Tonight in live music; Jackson Browne's Ruth Eckerd sell-out, Destroyer of Light, Darlene Love and more

Rock The Riverwalk opens at Straz Center, too.


✔️ = Critic's Pick

✔️ Jackson Browne w/Greg Leisz If it weren’t for all of the soul in his sweet melodies, then we’d just file this one from folk-rock patriarch Jackson Browne under the “shows by cyborgs” category. Sure, his pitch-perfect tone and timbre makes Brown seem too good at times, but this sold-out show alongside in-demand sideman Greg Leiz (it’s pronounced “Lees”) will feel extra warm thanks to the touch Leiz — who has played with Joni Mitchell, Brian Wilson, Beck, Paul Westerberg and Wilco — brings with him wherever he lands. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

✔️ Darlene Love Paul McCartney excluded, Darlene Love is probably the only person who could get away with doing a Christmas song at any time of the year. The 76-year-old singer and actress hit it big in the 1960s with “Christmas Baby (Please Come Home),” and she’s kept the ball rolling for the entirety of her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-worthy career. Rolling Stone says her vocal is “as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar or Bob Dylan’s lyrics,” and on Thursday she’ll help the historic Tampa Theatre break in its new seats with “Christmas” and other hits like “He’s a Rebel.” (Tampa Theatre, Tampa) INFO

Malevich w/I’m An Intestine/Vacancy/Sentries An Atlanta grindcore quartet heads to the tattoo shop for a show in support if its 2016 album, Only The Flies, on which pummelling stacks of guitars pile on top of singer Will Turner, who does a damn good job rising above the sludge. Grunge-gaze trio Sentries breaks out of its practice space for a rare show alongside Vacancy and I’m An Intestine. (Lucky You Tattoo, St. Petersburg) INFO

Jonny Lang The blues music world has watched Jonny Lang grow up (the 36-year-old guitarist released his debut album, Smokin’, in 1995 at the ripe old age of 14). On Thursday, Bay area fans will observe the way he’s come back to the blues on Signs (released last year) after exploring soul, R&B, and even Christian music and gospel on his last few LPs. “I don’t know if re-inspired [is the right word],” he said in a recent interview, “but I had been listening to a lot of Howlin’ Wolf and Tom Waits, just like that open-room sound, like live in the studio, not too producer-refined stuff.” Yep, that’ll do it. Welcome back, Jonny. (The Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️ Rock the Riverwalk: Decades of Local Influential Sounds This technically isn’t live music, but residents and visitors alike should make it a point to visit this Tampa Riverwalk exhibit curated by former Tampa Tribune pop critic Curtis Ross (who’s also penned some great stories for CL over the years). Expect to learn a lot about 30 homegrown Tampa acts, venues, studios and promoters who’ve helped build this city over the last 30 years. Make sure you see it before it closes after the spring. (Tampa Riverwalk, Tampa)

✔️ Destroyer of Light w/Shroud Eater/Frostfang Destroyer Fest organizer Lucy Volpe figuratively comes back home to stage a show featuring old friends and Texas doom-rock and roll outfit Destroyer of Light, which didn't take itself too seriously on its latest, Chamber of Horrors (released last year and streaming below). (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO



Stephanie Quayle (KOA, St. Petersburg) INFO

Mary Bragg (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

Michelle Malone (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

Molly Malone's Island Jam w/Jonathan Huber (Molly Malone's Irish Pub, Tampa) INFO

Living Room Open Mic (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO


Quasi Mojo (The Bottlehouse Bar, Riverview) INFO


The Torpedoes (Ferg’s Live, Tampa) INFO

The Company Men (Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, Tarpon Springs) INFO


Crisis w/The Jazz Project (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Bobby Tess and Dixie Chaps (Bilmar Beach Resort, Treasure Island) INFO


Dr. Dirty John Valby (Side Splitters Comedy Club, Tampa) INFO


Composition in Asia Symposium: Reciatal I (Barness Recital Hall at University of South Florida, Tampa) 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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