Brother Cephus, the Beer Garden Sessions top Tampa Bay’s local live music calendar

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click to enlarge Brother Cephus, the Beer Garden Sessions top Tampa Bay’s local live music calendar
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Tampa Bay doesn’t get many chances to see Brother Cephus, and the band’s Friday, April 12 no-cover gig at downtown Tampa’s smoky, stiff-drink haven The Hub will hopefully find the homegrown outfit — fronted by brothers Seth and Gabe Davis — showing longtime fans what it's been up to since the release of a 2017 album, Not That Important, which was actually one of that year’s most important local indie-rock releases. Best friends Peter Kokkinakos and Ben Saylor bring their garage-rock outfit Jensen Serf Company to open the show alongside experimental act Gela. Get information on the gig via Facebook.

If you need a fix of local music before that, then visit Mermaid Tavern, which regularly embraces members of the Bay area music scene. This Thursday, April 11 show taps an electro post-punk act, Luuls, to join Portland expat Whirlynn on a bill of experimental sounds. It’ll cost you zero dollars to check this one out, and more information is available on Facebook.

There are a wealth of local shows packed into the rest of the week (have a look at the bottom of this post), but everything wraps up quite nicely on Wednesday, April 17 at Crowbar's Beer Garden Sessions when a pair of relatively younger acts — Sunola and Deb Ruby — get the chance to play alongside two Bay area rock and roll scene lifers (Shawn Kyle and Will Quinlan) who’ll be supported by another voice that’s quickly become one of Florida’s brightest folk singers, Josh Reilly. No cover for this Ybor City patio show where Jason “Clam Master Jay” Rodriguez stages one of his last local pop-ups before going back to Maine. Get information on the show via



April 12, Rebekah Pulley w/The Wandering Hours/The Honey Badgers (The Blue Note, Tampa)
April 12, Live & Local w/Danielle Mohr (Jaeb Courtyard at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa)
April 12, Florida Folk Scene Showcase w/John Allen James/Stillhouse Shakers/Penn Johnson (Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg)
April 13, Live & Local w/Taylor Reed (Jaeb Courtyard at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa)
April 16, Melody Artisans of the Crooked Thumb: Habit Songs (Crooked Thumb Brewery, St. Petersburg)


April 12, Yuri’s Night 2019 w/Beerwolf/Servants of the Mist/El Coyote/The Astro Clintons (Brass Mug, Tampa)
April 12, Granny’s Gin (Red Star Rock Bar, Tampa)
April 12, Local Talent Showcase w/TBA (Ferg’s Sports Bar and Entertainment Complex, St. Petersburg)
April 13, Radio89 w/Love Songs For Junkies/The Subpars/Broken Things/Our Escape/Imminent Riot/The Prople/The Bad Katz/The Stone Cobras/Free Fall/The Damnsels/Saganaki Bomb Squad/Unchecked Aggression/A.O.M Band (Hooch and Hive, Tampa)
April 13, Music in the Beer Garden w/Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent (Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg)
April 13, Pig Pen w/Long Lost Enemies/Silver Alert/Dee Dee Mao (Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg)
April 13, Swampland Symphony (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)
April 13, HoneyWhat (Crooked Thumb Brewery, Safety Harbor)
April 13, Ian Haas & The Bee Whisperers w/Greg Milo (Green Light Bar, St. Petersburg)
April 13, Selwyn Birchwood (Wild Rover Brewing Company, Tampa)
April 13, American Legion Riders State Rally Benefit Show w/ Stormbringer (American Legion Seminole Post 111, Tampa)
April 13, Flashbacks:A SynthWave/New Wave Party w/Ortrotasce/Mother Juno/Shadow_Run Brothers (The Bends, St. Petersburg)
April 17, Acarya w/Hexproof/Oxmoore (Brass Mug, Tampa)
April 17, Scary Pockets (Crowbar, Ybor City)


April 11, USF Jazz Ensemble 2 (Barness Recital Hall at University of South Florida, Tampa)
April 11, Brad Myers (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)
April 12, USF Honors College Philharmonic (School of Music Concert Hall at University of South Florida, Tampa)
April 13-14, The Florida Orchestra: Brahms Symphony No. 1 w/Gemma New (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg)
April 14, USF Symphony Orchestra plays Tyler Kline’s “West Of the Sun” and Robert Hanson’s “Fanfare for Friends” (School of Music Concert Hall at University of South Florida, Tampa)
April 14, Same Day Delivery Orchestra (Independent Bar and Café, Tampa)
April 16, Night at the Opera w/UT Voice Performance Workshop/UT Symphony Orchestra (Sykes Chapel at University of Tampa, Tampa)
April 17, Palladium Chamber Players (Hough Hall Cabaret at Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)

Open Mic

April 11, Open Jam Night w/ Special Guests: Highway Advisory Radio (Hooch & Hive, Tampa)

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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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