Deltron 3030, April 2, State Theatre - The rap supergroup (Del Tha Funkee Homosapien on the mic, Dan the Automator and Kid Koala on the tracks) made a big splash in 2000 with their epic, eerie, futuristic sci-fi concept album, “Deltron 3030,” a geeky, hip hopera of interplanetary proportions. Then, nothing. For more than a decade hip hop heads waited for the group's follow-up, which finally dropped in late 2013. Now the nerdcore heroes are out on tour behind it.
Branford Marsalis Quartet, April 3, Palladium Theater - The renowned saxophonist, former “Tonight Show” bandleader and member of a legendary jazz family brings his touring ensemble to the St. Petersburg stage. For even casual jazz fans, it's a must see.
Singer Songwriter Festival, April 4 to 6, Safety Harbor Gazebo - More than 30 solo acts from around the country, including Grammy-winning bluegrass artist Jim Lauderdale, Mississippi roots rocker Webb Wilder and southern soul singer Randall Bramblett, will perform at this fundraiser for the Safety Harbor Art & Music Center, a 1921 cottage that's being transformed into a work of art itself. Dozens of locals worked to build the 34-foot-high, open-air stage adorned with colorful mosaic panels that sits near the cottage and will be used for the festival.
Amos Lee, April 5, Ruth Eckerd Hall - If you'd prefer a single serving of singer songwriter action, check out the mellow, rich and warm country and folk of Amos Lee. A thoughtful lyricist and emotional vocalist, Lee's music is just plain soothing.
Wanee Festival, April 10, Spirit of Suwannee Music Park - Since 2005, the Allman Brothers Band has hosted and headlined this annual campground festival where thousands of fans commune with nature and celebrate music, and the freedom to indulge that goes along with being way out in the woods. If you've been on the fence in previous years, this is the year to go—the legendary southern rockers are retiring from touring at the end of 2014. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trey Anastasio and a couple dozen other bands will be there too.
Local Natives, April 16, State Theatre - The breezy Los Angeles indie rockers play intense, catchy, and intensely catchy art rock that sounds great on record, but comes alive in concert, where the four-piece's precision is really impressive. The St. Pete show is a chance to catch them in an intimate club setting between their arena tour with Kings of Leon, which wraps up this week, and their sets at massive festivals later this summer.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, April 19, MidFlorida Amphitheatre - If you're a beach bum at heart, Jimmy Buffett can transform an amphitheater on the side of I-4 into a leisurely, tropical island paradise like no other.
Cloud Nothings, April 22, Crowbar- Try to listen to the Cloud Nothings' ragged, self-loathing celebration “Stay Useless” without nodding your head — it's impossible. The band scored one of the best albums of 2012 with its no-frills, lo-fi guitar assault "Attack on Memory" that owed a lot to 90s grunge, but was also pop punk in the best way. With a new album that just came out this month, this is a must see show.
98 Rock Fest, April 25, the Forum - There aren't a lot of metal bands that can headline arenas these days, but Avenged Sevenfold's elaborate stage show, known for explosions, walls of flames and a castle adorned with massive skeleton-bat sculptures, wouldn't feel right anywhere else. They'll be joined by Volbeat, Chevelle, Black Stone Cherry and more, for the heaviest show coming to Tampa this year.
Santana, April 29, Ruth Eckerd Hall - Before Carlos Santana heads out for his co-headlining tour with Rod Stewart this summer, he'll make a stop in Clearwater. Judging by reviews from his recent shows, the guitar master can still mesmerize with his playing on classics such as “Black Magic Woman.”
Other notable concerts this month:
Mobb Deep, April 4, Crowbar; Paul Anka, April 4, Ruth Eckerd Hall; The Wonder Years, April 4, The Orpheum; Anvil, April 9, State Theatre, 97X Freebie Weebie: New Politics, April 10, The Ritz Ybor; Michael Angelo Batio Band, April 11, Jannus Live; The Zombies, April 12, Capitol Theatre; Stephen “Ragga” Marley, April 12, Jannus Live; Chris Robinson Brotherhood, April 13, The Ritz Ybor; Todd Rundgren, April 13, Capitol Theatre; Tech N9ne, April 15,The Ritz Ybor; The Sounds, April 15, State Theatre; One Night of Queen, April 16, Mahaffey Theater; Blessthefall, April 17, State Theatre; Future, April 18, Jannus Live; Air Supply, April 19, Capitol Theatre; Slaughterhouse, April 20, State Theatre; Goblin, April 24, State Theatre; Chiodos, April 25, State Theatre; Megan Hilty, April 26, Capitol Theatre; George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, April 25, Jannus Live; Whitechapel, April 25, Orpheum; Rob Thomas, April 25, Ruth Eckerd Hall; Boz Scaggs, April 29, Capitol Theatre; Santana, April 29, Ruth Eckerd Hall; Powerman 5000 April 30, State Theatre; Mogwai, April 30, Ritz Ybor.