Tonight in live music; Riff Raff, Grave Ascension, Cave of Swimmers and more

More than two dozen choices altogether.

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✔️ Riff Raff w/Poodeezy/John Sisco/Afterthought/2 Stoned/DBG Say whatever you want about Horst Christian Simco (aka 36-year-old hip-hop weirdo Riff Raff) because Mr. Jody Highroller just signed a record deal worth $500,000. “RiFF RAFF SiGNS TO BLACKBEAR’S LABEL BEARTRAP SOUND,” Mr. Raff wrote on Instagram. “$500,000 PER ALBUM .... ‘PiNK PYTHON’ FALL 2018 ... ZOOM iN TO SEE MY NEW POLAR BEAR CHAiN iTS iN HiS HAND .. ViDEO OF THE NEW DiAMOND CHAiN COMiNG SOON.” The Houston-based enigma will be joined by upstanding trap and hip-hop artists like Poodeezy on this sure-to-sell-out stop of the Neon Black Tour (that’s the Neon Black Four Loko if you’re wondering). (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

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Photos: Riff Raff brings a raucous set to The Local 662 in St. Pete — 01.15.17

J.R. Moore The Attic at Rock Brothers goes country for this one when Ingram Hill frontman J.R. Moore puts together a solo set showcasing the talent that earned his band opening slots on tours with Guster, Better Than Ezra, Hanson and Maroon 5. (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

Tampa grindcore trio release nine track demo on cassette — listen

Grave Ascension w/Funeral Solution/SPIT/Casket Dancer Another night of metal and cheap drinks at the American Legion in Seminole Heights. There’ll be nothing subtle or nuanced about the offerings either, since Tampa extremists Grave Ascension (“Bestial Perversion,” “The Body Decayeth”) are headlining the show along with South Florida death-metal duo Casket Dancer and grindcore outfit SPIT, which is showing off new songs and a new lineup, too. (American Legion Seminole Post 111, Tampa) INFO

Only 5 of more than 20 headlining acts acknowledged a newspaper’s inquiry about the Strawberry Festival’s gun policy

Florida Strawberry Festival w/Jerry Lee Lewis/Justin Moore/Dylan Scott You know what goes well with plump, juicy strawberries? Great balls of fire. That’s why it’s cool to see 82-year-old Sun Records legend Jerry Lee Lewis playing the early show for attendees at the Strawberry Festival. Expect a whole lotta shakin’ and then watch the crowd turn young for an evening set by “Small Town USA” country crooner Justin Moore who headlines the late (7:30 p.m.) show alongside Dylan Scott. (Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City) INFO

✔️ Soul Rebels It’s going to be a little brassier than it normally is at The Ale & The Witch this weekend, and that’s thanks to New Orleans brass collective Soul Rebels, which has toured the world on the strength of its sound. The Rebels also played backing band for acts like Bruno Mars, Nas, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Marilyn Manson, G-Eazy, Joey Bada$$, Curren$y, Talib Kweli and more. (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

Girls Rock Camp St. Pete showcase concert happens at State Theatre

✔️ GRC & Planet Retro Present: The Punk Singer Screening w/76 Cut Short It’s been about a year since CL ran a story on the good work happening over at Girls Rock Camp, and this screening is a chance to help the St. Pete chapter keep working at its simple goal of helping empower a new generation of girls and women through music. It’s $5 (and BYO chair) to see The Punk Singer, a film about Bikini Kill and Le Tigre singer Kathleen Hanna, but you can spring for the $10 ticket that’ll get you a reserved seat, GRC swag and a concession item. Girls Rock Camp alums 76 Cut Short open the evening with a set of live music. (Planet Retro Records, St. Petersburg) INFO

Girls Rock Camp St. Pete needs volunteers to help empower girls and women through music

The Paperback Whale w/Oak Ramble/Tropico Blvd/Terrapin/The States Looks like Lakeland found out about new, just-out-of-Ybor listening room The Blue Note. Friday finds The Paperback Whale playing songs from its 2015 album, Always On My Shoulder, as part of a “March Madness” bill that includes a little funk (Tropico BLVD), synthpop (Terrapin), indie (The States) and more. (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO

Tampa's Blue Note Bar is a new haven for songwriters

✔️ Cave of Swimmers w/Yogurt Smoothness/Frostfang/Soft White It’s always nice to turn on a metal record and be greeted with non-traditional rhythms and epically theatrical vocals. That’s exactly what Miami’s Cave of Swimmers is giving listeners on “The Sun,” a 2017 stoner-rock single (a live version of “Hangman” from the band’s 2013 debut is on the B-side). The outfit kicks off a 15-date March tour at this St. Pete show where long-running experimental Orlando act Yogurt Smoothness opens the show alongside Frostfang and new-ish Bay area band Soft White. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO



Celtic Woman (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO


Bellamy Brothers (Dallas Bull, Tampa) INFO


American Song Box (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

Boxcar Hollow (Crooked Thumb Brewery, Safety Harbor) INFO


USF Vocal (Friday Morning Musicale & Federated Clubs, Tampa) INFO

USF Choral Department: Black Composers Concert (School of Music Concert Hall at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO


March 2-3, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO


Pound Friday (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO


Heavy Hitters w/Cypher Machine/Warlab (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

Voltaire (Pegasus Lounge, Tampa) INFO

Koroidia w/Paralysis/Thicket/more (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Blood Bath & Beyond FL (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO


Broccoli Samurai (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO


DJ SugarBear & DJ Qeys (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

Left Lane Ent. Presents: THE BASHMENT (SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO

80s Video Night (The Castle, Ybor City) INFO


Christie Lenee (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO


Honey Island Swamp Band w/Lara Hope & the Ark Tones (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Damon Fowler Band (3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues (M-N-M BBQ, St. Petersburg) INFO


Pat Benatar/Stevie Nicks Tribute (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

Broken Arrow: A Tribute to Neil Young (Hough Hall at Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Den of Thieves (Ka’Tiki, Sunset Beach) INFO

Southern Road Dog (Smokin’ 19, St. Petersburg) INFO

Over The Edge (Two Bucks, Clearwater) 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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