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This week's best Tampa concerts: Santana, Kings of Leon, Roger Daltrey and more

LOVE GURU: Santana

Few musicians can credibly slot themselves into the shoes of Bob Marley or John Lennon. Carlos Santana is among them. "I am them now," the 70-year-old guitar legend said in a recent phone interview. "They changed their ZIP code. They're still here if you play their music, but they're in another realm. But I'm still here, picking up that banner of, 'All we are saying is, give peace a chance.' " Santana is all about the power of peace these days — it's the title of his new album with the Isley Brothers. And he'll preach that gospel when his legendary rock ensemble comes to Amalie Arena at 8 p.m. Friday. Nearly 50 years after Woodstock, Santana will play decades of hits, from Oye Como Va and Black Magic Woman to Smooth and The Game of Love. And he will do it with a sensual, spiritual presence he describes as "supreme Kumbaya with an attitude. . . . It goes into your brain and into your heart; it gives you chills. You start crying, you don't know why, and then all of a sudden, you have some kind of energy about hope and courage. That's what music does." $66.25 and up. (813) 301-2500.

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COLD REIGN: Kings of Leon

There was a time when Kings of Leon, those shaggy, Southern sons (and cousin) of a Pentecostal preacher, were the most exciting, electric alt-rock band on the scene. Friends, that time is long gone. Maybe the turning point came when they went from The Bucket-kicking roustabouts to the rock-god fashionplates behind Use Somebody and Sex on Fire, but whenever it happened, it was followed by a string of generic, uninspired and risk-averse albums and tours. True, they're still top-of-the-poster festival headliners, but for how much longer? If it's a great American rock and roll band you want to see, check out Dawes, who will open at 7 p.m. Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. The California band's wistful, evocative songs are the work of ace singer-songwriter Taylor Goldsmith, a lyricist on par with the Jason Isbells and Ryan Adamses of the scene. Kings of Leon might let you down around sundown, but Dawes is a good reason to get there early. $24.50 and up. (813) 740-2446.

WHO?: It's Roger Daltrey

With a 50th anniversary tour in the books, and Pete Townshend embarking on a yearlong musical sabbatical, the Who's future is uncertain. But it seems no one told Roger Daltrey. The iconic singer will kick off a short North American solo tour Monday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, and you could be forgiven for thinking it was a Who show. Sure, Pete won't be there, but his younger brother Simon Townshend will be, windmilling in his place. So will Who touring members Jon Button, Loren Gold and Frank Simes. And judging from his last solo tour, Daltrey is likely to fill the set with a battery of Who classics. No, it's not the Who, but it's about as close as you're going to get in a theater. Leslie Mendelson opens at 7:30 p.m. 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $63.50 and up. (727) 791-7400.

THE LAST DJS: The WMNF Memorial Tribute to Tom Petty

How beloved is Tom Petty around these parts? It took about a day after his death for WMNF-88.5 FM to organize a memorial tribute concert in his honor. Over about eight hours, a slew of local bands will take turns playing Petty covers, including Barely Pink, the Ditchflowers, Talk to Mark, Four Star Riot, Betty Fox Band, Will Quinlan and Have Gun, Will Travel. The Headlights, a beloved, once-nationally-signed alt-Americana act who toured alongside the Heartbreakers as the backing band for Roger McGuinn, will reunite for their first live show in a decade. Also gracing the stage is Charlie Souza, a bandmate of Petty's in Mudcrutch. Another sign of how much Petty will be missed: This show sold out long ago, a rarity for a WMNF tribute. 4 p.m. Sunday. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666.


Tampa metalcore outfit Limbs recently signed to Equal Vision Records (Say Anything, Saves the Day), which will release their intense new EP Sleep on Friday. To celebrate, that night they'll play a release show at Transitions Art Gallery at the Skatepark of Tampa. It's a familiar, intimate space for band that's toured with acts like Hail the Sun and Saosin — and considering their new national profile, it might be the last time they'll play a hometown room that small. Fero Lux, Madtown, Weeping Wound and Cursed Body open. 7 p.m. 4215 E Columbus Drive. Tampa.

TAKE 2: Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

Hey, remember that Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley concert that got nixed by Hurricane Irma in September? Here's your reminder that it's happening again. The reggae star plays Jannus Live at 9 p.m. Sunday. 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $29.50 and up. Tickets for the old date will be honored.

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