One of the most highly acclaimed bands of the 21st century thus far is coming to Tampa.
The Avett Brothers are an eclectic North Carolina band that blends country, pop, indie rock, ragtime and probably a few other genres into a sound both familiar and distinctive.
They're coming Saturday to the Sun Dome on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus.
Seth and Scott Avett and their bandmates were known in folk and Americana circles for several years before they hit the mainstream in 2009 with their major-label debut, "I and Love and You."
The album was a huge commercial hit, and made a lot of critics' lists of the best albums of the year, and helped the Avetts earn the Duo/Band of the Year award from the Americana Music Association.
Their latest album, "The Carpenter," came out last year. It was produced by Rick Rubin, who had also produced "I and Love and You," and it sold well. The sound of the album moved the band a little farther into the mainstream, which delighted some fans but annoyed others. "Rolling Stone" included it on among the top 50 albums of the year.
Despite the band's immense popularity, tickets for the Sun Dome show are relatively affordable, topping at under $50.
Details: 8 p.m. March 29, Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. Tickets: $35, $42.50, $47.75. Information: www.sundomearena.com, 813-974-3002.
-- Marty Clear