FRESH CATCH: Sunshine Music Festival
Jam bands are known for living on the road, yet it's been 23 years since Phish's last Tampa Bay show. How is that possible? "People say that all over the country," bassist Mike Gordon, above, said recently. "The simple fact of the matter is that Phish just doesn't play as much. We play for more people in less time, and it's mostly major markets. We just can't go anywhere. People have their other lives, other creative work." Indeed, several members of Phish have come to town with solo projects, including Gordon, who plays Saturday's Sunshine Music Festival at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. In its sixth year, Sunshine has attracted a nice slate of rock, jam and funk wizardry, including headliners and festival co-founders Tedeschi Trucks Band, Medeski Martin & Wood, Galactic, Hot Tuna, the Suffers and Foundation of Funk, a supergroup with the Meters' Zigaboo Modeliste and George Porter Jr., Soulive's Eric Krasno and John Medeski. If you see Gordon, who's touring behind his new solo LP Ogogo, tell him to bring the whole band next time. $64.95 and up. sunshinemusicfestival.com.
For more with Mike Gordon, see tampabay.com/soundcheck.
DUB SMASH: Lee "Scratch" Perry
It's a momentous achievement, getting name-dropped by the Beastie Boys. It can even give you a new platform to the world. When Ad-Rock shouted out Lee Perry in Sure Shot, it was likely the first millions of youngsters had ever heard of Lee "Scratch" Perry, the dub reggae icon renowned for his innovative and influential studio techniques. Perry practically launched Bob Marley's career, and has since worked with legends including the Clash, Keith Richards (who called him "the Salvador Dalí of music"), even the Beasties themselves on 1998's Dr. Lee, PhD. All this late-career love has reaped Perry Grammys, documentaries and a slew of honorifics, but all he seems interested in is creating more albums of mad-scientist reggae. At 81, he's still keen to tour now and then — including a rare local show with Subatomic Sound System at 8 p.m. Sunday at the State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. It may or may not be Perry's first gig here — I couldn't find evidence of another one — but it's definitely a rare-bird sighting. So grab tickets while you can for $22 and up at Ticketmaster or Daddy Kool Records. (727) 822-5665.
THEY'RE IN: The Moody Blues
Fans of the Moody Blues can exhale. After decades of pushes and petitions, the British progsters have finally been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. No better time, really, since they're in a pretty nostalgic mood on a 50th anniversary tour of their landmark album Days of Future Passed. The LP spawned their signature hit Nights in White Satin, and its heady blend of rock and classical elements will no doubt sound great coming from a full symphony, which will back them at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. It's sold out, but if you already have a ticket, tip your cap to drummer Graeme Edge, who lives in Bradenton.
BUSY GUY: Chick Corea
Good luck trying to keep Chick Corea in one place. At 76, the 22-time Grammy winner (and Clearwater resident) spends most of the year touring the globe in one outfit or another. But only two shows (so far) in 2018 are with his Akoustic Band, featuring bassist John Patitucci and drummer Dave Weckl. And they're both close to home, in a most unusual and intimate setting: the St. Petersburg College Music Hall, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. He'll perform in the 310-seat space at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $55 and up. ticketfly.com.
PRAISE BE: Winter Jam
After a record-smashing 2017, Amalie Arena eases into another year of concerts with an old reliable: Winter Jam. The annual praise-rock roadshow returns at 6 p.m. Saturday for another low-dough show. Got $15 cash (or a check)? That will get you in to see hard-rock crossovers Skillet, veteran rockers NewSong and Building 429, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kari Jobe, breakout rapper KB, Dove-winning folk rocker Jordan Feliz and more. Comic John Crist and worship leader Nick Hall round out the bill. A $34.99 "Jam Nation" pass gets you early entry and other goodies. 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.
WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED: Trina
Another holiday weekend means another Monday off work, which means the party's on come Sunday. Every Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend brings a handful of hip-hop shows to town, and this year's highlight is Trina, who at 43 and starring on VH1's Love & Hip Hop Miami still proudly calls herself hip-hop's baddest you-know-what. She pops into Club Skye, 1509 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City at 10 p.m. Sunday. $25 and up. (813) 247-6606. eventbrite.com.