Tampa Bay’s Sunday live music lineup led by David Byrne, Expert Timing and more

Puzzlehead plays a house show, too.


Puzzlehead w/Crystallized/Bushi/Planet Loser Dennis Martinelli brings a solo project — Crystallized, which is much heavier and darker than the music he makes as bassist guitarist for BOTB-winning rock band Fever Beam — to open a show alongside Tampa dream-pop duo Planet Loser. The occasion? A house show from Puzzlehead, which has brought its 2018 album of lo-fi rock — ساده (artless) — all the way in from Vancouver, British Columbia. You’ll have to ask someone about the exact address for this show, but respect the space and don’t block driveways when you get there. (The Red Light, Ybor City) INFO

Orlando punk band Expert Timing premieres video for "Never See Me Again"

✔️ Pre-Fest 6 Volunteer Sign Ups & Free Show w/Expert Timing/Vacancy We’re not sure how many times we can extol the virtues of music volunteerism, but here’s a chance for you to work one shift (8-10 hours) and earn a free ticket to Pre-Fest (a two-day punk rock bacchanal happening right here in Ybor City). Work ranges from registering folks, working the door, loading bands in and out of venues or helping with stage security, and the friends you’ll make in return pale in comparison to the value of free entry to one festival. Two CL favorites — Orlando punk band Expert Timing, and one of Tampa Bay’s heaviest outfits, Vacancy — will play you a free concert just for showing up to this informational meeting. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

A David Byrne bicycle ride through St. Petersburg

✔️ David Byrne w/Tune-Yards I’ve yet to experience the unpredictability of a live set from Merrill Garbus’ eccentric, lo-fi-folk-meets-pop art-rock project Tune-Yards (stylized “tUnE-yArDs”), but getting to see the New England native at Mahaffey as she opens for David Byrne seems like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Don’t expect it to not get uncomfortable, though. Garbus and her musical/life partner Nate Brenner have decided to address cultural appropriation in Tune-Yards’ tunes and (as NPR described it) “no longer wrap up the issue of white entitlement in a psychic Pendleton blanket.” Oomph. Read our story on David Byrne above. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO




The Sunday Jazz Project w/James Suggs/Jeremy Douglass/Sandi Greco (Independent Bar, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Lee Boys (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

USF Wind Ensemble: East Meets West (School of Music Concert Hall at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

The Florida Orchestra w/Valentina Lisitsa (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO


Sunset Bridge Band (Independent Bar and Cafe, Tampa) INFO

Somatic (The Mandarin Hide, St. Petersburg) INFO

Animal Years (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

Grant Peeples and Rebecca Zapen (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

Grandeur and Delusions (Mermaid Tavern, Tampa) INFO

Rhythm Revival Feat. Kevin Knapp (The Landing at Jannus, St. Petersburg) INFO


Subterranean Sundays w/DJ Cub/Cat Mat (Hampton Station, Tampa) INFO

Crown and Quill Social Club w/Shenice Johnson (Lector Natty Wine, 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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