This Saturday in live music: Good Old War, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Pink Talking Fish + more

Lots of concerts are happening on this Sat., May 21.

It's a jam-packed night of concerts on this Sat., May 21. Take a look at the breakdown of highlights below.

Good Old War with Joshua Hyslop A mighty fine bill of indie folk talent hits the Local and leading the charge is Good Old War, the co-project of sweetly-harmonizing singer-songwriters Dan Schwartz and Keith Goodwin, who arrive on a 26-city acoustic tour. Goodwin told Relix magazine that he and his cohort created stripped-backed versions of most of the material off 2015’s Broken Into Better Shape, “so we could show listeners where the songs start before we put all the rest of the instrumentation in.” They arrive fresh off some dates opening for Nada Surf and joined by Joshua Hyslop, a Canadian roots songsmith with a hushed, honeyed vocal quality and delicate twang to his finely-wrought compositions. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)–Leilani Polk

12th Annual Ramones Tribute A long-standing musical homage to NYC’s punk music patriarchs; this edition features sets by Boney Fiend, Double D Combo, Doll Parts, Lazaras, Pig Pen, Pretty Voices, Saganaki Bomb Squad, The Jayson Engelke Orchestra and The Jordones. Check out Kate’s story on the event (and the band that inspired it) here. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)–LP

Pompeya with Millionyoung You wouldn’t know Pompeya hails from Russia if you judged the quartet solely based on their music – warm, lush and breezy indie pop with dancetronic disco-New Wave overtones fueled by pulsing synths and bolstered by percussive washes. This date falls behind a late 2015 release featuring remixes of their last two Night and Real EPs, with warm-up from Miami chillwave fave Millionyoung. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)–LP

Chuck Ragan w/Tim Berry/Brother Cephus Gainsville’s luminary ‘00s-era emo acts have seen a resurgence in popularity over the past few years and Chuck Ragan stands as revival emissary. He still possesses the same distinguished, reflective angst that propelled Hot Water Music but he’s matured and grown bolder as a solo artist, experimenting with sounds outside the genre without ever quite straying from his roots. This tour, he’s joined by Tim Barry, former lead singer of Richmond punk heroes Avail, who has a decidedly powerful working class perspective and soulfully raw material to match. (Crowbar, Ybor City) –Brian Roesler

Pink Talking Fish w/The Heavy Pets In December, Pink Talking Fish delivered one of the most enjoyable shows I saw last year, effortlessly blending the music of three all-time favorites (Phish, Talking Heads and Pink Floyd) into a rather fine two-set performance of extended jams and breezy segues from one song to the next with few rests in between. My favorite segue? “Fearless” > “Stash” > “Memories Can't Wait” > “Stash.” A must-see. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)–LP

Daryl Hall and John Oates with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Hall & Oates don’t write music together any more. Hell, they don’t even call themselves “Hall & Oates” – full names only, please – nor does John have that distinctive ‘stache (he’s traded it for a soul patch these days). But the grooving, blue-eyed soulful duo that came up in more than four decades ago with a string of hits (“Rich Girl,” “Private Eyes,” “Maneater,” et. al) comes together regularly on the gravy train and this tour-around, are get some funky, soulfully explosive warm-up in Sharon Jones and Trombone Shorty. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa)–LP

Irie Vibes Concert Series: Tatanka Reggae Rise Up and Pied Piper present the launch of a new monthly live music series at a new(ish) Rocky Point beach bar/venue. The inaugural performance features Denver-based reggae rock outfit Tatanka, with island-hued support from Naples area group SOWFLO and local faves Oceanstone and Seranation. (Beach Bar & Restaurant, Tampa)–LP

2016 Tampa Bay Indian Music & Dance Festival This inaugural day-long showcase of Indian culture features cuisine, a market of goods, interactive diversions (henna artists, yoga) and live performance – kirtan chanting, dance and live Indian music by masters of the game. Fest founder and organizer Shankh Lahiri is the ostensible grand marshal of ceremonies, and among the musicians he’s assembled are Nayan Ghosh, renown for his unparalleled command on both sitar and tabla, and Tampa-based North Indian classical vocalist Radharamen Kirtane. Proceeds support the continued outreach and concert presentations of India Cultural Center and Lahiri’s nonprofit Shruti Foundation. More info here. (India Cultural Center, Tampa)–LP

Primal Fear wiith Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Since the latter half of the ‘90s, Primal Fear has been serving up speed-fired power-thrashed heavy metal crunch, and a preview of their fresh Rulebreaker LP in “The End is Near” finds the German six-piece in fine form – double-bass drumming amping up the sinister rhythmic push, guitars grinding thick distorted riffage and complex fret-running solos, and towering multi-voice choruses (“Do you want to die? The end is near / Prepare to pull together, we’ll try to live forever”) capably powered by the crusty robust lead soars of Ralf Sheepers.(Orpheum, Ybor City) –LP


Austin Miller/Faraday/The Other Ryan Willis/Poultry The Venture Compound, St. Petersburg

The Ries Brothers w/Michael Weiss Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg

Big Daddy Weave w/Plumb/Jordan Feliz Indian Rocks Baptist Church, Largo

Betty Fox w/ Ari & the Alibis Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa

Ed Woltil & the Loaded Question w/Mercy McCoy Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg

Rhythm Kings Orchestra Salute to the Armed Forces Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, Tarpon Springs

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