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Tampa Bay concert picks: Original Wailers, Kem and Ghostface Killah and Raekwon

The Original Wailers

Details: Friday, 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 786-2276.

To be clear, two versions of the Wailers are touring right now. This act, billed as the Original Wailers, is a seven-piece group featuring guitarist Al Anderson and singer Junior Marvin, who sang lead after Bob Marley died in 1981. The other, fronted by bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett and young singer Elan Atias, will play Jannus in June. Both acts provide a spiritual Marley revival and the chance to sing along to the roots-reggae classics. But if you have to choose, I might hold out until June.


With opening comedian J. Anthony Brown

Details: Friday, 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35-$55. (727) 892-5767;

R&B singer Kem's hushed tones and smooth-jazz instrumentation became the babymaking soundtrack for many a couple when his first album, Kemistry, debuted in 2003 with the swoon-worthy single Love Calls. Its 2005 followup, logically titled Album II, featured the come-hither I Can't Stop Loving You, which became Billboard's No. 1 adult R&B record of the year. Now Kem's at it again, with Album III: Seduction due out sometime this year. Fans will get a preview of the projected first single, Share My Life, at Friday's concert.

Time staff witer Dalia Colón contributed to this story. Got a concert tip for Carole? E-mail her at

Ghostface Killah and Raekwon

(Skate Park of Tampa Pro Contest Party) With the Basiqs, DJ Mega, DJ Sandman, Deacon.

Details: Saturday, 9 p.m. Ritz Theater, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor. $15. (813) 247-2555.

For all his machismo (Yolanda's House, The Champ), Ghostface Killah made something abundantly clear last week in a song/message to Rihanna and Chris Brown: It's inexcusable to hit a woman. The gritty, always assertive Wu-Tang Clan member brings a substantial catalog of experimental hip-hop, complete with colorful, streetwise rhymes, '70s-style soul samples and a little silliness ("I need a dutch and a cranberry Snapple!") to the Ritz on Saturday. He's joined by Raekwon, whose trademark tales of the N.Y. cocaine trade are as disconcerting as they are compelling.

Tampa Bay concert picks: Original Wailers, Kem and Ghostface Killah and Raekwon 03/18/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 4:30am]
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