Thursday, May 3 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Regina Spektor 7:30 p.m. Amway Center 400 W. Church St. 800-745-3000 amwaycenter.com $35-$85
When Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence started work on his newest show, Florida-set Cougar Town, he decided that every episode would be named after a Tom Petty song. Three seasons and 56 episodes later, the rule remains. Why? Simple: Because Lawrence is from Florida (his parents first met at Rollins College) and he knows that, inexplicable though it seems, any true Floridian inherits some amount of reverence for the legendary songsmith, no matter his or her actual “opinion” of Petty’s music. It’s just one of those things, and who are we to argue? Although we’re compelled to love this bill out of regional allegiance, the presence of Russian-born singer-songwriter-deity Regina Spektor has us running to the front row. The piano playing siren’s Mike Elizondo-produced sixth album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, doesn’t drop for another few weeks, but her first single, “All the Rowboats” sounds confident and propulsive. – Justin Strout
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