Tampa Bay’s Saturday live music lineup has so many good options

Dance parties, sing-alongs, experimental sounds music and full-on rock shows lead the way.

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✔️ Don McLean w/Pure Prairie League Even without his fluke 1971 chart-topper “American Pie,” it would still be tough to argue that Don McClean doesn’t have one of the most enduring discographies in American folk and country music. McClean, now 72 years old, brought the country out of the '60s with a sound that blew away the smoke of the past and introduced more of the introspective folk that would mark the '70s. Pure Prairie League, a '70s and early-'80s country-rock band that’s seen its share of personnel changes over the years, brings hits like “Amie” and “Let Me Love You Tonight” to open the show. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival: Student Showcase Concerts and Reception The long-running, month-long Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival — which aims to help students understand and encourage the uniqueness of their talents and career goals — wraps for the summer with this showcase where students will showcase what they’ve learned. (School of Music Concert Hall at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

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Hamiltunes Can’t afford to see Hamilton at the Straz Center? Here's the next best, free, thing, we guess. Downtown northwest Tampa’s Jimmie B. Keel library will press play on instrumentals, project the lyrics and invite Broadway supernerds to sing along at this event officially sanctioned by the production. Costumes are... wait for it... encouraged, but you already knew that, right, Aaron Burr? (Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, Tampa) INFO

✔️ The Venus w/Sentries/Jensen Serf Company/Blestian VFWs are the new American Legions, right? No? Either way, Brian Schanck (of St. Petersburg bands The Same, Zulu Wave), is bringing one hell of a local rock bill to VFW 39. Jensen Serf Company (a band CL higHlighted in last week’s Music Issue) brings the psychedelic surf-rock vibes while Blestian dishes out the electro-pop that it is releasing at an alarmingly fast rate in 2018. Grunge-gaze trio Sentries — made up up scene vets Daniel Williams on drums, bassist Nate Murray and frontman David Teten — plays a rare live gig before Alexander Charos’s The Venus project closes a night of cheap drinks and good hangs out with a set of Joe Meek-inspired '60s space rock. (VFW 39, St. Petersburg) INFO

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✔️ Daedelus w/Wylie Cable/Foundation/DJ Hurley Monome master and beloved Los Angeles producer Daedelus brings his pedigree (Ninja Tune, Brainfeeder) all the way to Florida’s west coast for a show alongside “Lunatic Bard” and fellow Los Angelino Wylie Cable. Daedalus (born Alfred Darlington) is an inventor and a creator of sonic puzzles that combine sounds from an eclectic palette into uniquely innovative genres of electronic music, and there’s no passing through L.A.’s beat scene without a visit to the neighborhoods inside of DaedElus’ mind. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

✔️ 97X Shindig w/Manchester Orchestra/Morgan Saint/Two Feet This show from Atlanta alternative-rock giants Manchester Orchestra is completely free to attend, but you’ve got to have a ticket (and be at least 21 years old) to get in. As of this paper hitting newsstands, in-person opportunities to grab one are still happening on Thursday (Legends Bar and Grill in Clearwater) and Friday (Ducky’s and Maloney’s in downtown Tampa, The Pub on Second Street in St. Pete). The rest of you will just have to visit 97xonline.com or listen to 97.1-FM to try and win some. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

GOLDEN BOY
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Navin Ave. w/Tail Light Rebellion/Dan Padilla High-energy, accordion-driven roots-rock (Tail Light Rebellion) comes to downtown Tampa for a free show where Navin Ave. (literary rock) and Dan Padilla (the man, not the band) open the show. Free to attend, and the beer is really cheap at this dive bar, too. (The Hub Bar, Tampa) INFO

Donna Lu w/Zerobabies Green Bench is great at making beer that mashes together ingredients that may not always make sense side-by-side, and this concert sort of does the same thanks to Zerobabies (a St. Petersburg-based band of instrumental-rock weirdos) which is sharing the bill with Tampa’s Donna Lu, which has been entertaining crowds with a straight-ahead style of bluesy indie-rock since the release of its 2017 album College Boy Blues. (Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️ Magnetic Fields: Sonic Abstraction w/Elizabeth A. Baker/Renée Baker/Pamela Z.“Magnetic Fields” — the Musuem of Fine Arts’ current exhibition focusing on African-American women’s approaches to abstract painting and sculpture — adds an aural element that leans on works by experimental composers including St. Petersburg’s own Elizabeth A. Baker, San Francisco’s Pamela Z. and Chicago’s Renée Baker, who is premiering an orchestral score for A Page of Madness, a 1926 film by Japanese director Teinosuke Kinugasa. A panel discussion with the performers starts at 2 p.m., and music begins at 3 p.m. (Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg) INFO

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✔️ Terror Pigeon w/Aux Tale/Mouth Council “Dance Revolt” is no longer affixed to the tail end of Terror Pigeon’s band name, but that doesn’t mean that the Nashville band’s shows are any less body-moving than they were before. We’re not sure how sweaty it’s going to get inside of this Seminole Heights record store when Terror Pigeon unleashes a special brand of electronic funcore, but if you’re looking for something a tiny bit more mellow, then you’ll want to get to Microgroove early to jump into a set by Mouth Council (the experimental, audience-driven loop project of Infinite Third’s Billy Mays III) or take in some of the ambient lo-fi sounds of St. Petersburg producer Aux Tale. (Microgroove, Tampa) INFO

Sing-Along To Mary Poppins Not exactly live music, but the opportunity to sing along to Disney’s 1964 classic Mary Poppins alongside moviegoers inside of a packed historic movie house isn’t one we were going to leave off this page. Come dressed as your favorite character, but definitely consider buying a ticket to one of the shows (3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday) in advance. (Tampa Theatre, Tampa) INFO

Bedroom Noise 3 w/Theemotron/Cut Throat Freak Show/Sloth/Slime Queen Bingo/Joy LaneThe In-Between House’s Bedroom Noise series continues to give out-of-town experimental and noise acts a place to make new friends with this early Saturday-night show featuring Theemotron (a Yamaha QY700 Sequencer-driven solo endeavour from Georgia), America’s Got Talent alum Cut Throat Freak Show and Orlando acid-electro act Joy Lane. Two Tampa bands (Sloth, Slime Queen Bingo) play support. (The In-Between House, Tampa) INFO

ALSO PLAYING

Singer-songwriter

Kyle Miller (c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO

Cristi Massey (Pesky Pelican Brew Pub, St. Petersburg) INFO

Tribute/Cover

Papa Cherry (Buckets Grill & Tap, Tampa) INFO

Summer Jam w/Tony Tyler & Friends/Kettle of Fish/Ship of Fools (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Eccentric (Two Buks, Clearwater) INFO

Temptid  (Smokin’ 19, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Paul Anthony Band (Caddy’s On The Beach, St. Petersburg) INFO

Brown Bag Brass Band (early) w/Sweet Spot (late) (3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Stevie Nicks Experience (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

Rock

GreyMarket w/Bangarang/Electric Dawn (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

Car Bomb Driver w/Dial Drive/Slap of Reality (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Displace (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

The Rosewoods w/Teacher Teacher/Youth Antics (Paper Crane, St. Petersburg) INFO

Fear the Spider w/Jack Jagger (Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

July 28, Kerry Courtney & Friends (SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) CANCELED

July 28, Moshfest (Brass Mug, Tampa) CANCELED

Soul

Summer of Soul: Dukes of Juke and Blue Dice (Side Door Cabaret Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

DJ

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

DJ Mike Bision (Mermaid Tavern, Tampa) INFO

So What’cha Want w/DJ Fader (Orbit 19, Holiday) INFO

Salsa In The Burg w/Mike Sensation/DJ Elias Mambo (SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO

Hip-hop

Blac Youngsta (Whiskey North, Tampa) INFO

EDM

AC Slater (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Country

Theresa Ward Benefit Aw/Chad Montana Band/U.S. Stones/Fast4Ward/TBA (The Stockyard, Holiday) INFO

Americana

Dean Johanesen & The 24 Hour Men (Crooked Thumb Brewery, Safety Harbor) INFO

Cottondale Swamp (The Neptune Lounge, Tarpon Springs) INFO

Jazz

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

Blues

Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues (M-N-M BBQ, St. Petersburg) INFO

Misc.

Jim Chambers Music Box Open House (Jim Chambers Music Box, Tampa) 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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