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SoundCheck: Josh Groban, Colbie Caillat, Hanson, Bogus Pomp's Zappaween, the Fabulous Thunderbirds


Details: 8 p.m. Friday, St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $55 and up. (813) 301-2500.

Most of the world knows Josh Groban as the grand (or depending on your state of mind, goopy) tenor adored by Oprah and Aunt Kathys everywhere. But for all of Groban's classical-crossover gallantry, he's got a great funny bone. This month, Groban played Andy Bernard's younger, more successful brother on The Office. Before that, he sang Kanye West tweets ("fur pillows are hard to actually sleep on") in a hilarious sketch for Jimmy Kimmel. On this tour, dubbed "Straight to You," Groban will offer spontaneity and interactivity with his fans, calling for their opinions on the set-list and on life in general.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Details: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Free. (727) 791-7400.

The muscly electric blues of hits Tuff Enuff and Wrap It Up helped bring the Fabulous Thunderbirds and the Texas blues scene to the forefront. It also earned the barnburnin' band opening gigs for the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker, to name a few. Co-founder and harmonica whiz Kim Wilson remains the only original member, as the Thunderbirds' guitarist Jimmie Vaughan (brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan) went on to pursue a solo career years back.

Bogus Pomp's Zappaween

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 565-0551.

If your idea of a good Halloween get-down involves ultra-complicated hybrid jazz and abstract humor, this one's for you. As you might be aware, fans have been turning out year after year for Zappaween, the annual event put on by Bogus Pomp, St. Pete's pre-eminent (and possibly only) diehard Zappa tribute act. You might also be aware that Zappa events bring out cult-like obsessives, so anticipate a wild evening.

Fitz and the Tantrums

With Walk the Moon

Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.

A lanky Californian with frosted hair is an unlikely soul man, but soul man he is. Fitz and the Tantrums singer Michael Fitzpatrick leads well-dressed brass boys and gals the Tantrums on a Motown-influenced soul expedition with an indie edge (MoneyGrabber). Ohio act Walk the Moon, one of our favorite surprise acts at Bonnaroo, opens with dance-ready tunes about hourglass bodies and walking on tightropes. Anna Sun, a track apparently named after the lead singer's favorite professor from college, is a must-hear.


With Andy Grammer

Details: 7:30 p.m. tonight, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $30-$40. (727) 791-7400.

Cool, casual and incapable of offending, Colbie Caillat's songs refresh like a cool breeze on a hot day. She's the antithesis of Gaga, Katy Perry or Ke$ha — a girl-next-door type who bashfully crinkles her nose at the possibility of real love (Bubbly). The 20-something from Malibu, Calif., (quite possibly Jennifer Aniston's mellow, distant cousin) has new disc All of You with all of the by-the-beach-ness you've come to expect from Caillat.


With Charlie Mars

Details: 7 p.m. Friday, State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $27-$31. (727) 895-3045.

A little more than a decade ago, you could find Partridge-esque pop stars the Hanson brothers gracing the cover of Tiger Beat mags, ruling MTV's TRL, and distracting prepubescent girls from language arts homework. Today, though much of the squealing has subsided, the MMMBop boys from Oklahoma (all of whom are now married) continue to play infectious, self-penned soul-pop tunes. Thinking 'Bout Something shows their depth as musicians (yeah, we said it) and unassisted vocalists, a unique feat in today's pop music realm.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at

Also playing

Youth Brigade Fri. 8 p.m. With Johnny Unite Us, more, at the Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-12.

Fright Night Round 3 Fri. 7 p.m. Featuring Take Charge (CD Release), Playing for Keeps, Adaliah, Rebuilt from Ruins, Von Wolfe, Conquer, All Sets Aside. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8-$10. (727) 943-5713.

32nd Annual Freakers Ball (2011: A Space Oddity) Fri. 8 p.m. Featuring the Vodkanauts. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10. (813) 971-0666.

Sacred Lands Music and a Meal event Fri. 6:30 p.m. Featuring Key of Life, Druid Roots. Sacred Lands, 1700 Park St. N., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 432-9271.

Funk-O-Ween Sat. 9 p.m. Featuring Aquaphonics. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Baker Bruce Band Sat. 8 p.m. Blue Parrot, 85 Corey Circle, St. Pete Beach. (727) 368-9619. Free. (727) 368-9619.

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

Kevin Seconds Tues. 7:30 p.m. With David Dondero. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10.

SoundCheck: Josh Groban, Colbie Caillat, Hanson, Bogus Pomp's Zappaween, the Fabulous Thunderbirds 10/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 4:30am]
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