year-old British songbird Petula Clark will perform at the Capitol Theatre. After spending the bulk of her career rarely touring in America, Clark played her first proper Tampa Bay show, a matinee in Largo, last December, and must have liked it so much she’s back within a year. Lucky us, because how often do you get to hear Downtown, one of the greatest pop songs ever written, live and in person? It’s an early show, at 5 p.m., so get there on the dot. 405 Cleveland St. $25 and up. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.


Playboi Carti

Last spring’s season finale of Saturday Night Live featured musical guest Nicki Minaj — or so we were led to believe. For Minaj’s second song, she pulled a bait-and-switch and handed the stage over to Playboi Carti, who performed his single Poke It Out for nearly two minutes before Minaj emerged from the wings for her feature. Bold move, giving your spotlight to a young and much less famous rapper, albeit one who has already worked with A$AP Rocky, Lana Del Rey and Frank Ocean. Only 22, Carti already has a few hits under his belt, including Magnolia and Woke Up Like This. His star is still on the rise, but at least he can say he has already played SNL. 7 p.m. Monday. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $35 and up. (813) 390-0397. ritzybor.com.

ROCKY COAST: St. Pete Beach BikeFest

If you love motorcycles, St. Pete Beach BikeFest is the place to be this weekend, with five days of vendors, bike shows, rides and parties. And if you can’t stand motorcycles, it might still be the neatest free concert you’ll see this year. The TradeWinds Island Resorts, 5500 Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete Beach, points its stage out to the beach, so anyone hanging out by the shore can get a taste of the headliners. Sister Hazel (All for You) headlines tonight, alongside the Greg Billings Band. Travis Tritt (Help Me Hold On) tops Friday’s bill, along with Puddle of Mudd and Tobacco Rd Band. Southern rockers 38 Special (Hold on Loosely) leads things on Saturday with Saving Abel and Maiden Cane. There’s lots more music all weekend; headliners all go on at 8 p.m. Weekend resort packages include VIP concert access; rates vary. stpetebeachbikefest.com.