Tonight in live music; The Lost Ball's immersive concert experience at Paper Crane, The Accidentals, Boston Marriage and more

James, James & La Lucha at Palladium, Tito Puente Jr. among more than two dozen choices.

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✔️= Critic's Pick

✔️ The Lost Ball w/Fr33dback/Mountain Holler/Geri X/J.T. Brown/Alex Borst/Willie Jones/Blestian/Temple 5/Rogerthomas/Matt Walker/Mouth Council/King Complex It’s a little weird to see so many different styles of local music coalescing at St. Pete’s Paper Crane, but things are bound to get trippy when Florida’s own Lost Creations production company stages an immersive experience complete with aerialists and other installations. Expect some folk (Mountain Holler, Geri X, J.T. Brown), experimental sounds (Blestian, Mouth Council), freaky beats (Rogerthomas, Fr33dback) and more, but don’t show up without an advance ticket available via lostcreations.co. (Paper Crane, St. Petersburg) INFO

PLAYBACK
Tampa producer Fr33dback gives us a slo-mo-gasm on "Focal Point" — watch

✔️ The Accidentals Folk-pop propelled by cellos, guitar, pianos and seemingly any instrument members of The Accidentals can get their hands on. The Michigan trio’s latest — Odyssey, released last year — is adventurous without going over your head, and the band’s pals (like Jenny Conlee from The Decemberists) are all over the effort, which should come to life in a charming fashion at this unique Tampa Bay venue. (Safety Harbor Arts and Music Center, Safety Harbor) INFO

✔️ Boston Marriage w/Worst Party Ever/Community Couch/Chaff Boston Marriage is actually from Orlando, but geography isn’t going to matter much once the indie-rock quartet unleashes songs from its 2017 EP (Personal Space). Sarasota’s Worst Party Ever brings songs from its forthcoming album (The Year Of The Manatee, due in two weeks) to the gig after sets by new St. Pete post-punk band Chaff and Community Couch (which is basically BOTB-winning uke-strummers Stove Johnson backed by a full band). This is an all-ages show. (Lucky You Tattoo, St. Petersburg) INFO

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 w/James Ehnes Bradenton resident and violinist James Ehnes joins the Florida Orchestra as he performs a concerto written for him by Oscar-nominated composer James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games, The Dark Knight, Pretty Woman). TFO musical director James Francis also conducts as the ensemble plays Tchaikovsky as well as works by Michael de Murga (Fanfare for Three Cities) and Rodion Shchedrin (Concerto for Orchestra No. 1, “Naughty Limericks”). St. Pete and Clearwater get similar performances on Saturday (Mahaffey Theater) and Sunday (Ruth Eckerd Hall), respectively. More information is available via floridaorchestra.org. (Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

Tampa Riverfest w/The Revelers Tampa’s Riverfest celebration has always drawn an impressive crowd to The Curt, and this year’s edition (taking place Friday and Saturday) will feel a little Cajun thanks to The Revelers. The Lafayette, Louisiana collective’s music comes from the deep, multicultural roots of Acadian country and will provide a wild, raucous and foot-stomping soundtrack to the celebration. The band plays once on Friday (7 p.m.) and several times on Saturday (starting at 1 p.m.) — more information is available via the tampariverwalk.com. (Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa) INFO

BRAINY JAZZ
CL Premiere: John C. O'Leary ponders the loss of self on Crispr highlight "Spirit Guardian" — listen

✔️ James and James: By Request w/Lu Lucha There are ample opportunities to see La Lucha this week (the band also plays Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café on May 6). This one should be especially good, however, since the BOTB-winning jazz trio featuring Alejandro Arenas on bass, pianist John O’Leary and drummer Mark Feinman will be joined by Bay area trumpeter James Suggs and vocalist Whitney James. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Tampa Bay Hardcore Presents Punk Rock Karaoke Even punks aren’t too cool for karaoke, and this show is a chance to sing along to some of your favorite tunes while members of an old-school genre favorite (Down By Law, a punk band formed in 1991 by former members of All, Dag Nasty, Chemical People, and Clawhammer) provide the soundtrack live and in-person. (Fubar Downtown, St. Petersburg) INFO

Tito Puente Jr. A Mambo King from Magic City is coming to Tampa Bay when six-time Grammy-winning Tito Puente Jr. plays a fundraiser for Sabor Latino 2018. Funds raised by the 46-year-old, New York-born boriqua will go towards helping Puerto Ricans still reeling from the long-lasting effect of Hurricane Maria (yeah, they’re still fucked up down there). (Coliseum, St. Petersburg) INFO

ALSO PLAYING

Rock

Pretty Voices w/Mondo Diablo/The Inhalers (Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Maension Raevolution Tour w/A Brilliant Lie/Deviate the Plan/more (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

5 Star Hooker w/TBA (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

Singer-songwriter

Alias Julius (c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO

Sunset Music Series w/Regina AaMacha (Weaver Park, Dunedin) INFO

Blues

Friday Concerts in the Park: TC Carr and the Bolts of Blue (Water Works Park, Tampa) INFO

JP Soars and the Red Hots w/Prestage Brothers (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Cover/Tribute

Skully ([email protected], St. Petersburg) INFO

Benjamin Road Fan Appreciation Show (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

The High Fives (Two Buks, Clearwater) INFO

Southern Express (Smokin’ 19, St. Petersburg) INFO

Sweet Spot (3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

EDM

#Pound Friday (May The Fourth Be With You) (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Misc.

Harlem Poetry Music Passion (Friday Morning Musicale & Federated Clubs, Tampa) INFO

Country

The Kentucky Headhunters (Stockyard Live, Holiday) INFO

Pop

Marian Hill w/Michl (The Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Americana/Folk/Bluegrass

Band of Sorrows w/Shae Krispinsky (Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa) INFO

Ramblegrass (The Ale & The Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

DJ

DJ MP Soup (Ferg’s Live, Tampa) INFO

Reggae-rock/World

Kash’d Out w/Seranation/Tunnel Vision (Jannus Live, 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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