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Guitarist Jimmy Herring and drummer Jeff Sipe earned their musical reputations performing in Aquarium Rescue Unit with the venerable guitarist/singer-songwriter/musical guru, Col. Bruce Hampton. Following ARU's dissolution, Herring explored the Grateful Dead catalog with a collection of jazz-influenced musicians (including Sipe) in Jazz is Dead; played in a few "side-project"-type outfits like Frogwings and Project Z (with Sipe and Ricky Keller); was intermittently enlisted to play with Phil Lesh & Friends and sat in with the Garcia-less Dead for several tours; and sat in with Hampton and The Codetalkers for some shows last year. Meanwhile, in addition to various projects with Herring, Sipe gigged and recorded with Delta bluesman CeDell Davis; pursued avant-garde interests with Jonas Hellborg and Shawn Lane; held down the beat for Cajun-bluegrass outfit, Leftover Salmon; toured as part of Susan Tedeschi's working blues band; and released a solo album, Timeless. The pair join Hampton's most recent collaborator, songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Bobby Lee Rodgers of The Codetalkers, in a series of shows billed as Herring, Rodgers & Sipe. Jazz, bluegrass, good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll — you name it, they'll probably play it. COPE opens. Sun., May 28, 8 p.m., The Bank, 1919 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, $15 advance/$18 at the door, 727-898-4488.

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