Lots of enticing live music options on this Thurs., July 3, giving you plenty of reasons to party down. Because, you know, you have tomorrow off and all. Might as well start the patriotic celebrations (ahem, drinking) early...
Hot Dog Party 8 with The Coathangers, Samurai Shotgun, Moonmen from Mars, Mushmind. For the past several years, on the eve of Independence Day, THX Management has presented a dog-eating and rock-blasting throwdown at Crowbar. Hot Dog Party 8 (“Mustard the Strength, Relish in Victory”) features its usual namesake eating competition (whoever gorges the most franks in eight minutes wins a “championship strap” designed by Mohawk Crew artist Tanner Monroe), with the added bonus of a Twerking Contest (hosted by local pop songwriter Jeremy Gloff). This year’s musical headliners are The Coathangers, an Atlanta-bred all-grrl guitar-bass-drums trio touring behind fourth full-length Suck My Shirt, full of tight, grungy-raw garage rock and No Wave dissonance, their droning snotty vocal harmonies usually led by the ragged scratching intones of drummer Stephanie Luke. Samurai Shotgun blasts through heavy prog-hop with frontman raps by Prince Golden, Moonmen from Mars are a self-styled “interactive multimedia punk/horror-core band” with a member on “digital visual trails,” and Mushmind rounds it out with noisy punk flavor. Party jams by Thee Liquid Jesus DJs. 7 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City. –Leilani Polk
RAGE: Pre-Independence Day Hip Hop Party A free indie hip hop party at the Bends with live sets by by Figment The’emcee, who spits about the sometimes-torturous creative process over top a Pretty Lights-sampled groove in recent mixtape single “Mrs. Write,” and Rival, who delivers soulful old school-flavored swag. Also performing: Pryde, Daniel D-law Sleurs, Josh Saint White, i_Dea and Barabbas, with DJs Earl Grae and Young Bacon spinning before, in between, and afterwards. 9 p.m., The Bends, St. Petersburg. –LP
Paul Ritch The recent wave of obnoxiously over-produced EDM bangers has greatly hampered genres full of evolutionary potential. Luckily for dance music fans, Paul Ritch hits town to school the uninitiated and remind us that vets of electronic music are still capable of touching the soul. With releases on Adam Beyer's Drumcode and Sven Vaath's Cocoon Records imprints as well as an appearance at Ibiza super-club Privilege slated for this summer, Ritch makes a rare stop in Central Florida, bringing his unique blend of high hat-filled deep house and tribal/Latin dance fusion. 10 p.m.-3 a.m., The Kennedy, Tampa. –Cody Smith
Bunker Singer-Songwriter Night with Forever Town, American Song Box, JCT 27 The weekly acoustic music series at the cozy Ybor coffee shop features out-of-towners for its pre-4th edition: Forever Town, a hard rock trio from Austin that’ll be filming footage for a tour documentary. 7-9 p.m., Tre Amici @ The Bunker, Ybor City. –LP
Stars & Bars: The Real Clash One of the Bay area’s most promising hip hop ensembles was cultivated in St. Pete College’s Music Industry/Recording Arts (MIRA) program, spewing forth from the campus and bringing their hard-hitting grooves to local stages, including this year’s Tropical Heatwave. Their sound is built on live instrumentation (guitar, bass, keys, drums), emcees J Acolyte and Shadcore trading off lead rhymes and verses as singer Eliana Blanchard adds melodic croons, howls and hypes to the vocal mix. More acts TBA for this all-ages show. 8 p.m., Orpheum, Ybor City. –LP
Rock the Park: The John Clark Band, Diane Andrieux, Fistful July’s edition of Rock the Park showcases the talents of John Clark, a drawling Petty-esque singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar rocker who leads his quartet through dusty driving folk rock odes; and Diane Andrieux, a songstress with a meaty-soulful howl and broad range who infuses her R&B sound with elements of jazz, pop and hip hop. Fistful is also scheduled to play. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, downtown Tampa. –LP
Culture feat. Kenyatta Hill with King Addis, N.Y. Sun Drummers & Dancers A&E Editor Julie Garisto called Culture’s recent Gasparilla Music Festival set “a perfect start to our day at GMF. They were tight and energetic, fronted by the magnetic Kenyatta Hill, son of the late Joseph ‘Culture’ Hill, and made me hope to get another dose of live Culture in the near future.’” She gets her chance this Thursday evening, when the roots reggae group that came up in the 1970s during Jamaica’s golden age of reggae, and is now led by its late leader’s prodigal son, hits town with their swaying ganja-friendly sounds. 9 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg. –LP