Today in live music; Jannus' pop-punk superbill, Primavera festival, John C. O'Leary album release and more

Nice little Saturday lined up.

click to enlarge Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional, which plays Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 24, 2018. - David Bean
David Bean
Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional, which plays Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 24, 2018.

✔️=Critic's Pick

✔️ Primavera Music Festival w/R.Lum.R/Ethan Parker/The Black Honkeys/The Groove Orient/The Temptests/Spred the Dub/The Infinite Eights/Taylor Fletcher/Danielle Mohr/Ajeva A free, waterfront music festival suitable for all ages. Memphis-based feel-good folk-pop singer Ethan Parker sits on top of a mostly local bill highlighted by Nashville’s R.Lum.R, who cut his teeth in Bradenton on the way to becoming a Spotify soul and R&B sensation. Read some of our Q&A with R.Lum.R here. (Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, Safety Harbor) INFO

Interview: Bradenton native R.LUM.R breaks down the realities of Spotify stardom, remembers his Florida days and more

Fusik w/Time Is Free: A Tribute to Colonel Bruce Hampton/Ike Stubblefield/Joe Marcinek Southern rock and jam band fans still feel the pain of losing Colonel Bruce Hampton, a genre icon who lost his life onstage after having a heart attack at his own 70th birthday concert. Fusik keeps the Colonel’s spirit alive at this gig, which is part of a four-day run of shows that Dunedin Brewery is throwing as part of its Spring Beer Fling. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

✔️ WMNF Presents: Karrybyan Kruze Music Festival w/Impulse/Bola/Lay Jazzlee/Island Chill/Jahfari/Ska Boy/more You can’t go wrong at a decade-old celebration of Caribbean music, and that’s exactly what’s happening here as popular WMNF radio program Caribbean Cruise (it airs Sundays in Tampa Bay from 4-6 p.m. on 88.5 FM) and more than a dozen bands stage a daylong festival of island jams that move beyond the typical Jamaican reggae or Trinidad & Tobago soca en route to a full exploration of the region’s sounds. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Zoe Reynolds is about to graduate from buzz-band to pop-punk hero

✔️ Dashboard Confessional w/Beach Slang/Kississippi The King of Pain (Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba) has returned to form with a new album (Crooked Shadows, released last month), and he’s asking some of his brightest contemporaries to open this show. Beach Slang frontman James Alex — a Replacements-loving, punk-rock nice guy who wears his heart on his sleeve — brings his fiery quintet to the middle of the bill, and rising indie-folk darling Zoë Reynolds shows off all the power of her Kississippi project to a can’t miss opening set. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

Review: Dashboard Confessional lean on early LPs for the ultimate throwback Thursday at The Ritz in Ybor City (w/photos)

UNFUN Dashboard Confessional After Party w/K-Kool The Dashboard Confessional show should end pretty early, but concertgoers who need more should head a few blocks over to The Bends, where DJ K-Kool (aka Kristin Stigaard of Bay area promotions company No Clubs) will select tunes at this free afterparty. Past UNFUN parties have included special guests, but organizers aren’t necessarily promising anything this time around. (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

Talking bubbles, Beach (and Quiet) Slang with James Alex

✔️ Coffee Project w/Debt Neglector/Community Couch/Stove./Sandspur City This one is a Florida punk-rock lover’s dream. Coffee Project — a band featuring Buddy Schaub of Gainesville ska-heroes Less Than Jake — headlines the gig, but the band is joined by fun-starting Orlando outfit Debt Neglector, Dave Decker’s Sandspur City and anthemic pop-punk group Rutterkin. Icing on the cake comes in the form of ukulele-wielding punk singalong songwriters Stove., which plays support on this stacked lineup. (Lucky You Tattoo, St. Petersburg) INFO

Stove. ukes out a pair of neu-folk gems

70s Fest w/3 Dog Night/Firefall/Al Stewart/Lords of 52nd St. It’s the first time Ruth Eckerd is throwing this “70s Fest,” but the venue has tapped a classic band, Los Angeles blue-eyed soul troupe Three Dog Night, to sings hits like “Mama Told Me Not to Come” and “Joy To the World” for the bell-bottomed faithful headed out to the show. Firefall (“Strange Way,” “Just Remember I Love You”) lends a hand along with “Year of the Cat” singer Al Stewart and Billy Joel tribute act Lords of 52nd St., which features Richie Cannata, who once played in the Piano Man’s actual touring band. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

John C. O'Leary ponders the loss of self on CRISPR highlight "Spirit Guardian" — listen

✔️ John C. O’Leary III Album Release Have you ever wondered what a group of DNA segments in bacteria might sound like? Have no fear, because John O’Leary is here. Last May, O’Leary impressed CL and its readers when he raised more than $5,000 to record a jazz album about neuroscience. “The purpose of the record is to create a space around which a dialogue can occur in the community about modern scientific/neuroscientific discoveries, which have the potential to affect our lives,” O’Leary — who has recorded with BOTB-winning outfit La Lucha — wrote to CL at the time. “This dialogue will help reduce the barrier between science and society.” Well, nearly a year later, that album is arriving at this release show. Head to to check out CRISPR highlight “Spirit Guardian,” which revolves around one recurrent theme when reading about Alzheimer’s disease: the loss of self. “Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease. In the book Musicophilia, by the late neurologist Oliver Sacks, Dr. Sacks makes the case that dementia is not just about the loss of self, but also about the preservation of self,” O’Leary wrote. “Alzheimer’s patients can demonstrate a response to music that’s shocking to see. You’re watching someone who looks sick and sullen all of a sudden come alive in their own skin.” ([email protected], St. Petersburg) INFO

Interview: Talking with Steve Martin & Martin Short before St. Pete show with Steep Canyon Rangers

✔️ Steep Canyon Rangers Grammy-winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers had to share stage time with Martin Short and Steve Martin the last time they were in town for a January show at St. Pete’s Mahaffey Theater. Not the case this time around, and fans of the North Carolina bluegrass band will be happy to see their boys front and center at this intimate Capitol Theatre gig in support of the band’s ninth studio album, Radio, which continues the Rangers’ tradition of melding strong songwriting with jaw-dropping musicianship and a raucous live show. (Capitol Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO


Festival/Roadtrip, etc.

March 22-25, 2nd Annual Suwannee Spring Reunion (Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park, Live Oak) INFO

March 23-25, Ultra Music Festival (Bayfront Park, Miami) INFO

March 23-24, Oldsmar Days w/Greg Billings Band/Stormbringer/Brother Phil/Black Honkeys (R.E. Olds Park, Oldsmar) INFO

Land O'Lakes Music Festival w/Solar Exposure/Marlon Boone/Actual Bank Robbers/Trigger City Trio/Stonegrey/Sowflo/Fred Chandler (Land O'Lakes Heritage Park, Land O'Lakes) INFO

Chrome Sparks w/Machine Drum (The Social, Orlando) INFO


The Florida Orchestra Masterworks: A Little Night Music (Hough Hall at Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

March 23-24, Vesta Follies w/Hank Fellows (Kings Point Veterans Theater, Sun City) INFO

Clearwater Community Band Concert w/Liz Anthony/Tampa Bay Harp Ensemble (Countryside High School, Clearwater) INFO


Stacey Knights w/Chuck Weirich (Firehouse Cultural Center, Ruskin) INFO

Rev. Barry & the Funk (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Blueberry Bonus Nite w/Holey Miss Moley/Dr Bacon/Custard Pie (Blueberry Patch, Gulfport) INFO


Orlando Transit Authority: A Tribute to Chicago (Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo) INFO

Saved By The Ball: '90s Party w/Actual Bank Robbers/VJ Sirius (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Whiskey Dregs (afternoon show) (3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Soul Circus Cowboys (evening show) (3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Restless Soul (Two Buks, Clearwater) INFO

Black Honkeys Spring Fling (Ka'Tiki, Treasure Island) INFO

Strut (Buckets Grill & Tap, Tampa) INFO


Electric Suns (Ruby’s Elixir, St. Petersburg) INFO

King Complex w/Kerry Courtney/Geri X (SubCentral At The Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO

Better Than Ezra w/Tonic (Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival, Tampa) INFO

Physical Plant w/Mountain Holler (The Wild Rover Brewery, Tampa) INFO

Rory & The Super Delegates (Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Watain w/Destroyer 666 (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

HellGore Fest 5 w/Untoten Kreig/3KD/Inner Demons/Alpha Decay/Deceptive Intruder/Led By Serpents/Mutilation Ritual/more (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Villain Of The Story w/Deadships/more (The Noise, Box Brandon) INFO

Music Concert: Oxmoore and The Spring (Beer & Brownies, Tampa) INFO


Mudbone w/Alex Borst (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

The Florida Mountain Boys (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Hummingbirds w/Kristopher James/Olivia Romano (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO


Live & Local w/Eden Shireen (Jab Courtyard at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

Leon Majcen (c.1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO


Amp!d Saturdays (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO


Analogue: All Vinyl Night w/Lluck/Russkiy Detroit/Chang (Fubar, 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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