What to do today
OctubaFest 2008: Tonight's guest performance features Dennis Askew, tuba virtuoso and past president of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association. Wait, "tuba virtuoso?" Can Askew really take the tuba to Hendrix-esque heights in the sonic stratosphere? Now that would be cool. 8 to 10 tonight. University of South Florida, FAH 101, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.$12, $6 student/seniors. (813) 974-2323.
Rise Against: The Vans-wearing vegetarian act stirs up the pit while educating about sweatshop labor and the ethical treatment of animals. Interesting. Though the band's acoustic ballad Swing Life Away launched its mainstream success in 2005, the band's catalogue consists mainly of fast-paced, three-minute rock and punk attacks. Released last week, Appeal to Reason offers plenty more full-size harmonies and hooks, though a few less screams. With Alkaline Trio, Gaslight Anthem and Thrice. 6 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $34. jannuslandingconcerts.com.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Atlanta Thrashers: Between the Rays' magic season and the Bucs bruising their way through the regular season, you're likely not the only one who forgot about the Bolts. The team is off to a slow start, but you could be there tonight when the Bolts win their first game of the season. 7:30. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start at $8. (813) 301-6600. lightning.nhl.com.
What to watch for
Thursday: Here's the deal: a mostly-mute guy wears a Michael Myers-like mask and a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket on his head, plays rippin' jazz-prog-metal-funk. The one and only Buckethead plays the Garage in St. Pete.
Friday: It must be throwback night as two rock legends force your parents to choose where to spend the evening. Ruth Eckerd Hall with Peter Frampton? Or the St. Pete Times Forum with Neil Diamond?
— Adam Newman firstname.lastname@example.org