Tampa Bay live music Sunday with John Lamb jazz birthday, John McEuen and more

Passerine is at Ella's, too.

✔️= Critic's Pick

✔️ John Lamb’s All-Star Jazz Birthday There’s an Elvis birthday celebration happening in Clearwater this Sunday, but why not celebrate a still-living Florida-based legend at his own birthday show instead? Duke Ellington collaborator John Lamb is an always-smiling cornerstone of the Bay area jazz scene, and he’ll be joined by plenty of his very talented friends (Bob Devin Jones, Steve Boisen, Nate Najar and more) for this 85th birthday party that’ll be followed by a jam session in the Palladium’s Side Door Cabaret. (Hough Hall at The Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Ten Million Spiders w/Joyeater/Dylan Houser/Getflite Fist Hardcore death-punk comes to the In-Between house for this DIY show where the Baltimore band will play in support of its very goth 2018 EP, Chaos To The Fly. Bay area noise-punk band Joyeater plays support along with Peter Norvaisas and Matt Munday's experimental metal project Gefilte Fist plus Lakeland songwriter Dylan Houser. (In-Between House, Tampa) INFO

We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered Michelle Berting Brett has the intimidating task of taking on Karen Carpenter’s impressive catalog, but we’re sure that her approach, backing from a seven-piece Nashville-based band, and her loads of extensive research will be more than good enough for those who pile into this Largo venue on Sunday. (Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo) INFO

✔️ Passerine Both Americana purists and brunch enthusiasts will love this mid-afternoon set from Passerine, which promises to marry the mellow sounds of fiddle, dobro and stand-up bass with classic mountain tales best told within the confines of bluegrass and folk. Passerine co-founders Carmela Pedicini and David Brain have recently branched out into theater, so it’ll be interesting to see how the new projects have affected the band’s already pleasing aesthetic. This show is free to attend, but please bring money for drinks and food. (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

Blue Suede Shoes Elvis would’ve been 84 years old on January 8, so the early start time (1 p.m.) on this tribute show with world-class Elvis impersonators Mike Albert (Las Vegas Presley) and Scot Bruce (young Presley) makes complete sense. Love yourself tender and then stow your blue suede shoes away all before the sun goes down, Grandpa. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

Florida Orchestra: Woodson Chamber Concert A horn ensemble featuring trumpeters Rob Smith and Ken Brown plus trombonist Joël Vaisse, tuba player Bill Mickelson and brass utility man David Smith will stage a pay-what-you-want afternoon matinee (3 p.m.) where proceeds benefit the integral work of south St. Petersburg’s Woodson African American Museum. (Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, St. Petersburg) INFO

Michel Pascal In the mood for some hippie shit? Transformational meditation singer Michel Pascal has sold out Carnegie Hall, and on Sunday he’ll stage this multimedia show that’s part concert, part workshop and part meditation. Pascal has worked with everyone from Myron McKinley (Earth, Wind and Fire) to the late Buddhist master Chepa Dorje Rinpoche, so come ready to have your soul stirred a bit at this show. (ARTS 46/4: The Center for Arts at First Unity Spiritual Campus, St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️ John McEuen & Friends John McEuen spent 2018 finally releasing himself from OG Americana group Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The 78-year-old folk icon’s first big gig of the new year is at Hideaway, where McEuen will be joined by real friends (NGDB alum John Cable, Florida mandolin whiz John Hoover and harp player T.C. Carr) who wouldn’t dare dismiss him from a group he helped establish half a century ago. (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

*See a list of venues hosting residencies and tribute or cover bands at the bottom of this post.

Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra Concert (Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, Pinellas Park) INFO

Betty Fox Band Good Sunday Revue (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

DJ Revolver (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Somatic (Mandarin Hide, St. Petersburg) INFO

Bad Boy Elroy (Ka’Tiki, Treasure Island) INFO

The Florida Orchestra: Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

The Tucci Project (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) 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 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)

There’s more to the Tampa Bay concert calendar, and we’ve got it waiting for you on local.cltampa.com. 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.


Since 1988, CL Tampa Bay has served as the free, independent voice of Tampa Bay, and we want to keep it that way.

Becoming a CL Tampa Bay Supporter for as little as $5 a month allows us to continue offering readers access to our coverage of local news, food, nightlife, events, and culture with no paywalls.

Join today because you love us, too.

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...
Scroll to read more Show Previews articles

Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.