It's a mighty fine night of concerts on this Thurs., June 16. Take a look at the breakdown of highlights below.
Lord Huron with Lucy Dacus LA’s Lord Huron hit my radar three years ago at Gasparilla Music Fest. The quintet’s bright textured folk pop, expansive pastoral breeziness and anthemic driving Springsteenian indie rock is treated with cascading Afro-flavored guitar melodies and percussive lushness, with the earnest lead contemplations of frontman/visionary Ben Schneider singing over top or raised in ethereal multi-voice harmonies, high-soaring chorales or sweet-stirring calls and coos. “Fool for Love” – the first single off last year’s sophomore LP Strange Trails – has bounce, stomp and bop appeal while its lowdown subject finds his dreamy fantasies hitting the hard reality of his love interest’s boyfriend’s fists. They also contributed five tracks to the film adaptation of the memoir A Walk in the Woods, about a celebrated travel writer (played by Robert Redford) who hikes the length of the Appalachian Trail. (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City)–Leilani Polk
Anthony Hamilton with Fantasia Grammy-winning silky-voiced R&B biggie Anthony Hamilton earned platinum-selling status in 2003 with his second album, Comin' From Where I'm From (it spawned sexy loving slow-jam “Charlene”), and all his releases in the years that followed have made it to the Top 10 of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts; this year’s What I’m Feelin’ peaked at No. 2 and spurs his tour with third season American Idol champ and a fine R&B songstress in her own right, Fantasia, she of the high raspy tones, and rock-soul swag. (USF Sun Dom, Tampa)–LP
Chris Cornell with Fantastic Negrito You all know Chris Cornell by this point. He fronts an alt rock band you might’ve heard of – Soundgarden? Kind of a big deal. He's the dude with a voice that can peel wallpaper off walls. Not because it's bad mind you, but because Cornell really pitches it from his gut. He also co-wrote the theme of the best Daniel Craig James Bond film (Casino Royale), spent some time in Audioslave, released four solo studio LPs (the last was 2015’s Higher Truth). In sum, he knows his stuff. Arrive early for his Clearwater show to catch Fantastic Negrito, a rising R&B talent who draws from some incredible life experiences (including leaving his home and Oxford-educated family at age 12) that bring an undeniably authentic feel to his emotive, soulful songwriting. Read up on the man's life and you’ll wonder why it hasn’t been made into a documentary yet. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) –Brian Roesler
Show Biz Kids More info here. (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg)
The Wrenchers (Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg)
Russell Dickerson (Ferg’s Live, downtown Tampa)