Tampa Bay live music Saturday with Roy Davis Jr., Karl Denson and more

Trend Decay No. 1 and the Alleman-Pack wedding party are happening, too.

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✔️= Critic's Pick

✔️Dunedin International Film Festival After-party w/Roy Davis Jr./Austen van der Bleek/Boomerang He may have been born in California, but Roy Davis Jr.’s soul is in the south side of Chicago. It’s where he tapped into the sounds of Lil’ Louis, DJ Pierre, Farley Keith and Marshall Jefferson on the way to becoming one of the Windy City’s greatest house music exports. The Phuture collective alum is in Dunedin of all places, all because he’s the headliner at an after-party for the first-ever Dunedin International Film Festival. Admission is not included with your film festival pass, but there is a discounted option available via openhouseconspiracy.com/diff. (Blur, Dunedin) INFO

“Biota”:Alphabhet of Animalia — Illustrated by Joshua T. Pearson w/Betty Dawl Pep Rally Inc.’s Joshua Peterson gets to take a break from his company’s corporate commissions (sup, Sparkman Wharf) and show off a new series of anthropomorphic, hyper-stylized animals as part of this solo “Biota” show where Betty Dawl plays all the good music you didn’t know you needed. (The Bricks, Ybor City) INFO

✔️ Holey Miss Moley w/Twisty Chris & The Puddin’ Packs A retro-tiki-themed Tampa Bay music wedding is happening in Clearwater on Saturday afternoon, but the after-party is going down in Dunedin when outfits fronted by Robyn Alleman (funk-jam band Holey Miss Moley) and Chris Pack (the wild and punky Twisty Chris & The Puddin’ Packs) will celebrate their members’ union by playing alternating sets at Dunedin Brewery. Entry is free, and we’re pretty sure Alleman and Pack are doling out hugs, too. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Whitney James and Synia Carroll: Swingin’ & Singin’ II w/La Lucha/Daniel JordanAmerican Stage hosts some swinging jazz on Saturday when vocalists Whitney James & Synia Carroll join saxophonist Daniel Jordan and Bay area jazz trio La Lucha for a night of solo performances and duets. A nice start to 2019 for the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association and the second installment of what looks like an annual tradition for James and Carroll. (American Stage Raymond James Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️ Trend Decay No. 1: Permanent Makeup w/Clang!/Ekumen/Perse Microgroove owner Keith Ulrey is out of town thanks to a tour with Mineral, but he’s letting Permanent Makeup (a punk band that’s released records on Ulrey’s New Granada Records) play in the space and kick off its own mini-Southeastern tour while he’s away. Bay area rock-scene agitator Clang! (touring with Permanent Makeup) plays a support set along with a new band, Perse, but all of it is happening in honor of weirdo New Orleans hardcore group Ekumen, which is playing in support of a forthcoming self-titled LP that won’t see release until February 1. Your $5 donation helps put gas in a band’s tank, and your homophobic, transphobic, racist or creepy-asshole behavior will not be tolerated by organizers of the new “Trend Decay” promotion company. (Microgroove, Tampa) INFO

Floating Roots Fest w/Ari Chi/King Complex/HeyeYella/Mwiza Simfukwe/Wallysburg/Annona/Tyler Costanzo It’s always great to see new Bay area music blogs pop up, and this show at St. Petersburg DIY space Paper Crane is the first festival pieced together by Floating Roots, which was founded in the second half of 2018. A pair of CL’s favorite songwriters (Mwiza Simfukwe, Ari Chi) are on the bill, but so is an exciting new St. Petersburg rapper HeyeYella and a handful of local rock acts, like masked blues-rock outfit King Complex. The entirety of the $10 cover will go towards paying the musicians, and an open mic happens at 7 p.m., if you’re into that. (Paper Crane, St. Petersburg) INFO

Winter Jam w/Newsboys United/Danny Gokey/Mandisa/Rend Collective/Ledger/Hollyn/Ty Basel/Manic Drive/Dan Bremnes/Adam Agee Worship music-loving fans of Jesus: It’s time to freak the hell out. What is probably the country’s biggest Christian music tour arrives in Tampa this weekend, bringing more than a dozen bands and speakers for a headlining concert and pre-jam party. No tickets are being sold (it’s a $15 donation at the door for the first come, first serve show, but there is a membership option available for $50 if you need to guarantee admission), and all the information regarding ADA accommodations (yes) and whether or not your band can play (nope) is available via 2019.jamtour.com. (Amalie Arena, Tampa) INFO 

✔️ Tinsley Ellis w/Davis Coen Rolling Stone said that Tinsley Ellis’ licks rival those of Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, and for the last three decades, the 61-year-old Georgia guitarist has been nurturing his obsession with British blues bands by marrying it to an affection for Memphis R&B, southwest blues and urban funk. Tinsley plays in support of his 2018 album, Winning Hand, at this Skipper’s gig where Memphis bluesman Davis Coen plays songs from his first ever spirituals-based LP, These Things Shall Pass. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

✔️ Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe w/Stanton Moore/Kenneth Crouch Karl Denson calls his job with the Rolling Stones a“side gig,” and we totally believe him (the 62-year-old songwriter replaced his hero, Bobby Keyes, on saxophone in 2014). For the last two decades, Denson has been expanding fans’ worlds via his Tiny Universe project, and on Saturday he brings some of his Greyboy Allstars bandmates to Orpheum in support of a forthcoming Tiny Universe album, Gnomes & Badgers. CL had a chance to talk to Denson about the LP, and our full Q&A is available here. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

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*See a list of venues hosting residencies and tribute or cover bands at the bottom of this post. Follow us on Twitter (@cl_music) and subscribe to the newsletter, too.

Rock/Pop

The Holy Terror w/Acho Brother (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

The Kingston Trio (Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo) INFO

Offshore Riot (Red Star Rock Bar, Tampa) INFO

Cain & The Fool Moons w/Taylor Raynor (Barefoot Billy's Friendly Tavern, Tampa) INFO

MB Banned w/The Lockouts/Banjoe Steve (Mahuffer's, Indian Shores) INFO

Metal For The Military VIII w/Saregent D & the Tribute to S.O.D. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Abortion Twins w/The Damnsels/Freecoasters/Bargain Bin Heroes (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Jeremy Thomas w/Ivan Pulley/RJ Allen/TBA (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO


Blues/Soul

Mad Beach Band CD Release (Side Door Cabaret at Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Gerry Williams Trio (Sparkman Wharf, Tampa) INFO


DJ/EDM

AK1200 (Pegasus Night Club, Tampa) INFO

Sunset Saturdays w/TBA (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Courtyard Sessions Feat DJ JT Radio (First Chance Last Chance, Ybor City) INFO

Road to III Points: Tampa w/Techyes/Bonnie Hrz/INVT/Sinopoli/True Vin(Hooch and Hive, Tampa) INFO

Todd Terry (Ichicoro ANE at Station House, St. Petersburg) INFO


Classical/Chorale/Jazz

Florida Orchestra Pops: Unforgettable: Nat & Natalie (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO


Singer-songwriter

Nikki Talley (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

Cormac Kavanagh (c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO

Cari Ray & the Shaky Legs w/Dean Johanesen (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO


Tribute

Dead Set Florida (Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO


Experimental

Mouth Council (Lari White Music Pavilion, Dunedin) INFO

Below is a list of clubs and restaurants that either regularly book both original music acts as well as tribute and cover bands or feature a concert calendar stocked with higher-quality residents. Follow the links to see more.

Residencies

c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden 6905 N Orleans Ave., Tampa
Hideaway Café 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
Jazz House Supper Club 9331 East Adamo Dr., Tampa
The Landing at Jannus 200 First Ave N., St. Petersburg
The Living Room 487 Main St., Dunedin
The Mandarin Hide 231 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
Ringside Café 16 2nd St N., St. Petersburg
Ruby's Elixir 15 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg
Seminole Hard Rock Café 5223 Orient Rd, Tampa
Tampa Armature Works 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa
The Vinoy Renaissance 501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg

Tribute/Cover/Open Mics

3 Daughters Brewing 222 22nd St., St. Petersburg
Barefoot Billy's Friendly Tavern 3120 W. Gandy Blvd, Tampa
Buckets Grill & Tap 4535 Gunn Hwy., Tampa
Captain Jack’s On The Water 21 Oscar Hill Rd., Tarpon Springs
Caddy's On The Beach 9000 W Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island
Café Hey 1540 N Franklin St., Tampa
Gator's 12754 Kingfish Dr., Treasure Island
Green Iguana 4029 S. Westshore Blvd., Tampa
Ferg's Live 490 Channelside Dr., Tampa
JD's Restaurant & Lounge 125 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach
Hula Bay Club 5210 W Tyson Ave., Tampa
O'Briens Irish Pub Multiple Locations, Tampa
Rick's On The River 2305 N Willow Ave., Tampa
Smokin' 19 3080-3090 34th St N., St. Petersburg
Two Buks 1915 N. Hercules Ave., Clearwater
Yeoman Cask & Lion (two locations: 202 N. Morgan St., Tampa; 200 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg)

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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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