Tampa Bay live music Thursday with Jose Lopez, Ale & the Witch anniversary and more

Chico, G Jones and more are also in town.


✔️=Critic's Pick

✔️ USF Guest Artist Recital: Jose Lopez We’re still about a decade out from the 200th anniversary of Franz Schubert’s death, but acclaimed Cuban-American pianist Dr. Jose Raul Lopez is going to make his way up from his home base (Florida International University, where he is Associate Professor & Coordinator of Keyboard Studies) and get a head start on commemorating it with this free recital that includes Schubert’s Allegretto D. 915 and Sonata D. 958, works by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt and the Tampa Bay premiere of Grand Opera transcriptions by 19th-century Cuban-born composer Nicolas Ruiz Espadero. (Barness Recital Hall at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

✔️ Rock the Park w/Will Quinlan & The Holy Slow Train/Thor Platter/Danny and Alex Cleveland-based gritty blues and soul-grass outfit Thor Platter arrives to play outsider at downtown Tampa’s free, monthly outdoor live music series. A pair of beloved Bay area acts —Will Quinlan and his Holy Slow Train ensemble and St. Petersburg pop outfit Danny and Alex — will play welcome wagon, and while the two bands come from opposite ends of the Bay area music scene timeline (Quinlan’s 2008 CD Navasota is a local Americana masterwork; Danny and Alex have been steady releasing singles internet-style), both are beloved just the same. Bring your dogs and kids, but don’t forget to pick up your trash. (Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa) INFO

✔️ Ale & The Witch 8-Year Anniversary Eight cheers to low-key St. Petersburg’s Ale & The Witch. The spot, tucked inside of a shopping plaza, may be a craft beer stronghold, but it’s been wholly devoted to booking solid live music options to not just create bar revenue but give Bay area fans of Americana, jazz, roots, funk and rock quality original music that would normally be seen in the rock club environment. Still no lineup, but this eighth anniversary show, much like everything that gets booked at the Witch, is free to attend. (The Ale & The Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

Fraser Murderbuger w/Kate Kane/more The Murderburgers’ music was always about being dead-ass broke and mentally unwell, and the band was definitely most unstable when on tour. That’s why the Scottish punk band’s 2016 lineup shuffling wasn’t surprising, but we’ll still take this solo show from the band’s principal, who is bringing Lipstick Homicide guitarist Kate Kane along for the ride. (Green Light Bar, St. Petersburg) INFO


JM Carter & SV Valdez w/Decide Today/Divorce Ring/Mal/Isla Rivka Residuals from Miami’s International Noise Conference keep popping up on the Bay area music calendar, and this one finds four out-of-towners — Decide Today (Ohio), Divorce Ring (Louisiana), Jeremiah M. Carter & Sarah Viviana Valdez plus MAL (both from New York) — stopping into a Tampa VFW as they make their way toward Magic City. Tampa’s Isla Rivka plays support. Bring earplugs and quarters for the vintage Silver Falls pseudo-gambling game. (VFW 24, Tampa) INFO

Bronze Radio Return Haven’t heard Bronze Radio Return? Think again. The Connecticut indie-roots quintet believe that “television and film are the new radio,” and that’s why they’ve managed to end up with more than 100 placements (including some in shows like Shameless, 90210 and Catfish plus commercials for Starbucks, The PGA Tour and Fox Sports). The Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Hangout fest alumni will play full versions of songs in support of a forthcoming full-length, Entertain You, which is due later this month. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

✔️ Chico w/Fat Sun/The Venus There’s nothing wrong with tripping out on a Thursday, and that’s what’s happening when St. Petersburg retro-rock outfit The Venus welcomes a fellow Sunshine State space-rock band (Fat Sun, from Fort Lauderdale) to The Bends, where Nashville prog-punk getup Chico plays cuts from a 2018 debut LP (Ballet For Bastards) which features a blend of rock and jazz that’s made it very hard to put the band in a box. This show is free to attend. (The Bends, St Petersburg) INFO

Acme Jazz Garage Some bands fly just under our radar, but it’s pretty cool to see Bay area jazz scene staple Acme Jazz Garage — made up in part by bassist Philip Booth, pianist Bryan Lewis, drummer Pat Close and guitarist Matt Swenson — celebrate five years of its Thursday-and-Friday-night residency at Timpano in Hyde Park Village. That’s nothing to blink at (Dick Rivers’s gig at the Columbia is perhaps the only longer-running jazz gig around here), and Acme is staying busy this week by adding an unusual Saturday show at the Jan Platt Library to its agenda. (Timpano, Tampa) INFO

✔️ G Jones The more experimental side of bass music is getting put on a pedestal at Orpheum. It’s happening at the hands of buzzy producer G Jones, whose hard-hitting debut (The Ineffable Truth) bucks the conventional, wubby norms of EDM without sacrificing the spine-shaking bass and trap snares that’ve catapulted the genre to ridiculous heights of popularity. (Orpheum, Ybor) INFO

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Billy Kemp (Gulfport Public Library, Gulfport) INFO

Channeling Roots: An Evening of Intuitive Music and Art (Grassroots Kava House, St. Petersburg) INFO

Pecado (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Gaelic Storm (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

The Florida Orchestra: Beautiful Bohemia (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

When Rap Spoke Straight To God (Vaughn Center at University of Tampa, Tampa) INFO

Sontalk (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

The Florida Orchestra: Sing Out! Tampa Bay (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Ona Kirei (Studio@620, St. Petersburg) INFO

Radoslav Lorkovic (Craftsman House, 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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