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SoundCheck: 98 Rockfest, Lit, Rise Against, Stringbreak Music Festival, Greg Lake, Yanni


Featuring Shinedown, Evanescence, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, Trivium (main stage) and Otherwise, Art of Dying, Adelita's Way, P.O.D. (free outdoor plaza stage)

Details: Free outside show at 2 p.m. Saturday, main stage at 6. Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa. $29.99-$150. (813) 301-2500.

98 Rockfest, the annual event that's always good for some gale force shredding, returns to the Forum. One of Florida's most successful modern rocks acts, Shinedown, is the headliner with new, chart-climbing disc Amaryllis to work from. Its buzzed-about single Bully "doesn't condone violence but rather survival," frontman Brent Smith told Rolling Stone. And if you didn't catch super-piped queen of the damned Amy Lee (right) and Evanescence back in January, here's your second chance. The band brings corseted goth metal with murky guitars and a splash of symphony, displayed best on tracks like lover's lament My Immortal.


Details: Friday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.

Cali alt-rock act Lit is unapologetic when it says latest single Same Sh**, Different Drink is like part two of '90s hit My Own Worst Enemy. "Let's not overthink this and just go in there and write a song today that talks about the things we're experts in," vocalist A. Jay Popoff told Noisecreep. And that "expertise" is most definitely power chord-driven, boozy, self-deprecating rock. The album The View from the Bottom debuts this summer, and here's hoping it makes us completely and wonderfully miserable again.


With A Day to Remember

Details: Monday 7 p.m. The Hawaiian Village at Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $40 and up. (813) 868-7600.

There aren't many acts that go as loud and hard as Rise Against while also educating about sweatshop labor and the ethical treatment of animals. These Vans-wearing vegetarians fill their sets with fast-paced, activist attacks of punk and hard rock. And that's all in spite of the fact that breezy ballad Swing Life Away was the tune that launched the band's mainstream success in 2005. The pride of Ocala, A Day to Remember, opens with an unorthodox but hard-charging combo of pop-punk and metalcore.

Stringbreak Music Festival

Featuring Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, Solas, Blue Highway, Chris Smither, Bill Blue Band, Mike McAdam, Malcolm Holcombe, Have Gun Will Travel, Connor Christian and Southern Gothic, Jennings and Keller, Packway Handle Band, Gatorbone, the Aaron O'Rourke Trio, the Wholetones, the New 76ers, Camille Dupree & Broken Fetters, Rowan Cunningham Band, the Lagerheads, Stone Family Band, Bluebilly Grit

Details: Friday 12:15 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. $25 and up. For set dates and times, visit

College kids can keep Daytona and Panama City. Free-spirited folk and jam fans have Brooksville(!) and its yearly strum fest, Stringbreak. Americana, folk and bluegrass tunes are ripe for the pickin' at this kid-and-pet-friendly music and camping event. A robust crop of local and national artists perform Friday through Sunday.

Greg Lake

Details: Saturday 7:30 p.m. (sold out). And Monday 7:30 p.m. $39 and up. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Fans of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer have come out in full force to support singer-songwriter Greg Lake — so much so that a second show date has been added. Greg Lake's "Songs of a Lifetime Tour" plays out like a musical autobiography with Lake playing best-known songs from Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Lucky Man, From the Beginning) and King Crimson (In The Court of King Crimson) and talking candidly about his life and career.


Details: Tonight at 8. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45-$125. (727) 791-7400.

Yanni (Yiannis Hrysomallis) would prefer that you not call his inspiring, meditative brand of music "New Age." The term just has too many unfair implications, he says. Like "you have to have incense and a couple of crystals to enjoy it." See beyond the PBS specials and Olympic Games pump-ups, and you'll find a man (now mustache-less) who simply wants to perform meaningful music for his devoted fans. Tonight he'll perform songs from an expansive catalog, which includes latest instrumental work Truth of Touch, his first album of original studio music in almost a decade.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at

Also playing

DJ Headbussa's Splash Down 3 Pool Party Sat. 2 p.m. Campus Lodge, 15115 Livingston Ave., Lutz. Free. (813) 866-9700.

Variety Workshop Sat. 9 p.m. With Chubby Tuff, Project Save CA Hircus. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $5. (727) 943-5713.

Sleeping Giant Sat. 7 p.m. With First Blood, In the Midst of Lions, more. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22.

Lacuna Coil Sat. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$22. (727) 895-3045.

Gen-XX V. Jackal Sat. 10:30 p.m. The Castle, 2004 N 16th St., Ybor City. $10-$15. (813) 247-7547.

New Groove City and Gumbi Ortiz Sun. 5 p.m. With Theo Valentin, Fred Johnson, Shawn Brown Band with Betty Fox, Kandy Reign, and TC (formerly of On Que Players), Marlon Boone. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10. (813) 971-0666.

SoundCheck: 98 Rockfest, Lit, Rise Against, Stringbreak Music Festival, Greg Lake, Yanni 04/25/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 4:30am]
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