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SoundCheck: 2 Live Crew, Don McLean among top live music picks

Wild Splash

Details: Saturday 1 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Sold out, but you can still win tickets at

Prepare to sweat this year at Wild Splash because Saturday's festival may be the closest to a nonstop dance party as it has been in years. WiLD 94.1 hosts this spring break hip-hop festival featuring activities, food, a Bud Light Lime Lounge, vendors, contests and a stage full of some of the biggest names in hip-hop including Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B, Rich Homie Quan, Sage the Gemini, Kid Ink, Ty Dolla $ign and Far East Movement.

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2 Live Crew

With T-Quest World Famous, Infinite Skillz

Details: Friday 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $30.

The '90s weren't ready for 2 Live Crew to be as nasty as they wanted to be. The hip-hop group's 1989 LP gave birth to the "Parental Advisory" sticker as we know it. The boys soldiered on, however, and survived lineup changes and lawsuits (remember the New 2 Live Crew?) to produce four more albums. There's even a new song on the radio (Take It Off). While the only original members performing at this show will be Fresh Kid Ice and Brother Marquis, it shouldn't stop them from revisiting all the drama-causing, blush-inducing glory of their past.

Don McLean

Details: Friday 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45-$85. (727) 791-7400.

At 68, Don McLean is an aging folk legend whose career has been defined by two tragic tribute songs he released in one fateful year, 1971. One, Vincent, paid homage to van Gogh, who had been deceased almost a century; the other, American Pie, is an epic, seven-minute opus recounting the days after a 1959 plane crash that claimed the lives of '50s icons Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. McLean wrings everything he can out of those songs in his live set, but other classics like Castles In The Air and Crying get their fair share of attention during the show. McClean's sturdy picking and inimitable, crystal-clear voice remind fans why he deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as other folk icons like Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger.

You Blew It!

With Dikembe, Prawn, Special Explosion, Ten Aces, Adjy

Details: Saturday 9 p.m. Mojo Books & Music, 2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 971-9717.

You Blew It! has been called a leader of the emo revival. Pitchfork even heaped massive praise on the punk outfit's latest LP, Keep Doing What You're Doing. One of the most impressive things about the Orlando group, however, is the way they've handled their new popularity and remained accessible to fans despite the addition of European tour dates and MTV airplay (their Tampa date finds them playing in a bookstore). The title of Keep Doing's lead single, Award Of The Year Award, playfully predicts and pokes fun at the band's increased visibility, which is only going to grow thanks to its angsty, sonically rich and incredibly complex rock.

Dash Berlin

With Tony Puccio, Knex, Gemini

Details: Saturday noon. Hogan's Beach, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $30. (813) 281-8900.

The allure of Hogan's Beach isn't its food or even its decor (sorry Hulk, please don't leg-drop us), but its location — pleasantly plagued by white sand, warm water and epic sunsets — and a commitment to partying with some of the top names in dance music. On Saturday, they continue that tradition by welcoming the Netherlands' Dash Berlin, who has used an almost unrivaled mastery of trance to become DJ Mag's No. 10 DJ in the world (ahead of Skrillex, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, Zedd and more). The 34-year-old Dash arrives in Florida just in time for spring break, and a few weeks ahead of the International Dance Music Awards in Miami, where he is nominated for Best Trance Track (Steal You Away) and Best Trance DJ.

Michael Bolton

Details: Monday 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $72-$92. (727) 791-7400.

Sometimes, When A Man Loves A Woman he decides to break off the engagement and get left homeless in the streets. And, sometimes, if that man is named Michael Bolton (who got booted from both of his houses when he split with ex-fiancee Nicollette Sheridan in 2008), it all works out in the end, thanks to a 2010 Saturday Night Live skit gone viral. To be fair, his Grammys and nearly 60 million records sold probably make for a good nest egg, but we like to think that Bolton, 61, is sitting pretty thanks to his infamous SNL collaboration with the Lonely Island (seriously, Google Jack Sparrow). Toss in Bolton's recent random appearances in Honda commercials, and you've got an untouchable '80s soft-rock king turned bona fide 2014 Internet superstar.

Times correspondent Ray Roa can be reached at

Also playing

ESB Brewery Grand Opening Fri. 8 p.m. With Y Los Dos Pistoles, Radarmen, Join Hands, the Porch Sessions. ESB Brewery, 333 Falkenburg Road N, Tampa. Free. (813) 990-0700.

Touche Amore Fri. 7 p.m. With Seahaven, Caravels. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $15. (813) 382-3477.

Simon Morley Fri. noon. University Of Tampa Sykes Chapel, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 253-3333.

City Rock Fest Fri. 6:30 p.m. With Consumed By Fire, Seventh Day Slumber, At The Wayside. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $4. (727) 822-3590.

Room Full Of Strangers Sat. 8 p.m. With Danny Feedback, Little Jerks, Monach. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10.

Rittz Sat. 7 p.m. With Jelly Roll. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 895-3045.

Walter Parks Sat. 6 p.m. With Sam Pacetti. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 644-7895.

Trinity 7 Sat. 8 p.m. With Jaghuar. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.

The Vogues Sun. 2:30 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$35. (727) 822-3590.

Les Racquet Sun. 6 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Tom Paxon Sun. 5 and 7:30 p.m. Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $40. (727) 323-2787.

Shroud Eater Mon. 8 p.m. With Orbweaver, Landbridge, Cosm, Ulcer. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 424-1809.

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