Tom Petty isn't dead
After 30 years in the game, Tom Petty remains as defiantly rock and roll as ever. This Florida boy has had a long list of hits. In 1976 he gave us the sing-along song "American Girl." Damn the Torpedoes featured "Refugee" and "Don't Do Me Like That." In 1989 his solo debut, Full Moon Fever, spawned "Free Fallin'," "Yer So Bad," and "Runnin' Down a Dream." Petty rocked the Nineties with songs like "Learning to Fly," "Mary Jane's Last Dance," and "You Wreck Me." But you won't hear his most recent songs on the FM dial: The 2002 album The Last DJ takes a strong stance against corrupt commercial radio and was banned from airplay by many stations.
Boogie-down rock band The Black Crowes will open for Petty, and rumor has it they've abandoned the lovey-dovey acoustic mush from their last tour, put those fraternal issues behind them, and are ready to give the fans the retro rock they've been jonesing for. The show starts tonight at 7:00 at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach. Tickets range from $29 to $59. Call 305-358-5885, or visit www.soundadviceamp.com. --Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
Down with the Count
What do you call three musicians tuning up in a parking lot? A jazz trio. The reason there are so many bad mean jokes about jazz, so many player haters, is because most folks just don't get it. That's also what makes the truly American genre great: its sophistication, the fact that digging it, and of course performing it, requires brain power. The late Count Basie had an especially high jazz IQ but also created swinging sounds that are relatively accessible. The Count Basie Orchestra, featuring a number of players originally recruited by the Count himself, carries on the tradition with an 8:00 p.m. show at Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables). Ticket prices begin at $25 in advance. This is the first show of the twentieth season of the church's Summer Concert Series, which will stage classical and jazz acts each fortnight through the summer while reinforcing the church's stated commitment to "cultural excellence and music education." Call 305-448-7421, ext. 33. --Greg Baker
United in Dance
Kosher culture for all ages
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If you want to experience exotic music and culture without flying halfway around the world, then the ninth annual Yachad Israeli Dance Festival should be your destination. Yachad means "union of cultures" in Hebrew, and that is what will unfold onstage today when more than 600 local and international dancers converge to revisit traditional Israeli folk music at the Jackie Gleason Theater (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). The 11:30 a.m. "Festival Yeladim" show features elementary-age performers, and the 6:30 p.m. gala performance highlights teenagers and international dancers representing Israel, Panama, and Mexico in a colorful celebration of Jewish culture. Tickets range in price from $10 (for students and seniors) to $35. Call 305-932-4200, ext. 119, or visit www.festivalyachad.com. --Christina Kent
Bust a Move
"I wanna dance!" exclaimed Adam Goldberg's character in Dazed and Confused. If you are just as passionate about fulfilling your dream, you can audition for part-time paid positions with the Momentum Dance Company. Artistic director Delma Iles is looking for advanced/professional-level modern and ballet dancers. Pull on your tights and head to Mirador Studio (1200 West Ave., Miami Beach) today at noon. Dancers are encouraged to submit resumés in advance to email@example.com. Call 305-858-7002, or visit www.momentumdance.com. -- Lyssa Oberkreser