Live music Saturday; Black Tusk at Coppertail, Gasparilla Music Festival with The Roots and Spoon, more

Heavy, in so many ways.

click to enlarge Black Tusk, which plays Coppertail Brewing in Ybor City, Florida on March 10, 2018. - Geoff Johnson
Geoff Johnson
Black Tusk, which plays Coppertail Brewing in Ybor City, Florida on March 10, 2018.

✔️ = Critic's Pick

✔️ Black Tusk w/Royal Thunder/Leviathan Cross/Mutilated Grist Holy shit. Coppertail owner Kent David showed off his drumming skills during a Wednesday night brewery battle of the bands charity event, but on Saturday he's turning the switch to "metal" for a show headlined by Savannah Georgia metal mayhem-makers Black Tusk who'll be joined by another set of Peach State hellraisers (Royal Thunder) and a pair of Tampa Bay's own metal outfits. It's all part of Tampa Bay Beer Week, and while you'll be able to enjoy some special keg tappings without a ticket, you will need one to get into the show. (Coppertail Brewing Company, Tampa) INFO

✔️ Sabaton w/Kreator Orpheum is usually where Swedish metal shows land, but this one featuring power-metal outfit Sabaton could not be contained at the Ybor City nightclub. All the better, though, since German thrash-metal giants Kreator are also on the bill, making this show something like an international headbangers' ball. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️ Injury Reserve Weird internet rap is enjoying its glory days right now. Albums names like Floss and Live From The Dentist Office might lead you to brush off Injury Reserve as just another group using irony and satire to gain attention, but the Arizona-based outfit’s sound — which dabbles in grime, jazz and punk — worked well enough to get the boys out of basements and into clubs like Crowbar. It’ll be interesting to see if Stepa J. Groggs, Ritchie With a T and Parker Corey can move tickets on the same night that The Roots are playing Gasparilla Music Festival, but hip-hop has become the most popular strain of pop music so don’t be surprised if young fans let the old guys do their thing while the genre’s future showcases just a couple of miles away. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO


Chasco Fiesta w/Foghat New Port Richey’s annual Chasco Fiesta party kicks off on Friday, goes through March 17, and features a variety of concerts that run the gamut from rock to jazz to blues, bluegrass and even country. Foghat kicks all of it off with a little Saturday night blues-boogie, and you can get directions to the show via (Sims Park Amphitheater, New Port Richey) INFO

Nikki Lane, The GMF Char, Sked and more

✔️ Gasparilla Music Festival w/The Roots/Spoon/Warpaint/Break Science/Chali 2na and Naughty Professor/Brother Cephus/more Everything you need to know about the 7th annual Gasparilla Music Festival in on p. 36, ya dingus. Read more interviews and listen to music from GMF artists by clicking here. (Curtis Hixon Park and Kiley Garden, Tampa) INFO

✔️ Babyface w/Anthony Hamilton/Sawyer Brown Apopka country vocal group Sawyer Brown plays the early show, and you’re gonna be singing with strawberries in your month come the evening time when a nice one-two punch of R&B and soul hits Plant City. Anthony Hamilton’s 2009 Best Traditional R&B Performance Grammy award for “You’ve Got The Love I Need” with Al Green looks wimpy next to Babyface’s nearly dozen golden gramophones, but don’t expect it to stop Hamilton from showcasing his Southern drawl during his set. (Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City) INFO

CL Premiere: "Take My Hand," says House Of I

Viewers Like You w/House Of I/Donna Lu Safety Harbor quartet Viewers Like You is new to us, and the stuff on the self-proclaimed alt-rock and emo band’s Soundcloud profile is three years old, so we’ll figure out what the group really sounds like at this show for which the band is joined by House of I. The Miami transplants just released a new album, Alienation, which the band hopes “represents the experiences and perspective we share collectively as a group on today’s society and the people we interact with.” Check out “Take My Hand” from the album here, and get there early to see Tampa quintet Donna Lu fire off tracks from College Boy Blues, its year-old, 10-track collection of catchy indie-rock. (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO




Saferwaters w/Changer/Suit Swingers (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Together In Exile w/Sunshine & Bullets/The Fallen Shall Prevail (Pegasus Lounge, Tampa) INFO

Paul Childers Band (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

The Reality (The Wild Rover Brewery, Tampa) INFO

Almost to Feedback w/TBA (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO

Harlis Sweetwater Band (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

Atomic Treehouse & Friends (Beer & Brownies, Tampa) INFO

Scream For Autism w/MadSplatter/Dee Dee Mao/Three Knuckles Deep/Grasping at the Shadow/more (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO


The United States Army Field Band - Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus (Ferguson Hall at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) SOLD OUT


John Paul Hammond (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

Kaleigh Baker w/Dwight & Nicole (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Trae Pierce & the T-Stones (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) INFO


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

Stevie Frank (c.1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO

Nathanael Hyer & Kristopher James (Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg) INFO


PGA Valspar Championship w/Jake Owen (Innisbrook Resort Palm Harbor) INFO


The Fray (Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival, Tampa) INFO


The Attic presents Keith Harkin of Celtic Thunder (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

The Irish Rovers (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO


Crizzly w/Christian Alexandre (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Retro Red Square Recall w/Rig/Noi (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO


John Kadlecik Band (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Uncle John’s Band (Ka’Tiki, Sunset Beach) INFO

Mixed Signal (late show) (3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Good Bad Kids (early show) (3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Strut (Buckets Grill & Tap, Tampa) INFO

Nation (Two Buks, Clearwater) INFO

Voiceplay (Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center at City Hall, Tarpon Springs) INFO


Dollar Hollar $1 Vinyl Record & CD Blowout Sale (Planet Retro Records, St. Petersburg) 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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