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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15
Periphery w/Dead Letter Circus/Born of Osiris/12-Foot Ninja/The Stoic Periphery hails from the DC area and brews up a particularly technical brand of progressive metal with three-guitar crush and both clean-wailing and deep-roaring vocals sailing over the churning instrumentals. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16
Dawes w/Caitlin Rose Some bands make their mark in a fiery blaze of meteoritic success. Others take a more studied, slow-burning approach, gathering loyal fans and wooing critics with solid recordings and songwriting chops that progress with each album, if none too drastically. LA folk rock quartet Dawes is one of the latter; no radio hits, but a strong and vibrant repertoire packed with driving anthemic choruses, soaring multi-voice harmonies, and poignant balladry. This year’s Stories Don’t End is their third full-length. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)
Kris Kristofferson When a 29-year-old Rhodes Scholar and Army Captain rolled into Nashville in 1965, he resigned his commission and took a job sweeping floors at Columbia Records while realizing his true love: penning country songs. It wasn’t long before Kris Kristofferson began to rewrite the Music City songbook. “I think Kris changed country music in that he made songwriters sit up and pay attention,” Johnny Cash once said. “He made some of them work at their art rather than just rhyming words and using catch phrases and clichés.” Influenced by Hank Williams, Bob Dylan and 16th/17th-century poet William Blake, Kristofferson delivered songs like “For the Good Times,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and dozens of others highly regarded for their emotional authenticity and, in certain cases, a sexual frankness that pushed Nashville boundaries. He went on to sing his own tunes, although did not become a front-rank star. Kristofferson achieved his biggest fame as a movie actor, with a lengthy filmography that runs from 1971 until now. Today, at 77, with that rugged face, dime-slot eyes and grumble of a voice, he remains a quietly charismatic presence. (Palladium Theater, Clearwater) —ES
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Excellent review, sorry I missed the concert.
I was fortunate to see Bonnie Raitt. Her stage presence was heart warming and her…
loved it! Well worth the $$.