Tampa Bay live live music Sunday with Max Norton, Donna the Buffalo and more

Shawn Kyle's in the mix, so we're hoping for Beauvilles tunes.


✔️= Critic's Pick

✔️ Donna the Buffalo w/Western Centuries Sure as the dumb ball will drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, Donna the Buffalo will be at Skipper’s for its year-end two-night stand. This warm-up to the ultra-posi New York jam-rock band’s annual NYE show is extra special in 2018 since it comes on the heels of the release of the group’s new album, Dance In the Street. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Sean Patrick Mcinerney w/Dee Dee Mao/Two Dollar Pistol/Will Brack/Whiskey Fish String Band/Jillian Holzbauer/Jim Watson/The Surfin’ Dead/Canvas Kid/Swamp Rats/Tail Light Rebellion/Sketchie The penultimate show at Fubar (closing after New Year’s Eve, just in case this is the first time you’re reading our newspaper) finds a dozen bands staging 11 hours of music for a suggested donation of $5-$10. We’ll see how much booze is left for Monday after this rager. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️ Max Norton w/Shawn Kyle Max Norton’s second show of his holiday homecoming finds the now Nashville-based singer-songwriter joining his former Beauvilles and Laurel Canyon bandmate, Shawn Kyle, for a set at the Indy in downtown St. Petersburg. These two have put together some of the most memorable sets in recent Bay area rock history, so it’ll be great to watch them reignite the chemistry in a stripped-back setting. (Independent Bar and Café, Tampa) INFO

The Black Honkeys w/Hotel Life/Four Star Riot/Johnny Mile and the Kilometers Billy Summer is all over the live music calendar this week, and this free show at Jannus Live finds him, theoretically, getting paid twice as his new collaborative rock band Hotel Life takes the stage before another one of the bands he plays in, The Black Honkeys, headlines a gig that includes another rowdy Bay area act, Johnny Mile and the Kilometers. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO



*See a list of venues hosting residencies and tribute or cover bands at the bottom of this post.

Johnny Zoom (Mermaid Tavern, Tampa) INFO

Ol' Dirty Sundays "Pre New Years Eve Jump Off" (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

The Sunday Jazz Project w/James Suggs/Jeremy Douglass (Independent Bar, St.Petersburg) INFO

Billy Buchanan Duo (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

Joyryde (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Olate Dogs (Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo) INFO

A Very Merry Smithsmas Dance Party w/Shadow Run Brothers (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

DJ 45 Revolver (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Classic Albums Live: The Beatles Abbey Road (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

Rancid Polecats w/Car Bomb Driver/King of Denmark (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Subterranean Sundays: Darkwave & Synthpop edition w/DJ Cub/Cat Mat(Hampton Station, Tampa) CANCELED

Below is a list of clubs and restaurants that either regularly book both original music acts as well as tribute and cover bands or feature a concert calendar stocked with higher-quality residents. Follow the links to the see more.


c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden 6905 N Orleans Ave., Tampa
Hideaway Café 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
Jazz House Supper Club 9331 East Adamo Dr., Tampa
The Landing at Jannus 200 First Ave N., St. Petersburg
The Living Room 487 Main St., Dunedin
The Mandarin Hide 231 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
Ringside Café 16 2nd St N., St. Petersburg
Ruby's Elixir 15 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg
Seminole Hard Rock Café 5223 Orient Rd, Tampa
Tampa Armature Works 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa
The Vinoy Renaissance 501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg

Tribute/Cover/Open Mics

3 Daughters Brewing 222 22nd St., St. Petersburg
Buckets Grill & Tap 4535 Gunn Hwy., Tampa
Captain Jack’s On The Water 21 Oscar Hill Rd., Tarpon Springs
Caddy's On The Beach 9000 W Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island
Café Hey 1540 N Franklin St., Tampa
Gator's 12754 Kingfish Dr., Treasure Island
Green Iguana 4029 S. Westshore Blvd., Tampa
Ferg's Live 490 Channelside Dr., Tampa
JD's Restaurant & Lounge 125 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach
Hula Bay Club 5210 W Tyson Ave., Tampa
O'Briens Irish Pub Multiple Locations, Tampa
Rick's On The River 2305 N Willow Ave., Tampa
Smokin' 19 3080-3090 34th St N., St. Petersburg
Two Buks 1915 N. Hercules Ave., Clearwater
Yeoman Cask & Lion (two locations: 202 N. Morgan St., Tampa; 200 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg)

There’s more to the Tampa Bay concert calendar, and we’ve got it waiting for you on local.cltampa.com. Visit cltampa.com/music every day to get daily concert roundups plus all the latest concert announcements and local music. Follow us on Twitter (@cl_music) and subscribe to the newsletter, too.

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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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