Tampa Bay live music Friday with Neko Case, Lucinda Williams and more

The Noisy Womxn collective is Smash Bang-ing in Seminole Heights, too.


✔️=Critic's Pick

✔️Neko Case w/Jennifer Castle Heads up to anyone hoping to see anti-folk songwriter Kimya Dawson open for Neko Case: You won’t. The 46-year-old Moldy Peach had to cancel due to health reasons (get better, Kimya!). Case traded one outstanding songwriter for another, however, and Bay area fans should be feeling lucky about getting a set from Toronto songsmith Jennifer Castle whose latest LP, Angels of Death, plays like a mournful, twangy and gospel-flavored meditation on what it means to cross over to the other side. Read CL's interview with Case here. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

✔️ Smash Bang Vol. 2: A Night of Noise w/Natalie Depergola/Joanna Bodo/Sherry Donataccio/Meg Loc/Meghan McManus/more Tempus Project’s Noisy Womxn drum collective has been busy since CL caught up with it last January, and on Friday the group and special guests will perform solo and collaborative percussive works against the backdrop of Seminole Heights’ Tempus Projects. Last year’s instructor, Meghan McManus, is among the special guests scheduled to appear, but Bay area drummer Natalie Depergola (Garden Club, Danny & Alex) was tasked with helping the collective — Wendy Babcox, Madeline Baker, Cyan Walker, Mikaela Raquel Williams and Molly Williford — explore the many facets of rhythm, collective beats and general uproar this time around. (Tempus Projects, Tampa) INFO

Tand w/Guavatron Night one of a two-night stay featuring a pair of devastatingly funky Florida bands with head-scratch-worthy monikers. Boca Raton quartet Tand headlines Friday, and West Palm’s Guavatron takes the slot on Saturday. This show is free to attend. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

✔️ The Mavericks Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre could not contain The Mavericks during a run of sold-out shows, so the genre-bending, Grammy-winning outfit will hit Ruth Eckerd Hall instead. Raul Malo is a one-of-a-kind frontman, and the band’s blend of country, rockabilly, Tex-Mex and Latin rock has rarely disappointed during The Mavericks’ three-decade-long run in the game. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO


J.W. Teller w/Vetnough Bittersweet and gentle guitar arrangements will be the order of the day at this Tampa Heights shuffleboard bar when Missoula-by-way-of-Jackson, Mississippi songwriter J.W. Teller plays a no-cover show where Bay area rock band Vetnough plays acoustic to open the show. (Shuffle, Tampa) INFO

The Florida Orchestra: Dreams of Spain American soprano and Sing For Hope co-founder Camille Zamora joins Argentinian bandoneonist Hector del Curto for an evening of Latin-inspired compositions by Frenchman Georges Bizet and another Argentinian bandoneonist, Astor Piazzolla. Jeff Tyzik directs this Friday-night Tampa show and then does it again 24 hours later at St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater. (Ferguson Hall at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

Tab Benoit w/Whiskey Bayou Revue Fans will get a chance to see Louisiana bluesman Tab Benoit at Tampa Bay Blues Festival (set for April in St. Petersburg), but here’s an opportunity for them to double dip with the 51-year-old when he plays two nights under the Skipperdome. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

✔️ Drive-By Truckers w/Lucinda Williams/Erika Wennerstrom The remnants of last week’s Outlaw Country Cruise keep blessing the Bay area, and this sold-out St. Petersburg show features the boat’s main attractions — Drive-By Truckers and Lucinda Williams — headlining a Jannus Live show booked by community radio station WMNF 88.5 FM. Read our interview with Williams here. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) SOLD OUT

2nd Annual St. Pete Beach Seafood & Music Festival The second St. Pete Beach Seafood & Music Festival kicks off on Friday with some country-blues (Mike Tozier) and ska (New Rulers) before moving into some soul (CeCe Teneal) and funk (Reverend Barry) on Saturday. Sunday has some world flavor tanks to the Caribbean Chillers, and each evening features a different tribute band, too (think Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffett and the Rolling Stones). Seafoodfestivals.com has details. (Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach) INFO

Satsang w/SpeakEasy It’s been a year since Tampa Bay saw Satsang open for Michael Franti & Spearhead at Jannus Live, and on Friday frontman Drew McManus brings the Montana outfit’s very woke message of change, growth, awareness, and self-work to a headlining set within the walls of the intimate Attic above Rock Brothers Brewing. (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO


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


Longfinger w/Discord Theory/The Nerve (Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Jesse Terry w/Ed Woltil (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

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

The Songwriter Series w/Lis Noe/Matt Walker/The Mystic Voices (Safety Harbor Art and Music Center, Safety Harbor) INFO

The Whiskey Dregs (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

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

Under the Streetlamp (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

Friday Unplugged: Ivan Pulley w/Comin’ Home/Cain and the Fool Moons/Blake Free Band/David BrImer/Haunting Portraits/Kiba Killz (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO

Jason Parker (c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO

Gloria West & The Gents Feat. Anthony Castellano/James Sugg/Paul Gavin(Zydeco Brew Werks, Ybor City) INFO

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


Kenyan Composition and Performance Practices (Barness Recital Hall at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

USF Faculty/Guest Artist Recital: Songs of Love and Life (Barness Recital Hall at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

Lounge Cat (Independent Bar, St.Petersburg) INFO

Grigorios Zamparas w/ (Friday Morning Musicale & Federated Clubs, Tampa) INFO


Unlimited Devotion (Ka’Tiki, Treasure Island) INFO

The Long Run: A Tribute To The Eagles (Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo) 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)

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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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