Tampa Bay’s live music Saturday includes Skizzy Mars, Mothers and more

Buffyfest, Steampunk Ball, Bertie Higgins among dozens of options.


✔️ Mothers w/Surface to Air Missive/Brother Cephus Mothers’ music wasn’t always the most accessible listen, but a new album from the Kristine Leschper rock band ups the ante on that notion. Released this month, Render Another Ugly Method is a shapeshifting 11-song effort packed with polyrhythmic song structures, choruses that fall unexpectedly from the sky and other moments which catch listeners off guard with a sound that’s both has vast as an Ansel Adams portrait and as succinct as the most pointed, poignant passages of a Raymond Carver short story. Taylor Ross’s oddball-pop Surface To Air Missive project opens the show, which kicks off early thanks to a rare set from Best of the Bay-winning Tampa rock band Brother Cephus. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Tampa’s Brother Cephus has a unique and ever-evolving creative process

Hooters Anniversary Celebration Concert w/The Romantics Bay area breastaurant (yeah, places where women in skimpy uniforms serve food are still called that) is turning 35 years old, and if you’re not into calendars (a dollar from each sale does go to breast cancer research), then maybe Saturday’s concert can entice you to celebrate. The Romantics are known for '80s hits “That’s What I Like About You” and “Talking In Your Sleep,” and the band plays for free at Pier 60 Park right before the Hooters girls sign calendars for all the kiddies. (Pier 60 Park, Clearwater Beach) INFO

✔️ Steampunk Ball 2018 w/Vourteque/DJ IX/Sean/Defenz Mechanizm/Angelica Synthetic/Suzanne Curry/Franki Markstone Gen Vincent (of Genitorturers fame) hosts this annual Steampunk Ball whose 2018 theme features the clash between neo-Victorian mechanized maidens and dandies and the mad scientists who created them. Pretty affordable to get in ($16 advance tickets) considering how freakishly fun this party is. (The Castle, Ybor City) INFO

Bertie Higgins Did you know that Bertie Higgins is one of China’s most requested performers? Fucking random, right? Well, the old-school, Tarpon Springs-born tropi-pop songwriter is playing a hometown gig, which might actually get pretty emotional since Higgins just lost one of his really good friends (Burt Reynolds, who presented Higgins with a Florida Music Hall of Fame award last year) just a few weeks ago. Don’t believe how deep he can get? Read into his sleeper song “Palm Springs,” which is a story of a poor West Palm boy who falls in love with a rich California girl. (Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, Tarpon Springs) INFO


✔️ Skizzy Mars w/Allday/Kid Quill Summer is supposed to be over, but don’t tell that to Harlem-based rapper Skizzy Mars who brings the Latin vibe and innocent flow from a recent hit single, “Jugamos,” to Orpheum, where Australian rapper Allday (“You Always Know the DJ”) and Indiana emcee Kid Quill (“Daily Routine”) open the show. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Valley’s End Album Release Party w/Andrew Osenga Tampa praise and worship band Valley’s End successfully raised $12,000 via Kickstarter and took that money to Nashville, where it recorded 10 original declarations with Andrew Osenga (declarations are what God people call songs that are meant to manifest something positive, you Satan-loving freak). Famous for his work with Caedmon’s Call and The Normals, Osenga himself joins the band at this album release show for Coming Home. (Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

Review: The Florida Björkestra, fans, turn St. Pete's Palladium Theater into Sunnydale for Buffyfest (w/photos)

Florida Bjorkestra: Buffyfest Seeing the Florida Björkestra is a treat in itself, but fans of the 23-piece band (and Buffy the Vampire Slayer) get bitten twice as hard this weekend when Buffyfest 2018 gets a visit from Nicholas Brendon and Emma Caulfield (aka Sunnydale's own Xander and Anya) who'll make a cameo at this magical one-day cosplay and music festival that is to die fo (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO




Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi Tribute (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

Altar Eagles (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO


La Lucha (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Riverfront Quintet (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO


Retro Red Square Recall w/DJ Rig/DJ Noi (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO


Row Jomah w/Legacy (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Beachwolf (Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Slade & the Wasters w/Yogurt Smoothness/Postcard Scene/Gamma Waves (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Growler w/The Young Something/Infinite Eights (Jug & Bottle, Tampa) INFO

Psychedelic Saturday w/Blackbird Morning (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Davina And The Vagabonds w/Ella Jet (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO


Lucia Micarelli (David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

The Florida Orchestra w/Valentina Lisitsa (Mahaffey Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

MCS | Elements ([email protected], St. Petersburg) INFO


ASB (Pit Boss Lounge, Tampa) INFO


Gypsy Star (Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo) INFO

Sabor Latino (Coliseum Ballroom, St. Petersburg) INFO


Tyler Costanzo (c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO

Spa 801 After Hours w/Ryann Donohue (Spa 801, St. Petersburg) INFO


Elephante (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Out of town

Father John Misty w/Kint Tuff (Hard Rock Live Orlando, Orlando) INFO


Blues & BBQ (Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa) INFO


Colton Chapman (Ka`Tiki, Treasure Island) 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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