Jeff Beck, Obknoxious DJ showdown top Sunday live music in Tampa Bay

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click to enlarge Jeff Beck, who plays MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Florida on August 26, 2018. - Rhino Records
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Jeff Beck, who plays MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Florida on August 26, 2018.

✔️ = Critic's Pick

✔️ Jeff Beck w/Paul Rodgers/Ann Wilson He is one of rock and roll’s most important guitarists, and while Jeff Beck never really achieved the full notoriety of contemporaries like Clapton, Hendrix or Jimmy Page, the 74-year-old is still out on the road playing songs from his own projects plus those he participated in with Rod Stewart. He brings a more than 50-year career to the big amphitheatre off of Interstate 4, where Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, the Firm, the Law) and Ann Wilson (of '70s and '80s rock-radio dominating sister-led outfit Heart) open the show. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa) INFO

✔️ Unite to Reunite: R.A.I.C.E.S. Fundraiser w/Permanent Makeup/They Hate Change/Clang!/Bushi/Apoc Siren/Fjshwjfe Similar to a St. Petersburg R.A.I.C.E.S. benefit show earlier this summer, this Ybor City show taps songwriters (Bushi), punks (Permanent Makeup), noise artists (Apoc Sirec, Fjshwjfe), hip-hop producers (They Hate Change) and a pair of increasingly endearing lo-fi punk and pop bands (Clang!, Charles Irwin) to come together in the hopes of padding the coffers for The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, which is a Texas nonprofit that provides legal services to immigrants who are still sorting out the shitshow that is Trump’s border separation policy. (The Red Light, Ybor City) INFO

Tampa Bay production duo They Hate Change is not easily digestible, and we like it that way.

RJ Howson w/Berry Duane Oakley/Lee Venters RJ Howson’s blues mettle was forged and tested in the vibrant Chicago scene, and on Sunday the Bradenton-based guitarist invites a special guest — bassist Berry Duane Oakley, who is the son of the founding bass player of the Allman Brothers Band, Berry Oakley — to join him for a set under the oak canopy at one of Tampa’s longest-running live music venues. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

✔️ Tampa Bay Indian Music & Dance Festival It’s the third go for the Shruti Foundation, whose Indian Music & Dance Festival melds the worlds of Northern and Southern India by bringing together some of the brightest minds in both the Carnatic and Hindustani backgrounds. Longtime Tampa tabla player Shankh Lahiri will be on hand along with sitar player Maestro Ustad Irshad Khan, chordophone killer Saraswathi Ranganathan, mridangam player Megaraja Rao Venupuri and more. Students from the Shruti School of Music kick things off with a 4 p.m. Saraswati Vandana (a Hindu mantra that is recited for music, knowledge and wisdom), and the program should be over by 10 p.m. (The Hindu Temple of Florida, Tampa) INFO

Tampa DJ Jake Dela Cruz isn’t even old enough to be in the clubs that he’s tearing up

✔️ Obknoxious DJ Championship After sorting through entries from across the east coast, James Knox — aka King Knoxygen — has selected the four DJs who’ll compete for $1,500 and other prizes as part of the finale to his Obknoxious birthday weekend (other highlights include a Friday-night show with Kanye West collaborator Cyhi the Prynce). The DJ competition will happen on Sunday, at Franklin Manor in downtown Tampa, and competitors include Tampa Bay’s own Jake Dela Cruz, Orlando’s DJ Philo, Rocket Jackson from New York and South Carolina’s DJ Rehab. “They showed us what we were looking for,” Knox told CL. “Their sets were Obknoxious. Let’s see if they can bring that same energy to the finals.” (The Franklin Manor, Tampa) INFO

DJ Izm w/DJ Wonder This is not a set by Tarik Ejjama of Australian hip-hop group Bliss n Eso, and that’s more than fine. This DJ Izm (real name Jeff Hansen) is a Long Island-born Pianos and La Esquina resident whose Partysharks NYC parties have been soundtracking brunches and late nights in the Big Apple for years. Hot 97 alum DJ Wonder (now on Sirius XM’s “Sway In The Morning”) is a late addition to this show, which is yet another lively edition of Crowbar’s free-to-attend, come-as-you-are and long-running Ol’ Dirty Sundays party. (Ol’ Dirty Sundays at Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO


Alkaline Trio (House of Blues at Disney Springs, Lake Buena Vista) INFO

Subterranean Sundays w/DJ Cub/Cat Mat (Hampton Station, Tampa) INFO

Listening Room Festival Draft (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Jazz Brunch w/Marlon Boone & Friends (Jazz House Supper Club, Tampa) INFO

Faculty/Guest Recital w/John Robison & Maggie Coleman (Barness Recital Hall at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

Cottondale Swamp (3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Torpedo (Caddy's On The Beach, Sunset Beach) INFO

Deck Music: John Nowicki (Mermaid Tavern, Tampa) INFO

Someday Honey (Independent Bar and Cafe, Tampa) INFO

Wormhole Afterparty w/Brian Busto/Brendon Block/Diego/Phoenix Jagger/Rohry O'/Santino Bontemp/Suddenly Strange (The Movement Sanctuary, St. Petersburg) 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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