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SoundCheck: Jennifer Nettles among top live music picks


Details: March 6 at 7 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. Free to contest winners; see

Paramore fans hoping to see the punk-pop outfit at 93.3-FLZ's Jingle Ball in December got left out in the cold when the band canceled its appearance in lieu of a last-minute booking to perform on NBC's The Voice. Frontwoman Hayley Williams promised to make up for it with a "special event," but it looks like you'll have to be extra special to get in. The only way into this intimate makeup show at Tampa's Hard Rock Cafe is to win contests by 93.3-FLZ and Hard Rock. The station will dole out tickets on-air and online (Facebook, or their "Mobile Prize Pig Club") and the Hard Rock is giving away tickets via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Winners under age 18 have to be accompanied by an adult.

Jennifer Nettles

With Brandy Clark

Details: 8 tonight Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.50-$125. (727) 791-7400.

In 2013, Jennifer Nettles' Tampa Bay fans had to win their way into a pair of private radio station performances by the Sugarland vocalist. But she's on a proper tour now that her solo debut That Girl is on shelves. The Rick Rubin-produced effort was crafted in the months after Nettles, 39, gave birth to her newborn son, Magnus, and finds her using her booming vocals to explore themes like promiscuity (That Girl) and change (This Angel), get her honky-tonk on (Know You Wanna Know) and even cover Bob Seger (Like A Rock). Songwriter extraordinaire Brandy Clark, who penned Mama's Broken Heart for Miranda Lambert and Better Dig Two for The Band Perry, opens the show.

The Bright Light Social Hour

With Spaceface, SWIMM

Details: Friday 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12. (727) 895-3045.

The Bright Light Social Hour might as well be Tampa Bay's official adopted sons of psychedelic classic rock. The boys' brand of moustached, hyper-melodic, extraterrestrial, sexed up rock 'n' soul made them famous in the already supersized Texas music scene, but bay area fans — who have followed them from the Hub to New World Brewery, Crowbar and Orpheum — still come clamoring. The band has parted ways with keyboardist A.J. Vincent since we last saw them on New Year's Eve 2012, but new songs like Ouroboros and Sea of the Edge still roar with raw power and far-out trippiness.

Bernie Worrell Orchestra

With Serotonic

Details: Friday 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

With a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and nine solid solo LPs under his belt, there shouldn't be much more left to do for Bernie Worrell. The 69-year-old keyboardist and founding member of Parliament Funkadelic isn't resting on his laurels, though. While songs like Bass on the Line and Woman From Toyko ooze with the ripping guitar, funky bass and ear-tickling keys of his P-Funk days, expect a touch of New Wave, as Worrell did spend enough time touring and playing with the Talking Heads to be included in the Heads' own Rock Hall induction performance in '02. It's rare that such an important figure in music plays among the fermenting tanks and quirky decor of Florida's oldest microbrewery, so take advantage.

Bands, Brew & BBQ

With Lifehouse, ZZ Top

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

Busch Gardens has battled hard to preserve its Bands, Brew & BBQ concert series after the park had to deal with some of the same criticisms levied at its sister park SeaWorld over the controversial documentary Blackfish. This week Busch Gardens is bringing in a pair of heavy-duty rock bands for this penultimate weekend. Pop-rock radio standbys Lifehouse (Hanging By a Moment, You and Me) take the stage Saturday, while bearded Tex-rock icons of ZZ Top bring a hot rod full of blues-tinged rock hits (Legs, Cheap Sunglasses, La Grange, Gimme All Your Lovin') on Sunday. Oh, how we'd pay to see Billy Gibbons' whiskers blowin' in the wind on Sheikra.

Collective Soul

With Ed Kowalczyk

Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35.50-$65.50. (727) 892-5767.

Soulheads, rejoice! It's been 20 years since Ed Roland and company began their assault on '90s rock radio, and the boys are coming to celebrate. All the hits will be in order (you can still sing December in the springtime, you know), but don't be surprised to hear new material from the band, as they recently announced the summer release of a new album, See What You Started By Continuing.

Times correspondent Ray Roa can be reached at

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Freedom Fest Fri.-Sat. With iDie, Tim Serdynski, Heart Of Gold, Catch Cold, Jabril, Terri Frye Band, Jeremy Vanderloop, Defy the Masses, the Cruz Bros., more. 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday. Noise Box at Christ Community Church, 1310 John Moore Road, Brandon. $8-$20. (813) 304-5568.

The Pangea Project No. 46 Fri. 9 p.m. With Butterqueen, Derridada, Moonshutters, Bootlicker, Young Egypt. Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S., St. Petersburg $5. (901) 619-1519.

Drag the River Fri. 9 p.m. With Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves, the Tim Version. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $9-$12. (813) 248-4969.

The Patients Fri. 9 p.m. With Round Heels, Kid Aids, Cave Swimmers. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 424-1809.

Ghost Country Revival Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Victor Wainwright and the Wild Roots Sat. 9 p.m. Ace's Lounge, 4343 Palma Solo Blvd., Bradenton. $8-$12. (941) 795-3886.

BeauSoleil Sun. 6 p.m. With Under the Willow. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.

Iron Chic Mon. 7 p.m. With Criminal Culture, Ink & Sweat, Blacksmith. Epic Problem, 4215 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa. $8. (813) 382-3477.

Two Cow Garage Wed. 8 p.m. With Dean Johanesen, Anson Mitchell. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 248-4969.

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