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SoundCheck: Reba, the Moody Blues, Wild Splash, Hank III, Toots and the Maytals, Henry Rollins


Details: Reba is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday ($50), but the rest of the lineup this final weekend includes TobyMac at 7:30 p.m. Friday ($20-$25); Allstar Weekend at 3:30 p.m. Saturday ($10-$15); and Rodney Atkins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday ($20-$25). All at 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. (813) 752-9194. For complete lineups: Festival admission: $8, $4 ages 6 to 12 advance; $10, $5 youths at the gate. Children 5 and younger free.

Reba McEntire is, hands down, the most compelling crossover star to emerge from country music since Dolly Parton. Just last week, you could find McEntire exploring her ancestry on a teary NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? and revisiting the tragic 1991 plane crash that killed eight members of her band and crew on OWN's Oprah's Master Class. Sunday, Reba gets back to basics — country classics like Fancy and The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia — as the Strawberry Fest comes to a close. Denim cowboy and hay-hauler Rodney Atkins headlines Saturday's festivities.

The Moody Blues

Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45-$95. (727) 791-7400.

Recorded with the London Festival Orchestra in '67, breakthrough album Days of Future Passed marked the Moody Blues' foray into lush, progressive concept music. Best of all, the blues boys squeezed delirious romance (particularly on classic Nights in White Satin) out of layers of psychedelic sound. That's something that can't be said for the majority of their prog and art act counterparts. The Moody Blues celebrate the 45th anniversary of the hypnotic album Tuesday.

Wild Splash

Details: Saturday 1 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $25 and up. (727) 562-4800.

Featuring DMX, Wale, Waka Flocka Flame, Machine Gun Kelly, Childish Gambino, Mindless Behavior, Future, Tae Bae Bae, Famous Kid Brick, Kirko Bangz, Special Ed

With one barking '90s icon, one rapping Seinfeld buff, one Eminem throne-watcher, one actor and comedian, and one inspiration to exotic dancers everywhere, Wild's annual spring break bash lineup is, well, a wild one. DMX, the macho growler behind Ruff Ryders Anthem (and only the second rapper to have released two No. 1 albums in the same year), comes out of semiretirement (after a prison term and time behind the pulpit) to headline the show. D.C.'s go-go influenced, Seinfeld-loving Wale is the man behind one of our favorite mixtapes of all time, Mixtape About Nothing. Waka Flocka Flame, the glassy-eyed rapper from Riverdale, Ga., goes heavy on drug-deal raps and pole dancer pop (No Hands). Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Donald Glover, a.k.a. Troy from Community, has jumpy, funny, well-enunciated rhymes and a stage name generated by the Wu-Tang Name Generator. And pasty spitter Machine Gun Kelly, who was arrested in St. Pete during his last show, is being hailed as hip-hop's new "great white hope."

Toots and the Maytals

With Groove Stain, Common Ground, Stick Martin Show, Oceanstone, UNRB, DJ Whoaday

Details: Saturday 6 p.m. The Hawaiian Village at Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 868-7600.

Like James Brown's Caribbean cousin (Funky Kingston, 54-46 Was My Number), Frederick "Toots" Hibbert brings soulful vocal fire to chilled-out island tunes. In fact, let's take a moment to declare this sexagenarian the hardest working man in reggae. Latest R&B-leaning Flip & Twist is as much Kingston, Jamaica, as it is Otis Redding, so don't count out a slow dance moment or two. This marks Toots' first visit to Tampa's Hawaiian Village.


With Hellbilly, Attention Deficit Domination, 3 Bar Ranch

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

You know his grandfather, country music father Hank Williams, for his lovesick yodel and hayseed pride. You know Hank Jr. (who played the Strawberry Fest last Sunday) as the outlaw country compadre to Jennings and Coe, a Republican rally man and the former face of Monday Night Football. Now, meet Hank III, the runaway greaser who plays mangled cow punk, "hellbilly" and twang metal. If your plans ever call for PBR chuggin' and 12-gauge shootin', Hank III has your soundtrack.


Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29.50-$36.50. (727) 791-7400.

Once music's reigning "liar," the outspoken Henry Rollins has been telling truths about human rights and political injustice for more than two decades. He has transitioned from Black Flag and Rollins Band singer to actor, spoken word poet and aerobic monologist (interestingly enough, a number of his quotes even appear on ThinkExist). No matter the job, intensity is the Rollins constant. He'll spotlight his recent global travels at the show.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at

Also playing

Jukebox the Ghost Sat. 9 p.m. With Speak, the Elwins. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.

Amor de Tango Argentine Dance and Music Sat. 7:30 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$50. (727) 822-3590.

Swamp Roots Jubilee and CD Release Soiree Sat. 8 p.m. Featuring Beth McKee Band, Standback Band. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.

Ted Lukas and the Misled Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Caveman Sun. 8 p.m. With Milagres, Gentlemen Please. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $9. (813) 248-4969.

Langhorne Slim and the Law Mon. 8 p.m. With Al Torchia and the Tattered Saints. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $11-$14. (813) 241-8600.

Japanther Tue. 8 p.m. With Filthy Savage, Ken South Rock. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $6.66. (813) 382-3477.

We Came as Romans Tue. 6:30 p.m. With Emmure, Blessthefall, Woe Is Me and the Color Morale. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555.

Hymn for Her Fri. 5:30 p.m. With Brian Smalley. The Ale and the Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-2533.

SoundCheck: Reba, the Moody Blues, Wild Splash, Hank III, Toots and the Maytals, Henry Rollins 03/07/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 3:30am]
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