Today in live music; Safety Harbor Songfest, Japanese Breakfast with Snail Mail, Tampa Bay Blues Fest and more

LIMBS, South of Southern plus Emo Night all included in the Saturday lineup.

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✔️ = Critic's Pick

✔️ South of Southern w/WD-HAN/TRC/Oceans Rise/Up From Here/Dynasty/Infinite Eights/Babyl/Jordan Esker and the Hundred Percent/more The first annual South Of Southern festival seeks to celebrate all that is great about the Bay area’s creative culture, but we can’t help but think about how it’s one of the last appearances we’ll get from BOTB-winning Tampa rapper Dynasty (look for a piece on her departure in next week’s issue). Unlike most music festivals at The Curt, this one is dog-friendly and features high-quality local talent that you might not get to see at fests more focused on national acts. (Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa) INFO

Michael Amante Italian-American actor and crossover singer Michael Amante brings pop, rock and gospel flavor to Broadway and opera tunes from West Side Story, La Bohéme, Grease. Don’t be surprised if you hear stuff from Phantom, Rigoletto and Les Miserables, too. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

A walk around the brain of Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner

✔️ Japanese Breakfast w/Snail Mail You should definitely turn here and read our interview with Michelle Zauner (frontwoman of Japanese Breakfast), but a trip here is also in order if you want to get a dose of the wit that Lindsey Jordan (aka Snail Mail) has plastered all over a 2016 EP (Habit) and Lush, the Baltimore songwriter’s full-length debut for Matador Records (due June 8). (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan on overlooking the hype, fighting for what's worth it and more

✔️ Safety Harbor Songfest w/Josh Ritter/Fantastic Negrito/Ezra Huleatt/Michael Glabicki/Larkin Poe/Meiko/Kristopher James/Selwyn Birchwood/Betty Fox/Ari Chi/Jonnie Morgan/Mountain Holler/Urban Gypsies of Florida/Danielle Mohr Fantastic Negrito is back from Oakland to blow the speakers off of Safety Harbor’s Songfest festival (the Grammy-winning bluesman headlined last year), and this year he’ll be joined by 41-year-old Midwestern songwriter Josh Ritter, who arrives supporting his 2017 album, Gathering. A pair of notable frontmen join the party (Ezra Huleatt of Black Taxi and Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root) which also includes a Bay area born-and-bred bluesman (Selwyn Birchwood) and a handful of equally talented local strummers and singers. (Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, Safety Harbor) INFO

Fantastic Negrito sets a laid back crowd on fire at Safety Harbor Songfest (w/photos)

✔️ Emo Night w/Keith & Susie Ulrey/Ryan Berger On the eve of a fundraiser to help them recover residual damages caused by their neighbors’ January house fire, Keith and Susie Ulrey (members of second-wave emo outfit Pohgoh) will play guest DJ at this all-vinyl installation of the Crate Brothers’ long-running, ridiculously beloved Emo Night. It’s no cover, and you still can’t request Metallica. Read more about the fundraiser under Sunday’s show highlights. (First Chance Last Chance, Ybor City) INFO

✔️ Tampa Bay Blues Festival w/Buddy Guy/Robert Cray/Delbert McClinton/Beth Hart/John Nemeth/Ronnie Earl/Janiva Magness/more For two dozen years now, this internationally renowned three-day music festival has been staged near the waters of Tampa Bay, where visitors from around the world can enjoy the area’s spectacular waterfront views, a tropical atmosphere, and some of the best blues music out there. In 2011, the Festival won the prestigious Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive award, and in 2018 the Tampa Bay Blues Festival welcomes some hearty headliners (Robert Cray, Buddy Guy and Delbert McClinton closing out Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively) alongside some of the more undersung names in the genre. One of those is Janiva Magness; the 61-year-old Detroit native has released a dozen albums since her 1991 Fathead Records debut (More Than Live) and earned a 2017 Grammy Best Contemporary Blues Album nomination for her 2016 effort Love Wins Again (Fantastic Negrito, who is playing Safety Harbor Songfest this weekend, took home the award). Magness, who is a huge advocate for kids in foster care, arrives supporting a brand new album, Love Is An Army (released just over one month ago), and should be pretty happy about the festival’s own partnership with the PARC charity, which supports children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest. McClinton is a featured collaborator on Love Is An Army, and while he plays a day after Magness, it would be cool to see the duo onstage together at some point. (Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg) INFO




Limbs w/Prey/3tonic (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

Sirenia w/Niviane (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Ozona Roots Rock The Arts Festival (Ozona Pig, Palm Harbor) INFO

No Loves w/The Scurvy/Kevin K/Pig Pen (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Ska Spring Fling w/The Freecoasters/Control This!/Duppies/Strangeways (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

BabyBlu w/Hate Drugs/Sleephouse/The Young Something (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO

The Actual Situation (The Wild Rover Brewery, Tampa) INFO

Wacken Metal Fest invades the USA! Tampa Battle Two! (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO


The Set (Hall on Franklin, Tampa) INFO


Trailside Phantoms (Blueberry Patch, Gulfport) INFO

Dunedin Highland Games w/Off Kilter/Seven Nations (Highlander Park, Dunedin) INFO


The Florida Orchestra Presents R&B Legends w/Michael Lynche (2 shows) (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Springtime Fundraiser (Friday Morning Musicale & Federated Clubs, Tampa) INFO


Amp!d Saturday (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO


Hank Williams Jr. (Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival, Tampa) INFO


Streetcar Live w/The Woodwork (TECO Streetcar System, Ybor City) INFO

About The Author

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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