SoundCheck: Brooks and Dunn, Sugarhill Gang, Passion Pit, Homemade Music Symposium, Skafest

Sugarhill Gang

With Shannon

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 565-0551.

When three Jersey boys rhymed about soggy macaroni and Holiday Inn getaways on 1979's Rapper's Delight, mainstream America got its first taste of hip-hop. It's not the genre's first official song (or even the most insightful for that matter), but those 15 minutes are certainly some of most significant in hip-hop history. Maybe Jannus Live will get its first-ever danceoff when that legendary bass line kicks in.

Homemade Music Symposium

Details: Today-Sunday. Hillsborough County Community College, Ybor Campus, 2001 N 14th St., and various Ybor venues. Visit artistsandwritersgroup.com for full list of speakers, performers and showcase venues.

Still wondering why your finger cymbal/autoharp jam-rock combo hasn't taken off? Check out the Homemade Music Symposium and get answers. Like the bay area's own free version of SXSW, the event features a variety of local and international music industry experts. This year's highlights include a live teleconference at 10 a.m. Saturday with Bob Boilen, creator and director of NPR's All Songs Considered, a local record label and promoter panel (you need to meet these four guys if you want to play the best Tampa area venues regularly), a DIY recording seminar and a session about music law and licensing in the digital age. One of Saturday's music highlights is the New Granada Records Showcase at 8 p.m. at New World Brewery, featuring Candy Bars, Zillionaire, King of Spain and Rec Center ($8 or $12 for all-access pass that includes other venues). Sunday is Music and Meat, featuring barbecue and free concerts starting at noon. Music acts include Blake Masters & David Kirby, Emily Roff, Rebekah Pulley, Acho Brother, Papos Frasica, Aleshea Harris, John Clark, Ronny Elliott and Bunko Squad.

Skafest

Featuring Angry Banana, the Taj Motel Trio, Paranoia Dance Party, Victims of Circumstance, One Way, the Sweet Kings, Chilled Monkey Brains, Diversity is an Old Wooden Ship, 50:50 Shot, the Strikeouts

Details: Saturday 2 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-9500.

Since its 2005 debut, this annual Skacore Records show has resulted in more chain-wallet skanking in Tampa than . . . well, a lot of skanking. Angry Banana, a poppy, third-wave ska band with a hint of New Orleans flavor, will headline. Clearwater band Victims of Circumstance, which was recently invited to tour with Voodoo Glow Skulls, also performs.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at carole.liparoto@gmail.com.

Passion Pit

With Tokyo Police Club, Brahms

Details: Monday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555.

When we found out Passion Pit's whirly, synthy dance-romance debut was created as a Valentine's Day gift, suddenly our Bern's Steak House dates and diamond pendants seemed pretty uninspired. Boyish vocalist and writer Michael Angelakos' dorm-room love expression has since become one of the biggest indie projects of the decade. Check out synthy thriller The Reeling, with it's sing-along "oh noooos," or the carousel-riding Sleepyhead and you'll understand why. (And just a note to fans who may have seen early live performances: The band claims to have made some significant onstage vocal improvements.)

Brooks and Dunn

With Jason Aldean

Details: Friday 7:30 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.25-$69.25. (813) 740-2446.

Before country music cowboys Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn ride off on solo paths, they'll celebrate their 20-year partnership on the Last Rodeo Tour. Brooks, the showman in the black 10-gallon, and Dunn, the sensitive lead vocalist, have built their career on honky-tonk patriotism, moonlit balladry, and plenty of boot scootin'. The buddies say they've never fought or even yelled at each other in their history as a duo. And it looks like they'll keep it that way.

Also playing

Charlie Vegas and the New Blues Combo Fri. 9 p.m. Dave's Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 576-1091.

Supervillains Fri. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.

The Island Experience Sat. 4 p.m. Featuring Shane Meade and the Sound, Gove Scrivenor. Yeoman's Road Pub, 236 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. (813) 251-2748.

Mr. Bella Sat. 7 p.m. With Fall of Envy. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. (727) 895-3045.

Florida Music Showcase Series Sat. 6:30 p.m. Featuring the Parson Brown Band, Dog Pete Pat, Fox and Gay. Gram's Place, 3109 N Ola Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 221-0596.

The Semis Sat. 9 p.m. With Noble Rocket, Signals from Satellites, Dead Sound. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3-$5. myspace.com/fubardowntown.

Jim Morey Band Sun. 9 p.m. The Hub, 719 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.

Gove Scrivenor Sun. 3 p.m. With the Sweetwater Sisters. Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 988-8188.

Joel Sanders Band Mon. 9 p.m. The Beach Bar, 454 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. (727) 447-4100.

SoundCheck: Brooks and Dunn, Sugarhill Gang, Passion Pit, Homemade Music Symposium, Skafest 06/09/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 4:23am]

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