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SOULFLY/GOD FORBID Former Sepultura singer/guitarist Max Cavalera's band Soulfly has remained an underground favorite for years by infusing its thrash metal with exotic rhythmic influences from Cavalera's native Brazil. God Forbid is likewise a perennial under-the-radar favorite, due to its punk-scene aesthetic and crushing blend of European doom metal and sludgy Southern riffage. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

MINI MUSIC FEST FEAT. THE JIMMY PAYNE/MEREDITH DREMMING/J.R. ROGERS TRIO This bash showcases several worthy local talents in the folk/acoustic tradition. Payne, Demming and Rogers, also known as Dreams of Horses, will play the first set, cutting a wide stylistic swath that includes folk, pop, show tunes, chants, instrumentals and more. The second set is a UU Church of Tampa talent showcase featuring Dan Miller and Bill Blymiller. Both are church members; Miller is the church pianist. Word is they've rounded up a special guest or three. (Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, Tampa)

-Eric Snider


ENON/SWEARING AT MOTORISTS/THE EMPTY SPACES/MANTS Snarky, subversive Brooklyn art-rock ensemble Enon (helmed by former Brainiac conspirator John Schmersal) is both super-contemporary and compulsively listenable - the music might not exactly be timeless, but its gleefully provocative vibe is contagious. The trio's latest, Lost Marbles & Exploded Evidence, collects all of its singles and otherwise hard-to-find material into one double-disc collection that, when left on the passenger seat of your car, will serve to let passengers know exactly how hip you are. Embedded in the middle of this bill is Dayton's Swearing at Motorists, an explosive pop-rock duo known to few who aren't indie-rock writers or Ohio-obsessive Guided by Voices fans; word is, this outfit absolutely tears it up, in an anthemic, Britrock-influenced sort of way. (Masquerade Infinity Room, Ybor City)

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS/PARTICLE/INNER CIRCLE All in all, an entirely worthy, if potentially uneven, night of world/jam sounds in the courtyard. Headliner Toots & the Maytals is one of the storied acts in Jamaican music, dating back to the early '60s ska movement. Most experts agree that the term "reggae" first surfaced in their song "Do the Reggay." The act has always been anchored by the soul rasp of Frederick "Toots" Hibbert, one of the most beloved figures in the genre. For more on the legendary artist, check out the Music feature. Inner Circle is best known for the tune "Bad Boys," the theme song for the proto-reality series Cops. The group's history dates back to the '70s when it emerged in Jamaica with a mix of dancehall and roots reggae. Bringing a different take is Particle, a Los Angeles-based space/jam/funk band that, after I watched a bit of them on HDTV, I found to be more a tepid jazz-fusion act than some groundbreaking experimental unit. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)


PERPETUAL GROOVE/ROBERT WALTER'S 20TH CONGRESS Emerging forcefully from the Southeast jam-band scene is Savannah-based Perpetual Groove, a quartet that combines elements of jazz, funk and reggae with trance-like rhythms, hypnotic grooves and pure rocking improvisation. Like most bands in the genre, you can also hear them add their own unique flavor to a smattering of covers, from Paul Simon's "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" to Weezer's "Say It Ain't So." Robert Walter's 20th Congress, a San Diego jazz/funk favorite, joins them. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

-Leilani Polk

FIFTH ANNUAL CAJUN/ZYDECO CRAWFISH FESTIVAL FEAT. BEAUSOLEIL Michael Doucet, Beausoleil's singer/fiddler/leader, played an important role in keeping Cajun culture alive in Louisiana when it was in danger of expiring in the '70s. That does not mean that Beausoleil is some stiff, academic effort; quite the contrary, the band, which mixes Cajun and zydeco with other styles, can whip up a raucous party. A perfect accompaniment to gobbling crawfish and slurping Dixie beer. (March 11-13, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg)


NATALIE MACMASTER Anyone familiar with the tiny Canadian island of Cape Breton has probably heard of MacMaster, since she's become for that outpost what Lord of the Rings became for New Zealand. She began fiddling at age 9, and by the tender age of 16 had released her first tape-only release, 4 on the Floor. She has a cross-genre popularity, earning fans of country, Celtic and classical music. (Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa)

-Mark Sanders


IDA/THE GENA ROWLANDS BAND/EMERY REEL/SUSIE ULREY/EVANDORA'S FIDDLE We regret to announce that this show, scheduled for the Masquerade Infinity Room in Ybor City, has been canceled. Ida bagged this leg of its tour. The reason was not made public.


LOWLIFE FEST All right, honesty in advertising! No, seriously, these bands aren't composed completely of lowlifes; like all lowlifes not enamored of country music, though, they do dig themselves some good old American metal. The lineup: Gardy-Loo! (but you probably saw that coming), Thrash Attack, Unearthed, 30 Caliber, Covet, Must Not Kill, Area 51, and Hannover Fiste. As a bonus, the evening will be hosted by very sick local comedian "Pretty Paul" Parsons, and there'll be various giveaways to boot. (Brass Mug, Tampa)

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