Tampa Concerts: January’s Best Grooves — Sunshine Blues Festival, Galactic, Marcia Ball, more

It’s beginning to look a lot like … some great music happening at Tampa Bay area venues in January.

Some of the most promising concerts on the way this month:

  • Long, tall blues and boogie roadhouse pianist Marcia Ball, she of Texas/Louisiana roots and a musical debt to NOLA great Professor Longhair; Betty Fox opens — Friday, Jan. 4, Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa, 8 p.m.; $20
  • Venerable blues guitar ruler B.B. King , still letting the good times roll with the help of his trusty Lucille — Saturday, Jan. 5, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, 8 p.m.; $39.50, $59.50 and $79.50
  • Durable funk-rock jammers Galactic, featuring singer Corey Glover (Living Colour), still celebrating the Mardi Gras grooves from last year’s guest-studded “Carnivale Electricos” CD — Friday, Jan. 18, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, 8 p.m. (doors); $25
  • Fingerpicking blues guitarists Paul Geremia and Roy Book Binder — Friday, Jan. 18, the Palladium, St. Petersburg, 8 p.m.; $18 and $20
  • Yonder Mountain String Band, the bluegrass-influenced jammy acoustic group from Colorado — Saturday, Jan. 19, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, 7:30 p.m. (doors); $19.99/$25
  • Whitney James, the gifted jazz singer who splits her time between St. Petersburg and New York City; she’ll be joined by a group of top-flight local players — guitarist LaRue Nickelson, saxophonist Jeremy Powell, bassist Alejandro Arenas, and drummer Mark Feinman; The Palladium, 8 p.m.; $20
  • (The 1st) Sunshine Blues Festival, a daylong smorgasbord of blues, funk, R&B and jazz-influenced acts, including Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dr. John, Sonny Landreth, Walter Trout, Joe Louis Walker, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Wood Brothers, Matt Schofield, Sean Chambers, and Bobby Lee Rodgers — Sunday, Jan. 20, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, 11 a.m.; $62.50
  • Superb acoustic-electric guitarist, singer and songwriter Richard Thompson; Kris Delmhorst opens — Monday, Jan. 21, Ferguson Hall, Straz Center, Tampa, 7:30 p.m.; (starting at) $28.50
  • Marshall Crenshaw, the rootsy pop-rock singer, guitarist and songwriter (“Someday, Someway,” “Whenever You’re On My Mind” and other brilliant gems, celebrating a new EP, “I Don’t See You Laughing Now”; Americana survivors Bottle Rockets open — Saturday, Jan. 26, Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa, 8 p.m.; $15/$18
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