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Pussycat Festival: schedule and slideshow

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    4-10 p.m. Saturday, Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar, 801 Riverside Drive East, Bradenton; $20; 780-3046; pussycatfestival.gsalinc.org.

    Pussycat Festival: schedule and slideshow

    Grammy-nominated singer Sophie B. Hawkins will headline the inaugural Pussycat Festival, a concert to benefit the Bradenton-based Gulf Shore Animal League, its new Bottle Baby Program and the non-profit organization's expanding Feline Foster Program. In addition to Hawkins (read my interview with her), there are more great singers performing Saturday. Here's a look at each.

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    4:05-4:40 p.m.

    Passerine

    Fresh from a tour of the Southeast and Midwest, Sarasota-based Americana quintet Passerine recently debuted its second album, “Nest of String,” at hometown venue  Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. The album’s 11 songs are a mix of originals and covers including Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow is a Long Time” and Neil Young’s “Looking Forward.”

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    4:50-5:25 p.m.

    Melissa McGhee with Chrissy Derado

    Tampa Bay vocalist Melissa McGhee (pictured) rounded out the Top 12 of Season 5 of “American Idol.” Since appearing on one of TV’s most watched programs in 2006, McGhee has toured with many other “American Idols” as well as shared a stage with country super stars Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean.

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    5:45 to 6:30 p.m.

    Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio

    Schascle Twinkle” Yochim, who celebrated the 20th anniversary of her 1991 "Haunted in Real Life" Warner Bros. album release with a memorable show at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, is one of the great treasures of the Sarasota music scene.

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    6:45 to 7:30 p.m.

    Diane Ward Trio

    Hollywood, Fla.-based singer-songwriter Diane Ward (vocals, guitar, keyboard, drums, percussion) has been praised for her catchy and compelling love songs. She leads a trio that includes Jack Shawde (acoustic and electrics guitars) and Debbie Duke (electric and upright bass).

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    7:45 to 8:30 p.m.

    Beverly McClellan

    A national star after appearing on the debut season one of NBC’s “The Voice” and finishing in the top four as part of Christina Aguilera’s team, McClellan’s latest CD “Fear Nothing” received glowing reviews and reached No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart. Read more about McClellan’ and the other artists performing at Pussycat Festival.

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    8:45 to 10 p.m.

    Sophie B. Hawkins

    Grammy-nominated singer became a star in the early 1990s thanks to her self-penned singles “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover” and “As I Lay Me Down” as well as “Right Beside You,” which she coauthored. Read my interview with Hawkins.

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