Stephen Stills sounded as California cool in concert as he does on classic rock radio when I saw him perform as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young several years back at the St. Pete Times Forum. But that monster gig mostly focused on Young, with Stills only taking center stage to sing mandatory numbers like "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" and "Love the One You're With." Considering Stills won't be overshadowed by C., N. or Y. (or weighed down with a new album to push), this show should give him ample room to trot out past favorites from his solo career ("Treetop Flyer" anyone?) — hopefully along with nods to Buffalo Springfield and maybe a cut or two from his tenure with Manassas, a band that was alt-country long before the term was coined. Texas singer/songwriter and ace guitarist Jay Boy Adams put out two albums on Atlantic in the late '70s, but quit the business several years later after they tanked. Adams got back in the game about a decade ago and is touring in support of his new album The Shoe Box, a collection that should appeal to fans of Texans Pat Green and ZZ Top.
Stephen Stills w/Jay Boy Adams, 7:30 p.m. Tues., May 1, Tampa Theatre, Tampa, $34. —Wade Tatangelo
Honky Tonk boys
The Weary Boys are five dudes based in Austin, Texas, who play vintage country, rockabilly and bluegrass with all the passion, verve and skill of true believers. Since forming in 2000, the Boys have built a respectable following, headlining club dates and opening for the likes of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Southern Culture on the Skids, among others. The band mixes retro originals with covers of standards by hillbilly heroes such as Hank Williams. Known for delivering a rowdy live show, the Boys should have no problem transforming New World Brewery into a veritable honky tonk — that is if the hipsters are willing to play along. Tampa alt-country favorite The Diviners open.
The Weary Boys w/The Diviners, 8 p.m. Thurs., New World Brewery, Ybor City. $5. —WT
For years and years, Halcyon — Deb Hunseder and Stephanie Callahan — were Tampa Bay's answer to the Indigo Girls. Except Halcyon were better. The duo (now joined by Alvon on percussion) has built a loyal national audience with its buoyant brand of acoustic pop. Of course, the two excel at joining their voices in luscious harmony. Formed in '89, Halcyon gradually built their touring sphere to regional, and then national, proportions. Hunseder lives in St. Pete and Callahan calls Nashville home, but a couple times a year the tandem brings its vivacious stage act to the Bay area. Fans, friends and family turn out, and it's invariably a very good time. Halcyon will be joined by the estimable Hollywood, Fla.-based singer/songwriter Diane Ward and her multi-instrumentalist sideman Jack Shawde.
Halcyon w/Diane Ward & Jack Shawde, 8 p.m. Sat., April 28, Skipper's Smokehouse. $12. —Eric Snider