Fire on the Bay

The Neville Brothers, Kenny Chesney, Charlie Louvin

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Neville Brothers

Free concerts don't get much better than this, folks. Big props to A Taste of Pinellas organizers for putting The Neville Brothers and Ziggy Marley on the same stage Saturday. These acts make music that mom, dad, rebellious teens and even the lil' tykes can enjoy. Although The Neville Brothers — Aaron, Art, Charles and Cyril — no longer live within a block of each other in New Orleans' Uptown District, the siblings are still the first family of Crescent City R&B, and should have no problem getting the party started with Big Easy anthems like "Hey Pocky Way," "Iko Iko" and "Fire on the Bayou." And if we're lucky, angel-voiced Aaron will deliver a soulful rendition of an R&B chestnut like "A Change Is Gonna Come." The Nevilles are scheduled to perform at 6 p.m. And let's not forget about reggae royal Ziggy Marley (scheduled to perform at 8), who was in fine form last week when he performed a song from his new album Love is My Religion on The Tonight Show. Zig typically delights audiences with impassioned readings of his dad's legendary songs. Did we mention this show is free?

The Neville Brothers w/Ziggy Marley/T.J. Kelly and Kerosene/Back Track Blues Band/Strange Puppet Release, 2-10 p.m. Sat., June 2, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg. Free admission. For more info, allkids.org. —Wade Tatangelo

Beachfront Country

After spending a decade building a solid country following, Kenny Chesney became a bona fide pop star a couple years back by taking his songs beachside with Jimmy-Buffett-style jams like "Summertime," "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems" and "When the Sun Goes Down." Last July, Chesney headlined a package tour that found him performing in front of a nearly packed house at Raymond James Stadium. The contemporary country star held the audience's attention by adding a hair-metal flair to uptempo numbers like "Living in Fast Forward" — lacing the song with the kind of monster guitar solos favored by ax men such as Richie Sambora. Sugarland is an Atlanta-based trio who brings a folk sensibility to their rather standard country-pop. Pat Green is huge in his native Texas, where he once sold out the Astrodome. The singer/songwriter/country rocker created quite a buzz outside the Lone Star State in 2005 when his song "Wave on Wave" dominated the country charts and crossed over to crack Billboard's Top 40.

Kenny Chesney w/Sugarland and Pat Green, 7 p.m. Sat., June 2, Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa. $32.50 (lawn), $73.25 (pavilion). —WT

Old-school country

The Louvin Brothers scored a slew of hits in the 1950s with their pure-as-a-country-stream close harmonies, creating a template for such future acts as The Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel. Ira and Charlie Louvin were also outstanding songwriters, whose credits include standards like "When I Stop Dreaming," "Cash on the Barrelhead" and "The Great Atomic Power," which was recorded by Uncle Tupelo. After the duo split in the early 1960s, Charlie went on to have a successful solo career (Ira died in '65) that continues to this day. The 79-year-old is doing an in-store performance and meet-and-greet at Vinyl Fever to support his new, self-titled album, which features collaborations with George Jones, Elvis Costello, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Tom T. Hall.

Charlie Louvin, 2 p.m. Sun., June 3, Vinyl Fever, Tampa. Free. —WT

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