Tampa Bay’s Saturday live music lineup features Ski Mask the Slump God, Sun Signs EP release

Punk rock covers set happens at The Bends, too.


✔️= Critic's Pick

✔️ Ski Mask the Slump God w/Bandhunta Izzy/Danny Towers/DJ Scheme Death has been a big part of Stokeley Clevon Goulbourne’s life this year. The 22-year-old Broward County rapper lost a close friend and inspiration (XXXTentacion, who was shot dead in June) this summer, and one of his own fans died at a Cleveland show on September 7. The fan’s death appeared to be drug-related, according to a Twitter message from the rapper better known as Ski Mask the Slump God. We’ll see if the 2018 XXL magazine freshman addresses any of it at this show in support of a new mixtape, Beware the Book of Eli, which was officially released in May. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

The Little Mermen Hmmm. There’s no official after-party at The Castle, so we’re not sure how kinky this set from Disney cover band The Little Mermen is gonna get, but looking at pictures — band members dressed up in Lion King, AladdinPocahontas and Little Mermaid cosplay — makes us feel kind of funny below the waist. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Tampa rock band Sun Signs springs back to life

✔️ Sun Signs EP Release w/Mike Mass/Empire Cinema/Acid Tongue There were many controlled substances involved in the creation of Sun Signs’ new EP, Dopeless Hope Fiend, so it makes sense that this show finds the Tampa rock band releasing the effort by inserting a copy of it into the jukebox at The Hub, which, let’s face it, has been the place where many of our own late-night benders have started and blurrily ended, too. Three of Sun Signs’ favorite acts — emcee Mike Mass and rock outfits Empire Cinema and Acid Tongue — open the free show. (The Hub, Tampa) INFO

Joe Nester Joe Nestor knows what hopelessness feels like. The recovering heroin addict and songwriter moved from Delaware to South Florida to try and get clean, and on Saturday he’ll put on an acoustic set that finds him trying his best to give voices to those who struggle with addiction of all types. (Fubar, St Petersburg) INFO

✔️ Niall Horan w/Maren Morris Yes, it’s going to be fun seeing Irish singer-songwriter and ex-One Direction-er Niall Horan in Tampa, but we’re admittedly more excited about an opening set by 28-year-old Maren Morris. After three full-length releases on smaller labels, Morris finally caught the attention of the industry with 2016’s My Hero. That album earned the Nashville songwriter four Grammy nominations, and one of its singles — “My Church” — took home a golden gramophone for “Best Country Solo Performance.” With songwriting credits for artists like Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson and Brothers Osborne, Morris might still be able to make a great living flying underneath the radar, but we’d love to see her headlining this amphitheatre one day. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa) INFO


Adidas Showcase w/Justin Depth/Ortrotasce Can you kick it? Yes, you can. Especially when Adidas sponsors a very special art show featuring half a dozen visual artists including Justin Myers, who is pulling double duty and performing songs from his Justin Depth project before Portland, Oregon electro act Ortrotasce closes things out. (The Bricks, Ybor City) INFO

Skipper’s Smokehouse 38th Anniversary w/Tribal Style/Coo Coo Ca Choo/Dukes of Juke/Uncle John's Band/more Damn. Nearly 40 years of Skipperdome-dom. We hope that Tampa Bay never takes this place for granted and makes it out for at least a few of the dozen bands that are playing the storied Tampa venue's 12-hour long 38th anniversary party. No cover. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Paying Ohmage w/Changer/Broken Things/Spanish Needles Even the tall show poster is an ode to old-school punk. Three local bands — melodic punks and rockers Changer, Broken Things and newcomers Spanish Needles — pay “Ohmage” to mid-'80s D.C. posthardcore band Rites of Spring, NorCal punk supergroup Pinhead Gunpowder, and Chicago punk band Pegboy, respectively for this no-cover, nostalgic affair. (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO



Matt Woods & Natural Disasters w/Burke Bros./Preson Phillips (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO


60s Go-Go Dance Party (Red Star Rock Bar, Tampa) INFO

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

Communion After Dark Presents: New Wave vs. Dark Alternative (Subcentral at Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO


AWG Fundraiser w/Nickole McBerry/Marc Ganancias (Pinellas Ale Works, St. Petersburg) INFO

Gina Sicilia w/Lauren Mitchell (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Matt Bellina (c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO


Down From Trees w/M99/Indigo Fire (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Jetter w/Flight Panda (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO

Shoeless Soul (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Bro Phil B-Day w/The Black Honkeys (The Neptune Lounge, Tarpon Springs) INFO

TrainQuill w/MB Banned (Johnny's Taphouse, Tarpon Springs) INFO

Concerts For A Cause w/C’Nergy (The Lakeside, Apollo Beach) INFO


Los Chicos del 512 Selena Tribute (Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo) INFO

22N  (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) INFO


Glokk Nine (Whiskey North, Tampa) INFO


Som Do Jazz (Firehouse Cultural Center, Ruskin) INFO


Sunset Saturdays (The Ritz, Ybor City) 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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