Picks This Week: Earthday Birthday, Ben Prestage and more


Ben Prestage
Florida native Ben Prestage knows a thing or 20 million about swamp blues, and his stretched-out sets stomp through country, blues and folk until the music gives in and bows out, showing his mangrove roots.
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Will's Pub, $8

Sage Francis and Solillaquists of Sound
Having think-rap giant Sage Francis back in town would be occasion enough, as would having our own hip-hop superheroes Solillaquists of Sound electrify the stage like they especially do for their transcendental hometown shows. But having them both back together? Well, this is gonna be huge. - Bao Le-Huu Read more.
9 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Social, $15-$20

Jamey Johnson
Hit songwriter Jamey Johnson penned modern chart-toppers like "Give It Away" and "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" for George Strait and Trace Adkins before getting his due as a solo artist.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at House of Blues, $26-$28

Rob Mazurek's São Paolo Underground and Black Cube SP
His alternate universe of music is masterfully conjured by the players who comprise the cornet player’s electric jazz trio, São Paulo Underground, and his Black Cube SP, a frantic collision of São Paolo Underground with Brazilian rabeca fiddle player Thomas Rohrer; both perform this week in an almost out-of-place but decidedly cool engagement at cruddy Will’s Pub. With the bands’ influences ranging from early-’70s Miles Davis to Tortoise, it’s also a surreal invitation to time-travel and surrender to the group’s imaginative Brazilian folk-fueled whirl. Read more.
9 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Will's Pub, $10-$12

Adam and the Plastic
Finally! Local bands remembered how much shows at Stardust rule! And lucky us: This necessary venue revival features the experimental magic of quirky, catchy rockers Adam and the Plastic.
8:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Stardust Video & Coffee, free

Earthday Birthday
Five Finger Death Punch, Rise Against and Slash headline WJRR's outdoor Earth Day rock fest that also features a midway and art walk.
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Central Florida Fairgrounds, $59

Invigorating soul band Monophonics return, touring on their just-dropped Sound of Sinning, and we're guessing the title track will thicken the blood of anyone in attendance when they unleash its outrageous emotion on stage.
8 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Will's Pub, $13-$15

Bad Suns
Hits like “Cardiac Arrest” captured enough hearts locally to bump their Orlando show from the intimate Social to the massive stage next door at the Beacham. What’s refreshing about the release is where the band’s head was at in the process. Singer-guitarist Christo Bowman told HuffPo that their intention was to buck the trend of single-song success and create an album with a clear progression, intended to be listened to front to back. So play the thing at least once all the way through before the show if you’re a modern-minded fan who exclusively got caught up in “Cardiac Arrest.” Read more.
7 p.m. Monday, April 27, at the Beacham, $15-$18

Justin Wells
Kentucky country band Fifth on the Floor's Justin Wells plays an intimate solo show at Lil Indies, where the gravel in his voice will garnish your cocktail nicely.
10 p.m. Monday, April 27, at Lil Indies, free

While sex and drugs sell, an undersung aspect of Wilco's lyrics is this meta quality where certain songs discuss how their fame, earned from songs about being misunderstood, actually conflicts with feeling so misunderstood. Read about Wilco's career retrospective double album What's Your 20?
8 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at Hard Rock Live, $33-$63

Tyler, the Creator
His last two shows in town turned the venue into a sold-out frenetic frenzy, and with his new album carrying a range of different styles, what to expect from Tyler at the Plaza is optimistically uncertain. - Luis Vazquez Read more.
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at the Plaza Live, $29.50-$40

The David Mayfield Parade
He's opened for like-minded Americana figureheads like the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons and taken the stage at major festivals like Bonnaroo, but this week his noted folk fireworks show explodes at the pub.
8 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at Will's Pub, $7