Tonight in live music; Willie Nelson's sold-out Ruth Eckerd Show, Phillip Phillips at Palladium and more

Wax Wednesday returns to Ella's, too!

click to enlarge Willie Nelson, who plays Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida on February 28, 2018. - David McClister
David McClister
Willie Nelson, who plays Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida on February 28, 2018.

✔️ = Critic's Pick

✔️ Willie Nelson w/Los Lonely Boys Google “Willie Nelson,” and the second thing that comes up after the American music icon’s official webpage is an answer to the question “Is Willie Nelson OK?” It’s a legit inquiry, considering that the 84-year-old songwriter had to re-schedule several shows (including this one originally slated for February 15) as he recovered from the flu. We’re hoping that the Red-Headed Stranger is in fine spirits at the Clearwater show because he’s been lifting ours for the last half-century now. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO


February 26-March 3, USF Contemporary Art Museum presents a Community Residency with Cuban Vocalist Danay Suarez (University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

Betty Fox Band (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues (The Hangar Restaurant, St. Petersburg) INFO

Phillips Phillips (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Frankie Raye (Orbit 19 Lounge, Holiday) INFO

Simply Two Jazz (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO

The Return of Wax Wednesday (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

Open Mic w/Rodney Smith/Jeremy Gloff (Beer & Brownies, Tampa) INFO

Norma Jean w/Gideon/Toothgrinder/Greyhaven (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Chris Walker Band (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Andrea Gibson (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

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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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