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With the Supervillains
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $20. (727) 843-0686.
A showman brimming with soul power, Frederick "Toots" Hibbert could pass as James Brown's Caribbean cousin (check out Funky Kingston and 54-46 Was My Number). In fact, let's take a moment to declare Hibbert the hardest working man in reggae. The 64-year-old hot-stepper continues to bring vocal fire to chilled-out island tunes. He's an exorciser of demons and, simultaneously, the life of the party. Last week, Hibbert released the R&B-leaning Flip & Twist, an album that's as much Kingston, Jamaica, as it is '60s Detroit.
Old North East
With Lions After Dark, Friends of Giants, Travis Hunter-Brown, Cody Michael Wilson
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3-$5. myspace.com/fubardowntown.
We've seen an influx of young Pinellas bands playing spirited, family-friendly folk. And we likey. Joining ranks with the Grecian Urns, the Sun Society and Alexander and the Grapes, Old North East offers good-natured folk-pop songs with hints of mop top vintage. The St. Petersburg quintet's This City Never Sleeps, with its can't-wait-to-see-you-again lyrics, is four minutes of piano-driven delight.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $18-$25. (727) 843-0686.
Singer Brett Scallions is back behind the wheel of hard rock act Fuel, reclaiming the vocal duties once offered to American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry. (If you recall, Daughtry's performance of Fuel's Hemmorhage (In My Hands) was one of his breakthrough moments on Idol.) We're not ashamed to admit our fondness for Fuel's 1998 hit Shimmer, possibly the only hard rock song in history to contemplate "champagne dreams" and "pink linens."
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at carole. [email protected]
, Ben Harper and Relentless 7
Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $36.50. (813) 247-2555.
Hard to categorize, but easy to listen to, Ben Harper plays some of the most accessible tunes in all of jamdom. Whether he's stealing kisses, tidying up the earth or calling for social revolution, the genre-juggler's mix of blues, rock, folk, reggae and funk feels snuggly and inviting. Harper and Relentless 7, a backing group adding a bit more muscle to the mix, just released CD/DVD Live from the Montreal International Jazz Festival.