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The live music scene around the Tampa area is full of choices for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Check out a few of my suggestions below:

ThursdaySeven Mary Three at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Tampa – I’ll be on-hand to cover this show, so check back for pics on Friday.

Friday :

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg – Old-school hip-hop in downtown St. Pete.

Blast Friday: Atlanta Rhythm Section, Cleveland Street in front of the Capitol Theatre, Clearwater – Free concert from a great band. What more could you ask for?

Saturday:

Avril Lavigne, Tropicana Field (after the Tampa Bay Rays game), St. Pete – Yeah, the field will be full of screaming teen fans, but it should still be a good show.I plan on wading into the mayhem for a few good pics, so be sure to check back for updates on Sunday.

97X Backyard BBQ w/Sick Puppies, Panic! At The Disco, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, AWOLNATION, The Airborne Toxic Event, Hugo, Marksmen, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg. – I’m going to miss this event because, well, I’ll just say it……. I’m getting old. Getting into and out of events at Vinoy Park is a pain in the butt and I’d rather not put myself through the hassle unless it’s a really big show that I can’t avoid.

Taproot w/Seven Years Past, Devil Made Microphones, We’re All Virus, Soulidium, The State Theatre, St. Petersburg

Sunday:  Face to Face w/Blitzkid, Strung Out, The State Theatre, St. Petersburg

Monday:  Foxy Shazam w/Peter Pepper, The Orpheum, Ybor City (Tampa)

On Friday night, former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker was treated to a special surprise during a private concert at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach. After learning that it was Darius’ 45th birthday, event organizers brought in a huge cake and had the audience sing “Happy Birthday” while Rucker blew out the candles. Not an ordinary ending to a typical rock concert.

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Check out some pics from the show at Examiner.com

Funk-rock legends Earth, Wind & Fire rocked Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday night.

Snagged a shot of the set list before it was put on stage for the band.

Disney Channel star (I’m With The Band) and talented singer/songwriter Lauran Irion with Ruth Eckerd Hall president Robert A. Freedman.