This week’s top Tampa Bay concert picks: The B-52s, Papadosio, Artimus Pyle

Check out Bizzy Bone, Cash Cash and a new project from Grammy-nominated local jazz hero Chuck Owen, too.
Published August 21

WIG OUT: The B-52s

The B-52s have already announced their European farewell tour. Might America be next? Eh, not just yet. The New Wave heroes are simply calling their latest run a 40th anniversary tour — as in, it’s been about that long since vocalists Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson; multi-instrumentalist Keith Strickland; and late guitarist Ricky Wilson stared playing house parties in Athens, Ga. Mixing punk, camp and pop into an utterly singular sound, the group’s many hits (Loveshack, Private Idaho, Roam, Rock Lobster) are practically part of the pop-culture lexicon at this point. Hopefully we’ll have many more years of the B-52s to come, but if not ... maybe you’d better hit up this show just in case. OMD (If You Leave) and Berlin (Take My Breath Away) open. $53.25 and up. 7 p.m. Aug. 28. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

IN A GROOVE: Papadosio

Papadosio hails from Asheville, N.C., but it isn’t the mountain air that makes them sound so trippy. It’s their deep-space mix of jazz, electronica, prog-rock and funk. The band is a staple at every major jam-band festival, as well as 420-friendly venues like Colorado’s storied Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where they recorded a full set on May 11 that you can now stream on Spotify. Close your eyes and you might be able to picture yourself under the stars — which is where Papadosio belongs, and where they’ll be when they come to town this weekend. Mystic Grizzly opens. $22.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

ONE MAN BAND: Artimus Pyle Band

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s farewell tour is still rolling along, despite the recent heart surgery of founding guitarist Gary Rossington. But there has been no sign of former drummer Artimus Pyle, who survived their 1977 plane crash, rejoined for a few years in the ’80s, and has been mostly on the outs with Skynyrd ever since. Pyle’s got a checkered legal history (including a 1993 guilty plea on charges of attempted sexual battery and lewd assault on two girls, incidents he has long denied), and in 2017 was sued by the band for selling his story to make a Lynyrd Skynyrd biopic. But the hard feelings must only go one way, because Pyle is still touring playing Skynyrd hits with his own band, including Sweet Home Alabama, What’s Your Name and more. $24.50 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793.

BONE UP: Bizzy Bone

Bizzy Bone was just 17 when Bone Thugs-n-Harmony released Thuggish Ruggish Bone in 1994. But he had already lived a lifetime, having endured an abduction and assault when he was a child. His breezy tenor and lickety-split cadence were a crucial part of hits like Tha Crossroads and 1st of tha Month, even as he weaved in and out of Bone Thugs for years. Before the full Cleveland clique plays Jannus Live in September, you’ve got a chance to see Bizzy solo, along with Bloodline Harmony and more. $25 and up. 7 p.m. Sunday. Pegasus Lounge, 14811 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 971-1679.


Before the Chainsmokers, there was Cash Cash. The New Jersey EDM trio has long had a gift for pop remixes, dishing up official twists on everyone from Katy Perry to Lady Gaga to Kelly Clarkson. And they’ve made a few notable tracks of their own, including Take Me Home featuring Bebe Rexha and Pink’s Can We Pretend. Expect them to weave in a few Top 40 jams when they return to town for a club show this weekend. $15 and up. 10 p.m. Saturday. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 390-0397.

NEW CHUCK SWING: Chuck Owen, ReSurgence

You don’t often read the phrases “Tampa Bay artist” and “multiple Grammy nominee” in the same sentence. The exception: Chuck Owen, Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of South Florida, whose latest album Whispers On the Wind earned four Grammy nominations in 2018. That project was credited to his big band the Jazz Surge, but now Owen’s ready to unveil something a little more intimate: ReSurgence. The sextet features Owen playing keyboard and accordion; along with Jazz Surge members Sara Caswell on violin, Jack Wilkins on sax, Corey Christiansen on guitar and Mark Neuenschwander on bass; along with acclaimed drummer Matt Wilson. Their debut performance is at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Mainstage Theatre at Hillsborough Community College, 1411 E 11th Ave., Tampa. $25 and up.

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