Chick Corea, Jordan Esker Tampa Bay’s Friday live music lineup

Oh, look Ben Katzman is back, too.


✔️= Critic's Pick

✔️ Chick Corea Chick Corea’s intimate Bay area gigs have become something local jazz fans are getting used to, and while we’ll have to wait to hear the official tape from a pair of sold-out January trio gigs at Saint Petersburg College (Corea did press a few copies to sell in Europe, so check eBay), this solo piano show is another chance to get up close and personal with the truly legendary 77-year-old jazz composer and Miles Davis collaborator. In a new interview with CL, Corea said he’ll be highlighting the work of his favorite composers and experimenting with new takes on fan favorites like “Spain” at this gig. Visit to read more. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

Before Clearwater show, Chick Corea talks going DIY, playing mashups and plans for India

#Friday w/Said the Sky Trevor Christensen drops in to headline The Ritz’s untz-y Friday-night party, where he’ll play songs from Wide-Eyed, the 2018 debut which stands to let Christensen (aka Said the Sky) finally differentiate himself from Illenium, a far more popular producer who has not only collaborated with Christensen on a number of songs, but taken the 25-year-old up-and-comer on countless tours. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Ben Katzman’s DeGreaser w/Fever Beam/Chaff After playing St. Petersburg just a week ago, ridiculously opulent rock and roll frontman Ben Katzman bookends a Florida tour supporting his forthcoming Quarter Life Crisis album with a pay-what-you-want-at-the-door record-shop gig along with St. Petersburg twang-rock quartet Fever Beam and a new-to-us band, Chaff. (Mojo Books & Records, Tampa) INFO

✔️ Jonah Matranga w/The Pauses/Awkward Age It’s been 20 years since Far released its second major-label LP (Water & Solutions), but the Northern California post-hardcore band’s frontman Jonah Matranga is on the road and playing the effort — which saw Far carving out its own place in a then-crowded alternative-metal space — in full. Orlando post-pop group The Pauses opens this record-shop gig alongside Tampa punk band Awkward Age, and there are only 60 spots available, so buy your ticket in advance. (Microgroove, Tampa) INFO

Tampa's Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent embrace mistakes on new LP

✔️ Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent Fail to Learn, the brand new release from Tampa indie-soul and pop outfit Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent, is slowly growing into one of CL’s favorite local albums of 2018. Here’s a chance to see the band play selections from it for free while also grabbing a meal or snack at one of Seminole Heights’ liveliest weekend hotspots. (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

Cody Johnson Prison guard and rodeo rider turned country crooner Cody Johnson brings a new single, “On My Way To You,” to Dallas Bull, which is sort of like the last place most pop-country artists play before landing on bills that pass through much larger venues like the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre just down the street. We’re sure that Johnson — a Texas native who self-released six LPs in 10 years, but didn’t find a hit until 2014 — is happy about it, and we’re curious to see which Tampa venue he plays on his next swing through. (Dallas Bull, Tampa) INFO

Metal For iPads w/Nasty Savage/Mad Splatter/Argus/Planet Graveyard/Against My Will A storied Tampa thrash and metal band, Nasty Savage, makes an appearance the Brass Mug in the hopes of helping raise money for kids battling cancer. Proceeds from the gig will go towards helping the Apple A Day Foundation purchase new iPads for young patients going through chemotherapy. A minimum $2 donation means you can definitely work this into your Friday-night plans. (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

WavvHouse: The Ultimate House Party Experience w/Bangarang/Samurai Shotgun/Mic Deluxx/more There are house shows, and then there are house parties. This one combines the two and taps a sturdy lineup of rap and rock acts to provide the sounds (highlights include Tampa emcee Mic Deluxx, who is readying his “postmodern pre-apocalyptic hip-hop album,” and Bay area expats Samurai Shotgun, who are in from Atlanta). You’re gonna have to phone a friend about the specific location on this rager. (House Show, Tampa) INFO

Tampa Bay songwriter Kerry Courtney’s new project is more honest that he’s ever been in the past

Wrested w/Man The Hunter/Kerry Courtney A Tampa post-metal band (Wrested) makes its St. Petersburg debut alongside Tampa desert-rock band Man the Hunter and St. Pete songwriter Kerry Courtney (of Goodnight, Neverland), who is entering the final phases of recording for a forthcoming solo album. (Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️ Öona Dahl w/Brian Busto/Jesse Scoto/Luke Bird The Serious Soul collective brings its party underground with a show in the basement of St. Petersburg restaurant Iberian Rooster. Headlining the party is Öona Dahl, a Hallucienda-affiliated producer and DJ who is also one half of electronic duo Slumber. Expect an ambient and dreamy take on house and techno at this one, and get there early to see a trio of locals open the show. (SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO

Soul! w/Funk Jesus/Gregg Schmidt If you're over 30 years old, then you definitely remember the old Orpheum's Soul! night which used to spin funk, Northern soul, deep soul, Philly soul, R&B, Motown and other soul styles on the last Monday of every month. DJs Funk Jesus and Gregg Schmidt bring it to the new Orpheum on Friday, and we hope it's for forever. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Living For Logan Benefit w/Low Season/Broken Things/Laser Mouth/Jolly Fuckers The Living for Logan Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to the fight against distracted driving. Our primary missions are to ultimately eliminate the distracted driving epidemic through education and legislation, while also supporting victims and families affected by similar tragedies. Go see some punk rock and support the cause. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO



Danielle Mohr & Moonlight Madness (Ruby’s Elixir, St. Petersburg) INFO

Evanescence w/Lindsey Stirling (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa) INFO

Beachwolf (Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Mak Brothers W/Infinite 8s (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Rising Down (Hooch and Hive, Tampa) INFO

Somatic (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO


SUM R&R 1 Year Anniversary w/Eazybaked/G-Space/more (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO


Art Raffle w/Dinosaur Gold/Bendy Straw/Ella Jet and Future Soul/Phaze Jones/DJ Wally Clark (The Attic Café, Tampa) INFO


Dukes of Juke w/Blue Dice (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Summer of Soul w/Damon Fowler Trio (Side Door Cabaret at Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO


Joshua Reilly (Independent Bar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Kimi Tortuga (c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO


Jeff Vitolo and The Quarter Mile Rebels (Smokin’ 19, St. Petersburg) INFO

Trippy Squad Takeover (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO


Good Music On Vinyl (Mermaid Tavern, Tampa) INFO


Nexx Level (Caddy’s, Sunset Beach) INFO

Mixed Signal (O'Briens Irish Pub, Tampa) INFO

Fencewalk (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Over the Edge (Two Buks, Clearwater) 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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