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Seven Kingdoms w/Maverick Hunter/Burning Fair Verona/Look Right Penny/Wirethrone Florida’s own female-fronted purveyors of power metal, Seven Kingdoms, are currently celebrating the release of their third full-length and second overall from Nightmare Records, last year’s The Fire Is Mine. (Orpheum, Ybor City)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28
Bruno Mars w/Fitz & the Tantrums Attempting a revival of Michael Jackson’s posi-vibing R&B-influenced pop music one sticky upbeat track at a time, Bruno Mars — the Atlantic recording artist otherwise known as Peter Gene Hernandez — hits town on his “Moonshine Jungle World Tour” backing his sophomore latest, Unorthodox Jukebox. Though Bruno Mars has grown into his charm, part of the album’s appeal is the production team behind it, which includes names like Mark Ronson (for MJ/Police-reminiscent No. 1 hit, “Locked out of Heaven”) and Diplo, among others. Newly signed Elektra artist Fitz & The Tantrums warm up the stage with their vintage Motown-imbued soul rock. (Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa)
Toni Braxton Her smooth lower register intones crooning loving tenderness or despondent heartbreak have calmed and consoled R&B listeners for more than two decades, her music crossing over to the Billboard Hot 100 with Top 10 hits like “Another Sad Love Song,” “Breathe Again,” “You’re Makin’ Me High,” “Un-Break My Heart” and “He Wasn’t Man Enough.” More recently, Grammy-winning songstress Toni Braxton and her talented family have been dabbling in reality TV; Braxton Family Values (featuring Toni, younger sisters Traci, Towanda, Trina and Tamar, and domineering mom Evelyn) premiered on WE TV in 2011 and was renewed for a third season this March. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg)
Rescuer/Permanent Make Up/Ex-Breathers/Repo Man A hump day DIY bill at Mojo featuring heavy crushing hardcore ragers Ex-Breather, droning post-punk pushers Permanent Make-Up, howling cheeky pop-punk makers Repo Man, and melodic hardcore destroyers Rescuer. Presented by Insight Collective. (Mojo Books & Music, Tampa)
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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 $$.