Tonight in live music; Merchandise LP release, Toby Keith, Siopis, New Orleans Suspects & more

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Merchandise play Mojo Books & Records in Tampa, Florida on September 20, 2016. They play another LP release show tonight in Ybor City. - Mark Ferrer
Mark Ferrer
Merchandise play Mojo Books & Records in Tampa, Florida on September 20, 2016. They play another LP release show tonight in Ybor City.

N'awlins, Tampa, drum and bass, country, jazz, and classical are all represented in tonight's live music lineup with every price point covered, too. Have a look at what Friday night has in store for your ears below. 

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(Key - 🎼  Classical / 🎷Jazz)

Toby Keith w/Eric Paslay/Waterloo Revival There are going to be a “Few More Cowboys” at this amphitheatre show than the one fellow country big boy Chase Rice is having at Jannus the night before. Toby Keith is pointing a lot of fingers in his new single, but the cut is made of the same threads that make up his America-loving, “let me appeal to the working-class” hits. Keith, 55, does have the seal of approval from Mr. Willie Nelson, so there is that if you’re on the fence about this one. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa) INFO

Merchandise LP Release w/Public Memory/Sleeping Pills/Naga This is the companion show to Merchandise’s September 20 free in-store at Mojo Books & Records, and where the Tampa guys gone big might not have been able to pack it in at the bookstore, you can bet they will at Crowbar in Ybor City. Expect frontman Carson Cox & co. to play a set more indicative of the one they are going to be bringing to fans who’ll be seeing them in Europe and all over the U.S. as part of a tour that runs all the way to December and keep a close eye on new drummer Leo Suarez who guitarist David Vassalotti called one of the brightest musicians he’s ever worked with. Brooklyn, New York experimental-electro project Public Memory come in from out of town, while new wave/rock outfit Sleeping Pills and Naga from Tampa round things out. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Strung Like A Horse The name caught your eye, so we listened to Strung Like A Horse for you. The Chattanooga, Tennessee quintet completely fit into the punkgrass sound they purport to occupy, and the sounds on their 2015 LP should please fans of The Felice Brothers and Violent Femmes alike. In sum, they’re way better than the name suggests. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

New Orleans Suspects Why does everything coming out of New Orleans feel like a supergroup? The Suspects are pieced together from musicians who played in bands for Joss Stone, Neville Brothers, The Radiators and even James Brown Band. Frontman Jake Eckert plays guitar in Dirty Zozen brass band, and the guys arrive for the free show in support of a brand new album, Kaleidoscoped where they lay down jazzy, party-time blues & roots rock that feels slightly swampy, but more or less funked up and Southern to the ninth degree. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

Siopis w/Brian Busto/Jesse Scotto/Glen S Sometimes you’ve got to fall in love with clarinet and trumpet then get into breakdancing and graffiti before finally realizing that your true calling is to lead electro into the mainstream. Just ask Jannis Siopis, who did all that before gaining notoriety for his role in revered European label Crosstown Rebels. The underground legend from Berlin plays one of Ybor’s more underground, albeit long-running, clubs for this special set organized by longtime scene staple Brian Bustos. (The Castle, Ybor City) INFO


Swearingen & Kelli (Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg) INFO
Soul Night w/Sugarbear/Handsome Greg (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO
Weather For Strangers/Straxhollow/Thoth (Stained Marketplace, Ybor City) INFO
Starlight Concerts w/Voices of Jazz (Highlander Park, Dunedin) INFO 🎷
Heissler Organ Concert Series w/Thomas Gaynor (St. Petersburg College Music Center, St. Petersburg) INFO 🎼 
Purple Experience (feat. Matt “Dr.” Fink) (Coliseum, St, Petersburg) INFO
Este Loves Band (The Ale & The Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO
Assemblage 23 (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

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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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