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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
Lee Fields & The Expressions w/Sh-Booms “When I come out on stage, what I try to achieve, is to take people on a musical excursion … I want to get them to a totally, totally euphoric state of mind,” Lee Fields explained when I spoke to him earlier this year prior to his stop at Gasparilla Music Festival. And his performance there proved he’s a showman indeed, his backing band, The Expressions, warming up the crowd with a funky instrumental intro before Fields made his grand entrance clad in a retro white suit. He performed cuts off his two most recent albums of warm vintage R&B, soul and funk, 2009’s My World and this year’s Faithful Man, collar loose as he crooned his tender serenades and expelled positive uplifting energy in generous bouts, voicing his feelings of love and appreciation unabashedly and making everyone who witnessed his set feel just great. I’m sure many of us can’t wait to see him in action again amid the cozier Crowbar confines. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
Corey Christiansen Quartet Tampa Jazz Club welcomes Corey Christiansen, a one-time USF instructor, current educator at Indiana and Utah State universities, and jazz guitarist with a clean gliding tone and thoughtful phrasing. He returns to the Bay area for a reunion performance with former colleagues Jack Wilkins (sax), Mark Neuenschwander (bass), and Ian Goodman (drums). (HCC-Ybor Mainstage Theater, Ybor City)
Wiz Khalifa w/Juicy J/Chevy Woods/Lola Monroe/Tuki Carter/Berner A busy young ganja-loving emcee with his own named grade of Kush grown specially to support his religiously practiced habit, Wiz Khalifa issued several well-regarded mixtapes between 2005 and 2012 that earned him more acclaim than his actual formal studio LPs, though 2011’s Rolling Papers went gold and first single “Black and Yellow” was one of the highest selling hip-hop songs of 2010. Wiz Kahlifa is set to follow in the footsteps of Snoop Dogg with his hazy clever style and headline-making track record for possession; the two even starred in a straight-to-DVD stoner comedy (Mac & Devin Go to High School) and produced its soundtrack last year. His fourth studio album and second under Atlantic, O.N.I.F.C. (an acronym for ‘Only Nigga in First Class’ or edited for less mature audiences, ‘One Night in First Class’), hits shelves Tuesday. (USF Sun Dome, Tampa)
Mix 100.7 Acoustic Christmas Show w/Gavin DeGraw and Tristan Prettyman Amid showing off his moves on Dancing with the Stars and recording a duet with Colbie Caillat for an upcoming film based on a Nicholas Sparks book, blue-eyed soulful piano pop rocker Gavin DeGraw continues his time on the road, right now backing a new CD/DVD release, Sweeter Live, featuring an August performance from his recent sold-out summer tour with Caillat and supporting 2011 fourth studio album, Sweeter. Joining him on the bill for the Mix 100.7 Acoustic Christmas show is model/surfer-turned-folk pop songstress Tristan Prettyman, who returned this year from a four-year recording hiatus — which found her traveling the globe, undergoing vocal cord surgery, ending an engagement, and questioning whether she even wanted to be a musician at all — with a fourth album, Cedar + Gold, produced by Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry). (Hard Rock Café, Tampa)
Alan Jackson Fair-haired and ‘stached country music vet Alan Jackson has been trucking for 23 years, winning display cases full of awards (the last in 2011 with Zac Brown Band for “As She’s Walking Away”), and recording a steady river of studio LPs. The most recent, Thirty Miles West, is his 17th but first on his Alan’s Country Records label, a joint venture with EMI Nashville. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Country Charts and No. 2 on the Billboard 200. (1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheater, Tampa)
Raw Oyster Cult This Crescent City supergroup featuring The Radiators’ guitarist/gruff-voiced singer Dave Malone, guitarist Camile Baudoin and drummer/percussionist Frank Bua, Jr., Hammond B3 keysman/vocalist John “Papa” Gros of Papa Grows Funk, and Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes bassist Dave Pomerlau makes a rare appearance outside their New Orleans hometown for an Ybor gig of their funky swinging R&B and bayou-soaked blues grooves. (Orpheum, Ybor City)
Rock the Lens w/Arrested Development WOW St. Petersburg — a open forum dedicated to the promotion, completion and enjoyment of the pending "Lens" Pier project — stages this awareness-raising event for its cause, at which the organization reveals the latest developments and welcomes Atlanta alt hip-hop group Arrested Development to perform. Free tickets available at various St. Pete businesses; more info at wowstpete.com. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)
I was fortunate to see Bonnie Raitt. Her stage presence was heart warming and her…
loved it! Well worth the $$.
Coastline was also held in West Palm Beach, on the following day (Sun., Nov. 10).