The Bellamy Brothers The Bellamy Brothers are Pasco County residents and grace locals with their presence fairly regularly. You know the old school country pop duo from their 1976 chart-topping crossover hit, "Let Your Love Flow," although its also possible youve heard the hip-strutting twang of Redneck Girl or the Jimmy Buffet-flavored sway of If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me? 7 p.m. doors, Dallas Bull, Tampa, $12.
Saturday, February 26
[image-1] [pictured right] The original one-man jam band is a quirky songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whos known for his spirited live performances, where he trades off between standard delivery (singing and strumming his acoustic guitar), and jumping around on an array of instruments (bass, drum machine, electric guitar) and recording and looping riffs into funky, upbeat, dance-inducing arrangements that he sings and plays against, sometimes looping his own vocals and using them as backup. He released two albums last year Kids, a collection of songs made for ages 10 and younger with titles like Taking a Bath, Hulahoop To Da Loop and Mama Tooted; and Thief, his second album of newgrass covers with The Keels by artists ranging from Kris Kristofferson to Ryan Adams. 9 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $22.
Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys w/Midnight Bowlers League Adhering to the retro western swing and country boogie rockabilly traditions of the 1940s and 50s is Southern Californias smooth-crooning Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $12 in advance/$15 dos.
Pink it Up 2: Ska Bands Against Breast Cancer w/Johnny Cakes And The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypso/The Long Johns/The Hoverounds/The Ambassy/C.I.O. Skank up your Saturday night at this horn-blasted benefit featuring a bill of area ska bands performing in honor of a local breast cancer survivor and to raise funds that support breast cancer screening, treatment and awareness education for the local community. 7 p.m. doors, Market on 7th, Ybor City, $7 suggested donation.
[image-2] [pictured left] w/Will Quinlan/Beardsley The project of former Archers of Loaf lead singer Eric Bachmann, Crooked Fingers is an indie outfit from North Carolina with an ever-rotating lineup purveying spellbindingly lovely Americana-folk rock marked by the sensitive vocals of Bachmann and the husky sweet harmonies of singer-songwriter and sometimes bandmate Liz Durrett. Currently, Crooked Fingers supports a limited vinyl release, Reservoir Songs, Volume II, the sequel to an eclectic covers EP released more than eight years ago. Fully funded via Kickstarter.com donations, the record includes a piano-driven version of Thin Lizzys Wild One. 9 p.m. doors, Crowbar, Ybor City, $10 in advance/$13 at the door.
One for the Road 6 SXSW-Bound BAAMO Bandango Fundraiser w/Poetry n' Lotion/Have Gun, Will Travel/The Beauvilles/The Human Condition/Rebekah Pulley & the Reluctant Prophets/Ronny Elliott The sixth annual fundraiser hosted by the Bay Area Arts & Music Association features half-hour sets by some of the beloved Bay area music makers headed to the Mecca of Exposure otherwise known as SXSW, and playing BAAMOs Florida Bandango showcase in addition to various other gigs booked around Austin that epic week in March. Among the performers on this bill are wild, balls-out rawkers The Beauvilles and trumpet-fused prog-jazz fusionists Poetry n Lotion. All proceeds from admission will be split between the bands to help defray travel costs for their self-funded trips. 8 p.m., Dave's Aqua Lounge, St. Petersburg, $10 minimum donation.
Bobby Lee Rodgers w/The Standback Band The Georgia-based guitarist, singer and songwriter with the brassy nasal drawl makes his monthly stop in town; wailing blues rock outfit Standback Band opens. 9 p.m., The Beach Bar, Clearwater, free admission.
Sunday, February 27
[image-3] [pictured right] Jazz Ybor and Tampa Jazz Club team up to present bop jazz musician Ira Sullivan, a versatile brass master who plays trumpet, saxophone, flugelhorn and flute with competent ease, and has influenced generations of jazz artists ranging from Charlie Parker to Pat Metheny. For his Tampa set, hes joined by Michael Royal on keys, bassist Richard Drexler, and drummer James Martin on drums. 3 p.m., HCC Mainstage Theater, HCC-Ybor, $25 general/$20 club members/$10 students with current ID.
O Som Do Jazz: Oba Oba Bossa Nova The local group evokes the spirit and sound of 1960s Brazilian bossa nova and samba jazz as led by Rio de Janeiro native singer Andrea Moraes Manson. 4 p.m., Calvary Episcopal Church, Indian Rocks Beach, free will offering.
Bogus Pomp w/Jerry Outlaw & Friends/The Hubb Tones A group of local musicians headed up by shredding guitarist Jerry Outlaw have organized this benefit concert to raise funds for a friend and artist who lost virtually all her photography gear to theft including a cold storage hard drive with 10 years worth of irreplaceable work. Outlaw performs with his solo prog rock outfit as well as his Frank Zappa tribute band, Bogus Pomp; the Hubb Tones bring classic rock covers by the likes of Traffic, Jeff Beck and Peter Frampton to the bill. 7 p.m. doors, The Local 662, St. Petersburg, $10.
Bands, Brew & BBQ: The Commodores & The Pointer Sisters The Busch Gardens food and music series continues with two groups who had enjoyed their hip-shaking heydays in the 1970s and 80s: all-male funk and soul outfit, The Commodores (Brick House, Easy, "Three Times a Lady"); and all-female R&B pop group, The Pointer Sisters (Fire, Im So Excited, Slow Hand, Hes So Shy). 5 p.m., Busch Gardens, Tampa, entry included with park admission.
[image-4] [pictured left] A new show direct from Ireland, Celtic Crossroads fuses the traditions of Irish music with elements of classical, Easter European gypsy music, modern bluegrass and jazz, the acoustic arrangements delivered by seven musicians on more than 20 instruments uilleann pipes, mandola, bouzouki, low whistles, Irish harp, fiddle, flute, and more and accompanied by a troupe of Irish dancers whose foot-tapping and heel-kicking percussion adds another dimension to the ecstatic rhythms. 2 p.m., Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg, $30 and $40.
The Hummingbirds An alt country duo made up of singer-songwriters Stephen Grant Wood and Rachel Lynn, who both play guitar (she handles the rhythms on acoustic while he takes the lead on electric) and sing in pretty harmonies, her dulcet-sweet twang winding around Woods own deeper register drawl. 4 p.m., Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa, free admission.
The Spears / Street Keen Shooter A night of hardcore punk rock as ripped and raged by St. Petersburgs Spears and newer Tampa trio, Street Keen Shooter. 9 p.m., The Hub, Tampa, free admission.
ALSO THIS WEEKEND
Friday, Feb. 25 Sleeping Alone w/The Pennant/New City Lions/Hive Mind/Red Baron (Orpheum, Ybor City)
Friday, Feb. 25 Classic Albums Live: Dark Side of the Moon (Hard Rock Cafe, Tampa)
Friday, Feb. 25 Night About Town (Yeoman's Road Pub, Tampa)
Friday, Feb. 25 Sci-Fried Band (Gasoline Alley, Largo)
Friday, Feb. 25 COPE w/Spiritual Rez (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)
Friday, Feb. 25 Ted Lukas & the Misled (The Local 662, St. Petersburg)
Friday, Feb. 25 Shiny Shoes Band (The Ale and Witch, St. PEtersburg)
Friday, Feb. 25 Oddities in Motion: A Collaborative Performance by the MIRA Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble (Seminole Campus Digitorium, Seminole)
Saturday, Feb. 26 Palm Harbor Blues & Brews Fest w/Harmonica Red and The New Heard (Main Street, Palm Harbor)
Saturday, Feb. 26 Bride of Chaotica (Yeoman's Road Pub, Tampa)
Sunday, Feb. 27 The Applebutter Express / Anna Gavin (Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, Tampa)
Sunday, Feb. 27 Project Mind Flip (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)
Sunday, Feb. 27 Pressurefest 2 w/Bango Tango/Bad Magistrate/Sunshine & Bullets/Psychotic Matinee/Anurism/The Eyes Of God/Undertone (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)
Sunday, Feb. 27 The Creepshow w/Housebroken/Hell Bent (Orpheum, Ybor City)