Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad bringing The Midnight Hour to St. Petersburg

The September gig is at Palladium Theater.

click to enlarge Adrian Younge of The Midnight Hour, which plays Hough Hall at Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida on September 11, 2019. - Photo by Daryl Bowen
Photo by Daryl Bowen
Adrian Younge of The Midnight Hour, which plays Hough Hall at Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida on September 11, 2019.

The Palladium Theater is a great place to see jazz, and now it’s about to play host to a show featuring two hip-hop producers whose music wouldn’t exist without the genre.

The Midnight Hour — featuring A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Los Angeles producer Adrian Younge — has booked a St. Petersburg show on September 11.

The gig takes place at the Palladium’s 850-seat Hough Hall, and it’s the band’s first appearance in the area since it headlined Orpheum in December.

Loren Oden, Angela Muñoz and Jack Waterson play support on the show and will also be in the lineup for The Midnight Hour. The addition of Muñoz — who appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk with the band — is notable as she was not in the Midnight Hour live band during the aforementioned December show. The young songwriter was discovered after she sent Younge an Instagram message.


“[So] I looked at her Instagram, I looked at the stuff she was doing, she was doing something sophisticated. She was being cultivated as an artist. She wasn't just doing what other people are doing,” Younge told CL in December. “She had a unique voice, and a unique perspective as far as her posting. So, like, she'd post stuff about Mad Lib, she'd post stuff about Wu-Tang, you know what I'm saying? She posted about Marvin Gaye. She had taste at a young age.”

At the time, Muñoz was just 15 years old. Younge said it was notable that she was into stuff that was made before she was even born.

“My favorite music was made before I was born, so it shows that she understood that, and she just happened to be talented,” he added. “When we met, I was like, ‘You're pretty cool,’ I liked her as a person, and then we started to work. It's as simple as that. You don't find a young person that advanced, usually. That's the difference.”

Tickets are on sale now for $12-$46. More information is available via Watch a new video from Jack Waterson below.


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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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