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SoundCheck: Wild Splash, Bruce Katz, Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Details: 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $22.

Featuring Lil Kee and Javon Black, Roscoe Dash, Real and Chance, Yo Gotti, Trina, New Boyz, B.O.B., Damian Marley, Plies and Fella

After a stint at Ford Amphitheatre, Wild 94.1's annual concert returns to the oceanside setting at Coachman Park, where it belongs. It's a spring break party after all. Local R&B/rap representatives Lil Kee and Javon Black kick off the show. Other performers include Yo Gotti (Women Lie, Men Lie), "baddest chick" Trina (Single Again) and Fort Myers "goon" Plies (Awesome) in the headlining slot. But don't miss funky Southerner B.O.B. (especially if you own a copy of Outkast's Stankonia) or latest festival addition Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley. Marley's Welcome to Jamrock, the monster track in which he describes the poverty and political violence plaguing Jamaica, was recently dubbed the best reggae song of the decade by the New York Times. One more thing to keep in mind: This year's concert may have moved back to Coachman Park, but Wild 94.1's official pre- and after-parties are staying in Tampa. They'll be at Club Skye in Ybor City.

Bruce Katz

Details: 10 p.m. Friday. Ace's Lounge, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. $8-$12. (941) 795-3886.

Customarily, even the greatest keyboard and organ players are overshadowed by guitarists and singers. (Exceptions to the rule might be Deep Purple's Jon Lord and Yes' Rick Wakeman.) Well, these guys deserve love too. Keys dynamo Bruce Katz, a player described by Gregg Allman as a keyboard "heavy," blurs the lines of blues, rock, gospel, soul, jazz and Americana. An associate professor at Berklee College of Music and a Blues Music Award nominee, Katz has toured with Gregg Allman and Friends, the Allman Brothers and John Hammond, to name a few.

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Details: 8 p.m. Sunday. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 247-2555.

After meeting in a thrash metal band, Mexican guitarists (and Metallica worshipers) Rodrigo and Gabriela took a seemingly illogical next step. They moved to Ireland to play acoustic world music. Today their expert sophomore album 11:11 remains at the top of the World Music charts after 20 weeks. (Just goes to show you what we know about music logic.) This guitar duo slaps, picks and strums extremely meticulously and sometimes adds in-between snarky banter. Maybe if the X-Files' Mulder and Scully were guitar virtuosos, this is what they'd sound like.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at

Damian Marley

Also playing

Honor Society: Fri. 6:30 p.m. With Just Kait. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.

Pnuma Trio: Fri. 9 p.m. With Big Gigantic, Soft Rock Renegades, DJ Craig Heneveld. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$15. (813) 241-8600.

Lucid Druid: Fri. 7 p.m. Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway, Dunedin. Free. (727) 216-6318.

Andy Matchett and the Minks: Sat. 9 p.m. With Friends of Giants. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Dementia: Sat. 8 p.m. With Before the Tide, Promethean Horde, Lost in Eternal Sleep, A Broken Machine. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $6-$10. (727) 532-0265.

Florida Folk Concert Series: Sun. 1 p.m. Featuring Mare Wakefield, Ronny Elliott. St. Pete Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free, donations accepted. (727) 894-1052

Alpha Decay: Sat. 8 p.m. With Hammerslug, Dead End River, Red Rockits and John Palumbo. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $8. (727) 843-0686.

Rubix Cubed: Sun. 5 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 247-2664.

Stolen Idols: Sun. 4 p.m. Ella's, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000.

Fake Problems: Sun. 7 p.m. Transitions, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $7. (813) 382-3477.

SoundCheck: Wild Splash, Bruce Katz, Rodrigo y Gabriela 03/17/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 7:36pm]
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