Basia and Bernie Williams
Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$65. (727) 791-7400.
Cross a Polish singer-songwriter with a former Yankee outfielder and what do you get? An evening of stylish, Latin-influenced jazz, of course. What seems like an odd pairing is actually quite perfect considering both Basia and Bernie's unwavering passion for ultra-smooth sounds — the kind that suggest nice slacks and cocktails. Legend has it that the classically trained Yankee would bring his guitar on road trips, serenading Jeter, Giambi and the rest of club.
Andy Matchett and the Minks
With Alexander and the Grapes, Bananafish
Details: Saturday 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
While reminiscing about his elementary school gym class days, Orlando singer-songwriter Andy Matchett got an idea. Open a parachute. Pull fans inside. Play. Just like they did in P.E. "I remember that feeling very clearly — like the whole group was immediately transported into our own little private universe, shaded by color and insulated from the rest of the world," Matchett said. Matchett, whose warm, unruffled indie sound recalls the Shins or Duncan Sheik, held his first "parachute show" in March at New World to "get the crowd involved in a more intimate way." He'll give it all a whirl again Saturday.
Third World and Barrington Levy
With Marcia Griffiths
Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $24.99-$34.99. (727) 565-0551.
At one time, Jannus was the premier venue for reggae music in Tampa Bay. Sunday, the three acts performing might help rekindle that fire. Crossover group Third World is best known for O'Jays cover Now That We Found Love, but it's the rootsy, lesser-known 1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade) that shows the band in top form. Barrington Levy does "skidileebopdidleywhoa's" like no other, and you'll recognize reggae queen and slide teacher Marcia Griffiths in five words: "It's electric, boogie woogie woogie."
Times staff writer Jay Cridlin contributed to this report. Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details: Saturday 10 p.m. Club Underground, 802-806 E Whiting St., Tampa. $35 and up. (727) 831-8776.
Nicki Minaj is the biggest, baddest female rapper in the game right now. An always-animated Minaj possesses some of the best qualities of the women who came before her. She has Foxy's sexual charisma, Missy's playfulness, MC Lyte's can-hang-with-the-boys confidence and Lil Kim's love of weaves. "People need to get accustomed to seeing a female rapper again," Minaj told MTV in a recent interview.
Details: Friday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-3045.
Remembered most for the organ-frappe'ing melodrama Inside Out, Eve 6 returns to the stage with two out of three original members. Evoking a more poppy, lovesick Green Day, the SoCal trio churned out some pretty solid rock songs over the years. But it's this lyric (from the aforementioned '98 hit) that made the most lasting impression: "Want to put my tender heart in a blender, watch it spin around to a beautiful oblivion."