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SoundCheck: Top live music picks


Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$175. (727) 791-7400.

The Grammy-winning progressive rock band is still kicking after 20 albums, a plethora of lineup changes and 40-plus years of grinding on the road. Known for signature songs that can last up to 20 minutes, such as Close to the Edge and Awaken, the melodic storytellers will for the first time play three albums in their entirety during this jaunt, all from their peak run in the '70s: The Yes Album, Close to the Edge and Going for the One.

Secondhand Serenade and Juliet Simms

With Bet Me I'm Lying, Rising Down, Drew Disparte

Details: Friday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.

A prime example of an artist who took the DIY path to stardom, John Vesely went from making videos on MySpace to leading the acoustic rock band Secondhand Serenade on stages all over the country. His stage show is half acoustic — with his passionate fan base singing every lyric with him — and half with a traditional rock band. Vesely warmly embraces the crowd as he articulately strums songs like the multiplatinum single Fall For You. Joining him is The Voice runner-up and former Automatic Loveletter lead singer Juliet Simms, who grew up in Clearwater. Expect a dip into her past band's catalog and possibly some new tunes off her upcoming album, which will include her single Wild Child.

Mighty Mongo

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $8. (813) 247-2555.

This Tampa band, whose upbeat sound is a measured blend of punk and ska, has exactly two goals. One is to sound good. And they must, for they're once again going to be playing on the Warped Tour this summer. The other is to make sure everyone that can hear and see them is having a blast. They've been labeled the ideal party band, and let's just say their catchy and tingling sound is contagious.

Karib-B-Yan Kruze Music Festival

With Impulse, Jahfari, Jambalaya, Soul Liberation, Trinity 7, Zuberi & The Passion Crew, Dewy Ranks, Tafane, T & T Sweet Tassa Drums, Iyata Christi

Details: Saturday 4 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12 ($15 day of). (813) 977-6474.

WMNF 88.5 FM presents the fifth installment of its Jamaica-themed musical event with a tribute to Byron Lee and Magic Sparrow. Both artists were considered godfathers of the Calypso style of music that originated in the African slave trade days. That translates to a slate of performers executing a sound you'd associate with a tropical beachside bar, encompassing smooth reggae grooves and beats. Therefore, you should either have a Corona or an umbrella drink while dancing by Skipper's outdoor stage.


With NerVer, Sunshine & Bullets, Virginia Rose, Nation of Wealth, Lit Up, DRVN

Details: Sunday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $14. (727) 895-3045.

Although they fought the label for years, Adema may never truly shake being associated with the Nu Metal movement that took place at the turn of the century. Though constant bickering and departures among core members stymied their progress, the latest version of the five-piece hard rockers, known for their energetic stage presence and booming hits Giving In and The Way You Like It, can still bring it with their cavernous sound.

Diana Krall

Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $69-$135. (727)-791-7400.

A fixture on Billboard charts with the release of each album, the lauded jazz singer and pianist will perform a versatile setlist covering Nat King Cole, Tom Waits and an assortment of classical jazz artists from the early parts of the 20th century. She'll also be showcasing new material from her latest release, Glad Rag Doll. During her two-hour sets, the multiple Grammy winner has been known to tell a quick parable or two before belting out alternate arrangements of her tunes on a grand piano with the support of her seasoned backing band.

Rock the Park

With Poetry 'n Lotion, Samurai Shotgun, Good Graeff.

Details: April 4. 6:30 p.m. Curtis Hixon Watefront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free.

The monthly outdoor showcase that spans the musical spectrum will offer some three hours of performances next week. Poetry 'n Lotion's intricate jazz fusion encompasses just about every major genre, sound and style. Samurai Shotgun will play some alternative hip-hop laced with rock arrangements. And Good Graeff will play the latest musical fad that's taken over the radio airwaves, pop folk.

This week's SoundCheck is by freelance writer Joe Belcastro. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheWritingDemon.

Also playing

Pure Prairie League Fri. 5:30 p.m. Cleveland Street District, 433 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Free.

The Hip Abduction Fri. 8 p.m. With Danfield. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 977-6474.

Michale Graves Fri. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. (727) 258-4829.

3 Pint Harmony Fri. 8 p.m. Three Birds Tavern, 1492 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-2049.

Bombadil Fri. 9 p.m. With Zulu Wave, Oxford Nolan. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.

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