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SoundCheck: Deadmau5, Kansas among top live music shows


With Adventure Club, Nervo, GTA, Nom De Strip

Details: Today at 5:30 p.m. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $50-$120. (813) 350-6500.

Raymond James Stadium has already played host to some of EDM's biggest names this year (Steve Aoki and David Guetta have both made appearances in the last six months), and now comes Canadian house-music uber-producer Joel Zimmerman, a.k.a. Deadmau5. This is being billed as an "unhooked" performance (which basically means Zimmerman won't be bringing along his famous Mau5cube stage setup), but what he will lack in visuals will be made up with the energy of hits like Ghosts 'n' Stuff and Some Chords, plus a support bill loaded with talent.


Details: Friday 9 p.m. Hard Rock Café at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $55 and up. (813) 627-7757.

If you disregard a brief hiatus in the mid '80s, Kansas and their wayward sons have been around for 40 years. To celebrate, the Topeka-born band is bringing its British-influenced brand of good-ol'-boy prog-rock to the casino's Hard Rock Café, where beloved songs like Hold On and Song for America are sure to mix in just fine with cuts from Kansas' latest LP, 2009's There's No Place Like Home.


With J. Roddy Walston & the Business

Details: Friday 7:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free, but a ticket is required. See for details.

Local radio station 97X might have mostly ditched actual programming in lieu of a new listener-dictated playlist, but it hasn't shied away from curating quality shows. Coming off the success of the station's latest Next Big Thing show at Vinoy Park, WSUN is headed to Jannus Live and welcoming Switchfoot and J. Roddy Walston & the Business to play the station's last free show of 2013. The Christian alt-rockers responsible for the hits Meant To Live and Dare You To Move turned into filmmakers for their latest album Fading West (which coincides with the release of the band's surf documentary of the same name), but get there early to catch a rowdy set from Walston and company, who have been hawking intense scorched-earth Southern rock 'n' roll since their debut LP, Here Comes Trouble, in 2002.

Laidback Luke

With Tommy Trash, Brazzabelle, Nick Hogan

Details: Sunday 6 p.m. Hogan's Beach, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $27.50-$49.50. (813) 281-8900.

Melding two words that could only coexist in Florida, the "Winter Beach" minifest is set to be a saltwater-infused celebration of EDM, where Manila-born Dutch hitmaker Laidback Luke (real name Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen) brings songs like Promise Land and the Major Lazer collaboration Sweat to the sandy shores of Old Tampa Bay. The hard-partying Tommy Trash and Los Angeles-based remixer Brazzabelle play support, but super early birds will be able to witness an opening set from Hulk Hogan's offspring Nick, who looks to use his DJ skills to entice the crowd into some early fist-pumping.

Man Or Astro-Man?

With the Apes

Details: Tuesday 10 p.m. Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska, Ave., Tampa. $60 (includes dinner buffet, champagne toast, more). (813) 234-1000.

Ella's already provides plenty of down-home Southern hospitality within its cozy digs, but the New Year's Eve parties are almost legendary. Ella's might have outdone itself this time around, though, booking a performance from surf rock's intergalactic superheroes, Man Or Astro-Man? The Alabama outfit has been busy since coming off hiatus (they just played Orbit 19 in Holiday five months ago), and their wild stage show might not even be able to fit on Ella's tiny stage, so it'll be interesting to see what the place looks like when it's all over. Admission gets you Ella's famous dinner buffet, and this show is likely to sell out.

Times correspondent Ray Roa can be reached at

Also playing

Tommy Brandt Fri. 6:30 p.m. The Farm, 7829 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Lithia. Free. (813) 967-3046.

Dull Blades Fri. 9 p.m. With One Trip Little. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.

Chris Fortier Fri. 10 p.m. With Brian Busto, Andy Mara. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. $10 (free for ladies). (813) 254-2233.

UNRB Fri. 5 p.m. With Christie Lenee. Ale and the Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-2533.

The Fritz Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave. Free. (727) 736-0606.

The Hip Abduction CD release Sat. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10-$15. (727) 565-0550.

No Loves Sat. 9 p.m. With Switchable Villain, Therapeutic Chokehold. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3-$4. (727) 898-6054.

Legendary JC's Sat. 9 p.m. Hard Rock Café, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. Free. (813) 627-7757.

Sonic Graffiti Sat. 9:30 p.m. With Flat Stanley, NoMore, Vanguard. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.

Baby Anne Tues. 9 p.m. With Nerd Rage, Docco, Winta, Shanta, Mr. Saturn, Basmatik, Tommy Rize. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$20. (813) 873-8368.

All Good Tuesdays NYE Tues. 9 p.m. With Florida Night Heat, Samurai Shotgun, DJ Qeys, DJ Mes, SJ Silencio. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.

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