Friday, April 12, 2013

Prog, surf, Louisiana funk in St. Petersburg

   The State Theatre in St. Petersburg has three shows in the coming week  that could be phenomenal.
   Prog-rock king Steven Wilson, whose band Porcupine Tree makes stunningly beautiful music,  performs a solo show at 7 p.m. April 16. Tickets are $26.50.
Dick Dale
   Guitar legend Dick Dale, who pretty much invented surf-rock guitar, comes to the State at 8 p.m. April 19. He’s 75 years old now but the smart money says he still rocks. Tickets are $20.
   The next night  offers the best buy for your music buck, a concert by a supergroup called New Orleans Suspects. The lineup includes Reggie Scanlan, the bassist from the Radiators and Professor Longhair;  Neville Brothers drummer Mean Willie Green and guitarist/vocalist Jake Eckert of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. You can hear influences of all those bands in the Suspects’ music, which is kind of good-time New Orleans R&B funk. That one  starts at 8 p.m. April 20 and tickets are only $4.20. ($4.20 on 4/20.)
   The State Theatre is at 687 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg. Call 727-895-3045 or visit

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