Tonight in live music; Super Freestyle Explosion, Jen Wood, Park Jam, Arturo Sandoval & more

There's never a shortage of music to see 'round here.

Once again, there is not an absence of live music events for you. The best part about today's agenda, however, is the fact that it goes all day starting with a free concert in downtown Tampa and ending with some arena, theater and Skipperdome shows that'll go past your bedtime shows.

The lineup also includes philantropic efforts, Indian music, mini-fests, free backyard barbecues and secret shows we can't lis address for.

Get primed for it all below. See more events at CL's events page.

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Food Not Bombs Benefit w/DEA & Saint/Figment the emcee/Panamory/more A conglomerate of good-intentioned Tampa Bay acts with sounds that range from electro-pop to hip hop are gathering to play a show benefiting Food Not Bombs St. Pete, who are raising money for a special charity event in Williams Park. It is a potluck (vegan/vegetarian) with prizes for the best dish, and donations are being accepted at the door. (Paper Crane, St. Petersburg) INFO

Jen Wood w/Rec Center Pacific Northwest singer, songwriter, pianist and all around great person Jen Wood is in Tampa on vacation, but will play a stripped down, super-intimate show at Seminole Heights record haven Microgroove. Why the hell would she play on vacation? You might be surprised to find out why. Read her letter to CL here. (Microgroove, Tampa) INFO

Broom Closet Album Release Show w/Reality Asylum/Deadborns A new St. Pete garage pop trio is skipping the bars and clubs in favor of a backyard barbecue to celebrate the release of their debut, self-titled LP. Watch their brand new music video here. INFO

Ustad Shujaat Khan w/Shankh Lahiri & Dibyarka Chatterjee What happens when a master tabla players open up for a world-renowned, Grammy nominated sitar player on a Saturday night? Head to USF’s School of Music Theatre to find out when Ustad Shujaat Khan, who comes from a family that’s been playing sitar for seven generations, performs selections from over 60 albums. Kahn also sings, and while casual fans might not understand the words coming out of his mouth, this show is still an opportunity to bridge the worlds of rock show and classical world music recital, so go on try something new. (School of Music Theatre at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

Packway Handle Band w/John Beland/Will Quinlan/Jerry Mincey/more We’ve been writing about Winter Haven more and more on these pages, and it has a lot to do with The Derry Down Project who’ve remained committed to restoring the historic downtown venue. The organization’s Cosmic Revival festival kicks off on Friday with the Ragbirds headlining, but on Saturday, Athens, Georgia’s Packway Handle Band will arrive to bring cuts from their 2015 LP with Jim White, Take It Like A Man. The collection of swinging, bluegrass songs saw release on Yep Roc records, one of the most eclectic record labels known to humankind, so that should speak volumes about the Packway boys’ appeal. (Derry Down, Winter Haven) INFO

Park Jam: Friends of MacFarlane Park w/DJ Tony Touch/DJ Charlie Chase/DJ Chin In Sunday’s Music Week listings there’s a bit on Tony Touch and Charlie Chase getting down to the sounds of the Doobie Brothers, but if staying up past midnight on a school night isn’t your thing, then Park Jam is your best best to see the DJ icons do theirs. Hosted by Bay area emcee Infinite Skillz, Park Jam is a free, outdoor concert where attendees are encouraged to bring coolers and lawn chairs for a family-friendly event that will be over well before the sun goes down. More information is available at (MacFarlane Park, Tampa) INFO

Arturo Sandoval For a show featuring musician and comic Wayne Brady, CL correspondent Michael Fritz was floored by the VIP treatment Busch Gardens rolled out to attendees of their new “Red Carpet Series” events (Fritz even got to pet a sloth). We presume the same hospitality is going to be delivered at this final installment of the series where 10-time Grammy-winning hornblower Arturo Sandoval is set to unleash the flawless grasp on the trumpet that has earned him millions of fans across the world. The 66-year-old Cuban-born composer does not shy away from mixing jazz and classical into his concerts either, and this is a unique opportunity to see a legend play after hours at an amusement park. More information is available at (Busch Gardens “Red Carpet Series,” Tampa) INFO

Super Freestyle Explosion w/Stevie B./Lisa Lisa/Expose/Shannon/Sweet Sensation & Betty Dee/Noel/Trinere/Connie/The Jets/Stacey Q/more Dust off those Jordaches. Actually, maybe you shouldn’t because the only explosion we’re looking for at this show is one from the artists billed to play this 10-act mini-festival featuring a late 1980s/early 1990s sound that came out of South Florida and then took over the nation. Stevie B. and his hit song “Because I Love You” will be there (no word on his sick mullet, though) along with Lisa Lisa, but you’ll be sad to know there isn’t a roller skating rink installed at Amalie Arena. More information is at (Amalie Arena, Tampa) INFO

Oh Hellos w/Penny and Sparrow See? Siblings can get along. Texas’s The Oh Hellos are propelled by Tyler and Maggie Heath who play sugary folk pop songs like “Hello My Old Heart,” where sweet strumming and harmonies come off a little like The Weepies for a younger generation. Equally mellow ex-roomies Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke, who perform as Penny and Sparrow, open the show. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

Career w/DRUG Last week, Tampa indie/post-punk outfit debuted a new song on the CL Music blog where singer Ryan Fouche weaves a heartbreaking narrative about eviction and scrapping while his bandmates put down a haunting, minimalist soundtrack. The band is playing a secret show at virtually never-used Bay area venue, and while we’d normally leave a listing like this one out, this show is definitely worth asking around about. Listen to their brand new track here, and the one CL premiered last week hereINFO

Freakin Dreamin Groovefest w/The HubbTones/Runaway Gin/Uncle John’s Band The Tuesday evening programming on community radio station 88.5 WMNF-FM is definitely tye-dyed. This mini-fest is informed by that six-hour block where the Freak Show, Dream Clinic, and In the Groove pay tribute to the hippies, devout show tapers and general far out people of the world. On this bill, longtime Skipper’s regulars Uncle John’s Band will be joined by Phish tribute act Runaway Gin and Jerry Outlaw’s HubbTones. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Jefferson Starship w/Rick Derringer/Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels/Mark Farner Time warp time. Jefferson Starship is at the wheel of this inaugural Legends of Rock tour where ex-Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Mark Farner, Rick Derringer plus Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels give fans a taste of their youth. Attendees are encouraged to come out early since the entire site will be activated thank to a classic car show, vintage vinyl vault, food trucks, contests and more. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

Beer and Bands on the Bay w/The Black Honkeys/The New Rulers/Shevonne and the Bad Boys Craft beer and music. A classic combo we’ve all grown accustomed to in these fat times. What no one should ever take for granted, however, is the mellow vibes of the little waterside town of Safety Harbor. The Black Honkeys are always a good time, so if the weather holds up, then this fest is definitely a good idea.  (Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, Safety Harbor) INFO


T-Bone Hamilton (Firehouse Cultural Center, Ruskin) INFO

Ed Woltil & the Loaded Question w/Steve Robinson (Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg) INFO

Ted Galaris Benefit Show (Kymatic Studios, St. Petersburg) INFO

Four Star Riot (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Ballyhoo! / Zach Deputy / Bumpin’ Uglies (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

Live at the Gardens Summer Music Series w/Brian Sutherland Band (Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales) INFO

Standing 8 Count Jazz (Friday Morning Musicale, Tampa) INFO

Caustic Cassanova (New World Brewery, Ybor City) 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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