Tonight in live music; Birdman, Johnnyswim, Joe Budden and more

Puscifer and Rock The Park, too.

Fitz and the Tantrums w/Barns Courtney The Los Angeles dance-pop six-piece returns to St. Petersburg for a show in support of a new, self-titled 2016 album which topped out at no. 17 on the Billboard 200. In a new video for single “Roll Up,” frontman Michael Fitzpatrick is an animated, fucked up cupid who flies around the venue taking concertgoers’ smartphone away. We doubt that’ll be possible at this massive gig, but he’ll probably be too busy dancing like a maniac onstage to care. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

Johnnyswim w/Dan Layus As good as they are, an appearance from Americana duo Johnnyswim isn’t uncommon around these parts. Making this top at the Ritz in Ybor City so special is the fact that it’ll find Jonathan Berlin on bass. Longtime local music followers will know Berlin as frontman for Jacksonville psych-pop duo Sunbears!, whose famous technicolor live shows have graced many a Bay area stage. Go see the home state boy done good, and get there early to see Dan Layus (of Augustana fame) open the show. (Ritz Ybor, Ybor City) INFO

Rock The Park w/The Freecoasters/Greymarket/more Greymarket has been on a tear lately, bringing their futuristic brand of new age pop to festivals, clubs and now downtown Tampa’s long-running outdoor concert series. Fort Meyers five-piece The Freecoasters roll in with a take on southern soul, reggae and rocksteady that is truly unique to them. Expect frontwoman Claire Liparulo & co. to draw a lot on their Show Up LP while also working covers of The Beatles, Amy Winehouse plus Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. This show is free and pet-friendly. (Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa) INFO

Joe Budden Slaughterhouse’s Joe Budden doesn’t like Drake all too much. “His arrogance is what will eventually be the demise of him,” the 36-year-old Jersey City rapper recently said in an interview on the Combat Jack Show. Budden has every right to chime in. Slaughterhouse — Budden’s supergroup with Joell Ortiz, Kxng Crooked and Royce da 5'9" — released two fan-loved LPs (a 2009 self-titled effort, 2012’s Welcome to: Our House) on top of a pair of mixtapes, and fans are eagerly awaiting a long rumoured 2016 album. We’ll see how much of the beef Budden brings up at this stop at Orpheum in Ybor City (it’s been dubbed “The Rage Tour,” so we’re guessing it’ll be pretty poisous on stage). (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Birdman Live w/Antonio Sanchez If you felt weird and confused watching Michael Keaton in Birdman, then you can thank Antonio Sanchez. The five-time Grammy-winning drummer provided the shore for the film, and for this stop he’ll be performing it live while the Alejandro G. Iñárritu-directed black comedy plays in the background. It’s not often film and music come together on stage like this, and it’s even more rare to see it happen at a facility like the Straz Center, so advance tickets are advised for this affair. (Ferguson Hall at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO


Jon Stickley Trio (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

Puscifer (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

Funk, Soul & 90s James w/ DJ Fader & Von Garden (Red Star Rock Bar, Tampa) INFO

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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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