A very interesting live music schedule this New Year's Eve schedule closes 2013 and ushers in 2014. Here's the highlights:
Man or Astroman? at Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa. The quirky surf-space rockers apparently blew it out at Orbit 19 Lounge earlier this year, backing 2013 full-length Defcon 5...4...3...2...1. If you missed that date because you thought Holiday was too far to drive, Man or Astroman? returns for a NYE trowndown down at Ella’s. The Apes open; spins by Wax Wednesday DJs. 7 p.m. doors, $60 (includes dinner buffet, champagne toast and drink specials), 5119 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 813-234-1000.
All Good New Year's Eve 2013: Florida Night Heat & Samurai Shotgun with DJs Qeys, Mes, Silence & Soft Rock Renegades, at Crowbar. The usual All Good Tuesday night jams are boosted by live music and guest DJs during this spirited celebration of the New Year, with Florida Night Heat serving the usual drone, stoned n’ psychedelic-oozy rock n’ roll while Samurai Shotgun rips through an onslaught of their urgent funking hip hop. 9 p.m., free admission, 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City, 813-241-8600.
More after the jump...
BB King New Year’s Eve at Capitol Theatre The most significant elder statesmen of blues guitar lands at one of the oldest operating theaters in Florida to thrill Bay area NYE revelers with his accomplished fretwork, and those distinctive expressive axe tones so many bluesmen try to imitate but never quite achieve, and that King seems to draw out so effortlessly from his black Gibson, Lucille. This intimate holiday performance kicks off with a warm-up set by fingerstyle whiz Shaun Hopper. For those who can’t quite swing this date, King also plays a second show on Thurs., Jan. 2. 9 p.m., $86-$150, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 727-791-7400.
NYE with Donna the Buffalo, at Skipper's Smokehouse. A festive convergence of The Herd hits the Skipperdome to ring in 2014 with Donna the Buffalo. The New York roots-folk jam ensemble was founded nearly 25 years ago by co-songwriters Jeb Puryear (vocals, guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, washboard, percs). This year they issued their first fresh full-length in five years and 10th album overall, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday. A warm-up set of bright Americana by Rebekah Pulley Duo, featuring the local songstress hopping between keys and acoustic guitar as joined by collaborator/life partner Rob Pastore on double bass and steel guitar. 8 p.m., $40 (includes a champagne toast, breakfast buffet and party favors), 910 Skipper Road Tampa, 813-971-0666.