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THE DRIFTERS The venerable vocal group placed 36 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart from 1955 to 1966, including Top 10s "There Goes My Baby," "Save the Last Dance For Me," "Up on the Roof," "On Broadway" and "Under the Boardwalk." That was a long time ago. If my Internet research is dependable, the current group includes original member Bill Pinkney, as well as Ron McPhatter, son of Clyde McPhatter, the group's original lead singer. This is a fundraising concert and dance to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. (Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, St. Pete) ERIC SNIDER


BRAZILIAN GIRLS New York City's sexy, clubby Brazilian Girls play cool, trip-hoppy post-funk that incorporates multicultural influences — vocalist Sabina Sciubba sings in no less than five languages — without resorting to cheesy world beat clichés. The result is a hip party vibe with a killer soundtrack. Check out the Music Feature for more, and oh, by the way, if you haven't read it already in about 100 music magazines or websites, nobody in the band is Brazilian, and only one of them is female. Highly recommended nonetheless. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

DEVIL DOLL/THE KISSERS/SAWGRASS FLATS Think of it as a mini-reenactment of this past May's installment of WMNF's annual Tropical Heatwave, only minus, oh, about 95-percent of the bands. That's OK, though, because two of these acts were among the festival's most talked-about out-of-towners, and the third is an extremely well-respected local outfit that always does well. Tattooed pin-up queen Devil Doll brings the sultry lounge-a-billy; The Kissers do exuberant new Celt-rock tunes from their forthcoming disc Good Fight; and our own Sawgrass Flats deliver the roots/bluegrass. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY w/BRAND NEW SIN You just know that Ozzy guitarist and BLS frontman Zakk Wylde has a "Bad Motherfucker" wallet just like Jules in Pulp Fiction; the guy is scary. He's also a scary talented player, though his prodigious chops are often toned down amid Black Label Society's vicious biker-metal. Providing support is Brand New Sin, a Syracuse, N.Y., outfit whose thick, attitude-heavy sound is more than a little influenced by the headliner. While fairly by-the-numbers, Brand New Sin sounds fresh against the metalcore backdrop — think of Circus of Power trying to hang with Hatebreed. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)

BATTLE BASICS SE7EN Did you know that Florida's premiere rhyme battle takes place right here in Tampa? No? What are you, some kind of nitwit? Sometimes it's hard to find out where the non-collegiate hip-hop shows are going on in the Bay area — hell, we don't even know about them half the time, unfortunately — but Battle Basics always brings out most of the best MCs in the area, and from all over the state to boot. The audience-participation factor is always entertainingly high, as well. (Orpheum, Ybor City)


THE JIM PAYNE BAND Multi-tasker Jim Payne is equally well known in funk as an author (Give the Drummers Some!), producer (the first two Medeski Martin & Wood albums) and drummer (he collaborates regularly with former members of James Brown's ensemble). Tonight, he drives his namesake trio — rounded out by Sugarman 3 guitarist Al Street and equally storied session organist Adam Klipple — through a spate of material that dabbles in the jam and the jazz, but remains firmly rooted in earthy, groovy funk. (Java Junction, Clearwater)

REO SPEEDWAGON & STYX With all due respect to Ruth Eckerd Hall, wouldn't this archeological exhibit be a lot more fun and resonant if they played at a skating rink? (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

KNOWING STU CD RELEASE PARTY Female-fronted modern-rock act Knowing Stu has made a lot of friends in the Bay area original-music scene over the last year or so, and tonight, the band is getting a lot of support for the long-awaited release of its new disc, Lost in Know-Where Land. In addition to the rest of the acts on the bill — West Palm Beach's eL, Bradenton's Rumors of War and Spring Hill's Rescue 22 — the Stus will be joined onstage by members of Soulfound, Rebekah Pulley & The Reluctant Prophets, Glitter Guns and others during their performance. It's called a scene, people. (Gasoline Alley Café, Clearwater)

PARADISE ON THE BAYOU: A FUNDRAISER Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue hosts its third annual fundraiser at The Heritage Center. Proceeds go toward sending some kids in need to Florida Burn Camp; last year's fundraiser enabled TSFR to support half of the camp's entire roster. Your $25 gets you dinner, dancing to live music, and the opportunity to wear a really hideous Hawaiian shirt to a fancy and beneficial social function. For more information, call 727-938-3737. (The Heritage Center on Spring Bayou, Tarpon Springs)


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