Tampa Bay live music Thursday with Atlas Genius, Marco Benevento and more

Dream Chambers is at Microgoove, too.


✔️=Critic's Pick

✔️ Marco Benevento w/Mike Dillon Band For the last decade, Marco Benevento has amassed a body of work that he hopes puts him in the space between LCD Soundsystem and Leon Russell (think danceable, but witty, too). The 41-year-old, who also plays keys in Grateful Dead-revival band Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, arrives at Crowbar supporting his two latest releases (a 2016 LP, The Story of Fred Short, and a live album, Woodstock Sessions). Texas bandleader Mike Dillon opens the show. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

✔️ Official Rock Boat Pre-Party w/Atlas Genius/Red Wanting Blue Another week, another cruise-ship music festival sailing out of the Port of Tampa. This time it’s the Sister Hazel-hosted voyage The Rock Boat, and Bay area concertgoers are once again being treated to landlocked spillover from the lineup. The Ritz’s Thursday-night show is easily the one with the biggest names, and that’s thanks to Australian sibling band Atlas Genius (which just opened for Mat Kearney in the same room last fall). The electro-pop outfit — built around brothers Keith and Michael Jeffery — is touring behind a new single, “Can’t Be Alone Tonight,” which marks the first single since 2017 and the first possible hint at new music since a sophomore LP, Inanimate Objects, was released back in 2015. Ohio-based Americana band Red Wanting Blue opens the show. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

✔️ David Ryan Harris The Attic at Rock Brothers is hosting two Rock Boat spillover shows on Thursday, and this early shindig will feature the ultra-smooth melodies of Los Angeles songwriter David Ryan Harris, who made his solo Tampa debut inside the same room in October of 2017 before returning to the Attic last summer. Harris, 50, has been working on new music since his last appearance, so here’s to hoping we hear from of that at this show that kicks off at 6:30 p.m. The 11 p.m. show features Saratoga Springs rock and roll trio Wild Adriatic, which is also on that Rock Boat. (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

Drew Holcomb w/Ellie Holcomb Drew and Ellie Holcomb’s 2018 acoustic tour went well, so the couple is doing it again. This Clearwater gig kicks off a 20-city run for the Americana-leaning Contemporary Christian songwriters. The pair has been named “one of the Hottest Music City couples” in magazines, and they named their daughter Emmylou, so don’t expect to find a more glitzy Nashville show in Tampa Bay on Thursday night. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

✔️ Blest Episode 3 w/Secreter/Mother Machine Morgan Soltes (multi-instrumentalist for St. Petersburg psych-pop band Pleasures, guitarist for Crystallized and beat-slinger for Toasty Rye) brings his genre-bending Mother Machine project to another session of collaborative music-making curated by St. Petersburg electro duo Blestian. (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️ Dream Chambers w/Eve Maret/Fjshwjfe/Natrix Unlike Drew and Ellie Holcomb, Dream Chambers and Eve Maret have not appeared on the covers of Nashville lifestyle magazines that’ve dubbed them the next hottest this, that or the other. Jess Chambers and Eve Maret are just as vital the Music City’s eclectic scene, however, and their bands (Chambers’ Dream Chambers and Maret touring solo) bring a winter tour to Microgroove for a Thursday-night bill built around rock-solid songwriting and luminous, shape-shifting electro-pop, too. Kate Swan’s Fjshwjfe project and new Tampa electronic duo — Project Natrix — open the all-ages and early (8 p.m) show. (Microgroove, Tampa) INFO

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

Holey Miss Moley w/Row Jomah (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Freestyle Cypher Tour w/Madd Illz (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

The House Cats (SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO

Wild Adriatic (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

Get Winehoused: The Amy Celebration (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) 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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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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