Tampa Bay live music Friday with Marc Broussard, Will Quinlan and Shawn Kyle, more

Better Than Ezra, Firstworld and more are in town, too.


✔️= Critic's Pick

✔️ Marc Broussard w/Kristopher James It’s been 15 solid years since Marc Broussard spent his fall opening for Maroon 5 on a club tour that hit Orlando’s House of Blues. The 36-year-old purveyor of New Orleans-made “Bayou Soul”may not be playing (or even opening) at arenas the way Maroon 5 is, but he’s garnered a loyal following attracted to his authentic and painfully raw songwriting, which was recently captured in a video for “Memory of You” from his latest album Easy to Love. “The location we filmed at is located in St. Martinville, Louisiana — about a 30-minute drive from my home in Carencro, and in the heart of Cajun country,” Broussard recently told Parade when asked about the clip. “The song is about love so powerful that you couldn’t let go if you tried.” It’s been a while since we’ve seen St. Petersburg songwriter Kristopher James in a proper theater, so it’ll be nice to see him open this show, too. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

✔️ Live Music w/Will Quinlan/Shawn Kyle There was probably a time when ego and inter-scene squabbling might’ve prevented Shawn Kyle and Will Quinlan from sharing a stage, but we’re all older and much wiser these days. Good thing is that the already good songs got better, too. Just listen to anything Quinlan is making with two of his bands — Vesper Bell and Holy Slow Train — or sit and be blown by Kyle’s “Columbia Blues ,” which recently came to the songwriter like a lightning bolt after years and years of drinking in bars with Quinlan and another Bay area songwriting legend, Ronny Elliott. Free and low-key, this is one of the better singer-songwriter shows happening in Tampa Bay on Friday night. (Independent Bar, St.Petersburg) INFO

✔️ Rocks the Cure w/Better Than Ezra/The Outpatients Rock and roll may not be the direct cure for pediatric cancer, but this benefit concert featuring late-’90s New Orleans alt-rock act Better Than Ezra wants to put a dent in the disease. Rocks the Cure believes that music therapy can help patients reduce some of the symptoms associated with cancer treatments, including pain, anxiety, mood disturbance and depression. Anything that helps kids cope with the difficulties of hospitalization sounds good to us. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

We Are the Union w/Skatune Network/Wolf-Face/Station Cases There’ve been a lot of ska shows at Lucky You as of late, and this is another one featuring a Michigan-based ska-punk band (We Are The Union) joining Bay area bands that play everything from skacore (Station Cases) and straight-ahead punk (Wolf-Face) to sad ukulele jams (Community Couch). Show is all-ages and early, but not free to attend. (Lucky You Tattoo, St. Petersburg) INFO

Raw Tuneage w/Changer/Jeff Brawer/Shae Krispinsky A new-ish St. Petersburg venue continues its weekly habit of asking songwriters from Bay area punk bands to strip the music back for acoustic sets that are much quieter than what they play at smokier, boozier dives and rock clubs. All ages and free to attend. (Green Light Bar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Firstworld w/Temple V/Lastnight With the closure of Fubar on the horizon, St. Petersburg is left with fewer and fewer, not-exactly-underground venues (read: not a house show) that’ll play incubator for local acts and host to traveling outfits. Paper Crane is one such place, and on Friday it welcomes Miami chillwave act Firstworld to headline a show in support of a 2018 EP, Im Right Here. Ben and Mir Holley’s St. Petersburg-based Lastnight project opens the show, which starts relatively early (8 p.m. doors) and costs $10 to attend. (Paper Crane, St. Petersburg) INFO



The Stone Cold Shindig w/The Stone Cobras/Laser Mouth/The Prople/The Surfin’ Dead (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

RSP Industry Showcase Pre-Party 2018 (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Ajeva w/The Fritz (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Terrapin/Toasty Rye/Samstorm (Emerald Bar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Taverns w/Casedilla/Sick Hot/Heff (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO

Spazmatics (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

HoneyWhat (Crooked Thumb Brewery, Safety Harbor) INFO

Four Star Riot (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO


Obscura Undead w/DJ Azy/Jeff Black/DJ Maus (Hooch and Hive, Tampa) INFO

Taking Back Fridays w/DJ Heathen (Orbit 19, Holiday) INFO

The Return of Soul Night w/BC/Handsome Greg (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO


#Pound Fridays w/Bandlez/Codd Dubz (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Chris Craze/Santana/Truk (Pegasus Night Club, Tampa) INFO


The Woodwork (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

Ben Prestage (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

Undine (c.1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO

Swearingen & Kelli (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO


The Drunk Uncles (Ruby’s Elixir, St. Petersburg) INFO


Jazz Phools (Zydeco Brew Werks, Ybor City) INFO


Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas (Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, Tarpon Springs) INFO


UT Symphony Orchestra (Falk Theatre at University of Tampa, Tampa) INFO


Selwyn Birchwood (Safety Harbor Art & Music Center, Safety Harbor) INFO


One Eyed Jack (Smokin’ 19, St. Petersburg) INFO

Myster Mayham (Two Buks, Clearwater) INFO

Papa Cherry (Buckets Grill & Tap, Tampa) INFO

Restless Heart (Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo) 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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