Tonight in live music; Friends Fest at Tampa Bay Brewing Co., Loggins and McDonald, Conor Oberst and more

Rancid Polecats and Magadog ignite local nostalgia, too.

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Frostfang w/El Coyote/Graveyard Groupies Just fun (no “politics, opinions, attitudes and agendas” allowed, according to the online event page) at this one where Frostfang, a young St. Pete metal quartet (seriously, its newest guitarist Jonathan Konja isn’t even old enough to drive) is joined by two more heavy-handed rock bands (El Coyote and The Graveyard Groupies). (Planet Retro Records, St. Petersburg) INFO

Clearwater Jazz Holiday w/Kenny Loggins/Michael McDonald/Jason Miles Presents The Music of Weather Report/La Lucha/Alex Harris/more Clearwater Jazz Holiday rolls on with some local favorites, La Lucha and Alex Harris, plus a yacht-rock dream combo in Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. Read our interview with McDonald here. (Coachman Park, Clearwater) INFO

Smooth Sailing? Michael McDonald rips the NRA, reflects on Walter Becker and talks humility before Clearwater Jazz Holiday

✔️  Rancid Polecats w/Crash Mitchell/Switchblade Villain/Bayside Riot Rancid Polecats was a loveable band of old-school Tampa Bay rock and rollers which, in its heyday, wore a love for the Dead Milkmen, Devo and Duran Duran on its sleeve while also refusing to ignore the impulse to turn its own take on punk into more polka and lounge-influenced numbers. This is an anniversary show for the ‘cats’ 1996 album, Bloody Awful, which is still a perfect, 19-song capsule of what the outfit still sounds like today. (The Hub, Tampa) INFO

✔️  Florida Ska Fest w/Magadog/The Duppies/Control This Old school is the special on Saturday night (see the Rancid Polecats show happening in Tampa). This set headlined by revered Bay area ska figureheads Magadog is pretty much a reunion show, but it’ll still be crazy to watch frontman Ed Lowery & Co. go on without beloved keyboardist and songwriter Jimmy Pedigo, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 50. Nevertheless, getting to see these once-leaders of the Sunshine State ska revival is a rare treat not-to-be-missed. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

Tampa Bay Brewing Co.'s Friends Fest celebrates Bay area bands with signature craft beers

✔️  Friends Fest 2017 w/Set and Setting/Band of Sorrows/Navin Ave./Old Vices/Flat Stanley/Radarmen Bay area brewer, musician and scene supporter Tim Ogden has teamed up with a six-pack of local rock, folk and punk outfits to brew seven different signature brews that range from lagers to a whiskey barrel-aged imperial stout brewed with salted caramel and raspberry. We hope this free concert featuring all of the bands represented becomes a long-standing tradition. Read more on the brews and the bands that inspired them here. (Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Ybor City) INFO


✔️  Conor Oberst w/Tim Kasher The world first became familiar with Conor Oberst when he was a member of bands like The Faint and Commander Venus, but it really started to fall in love with the Idahoan songwriter when he — at the ripe old age of 15 — broke off to release nine records of confessional folk under the Bright Eyes moniker. A few other projects have come and gone for the now 37-year-old indie-rock darling (Desaparecidos, Monsters of Folk), bit it'll be cool to grab a seat for this show in support of Salutations (it was moved to The Cap due to ongoing renovations at State Theatre), which is essentially a fleshed-out version of a 2016 album of sparse folk tunes (Ruminations) coupled with seven new jams. Cursive’s Tim Kasher opens the show. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

✔️  Florida Orchestra: Pops in the Park Concert Vinoy Park gets the first lick of The Florida Orchestra’s annual, family-friendly Pops in the Park series, which is free to attend. Packing a picnic is appropriate at this St. Pete date and the Sunday one at Tampa’s River Tower Park, but no outside food or drink is allowed at Monday’s Clearwater performance at Coachman Park. Details are available at (Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg) INFO



Park Jam w/DJ Doo Wopp/DJ Spindiana Jones/DJ Bobby Casto (MacFarlane Park, Tampa) INFO


Burning Tree (Ruby’s Elixir, St. Petersburg) INFO


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

Have Gun, Will Travel w/ Kerry Courtney (Full Band) (Taphouse 61, St. Petersburg) INFO

American Song Box (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO


Igor and the Red Elvises w/The Steady 45s (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO


Brandon Sciuto (C.1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO

October 21, Nick Fradiani (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO


Valerie Gillespie Jazz Ensemble (Firehouse Cultural Center, Ruskin) INFO

Wesley Chapel Jazz Festival (Wesley Chapel District Park, Wesley Chapel) INFO

Clearwater Community Band (St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium, Clearwater) INFO

Silverhawk Native American Flute Gathering (Withlacoochee River Park, Dade City) INFO


Jess & Gabriel Conte (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO


Audien (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Dance With The Dead w/Gost (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO


Something Wicked Tour w/Doll Skin/One Eyed Doll (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Lakeland Rocktoberfest w/Saliva/5 Star Hooker/Almondy Brown/The Dood/Coldclock Knockout/Stone Bone/Stranger Than Fiction/more (Mason’s Live, Lakeland) INFO

Alternate Routes (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO


Ignite the Fright w/DJ Spaceship/Blizzie Castro/Myfa Tha Prospect/Gangalee/more (Pegasus Lounge, Tampa) INFO


Brass Roots Band (Shephard’s Beach Resort, Clearwater Beach) INFO

Fencewalk (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Concerts for a Cause Series w/Raydio (Bexley Clubhouse, Land O’ Lakes) INFO

Joshua Cruz (Hard Rock Café at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 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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