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Midday by the Bay Series: AVQ The next installment of the lunchtime music series is presented by the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association and features a program of jazz standards that celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month and Duke Ellington's 112th Birthday. The quartet is led by saxophonist, composer and arranger Austin Vickrey. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg)

John Mayall w/Steve Arvey Band With a career spanning more than five decades, revolutionary British blues rock singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Mayall has made an indelible mark on music beginning in the late '60s with the Bluesbreakers, where a rotating cast of then-emerging sidemen like Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor, among many others, were shaped into professional players before moving on to other (bigger) projects. He's produced an unbelievably large catalog of music, and at 77, still continues to record while juggling a full-time international touring schedule. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

SAT 30

Sleepy Vikings CD Release Show w/Florida Night Heat/Guiltmaker The dark Southern rock/shoegaze sextet presents their debut LP, They Will Find You Here, officially released via New Granada Records May 10. Read more on p. 31. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Matt Hill The Suncoast Blues Society welcomes North Carolina bluesman Matt Hill, a rising young singer, guitarist and bassist, and the 2011 Blues Music Awards nominee for Best New Artist. Hill delivers his brash lyrics in a booming juke joint bellow, and has dubbed his blend of old school Chicago blues, boogie woogie and deep Southern rockabilly "mean old nasty shit." (Dave's Aqua Lounge, St. Petersburg)

Earth, Wind and Fire Get your discofied dance pop groove on when six-time Grammy award-winning R&B funk mega-group Earth, Wind & Fire returns to Clearwater for another night of hits from the '70s, the perfect vocal fusion of Philip Bailey's falsetto and Maurice White's deeper-register tenor backed by a dynamic horn section and plenty of hip-shaking rhythms. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) —VQ

Mike Herrera w/Gasoline Heart/Dave Decker/Scott Harrell Best known as the singer-bassist for pop punk outfit MxPx in addition to fronting his own new country punk ensemble, Tumbledown, Mike Herrera is a pierced-and-tatted sensitive sort with a nasally inflection to his piercing wail. His month-long acoustic tour comes on the heels of a new acoustic release, MH Live From the Basement, which, as the title suggests, was recorded in a basement (his own). (The Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Paranoia Dance Party! CD Release Party w/Marksmen/Ettison/F*ck Y*ah Tampa outfit Paranoia Dance Party! treads a fine line between their hardcore influences, and the upbeat ska and punk flavors that permeate their unorthodox sound. This release show celebrates the completion of their first full-length, surroundings, which includes the prog-metal-industrial dance of "Herbert West," its horn runs alternately jaunty or menacing and a surprisingly agreeable foil to the crushing guitars, sci fi synthesizers and changing time signatures; and the six-minute out-thereness of "This world ... / These words ...," its vocals jumping between talk-sung rhymes and gut-rumbling screeches, and a couple of buoyant and easy-going island-ska-lounge breaks nestled amidst ridiculously heavy breakdowns. Check out both tracks written about here at paranoiadanceparty.bandcamp.com. (Transitions Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa)

SUN 01

Toad the Wet Sprocket The serene alt-rock outfit I always get confused with Gin Blossoms has been together off and on since 1986, released a string of '90s hits beginning with "Walk on the Ocean" and "All I Want" (off 1991's platinum-certified Fear), and ending with "Fall Down" and "Something's Always Wrong" (off 1994's Dulcinea), and officially broke up in 1998. They've played the odd shows and reunion tours, but Toad the Wet Sprocket never really verified their "active" status until last December, when they issued their first single in 11 years (a holiday cover) and confirmed they were working on material for a new album. Whether or not they were referencing the new (re-recorded) versions of their hits on this year's greatest hits comp, All You Want, remains to be seen ... (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City)

Boobiepalooza w/COPE/The Honeys/Phoenix A charity concert to benefit My Hope Chest, a national nonprofit that facilitates the funding of breast reconstruction for uninsured and underprivileged breast cancer survivors. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

Megan Slankard w/Joel Ackerson A night of twangy acoustic guitar-driven alt pop as doled out by DIY San Francisco songbird Megan Slankard, who just self-released her fourth studio album, A Token of the Wreckage, in March. (Pegasus Lounge, Tampa)

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