A Tampa show from Kanye collaborator Cyhi the Prynce tops Friday’s live music lineup

Zigtebra, Lonestar and El Cheval also on the Ybor agenda.

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✔️ Cyhi The Prynce w/Dabron Kain/Btmvle Jotta/Deezy Wee the Reaper/Local Muzik/Heyeyella/Sam E Hues/Pusha Preme/Jinx/Hype Cuz & Jroc Jones He may be known as King Knoxygen, but Bay area DJ and promoter James Knox is tapping a Prynce to headline the crown jewel of his own Obknoxious birthday weekend. Kanye and Travis Scott collaborator Cyhi the Prynce was an opener for a 2011 Big K.R.I.T. Tampa tour stop at The Kennedy, but his rising profile and hyper-posi, pro-black anthems (“Nu Africa” from Cyhi’s fell-length debut No Dope On Sundays was one of 2017’s most criminally overlooked tracks) make this appearance the most interesting hip-hop show happening in Tampa Bay this week (sorry, Lupe). Expect to hear a lot of No Dope On Sundays and hopefully some of a forthcoming, Yeezy-produced sophomore LP when Cyhi is joined by a robust lineup of stage-tested locals. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Jai and Knox Interview

The Bird Tribe CD Release w/Melody Trucks Band Matthew Frost learned how to play keyboard from his dad (a member of Grand Funk Railroad and Bob Seger’s bands), and on Friday his Nokomis, Florida-based trio The Bird Tribe finally releases a debut album featuring the groove-heavy, experimental rock and soul Frost has been working on with drummer Garrett Dawson (a member of Butch Trucks and Dickey Betts’ bands) and pedal steel player Brian Byrd. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

✔️ J.T. Brown w/Geri X Two of Tampa Bay’s most distinct singer-songwriter voices (the woodsy tone of ex-Groves frontman J.T. Brown and the melancholy melodies of Bulgarian-born Geri X) come together at one of the area’s best listening ecosystems. The two are no strangers to sets around the area, but catching them at the same place on the same night is a rare treat. (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

Interview: J.T. Brown's new LP finds fresh meaning in old wounds

Lonestar w/Randy McNeely At this point, local country music scenesters are no longer amazed by shows The Stockyard has been bringing to Holiday, and this one from chart-topping Nashville vocal group Lonestar is just another one of the excellent concerts organizers are bringing to the outer reaches of the Bay area live music scene. (The Stockyard, Holiday) INFO

El Chaval Before Romeo Santos was a solo sensation there was Linar Espinal. In 1993, the Dominican singer known as “El Chaval de la Bachata” began his career as a teen and released a steady stream of albums all the way through 2007, when he dropped his greatest hits album, Su Mejors Exitos. He brings all that history (plus a 2008 megahit “Donde Estan Esos Amigos”) to this Carrollwood-area nightclub on Friday. (Whiskey North, Tampa) INFO

✔️ The Dags w/Radarmen Hooch and Hive is settling into the Bay area live music calendar, and this show finds Tampa rock duo The Dags shaking off the rust for a rare gig in support of the duo’s 2017 album, Villains. Bay area punk band Radarmen opens Saturday’s only free show where you can also order an impossible slider on the side. (Hooch and Hive, Tampa) INFO

Reality Asylum goes underground for Iberian Rooster — 03.26.17

✔️ Zigtebra w/Reality Asylum/King Complex It’s hard not to love Zigtebra, and it’ll be impossible to not have a good time when the Chicago indie-pop duo drops into the close confines of The Bends, where dreamy, reverb-heavy texture from the band’s 2017 one-song-a-month project can meet the high-energy live set that Emily Rose and Joe Zeph have been bravely bringing to every corner of the country for what feels like two years straight. Reality Asylum’s '80s-inspired industrial-dance party opens the show after King Complex lulls early comers into a trance with its highly visual take on bluesy, electro-influenced indie-rock. (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

FayRoy covers real life in celluloid style on its new EP

FayRoy Album Release w/The Woolly Bushmen/Johnny Mile and the Kilometers St. Petersburg indie-rock band brings a cinematic, rocking new EP to Fubar alongside Johnny Mile and the Kilometers and The Woolly Bushmen. Read more about the release here. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO




Kevin K w/10 Minutes From Here/Twisty Chris and the Puddin’ Packs (SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO

Back To School Bash w/Favorite Habit/Jetter/The Paperback Whale/Stranger Places/Speak Easy/more (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

DieAlps! w/Vetnough (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

Ari and the Alibis (Caddy's On The Beach, Sunset Beach) INFO

Falling Axe Fest 2018 (6 Year Anniversary) (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Rockin' Racoons (Ka'Tiki, Treasure Island) INFO

The NED w/Longfinger/Lassyu (Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO


The Cadillac Cowboys (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Max Norton w/Chant the Trees (Independent Bar, St. Petersburg) INFO


The Reality (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO


#Pound Friday w/Whipped Cream (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO


Art + Open Mic (The Portico, Tampa) INFO

Nashville Storytellers w/George Teren/Tony Haselden (Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa) INFO

Tyler Costanzo (c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO

Lorelei On the Rocks (Ruby’s Elixir, St. Petersburg) INFO


Brett Bass and Melted Plectrum (Crooked Thumb Brewery, Safety Harbor) INFO


Sound Bites with the Ibis Quartet (First Unity Spiritual Campus, St. Petersburg) INFO


Jim Morrison and The Doors Tribute (Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo) INFO

Shakes Society (Two Buks, Clearwater) INFO

Southern Express (Smokin’ 19, St. Petersburg) INFO

Chello Hollyday Band (Buckets Grill & Tap, Tampa) INFO

Smooth jazz

Nathan Mitchell & Special Guest (Jazz House Supper Club, Tampa) INFO


Rock Icons Rockstar Cosplay w/DJ R.A.M./DJ KR3 (Red Star Rock Bar, Tampa) INFO

August 24, DJ Fresh Step w/DJ Wonderbread (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

About The Author

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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