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Out & About

By JORDAN DYE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 26, 2002

Village Center hosts contemporary artist

Singer/guitarist Fran Snyder will bring his acoustic style to the Village Center from 7:30 to 10 p.m. today and Saturday. Have dinner or dessert and stroll to the plaza, where children can express their artistic impulses with chalk while adults take a time-out to listen to contemporary music. Snyder's compositions bridge the gap between rock artist Dave Matthews and British vocal stylist Peter Gabriel. Snyder has opened for performers Shawn Colvin, the Cowboy Junkies, Dan Fogelberg, Peter Stuart and Boz Scaggs. The shopping center is at Fletcher Avenue and N Dale Mabry Highway in Carrollwood Village. For information, call 651-4800.

For a taste of jazz, head to Relaxers

Relaxers Coffee will serve coffee, tea and jazz from 7 to 11 p.m. today and Saturday. Listen to piano and sax, courtesy of contemporary jazz musician Allon Sams, on Friday. On Saturday, you can sample traditional, upbeat jazz with the Swinging Johnsons. A $3 donation is requested. Relaxers Coffee is in the North Pointe shopping center at the northeast corner of Ehrlich Road and N Dale Mabry. For information, call 962-7278.

At Skipper's, a bluegrass twist on reggae

The Purple Velvet Parade, a five-piece reggae band with a bluegrass approach, plays at Skipper's Smokehouse at 8 p.m. Sunday. Bass and deft picking on mandolin capture the emotional power of reggae, while female vocals and harmonic twists add to the mix. Tickets are $5 for the 5 p.m. show. Skipper's is at the northeast corner of Skipper Road and Nebraska Avenue. For information, call 997-6474.

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