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SoundCheck: Johnnyswim among top live music picks


Details: Saturday 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $20. (813) 229-7827.

How's your marriage going? It probably can't compare to the union of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano, who perform together as Johnnyswim. What started out as collaborative songwriting sessions eventually blossomed into a full-blown relationship, and they arrive at the Straz's intimate Jaeb Theater to work through songs from a brand new album, Diamonds, where folk songs go from ooey-gooey (Take the World) to orchestral pop vocal manifestos (Closer). If it all sounds extra-polished, you can thank Sudano's pedigree (her mom is the late Donna Summer) and that the band cut its teeth in the ultra-competitive Nashville songwriter scene. Ramirez is a Jacksonville native, and Johnnyswim's amped up coffee show is very interactive, so expect a good-sized and entertained crowd.

Hank Williams III

With Attention Deficit Domination, 3 Bar Ranch

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 895-3045.

How late can you stay up on a Saturday? Hank III is going to help you find out. The outspoken third line of country music's royal family recently played a four-hour set at NYC's Gramercy Theatre (we doubt his St. Pete stop will go that long), and while he does spend a nice portion of the show paying homage to his country roots, expect things to get very rowdy. The controversial 41-year-old born Shelton Hank Williams is no stranger to working rock 'n' roll into his performances and he spent his early years playing in punk and hardcore outfits, so bring earplugs for when he puts on his metal hat to rip through songs like Breakin' Free and Fight My Way.

Zion y Lennox

Details: Saturday 8:30 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission ($90-$95). 1-888-800-5447.

The theme park concert wars are officially on. While Universal Studios has always given fans a good reason to make the Interstate 4 trek, Busch Gardens is enticing bay area concertgoers to stay much closer to home. Its Summer Nights concert series has already hosted Disney starlet Bridgit Mendler and will welcome Taking Back Sunday, among others. Saturday brings in superstar reggaeton duo Zion y Lennox to play the Gwazi stage. Felix Ortiz and Gabriel Pizarro are household names in their native Puerto Rico, and after three albums they've started to break through on the mainland thanks to hit single La Botella (The Bottle).

Have Gun, Will Travel

Details: Saturday 7 p.m. Ka'Tiki, 8803 W Gulf Blvd., Sunset Beach. Free. (727) 360-2272.

Heading out to a rock club and partying until the wee hours isn't exactly the first thing you want to do after a long day on the beach. Ka'Tiki on Sunset Beach offers a quick solution this Saturday when it hosts beloved Bradenton Americana outfit Have Gun, Will Travel for a free show just a few yards away from the Gulf of Mexico. The band is still riding high on accolades for last year's Fiction, Fact or Folklore?, but they refuse to rest on their laurels. They're at work on a new album, and another local music heavyweight, Shawn Kyle, has been at the helms. Kyle is the mastermind behind swaggering, storied Tampa act the Beauvilles, and HGWT guitarist Scott Anderson is one of the best players in the area.

Classic Albums Live: 'Chronicles'

Details: Sunday 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$50. (727) 791-7400.

Cover bands are generally reserved for drunken nights at the neighborhood bar. Classic Albums Live, a performance group based in Toronto, wants to change all that. The 2014 campaign still has more than three dozen stops left, and they'll be taking on albums like Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Prince's Purple Rain. Creedence Clearwater Revival's Chronicles will be the focus of the tribute band's Capitol Theatre stop, but don't expect them to be decked out in the Fogerty brothers' late-'60s duds. The gents in Classic Albums Live ditch the shtick in favor of focusing on the minute details of CCR's 1976 greatest hits collection.

Telekinetic Walrus and the Pride of Ions

With Trueno Troo Ay No, See Shellz, Lars Warn

Details: Tuesday 10 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 424-1809.

For more than three years, Turbo Tuesday at Fubar has been the bass-worshiping anchor of downtown St. Petersburg's 600 Block. The weekly party has been in something of a lull lately, however, and this particular installment could be the last one ever. If it is the end, then the party is going out with a bang. A trio of locals are set to man the decks, and seven-piece Miami collective Telekinetic Walrus and the Pride of Ions, who have shared stages with Del the Funky Homosapien and Afrobeta, will close things out. Telekinetic Walrus is the rare electronic act that effortlessly blurs the lines between pure electronic dance music and a live band more than familiar with the trappings of funk, hip-hop and experimental music. And if you think the moniker is weird, wait until you experience what songs like My People and Highway to Delfugar do to your body.

Times correspondent Ray Roa can be reached at

Also playing

Freelow Fri. 7 p.m. With Muphin Chuckrs, Trainquill. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-3045.

The Applebutter Express Fri. 10 p.m. The Bricks, 1327 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 247-1785.

Ed Woltil and the Loaded Questions Sat. 6 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $7. (727) 644-7895.

Jason Charos Quintet Sat. 7 p.m. Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure, 300 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Donations accepted. (727) 688-2345.

Sidereal Sat. 8 p.m. With Offshore Riot, Currentz. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5-$10.

Herd of Watts Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Biscuit Miller and the Mix Sat. 9 p.m. Ace's Lounge, 4343 Palma Solo Blvd., Bradenton. $8-$12. (941) 795-3886.

Shephard's Sunday Beach Party Sun. 4 p.m. With 3Lau. Shephard's Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $8 and up. (727) 441-6875.

Pierce Edens Sun.

6:30 p.m. With Scott Lowt. The Independent, 5020 N Florida Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 341-4883.

Drinking Band With a Worship Problem Tues.

7 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $5. (813) 971-0666.

Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves Tues. 8 p.m. With Radarmen, Fairgrounds. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.

Doomsday Mourning Wed. 7 p.m. With Richard Cory, Slikk Wikked, Feat the Concept, Aegeus, Lauren Rotz. The Goat House, 2144 Corporate Center Drive, Odessa. $5. (727) 871-2922.

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