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Coming Saturday: Check out six of Tampa Bay's best bands at tbt*'s Ultimate Music Showcase



We've beaten you over the noggin with it time and again, but we really mean it: Saturday's tbt* Ultimate Music Showcase at Skipper's Smokehouse is gonna be a hoot.

We hand-picked the 10 bands in this year's Ultimate Local Music Guide, and are thrilled that six of them could perform Saturday. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. at Skipper's, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Tickets are $5 advance until midnight Friday; $10 at the door. Get 'em at Skipper's Web site.

Here's the lineup once again, with set times and a few mp3s to help jog your memory of why these bands are so awesome:

-- The Jim Morey Band (6:40 p.m.): A quirky jazz-folk quartet whose sound ranges from swing to dixieland to pop.

LISTEN - Jim Morey Band, 'Last Bus'

-- King of Spain (7:40 p.m.): An intimate Tampa bedroom-pop project that has landed a gig two straight years at Austin’s South By Southwest Music Festival.

LISTEN - King of Spain, 'Motions'

-- The Grecian Urns (8:35 p.m.): Six college-age Pinellas friends and siblings who specialize in delicate indie-folk harmonies.

LISTEN - The Grecian Urns, 'Lovedream'

-- The Semis (9:30 p.m.): A St. Petersburg garage-rock band that released a sunny, career-best album, Back to the Beach, in 2009.

LISTEN - The Semis, 'Popov'

-- GreyMarket (10:25 p.m.): Two Tampa musicians who create an arena-rock-sized sound and spectacle through a guitar, a drum and a laptop.

LISTEN - GreyMarket, 'Hey Mr. Spaceman'

-- Sons of Hippies (above, 11:20 p.m.): This Sarasota trio serves up a sexy blend of psychedelic alt-rock.

LISTEN - Sons of Hippies, 'Whatever We Spend'

Click here to check out our report from last year's tbt* Ultimate Music Showcase at Skipper's. And click here for photos from the 2008 concert.

Look forward to seeing you there!

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Luis Santana, tbt*.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:18pm]


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