Tonight in live music; Ether and Vacancy at Microgroove, Harry Potter jams and more

Twisty Chris is packin' puddin' in Dunedin, too.

click to enlarge Vacancy, which plays Lucky You Tattoo in St. Petersburg, Florida on December 28, 2017. - Taylor Torres
Taylor Torres
Vacancy, which plays Lucky You Tattoo in St. Petersburg, Florida on December 28, 2017.

✔️ = Critic's Pick

✔️  Ether w/Vacancy/Leviathan Cross/The Virgin Birth As 2018 unfolds, Vacancy will spend a week playing shows in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. To kick off the mini-tour, the Bay area punk trio will play songs from its 2017 cassette (Empty Head, out now via Dead Tank Records) where frontman Elliot Mayo clutches the mic with both hands while letting out anxious, angry and sometimes lonely wails whose pain can only be matched by the volume of the noise-rock that guitarist Christian Costello and drummer Derek Stephan deliver in short, violent waves. Ether, a Fort Lauderdale doom and sludge metal four-piece headlines this show where Tampa’s Leviathan Cross and The Virgin Birth play support. (Microgroove, Tampa) INFO

Broomsticks and brass: The Florida Orchestra takes a trip to Hogwarts

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Live In Concert Muggles can't ever get enough Harry Potter, so don't be surprised when the Tampa Riverwalk looks like a Hogwart's cosplay convention this weekend when The Florida Orchestra follows a string of September Sorcerer's Stone performances with a triplet of shows in which it will play every note of the Chamber of Secrets score while the film plays in the background. (Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO


Left Lane Ent. Presents: WLCM2KNXVLL (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

Grateful Dead Night w/Uncle John’s Band (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Christmas Carillon Concerts (Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales) INFO

House of I w/Phantom Phunk/Comin Home Band/more (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Twisty Chris & The Puddin' Packs (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Noche Caliente! A Night of Classic Spanish Guitar (c.1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO


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