Today in live music; Gucci Mane and Cardi B at Wild Splash, Flogging Molly's sold-out Jannus show and more

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click to enlarge Gucci Mane, who plays Coachman Park in Clearwater, Florida and Whiskey North in Tampa, Florida on March 3, 2018. - Jonathan Mannion
Jonathan Mannion
Gucci Mane, who plays Coachman Park in Clearwater, Florida and Whiskey North in Tampa, Florida on March 3, 2018.

✔️ = Critic's Pick

The Florida Orchestra Bravura Brunch w/Jeff Tyzik/Mambo Kings It’ll cost you $65 to get into the 11 a.m. Bravura Brunch with the Florida Orchestra, Grammy-winning composer Jeff Tyzik and Afro-Cuban jazz outfit Mambo Kings, but fans with less money to burn (and less motivation to get up early and drive to Palm Harbor) can still catch the Kings during a Saturday-evening performance (8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater) and another one on Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater (7:30 p.m.). More information is available via (Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort, Palm Harbor) INFO

Photos + Video: WMNF, Shevonne Philidor and more invade The Attic at Rock Brothers for a sweet night of song — 01.19.18

Bands On The Bay w/Black Honkeys/Shevonne and the Force/Hard Luck Society/Soul Circus Cowboys The Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center and the Kiwanis Club of Safety Harbor — two nonprofits which fund programs helping children in need — are the beneficiaries at Bands on the Bay, which brings a handful of local favorites to Safety Harbor’s beautiful waterfront park. Big Storm Brewing Co. provides the suds and more info is available via (Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, Safety Harbor) INFO

✔️ 9th Annual Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp w/Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues/Matt Ball, the Boogie Woogie Kid/Chase Garrett/Wendy Dewitt It’s the ninth anniversary of the Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp, and this year’s lineup features a little bit of the Motor City (Matt Ball, the Boogie Woogie Kid), St. Louis (Chase Garrett) and San Francisco, too (Wendy Dewitt). St. Pete’s Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues hold it down for the home team, and you should call ahead to make sure the show is not sold out. (The Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Tampa songwriter Will Quinlan is working on four albums of new music

✔️ Hootenanny: A Replacements Tribute To Benefit Slim Dunlap w/Steve Connelly & The Know It Alls feat. Ed Woltil/Have Gun, Will Travel/The Bangovers/Will Quinlan/Jack Sprouse/Tommy & the Tonsils feat. Adam Turkel/Rebekah Pulley/more A Replacements-related auction (memorabilia, CDs, posters, shirts, etc.) is just one part of this benefit concert where funds raised will go directly toward medical care for ‘Mats guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a major stroke in 2012. Steve Connelly & The Know It Alls’ set featuring Ed Woltil is a highlight of a bill featuring close to a dozen local favorites and WMNF DJ Scott Imrich. A $10 minimum donation is suggested if you show up to party. (SubCentral At The Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️ Flogging Molly Flogging Molly just returned from a European tour, and while the Los Angeles band has made its living by adding punk flair to a Celtic sound, we’re guessing the guys are glad to be back on U.S. soil. The group arrives in support of a 2017 album, Life Is Good, for which frontman Dave King & Co. managed to bottle up the fire from the live show and put it on a record. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️ Stephen Kellogg His influences are all over the place (Dad’s Cat Stevens and Jim Croce records were there in childhood, and so were his sister’s Mötley Crüe and Bon Jovi CDs), but Stephen Kellogg has managed to wrangle it all into a rootsy American sound that he’s been dealing since his band The Sixers released its 2004 album, Bulletproof Heart. This stop at the intimate Attic listening room above the Rock Brothers Brewing tasting space comes in support of a 2016 solo disc, South West North East. (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

✔️ Sad Shibas Tape Release w/Reality Asylum/Blestian/Solution #9 You don’t ever really need a good reason to show up to the Emerald for a drink, but the tape release for Jeremy Treviño-led rock band Sad Shibas is pretty compelling. This one is especially enticing thanks to the addition of Reality Asylum and St. Pete electro outfit Blestian. (Emerald Bar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Photos: Reality Asylum goes underground for Iberian Rooster

✔️ WiLD 94.1 Wild Splash w/Cardi B/Gucci Mane/Lil’ Skies/Drez De’Shon/Tom G/Ball Greezy/Lil’ Baby Cardi B was already riding high on the pop chart well before she found her way to the top of it with a Bruno Mars co-op’ed single “Finesse” (in January, the 25-year-old Bronx rapper Cardi B became the third act — and first woman — with five of the top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in a single week since the list began in 1958). She tops the bill on Wild 94.1 FM’s annual spring break kickoff party, Wild Splash, and will be joined by Big Guwop, aka Gucci Mane, who is also riding very high on the post-prison wave of posi-vibes his latest album, Everybody Looking, created in 2016. Medium-sized bags and backpacks, lawn cushions or blankets and one factory-sealed bottle of water per person are permitted at Coachman, but advance tickets are highly suggested. More information is available at, and anyone who doesn’t get in can take their chances on a scheduled late-night Gucci Mane appearance at Whiskey North in Carrollwood. (Coachman Park, Clearwater) INFO

Emo Night Tampa: March Episode w/Crate Bros. Another month, another 'sode of the Crate Brothers' wildly-popular Emo Night, where Mes McDonald and Oprah Spinfrey play the biggest anti-hits from emo's first, second and fourth waves. The bros will also be launching some new swag, too, so pencil this into your Saturday night plans and shed a tear in your beer. (First Chance Last Chance Bar, Ybor City) INFO

Listen to 25 songs which prove that emo is just pop music in disguise

St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival w/Black Honkeys/Greg Billings Band/Kettle of Fish/Sarasota Steel Pan Band/Nostaljah/Reverend Barry and the Funk/more Kids under 12 get in free, and it’s no dogs allowed (‘cept for the service puppers) when the city of St. Pete taps a handful of rock, reggae, blues and world music acts from the Bay area to provide tunes at this laid-back two-day food and tunes fest. More information is available at (Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg) INFO



6th Annual Awakening Into the Sun Wellness Festival w/Infinite Third (South Straub Park, St. Petersburg) INFO

Navin Ave. (The Wild Rover Brewery, Tampa) INFO

Knocked Loose w/Terror/Jesus Piece/Stone (Crowbar, Ybor City) SOLD OUT

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

Inkblot w/Sarah Morey/Channel Drive (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO

Fame On Fire w/Rough Start/TBA (The Noise Box, Tampa) INFO

Sister Hazel and Edwin McCain (Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival, Tampa) INFO

Carrollwoodstock w/George Pennington III/Ozona Roots/Fifty Grit/FUJO/Greg White Jr. Band (Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa) INFO

JP Soars and the Red Hots (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

Wacken Metal Fest Round One (The Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Lakeland Rockfest 2 w/Wayland/Jack Mantra/Oxmoore/Skarz/more (Mason’s Live, Lakeland) INFO


High Test (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO


Dean Johanesen w/Jack Sprouse (Mermaid Tavern, Tampa) INFO

Living Room Sessions Presents Bill and Eli Perras (Pasadena, House Show) INFO


The Fab Faux (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

Kick: The INXS Experience w/Shawn Scheller (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Spazmatics (3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

NoFilter w/Doug South and the Roundabouts (Ferg’s Live, Tampa) INFO


Lauren Mitchell Band (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Amp!d Saturday w/Christian Alexander/Lizzy Jane (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Shadow Run Brothers (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO


The Elements Monthly Hip-Hop Night w/Jus Henry/Macbison (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Gucci Mane (Whiskey North, Tampa) INFO


The Florida Orchestra: Hot Latin Nights w/Mambo Kings (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO


First Saturday Jazz w/Nate Najar (The Independent Bar & Café, 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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