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Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribfest near Bradenton features T-Pain, Tracy Lawrence, Musiq (Soulchild)

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Rapper T-Pain performs on stage during filming of SKEE Live on Tuesday January 14, 2014 in Los Angeles. He headlines the Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribfest in Palmetto on Sunday, April 13. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

Live music and seared meat should be a winning combination again this weekend at the Manatee County Fairgrounds. As in previous years, the 8th annual Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribfest takes an eclectic roster of recording artists ranging from big stars to popular local acts and, bunched together by genre, spreads them across a three-day, national barbecue competition. This year, Friday is for country fans, Saturday should appeal to neo-soul enthusiasts and Sunday has been mostly reserved for any of the millions of people who made the robotic, rap-pop ditty “Buy U A Drank” a massive hit in 2007.

Friday

6 p.m. One Night Rodeo: Bradenton-based country duo plays pop-informed country similar to Rascal Flatts and Alabama.

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Tracy Lawrence performs at the 2013 CMA Music Festival at LP Field on Thursday June 6, 2013 in Nashville Tennessee.(Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP)

8:30 p.m. Tracy Lawrence: One of the biggest country stars of the 1990s and early ’00s, the Georgia singer-songwriter’s polished honky tonk hits include “Alibis,” “Texas Tornado,” “Time Marches On” and “Paint Me A Birmingham.”

Saturday

2 p.m. NuJazz: Sarasota-Bradenton smooth jazz band plays hits by acts such as The Rippingtons, Spyro Gyra and Boney James.

3:30 p.m. Impulse: Popular Tampa Bay reggae band has been entertaining crowds across the state for more than a decade.

5 p.m. BK Jackson: How good is 20-something Tampa saxophonist BK Jackson? He tours with Prince. Yes, that Prince. Jackson recently toured the world as a member of the pop icon’s 11-piece horn section the New Power Generation (NPG) Orchestra.

7 p.m. Lyfe Jennings: Acoustic guitar-wielding R&B singer’s introspective, soulful hits include his 2005 breakthrough single “Must Be Nice,” “S.E.X.” and “Hypothetically.”

8:30 p.m. Musiq (Soulchild): Philly neo-soul singer surprised fans last year with “9ine,” a reggae album featuring soul singer-songwriter Syleena Johnson.

Sunday

2 p.m. Trinity 7: Tampa roots reggae band led by Jamaican singer Ras Meishak has played such notable area venues as Jannus Live and Skipper’s Smokehouse in recent months.

4 p.m. Doug E. Fresh: Hip-hop hero and beatboxing pioneer can be heard providing the mouth-made percussion sounds on the classic 1985 recordings “The Show” and "La Di Da Di," both with Slick Rick.

5:30 p.m. T-Pain: The King of Auto-Tune, T-Pain ruled the airwaves and won some Grammy Awards last decade with his raps and robotic vocals about partying, most famously on “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin'),” “Bartender” and “I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper).” The Tallahassee native remains popular, scoring a modest hit recently with the single “Up Down (Do This All Day)," from his upcoming fifth studio album “Stoicville: The Phoenix.”

Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribfest
Friday-Sunday, Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1402 14th Ave. W., Palmetto; $15-$50; 746-7470; gulfcoastribfest.com

Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribfest
Friday-Sunday, Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1402 14th Ave. W., Palmetto; $15-$50; 746-7470; gulfcoastribfest.com

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WADE TATANGELO is the editor of TICKET + and a contributor at TicketSarasota.com. He has been an entertainment editor, reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013 and writes the weekly Bar Tab column. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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