Tampa Bay live music Friday with Luttrell, Maze and more

USF’s SYCOM concert could be cool, too.


✔️= Critic's Pick

✔️Luttrell w/Austen Van Der Bleek/Kyle Kinch Just this month, Eric Luttrell landed his first solo arrival on Billboard dance charts. The achievement came on the strength of Into Clouds, the San Francisco producer’s latest effort for the Anjunadeep imprint. Luttrell — who performs under his last name — is a high-IQ producer who has experienced success in the past thanks to his and Ben Swardlick’s M Machine project (the group released music on Skrillex’s OWSLA label and toured with Mat Zo and Porter Robinson back in 2012). While some of Clouds’ tracks have that typical cosmic and introverted Anjunadeep vibe, a lot of the laid-back techno Luttrell makes can get bodies to the dance floor in no time. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

✔️ JD McPherson w/Lindsay Beaver Friday night somehow is the Tampa debut for Oklahoma-born, Nashville-livin’ songwriter JD McPherson (who also spent some time during high school in the Port Charlotte and Fort Myers area visiting family). The 41-year-old boasts an array of influences and is as steeped in R&B as he is in classic rockabilly, garage rock and soul. Socks, his 2018 Christmas album even ended up on numerous year-end best-of lists (yes, a Christmas album — it’s that good). CL caught up with McPherson ahead of his upcoming Skipper’s Smokehouse gig, which may be the last time we see him in a venue this small. Read highlights below and our full Q&A via cltampa.com/music. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Roy Zimmerman Ready to go to church and make fun of our elected officials? Good. Satirist singer-songwriter Roy Zimmerman is headed back to Tampa Bay armed with silly, and biting, songs about all the brilliant things that the suits in D.C. have been drawing up for us peasants. “In the current national nightmare, we need to laugh. And we need to hope,” the 61-year-old said. “To laugh is to fight back. To hope is to fight back.” The show happens at the Unitarian Universalist Church on St. Petersburg’s Mirror Lake, which has us wondering if Zimmerman has a song about expensive condos in his repertoire. (Unitarian Universalist Church, St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️ Reels w/SugarPlum/RV/Charles Irwi)/They Hate Change/Story Mode/Clang!/RV/Even Less Friends DIY spots come and go, often without notice, but we’re willing to bet that there are dozens of bands that’ll always remember the sets they played at an Ybor City spot, The Red Light, which is hosting its final event this weekend. The bill (which kicks off at a respectable 4:30 p.m. with a set by Charles Irwin — a pop band that’s crossed over into some sets at more traditional venues) features bands that are all highlights of the Bay area scene (Clang!, They Hate Change, Story Mode) plus a pair of Orlando bands (including lo-fi post-punk outfit RV) and others from even further away (St. Augustine trio Reels, Fort Myers Macy Lame side project Even Less Friends). Per usual, you’ll probably want to ask someone about the exact location of the show, and the hosts are reminding you to not park on the street. Support other DIY spots like the In-Between (Tampa) and Shangri La (St. Petersburg) after Red Light closes for good. (The Red Light, Ybor City) INFO

Maze Feat. Frankie Beverly & Friends w/Whispers/Manhattans/Shirley Murdock The show is happening about two weeks too late, but love has no expiration date, right? That’s what Frankie Beverly is hoping for when he brings this iteration of San Francisco-born, Philadelphia-influenced soul act Maze to the Yuengling Center for a Valentine’s Extravaganza where members of L.A. R&B group The Whispers, Jersey City’s Manhattans and “As We Lay” singer Shirley Murdock open the show. (Yuengling Center, Tampa) INFO

SYCOM Concert: Music for The Visible Turn Students enrolled in the University of South Florida’s School of Music SYCOM composition and electronic music studio program present a concert of original music inspired by The Visible Turn, which features installations created in response to the phenomenon of cultural concealment and political or societal invisibility. This event is free to attend. (Contemporary Art Museum at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

✔️ Susan Werner Her family history includes four generations of farming, and some of the songs in Susan Werner’s catalog do include hints of her love of rural America, but the 53-year-old has largely taken on new personalities on her many albums, which have waded into jazz, Euro-classical music, Afro-Caribbean sounds and more. (Craftsman House, St. Petersburg) INFO

Your Pest Band w/Horrible Girl and The Hot Mess/The Bertos/Rutterkin Your Pest Band claims to be from Japan, but the punk band might as well move here as this is the fourth of fifth time it’s played St. Petersburg in the last three or four years. The group will be joined by San Diego punk expats The Bertos and Amie Horrible-led South Carolina cowpunk project Horrible Girl and The Hot Mess at this all-ages tattoo shop gig where Bay area favorite Rutterkin opens the show. (Lucky You Tattoo, St. Petersburg) INFO

Ryan Montbleau w/Kate Reuter Up close and personal is a good way to experience the power of frequent Bay area visitor Ryan Montbleau, who brings his soulful take on Americana and folk to the almost-always-pristine listening conditions at The Attic (damn that DJ downstairs). Bay area songwriter and artist manager Kate Reuter opens. (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

✔️ Chuchito Valdés Trio There is a legacy of great piano players from Cuba, and Chuchito Valdés has certainly done well after following a road paved by his famed father Chucho Valdés and grandfather Bebo Valdés. Expect to hear some son, danzon, Cuban timba and guaguanco at this gig where Valdés’s IQ (he has extensively studied classical music including harmony and composition) and many influences will shine. (Side Door Cabaret at Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Changer w/Broken Things/Hi-Beam/Critical Hits Is plant-based punk a thing? If it is, then Changer, a St. Petersburg duo, does it pretty well. The group welcomes the polished pop-punk sounds of Vic Alvarez’s Critical Hits project to this gig where one of Tampa’s most promising post-punk and new wave bands (Hi-Beam) opens alongside a St. Petersburg rock band, Broken Things. This show is free to attend. (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

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.

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


Lauris Vidal w/Damion Suomi (Green Bench Brewing Co.., St. Petersburg) INFO

Live & Local w/Taylor Reed (Jaeb Courtyard at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO


Terrapin/toasty_rye/Samstorm/Gushing (Emerald Bar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Spafford (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Garden Club w/Ivy Alex (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

T.S.O.L. (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Taverns w/Youth Antics/Speak Easy/Casedilla (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO

HoneyWhat w/Vetnough/Astro (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Of Virtue w/Blessing A Curse/Drowning Above Water/more (Neptune Lounge, Tarpon Springs) INFO

King of Denmark w/The Henleys/Growler (Red Star Rock Bar, Tampa) INFO

Scapeghost w/Scam Likely/Rototiller/Love Songs For Junkies (Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Luis Varga (Whiskey North, Tampa) INFO

David Jacobs Strain w/Bob Beach (Safety Harbor Art and Music Center, Safety Harbor) INFO

Eli Mosley (Dallas Bull, Tampa) INFO

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

Art Raffle w/Ave/Victoria/Feel Jas/Danielle Mohr (The Attic Café, Tampa) INFO

The Ries Brothers w/Kenny Mullins/Echoing Dream (Mad Beach Dive Bar, Madeira Beach) INFO

Lobo Marino w/Mountain Joller + Jun/Infinite Third/Mouth Council/Willie Jones Cocktail Hour (Paper Crane, St. Petersburg) INFO

Blast Friday w/The Fixx (Cleveland Street District, Clearwater) INFO


Deetron (The Castle, Ybor City) INFO

#Pound Fridays w/Downlink (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO


Antelope (The Ale & The Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO


The Florida Orchestra Masterworks: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

USF Choirs: 3rd Annual Black Composers Concert (School of Music Concert Hall at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

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 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 Hotel & Casino 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
Barefoot Billy's Friendly Tavern 3120 W. Gandy Blvd, Tampa
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)

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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