Tampa Bay live music Sunday with Big Freedia, Time Sawyer and more

Don’t forget to honor J Dilla.


✔️=Critic's Pick

✔️ Big Freedia w/Ayo Madre/Kezra Leon/DJ Spaceship New Orleans’ queen of bounce has made sure to visit Ybor City regularly, and while this is the 41-year-old’s third visit in less than three years, fans still seem to flock to her ass-quaking-ly fun live shows. Ayo Madre (AKA Tampa rapper Ayo Mama) opens the show alongside Kezra Leon, and kudos to promoters who managed to get this show to Crowbar on a night when Ol’ Dirty Sundays’ old-school hip-hop night holds the patio down until 3 a.m. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Jay Day: A Tribute To J Dilla There’s a Tampa J Dilla tribute happening on Saturday at Hampton Station, but this one on downtown St. Petersburg’s 600 Block happens on the 13th anniversary of the revolutionary hip-hop producer’s death. There’ll be free donuts at both parties, and Saturday’s soiree also happens to be the first event at Daddy Kool since the shop announced that rising rents have forced it to move to the Warehouse Arts District. (Daddy Kool Records, St. Petersburg) INFO

B|_ank w/Otto Rank/toasty_rye Tampa’s VFW 24 has an experimental show happening on Friday, and this is a chance for fans of the genre to bookend their weekend with William Passionfruit Hicks’ Nashville-based project (B|_ank) and a pair of local acts. (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

Time Sawyer If proggy folkgrass was a thing, then Time Sawyer might be its ambassador. You could file the band’s brand of Americana in the folk or country-rock section, but the texture and nuance on its 2017 album Wildest Dreams invoke memories of Jim Lauderdale, The Jayhawks and even the Avett Brothers. (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

Aaron Lewis w/Dillon Carmichael Producer Dave Cobb is a magic maker, but Kentucky songwriter Dillon Carmichael didn’t really need much help. The baritone-voiced newcomer with retro leanings has one of the most captivating vocals in country, and he’s bringing it (along with that Cobb-produced album, Hell on an Angel) to Tampa’s prettiest concert hall, where Staind’s Aaron Lewis has invited Carmichael to open the show. (Tampa Theatre, Tampa) INFO

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Sunday School for Sinners w/Stillhouse Shakers (Independent Bar and Cafe, Tampa) INFO

Sunday Jazz Project (Independent Bar, St.Petersburg) INFO

Gutter Demons (Blue Note, Tampa) INFO

The Florida Orchestra: String Quartet (Woodson African-American Museum, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Con Brio String Quartet w/Pianist Sheng-Yuan Kuan (Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, Clearwater) INFO

Gulfport Peace, Love & Pride Festival 2019 (Historic Gulfport Casino, Gulfport) INFO

John Kadlecik (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Ol’ Dirty Sundays w/DJ Dolo (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Al Di Meola (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) 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)


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