HoneyWhat plays Tampa’s Rock The Park and leads Thursday’s live music lineup

Tonight in live music.

click to enlarge HoneyWhat, which plays Rock The Park at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, Florida on June 7, 2018. - HoneyWhat
HoneyWhat, which plays Rock The Park at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, Florida on June 7, 2018.

✔️ = Critic's Pick

✔️ Rock The Park w/The Porch Sessions/The Reality/HoneyWhat Danielle Mohr’s band has a new name (HoneyWhat), and the Bay area songwriter will test it out to open this month’s installment of Rock The Park in downtown Tampa. Rarely seen off-again, on-again alt-folk group The Porch Sessions is also playing the free, pet- and kid-friendly evening, but 28-year-old songwriter Nathanael Hyer — a Bradenton crooner is relatively new to the Bay area Americana scene — had to cancel. Filling in at the last minute and providing summery sounds this time around will be funk and reggae four-piece The Reality. These shows aren’t officially BYOB, but we’ve never seen the cops give anyone who wasn’t an asshole a hard time. Rock the Park starts early (6:30 p.m.) so you’ll be in bed before 11 p.m., too. (Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa) INFO

✔️ Fides w/Empire Cinema/Schaefer Llana The tunes on Fides’ 2016 album, Across The Yard, can switch between slow-burning and melancholic (the title track), hair-raisingly joyous (“Blown Out”) and straight-up anthemic (“Broken”). It’s all just perfect for fans of indie rockers like David Bazan and even The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas. On Thursday, the Mississippi-based quartet brings another Magnolia State act (songwriter Schaefer Llana) to St. Pete for a show alongside hometown boys Empire Cinema, who are playing shows in support of the band’s own self-titled debut released just this year. Have a look at a recent Paper Thin Walls live session Llana recorded, pick up your jaw and then head to another free show at The Bends (bring money for drinks). (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

Empire Cinema is releasing 50 advance copies of its new album on Record Store Day

Red Light Cafe w/Terrapin Don’t forget that The Bunker is still a great spot to catch a small DIY show. On Thursday, the Ybor coffee shop and community space continues its Red Light Café series with an appearance from St. Petersburg’s Nick Capone. Better known as Terrapin, Capone deploys his voice, drum machines and synth in creating what he calls “ambient downtempo synth grooves for night people.” It’s been a couple of years since Terrapin’s debut, The Quiet Ones, but two new singles — “Ligeia Mare” and “Fata Morgana” — suggest that Capone is working towards a new release soon. (The Bunker, Ybor City) INFO


Vintage Youth w/VJ Jason Barco (Orbit 19 Lounge, Holiday) INFO

Youth Ukulele (Hugh Embry Library, Dade City) INFO

The Sound of Music (Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

“Living Room Live" Open Mic w/Rebekah Pulley (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues (Rhythm and Brews, Zephyrhills) INFO

Hector Mayoral (c.1949 Florida Beer Garden, 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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