Here are nearly 30 live music events happening in Tampa Bay on Saturday

Something for every palate and price point.

click to enlarge Brother Cephus, which plays The Bricks in Ybor City, Florida on August 4, 2018. - Amy Kate Anderson
Amy Kate Anderson
Brother Cephus, which plays The Bricks in Ybor City, Florida on August 4, 2018.

✔️ = Critic's Pick

Nervous Turkey Ernie Locke is one of the most exciting frontmen in recent Bay area music history, and you're not delirious from all those drinks at The Hub. Locke is back in town, and he's getting the band (Nervous Turkey) back together for a Saturday night bender. "The deep greasy growls, gut bellows and clambering presence of CL’s 2009 Best Frontman winner are still as huge as ever," former CL music editor Leilani Polk wrote in recent issue of CL's Best of the Bay, "even if Ernie himself has shed some noticeable pounds." (The Hub, Tampa) INFO

Beth McKee w/Terri Binion Dreamwood Acres could be anywhere, and Orlando songwriter Beth McKee invites listeners to go there on a fifth solo LP of roots music that taps a little energy from her new, part-time home state of North Carolina (plus some funky piano and psychedelic flourish from collaborators John Pfiffner and Dean Foster) en route to becoming the strongest collection of work Mckee has put together so far. Fellow Orlando songwriter Terri Binion will open this release show. (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Before EP release show, Tampa dream-pop band Hello Joyce shares a new single, “Lightspeed”

✔️ Hello Joyce EP Release w/Deadborns/Charles Irwin You know what’s tight? Brother Speedo, the new EP from Tampa indie-pop band Hello Joyce, which landed its last record (Couch Thoughts) on CL’s Best Local Albums list last year. Head to to hear the premiere of Brother Speedo track “Lightspeed,” where Hello Joyce leads listeners through three-and-a-half minutes of trippy retro rock that sounds a little like the way The Beatles might’ve if they’d grown up in the Instagram age. Head to the record shop after that for this release show alongside psychedelic St. Pete soul-rock band Deadborns and Tampa songwriter Charles Irwin. (Microgroove, Tampa) INFO

Sharpie Show w/Gino Capone What's that smell? Sharpies, baby. Black Crow is staging an art show dedicated to work completed with the use of a Sharpie marker, and the pieces hung at the show are guaranteed to be better that that penis drawing on the bathroom stall. Bonus points since Gino Capone (of working class rock and roll band Johnny Mile and the Kilometers) will be playing tunes. (Black Crow Coffee Co., St. Petersburg) INFO

Supernova w/Joshua Cruz/Dabron Kain/J’nelle Two highlights of the Bay area pop hip-hop scene (Joshua Cruz and Dabron Kain) play their new albums backed by a live band after rising Tampa Bay R&B singer J’nelle opens the show. (SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️ Rusko w/Gent & Jawns Christopher Mercer survived a very shitty 2017 (read: full-body lymphoma that reached his blood, bone marrow and beyond). The 33-year-old better known as Rusko survived and is cancer-free, so now one of the first U.K. producers to bring dubstep to the U.S. is arriving to headline a show and celebrate life (and support a new EP) alongside Mad Decent signee Long Phung, who makes trap, future bass and riddim under the Gent & Jawns moniker. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Before Tampa Warped Tour appearance, LIMBS’ Chris Costanza talks religion, single parenthood and more

Warped Tour Well folks, it’s over. After nearly 25 years, dwindling crowds and the work it takes to sustain them has led traveling punk-rock circus Warped Tour to call it quits. There’s no way to really quantify what the festival has meant to the waves of suburban kids who passed through those gates and came out addicted to punk, but more than 50 bands (our faves include This Wild Life, We The Kings, Real Friends, Pennywise, New Found Glory and Movements) will help it say goodbye on Saturday. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Tampa) INFO

Emo Night Brooklyn and Emo Night Tampa w/Brother Cephus/Crate Bros. It finally happened. Emo Night Brooklyn (a travelling, ticketed DJ night dedicated to third wave emo — think The Used, My Chemical Romance and Hot Topic) and Emo Night Tampa (a homegrown, free-to-attend affair dedicated to the genre’s first, second and fourth wave — think The Jazz June, Dikembe, American Football and, well, normal clothing) are happening on the same night and just blocks away from each other. In our eyes, the Tampa party has the upper hand on Thursday thanks to the addition of a live set from CL fave Brother Cephus, but let’s face it: we love the bartenders at both Orpheum and The Bricks. Party wherever, but at least make your song requests via the correct social media channels. (Orpheum and The Bricks, Ybor City)

Tampa author John Capouya draws a musical road map with his book Florida Soul

✔️ Summer of Soul: Little Jake and the Soul Searchers The last Palladium appearance from this legendary Sunshine State soul collective was a sold-out affair in celebration of a 2017 John Capouya book which explored the state’s soul music origins. Capouya will also be back for this gig where he’ll sign books after Little Jake Mitchell (aka “Mr. Excitement,” the first black performer to ever play University of Florida’s Gator Growl homecoming show) gets the crowd all riled up. (Side Door Cabaret at Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO



22N (3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

A Tribute to Luther Vandross w/Danny Clay (Callaloo at the Historic Manhattan Casino, St. Petersburg) INFO

Silverback (Two Buks, Clearwater) INFO

B. Haven (Tanner’s Lakeside, Winter Haven) INFO

Deadontime (Red Star Rock Bar, Tampa) INFO


Hippiefest w/Vanilla Fudge/Rick Derringer/Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels /Badfinger featuring Joey Molland (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

Brutality w/Druid Lord/Sadistic Vision/Lineage/Death Plague/Christ (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Jetter w/Sonic Aftermath (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO

Four Star Riot (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Sonic Stew w/The Reality/Blassafrass (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Citrus Horse (Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO


Saturday Skittles: A night of Future Bass, Trap & Mid Tempo w/Rogerthomas/Temple V (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

So What’cha Want w/DJ Fader (Orbit 19, Holiday) INFO


Florida Mountain Boys & Friends: An Acoustic Tribute to the Life and Music of Jerry Garcia (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

Ramblegrass (Crooked Thumb Brewery, Safety Harbor) INFO


Soukous All-Stars w/Amandla Tunesmith (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO


Tyler Costanzo (c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO


The Elements Hip-Hop (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO


Local Noise Show 11 w/Leveret/DJ Hollowlife/Bacon Grease /Murtis /Unfade/Tyler/Grimmel /Tomokie's cup/Elsie Shiro/Tatiana Mesa (The In-Between House, Tampa) 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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