Tampa Bay live music Friday with The Midnight Hour, Stick Figure and more

Crystallized is working, and so are Krispinsky, Smith & Brawer.

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✔️ The Midnight Hour feat. Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge w/Kendra Morris/Sam E Hues Wax Poetics alum, former Redemption Song contestant and ex-'Burg-er Kendra Morris comes home on Friday and gets tasked with opening for Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad’s new project, The Midnight Hour. In 2011, Morris won ASCAP’s Holly Prize, which is awarded to a new “all-in-one songwriter” whose work exhibits the qualities of Buddy Holly’s music (past winners include Sylvan Esso, Jenny O. and Emily King). Another local heavyweight — Sam E Hues — opens the show. Read a full Q&A with both Muhammad and Younge by scrolling to related content below. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Pool Tags The poster for Pool Tags’ free Friday-night snow is written in blue marker and says “gum get grooved,” and, well, that’s weird enough to pique our interest in the “hip-hop, funk & classical math rock” band on a skinny live music week like this one. (Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Stick Martin & The Lower Middle Class Stick Martin is one of the longest-running singer-songwriter and solo acts running in the Bay area, and Dunedin Brewery is easily one of the most laid-back, well-curated live music venues and breweries in the area, too. That combo alone should be reason enough to convince your out-of-town cousins to have a drink with you, but tell ‘em about the cheese curds and wings if you need to pull out the big guns. No cover, per usual. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Kristopher James The weather has been iffy for the first two of Nebraska Mini-Mart’s forays into live music (the inaugural run with Acho Brother was postponed, and a December 21 date with Tribal Style looked iffy at press time), so here’s hoping that St. Petersburg soul-crooner Kristopher James can clear the skies with his booming vocal for this year-end treat that’s free to attend. UPDATE: James had to cancel due to medical issues — Jordan Esker will take his place. (Nebraska Mini-Mart, Tampa) INFO  Full disclosure: CL music editor Ray Roa has a side gig assisting with social media at this Seminole Heights restaurant.

Max Norton w/Rebekah Pulley What’s better than a homecoming from once Tampa-based songwriter Max Norton? Finding him paired on a bill with Bay area folk scene matriarch Rebekah Pulley. Pulley’s soulful vocal will stir your soul, and Norton’s Nick Drake and Faulkner-influenced folk songs will make you tap your feet, so this is a good choice for a free, technically all-ages Friday-night show. Catch Norton at the Independent St. Petersburg two days later if you miss this one. (Independent Bar, St.Petersburg) INFO


✔️ Stick Figure/The Movement/Ries Brothers Good luck trying to get into this show headlined by Massachusetts-born, Cali-livin’ reggae and dub songwriter Scott Woodruff, whose band, Stick Figure, is about as famous as Cocoa the Tour Dog, an Australian shepherd which often accompanies the band onstage. South Carolina’s The Movement, plus Tampa Bay’s very own Ries Brothers, opens this sold-out gig. (Jannus Live, St Petersburg) SOLD OUT

Herobust w/Bailo Hayden Jerome Kramer could’ve followed in his family’s footsteps and became a doctor, but the Atlanta, Georgia musician better known as Herobust took a completely different path and became a burgeoning trap and bass star. Poppa must be very proud. Kramer is still riding high on the allure of his summertime single, “WTF,” and that should be enough to pack the floor at The Ritz’s recurring Friday-night EDM party. Brooklyn-born Borgore protegé Bailo (trust us, the kids know understand what you just read) opens the show. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

✔️ La Lucha CL wasn’t able to include Pa’Lante, the latest album from Bay area jazz trio La Lucha, in its roundup of some of the year’s best local releases, but trust us, it’s one of the funkiest works to come out of the neighborhood in a while. Hear and see it come to life at this gig inside of one of St. Pete’s purtiest hotels. (The Vinoy, St. Petersburg) INFO

Pate and Pate Ryan Pate (a guitarist, composer and educator from the San Francisco Bay area) meets longtime collaborator David Pate (a saxophonist, composer, and educator from the Tampa Bay area) for this show where their worlds will collide during a duo concert that features new works, improvisation, jazz standards and more. ([email protected], St. Petersburg) INFO

Alice Clark There’s a lot of cookie cutter techno and tech house floating around out there, and Alice Clark is descending into the basement at St. Petersburg restaurant Iberian Rooster to try and show why she stands out from the pack. She’s escaping the cold of Ibiza, where she’s lived since she was 17, so expect Clark — a regular at Sankeys and Space — to be in a sunny mood for this one. (SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️ Soapbox Soliloquy w/Luxury Mane/Gushing/J.T. Brown St. Petersburg songwriter J.T. Brown jumps onto a bill that dips its toes into electro and experimental (Gushing) while celebrating new records from shimmery garage-rock band Luxury Mane (unleashing its 10-track Domestic Bliss LP) as well as Jasmine Deja-led psych-rock outfit Soapbox Soliloquy (playing in support of its new album, Entartete Musik, which is out now via Blind Not Deaf). (Paper Crane St. Petersburg) INFO

Geri X w/Lassyu/Johnny Mile and the the Kilometers/Changer/King Complex/Grey Market/Mark Etherington It really is the end for Fubar, which closes after everyone gets kicked out on New Year’s Eve. This Friday show at the St. Petersburg venue is headlined by well-loved hometown folk singer Geri X, but it features a little rock and roll (Johnny Mile and the Kilometers), punk and indie (Changer, Lassyu) plus masked-marauder blues-rock, too (King Complex). Acts have been tacked on to this bill since it was initially announced, so don’t be surprised to catch even more bonus music as Fubar approaches its final hour. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Shae Krispinsky w/Rodney Smith/Jeff Brawer Seeing these three Tampa songwriters (all principals in their bands Navin Ave., Old Vices and Radarmen) on the same bill is not uncommon, but catching them at what’s usually a soccer pub is. Liverpool FC is off on December 28, so don’t worry about running into any hooligans besides some old Tampa punks at this one. (London Heights, Tampa) INFO

✔️ Crystallized w/Joyeater The secret guests on this bill are described as “Olando punks TBA,” which pretty much could be anyone. What we do know is that new-ish St. Petersurg post-punk quartet Joyeater is opening in support of its three-song demo before Dennis Martinelli brings all the ambition and dark-noir sounds of his Crystallized project into the mix. No cover means that all you’re risking losing is the ability to be any kind of productive on Saturday thanks to the PBR-hangover you might earn at one of St. Pete’s classiest dives. (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

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

Taped! w/VJs Samantha Sirius/Natasya Trudeaux/DJ Maus (Hooch and Hive, Tampa) INFO

Jazz Phools (Zydeco Brew Werks, Ybor City) INFO

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

Free  w/The Jackson 7 (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Scott Danger Bravo (Crooked Thumb, Safety Harbor) INFO

Fourth Friday w/John McRae (Tampa Riverwalk at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

Jah Movement (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Lulu and the Black Sheep (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

Von Garden (Ichicoro ANE at Station House, St. Petersburg) 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 the see more.

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.


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 Café 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
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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