Just three years ago, the Zac Brown Band played in Tampa as an opening act for Kenny Chesney.
Now the band's not only headlining, but headlining for two nights in a row. They'll be at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre today and Friday.
The ZBB is generally considered a country act, but the band's music has always been eclectic and is always expanding. The band recently recorded an album with rocker Dave Grohl (of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame). A new bass player, Matt Mangano (formerly an early sideman for John Mayer) has joined the band on this tour, giving former bassist John Driskell Hopkins, who's a multi-instrumentalist, a chance to add even more variety to the band's arrangements.
Two-night stands aren't unusual for the ZBB, so they change set lists for every concert, so people who want to see them twice get to see two different shows. But they play a lot of their hits at both shows, so people who only make it to one or the other won't miss out.
Opening both of the Tampa shows is Kacey Musgraves. She first came in to the national spotlight on the TV talent show "Nashville Star." She finished a mediocre seventh in her season, 2007, but last year won two Grammy Awards for Best Country Song ("Mama's Broken Heart") and Best Country Album ("Same Trailer Different Park").
Details: 7 p.m. May 29-30, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $42-$95.40. Information: 813-740-2446, livenation.com.
-- Marty Clear