Tampa alt-country band Former Contenders warms up for summer tour with free Saturday concert

Tension Electric opens at The Hub.

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Former Contenders
Buck Sands’ band Former Contenders has been busy since Creative Loafing Tampa Bay last wrote about it playing everyone’s favorite downtown dive, including putting its working-class hybrid of alt-country, Americana, rock and punk to tape at Safety Harbor’s Everlovin’ Studios.

A mini summer tour through the Southeast is also in the works, but in the meantime the outfit’s weekend plans include this no-cover gig on Saturday at The Hub in downtown Tampa where songwriter Jeff Brawer and drummer Phil Stanwick back Y Los Dos Pistole guitarist-vocalist Russ Jovin in a new outfit, Tension Electric.

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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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