Do It Today: Dining Out for Life and mucho music — from jazz jams to Cornmeal's electro-acoustic bluegrass and the Tampa Bay Symphony

a few special guests will be dropping by to lend their vocal stylings to the tunes, too. April 29-May 15, 10:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., American Stage, St. Petersburg, "pay what you can" at the door, $20 in advance.

Chicago five-piece Cornmeal – made up of drums, guitar, banjo, upright bass and fiddle – plays a fast-dashing and furiously fun style of progressive electro-acoustic bluegrass marked by rich three-part vocal harmonies and Americana, folk and jammy roots rock tendencies. This past March, Cornmeal released Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I, an album that captures the contagious energy the band delivers in a live setting while showcasing their talents and ability to improvise, like in the 14-minute scorcher, “When the World’s Got You Down,” an uplifting propulsive number with fiery guitar and fiddle solos, the two instruments vying for ultimate sonic supremacy in an extended stretch of refreshingly intense jamming. Thurs., April 29, Orpheum, Ybor City, --Leilani Polk

Tonight's Tampa Bay Symphony program includes Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis (on Themes of von Weber), Gershwin's Cuban Overture, and Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B Minor, Allegro, featuring soloist Jesse Christeson. Visit for more info. The concert visits two venues:  8 p.m. Thurs., April 29, Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg; and Sun., May 9, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $20.

You don't have to walk, run, or research — you can help find a cure for AIDS just by enjoying a night on the town during Dining Out for Life. Visit for a list of local restaurants that are donating 25 percent of your bill total to charity tonight. It might be the only time you'll be happy to there's a wait to be seated: the more people that eat a delicious dinner — at eateries like Backfin Blue, Parkshore Grill, The Queen's Head, 400 Beach, La Fogata, Cafe Alma and many more — the more money is raised for a cure. Thurs., April 29.

Slow it down a bit tonight weekend with the After Hours Cabaret: Romantic Jazz Jam, offering some old (ooooold) school jams by Monk, Miles, Coltrane, the songs of Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin — all played to perfection by Vince di Mura. Rumor has it

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