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SoundCheck: Seal, Josh Kelley, Ryan Cabrera and National Record Store Day


Details: Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $57-$77. (727) 892-5767.

Strapping yet sensitive, Seal's smoky baritone, emotive lyrics and pop-soul-R&B fusion scored him big hits in the '90s, including the spacey Crazy and Grammy-winning Kiss From a Rose. Touring in support of his sixth studio album, Soul, Seal (born Sealhenry Samuel) covers classic '60s and '70s soul songs including Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come and Curtis Mayfield's People Get Ready.

Josh Kelley

With Ryan Cabrera and opening acts Tim Brantley and Brandon Whyde

Details: Tonight, 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $24. All ages with a parent or guardian; otherwise, 18 and up. (813) 241-8600;

Josh Kelley thinks he and Ryan Cabrera will make one dynamic duo. "It's going to be like a Simon & Garfunkel thing, and nobody's done that in a long time. We're going to take our seven best songs each and our new song and maybe a cover, and we're going to play on each other's stuff, sing on each other's songs, and it's going to be great." But Kelley, 29, has had his share of solo success. Since 2003, the pop-rocker has cranked out five albums, including last year's Special Company. His personal life is also at the top of the charts. In 2007, the Augusta, Ga., native wed Grey's Anatomy actor Katherine Heigl, whom he'd met when she appeared in his video Only You.

National Record Store Day

Details: Saturday, 2 p.m. Vinyl Fever, 4110 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 289-8399.

Digital killed the record store, though you won't convince the crew at Tampa's Vinyl Fever. Like hundreds of independently owned record stores across the country, the local landmark will celebrate National Record Store Day on Saturday. Owner Lee Wolfson chalks up survival to patrons' love for the in-store shopping experience (sharing, learning and chatting about music) — something you'd never get with an iPod, he says. Guest DJs will spin vintage vinyl, and stellar indie act New Roman Times will perform. The group's lush harmonies, sweeping arrangements and occasional Modest Mouse-like wail may command browsers' full attention.


Featuring the Waybacks, Randy McAllister Band, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, the Greencards, Hoots and Hellmouth, Thomas Wynn and the Believers, Have Gun, Will Travel, Pickford Sundries, Radio Free Carmela and the Transmitters, Gatorbone, Nouveaux Honkies, Gypsy Wind, Todd Charles, Mustang Sally and the Hamjo's, Bugtussle, Hindu Cowboys, Grandpa's Cough Medicine

Details: Friday-Sunday. Starts at noon Friday and last performance is at 5 p.m. Sunday. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. $25 and up. (863) 984-8445.

Americana and bluegrass tunes are ripe for the pickin' at kid- and pet-friendly music and camping event Stringbreak. An impressive crop of local and national artists, including newgrass-Celtic-jazz-folk-comedy act the Waybacks and Orlando rising star Thomas Wynn, will perform. Known for sweaty, string-breaking performances, Hoots and Hellmouth puts twang in its Philly-soul step and offers a powerful cover of Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah. And Have Gun, Will Travel delivers engaging narratives by way of viola, lap steel, banjo, harmonica and vivid lyrics.

Fleetwood Mac

Details: Wednesday, 8 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start at $35. (813) 301-2500.

Stevie Nicks' chiffons, her twirls, the internal tensions, the supernatural reveries — the saga that is Fleetwood Mac continues Wednesday at the St. Pete Times Forum. The British blues group that became one of the most popular rock acts in history (1977's Rumours sold 25 million copies) clearly has no trouble powering a greatest hits set (Go Your Own Way, Don't Stop, Dreams, Sara, Gypsy, Rhiannon and so on). This tour marks the first time they've gone on the road without a new album. They're also down singer-songwriter-keyboardist Christine McVie, unfortunately.

Club Fuze Teen Rock Night

Featuring Set the Sights, Aeralene, Weight Of the World, the Majestic, Coralise

Details: Friday, 7 p.m. Club Fuze, 6520 Harney Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 425-7030.

Venues that host teen bands are few and far between these days. So props to Club Fuze for devoting weekend nights to all-teen rock shows. The minors of Set the Sights rock some pretty major Southern metal and Aeralene proves little Seffner's got budding talent.

Times staff writer Dalia Colon contributed. Got a concert tip for Carole? E-mail her at

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