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SoundCheck: Mary J. Blige, Roger McGuinn, Young the Giant, St. Patrick's Day Block Party III, DJ Pauly D, Experience Hendrix Tour


Details: Monday 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $49.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Maybe we've tossed the word "diva" around a little too loosely when referring to R&B's leading ladies, but with sass-master Mary J. Blige, there's no way around it. "Don't need no hateration, holleration in this dancery," MJB sings on Family Affair. That's right — she'll make up her own words if she pleases. And by the way, MJB is "really, really sick and tired of you steppin' into her little box when she just doesn't wanna be bothered" (Roses). Her latest My Life II … The Journey Continues (Act 1) is the angered/empowered sequel to 1994's My Life.

Roger McGuinn

Details: Saturday 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39-$49. (727) 791-7400.

History remembers the Byrds best for their accounts of Dylan's Mr. Tambourine Man and Pete Seeger's Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season). But it's the group's pioneering of folk-rock, a melding of Brit invasion rock with poetic folk, that should really begin the Byrds' bio. Lead man Roger McGuinn flies on solo, still with a jangly 12-string. His latest, 2011's CCD, is a 23-track disc based on sea-faring yarns, shanties and whaling life — the kind of songs he grew up with, he says.


With Grouplove

Details: Saturday 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Sold out. (813) 247-2555.

If you had been wise to Young the Giant last March, you could have seen the fledging Orange County act rock the Orpheum for a measly 11 bucks. Today, the guys are selling out big venues (including this Tampa date). The band's members are of Indian, Persian, British and French-Canadian descent. If you haven't heard Sameer Gadhia shout that deliriously determined chorus — "My body tells me no, but I won't quit, because I want more" — maybe it's time you did.

St. Patrick's Day Block Party III

Featuring Less Than Jake, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, A Wilhelm Scream, Eye Empire, Anchor Atlantic, Burning Tree, Escape Tonight, Resinated, more

Details: Saturday all day/night. Durty Nelly's, 149 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Free general admission, $40 VIP.

Durty Nelly's has a solid bill for its third annual St. Patrick's Day block party blowout. And better still, there's no cover charge. Gainesville greats and ska-punkers Less Than Jake celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band. The group had a modest hit in the Science of Selling Yourself Short, while Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (possibly the biggest name to come out of sleepy Middleburg since four-star WWII General Roy "Jiggs" Geiger) scored with 2006's Face Down. The track tastefully tackled domestic violence with a chorus catchy enough for rock radio.

DJ Pauly D

With Chriss Vargas, Alex Poxada

Details: Saturday 2 p.m. The Hawaiian Village at Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry, Tampa. $25-$45. (813) 868-7600.

We'd be remiss if we didn't keep you informed of any and all Jersey Shore happenings. So, we're happy to report St. Paddy's Day will receive the GTL treatment with a DJ set by well-oiled Jersey Shore housemate Pauly D.

Experience Hendrix Tour

Details: Tonight at 8. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45‑$100. (727) 791-7400.

If you like the blues, rock or anything that has to do with the electric guitar, hooboy, are you gonna love the Experience Hendrix Tour, paying homage to the G.O.A.T. Along with solo stars Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shephard and Robert Randolph, artists from bands like Aerosmith (Brad Whitford), the Doors (Robby Krieger), Los Lobos (David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosa) and even Hendrix himself (bassist Billy Cox) will be there, performing classic Hendrix cuts like Little Wing, Fire, Purple Haze and Voodoo Child. Don't be surprised if a guest or two pops in — past shows have seen cameos by Steve Vai, Carlos Santana, Joe Satriani and others.

Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]

Also playing

Amanda Drake and the Barnburners Fri. 9 p.m. LA Hangout, 16411 N. Florida Ave., Lutz. Free. (813) 964-5631.

Listening Room Festival Showcases Fri. 6 p.m. Featuring Vinx, Jacob Johnson, Fran Snyder, C. Daniel Boling, ShAnnie, Clint Alphin, Jillian Stein, Not Broken Yet. And Sat. 6 p.m. featuring Bill and Eli Perras, Jason LeVasseur, Jenn Adams, Miche Fambro, Aaron Gilmartin, Leigh and Steve Humes, Carey Murdock. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $20 and up. (727) 644-7895.

COPE Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Country in the Park Sat. 10 a.m. Featuring Kentucky HeadHunters. Town Square Plaza Park (England Brothers Bandshell), 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 544-4777.

Jimmy Needs Meds Sat. 9 p.m. Whiskey Willy's, 1624 Dale Mabry Highway, Land O' Lakes. Free. (813) 949-6330.

Comeback Kid Wed. 6 p.m. With Foundation, Such Gold, Living with Lions. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13.50-$15.50.

DJ Baby Anne 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free for ladies. $10 for guys. (813) 873-8368.

SoundCheck: Mary J. Blige, Roger McGuinn, Young the Giant, St. Patrick's Day Block Party III, DJ Pauly D, Experience Hendrix Tour 03/14/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 4:30am]
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