Tampa Bay live music Wednesday with Las Nubes, Tom Russell and more

Florida Orchestra's free happy hour concert is at Armature Works, too.


Tom Russell Craftsman House closed out 2018 by booking a handful of buzzing young songwriters, and the quirky St. Petersburg venue is sort of picking up where it left off by bringing in a giant of American songwriting, Tom Russell, whom Rolling Stone once called “the greatest living folk-country songwriter.” That’s a lot of pressure, but Russell rolls on, seemingly unphased, on a forthcoming album (October in the Railroad Earth, due March 15 via Proper Records). Advance tickets are recommended, and you can grab those by calling 727-323-2787. (Craftsman House, St. Petersburg) INFO

Florida Orchestra Happy Hour Series: American Jazz It used to cost just over $30 to get into Florida Orchestra’s happy hour concert series. The free drinks and GA seating at the Straz Center made the price tag worth it, but in its third season the series is totally bowing down to the people by making the already casual show completely free to attend. After staging a chilly tango-based affair in November, TFO returns to Armature Works for a mid-week concert where Jeff Tyzik conducts works from great American composers like George Gershwin and Scott Joplin. (Tampa Armature Works, Tampa) INFO

Las Nubes w/Liquid Pennies/Flux Hymns Lo-fi dream pop band Las Nubes is almost back home after a recent tour, and members will make one last stop in St. Petersburg before reaching their final destination of Miami. Fans of ‘90s indie-rock should definitely brush up with a 2017 compilation, Some Things To Let Go, before heading out to this free late-night show. (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

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.

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

The Florida Orchestra Coffee Series: Spirit of America (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

Strum Punk Night w/Shae Krispinsky/Will Quinlan/Michael Westbrook (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, 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)

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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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