Rock the Park’s 9-year anniversary features three of Tampa’s best bands

Brother Cephus, Charles Irwin and Hotbox are on the bill.

click to enlarge Rock the Park’s 9-year anniversary features three of Tampa’s best bands

For its 9-year anniversary, free outdoor concert series Rock the Park booked itself a heater. Charles Irwin — a Tampa band that is headed out of state for a tour that runs all the way up the east coast — kicks things off with sounds from a new album, Beach Lake Drive, where songs play like the harmonious groove of Beatlemania coupled with the vocal tone of Vance Joy and the benevolent attitude of modern, upbeat indie standouts like Twin Peaks.

Tampa indie-rock band Brother Cephus headlines with a set that’ll hopefully give fans a look into a follow-up to one of 2017’s best local albums (Not That Important), but the biggest selling point on this bill is the resurrection of soul, dub and hip-pop trio Hot Box, whose brand of funky smoke session music has been sorely missed during a three-year hiatus.

The show is free to attend, and family-friendly.

Rock the Park 9-Year Anniversary w/Brother Cephus/Hotbox/Charles Irwin. Thurs. Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m. No cover. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa.

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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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