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WOVEN w/KINGSBURY/MILITARY JUNIOR Los Angeles quintet Woven, which released its 2003 album 8 Bit Monk on Interscope before returning to the indie ranks, blends electronica and alterna-rock, switching from after-party washes to more propulsive, bleep-and-bass-laced numbers that might work on the dance floor — if the crowd's in a mellow mood. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

GONZO BOCCIO w/DJ DFUNKDAMGER Intense vocals, manic drums and brash guitar mark Tampa four-piece Gonzo Boccio's catchy brand of brute, grunge-informed garage-rock. (Push Ultra Lounge, St. Petersburg)

CHARO The Spanish "coochie-coochie"—spouting singer, dancer, comedian and actress best known these days for her GEICO insurance commercial performs at the theme park's Stanleyville Theater today through April 6. (Busch Gardens, Tampa)


MOJO GURUS One of Tampa Bay's most successful acts — their 2005 album Shakin' in the Barn got picked up by the Universal imprint Empire — celebrates the release of their fine new full-length, Let's Get Lit With.... Coproduced by the band and recorded at St. Pete's Pro Star Recording Studio, the disc finds the Mojo Gurus delivering swaggering blooze-rock and boogie with a few honky-tonk numbers that show the band further embracing the classic country sounds they explored on previous releases. For my interview with Mojo Gurus leader Kevin Steele, see p. 40. (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg)

RICKY SKAGGS AND BRUCE HORNSBY The bluegrass great who became a mainstream country star in the 1980s with No. 1 hits like "Crying My Heart Over You" and the piano man responsible in the same decade for the socially conscious smash single "The Way It Is" teamed up for an album last year, simply titled Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby. The disc showed the odd couple worked surprisingly well together on mostly Hornsby-penned originals, traditional folk numbers such as the cowboy ballad "Hills of Mexico" and a jubilant, twanged-out cover of Rick James' sex-crazed classic, "Super Freak." (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

GARAJ MAHAL This San Francisco jam band brings a heavy dose of jazz-fusion to its hippie-friendly funk excursions. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

THE LAKE AUDITION w/CRASH AND PADDY MITCHELL/GEORGE DAHER St. Pete quartet The Lake Audition has a knack for issuing both ragged power-pop fitted with undeniable hooks and alt-rock that builds slowly to fierce climaxes. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

THE OAKS w/GIDDY-UP, HELICOPTER!/CHRISTINA WAGNER/PETROGRAD IN TRANSIT/ACHO BROTHER Orlando six-piece The Oaks celebrate the release of their second CD, Songs for Waiting, a gorgeously subdued assemblage of acoustic guitars, organ, mandolin, accordion, sax, trumpet, vibraphone, subtle electronic effects and warm guy-girl vocal harmonies. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

OCEANA w/CLEAN UP ON ISLE 5 Young St. Pete screamo outfit Oceana — which boasts more than 24,000 "friends" on its MySpace site and over 125,000 plays of its song "The Portrait" — inked a deal with Rise Records for its recently released debut album, The Tide, landing the band placement in stores like Hot Topic and Best Buy nationwide. This hometown gig kicks off a tour that will take the quintet across the country. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

ROCKELL This dance-music diva had a string of club hits in the '90s with titles like "I Fell in Love," "In a Dream" and "Can't We Try." (Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa)

ELEVATED Local Sublime acolytes perform at this free First Friday gig. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)

NOAH WOODS This University of Tampa student from Washington, D.C., celebrates the release of his new, self-titled album. The disc has a sunny, strum-pop, Jack Johnson vibe and contains song titles like "Butterfly Feelings" and "Infinite Possibilities." For my CD review, see p. 44. (Sacred Grounds, Tampa)


GULFPORT WOMYN'S MUSIC FESTIVAL: KARMIC TATOO/LEXI PIERSON/DEB HUNSEDER/KYM BERRY/WENDY SULLIVAN/REBEKAH PULLEY/KELLY NEFF/CHRISTIE LENEE/ANDREA NARDELLO Acclaimed local performers — mostly of the folk variety — like Halcyon's Deb Hunseder and Rebekah Pulley perform gratis to raise money for The Sonia Plotnick Health Fund, an organization that promotes the health and well-being of women. (Gulfport Beach and Recreation Center, Gulfport)

ITZHAK PERLMAN Virtuoso violinist, conductor and one of classical music's biggest stars, the Israeli-born Perlman had to cancel a concert in Missouri a few weeks ago, but as of press time, this show is still a go. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA w/SHANA SMITH WMNF brings back to the Skipperdome the folk duo and Grammy-nominated children's performers Trout Fishing in America for two shows. The 3 p.m. gig is for the kiddies, and then the pair will perform their adult-oriented music at 8 p.m. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

SOULFOUND Here's an opportunity for local modern-rock quartet Soulfound to make inroads with the Indy set. (XM stage at Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg)

JAKE OWEN w/JOSH GRACIN Vero Beach native with the Abercrombie & Fitch model looks has become a country star in the past couple years with hits like "Startin' with Me" and "Yee Haw." (Sims Park Amphitheatre, New Port Richey)

PAT TRAVERS w/TEXAS FLOOD Bluesy dirt-rock guitarist Pat Travers had a string of popular albums in the late 1970s/early1980s, including his concert disc, 1979's Live! Go For What You Know, which contains fan favorites like Little Walter's "Boom, Boom Out Goes the Lights." Opener Texas Flood is a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute band. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)

THE SUPERVILLAINS W/ BOOTLEG/ELEVATED Holmes Beach homeboys Bootleg are among the Bay area's best acts — a feat even more impressive considering the ska band is just a three-piece, and sans horns. This is tight, dub-heavy music sure to keep crowds groovin' and the mood upbeat. Also perpetuating the sublime vibes are St. Pete funk-rockers Elevated and Orlando's Supervillains, who sing about weed, booze and babes ("Maryjane and Jagermeister," "Ex-Girlfriend"). At least they've got a horn section. (Pastimes Pub, Sarasota) —Amanda Schurr


SAY ANYTHING w/MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA/ELI "PAPERBOY" REED/THE TRUE LOVERS/WEATHERBOX Los Angeles pop-punk sextet Say Anything has scored modern-rock hits in recent years with the singles "Alive with the Glory of Love" and "Baby, Girl I'm a Blur." Excellent Atlanta indie-rock quintet Manchester Orchestra is also on the lineup. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

GYM CLASS HEROES The big name on the Indy race stage this year, Fueled By Ramen recording artist Gym Class Heroes is a band from Geneva, N.Y that offers a refreshing, catchy style of indie hip-hop and R&B — played with live instruments — that's resulted in smart, fun, danceable hits like "Cupid's Chokehold" and "Clothes Off!" (XM stage at Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg)

HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS One of my favorite acts as a kid — there, I said it — returns to bring joy to nostalgia-seekers' faces with good-time 1980s rock like "The Power of Love," "I Want a New Drug" and "Hip to Be Square." (Derby Lane, St. Petersburg)

VICTORY RECORDS SHOWCASE: ACROSS FIVE APRILS/SECRET LIVES/RED I FLIGHT/HARLOE Tennessee post-hardcore (with a metal bent) quintet Across Five Aprils lifted its name from an Irene Hunt novel about the Civil War and released its Victory Records debut, Life Underwater, in February. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

LIL' ED AND THE BLUES IMPERIALS Among the last of the authentic West Side Chicago bluesmen, Ed Williams towers among the genre's slide guitarists. His latest album, Rattleshake, serves up more of the same old-school party blues that he's perfected over the last quarter century. The pint-sized frontman's known for putting on one hell of a show, with the playing and vocal chops to back up those wild onstage antics. (Ace's Lounge, Bradenton) —AS


LORNA BRACEWELL w/REBEKAH PULLEY/MAGGIE COUNCIL Three of Tampa Bay's most acclaimed singer/songwriters — folk-rocker Lorna Bracewell, the alt-country-leaning Rebekah Pulley and the blues-ish Maggie Council — will share the stage at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's intimate, 290-seat Jaeb Theatre. (Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa)

UNFORGETTABLE: A TRIBUTE TO NAT KING COLE This homage to jazz-piano-great-turned-pop-crooning-sensation of the 1940s-'60s will feature a video presentation and performances by vocalists Tom Robinson and Albert Manero. (Largo Cultural Center, Largo)


KILL HENRY SUGARA w/WILL QUINLAN AND THE DIVINERS/KING OF SPAIN Before joining Joan Baez on Wednesday at Tampa Theatre, folk noir duo Kill Henry Sugar will deliver its dark, compelling tales at this gig in Ybor City. In addition to gripping originals, Kill Henry does an ace, stripped-down version of the Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash." (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

GOLEM w/THE MIKE EISENSTADT BAND WMNF brings to town Golem, a high-energy party band whose music has been described as "gypsy punk." (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)


JOAN BAEZ Topical folksinger and activist Joan Baez brings her distinctive soprano, three-octave vocal range and politically charged message to Tampa Theatre's stage. Famous for popularizing the songs of Bob Dylan (and dating him) in the early '60s, she has also interpreted titles by artists like Woody Guthrie, Paul Simon and The Beatles. Although mostly known for cover songs, Baez penned the 1975 hit "Diamonds and Rust." (Tampa Theatre, Tampa) —Jason Kushner

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