A breakdown of concert highlights for this Sun., May 8.
Young Thug with Rich The Kid Young Thug hasn’t dropped an official studio recording as yet, but the Atlanta rapper with the weirdo partially-effected flow style has inked a record deal with Atlantic (which will release his debut full-length sometime later this year), 15 mixtapes to his credit, and a three tracks that have scaled the U.S. Rap charts to arrive at Top 10 spots (“About the Money,” “Lifestyle” and “Throw Sum Mo”). (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City)
Fiesta Máxima with Carlos Vives The Bay area’s leading Latin music station, 92.5 Maxima, presents one of its biggest music events of the year and the 2016 edition is headlined by Columbian songmaker and actor Carlos Vives, who’s been active since the early ‘80s but didn’t enjoy his come-up until 1994, when he released his sixth LP and saw a smash hit in lead-off track, “La Gota Fria.” Every album since has earned platinum or higher certifications, including his most recent, 2014’s Grammy-winning Más + Corazón Profundo. (USF Sun Dome, St. Petersburg)
Scholars Word w/The Ellameno Beat/DJ Red Heading up this Sunday evening bill of island-hued sounds is Scholars Word, a Jacksonville quintet plying dub-infused easy-swaying smoke-hazed reggae tunes like “Jah Herb” (in which they recite a list of tasty ganj flavors) “Stress Less Express” (“I’m smoking a big bowl of cess, on the stress less express” ) and the heady percussive Grateful Dead-inspired “Drum on the Mountain.” (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)