Tonight in live music; H.E.R.'s sold-out Orpheum show, Skipper's helps Puerto Rico, and JJ Grey sold-out the attic again

JJ Grey's second of two sold-out Ybor gigs.


Recycled Tunes Instrument Drive w/Sugar Rush/Solie & Grace/Asher Montgomery/Chris Sgammato/Little Kids Rock Kids need music, and they need musical instruments, too, and that's why Gasparilla Music Foundation's philanthropic arm — Recycled Tunes — is collecting gently used musical instruments today. The items will be refurbished and re-distributed to in-need music programs in the Bay area, and if you donate an instrument the foundation will give you a free two-day pass to Gasparilla Music Festival. (Cigar City Brewing, Tampa) INFO

The 9th Street Stompers Chattanooga, Tennessee pops into Seminole Heights for some piping-hot Western swing and gypsy jazz care of Viper House Records act The 9th Street Stompers, who will sing about life, love, and liquor for a neighborhood that could use some stress relief these days. (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa) INFO

✔️ H.E.R. Gabi Wilson won’t mind “having everything revealed” at this Sunday show (that’s what her act’s moniker, H.E.R, stands for), and you’ll have to try and peek through the window if you don’t reveal a ticket at the door since this one headlined by the 20-year-old rising R&B star has been sold out for a minute now. Not sure if the hot ticket has anything to do with the fact that Wilson put out a new album on RCA (the same label releasing music by SZA, who also sold out Orpheum earlier this year), but the 21-track effort is worth a listen for the Drake cover alone. (Orpheum, Ybor City) SOLD OUT

Review: SZA shows Ybor she’s in full CTRL at a sold-out Orpheum (w/photos)

✔️ Sykes Chapel Concert Artist Series: Let Heaven and Nature Sing These concerts at the University of Tampa’s gorgeous Sykes Chapel are a hot commodity during the holidays, so the school’s choir and brass ensemble — under the direction of maestros Ryan Hebert and Rodney Shore — ring in the holiday season with two performances (2 p.m. & 4 p.m.) of old and new songs performed alongside the UT Chamber Singers and Camerata. (Sykes Chapel at University of Tampa, Tampa) INFO

✔️ Viva Puerto Rico Benefit Show w/The Black Honkeys/Orquesta Infinidad/Electrick Rendezvous/New Groove City/Choosy Mothers/Latin Jazz Knights/Shevonne/Acho Brother & Cukiara Zac Brown Band fans who appreciated percussionist Daniel de Los Reyes’s Tampa performance in September can give some love back to the man when his DayGLOW nonprofit teams up with an eclectic handful of Bay area acts (rock, jazz, world music and soul are all covered on Sunday) to raise money for Puerto Rico, which is still in dire need of help despite the fact that cable news cameras escaped the island eons ago. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Ol’ Dirty Sundays w/Joey Carvello You’ve got to respect your elders, and if you don’t then Joey Carvello will make you bow down at this edition of Ol’ Dirty Sundays, where the Boston legend who elevated Beantown’s KISS 108 FM in the ‘80s and helped put the city on the map as an important non-NYC hub for disco will give ODS-ers a taste of pre-Saturday Night Fever disco-mania. Carvello also spent time at record labels, where he had a hand in breaking artists like Little Louie Vega, Marc Anthony and even Lil’ Jon and Pitbull, so be ready to get an eclectic smattering of hits at this one. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO




JJ Grey (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) SOLD OUT

St. Pete Music Factory (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Fear No Evil w/My Heart To Fear/more (Pegasus Lounge, Tampa) INFO

Patel Conservatory presents Rock School Blowout (David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO


Opera Tampa Singers – A December to Remember: A Holiday Extravaganza (Jaeb Theater at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

Richey Concert Band (River Ridge High School, New Port Richey) INFO

The Jingle Bellas (Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo) INFO

Sunday Jazz w/Crisis/the Jazz Project (SubCentral At The Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO


The Grass Is Dead (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO


The Lark and the Loon w/St. Pete Music Factory (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Letters to Abigail (Independent Bar and Cafe, Tampa) INFO


Pop Up Pin Party w/DJ Cub (Microgroove, Tampa) 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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