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Soundcheck: Legendary JC's, WMNF Jazz Jam among Tampa Bay area concerts

The Legendary JC's

With 3rd Stone

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666;

They say it began with a few Otis Redding songs and some sharkskin suits. Seven years later, the Legendary JC's are a Florida favorite (if not legendary), pumping sweaty soul and R&B with a little twang. This is the JC's first time back at the Skipperdome in some time, so I'd expect a solid turnout.

WMNF Jazz Jam

Featuring Kevin Mahogany with the Helios Jazz Orchestra, the Infinite Groove Orchestra, PBS, Guisando Caliente, Impromptu and Trio Vibe.

Details: 4 p.m. Sunday, Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 977-6474;

This debut jazz fest puts standout vocalist Kevin Mahogany out front, but he'll be backed by Helios Jazz Orchestra, a 16-piece modern big band. You'll also get the very danceable Infinite Groove Orchestra and Impromptu, which specializes in acoustic "hot jazz." Trio Vibe mixes up standards, bebop, Latin jazz and blues.

Florida Christian Music Series

Featuring Jeremy Vanderloop, Southern VII, Christina Sanders, Signal Six, Against the Grain, Stereo Carousel, Less than a Second

Details: 7 p.m. Friday, the Warehouse, 2702 Causeway Center Drive, Tampa. $7. (813) 454-5804.

If the term "Christian music" merely conjures images of campfire kumbayas, then this lineup could broaden the horizons. Southern VII sings about past addictions and rebirth, while pounding Southern rock in the vein of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet and Duane Allman. Largo's Jeremy Vanderloop has dynamic pop a la Train, and Stereo Carousel shows influences ranging from Sugar Ros to Thrice.

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Manchester Orchestra

With Fun

Details: 6 p.m. Tuesday, State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.

As a liaison between grunge and emo, Manchester Orchestra keeps communication flowing among unlikely parties. Once described as "music to swoon to," think a combo of Bright Eyes' soft woes and Nirvana's famously frantic ways. The Georgia quintet is touring in support of new release Mean Everything to Nothing, a disc Alternative Press calls "a masterpiece of intricacy and honesty" and "one of the landmark releases of 2009." Fans of Brand New and Kevin Devine will like it — that is, if the group's not already sitting atop their playlists.

Les Claypool and Matisyahu

Details: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $35. (727) 786-2276.

A Hasidic Jew with an impressive tenor, beatbox skills and an infectious reggae-rock catalog teams up with the renowned bassist and mastermind behind intricate yet perverse tunes like Wynona's Big Brown Beaver. Yeah, essentially the weird got weirder when Matisyahu, right, and Les Claypool, above, decided to tour together. Though that doesn't mean it won't work. Claypool (formerly of Primus and Oysterhead) will play tracks off his latest Of Fungi and Foe with new band members, including a cellist. As for Matisyahu, I just hope he's forgiven me. I almost hit him with my car in that narrow alleyway behind the State Theatre. And when I tried to apologize, I learned his religious beliefs prevent him from speaking with women in most instances. True story.

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Soundcheck: Legendary JC's, WMNF Jazz Jam among Tampa Bay area concerts 05/27/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 4:30am]
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