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SoundCheck: Bret Michaels, Austin Mahone among top live music picks

Bands, Brew & BBQ

With Justin Moore (Saturday), Bret Michaels (Sunday)

Details: Saturday-Sunday 5 p.m. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Free with park admission. (813) 987-5600. buschgardens.com

Poison frontman Bret Michaels never seems to miss an opportunity to find the spotlight. So it should come as no surprise that the former Apprentice and Rock of Love star is coming to Tampa this weekend as part of Busch Gardens' much-discussed Bands, Brew & BBQ concert series. Get out your lighters and prepare to wave 'em during Every Rose Has Its Thorn on Sunday afternoon. But first, check out up-and-coming country star Justin Moore at Gwazi Park on Saturday. Moore, in fact, is pulling double-duty on the theme-park circuit this weekend — he's also playing SeaWorld's Bands, Brew & BBQ series on Sunday (the Commodores play SeaWorld on Saturday). All concerts are free with park admission, so whether you like funk, country, hair metal or just beer and barbecue, you are — much like Michaels' frequently do-ragged mane — totally covered.

Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer

Charlie Wilson

Details: Friday 7:30 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $22.50-$69. (813) 974-2301.

Charlie Wilson's reign on R&B goes all the way back to the 1970s and his days in the Gap Band, where he sang lead on hits like Addicted To Your Love and Outstanding. His influence is all over hip hop (N.W.A., Snoop Dogg and Kanye West are just a few artists who have sampled Gap Band tunes), and he's pretty much royalty to any singer influenced by soul and funk (search for a tribute performance from last year's BET Awards for proof). Wilson is already 61, but Uncle Charlie doesn't show any signs of slowing down. His five solo LPs are packed with songs like There Goes My Baby and Charlie, Last Name Wilson that will pack the Sun Dome, but don't expect the seats to be warm because everyone will be on their feet dancing instead of sitting down.

Ray Roa, Times correspondent

Trisha Yearwood

Details: Today at 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$89.50. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com

Country music superstar Trisha Yearwood returns today to the stage at Ruth Eckerd, a venue she describes as in her "top 10" for its acoustics. It's her first concert there in five years, but she has another reason for her Ruth Eckerd affection: The venue's chef, Sally Milano, once gave her a great sugar-free lemon meringue pie recipe. One of the highest-selling female artists in country music history, Yearwood is also a New York Times bestselling cookbook author, having released Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen in 2008 and Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood in 2010.

Iron and Wine

Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Straz Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $34.50-$44.50. (813) 229-7827.

The last time Iron and Wine played Tampa, Sam Beam was just a shaggy, bearded troubadour playing whisper-soft ballads at a club in Ybor City. This time, though ... he'll be a shaggy, bearded troubadour playing whisper-soft ballads at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Yes, for his long-awaited return to Tampa, Beam, the singer-songwriter behind Iron and Wine, will revert to his solo days — which is a little surprising, given Iron and Wine's evolution over the past decade. Though he found fame and acclaim through dreamy, contemplative folk albums and singles (his cover of the Postal Service's Such Great Heights appeared in the film Garden State), Beam has added rock and jazz to Iron and Wine's sonic palette, and has expanded his band accordingly. The way Beam sees it, a song doesn't need to be performed by a set number of musicians in order to have the desired impact. "I don't really write a song with the finished product in mind," he said in an interview. "I wrote some chords and the melody, and you can put any kind of arrangement behind it."

Jay Cridlin

Austin Mahone

With Becky G, W3 the Future

Details: Tuesday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $29.50 and up. (727) 565-0550.

An illness forced tween-pop heartthrob Austin Mahone to cancel his sold-out October appearance at Jannus Live. The 17-year-old is back to make good for ticket holders from that canceled Jannus show. He'll stick around much longer this time to ensure that the screeches and wails from fans of hits like Mmm Yeah, Banga! Banga! and What About Love have plenty of time to reverberate through the 'Burg's night air. There will be plenty of fan power to go around, since a pair of nearly-as-popular tweenys, Becky G and W3 the Future, open the show.

Ray Roa

Also playing

Corey Smith Friday

7 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 987-2855.

Jucifer Sunday 7 p.m. With Secrets She Kept, Servants of the Mist, Cosm. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $7-$10. (813) 248-9500.

Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits Sunday 5 p.m. With Amandla Tunesmith. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.

Animals As Leaders Monday 6 p.m. With After the Burial, Navene-K, Chon. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15 and up. (813) 248-9500.

Big Gigantic Wednesday 8:30 p.m. With Caked Up. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20 and up. (813) 247-2555.

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39-$55. (727) 791-7400.

B.J. Thomas Wednesday 1 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $18-$35. (727) 791-7400.

Excision Thursday 9:30 p.m. With Dirty Phonics, Ill Gates, Nerd Rage, Mr. Saturn, Winta. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30-$35. (813) 873-8368.

Off With Their Heads Thursday 7 p.m. With the Slow Death, Wolf-Face.Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $6-$13. (813) 248-9500.

Robbie Freeman & the New Leaves Band Thursday 8 p.m. With Mountain Holler, Kyle Chanson, Ten Acres, Porch Sessions. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.

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