Tampa Bay live music Saturday with Whigfest, Los Lobos and more

Lee Scratch Perry is at Orpheum, too.


✔️= Critic's Pick

✔️ Whigfest w/Tyler Childers/Trampled By Turtles/Liz Cooper and The Stampede/Southern Avenue/Flow Tribe/Front Country/Lindsay Lou/Have Gun, Will Travel/Los Colognes/The Trongone Band/The Honey Hounds/more As far as headliners go, Whigfest has completely knocked it out of the park in 2019. The annual President’s Day weekend festival is always a celebration of fantastic locals, and this year is no exception, but the inclusion of bluegrass shredders Trampled By Turtles (playing Saturday) and Tyler Childers (Sunday’s headliner) is a huge win. The Turts may be the best touring act in their scene right now, and the 27-year-old Childers is set to have a breakout year. The Kentucky songwriter’s latest LP, Purgatory, was produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, and it rightfully landed on dozens of 2017 year-end best-of lists thanks to the way the album’s songs capture the beauty of his home state while also showcasing the Pulitzer-worthy prose that Childers’ wounded drawl delivers in heart-aching fashion. Whigfest’s cherry on top is the inclusion of fast-rising Nashville songwriter Liz Cooper, whose guitar arrangements and solos have made her band, The Stampede, one of the most sought-after psych-rock and folk bands in America. Read our interview with Cooper here. Five Ybor City venues will be utilized over the course of the weekend, and a schedule is posted at whigfest.com. (Various venues, Ybor City) INFO

Yonder Mountain String Band w/Handmade Moments It’s a wonder that WhigFest didn’t scoop up Yonder Mountain String Band for its lineup. The Colorado jamgrass quintet would’ve been a great fit, but instead it’s heading to Jannus, where it played a 2017 set in support of Philadelphia blues-rock jam scene favorite, G. Love. Yonder headlines this time around, so Conway, Arkansas folk-pop duo Handmade Moments handles opening duties. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️ Lee Scratch Perry w/Subatomic Sound System Pay your respects when legendary producer and dub pioneer Lee Scratch Perry comes to Orpheum for a show that’ll show youngsters why the 82-year-old is wholly responsible for a lot of the low-end bombast that a wide-ranging array of bands (Bob Marley, Beastie Boys and even The Clash) cite as life-changing. Emch and Noah Shachtman’s Subatomic Sound System project opens the show. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Dave Mason and Steve Cropper w/Lords of 52nd Street The music of Booker T and the MGs plus U.K. rock band Traffic get celebrated when a pair of prolific songwriters and brilliant guitarists — Dave Mason (Traffic) and Steve Cropper (BTMGs) — co-headline a Saturday-night concert that’ll feel like s classic blues and rock revue. Billy Joel tribute band Lords of 52nd Street opens the show. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

✔️ Los Lobos In 2016, storied six-piece Los Lobos went to Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre and showcased superb musicianship plus an easy band chemistry that can only be forged over decades of gigs. CL’s reviewer enjoyed the show, but thought that the legendary Los Angeles blues-rock outfit never quite tapped into the the magic that renders a concert memorable. That writer returns to the scene on Saturday, and we’ll see what a Sunday-afternoon review has to say about the group’s first concert at the venue since that 2016 gig. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO


Blueface Ascendant Los Angeles rapper Blueface says that his next full-length release features Drake and also drops this month. We’re just hoping he’s OK after getting picked up for felony gun possession on February 1 (he was released early the next morning). The arrest came a couple of months after the 22-year-old born Jonathan Porter was arrested in connection with a highway shooting, but we’re guessing that all of that trouble isn’t going to stop fans and heads from checking out one of L.A.’s most controversial rappers live and in the flesh. (Whiskey North, Tampa) INFO

Car Bomb Driver w/Pretty Voices/Hotel Life CL is still steady rocking with one of last year’s best Bay area albums (All That Glitters from Hotel Life). We’re hoping to see a lot of the big-country-meets-rock album played when Billy Summer and Captain Joe Harley join forces for Hotel Life’s set opening for local rock bands Pretty Voices and Car Bomb Driver at the VFW Post 39. An epic local rock bill with a $3 cover and equally affordable drinks, too. (VFW Post 39, St. Petersburg) INFO

Johnny Rawls It’s been a quarter of a decade since Johnny Rawls released his debut album, and the 67-year-old Mississippi-based bluesman is still turning heads. Rawls’ latest, I’m Still Around, is a Blues Foundation’s 40th Annual Blues Music Awards nominee for Soul Blues Album of the Year. He brings it to the Skipperdome for the Saturday night soulful scorcher. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not w/The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay Ybor City’s The Lions Eye Institute transforms into a dark club and welcomes a bunch of hot and hunky cupids into the space all in anticipation of a Valentine’s cabaret performance from The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay. Humor and hotties with a touch of pathos, too? Why not? (Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research, Tampa) INFO

See a rundown of the week ahead via cltampa.com/musicweek. Visit cltampa.com/music every day to get daily concert roundups plus all the latest concert announcements and local music. Follow us on Twitter (@cl_music) and subscribe to the newsletter, too.


Little Kintner Boys w/Theralix/Almost to Feedback (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO

Free Range Strange (Ka'Tiki, Treasure Island) INFO

The New Shanghai Circus (Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo) INFO

Fat Jim Morrison's VD Surprise Show (Shuffle, Tampa) INFO

Rob Tyre w/Jerry Marotta and Rock City Road (The Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

lower case blues (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Stephen Pigman (The Blueberry Patch, Gulfport) INFO

Runway Gin: A Tribute to Phish (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Florida Orchestra Masterworks: The Planets (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Groove Wraps w/Free Life Garden Club (Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Hotel Garuda (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

Fil Pate Trio (Crooked Thumb Brewery, Safety Harbor) INFO

Clearwater Community Band (Countryside High School, Clearwater) INFO

Heartbreak Holiday Show w/Bear Within Us/Element/Black Clash/RE-Birth/Eyelid Cinema/American Bastard (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Viewers Like You w/Longfinger/Phantom Phunk (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

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

John Holt III (c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO

Bill Buchanan & his Rock ‘n Soul Revue (Sparkman Wharf, Tampa) INFO

rbane Cowboys (Ford Plaza at Amalie Arena, Tampa) INFO

Tampa Bay Fresh Fest w/DJ Knox 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.


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 Hotel & Casino 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)

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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