Tampa Bay live music Wednesday with Magic Giant, Madd Illz and more

Sarah Shook is at Crowbar, too.


✔️=Critic's Pick

✔️ Magic Giant California’s Magic Giant is on its way to becoming the gypsy-pop darling of alternative rock radio (the band appeared on the 2017 bill for 97X’s Next Big Thing), but the group has a soft spot for the Bay area, too. It has recorded at Clearwater’s Clear Track studio, and is a friend of Safety Harbor, too. This show is a benefit for the sleepy seaside town’s art and music center. (Margarete Heye Great Room at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

Madd Illz w/Mike Mass/Mic Deluxx/Benny Renee/BC Orlando battle rapper Madd Illz is taping a documentary, and this Ybor City gig built around freestyle sessions is the first of two back-to-back Bay area stops for a freestyle cypher tour where Mr. Illz hopes to capture Florida’s best off-the-cuff emcees on film (Illz will be at Dunedin Brewery on January 31). No cover to attend. (The Bricks, Ybor City) INFO

✔️ Sarah Shook and the Disarmers w/Fever Beam Sarah Shook is not on that Outlaw Country Cruise we’ve been talking about in this week’s previews, but she should be. The Chapel Hill songwriter’s 2017 debut LP (Sidelong) was a welcome smattering of witty, unabashed honesty, and its follow up (2018’s Years) hammered the message home in a very convincing, and convicting, way. Shook, just 33 years old, writes songs that stalk the line between in peril and on-guard, and her sound is an occasionally unwieldy stew of country, punkabilly and bare-bones bluegrass or roots music. It’s also tailor-made for a night of drinking whiskey. Expect all of that to go down at this mid-week treat of a show where Fever Beam — a St. Petersburg cowpunk and retro-rock band — opens for an audience that is sure to leave having a new favorite local band to support. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO 


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

Scott Ryan (Ka’Tiki, Treasure Island) INFO

The Talbott Brothers w/Dan Rodriguez (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

That1Guy w/Shaun Hopper (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Tetrarch (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

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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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