There's never, ever, a shortage of solid singer-songwriter shows in the Bay area, and fans of the genre have a hard decision to make on Friday.
That's because Dan Rodriguez, a Detroit-born, Minneapolis-based, bard, is at the quirky Safety Harbor Art & Music Center while Van Plating and Blake Daniels play Hooch and Hive, a West River district venue 20 miles away in Tampa.
All three artists are fresh off new releases—Rodriguez' Quarantine Sessions, Daniels' indie-pop/Americana gem Break the Cycle, and Van Plating's simultaneously shimmery, gritty and vulnerable November album The Way Down—and all three put on a hell of a show. It's a can't lose, no matter which neighborhood you end up in.
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...