New World Brewery’s five-day 26th anniversary celebration kicks off today in Tampa

The beloved music venue, restaurant and bar was forced to leave Ybor City in 2017.

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click to enlarge Melissa Grady, who joins Will Quinlan at the New World Brewery music hall in Tampa, Florida on April 16, 2021. - Jess Phillips
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Melissa Grady, who joins Will Quinlan at the New World Brewery music hall in Tampa, Florida on April 16, 2021.

New World Brewery celebrates 26 turns around the sun this weekend with a five-day run of concerts that kicks off today at the Tampa music venue, bar and restaurant’s new-ish location in Sulphur Springs.

Most of the events are no cover, with two ticketed shows happening in the venue’s music hall on Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday’s free beer garden gig features five songwriters including Liam Bauman who recently got a nod in American Songwriter for his work with another local favorite, Leon Majcen.

DJs—including the revival of the Sunset Sundays crew featuring Creative Loafing Tampa Bay contributor Stephanie Powers—spin for free in the beer garden on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Other free beer garden concerts happening as part of New World’s anniversary weekend include sets by Tampa’s queen of pop Jeremy Gloff, one-man band and cigar-box guitar king Lauris Vidal, folkie Treble Hook and rock songwriter Jsanti.

Ticketed shows in the music hall find BOTB-winning cellist Melissa Grady (pictured) joining Will Quinlan on Friday, plus madman-led rock outfit Holy Terror and Tampa rapper Mike Mass playing Saturday.

In September 2017, after a 22-year-run in Ybor City, New World was forced to shut down its original location and built a new cathedral a few miles up Nebraska Avenue where it opened at 810 Skagway Ave. last spring, just before the coronavirus pandemic shut down venues across the globe. New World is one of several local businesses running under the grassroots, City of Tampa-backed "Safe & Sound" initiative where business owners practice limited-capacity, mask wearing and other COVID-19 precautions.

Get more information on New World Brewery’s 26th anniversary concerts below and see more about free beer tastings via

New World Brewery 26th anniversary concerts (all shows no cover and in the beer garden unless otherwise noted)

Wednesday, April 14

  • Liam Bauman w/Deb RubyTaylor Raynor/Guianna/Marc Ganancias/David Kibby Jeff Brawer 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

Thursday, April 15

  • The Finest In Funk: DJ AJ Hall 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Friday, April 16

  • Treble Hook 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
  • Will Quinlan & Melissa Grady w/The Wandering Hours 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ($20-$35/table)
  • DJ Cub w/Catmat 9:30-midnight

Saturday, April 17

  • Lauris Vidal 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Jeremy Gloff 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
  • Holy Terror w/Mike Mass 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ($20-$35/table)
  • DJ Steph$ 9:45 p.m.-midnight

Sunday, April 17

  • Jsanti 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Sunset Sundays 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

See a list of Tampa “Safe & Sound” live music venues here.

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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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