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SoundCheck: Day Glow, Harry Connick Jr., Who's Bad, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Easy Star All-Stars

Day Glow .

Featuring Cedric Gervais, Bernard Chauvet, Alvaro Muniz, Tony Puccio, Pedro M Muniz

Details: Friday 9 p.m. Hawaiian Village, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $40 and up. (813) 868-7600.

If it's a calm, quiet evening you're looking for Friday, stay far, far away from Day Glow, the messy black light paint party with an earsplitting electronic soundtrack. Called "the world's largest paint party," Day Glow began on college campuses in Florida. Today, the touring show features aerial and contortion acts, lighting that could induce seizures and giant paint cannons. And it's selling out dates across the country. Headliner Cedric Gervais will provide the hard house pulse a la Deep Dish or Carl Cox. You're encouraged to wear white clothing, but be warned: This ain't SeaWorld. Everywhere in the club is a splash zone.

m Harry Connick Jr.

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $50-$115. (727) 791-7400.

Harry Connick Jr. does to jazz what a two-minute microwaving does to a Hot Pocket: makes it handy, warm, melty and inviting. With a Sinatraesque cool, the clean-cut crooner has made New Orleans jazz and the classic American songbook both accessible and appealing to a wide audience (even the irritable Angela from The Office can get on board with a little Harry). As for his onstage charisma, Connick says, "I just go out and try to build a relationship. It's like being on a date or something." Friday, he'll perform selections from his diverse catalog, going heavy on material from '09's Your Songs. And this fall we'll see him starring alongside Morgan Freeman in the Clearwater-made feature film Dolphin Tale.

Who's Bad, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band

Details: Friday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free for 21+. $10 for under 21. (727) 565-0551.

Since 2004, Who's Bad (billed "The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute") has emulated the King of Pop's music, dance moves and dress with modest success. But since Jackson's death in June 2009, the group has been deluged by fans eager to celebrate the one-gloved wonder's legendary career. Now with 700 shows under its belt, this talented cast performs more than three decades of MJ material with passion and panache, from the '70s (ABC) all the way to 2001 (Rock My World).

Steep Canyon Rangers

With Will Erickson and Local Roots

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.

When comedian, accomplished banjo player and all-around wild and crazy guy Steve Martin handpicked bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers to tour and record with him last year, he joked, "Serendipity has made a better match than any bluegrass computer dating service." Unfortunately, Martin won't appear at this intimate show date at Skipper's. But we can assure you there will be plenty of ferocious pickin' to go around. Listen for King Tut, the track that allows SCR to put a bluegrass spin on the old Martin favorite. "Got a condo made of stona."

Easy Star All-Stars

Details: Sunday 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16 and up. (727) 895-3045.

We're guessing the room was a bit foggy when this New York house band decided to test out an all-reggae interpretation of Dark Side of the Moon. In the end, Easy Star All-Stars did more than tinker with the classic. They churned out a dub-style re-creation that was rhythmically exciting and instrumentally artistic, while keeping the Pink Floyd spirit intact. Renditions of Radiohead's OK Computer (cleverly titled Radiodread) and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band followed. This week, the group dropped its first full-length original album First Light.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at

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Vinyl Music Fest Thurs.-Sun. Featuring Darude, Honorebel, Randy Boyer, Drager, Sharaz, Break Fixx, Cosmo, Pedro M., more. HuB, 1413 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota (ticket office). $20 and up. Visit for list of venues and artists.

Tahoe Fox Fri. 7 p.m. The Dunedin Smokehouse, 680 Main St., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-2227.

Exit 28 Fri. 10 p.m. Daiquiri Deck, 14995 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. Free. (727) 393-2706.

J. Roddy Walston and the Business Sat. 9 p.m. With the Lambasters, Casey Lee. Dave's Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 576-1091.

The Spears Sat. 9 p.m. With Kevin K., Gino and the Goons. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 898-6054.

Jimmy Needs Meds Sat. 8 p.m. In the Zone, 4535 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Free. (813) 374-0144.

Consinity Sat. 8 p.m. With Ebullition, Ares, Road to Ruin, the Rival Within. Gasoline Alley Cafe, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $8-$10. (727) 532-0265.

Just Satellites Sat. 7 p.m. With Gnarly Whales, Dockery Devils, Hipster Holocaust, Tommy Frain. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $7. (727) 943-5713.

Saving Abel Wed. 6 p.m. With Seven Years Past, Sunshine and Bullets, more. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17. (727) 895-3045.

SoundCheck: Day Glow, Harry Connick Jr., Who's Bad, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Easy Star All-Stars 04/06/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 4:30am]
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