This Saturday in live music: Zach Cooper, NRBQ, The Baseball Project + more

A breakdown of concerts highlights for this Sat., March 26.

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Greg Herman
Zach Cooper

A nice slate of music is ahead on this Sat., March 26. Take a look at the breakdown below.

Pangea Project No. 64: Zach Cooper
Classically-trained experimental composer/instrumentalist Zach Cooper manipulates old tape recordings (high school demos, material from his studies and collabs within the University of Vermont’s music theory and composition department, experimentations following his move to North Carolina) to create something entirely new while mapping his own personal musical journey in The Sentence. Each of the dozen songs on his debut outing is a word. All together, they spell out a message reflective of Cooper’s devotion to inner peace and meditation – “This is for us to incite stillness in our hearts and minds” – and sonic moods range from serene and contemplative to avant-noisy to orchestral and euphoric. Other performers on this night include Infinite Third, DC9V, Jason Bundy, Chris Charbannueau and Sean Hamilton (The Venture Compound, St. Petersburg)

The Baseball Project The Baseball Project is an indie supergroup that pushes crunchy ‘90s-hued songs with baseball themes – “Monument Park,” “Sometimes I Dream of Willie Mays,” “The Yankee Flipper,” “Box Scores,” “Fair Weather Fans” and “Extra Inning of Love” et. al. – and is composed of R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Mike Mills, Dream Syndicate’s Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon, and Scott McCaughey (The Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, Robyn Hitchcock). (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Earth, Wind & Fire with Chicago Take a brassy trip back in time when two biggie acts and classic rock radio staples that enjoyed their respective heydeys concurrently, in the 1970s and ‘80s, hit the amphitheater together: genre-hopping groove-hawkers Earth, Wind & Fire, which mix funk, soul, R&B, jazz, disco, pop and world music in hits like “Shining Star,” “September,” "Boogie Wonderland” and “Let's Groove; and jazzy yacht rock faves Chicago (“Saturday in the Park,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard to Say I'm Sorry,” etc.). (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa)

NRBQ with Acme Jazz Garage Terry Adams has issued three albums with NRBQ since re-forming the venerable Kentucky band in 2011. Rolling Stone commented that 2014’s Brass Tacks “contains the fun, zest, humor and flat-out rock that has defined the band since their birth decades ago,” while last year’s double-LP Talk Thelonious: NRBQ + Terry Adams Plays Terry Adams Arrangements of Thelonious Monk Songs has prompted more glowing press and spurs the current tour. Just goes to show you that old bands can turn fine new musical tricks, even more than four decades deep into their tenure. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

One-Eyed Doll with Eyes Set To Kill, Open Your Eyes It’s all eyes on stage this Saturday night when three bands with ocular monikers land at State Theatre on the “Visions Tour 2016.” Leading the fray is theatric goth rock duo One-Eyed Doll. Frontwoman Kimberly Freeman doles out thick distorted guitar riffs to Jason Rufuss Sewell’s hard-pumping beats and various sonic accoutrements, her dulcet vocals sweetly or ominously droning cheeky odes about vampires, monsters, UFOs and goblins as well as real life horrors (murder, suicide, rednecks, bulimia, envy, et. al); last year’s Witches is a conceptual affair that explores the Salem Witch Trials. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Bath Salt Zombies
 Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg
Troy Youngblood & Soulfish w/U.S. and The Underdogs The Hub, downtown Tampa
Turbo Saturday w/Januari/See Shellz/SubPirate/Head Freq/Charlie Brass Fubar, St. Petersburg
Aegea CD Release Show w/Sunshine & Bullets/From This Fire Local 662, St. Petersburg
Soul Saturday: Danielle DeCosmo CD Release w/Mountain Holler/Blackbird Morning Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg
Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City
Hellgorefest3 w/Shattered/Three Knuckles Deep/Mad Splatter/BloodRapture PuertoRico/Dark Disciple/Contorted/SledgegrindeR Brass Mug, Tampa

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