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SoundCheck: Vince Gill, Amy Grant among top live music picks

Vince Gill

With Amy Grant

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45-$125. (727) 791-7400.

Firebrand guitar-slinging and one of the most expansive discographies in country music never get old. Vince Gill — who has sold out all nine of his previous Ruth Eckerd Hall appearances — will return to Clearwater yet again, and if you think fans might pass on seeing him a 10th time, think again. Gill, 56, is touring behind a brand new album (Bakersfield) and will be joined on the road by his wife, Amy Grant, who will perform alongside the hubby at this show (fans usually have to wait for the couple's Christmas tour to see them onstage together). Grant, 53, recently released her own double disc of country gospel, so expect this show to go the distance. Just don't expect any tickets to be left by the time you read this.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $29.50-$$125. (727) 791-7400.

This show celebrates 40 years of American-made, unabashed blues riffs and boogie-woogie, and while the 64-year-old hasn't exactly tried to expand his sonic palette during his career, songs like Nobody But Me, Get A Haircut and Who Do You Love? still ring as intoxicating as ever for fans who flock to his shows.

Marc Cohn

With Emily Kopp

Details: Friday 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45-$59. (727) 791-7400.

The new year has not been kind to Marc Cohn, thanks to a tabloid fiasco in which he allegedly cheated on his wife, ABC news anchor Elizabeth Vargas, while she was in rehab. At least Cohn still has 1991. That was the year the Midwest soft rocker scored a Best New Artist Grammy thanks in part to his piano-driven, bound-for-karaoke-glory hit Walking In Memphis. Things didn't quite take off after that, and Cohn even went on an almost 10-year hiatus in the late '90s, but he did breathe a little new life into his career with a 2010 covers record, Listening Booth.

The Heights Unites Benefit Bonanza

With Florida Night Heat, Matt Hires, GreyMarket, Empire Cinema, Genghis Flan, more.

Details: Saturday 4 p.m. Florida Avenue Ales, 4101 N Florida Ave., Tampa. $15. (813) 347-2101.

Domani's Bistro was an important piston in the engine that propelled Tampa's Seminole Heights into rejuvenation, so residents were naturally devastated when the eatery recently went up in flames. Local musicians — along with a community collective and Seminole Heights brewery Florida Avenue Ales — have responded in a big way, though, and on Saturday they're throwing a mini festival complete with food trucks, local beer, bake sales, yoga and more to help benefit employees of the affected businesses. Area favorites like instrumental-rock trio Florida Night Heat, post-rockers Empire Cinema and singer-songwriter Matt Hires (who recently left Atlantic Records to go the indie route) are just some of the acts on hand. But the real treat is knowing that all this music and craft beer will benefit people in need, too.


With 10th Conession, Blackbird Morning

Details: Tonight 7:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15 (free for ticketed USF St. Petersburg students). (727) 565-0550.

Broke college students from the 'Burg, rejoice! USF-St. Pete's Harborside Activities Board is bringing Boulder, Colo., electro-pop goofballs 3OH!3 to Jannus Live, and USFSP students get in free. Anyone not taking out loans or working their bums off trying to pay for higher education will have to fork over $15, but it'll be worth it as the duo — Nate Motte and Sean Foreman — are take-nothing-seriously party-starters, as evidenced by their politically incorrect references to Hellen Keller (DONTTRUSTME) and recent ridiculously catchy, candy-coated collaboration with Ke$ha (My First Kiss).

Jim Brickman

With Anne Cochran, Rex Smith

Details: Tonight 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45-$100. (727) 791-7400.

The Capitol Theatre is slaying the adult contemporary pop game lately (they just hosted Michael Bolton), and they're going to pack their newly renovated digs once again when Jim Brickman brings piano-driven tear-jerkers like Love Of My Life, If You Believe and Beautiful to downtown Clearwater. Most of Brickman's catalog is devoid of any singing (he calls what he does "instrumental pop music"), but the 52-year-old is touring with longtime vocalist Ann Cochran, who scored a Top 5 hit on Brickman's After All These Years. We know Valentine's Day is long gone, but who says you can't keep the love alive by bringing a date to the most romantic thing going on Cleveland Street?

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Also playing

Eric Lindell Fri. 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.

Beach Day Fri. 9 p.m. With Glow Low, more. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.

Ophelia CD release Fri. 9 p.m. With Mountain Holler, Kersey Williams, Have Spirit. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.

Bloody Mary Fri. 10 p.m. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W. Platt St., Tampa. $10. (813) 254-2233.

Reggae Revival 3 Fri. 8 p.m. With Glory!, Jahguar, Gia Sky, The Growers. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-2356.

Neck Deep Fri. 8 p.m. With Knuckle Puck, Light Years. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $10. (813) 382-3477.

Bluegrass Festival Sat. 2:30 p.m. With Skyway Bluegrass, The Cotton Eyed Does, more. Kolb Park, 16th Avenue and Bay Palm Boulevard, Indian Rocks Beach. Free (donations accepted). (727) 595-2517.

Waka Flocka Flame Sat. 6 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25 & up. (813) 873-8368.

Florida Ska Festival Sat. 5 p.m. With Rude Squad, The Apes, The Duppies, Victims Of Circumstance, Rocksteady@8, Control This, more. Amphitheatre, 1609 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 873-8368.

The Whiskey Gentry Sat. 9 p.m. With Will Quinlan & The Holy Slow Train, Tommy Simms. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 248-4969.

Brass Knuckles Sun. 7 p.m. With DJ Nova. Shephard's Beach Resort, 619 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $15-$20. (727) 441-6875.

Head North Tues. 6 p.m. With So This Is Suffering, Goliath, Cannons With Cannons, Taking On Main Street. Goat House, 2144 Corporate Center Drive, Odessa. $5. (727) 871-2922.

Lydia Tues. 7 p.m. With HRVRD, Golden Sun. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $12-$14. (813) 241-8600.

Protest The Hero Wed. 6 p.m. With Battlecross, Safety Fire, Intervals, Night Verses. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17-$18. (727) 895-3045.

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