Tampa Bay Thursday live music lineup includes Becky Warren, The Breeders, Nude Party and more

Clearwater Jazz Holiday kicks off tonight, too.


✔️= Critic's Pick

✔️ Becky Warren Here’s your WTF show of the week. Becky Warren has been on the radars of Bay area Americana fans for a long time thanks to community radio station WMNF 88.5 FM, and the Nashville songwriter arrived in a big way in 2016 when her debut full-length, War Surplus, tapped her own real-life experience to trace the life of an Iraq war veteran and his girlfriend. Warren ambitiously went with another concept album for her sophomore outing, 2018’s Undesirable, which shares the untold stories of her city’s homeless and formerly homeless population. The 12-track effort is no gloomy affair, however, as evidenced by rockers like “Dive Bar Sweetheart” and the LP’s closer, “The Drake Motel,” which NPR described as a song that “recalls Lucinda Williams and tells of a lonely soul recounting loss love from a stark, cheap hotel room.” Warren — who also appeared on a recent episode of Jeopardy! — is somehow booked to play a hyper-intimate, no-cover show at The Ale & the Witch. Do not miss this. (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

Elys:um w/Phaze Jones/Yanni Acropolis Kid Loki’s Red Light Café series goes all hip-hop for this show happening within the cozy confines of The Bunker where Phaze Jones will play a joyous, party-ready brand of rap music (like “The Come Up”) which is hopefully the base of a forthcoming project called Sunshine. (Red Light Café at The Bunker, Ybor City) INFO

Time w/Gushing/Bushi/Samstorm You could toss the sound of Time’s music into a nice, neat box (the duo’s devotional electro falls somewhere between synth-pop and experimental), but it’s hard to put the Gainesville band’s live performance into a category. The experience is immersive, borders on performance art and comes at a criminally inexpensive cover charge on Thursday (read: free) when Madhava and Michael Collins arrive at The Bends in support of a self-titled 2018 album. An equally enthralling live act, Gushing, opens the show along with Kersey Williams’ always-evolving Bushi project and Sarasota-based solo act Samstorm. (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Breeders’ Kelley Deal talks Kim, finally returning to Tampa and more

✔️The Breeders w/Melkbelly The Midwest arrives in Ybor City on Thursday when Melkbelly (a band the Chicago Reader described as the city’s “most exciting rock band") opens for Ohio-based rock darlings The Breeders, who haven’t visited Florida in 25 years. “We’re so excited because we never go. It’s kind of off the beaten path for us,” Kelley Deal told CL in a recent interview. Deal’s band is supporting its new album, All Nerve, which is the group’s first batch of new music in a decade. Read our interview with Kelley Deal. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Colt Ford It’s a little bit of a drive, but you’re not gonna see Toby Keith pal Colt Ford in Tampa, so make plans to be in Lakeland if you’re into the kind of country-rap that the 48-year-old former pro golfer has cultivated on a six-piece discography that dates all the way back to 2008. (Wild Greg’s Saloon, Lakeland) INFO

✔️ Maxwell w/Marsha Ambrosius Maxwell’s sophomore LP (1998’s Embrya) was a bold follow-up to his critically adored debut, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, and the 45-year-old sultry singer has left fans swimming in an ocean of unapologetically black, bold and beautiful songs ever since. A brand new single, “Shame,” is an appetizer from a forthcoming release (Night, due sometime next year) on which the singer addresses love in the internet age. “Social media has created an alternate world where people watch everything you do, including your failures; they even often feel a sense of joy in your pain,” he wrote in a statement. “This creates a barrier to real intimacy because we’re preoccupied with appearances, with measuring up to what society thinks we should be, how we should look, what we should have and what we should aspire to.” (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

JJ Grey talks new Mofro music, more before Clearwater Jazz Holiday

✔️Clearwater Jazz Holiday w/George Thorogood and the Destroyers/Mini Abair & the Boneshakers/Morris Day & the Time/Sheila E./The Doobie Brothers/The Fabulous Thunderbirds/Clearwater Jazz Collective/JJ Grey & Mofro/The Devil Makes Three/Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe/more It’s been just over two years since the world lost Prince, but the Tampa Bay area can’t get the Purple One off its mind. Clearwater Jazz Holiday wants to help with the healing and welcomes Prince disciples Sheila E. and Morris Day and the Time to play the festival on Friday after George Thorogood and the Destroyers headline opening night on Thursday. The 39th edition of the nonprofit, multi-day fest also features The Doobie Brothers and JJ Grey and Mofro who handle Saturday and Sunday headlining duties, respectively. Read our interview with Grey, and get more information on the schedule via clearwaterjazz.com. (Coachman Park, Clearwater) INFO

Wiz Khalifa, Rae Sremmurd and Lil Skies rock with 10,000 Tampa fans

Superbull XXII w/Rae Sremmurd Over the last two years, we’ve probably seen Rae Sremmurd more than any other mainstream hip-hop act that comes to the Bay area (it opened for The Weeknd at Amalie, Wiz Khalifa at the old Gary amphitheatre and headlined Jannus Live before that). On Thursday, the chart-topping duo gets to headline the 10,000-capacity Yuengling Center as part of the homecoming festivities at the University of South Florida. Students can buy tickets for just $12 (and one guest ticket for $18), but the rest of us dropouts will have to pay $25. (Yuengling Center at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

Claude Vonstroke It’s not Tampa but we’ll take it. The house godfather himself Claude Vonstroke brings his world tour into Orlando Thursday night at one of its more beloved venues, The Beacham. The Dirtybird-founder will naturally be bringing along some more labelmates to play with, as both Steve Darko and Hunter Reid are set to open. Vonstroke has made Florida Dirtybird’s second home by bringing Dirtybird Campout East Festival to Saint Cloud, Florida last February. With the cult-like nature of house fans, this will likely draw fans from around the state looking to get their fix before having to wait for the festivals second run next spring. (The Beacham, Orlando) INFO  — LJ Hilberath

✔️ The Nude Party w/Glove/The Jackettes On Monday, The Nude Party was announced as direct support for Dr. Dog, which is playing Ybor City in March. Here’s a headlining show that’s a chance to see why the Dr. and bands like Arctic Monkeys have hand-selected the wild, raucous Boone, North Carolina rock and roll collective (touring in support of a ridiculously fun 2018 self-titled debut) to open their shows. A pair of Bay area gems — Glove. and The Jackettes — play openers at this one. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO



Dale Williams (Frank Sinatra tribute) w/Patty Kenoly (Mermaid Tavern, Tampa) INFO

Cottondale Swamp w/Cult Status (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Southern Yankees (Ferg’s Live, Tampa) INFO

Art & Soul (Subcentral at Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO

Sirsy (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) 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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