Samurai Shotgun homecoming and Car Bomb Driver lead Tampa Bay local music calendar

WMNF’s Hot Pants show kicks it all off, and Mock Identity closes it down.

Samurai Shotgun, which plays Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on June 28, 2019. - Photo by Casey Jeanite
Photo by Casey Jeanite
Samurai Shotgun, which plays Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on June 28, 2019.

Local bands, per usual, are at it again this week, and a few of them (read: Wolf-Face, Permanent Makeup) have brought kickass out-of-town acts to help. Read about all of it and see a full local concert calendar listing, below.


WMNF Hot Pants Summer Kick Off w/Physical Plant/Speak Easy/Mustard Service Tampa Bay community radio station WMNF Tampa 88.5 FM is coming off its summer fundraiser and asking a new programmer (Amanda Doyle from the Underground Mountain show) to curate an all-Floridian lineup of young pop and rock bands to kick off the sweaty season with a bill that features pysch-rock (Sarasota’s Physical Plant), jazzy “zest-pop” (Miami’s Mustard Service) and rock that bends the definitions of funk, reggae and jazz (Tampa Bay’s very own Speak Easy). The shorter the shorts, the better. Crowbar, Ybor City.


Samurai Shotgun w/QueenofEx/Vern Sr./Deezy Wee the Reaper/Monica Delgado/Sammy White/Bangarang/DEA & Saint/Ayo Mama/Rude 100 It’s been a year since now Atlanta-based Samurai Shotgun played the town it came up in, but the group returns this weekend for a show alongside a few of its favorite Bay area artists — including QueenofEx, Hotbox singer Monica Delgado, Deezy Wee the Reaper — who’ll be invited to join the Samurai onstage. All of the money from the show will go towards helping the band pay for its upcoming trip to London and Paris where Afropunk Paris has invited Samurai Shotgun to be on a bill that includes Solange, Janelle Monae, Lizzo, Raphael Saadiq and more. Crowbar, Ybor City.

Wolf-Face w/Virginity/Rutterkin Michael J. Wolf brings familiar, howlingly fun old-school punk back to The Bends where Wolf-Face’s tantrum of jangly guitars, hairy spitballs and tighty-whiteys will show off what the headband-wearing band has been up to as it preps for a set at The Fest this fall. Screaming alongside Wolf-Face is Orlando punk-reivalist outfit Virginity, which will melt faces and hearts with its modern take on the early aughts punk sound. An ever-relatable 2019 release, With Time, strikes a sharp and steady balance of punk vapor, singer Casey Crawford’s wailing vocals, and damn fine songwriting. The gut-punch set of sit-in-the-bathtub-with-the-shower-on musings include  “Oh See See,” the spiky riffs and sharp lyrical turns of “Cliche,” plus the nail-and-hammer attack of “The Floor.” Tampa band Rutterkin rounds out a lineup that arrives with a pouty smile and that varsity jacket you wear during a Saturday night under the bleachers. The Bends, St. Petersburg. INFO.—Brian Furman


Jim Chambers Music Box Presents June Buggery w/Broken Radio/Seeking Seven/Sick Hot/Alex & Alex In a video for “Lost and Forever Gone,” Sick Hot visits Tampa nightclubs of yore, proving that some kids are just enamored of the past. “We did a ton of research and managed to find old concert posters and the addresses to where these places used to be,” the band — whose members are all under the age of 20 — told CL. “We love Tampa Bay’s music history, and we wanted to go see all of these old clubs.” On Saturday, alongside other bands groomed by Jim Chambers at his Carrollwood music school, Sick Hot will play a venue that’s playing host to more original Bay area bands as of late. Gaspar’s Grotto, Ybor City.


Jolly Fuckers w/Car Bomb Driver/Pretty Voices Car Bomb Driver’s new 7-inch arrived in our mailbox last week, and hilariously told us that “Chick Fil-A Is Closed On Sunday.” The Red Hawk Records release also reminded us that long-running Bay area punk outfit Car Bomb Driver (est. 1994) and its frontman Dave Reeder still make some of the best Dead Kennedys, Iggy Pop and Buzzcocks-loving rock and roll in town. The band plays a free show on Saturday along with Jolly Fuckers and Pretty Voices. SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg. INFO.

Steve Connelly & the Lesser Gods w/The New Rulers/Danfield Zen Studio producer Steve Connelly is a legend of the Tampa Bay rock scene, and his birthday is most certainly worth celebrating since locals almost lost him to health complications a few months ago. A funky (Danfield) and skanking (New Rulers) lineup featuring some of Connelly’s biggest fans will open the show before the birthday boy takes the stage at Skipper’s Smokehouse with his Southern-friend classic-rock outfit The Lesser Gods. Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa.


Permanent Makeup w/Mock Identity/Clang!/Bastard Man Permanent Makeup’s summer tour with Washington D.C. post-hardcore outfit Mock Identity started in Georgia last month and won’t wrap until next Saturday in North Carolina, but it is making a pit stop in St. Petersburg on Hump Day. Paper Crane is where the jaw-dropping presence of Mock Identity’s Adriana-Lucia Cotes will deliver songs from the band’s just-released Where You Live EP, which is full of disturbing rhythmic changes that serve to shake listeners up as Cotes delivers a jarring message about pushing back against those who’d like to use toxic energy to make us all hate each other. Clang! opens the show alongside Bastard Man, which is playing its first gig ever. Paper Crane, St. Petersburg. INFO.



June 27, Undine Shorey (c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa)


June 28, Olga N“Welcome To Florida” Release w/Terrapin/Danni (The Lucky Anchor, Clearwater)
June 28, Lassyu w/The Boats/Cmpny of Anmls (The Blue Note, Tampa)
June 28, The Holy Terror (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa)
June 28, Damon Fowler w/Jason Ricci (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
June 28, Jordan Pitty (The Attic Café, Tampa)
June 28, Billy Buchanan w/The Sunsetters (Sparkman Wharf, Tampa)
June 28, Ace Jackson and the Jump Kings (Zydeco Brew Werks, Ybor City)
June 28, Fil Pate (Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Westchase)
June 28, Florida Jazz Express (Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, Safety Harbor)
June 28, The Departed (Neptune Lounge, Tarpon Springs)
June 28, Kaleigh Baker (Independent Bar, St.Petersburg)
June 28, Boxcar Hollow (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg)


June 29, Poisonville Songs w/ Blestian (Comfort Inn & Suites Northeast, St. Petersburg)
June 29, Stray Hares (Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg)
June 29, Ñengo Flow Live (Touch Martini Bar, Brandon)
June 29, Someday Honey (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg)
June 29, Honeywhat w/Logan Grant Duo (Sparkman Wharf, Tampa)
June 29, Shaun Hopper & the Sun Kings (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg)
June 29, The Palmer Squares (Ferg’s Sports Bar and Entertainment Complex, St. Petersburg)
June 29, Mobius Loop w/The Sky Club/Tragic Comedy/Heff (Brass Mug, Tampa)
June 29, Uncle John’s Band (Ka`Tiki, Treasure Island)
June 29,  Infinite Eights w/Lost Stars/Youth Antics/Wallysburg (Crowbar, Ybor City)
June 29, Jenu Six & the Old Souls (3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg)


June 30, Taylor Reed (Hard Rock Café at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa)
June 30, Badda Skat (Sparkman Wharf, Tampa)
June 30, Passerine (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa)


July 3, 90's Summer Dance Party w/The Crate Brothers (The Bends, St. Petersburg)

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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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