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DAVE MATTHEWS BAND It never ceases to amaze me that what is essentially a jazz-fusion band fronted by an acoustic guitar strummer with an irritating voice can be one of the biggest concert draws in the world. What can I say? I just don't get it. But y'all do, so have fun. (Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa) —ES

GEORGE BENSON & AL JARREAU The late '70s/early '80s was a period when jazz-associated artists could actually make a run up the pop charts. Guitarist-singer Benson and singer Jarreau reaped some of the benefits. Benson remains a sturdy act, while Jarreau has become even more a cartoon (with his rubbery body language and over-the-top vocal gymnastics) than he was during his brush with mainstream popularity a quarter century ago. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) —ES

LITTLE RIVER BAND The Australian lite-rock band scored an astonishing 13 Top 40 hits from 1976-1983, including three Top 10s ("Reminiscing," "Lonesome Loser," "The Night Owls"). How they managed this I have no earthly idea, but it's certainly a poor reflection on the American culture of the time. (Largo Cultural Center) —ES

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