Tampa Bay Saturday live music includes Tampa Pig Jig, Pops In the Park, Bob Dylan and more

Locals Fest and Clearwater Jazz Holiday, too.

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✔️ Tampa Pig Jig on the River w/Chris Young/Riley Green/Deer Tick/Brett Dennen/Futurebirds/Carson McHone In 2012, Deer Tick got rowdy on the banks of the Hillsborough River as part of the first-ever Gasparilla Music Festival. It was a rollicking, ridiculously fun time, and the band would return to Tampa two years later for a 2014 headlining show at Crowbar (the same room Deer Tick also played back in 2010). The boys will support two 2018 self-titled albums at the 8th annual Tampa Pig Jig, which raises awareness and funds for NephCure Kidney International. Athens psych-rock favorites Futurebirds are also on the bill along with folk-pop strummer Brett Dennen and a trio of twangy crooners including rising country music star Chris Young, Riley Green and Carson McHone. It’s Pig Jig’s biggest lineup to date and raises the question of whether the music and BBQ festival will outgrow Curtis Hixon Park and move downriver to the new Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. (Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa) INFO

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Mandisa w/Blanca/Candace Payne/Jasmine Murray Christian pop fans may have slept on Crowder’s sold-out Clearwater show, but here’s a chance for them to catch a pair of reality singing show contestants — Mandisa and Jasmine Murray, who were on American Idol’s fifth and eighth seasons, respectively — plus former Group 1 Crew singer Blanca on the same stage. Bonus points since Candace Payne (aka “Chewbacca Mom”) will be on hand to bring an extra layer of positivity to the party. (Calvary Church, Clearwater) INFO

Lassyu Album Release Party w/The Boats/GreyMarket Is there a great local album that Rock Garden Recording’s Dan Byers has not touched? Byers was at the board for Part Tree, the new album from St. Petersburg rock band Lassyu, which recorded its 11 songs in one day before Dave Greenberg handled the mastering at his Sonopod studios. “Part Tree is about keeping yourself out of a rut, pushing your limits, not getting complacent, and going into the night, unafraid,” the band told CL in an email. “As Adam [Steadman, bassist]’s father said, 'That’s when you’re dead, when nothing new can blow you away.'” (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

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✔️ Damon Fowler Band w/The Nighthawks Damon Fowler’s existence as a sideman has been ill-fated as of late (in 2017, Butch Trucks, for whom Fowler played guitar, committed suicide; last month, Dickey Betts, who also hired Fowler to play guitar, was hospitalized with a brain injury following a freak accident). Thankfully Fowler — a Bay area blues gem — gets to front his own group on Saturday as part of the CD release party for Whiskey Bayou Sessions, which was produced by Tab Benoit. D.C. blues outfit The Nighthawks opens the show. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

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Have Gun, Will Travel w/Will Quinlan Two rocks of Tampa Bay’s Americana scene cross paths under the oaks at Crooked Thumb Brewery for this laid-back, low-key, no-cover show. Quinlan and the HGWT boys may have just shared a stage at a recreation of The Last Waltz, but its always special when their powers combine. (Crooked Thumb Brewery, Safety Harbor) INFO

Jeremy Stolle Most Broadway fans will recognize Jeremy Stolle after his eight-year-plus run as multiple characters in The Phantom of the Opera. He takes the mask off at this intimate cabaret concert featuring Broadway tunes, jazz standards and hits from Stolle’s debut album In The Moment. (Jaeb Theater at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

✔️ Pops in the Park w/Florida Orchestra The Florida Orchestra’s free Pops in the Park — its largest concert of the year — sees about 20,000 fans pack Vinoy Park for their favorite music, from symphonic classics to film scores all capped by a grand finale that includes fireworks. This year’s program includes Bernstein, Mendelssohn and Gershwin along with music from Frozen and Star Wars. The orchestra does an encore performance the next night, October 21, at River Tower Park in Tampa (but there won’t be fireworks at the Sunday show). In a longstanding tradition, TFO will collect nonperishable goods for Tampa Bay Harvest’s annual food drive on both nights. More information is available via floridaorchestra.org. (Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg) INFO

Locals Fest w/Seranation/SOWFLO/DJ Badda Skat/DJ Rollin Seranation, SOWFLO, Ted Bowne of Passafire, Kenny Mullins of Resinated, DJ Badda Skat and DJ Rollin play this all-ages, dog-friendly, community-centered event that hopes to highlight the neighborhoods by the Gulf beaches and raise funds for coastal clean-up. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Tampa Bay Watch. (Sea Dog Brew Pub, Treasure Island) INFO




John Papa Gros (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

The Reality (Red Star Rock Bar, Tampa) INFO

Shak Nasti (Ka'Tiki, Treasure Island) INFO

Rev. Barry & the Funk (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) INFO


Whiskey Dregs (early) & Silent Disco (late) (3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Johnny Charro Dance Band (Buckets Grill & Tap, Tampa) INFO

Handsome Devils (Smokin’ 19, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Shakes Society (Two Buks, Clearwater) INFO

Strut, Wag and Rock Benefiting Vets 4 Pets (Ferg’s Live, Tampa) INFO

Concerts For A Cause w/Stormbringer (The Lakeside, Apollo Beach) INFO


Clearwater Jazz Holiday w/Doobie Brothers/The Alex Harris Soul Band Celebration/The Lao Tizer Band/Clearwater Jazz Collective (Coachman Park, Clearweater) INFO

Sleepless w/Canvas Kid/TBA (Lucky You Tattoo, St. Petersburg) INFO

Streetlight Manifesto w/Mephiskapheles (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

Saint's Eve Soiree w/Cool Mom (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Charles Irwin w/Ortrotasce/Annona/DJ Donya/Betty DawL (Hooch and Hive, Tampa) INFO

MrENC w/Nora's Breakfast Club/Bump Galletta (ART/ifact, Lakeland) INFO

The Mak Brothers Band (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Evil Eddie Richards (Pegasus Night Club, Tampa) INFO

Cannibal Kids w/Grand Lotus/Youth Antics/TBA (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO

Oktoberfest St. Pete Beach w/Alpine Doc/Fraulein Gretel (300 Block of Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach) INFO

Tarpon Springs Outdoor Music Festival (Tarpon Springs High School, Tarpon Springs) INFO

Doyle (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO


Bob Dylan (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) SOLD OUT

Cormac Kavangh (c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO

Live & Local w/Chris Poe (Jaeb Courtyard at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

J.T. Brown and Friends (Paper Crane, St. Petersburg) INFO


Clearwater Community Band Concert (Countryside High School, Clearwater) INFO


Andrew York Concert and Masterclass (Music Center at St. Petersburg College Gibbs Campus, St. Petersburg) INFO

Used Music Gear Swap Meet (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO


K?d (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO


Ray Olan y su Nuevo Sason (Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, Safety Harbor) INFO

About The Author

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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