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Carole Giambalvo's concert picks: Amanda Overmyer, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Starlight Mints

Rock 'n Wings Concert

Featuring Amanda Overmyer (above), the Greg Billings Band, Liz Hollister, Drew Street Mary

Details: 4 p.m. Saturday. Albert Whitted Airport, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. $10, $5 ages 6-12.

With a croaky growl and skunky do, American Idol finalist Amanda Overmyer shows love for both Janis Joplin and Lily Munster. Curt but genuine, the Harley-ridin' "rock 'n' roll nurse" from Idol's seventh season will perform bluesy Southern rock originals off new disc Solidify (sure to melt the heart of our own pop music critic Sean Daly) and, most likely, cover a few Credence Clearwater Revival and Joplin tunes like she did on the show.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Details: 8 p.m. Sunday. Floyd's at Seminole Hard Rock and Casino, 5223 Orient Rd., Tampa. $25. (813) 627-7761.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds' muscular electric blues earned them opening slots for the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. And Tuff Enuff and Wrap It Up achieved moderate commercial success in the '80s, helping to bring the Texas blues scene to the forefront. Co-founder Kim Wilson remains the only original member, as the Thunderbirds' guitarist Jimmie Vaughn (brother of Stevie Ray Vaughn) went on to pursue a solo career.

Starlight Mints

With the Evangelicals, the Tape Delay

Details: 9 p.m. Friday. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.

Somewhere along the line, an unlikely Norman, Okla., became a hotbed of orchestral indie rock and psychedelic pop. Like fellow Sooner State band the Flaming Lips, the Starlight Mints (very refreshing) and the Evangelicals captivate listeners with multifaceted, lose-yourself pop songs. "Put jelly on my toast so the mice don't bite / floating down this river in a cello," sing the Mints. Yeah, we don't know what that means either, but it's fun developing your own theories, no? And the Evangelicals' concert T-shirt is a heck of a conversation piece: It reads, "Evangelicals are strange."

Beres Hammond

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $35. (813) 247-2555.

The Marvin Gaye of Jamaica, smoky-voiced Beres Hammond returns with a seductive blend of reggae and R&B. Growing up on Sam Cooke and Peter Tosh, Hammond sought to combine the styles of the two. Early '90s hit Tempted to Touch earned him some recognition in the United States, but the leather-capped crooner is "one of the most underappreciated reggae artists of his time," says All Music Guide. Just don't disrespect his "no disturb sign" after the show.

Rick Ross

Details: 10 p.m. Sunday. Temple Mega Lounge, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Ticket price TBA. (813) 248-8675.

Neither the disclosure of Rick Ross' corrections officer past nor his beef with 50 Cent seems to have slowed the roll of South Florida's Teflon don. "The Boss," who says the real Miami isn't South Beach, has based much of his lyrical content on his drug-slinging days in and around Carol City. Latest Deeper than Rap, however, which includes R&B-flavored Magnificent with John Legend, strays from that a bit by focusing on luxuries Ross now enjoys — i.e. marble flooring, delicate fabrics and low-mileage Corvettes.

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Carole Giambalvo's concert picks: Amanda Overmyer, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Starlight Mints 07/01/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 4:30am]
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